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Vail, Colorado

Vail Photo: Dann Coffey

Getting There: Vail is two hours west of Denver by car. Airlines that service Denver Airport include United, Continental, Western Pacific, Delta, TWA, Northwest, American, US Air and Continental. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these airlines are available at this magazine’s Airlines page. For car rentals, the 1-800 phone numbers and Web links are listed in this magazine’s Autos page. You can also reach Vail via shuttle bus from the Denver Airport. Taxis are availabile within Vail itself, as well as a local shuttle bus line that runs the east-west corridor of Vail Valley.

Staying There: There are a variety of hotels, inns, and condos available in Vail proper, West Vail, and Beaver Creek, 15 minutes by car. The Web links below cover lodging in the Vail area.

Fast Facts: Vail Ski Area is the largest single ski area in the United States, with 4,644 skiable acres, 174 ski trails, a vertical rise of 3,330 feet, and 30 total lifts, including a gondola and 10 high-speed quads. Trail classifications are 40% expert/advanced, 32% intermediate, and 28% beginner.

Any lift ticket purchased at Vail or Beaver Creek is also valid without restriction at Keystone and Breckenridge. Only multiple-day lift tickets of three or more days purchased at Keystone or Breckenridge are also valid at Vail and Beaver Creek.

Adult Lift Ticket prices (purchased online) for March, 2010 are $98 Adults, $88 Seniors, and $62 Child age 5-12. Multiple day tickets are discounted.

Useful links:

Vail’s Home Page: Snow report, lodging, transportation, ski school, events
Vail Valley Information Network: Maps, lodging, shopping, activities and more
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