The storybook community and resort town of Vail, Colorado is like something straight out of a Disney movie with cobblestone streets, luxurious cottage-like structures, grandiose landscaping, magnificent hotels, elegant restaurants and brightly dressed crowds. Not only is this town known for being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for skiing, but it is also a great place to visit during the summer and a right of passage for Colorado residents. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, visiting Vail during prime ski season is something spectacular and gives tourists a chance to see both Vail Cascade and Lionshead Village teaming with people from all over the world.
The legendary Back Bowls and the mountain’s nearly 6,000 skiable acres have been attracting families and winter sports enthusiasts year after year for many generations. Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary Vail, Colorado holds the title as North America’s Top Ski Resort. Although Vail is totally doable in a day, you really get a much better experience by staying at least a few. With all the different options of runs, two days is enough time to cover the park for high endurance and elite athletes. For beginners and families the amenities at Vail Mountain are just as awesome and vast, and include tons of lessons and resting areas.
Vail Colorado A Winter Wonderland
Both Cascade and Lionshead Villages offer the whole vacation experience including private events, over 100 shops and boutiques, resort spas and salons, hundreds of dining establishments, nightlife entertainment, and major real estate. There are also many real estate options outside of Vail that offer a wide variety of accommodations and community amenities. A convenient free bus runs about every 15 minutes to 30 minutes all around town which make commuting cheap and easy for everyone.
Lift tickets can be purchased on-site or on-line. For cheaper tickets make sure you buy them 7 days prior for domestic purchases and 14 days beforehand for international purchases to get the discounted price. Tickets are roughly $110 online for adults with special child rates and multiple day discounts. You can also purchase a gondola ticket that will take you to the top of the mountain to Adventure Ridge for $40. Here you will find activities for non-skiers like tubing and snowshoeing. Kids 2 years and younger are free on the gondola and you will receive a $20 voucher for inter-tube rentals, or food and beverages with each ticket purchase.
The next time you are thinking of planning a Northern American family vacation and want to experience the best of the best, Vail should be at the top of your list of places to consider.