Vail, Colorado

Fast Facts about Vail Colorado
How to get to Vail Colorado
Vail Airport Shuttles
Best Lodging in Vail Colorado
Best Restaurants in Vail Colorado
Summer Activities
Winter Activities
Best things to do nearby Vail Colorado
Can I use Uber/Lyft to get to Vail Colorado
Common Questions about Vail Colorado

About Vail

Local Resort: Vail Ski Resort
 Elevation: 8,022 feet / 2,445 meters
 Drive time from Denver: ~2 hours
Airport of Choice: Denver International Airport & Eagle County Regional Airport
Closest 14er: Mt of the Holy Cross, 14,005 feet

About Vail Ski Resort

 Year Established: 1962
  Summit Elevation: 11,570 feet / 3,527 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,450 feet / 1,052 meters
  Skiable Terrain: 5,289 acres
  Chair Lifts: 31
  Number of Trails: 195
     Longest Run: Riva Ridge – 4 miles / 6.4 kilometers

Airports Near Vail



Vail is located just 2 hours away from the Denver Airport, the most popular airport to fly into when heading to this mountain town. With over 58 million passengers flying to or passing through the Denver Airport annually, it is one of the busiest airports in the world. The trip from Denver Airport to Vail takes you west on I-70 through downtown Denver, into the foothills and up to Vail pass before the dissension into the Vail Valley.


Located in the Vail Valley is the Eagle County Regional Airport, where United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta fly daily. Just about 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, EGE is the closest airport to Beaver Creek. To get from Eagle County Airport to Beaver Creek, you’ll head east on I-70 for about 27 miles to the Avon exit, and head to the mountain from there.


The Colorado Springs Airport is situated about 3 hours southeast of Vail. There are 19 nonstop destinations across the nation that Colorado Springs Airport services, as well as 5 airlines that fly in and out daily. To get from the airport to Vail, take I-25 N to Denver, then head west on I-70. We not operate shared shuttles between Vail and the Colorado Springs Airport, however, private shuttles are available.

Vail Airport Shuttles

Peak 1 Express provides transportation safely and affordably from Denver International Airport (DEN) to all Vail Valley destinations.  Choose Peak 1 as your Vail airport shuttle service and you’ll be opting for both comfort and style. Our fleet of Mercedes Sprinter vans provide a relaxing and pleasurable ride as the ascent begins up the Rocky Mountains to Colorado’s ultimate ski destination. And don’t forget the free wi-fi service provided on all our DEN/Vail airport shuttle trips.

Peak 1 Express also offers shared shuttle service and private charters to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). Eagle Airport transportation serves the Vail Valley, including the towns of Vail, Avon, and Edwards as well as Vail Ski Resort and Beaver Creek Resort. Shared shuttle service runs daily. Our EGE shuttle schedule is available HERE.

Vail, Colorado is known for expansive on-mountain terrain, including its world-renowned back bowls, a plethora of summer activities and diverse dining and shopping options year-round.  When you book a Vail airport shuttle through Peak 1 Express, you’re guaranteed to save the time and hassle involved with coordinating your own transportation to and from DEN, which means more time enjoying the actual fun parts of your vacation!

If you’re planning a getaway for the winter season, choosing Peak 1 Express might also mean avoiding 3+ hours of stress-filled, white-knuckle driving as you make your way up and over Vail Pass. Our winter shuttle drivers have driven the route between DEN and Vail hundreds of times, often in extreme weather conditions, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure you and your group arrive safely and invigorated, ready to enjoy all that Vail Resort has to offer.


Find the Best Lodging in Vail, CO

World-renowned Vail, CO is conveniently located along the I-70 corridor less than two hours from downtown Denver and close to several other Rocky Mountain resorts. Accommodations range from Vacation Rentals by Owner to condo complexes to hotels of all types. Whether you are planning to vacation on a budget or seeking 5-star accommodations, there’s sure to be the perfect Vail lodging option for you. Check out some of the options below.

Lodge at Lionshead

Sonnenalp Hotel

Sitzmark Lodge

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort



Vail, CO and the Vail Valley are known for their world-class ski areas of Vail and Beaver Creek. You could spend weeks skiing these mountains and never ski the same run. When the snow melts and the mountains turn green, you’ll still find plenty of fun. Call Peak 1 Express for a Vail airport shuttle that will get you into this wonderful town and on your way to fun in no time.

