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Vail

Vail

Skiing on a vast scale at one of the most famous resorts in the world

Vail is big-time in every way - one of the world's biggest name resorts with a massive amount of skiing.

In Vail Village you could easily imagine you were in a Tirolean village rather than in the centre of the Colorado Rockies. You are surrounded by timber-clad chalets and Austrian-looking bars and restaurants. This look was the brainchild of Vail founder Pete Seibert when this amazing resort started out in the Fifties.

But Vail has grown incredibly since then, and architecture of all styles now grace the wider reaches of the village.

The skiing here is so extensive that you can go on European-style journeys on skis - there is a positively mouth-watering array of runs, and it's one of America's biggest ski areas, with fast lifts all over the mountain. The front face of the mountain is an absolute feast of gorgeous, sweeping, immaculately-groomed runs cut through the forests, as well as some challenging steep stuff and mogul fields.

On the far side are the vast back bowls, some lightly-wooded, others wide open and all full of great skiing - Sun Down, Sun Up, Tea Cup, China, Siberia, Inner Mongolia and Outer Mongolia. One of the beauties of the back bowls is that intermediates are able to tackle many of the runs. Beyond is Blue Sky Basin, where the best powder will often be waiting.

There are three terrain parks - Bwana and Pride most suitable for freestyle beginners and intermediates, and Golden Peak for experts.

Mountain hosts give guided tours around the slopes every day at 10.30am.

There's masses to do in Vail apart from skiing and boarding - tubing, ski biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice-skating...and there's a zipline too.

The choice of accommodation is also vast - favourites are The Lodge at Vail, in the heart of Vail Village and just a few steps from the main lift, and Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, which has its own chairlift giving direct access to Vail Mountain.

In Vail Village, the Red Lion has live music at apres-ski time and The George is in the style of an English pub.


Pepi’s

Pepi’s

Enter Vail’s most intimate family-owned and operated restaurant and embrace the finest in European hospitality. Located in the heart of Downtown Vail Village, Pepi’s makes the most of its breathtaking mountain setting and compliments it gracefully with traditional European style for a comfortable dining experience.

Settle down for some bratwurst, goulash and other European dishes at lunchtime and return later for some continental and American cuisines – specialising in Austrian dishes including Jaegerscnitzel and Sauerbraten.

Choose to dine in the Antlers Room and sample internationally acclaimed wild game dinners that will melt in your mouth. Choose between rack of venison, steak tartar or even buffalo as you experience a true meat feast.


Garfinkel’s

Garfinkel’s

Regardless of how you’re looking to unwind after a day of skiing, you should certainly consider stopping off at Garfinkel’s. Affectionately referred to as “Garfs”, the bar has been a cornerstone in Vail for over 20 years for tourists and locals alike.

A classic ski bar, there’s always something on at Garfinkel’s. With its own DJ regularly pumping out the tunes and a happy hour to get everyone in the mood, you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a good night here. If you’re feeling especially daring, you can give the shot wheel a spin to find out what your next drink will be!

The sun deck is a real highlight and carries its own, unique atmosphere when it’s full to the brim in the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect spot to take a break with a classic burger, a refreshing pint and unbeatable views of the green-fringed landscape around you.