Vail Ski Resort & FAQs
Vail ski resort is renowned for a wide variety of terrain, their infamous back bowls, and over 5,200 skiable acres. Add to the mix Vail’s diverse shops, restaurants and endless activities in town, Vail is truly like no mountain resort you’ve experienced before.
Vail’s motto “like nothing on earth” rings true with its renowned ski terrain, majestic views of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges, 370+ inches of snow a year, three quaint mountain villages with something for everyone.
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VAIL RESORT STATS
|Base Elevation:||8,120 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||11,570 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||5,289|
|Vertical Rise:||3,450 ft|
|Number of Trails:||195|
|Annual Snowfall:||354 inches|
|Longest Run:||4 miles|
Vail, Colorado Snowboard Rentals
TripOutside has vetted the absolute best shops to save you time and money on your Vail snowboard rentals. Our top-rated outfitters have sport, performance and demo packages featuring the best snowboard brands. Whether you want to pick your gear up on the mountain, in town, or have it delivered straight to you – we’ve got you covered!
Why is Vail so popular?
Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the country, sprawling across 5300 acres of terrain. It is most famous for its seven huge bowls on the back side of the mountain, with 3000 acres of terrain from blue to double black runs. These back bowls are a popular spot after a snowfall due to the incredible open powder skiing. Bowls typically contain mostly advanced terrain, so the chance for intermediates to enjoy bowl skiing is rare, and another reason that Vail is so popular. Vail does truly offer it all, even off the slopes – with a staggering number of hotels, great restaurants, spas, shops, entertainment and activities. This makes it an all around top option for a winter vacation for skiers and non-skiers alike.
What is better Aspen or Vail?
Vail and Aspen are two top ski resorts in Colorado. Both ski resorts are popular for their world class slopes that offer vast terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The main difference in the resorts is that Aspen is spread across four mountains linked by a shuttle, while all of Vail Resort is skiable without taking a shuttle.
Aspen has a more historical feel due to its roots in the Colorado silver rush of the 1870s, while Vail has a modern atmosphere, being established more recently in the 1960s as a ski town. Both resorts are on the expensive side, but Vail may be slightly more budget-friendly for those looking for deals. Both resorts have extensive shopping and entertainment scenes for off slope and après-ski activities.
|Skiable Terrain||5317 acres||5517 acres|
|Number of Lifts||31||40|
What can you do in Vail besides skiing?
Non-skiing activities in Vail include snowshoeing, sleigh rides, indulging in renowned restaurants, shopping at local boutiques and larger retailers, joining the après ski scene and much more.
Is Vail good for beginners?
Vail Ski Resort has a renowned ski school and a ton of terrain for those new to snowboarding. The trails for beginners comprise 18% of the mountain, or 957 acres. The beginner terrain is found on the front side of the mountain, and numerous traverse trails allow beginners to snowboard a great amount of the mountain.
What do snowboard rentals in Vail include?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY ON VAIL SKI AND SNOWBOARD RENTALS?
Renting online in advance can save you money. Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates. This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance. It also guarantees availability of equipment. TripOutside also has exclusive discounts for customers booking rental gear online from Black Tie Ski Delivery and other ski rental shops.
CAN I JUST RENT SKIS OR A SNOWBOARD? I DON’T NEED THE FULL PACKAGE.
Yes, most shops also rent just skis or a snowboard.
HOW DOES VAIL SNOWBOARD RENTAL DELIVERY WORK?
Don’t ever wait in line at the ski shop again! Black Tie Ski Delivery’s hassle-free delivery service will save you time, which means you’ll have more time on the slopes to enjoy with family and friends. They open earlier and stay open later to ensure the best delivery time for guests and to provide slope side assistance when needed.
Fittings are generally done the night before your first day of skiing, this way you can wake up stress-free and have everything you need to hit the slopes for first tracks. Certified ski rental technicians will select and deliver your ski or snowboard equipment to your lodging property at your scheduled delivery time. Their ski technicians will custom fit you with the latest ski and board equipment based on your rental package, ability level, and the current snow conditions. Their delivery vans come fully stocked with lots of options and sizes so they can be sure all of your equipment fits properly.
Returns are just as convenient and easy as delivery. When you are finished with your rentals, Black Tie Ski Delivery will come back to your lodging and retrieve the equipment with no need to intrude on your dining or travel plans.