Go Ski Vail! | PostIndependent.com

Go Ski Vail!

Compiled by Caitlin Row
Vail Resort's back bowls!
Jack Affleck / Vail Resorts |


Season: Nov. 22, 2013 - April 20, 2014

Elevation: Base — 8,120 ft.; Summit — 11,570 ft.

Hours from GJ: About 2.25 hours

Price Info: For up-to-date ticket info, visit http://www.vail.com

Free Press Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss cocktails at The George, snacks straight off the mountain at Garfinkel’s in Lionshead, and the late-night scene at Samana Lounge.

Editor’s note: Grand Junction is a great jumping-off point for recreation of all kinds, across the state and into Utah. And in just a few hours or less, you could be skiing at any one of Colorado’s world-class ski resorts. Go Play! will be running regional ski information throughout the winter.

With 5,289 acres of terrain, it’s safe to say Vail Mountain has runs for everyone — bumps, groomed, trees and bowls!

Its seven Back Bowls — Sun Down, Sun Up, Tea Cup, China, Siberia, Inner Mongolia and Outer Mongolia bowls — feature vast expanses of open terrain from intermediate to expert levels. Or try out another locals’ favorite — Blue Sky Basin, which can be accessed by Skyline Express Lift (#37) to Belle’s Camp. Pop off your skies and stay awhile; Blue Sky truly lives up to its name.

Plus, most of its major events — like the early-season Snow Daze concert series, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and Spring Back to Vail (the end-of-season party) — are free and open to the public. All you need is a ski pass to access activities on the slopes.

SOURCE: Vail Resorts

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