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Vail Information

Established less than 50 years ago, Vail is often the first town that comes to people’s mind when thinking of skiing in Colorado. It is arguably one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, in the Colorado Rockies, it’s a town created by and for skiing but has grown to a year-round destination that’s a favorite with families and lovers of the outdoors. Not only do visitors enjoy the bountiful recreational and cultural opportunities that are available, residents also take pride in a quality of life that provides alpine living at its best. From hiking in the summer to skiing in the winter, there’s always something to do in Vail. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the 1,100 acres of open space accounting for 50% of Vail’s town-owned land; 350,000 surrounding acres of national forest, crowned by 5,289 skiable acres on one of the largest and best ski mountains in the world; 17 miles of recreation paths; countless special events, the highest botanical gardens in the world and an outdoor amphitheater named for Vail’s most famous resident, President Gerald R. Ford.

World-class winter activities in Vail include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow tubing and sleigh rides. Vail Mountain Resort is the one-stop shop for over 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain. Whether you love the feeling of gliding down a freshly laid carpet of groomed snow or revel in knee-deep powder, Vail has terrain to suit your style. Known for that light and fluffy Colorado powder, Vail also boasts the most groomed terrain on the planet. From the Front Side to the Back Bowls, there is intermediate-friendly terrain off of every lift, while experts can challenge themselves on iconic Vail runs and glades. Golden Peak and Bwana Terrain Parks offer small, medium, and large features for those looking for an added challenge. Vail has unique Kid’s Adventure Zones all over the mountain, featuring banked turns, tunnels, and small glades. These fun and safe areas are perfect to build confidence and challenge your child’s skiing and riding abilities. Learning how to ski or ride? Whether you are looking for a guide to show you the best spots on the mountain on any given day, or to take your skills to the next level, Vail instructors are the kind of people you’ll want to ski with by day and join for après when the lesson’s over. Also, don’t worry! There are two beginner areas on mountain! Vail Mountain’s Nordic School offers snowshoe, cross-country, and backcountry ski tours for all levels in addition to Telemark skiing. For information regarding tubing, ski biking and kid’s snowmobiling at Vail Mountain, please click here. Vail is typically open for the winter season from mid-November through early April.

If you’re an adult and in the need for speed, snowmobile half-day or full-day tours can be booked with companies such as Sage Outdoor Adventures, Vail Snowmobiling, Nova Guides, and Vail Backcountry Tours. If you’d rather explore the Colorado backcountry on your own, snowmobiles can also be rented independently from Colorado Backcountry Rentals and Vail Snowmobiling.

What better way to create memories than a sleigh ride in the Colorado Rocky Mountains? Whether you wish to evoke the nostalgia of your childhood or cozy up with your loved one for a romantic evening, a sleigh ride under the starry night sky is something you will never forget. Horse drawn sleigh ride and dinners can be booked through a select few establishments in Vail including Bearcat Stables, 4 Eagle Ranch, and Beano’s Cabin. These same locations also offer fun in the summer with activities ranging from horseback rides, hunting camps, wine tasting, country dancing, rodeos, fat tire bikes and tractor pulled wagon rides.

 

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Nestled up to the base of the ski mountain, the village experience is at once timeless and vibrant. The highly regarded fine dining scene is matched by stellar shopping experiences. Looking for a fun place to unwind après ski? You’ll have a hard time choosing which deck and drink special. Family and group friendly options abound with ice skating rinks, a high-end movie theater, ritzy bowling, sweets shops and event concert venues all within a few minutes’ walk.

Foodies flock to Vail’s diverse and exciting culinary scene. Vail might be a small town in the Rocky Mountains, but you’ll find dining options to rival the world’s most vibrant cities. You can start your gourmet experience with a sit-down lunch on mountain at The 10th, complete with fuzzy slippers to replace your ski boots and incredible views. Once back in the Village, your options are seemingly endless, from Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese dishes with South American flare at Matsuhisa, the always creative and exciting Sweet Basil, to restaurants that celebrate more traditional classics like Lancelot.

A vibrant pedestrian village, incredible and accessible terrain, lodging and dining to suit every budget, a mix of locals and guests from around the world…Vail is the quintessential Ski Resort experience. Come and see for yourself!

 

Restaurants in Vail

For a complete list of restaurants in Vail and reviews, please click here.

