Colorado Recruiting Zone - Vail


Vail Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1966
  • Second largest single ski mountain in North America
  • Largest free transportation system in the country


  • Population: 4,531
  • Median Age: 32
  • Land Area: 4.5 square miles
  • County: Eagle

Environmental Attractions

  • 1100 acres of open space which accounts for 30% of Vail’s town-owned land
  • 5,289 skiable acres
  • 15 miles of recreational paths

Fun Facts

  • During the mid 70's, Vail became known as the Western White House for President Gerald Ford, and he did a good bit of the nation’s business from The Lodge at Vail.

Arts & Culture

  • The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. The Amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from internationally renowned dance and classical music presentations to free weekly concerts.
  • The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum/Hall of Fame was established in 1976. The Museum’s collection has over 1,500 photographs, artifacts, pieces of equipment, and articles of clothing representing over 130 years of Colorado skiing.

Major Employers

  • Vail Clinic, Inc.
  • Destination Resort Management, Inc.
  • Sonnenalp Properties, Inc.
  • Vail Plaza Hotel
  • Heick Die Casting Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association

Economic Development

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2000), out of 445 counties in 13 Western states, Eagle County is sixth in growth potential. Eagle County also is the fourth fastest growing county in Colorado and the tenth- fastest in the United States since 1990.
  • Eagle County Regional Airport, which completed a $10 million expansion in May 2001, is the fourth busiest airport in Colorado and second busiest on peak travel days. It has served over two million passengers.