1. The original name for Vail Mountain was Shining Mountain…. sounded kind of icy for a ski resort, so it was eventually renamed.
2. Vail got it’s name from the man responsible for bringing the highway through the area, Charlie Vail:
3. The Town of Vail was not incorporated until 4 years after the resort began operating
4. The Vail area was mostly cabbage farms before the development of the resort.
5. The landmark clock tower in Vail village was actually an apartment for awhile. The clock quit working for several years… later it was discovered that someone had stuck some chewed gum in one of the gears. When it was removed, the clock started working again.
6. Vail had the very first gondola in the US.
7. Vail boasts 5,289 ski-able acres (21.40 square kilometers), which is nearly double the size of the town itself (12 square kilometers).
8. The Median income in Vail is only about $33,000 or $2,750 a month; while average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is $2,340.
9. In Vail, it’s illegal to hit obstacles while on skis or a snowboard making most accidents a crime!
10. Vail is home to the highest botanical gardens in the world! The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is located at 8,250 feet above sea level. The gardens host over 3,000 species of high-altitude plants.