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Overview

Introduction to Vail, Colorado

Vale is a popular ski resort town situated in Eagle County in the Rocky Mountains. It's surrounded by the White River National Forest and features one of the top ski mountains in the entire world. It's a popular summertime destination for hiking, bicycle riding, fishing and other outdoor activities. Tourism is the primary factor for the economy. Most places are accessible by walking. The city offers majestic scenery, quality restaurants and nightlife.

History

The Ute Indians were the original inhabitants. During the late 1800's ranchers and miners seeking gold and silver arrived in the region. It was named in tribute to Charlie Vail, a state highway engineer. The population significantly increased due to the construction of a highway connecting the city with Denver. During World War II Vail was utilized for mountain survival training by the 10th Mountain Division. In 1962 the U.S. Forest Service granted a permit to Peter Seibert and Earl Eaton and Vail Mountain was officially available for skiing.

Attractions

  • Vail Film Festival.
  • Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival offers the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Colorado Ski Museum includes extensive information regarding the history of skiers and snow boarders.
  • Numerous luxurious spas.
  • Piney Lake is known for its beautiful views.
  • Lazy J Ranch.

Outdoor Activities

Vail is one of the top ski destinations in the world. Vail Mountain has a vast amount of acreage for skiing. Snow boarding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular activities. The well known Vail Ski Resort includes seven bowls and is the biggest single mountain ski resort in the country. A gondola provides transportation to the mountain top for non-skiers who want to enjoy the magnificent view. The nearby Beaver Creek Resort is a prominent United States ski resort and often hosts Alpine Skiing World Cup competitions.

The ski trails are utilized for mountain biking during the summer months. Bicycle riders can take lifts to the mountain top and enjoy the thrilling ride down the mountain. The trails have been rated for difficulty. The Berry Picker Trail provides hikers access to the top of the mountain. The Eagle River flows through the valley and provides excellent opportunities for rafting. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous quality golf courses.

Nightlife and Accommodations

Quality accommodations including hotels, condominiums, resorts and lodges are available. The Roost Lodge, the Sitzmark Lodge, Wren at Vail, the Vail Racquet Club Town Homes and Condominiums, Bighorn Vail Marriott Resort and Spa and the Lion Square Lodge are some of the top locations to stay at.

There are more than 100 restaurants and nightclubs. Vail Village is popular for dining and nightlife. Visitors enjoy the piano and sports bars, the romantic restaurants and the active nightspots. There are a large number of shops and quality art galleries.

Transportation

The city is served by the Vail/Eagle County Airport. An extensive free shuttle bus system is available.

People

Total Population 5,280
Male Share of the Population 59%
Female Share of the Population 41%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,706
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 32.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.6%
Median Earnings25+ $38,915
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,860

Wealth

Median Family Income $95,446
% Above Poverty Level 91.7%
% Below Poverty Level 8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 9.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 18.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,178
Median House Value $543,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 15.4%
Irish 15.3%

Vail Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles SW of Boulder, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Eagle
Standard Zip Codes 81657
P.O. Box Zip Codes 81658
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.64
Longitude -106.373

Vail Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station VAIL
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 26 F
Apr Temp 22 to 47 F
Jul Temp 40 to 75 F
Oct Temp 23 to 53 F
Annual Precip 20.4 inches
Station SUGARLOAF RES (LEADVILL)
Distance 27 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 28 F
Apr Temp 17 to 43 F
Jul Temp 39 to 71 F
Oct Temp 23 to 50 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Station KREMMLING
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 26 F
Apr Temp 24 to 52 F
Jul Temp 44 to 80 F
Oct Temp 23 to 59 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Vail, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Vail (81657)

West Vail (81657)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avon 6,384 $53,107
Dillon 926 $86,700
Frisco 2,782 $75,375
Minturn 1,041 $78,393
Red Cliff 268 $64,792
Silverthorne 4,009 $92,615

Vail Public Libraries

Library
Vail Public Library
292 W MEADOW DR
Vail, Colorado
(970) 479-2184
Library Web Site

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Vail Hospitals

VAIL VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
181 W MEADOW DRIVE
(970) 476-2451
Emergency Service: Yes

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