Colorado, United States
The Vail Ski Resort is located in Eagle County, Colorado next to the town of Vail. Vail Mountain, at 5289 acres, is the largest single mountain ski resort in The United States, featuring seven bowls and intermediate gladed terrain in Blue Sky Basin. It opened in 1962 and is currently owned and operated by Vail Resorts, which also operates three other ski resorts in the state, Breckenridge, Keystone, and the nearby Beaver Creek.
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Vail Mountain is comprised of three sections: The Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin, and the Back Bowls. Vail is the largest single mountain resort in the USA. Vail Mountain is the second largest resort in North America (after Whistler Blackcomb) at over 5200 acres. Most of the mountain is wide open terrain, with trails of all types, from cruising runs off of most Front Side and Blue Sky Basin lifts, to the wide open Back Bowls, glades, chutes, and moguls in the Northwoods area, cornices in Blue Sky Basin, and much more. The Vail Village is modeled after a Bavarian Village with pedestrian streets and rugged mountain backdrops.
Unlike other ski towns such as Aspen, Steamboat Springs or Breckenridge which were actual towns prior to the establishment of their ski resorts, the town of Vail grew as a result of the Vail ski resort.