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Vail Introduction


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Most visitors flock to Vail during one season (winter) for one thing (snow sports), and with good reason. The largest single-mountain ski resort in North America—with annual snowfall of up to 30 ft/9 m of light, dry powder—boasts a whopping 5,300 acres/2,145 hectares of terrain with 34 high-speed lifts and 275 days of sunshine each year. It's no wonder Vail is a mecca for downhill skiers and snowboarders.   Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vail Geography


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Vail sits in Eagle County, 81% of which is protected forestland. The view from the top of Vail Mountain (11,570 ft/3,586 m, accessible by lifts) is spectacular. To the south, you can see Mount of the Holy Cross, a 14,500-ft/4,495-m peak named for the cross of snow formed in the mountain's deep crevices each winter. Look down and you'll see Vail Mountain's magnificent skiing bowls. Legend says the bowls were created when the original inhabitants of Eagle River Valley, the Ute tribe, set fire to the mountain to protest being forced out by white settlers. (It's more likely the back bowls were the result of lightning-strike fires.)   Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vail History


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Vail's history starts, naturally, with skiing. Resort founder Peter Seibert was a member of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, the elite ski troopers who trained at nearby Camp Hale and fought in the mountains of Italy against Germans in World War II. Seibert was seriously wounded during the war, but recovered, returned to his passion of skiing and began thinking about opening a resort. In the late 1950s, on a tip from a local uranium prospector, Seibert climbed what would become the front side of Vail Mountain. With a team of investors, Seibert and the prospector, Earl Eaton, opened Vail for skiing in 1962—just one year after the land was cleared and permits were purchased.   Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vail Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Vail is an outdoorsy, recreation-oriented town and is not noted for its indoor tourist attractions. The Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame is one exception.  Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vail Nightlife


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Vail has a multitude of hot nightspots for people who didn't drain themselves on the mountain earlier in the day, from lounges with quietly strumming guitars to dance clubs raging with techno beats.   Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vail Restaurants & Dining


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The European restaurateurs who first succeeded in Vail continue to infuse the town's dining scene with a Continental flavor. Those early restaurants have become mainstays, but there's plenty to satisfy other palates—from nouveau cuisine to western-style steaks. The newest trend has chefs paying a lot of attention to locally grown, organic ingredients, notably Kelly Liken and the chefs at Terra Bistro and 8100.   Click here to see the full Vail travel guide on Travel42 »

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