In Vail you can choose from slope side condos to lodge rooms to bed and breakfasts to mountain vacation rental homes. 

Locals’ Tip: Try Vail on Sale for some of the best last-minute lodging deals in Vail! 

Dining in Vail

There’s no shortage of dining options in Vail, CO.  Enjoy classic Rocky Mountain cuisine, simple American fare, unique international options, and more.  Fuel up with a quick bite before hitting the slopes, or relax and slowly savor world-class menus from renowned chefs.  There are so many restaurants with different styles and flavors that you can sample something new for every meal.  Ask your friendly Peak 1 Express driver for inside tips on the best local eats.

Vail Event Calendar

Enjoy your cold months or warm months in the beautiful Vail Valley!  Add the following events to your list while you visit.



Turkey Trot: The morning of Thanksgiving, take part in this 5K race before indulging in your turkey feast.

Holiday Lantern Walk: This parade is part of the Vail Holidays line up, which goes on for nearly the whole month of November.  The kids will love the light show!


Vail Snow Daze: Kick off your winter season with free live music and family friend activities.


Skadi Vail Women’s Ski & Board Festival: Women all come together for a weekend on the mountain with some experts and great perks.


Burton U.S. Open:  Debatably the most well-known event that happens in Vail every year.  See some of the most popular Olympic snowboarders doing what they love on the slopes.


Vail Summer Bluegrass Series: For a couple Wednesday evenings in June and July, get a chance to see some incredible live bluegrass music at the Arrabelle at Vail Square.


Vail Lacrosse Shootout: Observe athletes of all ages compete in the sport during these “8 days at 8,000 feet.”


Gourmet on the Gore: Presented by Audi, this event is held every Labor Day weekend and takes over the center of town.  Try some incredible cuisine paired with alcoholic beverages for these few days in Vail.

FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship: View some of the best of the best fishing right in the valley and jot down a few tricks for the next time you’re out in your waders!

Things to Do in Vail | Summer

AVA Rafting & Zipline is your full service adventure outfitter for the Rockies!  With whitewater rafting on 8 rivers across Colorado, 2 thrilling and unique zipline tours, cabins, rock climbing, horseback riding and more, you are sure to make your favorite memory with AVA Rafting & Zipline.

Babysitting and Child Care:

Kids can’t tag along on your activity? Want a night out for a fine-dining date or a day on the slopes without the kids? We recommend Resort Sitters for child care. They are great!

Things to Do in Vail | WINTER

Vail, Colorado offers a wide array of invigorating activities during both the summer and winter seasons. Having so many options means visitors get a chance to do whatever they’re in the mood for about what to do while in the area. The Rocky Mountains are the greatest playground. Take advantage of all of the activities Vail offers. You’re probably planning your Vail airport shuttle so that you can ski and snowboard, but don’t let yourself be limited!  No matter how great the snow is while you’re in town, you won’t want to miss out on all of the other fun activities to be had in and around town.

Vail Winter Activities




Distance from Beaver Creek: <5 mi
Best For: Beginner to Advanced
Summit Elevation: 11,570 feet
Skiiable Terrain: 5,289 acres
# of Lifts: 31
Terrain Parks: 3
Average Annual Snowfall: 354 inches


Distance from Beaver Creek: <13 miles
Best For: Beginner to Advanced
Summit Elevation: 11,440 feet
Skiiable Terrain: 1,832 acres
# of Lifts: 24
Terrain Parks: 3
Average Annual Snowfall: 323 inches


Distance from Beaver Creek: 21 mi
Best For: Beginner to Advanced
Summit Elevation: 12,313 feet
Skiiable Terrain: 2,490 acres
# of Lifts: 23
Terrain Parks: 6
Average Annual Snowfall: 305 inches


Distance from Breckenridge: 29 mi
Best For: Beginner to Advanced
Summit Elevation: 11,700 feet
Skiiable Terrain: 400 acres
# of Lifts: 4
Terrain Parks: 1
Average Annual Snowfall: 260 inches


Vail Winter Activities

  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Mini-Snowmobile Racing for Kids
  • Snow Tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Backcountry Ski Tours
  • Ice Skating
  • Ski Biking
  • Snowcat Rides
  • Zip Lining
  • Gondola Excursions
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Massage/ Day Spas
  • Dog Sledding
  • Shopping
  • Vibrant Nightlife

Vail Colorado is close to a lot of other Rocky Mountain towns. Here are some great things to do near Keystone: 

  1. Visit the beautiful town of Beaver Creek Colorado, which is just 15 minutes up the road and full of shopping, ice skating, spas, restaurants and more. 
  2.  Head 20 minutes down the highway to the historic town of Frisco for dinner and shopping
  3. Try a snow mobile tour near the town of Copper
  4. For a tough summer activity, we recommend the beautiful hike of Booth Falls Trail just off the highway but secluded with unbelievable views. 
  5. For a fun winter activity other than skiing, you could try dog sledding or nordic sledding. 

