Vail was incorporated in 1962 after Pete Seibert, one of Vail’s founding fathers, returned to the valley with fellow army World War II 10th Mountain Division verterans Bill Brown and Bob Parker. In 1954 Earl Eaton, a uranium prospector, teamed up with Seibert to draw up plans for a ski resort within the White River National Forest in the same place these troopers trained for backcountry survival. Construction began in the spring of 1962, and opened with the United States’ first ski gondola and six square miles of terrain. By the mid-1970’s, elite skiers discovered Vail, and President Gerald Ford’s home ownership and time spent in Vail helped propel the ski town’s growth in popularity.
The growth and richness of Vail as a premier international mountain resort is echoed in the quality of real estate, recreation, events, culture, shopping and dining available in this beautiful valley. The Vail Valley Foundation makes a positive impact on the quality of life in the Vail Valley with its programs including the Vail International Dance Festival and 535-seat, year-round Vilar Performing Arts Center bringing Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music, and culture to the valley. Vail Resorts manages both Vail and Beaver Creek mountains, and Bravo!,Vail Music Festival which takes place during the summer. Vail boasts over 100 restaurants with top international chefs showing off their culinary skills. The après’ ski and nightlife, and hundreds of world-class shops from boutiques to ski shops mean there is always something to do. Art aficionados can take in dozens of galleries, art auctions, and art installations around town. With Vail’s ideal weather, and you have the makings of the perfect vacation or lifestyle.
Vail's award-winning ski resort ranks as the best ski resort for families, and earns five stars on Trip Advisor. Vail mountain is the place to be with your friends and family for an amazing snow-capped alpine experience. Vail offers 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, and 193 trails served by 31 lifts. Vail’s sister resort Beaver Creek adds another 1,832 acres and 150 trails of fun. Expertly groomed trails to the back bowls and Blue Sky Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek mountains offer something for everyone. Elevate your experience with world-class on-mountain guides and instructors. Skiing, snowboarding, ski biking, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh ride dinners, tubing, snowball fights, and more – you will discover the best of winter here in Vail. Even if that means sitting by a roaring fire making s’mores or sipping hot toddies, you’ll find so many choices of ways to embrace winter.
Vail’s boasts endless choices of sporting events, cultural performances, and summer and fall activities including forest hiking, horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides, fly fishing pristine waters, over 2,221 mountain and road bike trails, and six high altitude golf courses with awe-inspiring views of the Gore Range. The hundreds of hiking trails include casual strolls to epic day hikes up to 14,000+ foot peaks like Mount of the Holy Cross. And dogs are allowed on all the trails in the Vail Valley, so bring your furry friends! White water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and Stand Up Paddle boarding are available on Nottingham Lake, Gore Creek, and four crystal clear local rivers. All are easily accessible by foot, car, bike, or the free town shuttle. Check out the new summer adventure activities at the top of Vail mountain for amazing memories. Or meander through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens along the sparkling Gore Creek.