Vail, CO 81657, USA

Perhaps the best vacation experience in the world. Vail mountain offers virtually everything a die hard powder junkie could crave, from the Lionshead cruisers to the famous Back Bowls. Blue Sky Basin has catapulted Vail back to the top of the heap of skier preference, judging from recent polls. The Bavarian-like Village at the base is pedestrian friendly and charming. The shopping is upscale. The scene - trendy and charming all at once. Vail boasts three distinct areas of the mountain, each with their own features and fortes, including four terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of freeride terrain. At seven miles wide, finding fresh tracks is as easy as finding elbow room. In fact, on an average day, there are only two skiers per acre, and on a busy day, only four.

Resort information

Skiable surface: 5289 acres
Average snowfall: 348 pouces
Lifts: 32
Trails: 193
Summit elevation: 3526 metres
Base elevation: 2475 metres
Vertical drop: 1051 metres
Beginner: 18 %
Intermediate: 29 %
Expert: 53 %