Vail and Beaver Creek are just two of the many ski areas operated by Vail Resorts in North America with both at the top end of their price range! Don't expect to ski at these resorts for less than US$100.- a day! they also operate the nearby ski resorts of Breckenridge and Keystone.
Vail has the largest ski acreage in North America with its wide front range and extensive back bowls providing skiing for every grade of skier. There is a massive school of ski instructors speaking a variety of languages.
The Two Elks Restaurant at the top of the mountain can be packed at lunchtime - even at their prices. Expect to pay about US$10.- for a bowl of soup and $3.- for a coffee!
Vail Village is based on alpine villages with a covered bridge over the stream and has loads of really expeive shops!
Beaver Creek is some distance away and the shop and restaurants are built around an outdoor ice rink. This is is a much prettier village with escalators to carry skiers up from village level to the base area.
It has more family skiing available, plus an Olympic style downhill run that is usually really icy! There is a mid-mountain restaurant that has better catering than Vail, but is equally expensive.
Most visitors ski or unload down to the base area in the afternoon to take advantage of the apre-ski at the bars and restaurants in the village. Also to visit the art galleries and gift shops.
The ski season ends in Beaver Creek in early April with Vail keeping going for another week.
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