Powder hound or glamor puss? Friends on tour or family with kids? Whatever your style, there’s a resort area of Vail to suit it. There are elegant European-style villages if you want a bit of hustle, bustle, and après-ski entertainment, or you can choose a peaceful mountainside retreat. Vail is all about creating your ski trip your way, with few pretensions or set rules.
As ski resorts go, Vail is lavishly laden with shops. In fact, a stroll around the town is enough to have anybody lusting after luxury furs and top-quality ski togs. Beyond the winter sports shopping, Vail has a village atmosphere, with delis, grocers, and wine shops. If you fancy a break from the mountain, you can even head over to nearby Silverthorne to get a retail fix of all your favorite fashion brands.
Fast and furious, Vail is a year-round resort which barely pauses for breath. Throughout the snow season, this Colorado valley echoes with the sound of scraping, swooshing skis and the shrieks of children on high-flying adventures. But there’s more to enjoy here than just downhill skiing. There are cross-country activities for intrepid explorers, museums for history buffs, and alpine gardens for nature lovers. Bring an adventurous spirit, and Vail will do the rest.
Sitting proudly in the mighty Rockies, Vail is Colorado’s legendary ski resort. With over 2,000 hectares of skiable terrain and a massive off-piste area, Vail is large enough to keep powder hounds busy for weeks. In the summer, the mountain territory is transformed into a green playground, fit for hiking and biking. All year round, the resort towns brim with shopping, entertainment, and nightlife, providing a full-throttle mountain vacation.
Vail cuisine is nothing if not innovative. There’s succulent seafood, all these miles from the ocean, as well as rich meats and steaks, which makes for a unique surf ’n’ turf scene in the mountains. The resort villages of Vail and Lionshead are packed with restaurants, ranging from gourmet establishments to fast food joints. You won’t starve at ski level either, with bistros at each of the ski areas, serving up warming, hearty fare.
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