Aspen vs Vail [Infographic]
Be it winter or summer, Aspen and Vail are both top-notch destinations, but which is best? Check out what they each offer, and decide where you want to ski, play in the snow or visit in the off-season for fun in the sun.
Aspen in Winter
- Gets 300 inches of snow per year.
- Provides a variety of trails for skiers and snowboarders: 637 acres of skiable terrain
- Snowmass has the nation's longest ski lift - the Cirque Lift.
- Two-thirds of Aspen Mountain's runs are rated advanced or expert.
- Snowmobile tours.
- Carriage and sleigh rides through picturesque Aspen, Colorado.
- Aspen hosts the X-Games and an annual celebration of winter, Winterskol, every January.
Vail in Winter
- Gets 366 inches of snow per year.
- Boasts 5,289 skiable acres with 193 trails for all skill levels.
- Atop Vail Mountain sits Adventure Ridge, which offers ski bikes, snowshoeing, tubing and kids' snowmobiling.
- Vail Village has more than 250 shops and 100 restaurants and bars.
- Vail has the largest network of express quad chairlifts in the world: 17 high-speed quads and a gondola.
- Fine-tune your skills at Vail Snowsports School for skiers and snowboarders.
Aspen in Summer
- Visit two nearby ghost towns: Ashcroft and Independence.
- Whitewater rafting.
- Flyfishing in the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Golf surrounded by mountain vistas.
- June's annual Aspen Food and Wine Classic.
Vail in Summer
- Horseback riding.
- Mountain biking trails.
- Meet up with a local trail guide to learn about birds and wildflowers in the area.
- Jeep 4-wheeling tours.
It's High Time for a Good TimeAspen and Vail are each beautiful alpine resort towns at elevations around 8,000 feet. The summits in each area reach heights of more than 13,000 feet.
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