From Alpine to Après-Ski: The Ultimate Guide to Vail, Colorado

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  • Vail

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Curator’s statement

Reminiscent of a European ski village, Vail is one of the most renowned mountain towns and resorts in the United States. Complete with over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, luxurious accommodations, adventurous activities and relaxing spas, there is truly something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Rockies, enjoy world-class shopping and celebrate an active day with well-deserved après-ski cocktails and dinner at some of Vail's best bars and restaurants.

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Where to stay in Vail, Colorado

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Sonnenalp Vail

There’s an upscale but understated vibe to this Vail Village favorite, with a ski concierge, three restaurants and evening activities for kids.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail

Exquisite luxury resort at the base of Vail Mountain boasting a refined restaurant, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and picturesque mountain views.

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The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

Set in the picturesque mountain town of Vail, this luxury alpine hotel boasts rustic-chic rooms and apartments, plus a restaurant, outdoor pool and apres-ski lounge.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Vail, Colorado

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  • Ski / Snowboard: Hit the slopes, of course! Vail has 275 trails, ranging from beginner to expert. Be sure to secure your Epic Pass or lift ticket in advance; not only for the best deals but because certain holidays get booked up.

  • Walk around Vail and Lionshead Villages: The quaint town of Vail is split into two villages: Vail Village and Lionshead Village. Both are located at the base of the mountain and are walkable, but there is also a free shuttle bus that runs through town. There are tons of shops and cute areas to explore.

  • Snowmobiling: Looking for something a little different to do besides skiing? We highly recommend Nova Guides for an epic tour of the top of The Rockies.

  • Après Ski: After a great day on the mountain, head to one of the many bars in town for live music and a cold beer. Some of my favorite spots are mentioned below.

  • Kid-friendly Activities: Headed to Vail with little ones? There is ice skating, bowling at Bol and many parks around town. Be sure to also hit the massive candy store, Fuzziwigs, in the center of Vail Village.

Places to eat & drink in Vail, Colorado

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Breakfast in Vail

  • Big Bear Bistro: A laid-back cafe for easy breakfast sandwiches before you head to the slopes.

  • Vintage: A fun champagne brunch with indulgent breakfast foods for a more lively start to the day.

Lunch in Vail

  • The 10th: A fine dining on-mountain experience right at Mid-Vail. Cozy slippers are provided for a reprieve from ski boots.

  • Larkspur: Just steps away from Riva Bahn Gondola, fresh, seasonally-inspired meals are served up right when you need them.

Après ski in Vail

  • Red Lion: With a rotating mix of musicians and a huge selection of cold beers and margaritas, you're apres may turn into an all-night event!

  • The Chophouse: Make a reservation for the Phil Long apres show. Sing along to all your favorites!

  • Garfinkel's: This is a great spot to catch a game if you're in town during a sports season. The menu is substantial enough to eat an early dinner; get the nachos!

  • Pepi's: One of the oldest establishments in Vail, this iconic German bar boasts history and live music.

Dinner in Vail

  • El Segundo: A new, hip restaurant serving up delicious Mexican, with a twist.

  • Matsuhisa: Swanky sushi restaurant with a menu by chef Nobu.

  • The Left Bank: Another longstanding Vail classic, this restaurant serves up authentic french cuisine.

  • Montauk: You may be in the mountains, but head to Montauk for some of the best surf and turf.

  • Swiss Chalet: A cabin-inspired fondue restaurant, complete with creamy cheese starters and delectable chocolate desserts.

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