Vail Travel Guide

  • Vail
    by MM212
  • Vail
    by MM212
  • Vail
    by MM212

Vail Things to Do

  • Tubing at the top of Vail

    Basically, for $25 per hour per person, you go to the top of the mountain, grab an intertube, get pulled up a hill, slide down same hill at pretty good speed, repeat 20 or so times. It was actually a lot of fun and a much better workout than you would think.

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  • Ski, Ski and Ski

    Vail offers some of the best skiing in the Rocky Mountains. It has the largest contiguous skiable terrain in the US and gets plenty of snow. The town is at 2500 metres above sea level and the highest skiable altitude is around 3500 metres (vertical drop of 1000 metres), but the surrounding peaks rise well above 4000 metres. The front side of the...

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  • Rockies are surrounding the valley

    This is in the midst of the Rockie Mountain chain, and to the west of the most high range. It is situated about 40 miles west of the Eisenhower Tunnel that is in the middle of the highest point-Loveland Pass. It is 80 miles west of Denver. There would still be 10+ miles of driving through the mountains before getting to a flatter plain heading...

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  • Retail Layout of Shops and Vail

    There is mid VAi (Vail Village along with Lionshead complex), West and East VAil. It has got so big that buses cart people around to mitigate the traffic issues. End to End it stretches about 2 miles now, and all off US 70. The mid section is the hub of shopping and staying in hotels. The outlying is the condos that owners have for use, or rental...

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  • Map of mountains and pathes to...

    Ski activity is the vogue here and the Vail village got its start that way. Now to make it a year round resort and condo sale area, they have bike and hiking trial in the mountains to boot. Some are the same, or side by side of the ski lanes. Numerous paths are carved out of the treeline, and the mountain looks a bit denuded. The draw is to ski,....

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  • Condos for Sale

    The purpose to offer the amenities at Vail for the owners is to sell and build condos. It continues to expand over the last 40 years and now has sprawled out into a real community with normal issues as to town living. Traffic and people are centralized into the main center, and this has caused the requirement to use the bus system to get around....

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Vail Hotels

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Vail Restaurants

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  • Good Food & Setting in Beaver Creek

    We had a wonderful lunch despite the gray skies on a Sunday afternoon in August. The service was very good and the lunch menu provided a good choice of options. Several years ago we stayed in Beaver Creek so we wanted to stop over on our visit to Vail decided to drive over and check it out. It was enjoyable to recall the fun vacation we had several...

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  • The restaurant is located in the Lion...

    The restaurant is located in the Lion Square area of Vail. Our seafood meals were very good of Idaho Ruby Trout and Halibut. The best part of the meal was the appetizer of the Washington Hama Hama oysters. We chose to sit inside which was good as the temperature dropped during the meal and we watched many guests grabbing sweaters and jackets....

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  • Cozy Dining in Vail Village

    We stopped in for dinner at Pepi's while visiting Vail Village. Due to a light rain and cool afternoon temperatures we elected to sit inside which was very comfortable and cozy. Having had a large lunch I went with the Salad which was very good and nice portion. My husband had the ruby red trout special, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Our waiter,...

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  • Don't eat here

    After finishing an over priced average meal in a dank basement restaurant, our waiter chased our party outside to the street . The server was unhappy and loudly complained about his tip was not 18% of the total bill. Nice advertisment for the people standing outside. This restaurant has no customer service, and over priced food like many vacation...

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  • Restaurants I've tried

    Below are some of the restaurants I tried in Vail:- Campo de Fiori (excellent Italian)- La Bottega (elegant wine bar & pizza)- Swiss Chalet (Fondue, Raclette and other Swiss cuisine)- Sweet Basil (American/International Cuisine)- Juniper (very good continental cuisine - located in Edwards)

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  • Fondue, Raclette & other Swiss Cuisine

    Part of the Sonnenalp Hotel, Swiss Chalet is an excellent Swiss restaurant. It offers fondue, raclette and other Swiss cuisine that without, a ski resort could be considered incomplete. The fondue is delicious and the ambiance is made to seem authentically Swiss (once you get past the hideous costumes of the hostess and waiters). It is well worth a...

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Vail Nightlife

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  • A Chill Night Out at Coyote Cafe

    Coyote Cafe at the base of Beaver Creek, next to the ticket office and I think the escalators, is a great spot to relax after a great day of skiing. This quaint little local bar is great for winding down, they have a full menu and a full bar. I would recommend the fish tacos, hamburgers and nachos. It is just a really fun place to check out the...

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  • Dumbstruck at Hyatt, Beaver Creek,...

    We have a vacation home in Beaver Creek. I would not recommend the Hyatt at Beaver Creek. It is excessively expensive. The staff is insolent, discourteous, and rude. We are Srs. and very sedate. We went to the Lounge at the Hyatt for an after dinner drink in February, 2007. We ordered one drink each and were speaking about the recent death of a...

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  • Sundance Bar

    The Sundance Bar is an off the beaten path place, a popular after work hangout for local ski instructors and employees at the Vail resorts. Its a very laid back, and, like most of Vail, friendly place. A good bet for a drink and some interesting conversation with the locals of Vail. Off the slopes casual.

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Vail Transportation

  • Economincal travel from Denver Eagle...

    I've been traveling to Vail/Beaver Creek & Aspen for a LONG time and first started out with the shuttle service, crammed into a Van with lots of other people for the 2 plus hours to Vail and 4 hours to Aspen - Never in a million years did I think I could afford a "chartered car service", but I found a company that for 2 or more people has VERY...

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  • Getting to Vail

    Vail has its own small airport 40 minutes west of the resort. Although this airport has connections to major cities in the US, the flights tend to be less frequent and quite expensive, especially when one adds the expensive taxi from the airport to town. The easiest and most economical way to get to Vail is to fly into Denver's international...

