Vail, Colorado used to be a remote area before it became the “King of American Ski Resorts.” It was only accessed by the Ute Indians as a summer residence and for hunting grounds. From becoming America’s number one ski resort to playing a role during the Gold Rush, Vail has been making history.
Early History of the Vail Valley
Vail Valley used to be home to the Ute Indians before the 19 century who used the place as a summer home and as hunting grounds. The area of Vail was first explored by an Irishman named George Gore and a frontiersman Jim Bridger. It was later that Bridger named the Gore mountain range north of Vail after his fellow explorer
The Vail Valley did not escape the excitement when it brought the gold rush to Colorado in 1870s. During those times, fortune seekers came from all over the world to the area to seek for silver and gold and the chance to be wealthy. This is done with the invasion of people came the railroads and mines. Later, the Vail Valley was abandoned by the miners because the area was depleted of all the gold and silver. The Vail Valley was left to sheep ranchers after then.
The construction of Highway 6 began in 1939 which makes its way from Denver to the Gore Valley. The Vail Valley got its names, Charlie Vail, from the project’s engineer (which was the brainwave for the Town of Vail’s name).
Founders of Modern Vail
People who have visited the Vail Valley know that the country is rugged and wild. This is because of the high altitude and rugged surroundings. However, the area was used for survival during WWII war by the Army's Tenth Mountain Division. Pete Seibart with his friends Bill "Sarge" Brown and Bob Parker (who were trained with the 10 Mountain Division) returned after the war after they were struck by the beauty of the Vail Valley. These three men were determined to create and build a ski resort because they had a passion for skiing.
Building a World-Famous Ski Resort
Earl Eaton (who was a uranium prospector and rancher) joined the ski resort project in 1954. Seibert and Eaton hiked the mountain and they found out that it is the perfect location for a ski resort; the construction began in 1962. The mountain was discovered very fast and it became known as one of Colorado's best ski resorts by the mid-1970s. The Vail Valley became known to the whole world when a homeowner in the Vail Valley, Gerald Ford, became president in 1974. The resort was expanded in the 1990's when 645 acres of terrain was added to the Vail Mountain. The expansion of the Vail Valley over the years has made it a winter retreat as well as a summer travel destination. You can follow our limo services www.silvermountainexpress.com to take a tour of the Vail Valley.
Today, with 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, 33 chairlifts, and 7 bowls, Vail Mountain is world-famous. It is also a favorite of many skiers around the world. Currently, over 5,000 people are living in Vail Valley and it is a destination for millions of people every year. In the 2014-14 ski season, Vail was America's number one most visited ski resort. This is because Vail along with Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone drew over 5.5 million people. There are a lot of activities, places, and restaurants to visit in Vail and Beaver Creek. If you are already planning a visit, you can make use of our limo services www.silvermountainexpress.com.
Activities in Vail
There are many attractions in Vail including shopping, hiking, biking, skiing, and enjoying live entertainment. The valley vacation is a great trip for the whole family because children enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and rafting. At Vail Valley, families can go shopping together and also eat together at world-class restaurants. There are also many lodgings designed for couples with romantic amenities like candlelit dinners, private hot tubs, and breathtaking mountain views.
There are many amenities in Vail including ski equipment rental, fine dining, and accommodations. You don’t have to be a good skier to have a good time in Vail. This is because there are lessons offered to beginners. The slope ranges from beginner's level to extremely difficult level. A green circle signifies a beginner's slope and difficult slopes are marked with a black diamond. The visit to Vail can be the adventure of a lifetime.
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