Vail general information

Vail general information


Denver International Airport is the world’s tenth-busiest air hub and the most practical arrivals port for European skiers heading to Vail. From the UK, British Airways flies direct and also offer skiing packages, although routes to Denver from other European destinations will involve a change of plane at another major US international airport. Acceptable alternatives for visitors from Europe are flights to New York’s JFK, Newark or La Guardia and a domestic flight with Continental or American Airlines to Eagle County Airport close by the resort. For those arrivals at Denver who don’t mind missing out on a scenic drive or bus journey, the short flight from Denver to Eagle County is available via SkyWest or United.

Ground transfers from both Denver and Eagle County Airport are by bus, shared shuttle or self-drive, with car hire easily arranged. If renting a car, make sure you have winter tyres and a set of snow chains.

Booking your lift passes online in advance is the best way to save on this major expense. Prices at Vail are based on age – children, teens, adults and seniors – time of year, with the March spring break and major holidays the most expensive, and the type of ticket. On offer are full day, half day and multi-day, with full prices charged at the ticket windows. Some hotels may build in lift passes as a package along with accommodation and meals.