Uber can be a very reliable form of transportation in many towns and cities. While Denver is a great place to get an Uber, it is not always the best option for traveling to and from Vail Colorado. 

Getting to Vail: You may be able to get an Uber from the airport to Vail for a pretty expensive fair. It typically ranges from $150 – $350. 

Getting to the airport: It is not likely that you will be able to catch an Uber from Vail to the Denver airport. There are not many Uber drivers in the Rockies and most will not be willing to drive down to Denver Airport especially if there is inclement weather. 

Other Transportation options: Booking a shared shuttle is a reliable and affordable option to get to your door in Vail from the airport. Typically, fares range from $45 – $60 each way. For private transportation, you can book a shuttle starting at $319 that allows for stops and can pick up groups as large at 14 people. 

  • What is there to do in Vail?
    • Vail is a world renowned ski town located in Eagle County. The number 1 activity would be skiing but there is also great golfing, biking, shopping, dining, ice skating and more! 
  • Is Vail better than Breckenridge?
    • Vail is a beautiful town located at the base of the mountain, but also just off I-70. It has great restaurants and world class skiing. It is different than Breckenridge, which has a larger downtown area not quite as close to the ski resort. On average, visitors tend to spend more at Vail. 
  • What is there to do in Vail Colorado in the winter?
    • There is great skiing, ice skating, sledding. Vail also has incredible shopping and restaurants. For a relaxing vacation, there are incredible spas in Vail to get you rejuvenated. 
  • How long does Vail Ski Resort stay open?
    • Vail has a long ski season typically ranging from mid November until April. 
  • Is Keystone gondola free?
    • You need to purchase a ticket to ride the Vail Gondola. With the purchase of an adult ticket, 1 kid can ride free. 
  • Is Vail good for beginners?
    • Vail has great beginner terrain. You can get beginner lessons as Vail or choose to stay on green runs closer to the base of the mountains. 
  • What should I pack for Vail Colorado?
    • When visiting Vail, it is always great to pack lots of layers. Cold temperatures accompanied by sun can make you warm enough to be comfortable in just a jacket. Make sure to pack a hat, gloves, and warm socks for any winter travel to Vail. 
  • Is Vail good for snowboarding?
    • Vail allows snowboarders and has great back bowls where snowboarders and skiers can escape crowds and enjoy the amazing terrain. 
  • Is Vail Colorado a city?
    • Vail is considered a town in Colorado and more specifically is it a resort town as it is centered around the Vail Ski Resort. In the Vail village, there are lots of shops, and restaurants to enjoy during your vacation. 

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When To Visit Vail

Snowshoeing Colorado

Set in the White River National Forest, Vail is one of the most renowned ski resorts in the world. Sitting right above 8,000 feet in elevation, Vail’s town was built to compliment the ski resort. At just over 50 years old, Vail is now the largest ski resort in Colorado.

Mountain Biking Colorado

Vail attracts plenty of visitors in the summer as well with great mountain biking and the vibe of a small mountain getaway. Plenty of opportunities for great outdoor activity surround the area. Gore Creek runs through the center of town and is a common destination for fishermen from all over in the summer.  


Vail attracts plenty of visitors in the summer as well with great mountain biking and the vibe of a small mountain getaway. Plenty of opportunities for great outdoor activity surround the area. Gore Creek runs through the center of town and is a common destination for fishermen from all over in the summer.  

Mountain Biking Colorado
Fishing in Colorado

During the “mud seasons” in spring and fall, Vail turns nearly into a ghost town.  Missing out on this time of year would be a mistake, as the aspens in the fall evolve into a blanket of yellow and the crisp mornings in the spring are perfect for hiking and fishing.  You may even catch one last snow in March or April, since Colorado’s weather can be so unpredictable.