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  • Buses to Get Around

    Take heed of the strong "suggestion" to take a bus. It runs form one end of VAil to the other and many stops in between. More than just a recommendation, the use of the bus for locals and visitors is mandatory at some times and in some areas. Read the attached to get the flavor for what is in store. Violators have heavy penalties to pay.

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Vail Shopping

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  • Best Dresses Ever!

    I needed a dress for New Year's and was striking out everywhere I went in Vail. I found Blitz next to the Starbucks near the Covered Bridge. They have the most unusual, original, and price varied selection of night-out type dresses I have ever seen. I usually try on many dresses before I find one that works... I tried on about four that made me...

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  • Gravity Jones easily the best

    Garvity Jones are an independant company (not like some of the resort shops), offering advice, and a wide selection of boots, skis, ski wear. Beth and Adam really know their stuff!! Easily the the boot fit in the valley and without getting ripped off! They wont sell you something you dont need and also guarantee their boot fits for life, not that...

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  • Rentals and more

    Christy's rents skis and bikes, sells boots, clothes and other essentials for the mountain. Good staff and friendly service combine to make Christy's a great place to go for anything you might need.

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Vail Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking is Risky

    Watch and read the signs for when, where and how to park. For up to 2 1/2 hours during peak seasons, there is a $10 charge. For $25 you can park for 22 hours-what about the other 2 hours?? They discourage people form driving around VAil, and that is understandable, but the real purpose is to deter the casual visitor who comes here to gawk and not...

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  • Vail. Altitute sickness aka exhaustion!!

    Do NOT be an idiot & drive in, spend the night, & then ski the back bowls. Take the lift a third of the way up & ski from THERE the first day.Go to Travel Doctor cited below. Read!Our group (ages 18 to 70) all in superb shape & pre-conditioned STILL had alt. issues. One of us: acute urinary retention. Docs said related to alt. Two others of us...

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  • Slip and slide

    It goes without saying but it snows in resort cities. I drive a Honda and still had problems with a sudden downpoor. Its lovely on the slopes but when hundreds of cars are tryng to go up and down hills on new snow it can get scetchy. I had chains to use but buy the time you get then on you start hitting bare spots and have to take them right back...

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Vail What to Pack

  • Think snow and cold!

    Helmet liner for ski helmetsGlove liners"Turtle fur" neck gatorSunglassesLambswool padding for toes of ski boots, etc. Liquid sublingual B12 for energyGlucosamine and chondroitin for jointsEVERYTHING you can think of to keep you moist inside and outSaline nasal sprayPetroleum jellyLots of super-strength hand lotionSpray-on body...

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  • Ski equipment: what gear do I need?

    These things you will probably need to buy or borrow:- Ski jacket: Must be waterproof!. You can use a thick jacket made specially for skiing, but I was fine with my all-climate Arc'teryx waterproof shell and sufficient warmth layers beneath: Thermal vest + light fleece + heavier jumper / fleece- Waterproof ski pants. This pretty much have to be...

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  • SUNSCREEN!!!

    You will need sunscreen! The sun's intensity is much stronger at the higher altitude level you are at. Regardless, if it's summer or winter, spring or fall. Water! Drink lots of water. It helps with coping with the altitude. Some people become nauseated, they say the water helps.

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Vail Off The Beaten Path

  • Beware of Timberline Tours in Vail,...

    If you're looking for a backcountry tour through the Rocky Mountains in Vail, Colorado, do not book it with Timberline Tours. Oh, they are happy to make your reservation, but if a larger group comes along, they won't think twice about cancelling on you at the last minute. I recommend Lakota Guides for a tour instead--very professional, great...

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  • Glenwood Springs

    This is maybe a fine town to visit out to the west of Vail about 80 miles when o tourists are there. I came through here to take a look around and could not even get to the first main intersection (Labor DAy) without 30 minute delay. It was a madhouse and risky driving with vehicles going in every direction and not being friendly to the other...

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  • Gold Panning-Tourism

    There is a gold mine in Idaho Springs called Arco. It has a tunnel mine going back 4 1/2 miles, and also a museum, and gift shop and mill that processes the ore. It is a nice visits and not too far to the east. Another mine called is just south of Idaho Springs and a working mine used today. Entrey is $10 for adults.

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Vail Sports & Outdoors

  • Ski School for Kids is Worth EVERY...

    Vail Ski School is where my kids learned how to ski. It was a fantastic experience for them and the bonus is that now they ski better than I do!!!!No more worrying that they can't keep up with us on the slopes, now I worry that I will break something trying to keep up with them! *smile*I really do believe it's worth every penny to have them learn...

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  • Skiing at Vail

    NATAR Racing at Vail is well organized .Completing the coarse is one thing .Trying to go faster to beat your time is another. Ski racing is not easy .

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  • Vail Hotels

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Vail Favorites

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  • High Altitude

    Before I went to Vail, I perused the Vail Travel site here on VT. Lots of information about adjusting to the altitude. I was fine for almost the entire trip except....instead of taking the elevator one day back to our room, we climbed the stairs. After four flights of stairs, I was so winded that my chest was pounding and hurt like I was having a...

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  • Once in Vail, it is very easy to get...

    The sheer beauty of the Rockies, the dry air, and the friendly people are just a few of my favorite things about Vail. Plus, it is very easy to explore the town. There is a free shuttlebus to take you to different stops, or you can simply walk.

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  • More winter scenes

    This was the first snowstorm of the season. Several inches of white powder fell over the course of a few hours, covering the cobblestone streets and slanted Bavarian rooftops. Being from south Florida, I don't have many opportunities to see snow. This was my first time seeing snow fall. Watching the snow falling over the village from the balcony...

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