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The New Glamour of Vail

Kevin Cooley Vail, Colorado

Photo: Kevin Cooley

Vail is the biggest ski mountain in the country, and has long been one of the best. But the town has always defined itself in relation to its glam rival, 96 miles down the road. Aspen is Hollywood, wild, celebutastic. Vail is Wall Street, family-oriented, with a whole lotta condos. Now that’s rapidly changing.

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Destinations: Vail

Inspired by: Vail’s New Look — by Jeff Wise, Published Oct. 2007

Hotels (4)

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    The Sebastian Vail

    It’s hard to get much closer to the powdery slopes of Vail than at The Sebastian’s Base Camp ski center. And once you’re there, it’s easy to actual

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    Tivoli Lodge

    Serious skiers have long been drawn to Vail’s vast bowls and wide-open slopes, but the town itself was in a decades-long deep freeze—until now. The

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    The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort

    Marrying the convenience of a ski-in, ski-out resort with the architectural flair and plush amenities of a European ski chalet, the Arrabelle at Va

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    Sonnenalp

    When you meant to book St. Anton’s Hotel Post but couldn’t find the time to head across the pond for a ski vacation, the Sonnenalp in Vail is a clo

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Restaurants (3)

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    Sweet Basil

    Located in Vail Village, Sweet Basil is a contemporary restaurant with a menu that reflects Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian influences. Dishes ar

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    La Bottega, Vail

    La Bottega serves Italian cuisine, including interpretations of classic dishes, such as spaghetti carbonara, along with original creations, like sl

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    Larkspur

    Located at the base of Vail Mountain, Larkspur is the brainchild of chef-owner Thomas Salamunovich, whose French culinary training influences many

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Activities (4)

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    Tavern on the Square

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    Vail Resort

    Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The ar

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    Pepi Sports

    One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village. The lower level houses the stor

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    Gorsuch, Vail

    Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Vil

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  • Trip Guide to Skiing Vail, CO

    Vail

    At 5,289 acres, its size alone makes Vail worth the trip. The terrain is not only vast but varied, with tree skiing galore, miles and miles of groomers, four terrain parks, and six miles of legenda

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