Celebrate the Start of Ski Season | Vail, Colorado

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Ski season has officially arrived in Vail, Colorado. Vail is North America’s fourth largest ski area, featuring 5,289 acres, 33 lifts, multiple parks, and the famous Back Bowls. Hit the slopes for great skiing, snowboarding, and mountain activities, and then spend some time enjoying après-ski fare and window-shopping in town.

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Sonnenalp Hotel

The Sonnenalp Hotel offers a comfortable yet luxurious stay for your winter getaway. The family-owned resort features European-style lodging, a relaxing spa, and four great restaurants. We recommend dinner at Swiss Chalet, where you can share a pot of creamy fondue. The Sonnenalp makes your time on the slopes hassle-free with a Ski Concierge that will assist you with equipment and clothing rentals and answer any questions you may have. Now through December 25th, book the Early Bird Gets the Snow Package and receive 20% off room rates, 25% off spa services and products, two free Oxygen Bar Sessions at the spa, and reduced rates on equipment rental and valet parking.

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Vintage

Enjoy Champagne Brunch at Vintage, Vail’s French brasserie-style eatery. Try one of their unique breakfast dishes like the Huckleberry Bacon French Toast, a brioche stuffed with bacon-mascarpone and dulce de leche and topped with huckleberry syrup and bourbon whipped cream. They offer a long list of amazing brunch cocktails as well. Our favorite is the Poisoned Apple, a perfect choice for the holiday season. It’s crafted with 360 vodka, Colorado apple cider, ginger beer, aromatic bitters, and cinnamon.

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Snowshoe Tour

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to experience Vail’s pristine snow! Sign up for a guided Snowshoe Tour. You’ll learn about the history and wildlife of Vail and the Rocky Mountains while you traverse the wilderness on foot, enjoying fantastic views along the way. Tours from the Vail Nordic School are 2.5 hours long and include all of your equipment rentals.

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Explore Vail

Be sure to spend some time in Vail Village and Lionshead Village, Vail’s two base areas. These car-free areas are linked by a free bus system that makes it easy to hop between them. Enjoy après-ski cocktails and appetizers at one of the many restaurants, or spend some time browsing local stores like Bradbury Art & Antiques, a collection of unique paintings, furniture, and accessories. You can also find live music, art classes, sports, and more. View the event calendar to find out what’s happening while you’re in town.

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Adventure Ridge

Starting in mid-December, try out some of Adventure Ridge’s exciting on-mountain activities. Experience the thrill of winter tubing, or try out the new Forest Flyer, a raised alpine coaster that takes you on a 3,400-foot ride down the mountain. For something unique, try Ski Biking – skiing while seated on a bike that has skis instead of wheels. Adventure Ridge offers nighttime guided Ski Biking tours for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Autumn Travel Deals | Ski Resorts in Colorado

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Fall is a great time to find incredible travel deals. As school starts and summer crowds disperse, you’ll find discounts at even the most popular hotels and locales. Consider a trip to the ski resorts of Colorado before the snow hits – you will enjoy beautiful scenery without the stress of travelling in the summer.

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Before the chair lifts open for the ski season, hotel rates are low. The dry, sunny climate is glorious, and if you time your visit right (around the third week of September) you’ll be able to see the aspens turn a beautiful shade of gold. Hiking, biking, spas, fine dining… with so much to do, mountain towns like Aspen, Telluride, Vail or Breckenridge make great fall destinations. Find a Colorado package that is perfect for you!

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Father’s Day Getaway | Vail, Colorado and Lake Tahoe, California

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a family vacation this year! Hotels are offering packages with great outdoor activities that Dad is sure to enjoy. Head to Vail, Colorado for some golf and hiking, or visit Lake Tahoe in California for fly fishing!

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A Vail institution since 1965, Manor Vail Lodge provides a peaceful mountain setting that’s perfect for a Father’s Day getaway. The whole family will be comfortable in a fully furnished condo complete with a kitchen, fireplace, and balcony or patio. The lodge is steps away from Golden Peak and the heart of Vail Village, and the entire area is great for hiking and biking. Manor Vail Lodge’s special Father’s Day Family Golf Weekend package includes 20% off their best available rate and vouchers for appetizers and drinks at The Fitz Lounge. Dad can play a round of golf at The Vail Golf Club, take a 10-minute driving lesson with a pro, and get discounts at the Vail Golf Club Pro Shop. Everyone is invited to a book signing and cocktail hour featuring Steve Friedman, author of Driving Lessons. View current packages.

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Resort at Squaw Creek | Lake Tahoe, California

Spend Father’s Day in California at Resort at Squaw Creek. This secluded luxury resort is just nine miles from Lake Tahoe’s north shore, and minutes from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The resort has a golf course, fly fishing center, ice rink, heated swimming pools, and a spa. Book the Father’s Day Getaway package and enjoy two nights in a deluxe guestroom and a delicious three-course dinner for two in Six Peaks Grille. You’ll also receive a three-hour Cast N’ Catch Fly Fishing Class with an expert instructor, which includes a short lesson and guided fishing on the resort’s private ponds. Check out their current packages.