Overview Vail

Visiting Vail

To a serious skier, the Vail/Avon area of Colorado is the mother lode. Vail receives consistent top ratings from skiers all over the world, and with its diverse terrain—which includes seven natural bowls, formed by 19th-century droughts in the area—it’s easy to see why. Nearby Avon provides access to the Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, another excellent ski destination that offers a quieter atmosphere. Either way, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more alluring winter wonderland.... Read More To a serious skier, the Vail/Avon area of Colorado is the mother lode. Vail receives consistent top ratings from skiers all over the world, and with its diverse terrain—which includes seven natural bowls, formed by 19th-century droughts in the area—it’s easy to see why. Nearby Avon provides access to the Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, another excellent ski destination that offers a quieter atmosphere. Either way, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more alluring winter wonderland.    Close

Stories and Tips Vail

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Colorado Ski Museum

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 30 Jan, 2001

Early day skiing equipment and artifacts from old Camp Hale are displayed at the Colorado Ski Museum at the top of the Transportation Center in Vail. When World War II was over, the veterans of the 10th Mountain Division exerted a powerful influence on the…Read More


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Driving to Vail from Aspen

Written by Lenuca on 03 Jan, 2009

Vail Mountain = unexpected Highlight of our tripSkiing in Aspen we happened to talk to the locals. Hearing about our plans to go to Vail, we got a "violent" reaction - Vail sucks, nothing to do there, trucks drive right through the town and etc...…Read More


Attempting to take on the mountain

Written by Jglassb311 on 11 Mar, 2005

I've been a skier since I was 8. I have seen and done it all when it comes to Tahoe, California. I have skied New Mexico and Utah, but never in two lifetimes could I hope to conquer the mountain that is…Read More


Visit Denver before visiting Vail

Written by Bev'sTravels on 08 Jun, 2005

To get a good perspective on Colorado, before going to Vail and the Rockies, spend a day or two in Denver. There were seveal wonderful history museums - the Colorado History Museum and the Black American West Museum. Both were wonderful, and gave…Read More


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

Written by Bev'sTravels on 07 Jun, 2005

BETTY FORD ALPINE GARDENS in Vail. Situated at the base of Vail Mountain at 8,200 feet, the Alpine gardens have alpine flowers from around the world. It is interesting to see different varieties of the flowers from home, but often much smaller. Delicate flowers are…Read More


Shopping in Vail

Written by camera-gal on 30 Sep, 2000

Plenty of the stores in the small crook of Vail's downtown are t-shirt and souvenier shops. Amidst the commercialism, you'll find the gems. I went in one shop which had hand-crafted wood boxes. Great craftmanship! Another store sold only leather goods--belts,…Read More


A Silver Mining town 30 min from Vail, across Continental Divide

Written by Bev'sTravels on 17 Jun, 2005

Can you believe it? Snow?! At 10,000 feet, it was COLD, but I hadn't expected it to snow. First, we hiked the Cross Creek trail until it started to rain. Aspen and creeks everywhere. Huge rocks. Gorgeous. Lots of photos. Lady slippers, anemone, columbine... a…Read More


Visiting nearby Beaver Creek

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 30 Jan, 2001

It's only a short drive west on I-70 to Beaver Creek where we enjoyed strolling the streets, admiring the modern architecture, and looking at the artistic sculptures placed around the village. Like Vail, Beaver Creek has lots of interesting sidewalk cafes, coffee houses, and restaurants.…Read More


Skiing

Written by EmeralSeaDiver on 18 May, 2004

Vail Mountain closed for the year on April 18 and the skiing was not good this late in the season. Arapaho Basin was open and it was a bit better, even with a few bare spots and a bit of iciness on the slopes.…Read More


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