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Vail, Colorado

United States

The destination

The charming small town of Vail is well known as an upmarket ski resort, and it has a traditional, old fashioned feel, with cobbled streets and rustic cabins set in the mountainside. The town is pedestrianised, so you can take a stroll and enjoy the adorable boutiques and cosy restaurants in this atmospheric area. 

When it comes to skiing, Vail has a little something for everyone. Over half the trails attract a black diamond rating, meaning you can enjoy thrilling challenges on the slopes, but there's also plenty for beginners, and excellent ski schools to get you started. Those with children can take them for lessons, or enjoy facilities such as Adventure Ridge, where they can zipline, climb ropes, or enjoy guided hikes of the local areas. If you choose to stay in a chalet in Vail, you'll often find places right on the slopes, so you can get plenty of time enjoying the fantastic ski conditions. 

Vail is also known as a cultural destination, and in town you'll find events from classical music to dance festivals throughout the year. There are also museums, and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which is the world's highest botanical garden. There's also a lively après-ski scene, with live music, brew pubs, and chic cocktail bars, so you can relax after a long day. 

Comfortable Accommodation For Groups 
The Oxford Ski Company have handpicked a luxurious selection of hotels and ski chalets in Vail, and we are proud to recommend the stylish Lodge at Vail which has long been enjoyed by those in the know. Set at the base of Vail Mountain, it offers rooms, suites, and private apartments with one to three bedrooms, making it easy to find rooms for groups of all sizes. It's just a two minute walk to the lifts, and is set in the centre of town with plenty of things to do close-by. 

It's an excellent hotel choice for those who love fine dining, with the cosy Elways restaurant on site offering steaks and other grilled specialities. There's a choice of bars, including the charming Cucina Rustica, which is also where a buffet breakfast and après-ski drinks are served. Another great feature of the Lodge at Vail is the truly indulgent spa, without a couples room with a soaking tub for two, seven massage rooms where aching muscles can be relaxed, and a modern fitness centre where you'll find plenty of equipment and classes to keep you fit. 

Other Rental Properties in Vail, Colorado
Our team at The Oxford Ski Company know destinations such as Vail inside out, and have carefully selected hotels that have the luxurious features that discerning clients demand. We can help you find Vail chalets and hotels that suit your requirements, from the big name luxury chains, to charming boutique properties. Vail has a great choice of accommodation, and if you need help choosing the right spot, then our team can help. They can even make your trip easier by booking your tours, arranging for staff, or meeting any other requirements you might have, no matter what kind of holiday you want.

We Recommend

  • Our favourite run: Blue Sky Basin
  • Best off-piste: Minturn Mile
  • Mountain Lunch: Bistro Fourteen
  • Après Ski: Cocktails at Frost Bar in the Hotel Sebatian
  • Dinner: The Chophouse in Lionshead
  • Non-skiers: Snowmobiling

The Essentials

  • Ski School: Vail Ski & Snowboard School
  • Private Guides: Vail Ski & Snowboard School
  • Childcare: Vail Village Nursury
  • Massage: Hotel Spa Four Seasons
  • Transfers: Colorado Mountain Express

Location

Key Facts

  • Domaine: Vail
  • Resort Height: 2500m
  • Skiing Elevation: 2475-3525m
  • Pistes: 5289 acres
  • Green: 18%
  • Blue: 29%
  • Black: 53%

Vail, Colorado Piste Map

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Getting There

Eagle (EGE)
45mins / 35miles / 57km

Denver (DEN)
2h15min / 120miles / 194km