Consistently ranked as one of the country's most popular ski resorts, Vail is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the United States, covering 5,500 acres of wide-open and forested terrain. Vail has been a celebrated super resort since the 1970s, when it was propelled to stardom by President Gerald Ford, whose family vacationed here. Off the slopes, Vail is a compact replica of a Tyrolean village, full of restaurants, hotels and shops. But it's the size of the mountain and the difficulty of its trails that draw the faithful.
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