Vail is one of the top ski resorts in the United States. Have you skied it yet?
If not, you are missing out on seven legendary back bowls for downhill skiing you will dream about for years. There is a reason adventure skiers keeping going back, there is nothing like it anywhere else and over 50% of the resort are expert runs.
Here are my travel tips for your ski trip:
Where to go:
When to go:
January – April
Note: January is the snowiest month
How long to stay:
Recommended places to stay:
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa - ski in/ski out
Westwind at Vail - great, budget friendly condos
Simba Run Vail Condominiums - great condos for traveling with friends and huge outdoor hot tub for after skiing
Or check for these and other condos on VRBO.
Ski runs to hit at Vail:
Game Creek Bowl- Dealer’s Choice run
Sun Up Bowl – get some untracked snow in the trees by Yonder and Over Yonder runs
Blue Ox, Highline, Prima, Riva Ridge and Rogers Run – best runs on the front side
Blue Sky Basin – adventure skiing with a lift and the best snow in all the bowls
Golden Peak Terrain Park – one of the top ten in terrain parks
Rose Bowl – Spider run and Stone Creek
China Bowl – Genghis Kahn and some great powder stashes
Get a local guide and hit the backcountry Minturn Mile run that leaves the ski area in the Game Creek area and goes down a bowl ending up at the Saloon.
Note: stay away from chairs 2, 4, 5 and 11 between 10am-2pm on the weekends- long, long lines
Los Amigos in Vail Village for a margarita or beer after skiing
Garfinkel’s in Lionhead for a spin of the shot wheel
The Red Lion for some live music
Other Mountain Adventures:
Ski Biking at Adventure Ridge
Vail Nordic Center for snowshoeing
Snowmobiling – either group tours or self-guided tours are available
Dogsled tours in Vail Valley
Hope you are heading west on I-70 for a killer day of skiing!