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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.