Vail has immaculately groomed corduroy trails with1600+ acres of terrain groomed nightly. The feeling of skiing or snowboarding on a newly groomed trail with an inch of fresh snow on the top is sublime - it's like being on thick soft flowing carpet. The trails are perfectly smooth with not a ridge lump or bump in sight. Check out the Grooming Report in the village every morning to see what trails have been groomed.
Vail's Back Bowls are legendary. Spanning 6 miles wide the 7 back bowls make up 1/3 of the resort. Go there for deep virgin powder, trees, bumps and to escape the crowds on the front side. Head up the High Noon Chairlift for open powder heaven before testing your skills in the trees under the Orient Express Chairlift.
Vail's world renowned Golden Peak Terrain Park is a definite must see. The huge airs some of the skiers and snowboarders get in the superpipe has to be seen to be believed. Expertly designed and built the terrain park is home to some of America's best snow features. Keep an eye out for dual Olympic gold medalist Sean White aka The Flying Tomato he sometimes 'drops in' during the winter season. The Golden Peak Terrain Park is located on the front side of Vail Mountain under the Riva Bahn Chairlift. Get off the chairlift at the half way point to access the park.
Adventure Ridge Vail is the ultimate snow playground for kids of all ages. Spread over a vast area are slick and super fast tubing lanes, rebound trampolines, ski bikes and kids snowmobiling tracks. It is adjacent to Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain and open from 2pm to 9pm everyday. Parents send your kids off to play at Adventure Ridge and stay in the warmth of Bistro Fourteen inside Eagle's Nest. It has an excellent menu with lots of options for the kids.
Take time out to explore the picturesque Vail Village. The pedestrian only village has literally 100's of shops, restaurants, bars, day spas and an ice skating rink. In the evenings thousands of lights tinkle in the streets making it look like a European fairytale village. The shopping is fantastic with the latest sporting equipment, high fashion clothing, gifts and souvenir stores, photography galleries and jewelers. Restaurants range from quick burger places to fine dining and everything in between. The locals swear Bart & Yeti's have the best cheese burgers in Colorado. Frequent concerts and events are staged throughout the winter season.