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Welcome to Vail


Time and again the holiday hub of Vail is ranked among the top ski destinations on the continent, the most visited ski resort in America and known to be one of the world's premier winter holiday destinations. With the largest single mountain ski area in North America it offers miles of ski terrain and the opportunity to choose a different descent every time. The Austrian-styled village of Vail is a neat concentration of trendy shops, restaurants and nightlife, all within easy reach of the hotels, inns and lodges, and never more than a five-minute walk to the slopes. There is a lift system that provides access to a backcountry experience with trees and peaceful ungroomed terrain. The ski season lasts from November to early May, but the resort remains open for summer holiday activities such as hiking, mountain biking and fishing.

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.

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