Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has earned the distinction as one of the leading mountain resort communities in North America. With more open space than any other community of its kind, free transit and other environmentally-sensitive services, plus an abundance of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, Vail has become not only a great place to visit, but an even better place to live.
Vail is named for Charlie Vail, a state highway engineer who directed construction of the first highway to enter the area in the late 1930s. Vail is best known as the premier ski resort in North America. Once a sheep-raising and lettuce-growing region at the eastern edge of the Gore Range mountains, the resort was born in 1962, fulfilling the vision of a pair of ski enthusiasts who met at nearby Camp Hale, a training facility for wartime ski troopers used during World War II. Now, nearly 50 years later, Vail attracts more than one million skiers each season. Visitors are drawn to Vail’s charming European-style pedestrian village, which provides a variety of shopping and dining opportunities and a vibrant nightlife. Although winter continues to draw most of the area’s visitors, an abundance of summer activities, such as golf, mountain biking, fishing, rafting and cultural arts performances, has produced a growing market for summer tourism.
On the heels of its success as a resort, Vail has evolved into an appealing recreation-friendly alpine community now comprised of nearly 5,000 full-time residents and an estimated 5,000 part-time residents. Together, Vail is considered to be a leader in its resort-community qualities and best practices. Examples include:
Vail Resorts, Inc. is the operator of Vail Mountain, which contains over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and 33 lifts on land leased by the U.S. Forest Service. Vail Resorts, Inc., also operates ski areas at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly. Vail provides a variety of activities and lodging packages that keep our guests coming back year after year.