We like to play in Vail Valley, and it colors every aspect of life here. The natural playground surrounding us is one in a million, and it offers the main forms of recreation year round. In the winter that means partaking in the quintessential Vail Valley Things to Do: snapping on skis or snowboards and taking to snowy slopes. This is the home of the Alpine Ski Championships, after all, and the annual average of 20 feet of snowfall draws winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Summertime brings refreshing sunny days that are ideal for taking to the mountain trails by fat-tire bike or by foot. Or kick back at open-air concerts and performances. Vail Valley’s lush environment makes it a venue for an array of festivals and events. After all, not all playtime means athletic endeavors, and music festivals, food and wine events, touring musicians and theatrical performances invite you to relax your muscles but not your activity level.
Even dining in Vail Valley can incorporate outdoor activities, such as when you must reach your meal by a snowshoe trek or sleigh ride. The play continues within the kitchens too where chefs experiment with culinary masterpieces at award-winning restaurants and even casual cafes, all described in our Restaurant section.
Play Beyond the Outdoors in Vail Valley
For many in Vail Valley, retailing is a playful adventure. Our Shopping section guides you to the impressive collection of local stores. They range in their themes, inventories and prices, so there’s something for everyone. Shoppers can get swanky world-class imports in Vail in addition to good-value finds, which are plentiful in Down Valley. As one would expect from any recreation destination, there’s also no shortage of shops with endless state-of-the-art equipment for all outdoor adventures.
You’ll need a place to stay in Vail Valley so that you’ll be in the midst of, or near, all the excitement. That said, however, the Hotelshere do a fabulous job of bringing the fun back to you. With room-side access to the chairlifts and slopes at ski resorts, family-friendly activities offered throughout the day, on-site spas and restaurants, you could spend a happy trip in Vail without even leaving your hotel.