EXPERIENCE A VAIL SKI VACATION
When it comes time to plan out those precious winter vacation days, a great escape to a sunny beach may be at the top the list for some, but any true lover of winter will tell you hitting the slopes and heading to the mountains is the best way to celebrate the winter season. Vail Resort, located in its namesake town Vail, Colorado, has quickly become the largest ski area in the state of Colorado and the third-largest ski area in the United States, over its more than 50-year history. Home to many winter Olympians, the town of Vail and Vail Resort are truly one-of-a-kind experiences for any skier, snowboarder, or all-around winter enthusiasts of any kind. You will find plenty of ways to stay busy on the mountain as well as discover plenty of “après ski” activities around town ready to be explored when the day is done.
America’s Mountain Town
Founded in 1962 by Peter Seibert, a member of the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army, who was stationed at Camp Hale, and several friends, including Earl Eaton, near the base of Vail Pass. Vail has long been one of the top ski destinations in the world and was styled after the famed ski resorts in the Alps near where Seibert was stationed. Within Vail’s first 50-years Vail quickly grew from its humble beginnings as a nine-run mountain to the now behemoth 5,289 acre resort, one of the top rated US Ski Resorts and home to Olympic greats such as Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.
While Vail is best known for its skiing, there are many activities to enjoy on your winter vacation that can be found at Discover Vail.
Hit the Slopes at Vail
With a ski season lasting more than 5-months, Vail will be primed and ready for new to expert level skiers and snowboarders alike, from just before Thanksgiving through to nearly the end of April each year. Topping out at 11,570 feet above sea level at its peak, and with 3,000+ feet of vertical, skiable terrain, Vail offers some of the most stunning views of the Rocky Mountains anywhere in the West and with plenty of rental equipment and ski or snowboard lessons available, Vail is ready to give riders a thrill of a lifetime season after season.
Après Ski Around the Town
Once the last run of the day comes to an end your day might only just be beginning. Modeled after some of the great European ski resort towns, Vail, Colorado is home of some of the best “Après Ski” in North America with great restaurants and local nightlife. Perfect for relaxing after a hard day on the mountain with great food and live music, many popular bars and local favorites are located right at the base of Gondola One. You’ll easily be able to see the village area come alive at many locations, but for those looking for something a little closer to home, guests of Manor Vail Lodge can also enjoy views of the slopes and creek from the spacious Fitz Bar. Cozy up by the outdoor firepits while enjoying a local craft beer or signature cocktail like the Fitz Fashion.
Vail Winter Adventures
Beyond taking to the slopes or indulging in après ski, Vail resort’s Adventure Ridge as well as the surrounding community offers a plethora of activities for guests less inclined toward downhill skiing or snowboarding. At Vail’s Adventure Ridge riders can enjoy trips on Gondola One that will allow them to take in the inspiring views of the Sawatch Range and Mount of the Holy Cross but with a less slippery ride down, as well as the speedy Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. Around the town, guests are also able to find great shopping and activities such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.