IF you could sum up Vail in one word it would be “bowls”. The biggest ski resort in the United States, it covers over 2000 hectares of skiable terrain including seven legendary back bowls.
First published in news.com.au on July 26, 2015 by a guest of Vail Resorts who stayed at The Lodge.
Vail is enormous. Bigger than most major ski resorts, its back bowls span around 1200 hectares and its three separate but connected base areas spread over nearly 10 kilometres.
Known as the king of American ski resorts, Vail is also one of the world’s best in terms of terrain. Its varied runs spread skiers and boarders across the mountain and its modern lift system, some with heated seats, clears the notorious weekend crowds.
Vail is unique in that it is an entirely purpose built resort. While many North American ski resorts started as mining towns, Vail has its history rooted in the US Army whose Mountain Division wanted to recreate the resort towns they saw in Europe.
Completed in 1962, some critics say its purpose-built feel takes away from your typical ski village charm. But the resort has pumped money into the town with heated pathways, shopping, world class restaurants and hotels.
What Vail lacks in charm it makes up for in experience. Top hotels such as The Lodge offer ski valets who deliver and collect your skis each day. On mountain dining includes white table cloths at the 10th where you swap your ski boots for slippers. The famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has opened the incredible Matsuhisa restaurant in the village and there’s even a fancy bowling Alley named Bol, with a top restaurant and waiter service for drinks and bar snacks while you play.