While there are many ski resorts near Denver, Vail is the most visited, and it's easy to reach. Vail is just under 100 miles from Denver, and about 120 miles from Denver International Airport. Drive times can vary depending on traffic and road conditions. Without traffic and in good conditions, you can count on less than a two-hour drive from Denver to Vail.
Interstate 70, which runs from Denver to Vail, goes over the Vail Pass, which reaches an elevation of 10,666 feet. During snowstorms, the conditions can be treacherous, and the highway is sometimes closed to traffic.
If you are coming directly from Denver International Airport, which is on the east side of Denver, allow an extra 20 minutes, and more if you are heading out at rush hour.
Whether you are driving yourself or looking for an easy alternative, see our guide to getting from Denver to Vail. This will give you a complete look at shuttles, buses, and more.
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