Vail HotelsAt the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Vail is one of North America’s best ski resorts. With miles of well-groomed piste, as well as a dedicated school for beginners, Vail attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders each season. It also has plenty of cross-country trails. A vibrant après-ski culture has developed and the 2 villages at the base of the mountain provide all the bars, shops, and restaurants you could ask for, offering relaxation after a day on the slopes. Things to seeAscending the mountains on a state-of-the-art chairlift, you’ll be blown away by the sight of the majestic Rockies blanketed in the purest white snow, ripe for making tracks in. If you’re not quite ready for the piste, there is a ski and snowboard school catering to all ages and group sizes, in a specially designed area. If you’d rather get off-piste and try a different form of skiing, take a Nordic skiing or snowshoeing tour, where you’ll traverse through the backcountry mountain forest, enveloped in silence apart from the scrape of skis over the loose snow. After a day on the mountain, descend back into the village of Vail, a winter wonderland with jovially-lit squares, an ice rink and plenty of bars ready and waiting for you. Throughout the season, there are ski competitions to watch on the mountain, as well as live music and film events in the village.Hotels in
VailAccommodation in Vail varies from luxury, fully-catered hotel resorts to self-catered lodges and modest inns. If money is no object, then the luxury hotels offer an unparalleled experience; stunning alpine-influenced buildings feature log fires, incredible mountain views and spas, where you can be pampered after a full day of skiing. Mid range hotels are plentiful, centered in the villages of Vail and Lionshead, with easy access to the slopes and comfortable rooms, as well as spa tubs. If you’re looking to stretch your budget, look out for hotel deals, particularly for groups – 4 or more people can offer good value. Where to stayThe village of Lionshead, at the base of the Vail ski area, offers some of the most luxurious hotels and is a completely car-free zone. With its large, outdoor ice rink and children’s ski school, this is the ideal location for families with children, as it offers plenty to do, as well as having great access to the ski lifts. Neighboring Vail, linked by a free bus service, provides the greatest range of accommodation and is the center of the nightlife in the area. To have even quicker access to the slopes, stay in self-catered ski chalets at Golden Peak.How to get to VailVail is well-connected, thanks to the Eagle/Vail Airport, located 30 minutes from the Vail ski resort. The airport receives flights from 11 cities all over the USA, making international connections easy. There is also a direct flight from Toronto. Once you have landed, there are shared and private shuttle services available to take you directly to the hotel. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Alternatively, you can hire a car, equipped to drive in heavy snow. Either way, if you get an early enough flight, you could be hitting the slopes for an afternoon of skiing the same day.