What to Do in Vail
The Vail Valley Is An Amazingly Beautiful Colorado Experience
The Vail Valley is filled with beautiful scenery, activities and unrivaled ski resorts that combine to create the ultimate Colorado Rocky Mountain getaway any time of year. Boasting over 300 days a year of sunshine, with an altitiude of 8,500 feet, and our dry climate, you'll find plenty to do here all year round. From skiing to hiking, shopping to dining, and a plethora of special events, there is truly something for everyone.
Vail Resorts at Vail, Colorado Offer Some of the Best Skiing & Snowboarding in the World
Vail Mountain offers 5,289 acres of skiable terrain via 31 lifts for snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, teleskiing and more in winter, and mountain biking, hiking, running, horseback riding and more. Enjoy 7 miles of mountain front, 7 back bowls, 3 terrain parks, the most groomed terrain on the planet. Get a look at what's available for you to play on by checking out their trail maps.
Summer | Winter
Summer 2016 Eagle Bahn Gondola Hours & Dates:
June 24 – Sept. 6 Open Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
*Bikes are not allowed up the gondola after 4 p.m.
Sept. 10 – 19 Weekends only: Friday through Sunday, from 10am – 4pm
Free summer 2016 scenic gondola rides for current and 2016-2017 pass holders. Children 12 and under ride free with a paid adult.
Get information about Vail Mountain such as lift tickets, season passes and ski and snowboard school here.
After a great day on the slopes, head back to your Gore Creek Properties condo or home. Then the real choices need to be made - you have several choices:
- stay there and fall asleep.
- take a nap then a shower, and catch the free Town of Vail bus into Vail Village or Lionshead for a bit of shopping and/or dinner.
- do the above, then hit the nightclubs and bars (Vail is known for its active nightlife) at historic watering holes such as The Club, Samana, Pepi's or Garfinkel's, or go a bit high-brow at Bol, Cinebistro, The Wine Bar at the Marketplace, The Tavern at Arrabelle, or the Sonnenalp's Bully Ranch.
- do none of the above - hit the pool or get a good workout at one of Vail's many amazing athletic clubs
- relax at one of Vail's luxurious spas including Aria Spa, the Sonnenalp, the Spa at Arrabelle, or Simply Massage.
Vail Mountain has more to offer than just being in the snow - on mountain dining is available at (Winter Lunch Only) Two Elk, Mid-Vail and Wildwood, or (Year Round lunch and dinner) Bistro 14 and Game Creek Club.
Vail Events & Activites to Make Any Day Feel Like a Vacation in Colorado
- Teva Mountain Games
- Vail King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament
- Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
- Vail Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series
- Vail Arts Festival
- Vail Farmer's Market
- Vail America Days - 4th of July
- La Sportiva Running Race Series
- Bud Light Hot Summer Nights Concert Series - Free at Ford Ampthitheater
- Gourmet on Gore
- Vail International Dance Festival
- U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge
- Vail Soul Music Festival
- Vail Jazz Festival
- Vail Oktoberfest
- Vail Automotive Classic
The Town of Vail, Colorado Statistics
Incorporated in 1966, Vail is one of the leading mountain resort communities in North America. Here are a few stats on the town you'll be visiting:
Elevation: 8,150 feet
Size: 4.6 square miles, 8.5 miles in length
Location: 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70 in Eagle County and easily accessible via the Eagle County Regional Airport, 35 miles to the west. Vail is surrounded by 350,000 acres of White River National Forest land.
- Average snowfall: 335 inches+
- Average summer temperature: 75 degrees
- Average winter temperature: 30 degrees
History: Named for Charlie Vail, a state highway engineer who directed construction of the first highway to enter the area in the late 1930s, our town was once a sheep-raising and lettuce-growing region at the eastern edge of the Gore Range mountains. Fulfilling the vision of a pair of ski enthusiasts who met at nearby Camp Hale, a training facility for wartime ski troopers used during World War II, the resort was created in 1966. Currently Vail attracts 1,000,000+ snow riders every winter. Visitors are drawn to Vail’s charming European-style pedestrian village, which provides a variety of shopping and dining opportunities and a vibrant nightlife. As a year-round resort, Vail offers a wide array of summer activities including golf, cycling (mountain and road), fishing, rafting, cultural arts performances, and world-class dining, spas and shopping.
Residents: Nearly 6,000 full-time residents and an estimated 5,000 part-time residents.
• Largest free transit system in the nation.
• First modern roundabout interchange in the nation.
• More open space (30 percent of its lands) than any other resort community in the U.S.
• Home to Gore Creek, one of only 11 Gold Medal fishing streams in the state.
• 4 percent ski lift tax is the first of its kind in the country and represents the highest contribution level by a ski resort to its municipal partner in the state and perhaps the nation. The funds assist in the operation of Vail’s free transit system.
• First to host three World Alpine Ski Championships in the U.S. (1989, 1999, 2015).
• First venue for New York Philharmonic summer residency outside the state of New York with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.