Information & Facts
Many activities are available for the whole family on holiday in
Vail, including horse riding and horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog
sledding, ice skating, snow mobiling and snow-shoeing. There is
also fly fishing, cross country skiing, telemarking, ballooning and
parascending, and the mountaintop activity centre, Adventure Ridge,
offers a range of activities including downhill tubing.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Vail is more expensive than other holiday resorts, but has a lot
to offer visitors for the price. The enormity of the area means
that getting between chosen runs takes time and often runs on
different parts of the mountain are linked by flat trails, which
makes it frustrating for snowboarders.
The nightlife and après-ski on a Vail holiday is energetic and
vibrant. There are sports bars with big screen televisions and
billiards, such as The Tap Room; live music venues like 8150 and
The Club, and the fire-lit ambience of Mickey's Piano Bar. Local
hotspots include The Bully Ranch, FuBar and a spot on the deck of
The Red Lion, or for a more refined drink with live music try
Pepi's, on Bridge Street. Sanctuary is a late night spot for
dancing. Kids between 5-12 years can enjoy a supervised night of
fun, including a western show and pizzas.
Over 120 Vail restaurants offer everything from award-winning
cuisine to local family favourites, from French, Italian, Asian and
American fare to fast food, bakeries and delis. One of the top
restaurants in the Vail Valley is Sweet Basil, but some would argue
that the best dinner can be found on the mountain, at Game Creek
Restaurant in Game Creek Bowl.
With more than 200 shops to choose from, there is plenty to keep
shoppers off the slopes on a Vail holiday. Shops range from
speciality boutiques to art galleries, from sporting equipment to
jewellery, souvenirs and fine clothing stores.