Vail & Lionshead
Despite an evolution of down-valley development in recent years, Vail Village and Lionshead remain the places to be in the Vail Valley. With direct access to world-class skiing and activities on Vail Mountain in the winter, these intimate communities are home to a vast array of dining, shopping, activity and cultural offerings in the summertime as well. In Vail Village, the cultural and geographical center of the resort, you are never more than a few steps away from a bustling nightlife, world-class ski slopes or an escape to mountain serenity. Familiar faces dot the landscape and good conversation pushes 10-minute walks to 30. This closeness, however, does not hinder the opportunity to find perfect spots for quiet reflection. Vail Mountains quiet nature trails and the beautiful Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are just steps away. Even in the heart of the Bavarian-influenced Vail Village, unparalleled beauty is complemented by plenty of quiet corners. Located just three quarters of a mile from Vail Village, Lionshead has a unique feel of its own. Home to the Eagle Bahn gondola, Lionshead is the access point for the popular on-mountain family activity center, Adventure Ridge. Adventure Ridge is the staging point for all of the summer activity on Vail Mountain, including guided hiking, mountain bike rentals, lawn sports, thrill sledding and more. Throughout Lionshead, a multitude of shops and restaurants line the pedestrian village. Lionshead will soon see many improvements in upcoming years as Vail Resorts has announced major plans to revitalize Lionshead village.Many of Vail Village and Lionsheads residences feature instant ski-in, ski-out access, while others are just a few steps from the slopes. This world-renowned resort, chosen to host the prestigious World Alpine Ski Championships twice in one decade, is quite simply North Americas favorite.Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of property within Vail Village and Lionshead is the commitment that Vail Resorts has made in years past toward the constant upgrade of resort properties. This careful attention to detail and commitment to the Vail experience give significant indication of future appreciation of property value.Vail Village and Lionshead come alive with activity in the summertime. Concerts, festivals and street fairs take place throughout the summer, as do many traditional events. July 4-7, the traditional festivities of Vail America Days return to Vail Village, highlighted by a fun-filled hometown parade and a weekend of entertainment and concerts. The smooth sounds of jazz can also be heard throughout the summer as part of the annual Vail Jazz Festival that runs from June to September. An Oktoberfest celebration takes place in September, featuring traditional Bavarian music, food and beverages. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion is a Vail Village summer hot spot. The scenic outdoor amphitheater sets the stage for performances of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, Hot Summer Nights concert series and more. Adjacent to the amphitheater is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the nations highest public garden. Vail Village and Lionshead are also home to the Vail Nature Center, Colorado Ski Museum and Skiing Hall of Fame, the Vail Interfaith Chapel, and a wide variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Throughout the summer residents can take advantage of municipal tennis courts, paved bicycle paths, well-maintained mountain biking and hiking trails, fly fishing and many other outdoor activities. A free bus system runs from East Vail to West Vail, making transportation a snap.