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Vail Colorado Local Guide

From the most comfortable vacation homes, to the best events, to the most appropriate ski runs. The perfect trip to Vail doesn't come easy without ample planning. That's why we've put together this comprehensive and up-to-date local area guide. Whether it be identifying the perfect vacation activity, cultural event, festival, golf course, trail map, ski event, restaurant or concert it's all right here. Are you on another trip to Vail, or just returning for a second or third trip to Colorado's favorite mountain playground? Save time and money by planning ahead! Why? No matter if our guests are on a budget or want a five-star experience, it's easy to plan ahead using our local area guide.

Vail Mountain Summary

Vail Mountain Summary

Become familiar with Vail Mountain before you go. Vail is known for delivering visitors the ultimate mountain adventure that others can`t. The mountain is known for it`s size and abundance of ski terrain for everybody to enjoy. The seven legendary back bowls in Vail span almost eight miles across the south side of the mountain. The ski area is enormous with over 5,300 acres to ski in the winter and hike in the warmer months. The mountain offers four base areas that service various gondolas and ski lifts. Each village is connected by free buses and heated walkways to make it easy to navigate the gigantic resort. Vail mountain draws skiers and riders from all over the world and provides excellent terrain for all ability levels.
Vail Resort Information

Vail Resort Information

A vacation to Vail will either make you celebrate your return, or wonder why you have not discovered this paradise before. Whether it`s time for outdoor adventure, escaping the big city or just to experience the high Rocky Mountains, there is always something to do in Vail in the winter or warmer seasons. The resort is upscale, and serviced by an assortment of luxury hotels and vacation rental condos. However, it`s not impossible to find less expensive and reasonable accommodations. With the right trip planning, a trip to Vail can be affordable but it`s helpful to consult with an expert travel planner like Gondola Resorts. For example, lift tickets cost substantially less than the ticket window price if purchased before you arrive. Learn more about the resort, where to stay, where to go and how to make it a trip of a lifetime.
Vail Ski & Ride School

Vail Ski & Ride School

Ski or snowboarding lessons at Vail Resort provides guests the option to start from the very beginning, or fine-tune skills on the mountain no matter what proficiency level. Learn solo, or choose lessons with your family group. Vail`s educated guides offer something for everybody whether it be skiing or snowboarding. Each guide not only helps you learn the correct way it`s done, but helps you explore the entire mountain. Additional benefits include dedicated lift-line access (be first in line every time!), mountain lunches, private photographers and more. Browse the various types of ski lessons by clicking here.
Vail Summer Activities

Vail Summer Activities

Come to Vail Colorado for the winter, but stay for the summer. Vail summer activities are endless and includes the new Epic Discovery experiences. Starting mid-June, choose from summer activities including zip lines, mountain roller coasters, tubing hills, fishing, hiking, white water rafting, scenic gondola rides, and much more. Don`t forget the multitude of golf courses scattered throughout the Gore Valley. Its a summer of adventure in Vail.
Vail Winter Activities

Vail Winter Activities

There`s a wonderland of things to do in Vail during the most popular season of the year - winter! Guests of Gondola Resorts learn quickly that Vail has a reputation as one of the most exciting winter locations on the globe, not to mention the very best ski area in North America. From perfect green ski runs, to long cruisers, to the best expert skiing in the country, it`s just "the place to be". Of course, skiing and snowboarding in Vail is number one but there are a multitude of activities and places to explore on and off the mountain. Vail is filled with activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, snow biking, dog sledding, fly fishing, tubing, museums, galleries, spas, live theater, and concerts. Use this section to help plan your next big winter adventure in Vail.
Vail Festivals & Events

Vail Festivals & Events

Throughout the year Vail has a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the Vail Valley, Lionshead and Vail Village. From concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to family-friendly events, there is always something to do for the very first-time. Vail locals enjoy music so much, there`s always a concert on the weekend whether it be during the epic ski season or during the warmer months. Use the Gondola Resorts` Local Area Guide to plan the perfect visit to Vail. The festival & events section is updated weekly.
Vail Transportation Services

Vail Transportation Services

Once you arrive into Vail, don`t worry about getting from place-to-place. The Town of Vail has a free bus system that operates daily and connects every region including Lionshead, Vail Village, Cascade Village and more. All routes operate every 20-60 minutes depending on the season and are free of charge. The local bus system caters to the transportation of skis, snowboards, and bicycles. Buses are equipped with bike carriers that handle up to three adult bicycles. A ski shuttle connects Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek daily from 8:30am - 11:30am and returns from 3:00pm - 5:40pm.
Vail Conference Centers & Meeting Facilities

Vail Conference Centers & Meeting Facilities

Vail is a luxurious international destination that provides world-class skiing, accommodations and services, including meeting spaces and conference facilities. Choose from an expansive lift of meeting and event spaces scattered throughout the Vail Valley, Lionshead and Vail Village. Whether it is a series of meetings and break outs for several hundred in a ballroom or a special mountain top celebration at 9,000 feet, there is an event space or conference room for almost any type of gathering.
Vail Lodging Guide

Vail Lodging Guide

From comfortable hotels to 5-star luxury vacation homes, there is something for every taste and budget in Vail. Ski-in, ski-out rooms are available in Vail Village and provide quick slope side access to the mountain. The Arrabelle has one of the best locations in Vail, as does The Lodge at Vail and Lion Square Lodge in Lionshead Village . Most offer condominium style rooms that include gas-burning fireplaces, full gourmet kitchens, living rooms and private parking. Other options include the wildly popular Solaris and Ritz-Carlton Club which features one, two, three and four bedroom condominiums for rent. Planning a Vail vacation can be affordable, but it`s important to speak with an expert vacation planner. For all-inclusive deals that includes lodging, ski rentals, lift tickets and airport transfers, head to gondolaresorts.com, which provides discounted rates on Vail vacation rental condos and hotels.
Vail Restaurants & Nightlife

Vail Restaurants & Nightlife

If you like to eat, you`ve arrived! The Vail Valley has sumptuous eateries, diners, cafes and even five-star restaurants. Foodies, rejoice! Vail restaurants are known for their creativity and varied menus. Dive into a sushi meal, nosh on an organic, free-range burger, take a break for a fresh-pressed green juice or put your diet on hold and enjoy fondue, thick-cut steaks and chicken burritos doused in green chili. There isn`t a chance to go hungry, nor is there a reason to have a boring meal while at a Vail Valley restaurant.
Vail Trail Maps

Vail Trail Maps

Like Alice in Wonderland asked the Cheshire cat, "What road should I take?" The Cheshire cat asked, "Where do you want to go?" "I don`t know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it really doesn`t matter, which one you take". Using the Vail winter trail map, learn and plan where you are going, before hitting the slopes. Using the appropriate Vail map, learn where you are going and where you have been. Maps include trails for specific ability levels including beginner, intermediate or expert trails. Visit such renowned areas like China Bowl, Northeast Bowl, Kids Adventure Park, Blue Sky Basin, Game Creek Bowl and more.
Vail Weddings & Group Event Planning

Vail Weddings & Group Event Planning

Vail has many wedding venue options for your picturesque wedding or event site. Whether you are looking for a mountain setting, the quaint atmosphere of the village, or the breathtaking view from a mountain top, let us help you find the spot where you will make memories to last a lifetime. Vail and the beautiful Gore Valley can offer many unique alternatives for the site of your event. For your convenience, Gondola Resorts can accommodate all your lodging, travel, and activity needs. Call (303)420-9963.