The Town of Vail is situated in Eagle County, Colorado in the United States of America. It covers an area of four and a half square miles and has a population of over forty-five hundred residents. Vail was founded in 1966, four years after Vali Ski Resort opened in the area. This town is known for having the second largest ski mountain in the United States and is a popular tourist attraction for outdoor festivities all year round. The economy of the town is heavily dependent on tourism, with the majority of it being centered around snow boarding and skiing. But, the town is also a popular summer destination and offers visitors activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, carriage rides and horseback riding. The city also has fine dining facilities and world class hotels.
Located in the mountains, Vail has very cold winters and mild summers. Between November and February, temperatures never rise above the freezing mark and the town gets over two hundred inches of snow each year. During the summer, the temperature of the city is usually around the mid 70’s. The transportation needs of the town is serviced by Eagle County Airport. Since the city is based on a European ski resort model, the town is partially car free. To allow residents and visitors the ability to freely move around the town, Vail has a zero cost bus system.
The Vail Film Festival is a popular attraction in the town. This four day film festival is held every year in either late March or early April. This festival attracts filmakers from across the world. The Vail Film Festival was started by Scott and Sean Cross. Past award recipients at the festival include Kevin Smith, Adrian Grenier, Edward R. Pressman, Sophia Bush, Tao Ruspoli, Jesse Eisenberg, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Harold Ramis. Another prominent festival in the town of Vail is the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
A popular attraction in Vail is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. This botanical garden is the highest in the world and has an altitude of eighty-two hundred feet. The gardens were founded in 1985 and over the years several additional planting’s were made here which include the Alpine Display Garden, Mountain Perennial Garden, Alpine Rock Garden and Mountain Meditation Garden. Other gardens here include the Schoolhouse Garden and the Children’s Garden. These areas combined feature over two thousand plant varieties and over five hundred varieties of alpine plants and wildflowers.
The most popular attraction in the town is the Vail Ski Resort. This resort is the largest single mountain ski resort in the United States and is composed of seven bowls. This resort was founded in 1962 by Earl Eaton and Pete Seibert. The resort is eighty-one hundred feet high with a summit of eleven thousand feet and a vertical rise of thirty-four hundred and fifty feet. Vail Ski Resort has a skiable area of over five thousand acres and contains over one hundred and ninety three trails. Of these trails eighteen percent are beginner level, twenty-nine percent are intermediate and fifty-three percent are advanced. The bowls located here include Game Creek, Earl’s Bowl, Pete’s Bowl, Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl, Outer Mongolia Bowl, Inner Mongolia Bowl, Siberia Bowl, China Bowl and Tea Cup Bowl. There are thirty-two lifts that are also located here which include sixteen High-Speed Quads, ten Surface Lifts, three Triple Chairs, one Double Chair, one Fixed Grip Quad and one Gondola.
Other popular attractions in Vail, Colorado include Lakota River Guides, Black Tie Ski Rentals Vail, Vail Mountain, Piney River Ranch, Adventure Ridge, Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge, Aria Spa & Club, Vail Racquet Club, Minturn Mile, Vail Golf Club, Sonnenalp Golf Club, Missouri Lake Trail, Fancy Pass Trail, Colorado Ski Museum, Ski Hall of Fame, Bob Sled Run, Sonnenalp Resort Spa, Vail Recreation Path, Chaos Canyon, Vail Nordic Center, Grand Traverse and Blue Sky Basin. Restaurants in Vail include Red Lion Restaurant, Sweet Basil, Liken Kelly, Larkspur Restaurant, Terra Bistro Restaurant, Left Bank Restaurant and La Tour Restaurant. Hotels in the town include Lion Square Lodge & Conference Center, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, Tivoli Lodge Hotel Vail, Holiday Inn Vail, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Austria Haus Club & Hotel and Vail Plaza Hotel & Club.