Vail Mountain—the largest ski resort in the United States—celebrates its 50th anniversary during the 2012-2013 ski season. With a history of impassioned perseverance, the resort continuously strives to improve guest experience. From the creation of Epic Pass and Epic Mix—the resorts own, unique social media tool—to a several billion-dollar town renovation, there’s always something new in Vail. This year, commemorating the Golden Jubilee anniversary, a state-of-the-art gondola will replace the Vista Bahn chairlift.
Vail’s dedication to investing in ski resort living tops a long list of reasons for wealthy second homeowners, international jet setters and active families to stake their claim here. Ranked #2 in Ski Magazine’s 2011-2012 resort rankings, Vail is synonymous with back-bowl skiing, gourmet dining, luxurious lodging, European-style villages, exclusive shopping, diverse art galleries, festivals and culture. Summer activities feature golf, cycling, rafting, fly-fishing, culinary events and more. Lavish homes nestle amongst the pines at the base of the ski resort with an average list price in July 2012 of $2.3 million.
Year-round attractions include Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Taste of Vail, the Colorado Ski Museum, and Vail Film Festival. Vail will host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, tapping heavily into the international market.