The very best of Vail
Explore the slopes of the incredible Vail ski resort
Set at the base of the mighty Vail Mountain, the village of Vail acts as a gateway to the second biggest ski resort in the United States. Boasting over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and 195 runs for all levels, as well as 166 miles of hiking trails, 343 miles of mountain biking trails, and 86 miles of rolling river, it’s an absolute haven for those who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. There’s much to do après-ski too - with an array of stores, bars, and restaurants in the neighbouring towns and villages to explore.
The alpine wonderland of Vail is a delight to stroll through, both day and night. Its Swiss-inspired buildings are bathed in the golden glow of the streetlights, while traditional cobblestone paths lead you to cosy eateries and bustling bars–with something to suit all kinds of visitors. Wake up early enough and you’ll have the opportunity to see the surrounding mountain peaks basked in the reddish hues of alpenglow - the quintessential backdrop to this quaint yet lively ski village in Colorado.
The onefinestay experience
Here at onefinestay, we specialise in bespoke vacations. Whether you’re a keen skier or simply looking to discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Colorado Rockies, we’ve prepared a selection of exclusive concierge services to ensure that your break is as memorable as it should be. Make the most of your incredible surroundings while we take care of all the small details. From private chef hire to at-home spa experiences, you’ll be given these options when you book your stay with one of our advisors. Everything is taken care of before you touch down at Denver or Eagle County, so you can simply turn up and unwind!
Discover the perennial delights of Vail and Lionshead
While many resorts close their doors during the warmer seasons, come summer, Vail transforms into a hub for hiking, biking, fishing and golfing. Temperatures easily reach up to 76°F/25°C during late summer, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and your beautiful surroundings. If you’re visiting for the slopes we’d recommend visiting between late November to March when the snowfall is at its heaviest. Prefer to get there first and make the most of the fresh powder? The months of January and February are your best bet for finding that elusive, light-as-air snow.
After a busy day exploring the local wilderness, you’ll find plenty to do in the town itself too. The area hosts a variety of fun-filled events throughout the year, from concerts to craft beer festivals and even the much-loved Taste of Vail - a premier food and wine festival - meaning there’s always something fun going on whenever you visit.
While the hustle and bustle of Vail attracts plenty of visitors, the neighbouring village of Lionshead also offers plenty to see and do. The perfect choice for those who like to escape the crowds and enjoy a slower pace, you’ll still find ample opportunities for shopping, dining and even ice skating among its pretty European-inspired streets. It’s also worth heading a little further afield to Bachelors Gulch for a pampering day out. Just 12 miles west of Vail, this peaceful village offers fine dining and sumptuous spa experiences at The Ritz-Carlton.
If you’re looking for somewhere that provides great ski opportunities without all the bells and whistles, the nearby village of Avon is a fantastic choice. Not a fan of competing for space on the slopes? A visit to Beaver Creek is a must. Here, you can enjoy world-class skiing at your own pace without feeling hurried. It’s also an excellent base for keen hikers–a multitude of scenic walking routes start right from the centre of the village.
Explore the enchanting White River National Forest
Hiking holidays in Vail are best enjoyed during the late spring and summer months. As the snow begins to melt, the achromous winter landscape is replaced with verdant valleys carpeted with colourful wildflowers. The White River National Forest spans a huge 2.3 million acres, giving hikers endless opportunities for adventure.
For a full day hike, take the Gore Lake Trail through beautiful aspen groves and vibrant meadows before emerging out onto the lakeside. It’s somewhat of a steep trail, but the views from the top make the journey worth it. Other popular trails in the area include the Pitkin Lake Trail and the Bighorn Creek Trail–both winding through diverse landscapes before rewarding its hikers with sublime views across the park.
Hiking isn’t the only way to see the sights - mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding are just a couple of the ways you can explore the wonders of this incredible national park. Speak to your onefinestay concierge to find out more about the adventures on offer in Vail.
Where to eat & drink
You’ll find an eclectic variety of bars and restaurants in the villages of Vail and Lionshead. From upmarket gastropubs to authentic sushi bars, there’s something to please all palates. If you’re in the mood for a juicy steak or mouthwatering burger after a hectic day on the slopes, a visit to Mountain Standard is in order. Set in a chic, yet rustic tavern, this laidback eatery serves up quality, local produce, while also boasting an excellent wine list.
For contemporary cuisine and beautiful presentation, Fall Line Kitchen and Sweet Basil are close contenders. Serving up New American dishes, both of these popular eateries are perfect for date nights. Fall Line Kitchen offers a more relaxed, ski-lodge setting, while Sweet Basil has a more ritzy, cocktail bar vibe that feels especially cosy and intimate once the sun goes down.
If you’d like dinner with a view, be sure to book a table at Matsuhisa. Set in the heart of the village, diners can enjoy authentic Japanese flavours while overlooking the spectacular Vail Mountain. Choose from classic sushi and sashimi dishes, among many others–all carefully curated by celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa.
After dinner, make your way to the Root & Flower. This classy wine bar serves up a comprehensive menu of over 50 handpicked vinos from around the world. In the mood for some live music? Head to the lively Shakedown Bar for great acts and an excellent choice of beers and cocktails–one of the best places to sing and dance the night away, well into the early hours.
Dreaming of a vacation in Vail?
Enchanted by the picture-postcard town of Vail? Or perhaps you’re already imagining yourself sailing down the many slopes of the resort. Whatever you might have in mind, we’re here to help you plan the perfect ski vacation. Speak to one of our knowledgeable advisors today - we can share all our favourite spots in the area and help you plan your trip from beginning to end.