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