Vail

Vail Travel Guide

Travel to Vail for the ultimate winter adventure. With over 5,500 acres of ski and snowboarding terrain in the winter and rigorous mountain biking and hiking trails in the summer, Vail is the scenic playground for the outdoorsman. Nestled in the foothills of the Gore Valley in the Colorado Rockies, Vail Valley is consistently ranked one of North America’s premier skiing destinations. The large town runs for several miles along Eagle River and is comprised of four main districts East Vail, Vail Village, the recently upgraded Lionshead area and West Vail. If it’s good enough for local Olympian Lindsey Vonn, it’s good enough for us!

Consult Travel + Leisure’s Vail Travel Guide for the inside track around the area.

Things Not to Miss in Vail

• Unwind after a hard day on the slopes at the Allegra Spa
 • Get your European Ski Bunny one at the ultra luxurious Gorsuch boutique
 • Mountain Biking is the perfect way to see the Gore Valley during the summer
 • Vail’s calendar is packed full of festivals – from Feast! Vail, to Vail Festival there is always something worth celebrating

When to Go to Vail

The best time for winter sports junkies to visit Vail is from late November to March when the snow is plentiful. Summer sports and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the mountain from May to August when the fauna and flora are in full bloom. Prices peak during the holidays so avoid this time of year if you’re traveling on a budget.

Articles about Vail

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