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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,363
Male Share of the Population55.9%
Female Share of the Population44.1%
Senior Citizens12.7%
Employed Population 16+3,723
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married38.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher59.1%
Median Earnings25+$37,342
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$57,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,417

Wealth

Median Family Income$95,278
% Above Poverty Level93.9%
% Below Poverty Level6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home7%
% Walking and Biking to Work7%
% Using Public Transportation12.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,377
Median House Value$556,600

Ancestry

English18.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.9%
German16.6%
Irish16.2%
Italian10.3%
Scottish4.2%
Norwegian3.9%
French Except Basque3.7%
Polish3.5%
Swedish2.9%
Austrian2.5%
Russian2.2%
Welsh1.3%
Czech1.3%
African1.2%
Hungarian1.1%
Danishn0.9%
Greek0.9%
Swiss0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Slovene0.4%
Australian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Vail Almanac

CategoryValue
County Eagle County
Standard Zip Codes81657
P.O. Box Zip Codes81658
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.64
Approximate Longitude-106.39

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)

StationVAIL
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp2 to 26 F
Apr Temp22 to 47 F
Jul Temp40 to 75 F
Oct Temp23 to 53 F
Annual Precip20.4 inches
StationSUGARLOAF RES (LEADVILL)
Distance27 miles
Jan Temp4 to 28 F
Apr Temp17 to 43 F
Jul Temp39 to 71 F
Oct Temp23 to 50 F
Annual Precip16.6 inches
StationKREMMLING
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp-2 to 26 F
Apr Temp24 to 52 F
Jul Temp44 to 80 F
Oct Temp23 to 59 F
Annual Precip11.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Avon6,444$52,520
Dillon992$82,750
Frisco2,909$74,891
Minturn1,029$81,538
Red Cliff246$83,000
Silverthorne4,206$60,000

Vail Public Libraries

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

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Vail Hospitals

Vail Valley Medical Center
(Non-profit)
181 W Meadow Drive
(970) 476-2451

Vail Public Schools

Red Sandstone Elementary School
551 North Frontage Road
ZIP: 81657
Primary
Total Enrollment 265

Vail Private Schools

Vail Mountain School
3000 Booth Falls Rd
ZIP: 81657
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 349
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