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Black Tie Ski Delivery Vail
FROM$52per day
5.0
Based on 263 reviews
  • No Booking Fees

With Black Tie Ski Rentals’ delivery service, you can book top-of-the-line ski and snowboard gear before you arrive, and relax as your equipment is delivered right to your Vail accomodation. Save 10% by booking on TripOutside! read more

Base Mountain Sports
FROM$32per day
4.5
Based on 21 reviews
  • No Booking Fees

Base Mountain creates amazing Vail ski vacations. Rent from a large selection of the latest equipment from the best ski brands, plus free overnight storage and unlimited exchanges. Save 20% when you book online!read more

Ski Base

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Vista Bahn

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Vail, Colorado Ski Resort & FAQs

TripOutside lists the Vail ski shops with the highest reviews on Google/Yelp/TripAdvisor (at least 4.0 star weighted average) to make sure you have the best rental experience possible.  We want to make sure we feature the top local outfitters with the best gear for your ski or snowboard vacation.

How much does it cost to ski Vail? 

The average total daily cost to ski Vail Ski Resort, including ski rental, lift ticket, lunch and accommodation is as follows:

Resort Total Daily Cost Ski Rental Lift Ticket Lunch Accommodation
Vail Ski Resort $384 $69 $109 $22 $219

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Why is Vail so popular? 

By many measures, Vail is the largest ski mountain in the country, sprawling across 5300 acres of terrain. It is most famous for its seven huge bowls on the back side of the mountain, with 3000 acres of terrain from blue to double black runs.  These “back bowls” are a popular spot after a snowfall due to the incredible open powder skiing.  Bowls typically contain mostly advanced terrain, so the chance for intermediates to enjoy bowl skiing is rare, and another reason that Vail is so popular.  Vail does truly offer it all, even off the slopes – with a staggering number of hotels, great restaurants, spas, shops, entertainment and activities.  This makes it an all around top option for a winter vacation for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Vail’s wide variety of terrain, back bowls, and 5,289 skiable acres are one-of-a-kind. Paired with pristine conditions, skiing Vail is truly like no mountain you’ve experienced before.

Thanks to the magical combination of averaging more than 300+ days of sunshine and 370+ inches of snow each year, plus majestic, only-in-Vail views of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges, the phrase “Like Nothing on Earth” comes to life before your very eyes.

Click here for the interactive Vail trail map.

VAIL RESORT STATS

Base Elevation: 8,120 ft
Summit Elevation: 11,570 ft
Total Acres of Skiable Terrain: 5,289
Vertical Rise: 3,450 ft
Number of Trails: 195
Annual Snowfall: 354 inches
Lifts: 31
Terrain Parks: 2
Longest Run: 4 miles
Easiest: 18%
More Difficult: 29%
Most Difficult: 53%

What is better Aspen or Vail?

Vail and Aspen are two top ski resorts in Colorado. Both ski resorts are popular for their world class slopes that offer vast terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The main difference in the resorts is that Aspen is spread across four mountains linked by a shuttle, while Vail has only one mountain, but still boasts just as much terrain as Aspen’s four mountains combined.  

Aspen has a more historical feel due to its roots in the Colorado silver rush of the 1870s, while Vail has a modern atmosphere, being established more recently in the 1960s as a ski town.  Both resorts are on the expensive side, but Vail may be slightly more budget-friendly for those looking for deals.  Both resorts have extensive shopping and entertainment scenes for off slope and apres-ski activities.  

Details Vail Aspen
Skiable Terrain 5317 acres 5517 acres
Beginner  19% 6%
Intermediate 29% 43%
Advanced/Expert 52% 51%
Number of Lifts 31 40
Summit Elevation 11,570 12,510

Where is the cheapest place to ski in Colorado? 

The costs of skiing at Colorado resorts including ski rental, lift ticket, lunch, and accommodation are as follows: 

Ski Resort Total Daily Cost 1 Day Ski Rental 1 Day Lift Ticket Lunch Accommodation
Aspen $508 $64 $179 $21 $258
Breckenridge $393 $65 $173 $15 $180
Beaver Creek $584 $59 $189 $17 $333
Copper Mountain $378 $46 $119 $17 $196
Crested Butte $331 $58 $119 $17 $158
Steamboat Springs $389 $65 $149 $14 $173
Telluride $435 $63 $149 $14 $215
Vail $384 $69 $109 $22 $219
Winter Park $333 $48 $144 $16 $125

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What can you do in Vail without skiing? 

Non-skiing activities in Vail include snowshoeing, sleigh rides, indulging in renowned restaurants, shopping at local boutiques and larger retailers, joining the apres ski scene and much more.

Is Vail ski resort good for beginners? 

Vail Ski Resort has a renowned ski school and a ton of terrain for those new to skiing. The trails for beginners comprise 18% of the mountain, or 957 acres.  The beginner terrain is found on the front side of the mountain, and numerous traverse trails allow beginners to ski a great amount of the mountain.

What do ski rentals in Vail include?

Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.

Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.

Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.

**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).

HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY ON VAIL SKI AND SNOWBOARD RENTALS?

Renting online in advance can save you money.  Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates.  This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance.  It also guarantees availability of equipment.  TripOutside also has exclusive discounts for customers booking rental gear online from Black Tie Ski Delivery and other ski rental shops.

CAN I JUST RENT SKIS OR A SNOWBOARD? I DON’T NEED THE FULL PACKAGE.

Yes, most Vail shops also rent just skis or a snowboard.  

HOW DOES VAIL SKI RENTAL DELIVERY WORK?

Don’t ever wait in line at the ski shop again! Black Tie Ski Delivery’s hassle-free delivery service will save you time, which means you’ll have more time on the slopes to enjoy with family and friends. They open earlier and stay open later to ensure the best delivery time for guests and to provide slope side assistance when needed.

Fittings are generally done the night before your first day of skiing, this way you can wake up stress-free and have everything you need to hit the slopes for first tracks. Certified ski rental technicians will select and deliver your ski or snowboard equipment to your lodging property at your scheduled delivery time. Their ski technicians will custom fit you with the latest ski and board equipment based on your rental package, ability level, and the current snow conditions. Their delivery vans come fully stocked with lots of options and sizes so they can be sure all of your equipment fits properly.

Returns are just as convenient and easy as delivery. When you are finished with your rentals, Black Tie Ski Delivery will come back to your lodging and retrieve the equipment with no need to intrude on your dining or travel plans.