Root & Flower$$ – American (New)/Wine Bar – 225 Wall St Ste 103A – (970) 763-5101

Almresi$$$ – Modern European, Bar/Breakfast, Brunch – 333 Bridge St – (970) 470-4174

Mountain Standard$$$ – American (New)/Burgers/Bar – 193 Gore Creek Dr Ste 201 – (970) 476-0123

Sweet Basil$$$ – American (New)/Wine Bar – 193 Gore Creek Dr Ste 201 – (970) 476-01253

Yeti’s Grind$ – Coffee/Tea/Café – 141 E Meadow Dr Ste 108 – (970) 476-1515

Westside Cafe$$ – American (New)/Comfort Food – 2211 N Frontage Rd W – (970) 476-7890

Annapurna Nepali and Indian Cuisine – $$ – Indian/Himalayan/Nepalese/Seafood – 250 S Frontage Rd W – (970) 476-7812

Joy Sushi$$ – Sushi Bar/Japanese – 2161 N Frontage Rd W Ste 15 – (970) 688-5758

The George – $$ – American (Traditional) – 292 E Meadow Dr – (970) 476-2656

The Fitz Bar & Restaurant$$ – American (Traditional)/Bar – 595 Vail Valley Dr – (970) 476-4959

Yellowbelly Chicken$ – Chicken Shop – 2161 N Frontage Rd Ste 14 – (970) 343-4340

Pendulum$$$$ – American (New) – 232 Bridge St – (970) 470-4803

The Vintage$$ – Breakfast/Brunch/Cocktail Bar/French – 12 Vail Rd Ste 100 – (970) 479-0175

White Bison$$$ – American (New)/Bar – 223 Gore Creek Dr – (970) 763-5470

The Blü Cow$$ – Specialty Food/Café/Bar – 304 Bridge St Ste 4 – (970) 476-2013

Terra Bistro$$$ – American (New) – 352 E Meadow Dr – (970) 476-6836

Campo De Fiori$$$ – Italian – 100 E Meadow Dr Ste 24 – (970) 476-8994

Gardunos Mexican Food – $ – Mexican – 291 Main St – (970) 827-4017

Up The Creek$$ – American (Traditional)/Bar – 223 Gore Creek Dr Ste 103 – (970) 476-8141

Avalanche Pub$$ – American (Traiditional)/Burger/Pub – 715 W Lionshead Cir – (970) 479-6957


Vail Sports Stores

Vail Sports (multiple locations) – Equipment/Rentals/Retail

  • 728 W. Lionshead Cir – (970) 476-4615
  • 492 E. Lionshead Circ – (970) 476-3600
  • 458 Vail Valley Dr – (970) 754-4915
  • 675 Lionshead Place, Bldg D,Level 1 – (970) 476-5042
  • 151 Vail Road – (970) 476-1086

Top of Eagle Bahn Gondola – (970) 754-4421

Gondola One base – (970) 754-4417

Burton (multiple locations) – Equipment/Retail

  • 675 Lionshead Place, Bldg C, Level 2 – (970) 477-5741
  • 244 Wall Street – (970) 476-7454

Icebreaker – Retail – 141 E. Meadow Dr – (970) 331-0837

Marmot – Retail – 288 Bridge Street – (970) 306-0675

The North Face (multiple locations) – Retail

141 E Meadow Dr – (970) 476-4541

610 W. Lionshead Circle, Unit E – (970) 477-5742

Oakley – Retail – One Willow Bridge Rd – (970) 331-0839

Patagonia (multiple locations) – Retail

  • 675 Lionshead Place, Bldg D, Level 2 – (970) 477-5744
  • 286 Bridge St – (970) 331-0836

Salomon – Retail – 610 W. Lionshead Cir Unit D – (970) 476-1397

Smartwool – Retail – 675 Lionshead Place – (970) 343-4339

Helly Hansen – Equipment/Gear/Retail – 675 Lionshead Place – (970) 306-0118

Arc’Teryx – Gear/Retail – 675 Lionshead Place – (970) 477-5743


Vail Guides, Tours and Rentals

Sage Outdoor AdventuresRafting/ATV/Snowmobiling/Horseback – (970) 476-3700

Vail SnowmobilingTours and Rentals – (970) 455-4040

Nova GuidesSnowmobiling Tour and Rental/ATV/Jeep Tour/Paintball/Rafting – (719) 486-2656

Vail Backcountry ToursSnowmobile Tours – (970) 476-7749

Colorado Backcountry RentalsSnowmobile and ATV Rentals – (970) 406-1397

Bearcat StablesHorseback Riding/Sleigh Rides/Dinner – 701 Squaw Creek Rd – (970) 376-4647

4 Eagle RanchHorseback Riding/Sleigh Rides/Dinner/4×4 Guides/Zipline/Country Western Dance/Rodeo/Wine Tasting – 4098 Highway 131 – (970) 926-3372

Beano’s CabinFine Dining/Horseback Riding/Tractor Wagon Rides – (970) 754-3463


Grocery Stores

Safeway – 2131 N Frontage Rd W – (970) 476-3561

City Market – 2109 N Frontage Rd W – (970) 476-1017

Sim’s Market – 3971 Big Horn Rd – (970) 476-6301

The Lionshead General Store – 610 W Lionshead Cir #2 – (970) 476-3223

Vail Gourmet Foods – 5187 Black Gore Dr – (970) 479-5318

Shop & Hop – 15 Eagle-Vail Rd – (970) 949-5502

 

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