Published: February, 2018
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Vail, Colorado

My dad calls Vail, ‘God’s Country.’ I agree.
— Cynthia Pillsbury
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult, Family, Mountains
  • Activity level: high
  • Ideal length of trip: 5-7 DAYS...OR AN ENTIRE SEASON

to & from

Fly directly to Eagle Vail Airport (45 minutes West of Vail) from certain locations (LA, Chicago, Dallas, NY) or fly to Denver and rent a car if staying outside of Village or take Colorado Mountain Express/Epic Transportation. Skip connecting through Denver to Eagle, takes about the same time and significant risk of missing your connection.

Where to Stay

If hotels are you thing  Sonnenalp Hotel is our very favorite. The cozy atmosphere, charming spa and delicious breakfast buffet are second to none. For a less expensive, but PERFECT location, Christiania At Vail is a great option. Minutes from Golden Peak and Gondola #1 complete with a pool that is the temperature of a hot tub. If renting a house is more your speed for cozy fireside nights check out AirBnB or HomeAway/VRBO. Ideal to stay in the Village (East to West, North to South) to take advantage of the FREE Town of Vail bus service to the slopes.

Where to Eat and Drink

What to Do

  • Hire a Mountain Guide if you are not familiar with the mountain. It's big and can be overwhelming if you are not familiar.
  • Ski Chair 10 on Saturday am- Blue Ox will be groomed. Furthest East Run on front side of Mountain. Heavenly
  • Ice Skating in the winter in Vail or Lionshead Villages or soccer on turf in Vail in the summer
  • Get some Perch merch at locals and tourist favorite shop, Perch
  • (Window) Shopping at Gorsuch
  • Take advantage of the cool (free) Vail offers. On Sundays in January you can hook up with Vail Patrol and do the "sweep" at the end of day.
  • For a bit of an adventure rent inter tubes (or buy on amazon in advance) and tube down the Gore Creek from the Vail Golf Course to the International Bridge. Make sure to go on a WARM day, because the creek is melted snow from the mountain... brrrr!
  • Rent bikes in town and bike along the Gore Creek and Vail Golf Course to East Vail. Only a few times you'll feel the altitude!
  • Make sure to get a hiking guide and explore. There are sooo many incredible hikes on the mountain and around Vail.
  • If you like to ride horses there are a few stables (Bear Cat in Edwards) that offers trail rides.
  • Check out the new club/restaurant Chasing Rabbits.
  • If you aren't too tired from skiing and like live music, check out Shakedown in Vail Village .

inside scoop

  • Drink water, water and more water to adjust to the high elevation. If you have issues with altitude, consider spending a day or night in Boulder or Denver.
  • Make ski school reservations 3-4 weeks in advance during holidays-Golden Peak for Vail Village or Lionshead if staying in Lionshead.
  • Make dinner reservations early (most restaurants take reservations 1-2 months in advance for high season- February and March) but if it's just two people most restaurants mentioned above have great bars with complete menu service.
  • If you are staying in the Village you don't need a car, you can have groceries delivered to your condo. IF you are staying in the Valley and want a car to drive into dinners at night, the price of a rental car will probably be less than multiple seats on Colorado Mountain Express (CME).

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