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Frequently Asked Questions About Vail, Colorado

What time do the lifts open and close?
Hours of operation is 8:30AM – 4:00 PM. Do expect for the chairlifts to run from 9:00AM – 3:30AM during the early winter months. The back bowls of Vail Mountain tend to close 30 minutes earlier than the frontside lifts.

What is the elevation of Vail?
Vail’s average elevation is 8,150 feet above sea level.

How large is Vail Mountain?
Coveted to be one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain.

Do I need a car when I visit Vail?
A vehicle is not needed while vacationing in Vail if you plan on staying close to Lionshead and Vail Villages. The Town of Vail has a complimentary bus system throughout Vail. While staying with Destination Resorts Vail we cut the hassle of the bus and offer a daily complimentary grocery shuttle.

What kind of weather can I expect when visiting Vail?
Weather varies throughout our four season resort and weather can change rapidly. Always be prepared with layers, sunscreen and water.

What is the most affordable ski pass to purchase?
The Epic Pass is the most popular allowing unlimited access to other Vail Resorts destinations. Offering Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7 Day and Epic 4 Day to accommodate the specific needs you may have.

Where is the nearest airport? 
The Eagle County Airport located in Eagle, CO approximately 40 miles west of Vail, Colorado.  Eagle County Regional Airport is constantly adding winter season serviced by Air Canada, American, Delta and United from markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/ JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington DC.  For more flight information and current flight flight schedules visit  

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