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Vail Introduction

Framed by blue skies and snow-capped peaks, Vail is an iconic outdoor playground. The Rocky Mountains resort is a bucket list destination for skiers and snowboarders, boasting more than 5000 acres of skiable terrain accessed by over 30 lifts. When the snow has melted, Vail welcomes a stream of hikers, mountain bikers, and alpine adventurers. There's a stellar après-ski scene to match, whether you're shopping at designer boutiques, indulging in luxury spa treatments, or sipping wine by a log fireplace.

Hotels in Vail

Adored by celebrities and millionaires, there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Vail. Take your pick of high-end chains, as well as independent establishments that have been welcoming skiers since Vail opened its first gondola in 1962. Top-tier properties treat guest to spacious suites furnished with luxurious decor. Heated pools, day spas, and outdoor firepits make it easy to unwind after a day on the slopes. Popular with families and groups, self-contained apartments promise spacious living areas and plenty of privacy. Midrange Vail hotels are a great choice for budget travelers, offering cooked breakfasts and a cozy atmosphere.

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Where to stay

With cobbled streets and twinkling lights, it's hard to beat the atmosphere in Vail Village. You'll be within walking distance of cafes, boutiques, and snow sports outfitters, as well as popular ski lifts, such as Gondola One. Many of Vail's self-contained apartments, condos, and private residences are located to the west of the main village. Ski in/out hotels in Lionshead and Golden Peak are a top choice if you want to maximize your time on the slopes. For a change of scene, consider hotels in Beaver Creek, a sister resort known for corduroy runs and a postcard-perfect village.

Things to see

Whether you're riding the Northeast Bowl, exploring the Blue Sky Basin, or trekking to secluded mountain chalets, snow sports are the order of the day in Vail. There's terrain for every level, including plenty of bunny slopes for the kids. After a day on the mountain, head straight to a heated outdoor patio for celebratory drinks. There's plenty to break up your time on the slopes, including a tempting lineup of luxury day spas. Small but absorbing, the Colorado Ski Museum offers an overview of the state's alpine legacy. Inside, you can check out vintage ski memorabilia and the star-studded Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Green thumbs shouldn't miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, where you can admire year-round blooms. In summer, Vail transforms into a wonderland for adventure seekers. Take your pick of wildflower-strewn hikes, heart-racing zip line courses, downhill mountain biking, and more.

How to get to Vail

Whether you're arriving by car, plane, or bus, it's easy to enjoy a vacation in Vail. The resort is 100 miles west of Denver International Airport (DEN) and 30 miles east of Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), with road access via the I-70. Parking is available throughout the resort, although it can be limited. Alternatively, ride the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle from Denver International and Eagle County Airports. A network of free local buses connects Vail Village with Lionshead and Golden Peak. Depending on where you're staying, you may be able to take advantage of ski valet and shuttle services.

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