Vail Travel Guide

There are so many things to do in Vail, fitting them all into one vacation can be difficult. Skiing or snowboarding is the number one activity to pursue in Vail when the powdery snow starts to come down in white waves. From gentle hills for beginners to narrow verticals for the pros, there are a wide variety of slopes and trails to cater to all abilities. With over 1,000 acres on the front of the mountain and over 3,500 on the back bowls, as well as the Golden Peak terrain park, you will never grow tired of the same monotonous runs.

While the mountain sports are unparalleled, there are many other things to do in Vail during the winter. From dog sledding, to tubing, to snowshoeing, to a day at the spa, there are plenty of activities for those who don’t want to brave the slopes.

Wondering what to do in Vail when the snow melts? The mountain is bustling with activity during the summer months when hikers, mountain bikers and white-water rafters visit in droves. Taking in the flora and fauna of the summers on horseback is a must-do activity.

The area’s calendar is chock full of festivals and celebrations throughout the year and provides a host of things to do in Vail away from the mountain. From culinary events like Feast Vail and Gourmet on Gore, to live music at Vail Jazz Festival and the classical music concert series, Bravo! Vail, there’s always something going on in the town.

One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village.

Vail's consistently hot après-ski spot, this neighborhood-like bar is always jam-packed after the lifts close for the day. You may have to elbow your way to the bar for a Colorado microbrew or a margarita, but you'll be able to swap snow tales with travelers and locals alike.

Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and all on private trails (read: no noisy snowmobiles).

Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The area is known for it seven back bowls, as well as plenty of moguls, cliffs, and ridges for intermediate and expert skiers.

The vertical that draws skiers in the winter lures fat-tire aficionados in the summer. The 20 or so trails range from over-your-handlebar black-diamonds to meandering greens that span the ridgeline, so you don't have to be an experienced rider to check out the scene.

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come.