Vail Travel Guide

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

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.