Vail Mountain Statistics
Founded in 1962 by Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, Vail Mountain has developed into a world-class ski resort and the largest ski resort in North America. Nearly 350 inches of snow blanket the resort each year, and the sun shines 300 days annually on average. A total of 31 lifts serve the 193 conventional trails and more than 5,200 skiable acres on Vail Mountain.
Mountain Quick Facts
The Winter 2014/2015 season at Vail Ski Resort has concluded. We will post Winter 2015/2016 season dates when they become available.
Summer gondola rides and mountain bike uplift begin Go Pro Weekend, June 5-7, 2015. Daily summer operations will run June 12 through September 7. The Eagle Bahn Gondola at Lionshead will also operate weekends September 12 - October 4. Gondola One at Vail Village will operate weekends September 12-27.
During the winter season, the mountain is open daily from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Hours may be extended over the course of the season.
Number of Lifts
- 1 gondola
- 17 high-speed quads
- 1 fixed-grip quad
- 2 triple chairs
- 1 double chair
- 3 surface lift
- 6 conveyors
- Total uphill capacity: 59,092 guests per hour
Number of Trails
- 193 trails
- Back Bowls™: 3,017 acres (1,221 hectares)
- Blue Sky Basin: 645 acres (261 hectares)
- 3 Terrain Parks
- 1 Super Pipe
- 1 Half Pipe
- Longest Run: Riva Ridge, 4 miles (6.4 kilometers)
- Total Skiable Area: 5,289 acres (2,141 hectares)
- Total Vertical Rise: 3,450 feet
- Base Elevation: 8,120 feet (2,476 meters)
- Summit Elevation: 11,570 feet (3,527 meters)
- Vertical Rise: 3,450 feet (1,052 meters)
- Expert/Advanced: 53%
- Intermediate: 29%
- Beginner: 18%
Snowmaking: 461 acres (187 hectares)
Average Annual Snowfall: 348 inches (975 centimeters)