Eitan’s Winter Guide to Vail

Eitan
Eitan’s Winter Guide to Vail

Winter sports & activities

There's so much to do here, you'll never be bored! Skiing/boarding, helicopter skiing, snow tubing, ice fishing, fly fishing, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and more!
Best skiing in the country!
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Vail Ski Resort
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Best skiing in the country!
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Great day-long activity, for those afraid of heights or who want a break from the slopes.
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Vail Nordic Center
1775 Sunburst Dr
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Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Great day-long activity, for those afraid of heights or who want a break from the slopes.
If you get bored of Vail, spend a day in neighboring Beaver Creek. World-class skiing and very family-friendly.
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Beaver Creek Resort station
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If you get bored of Vail, spend a day in neighboring Beaver Creek. World-class skiing and very family-friendly.
Recommended ski/snowboard rental place, next to the lift at Vail Village.
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Vista Bahn Ski Rentals
278 Hanson Ranch Rd
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Recommended ski/snowboard rental place, next to the lift at Vail Village.
Helicopter skiing that leaves from Vail. More info here: https://www.helitrax.com/trips/aspen-vail/
Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr
Helicopter skiing that leaves from Vail. More info here: https://www.helitrax.com/trips/aspen-vail/
Ice fishing on gorgeous Lake Dillon
Alpine Fishing Adventures
151 Marina Drive
Ice fishing on gorgeous Lake Dillon
Year-round fly fishing
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Minturn Anglers
106 N Main St
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Year-round fly fishing
Snowmobile tours
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Nova Guides
7088 US-24
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Snowmobile tours
Indoor ice skating
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John A. Dobson Ice Arena
321 E Lionshead Cir
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Indoor ice skating
Snow tubing at Adventure Ridge, at the top of this gondola. More info here: https://www.vail.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/winter-activities/adventure-ridge-activities/snow-tubing.aspx
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Eagle Bahn Gondola station
699 I-70 Frontage Rd
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Snow tubing at Adventure Ridge, at the top of this gondola. More info here: https://www.vail.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/winter-activities/adventure-ridge-activities/snow-tubing.aspx
Horse-drawn sleigh rides
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4 Eagle Ranch
4098 CO-131
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Horse-drawn sleigh rides
Dog sledding
Mountain Musher
16973 Colorado 131
Dog sledding
Very pretty outdoor ice skating in Lionshead Village
Vail Square Ice Rink
675 Lionshead Pl
Very pretty outdoor ice skating in Lionshead Village

Food scene

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Subway
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QDOBA Mexican Eats
2161 N Frontage Rd W
Slope Room | Gravity Haus Vail (Now Open)
352 E Meadow Dr
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Local favorite
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La Cantina
241 S Frontage Rd E
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Local favorite
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El Sabor
660 Lionshead Pl
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Dinner experience accessed by sleigh ride
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Beano's Cabin
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Dinner experience accessed by sleigh ride

Apres ski

Vail Brewing Company - Vail Village
141 E Meadow Dr
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Popular spot for apres ski. Located just off the slopes in Vail Village. Very cozy and fun vibe.
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Red Lion
304 Bridge St
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Popular spot for apres ski. Located just off the slopes in Vail Village. Very cozy and fun vibe.
Cheapest cannabis in the area. All dispensaries are located in neighboring Eagle-Vail.
Roots Rx Recreational Dispensary Eagle-Vail
40690 U.S. 6
Cheapest cannabis in the area. All dispensaries are located in neighboring Eagle-Vail.
Dispensary with small cannabis farm viewable thru glass wall.
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High Country Healing
191 Blue River Pkwy
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Dispensary with small cannabis farm viewable thru glass wall.
Hot tubs to relax in post-skiing. 10 mins drive from unit. Prices can be found here: https://www.avon.org/DocumentCenter/View/15203/RateSheet?bidId=
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Avon Recreation Center
90 Lake St
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Hot tubs to relax in post-skiing. 10 mins drive from unit. Prices can be found here: https://www.avon.org/DocumentCenter/View/15203/RateSheet?bidId=
Fun night activity :)
Escape Room Vail
2111 N Frontage Rd W
Fun night activity :)

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Free parking in Vail up to 2 hours

Parking is free at Vail Village and Lionshead Village for UP TO 2 HOURS. It can get very expensive after that. This is a great option if you'd like to go into the Village for dinner.
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Taking the shuttle to the slopes

The Town of Vail (TOV) shuttle is the best way to get to and from the slopes. All shuttles in Vail are FREE. There are two shuttles stops near the unit: One is on N Frontage Rd, in front of the construction site. The second is on the corner of Chamonix Lane and Buffehr Creek Rd. I advise using Google Maps to decide which shuttle stop to wait at because it tracks the shuttle arrival times and is very accurate.
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Vail Village vs. Lionshead Village

There are TWO ski villages in Vail: Vail Village and Lionshead Village. When going to the slopes, I recommend going to Lionshead. The walk from the bus station to the lift is a lot shorter at Lionshead. This is especially important if you're wearing heavy ski boots! There is also a TOV shuttle that takes you between Vail Village and Lionshead.
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Don't ski all the way to the bottom

Try not to ski all the way to the base of Vail Mt. Usually the gondola lines at the bottom are the longest because this is where people arrive. This can eat up a lot of time.
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Lunch on the mountain

An Epic Pass gets you 20% off at all the restaurants on the mountain. If you don't have a pass, make friends and ask to borrow it! They scan it at the register. Lunch on the mountain can eat (haha) into your budget -- pack sandwiches or buy premade meals at Safeway or City Market beforehand to save.
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What to wear for skiing/boarding

Base layer: Needs to be warm and form-fitting. Costco has a great option from a company called 32 Degrees. Intermediate layers: All clothing should be wicking. Everything should be made of synthetic material or wool. Do NOT wear cotton, as this absorbs moisture and can be very uncomfortable. Outer layer: Everything needs to be waterproof. You need a waterproof jacket and snow pants. Your snow pants should have a bib/overalls, or your jacket should have a powder skirt. Dress in layers. Temperatures can vary throughout the day and at the top vs bottom of mountain.
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Recommended equipment for skiing/boarding

1. Sunscreen!! Despite the cold, you can totally get sunburned. The snow reflects the sun. 2. Contact lenses. I highly recommend contacts instead of glasses, as glasses can fog up and it is hard to deal with. If you are wearing glasses, I recommend a product called Cat Crap to prevent fogging. 3. Walkie-talkies. Super useful when traveling with a group.
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Lift passes

Get your passes before you go. Lift passes are crazy expensive at the ticket window. It is cost-effective to buy the Epic Pass if you are skiing for 5+ days during a season. If you are picking up your passes at the ticket window, arrive super early on your first day of skiing because the lines can get very long. Alternatively, pick up your passes after 4pm on the day before skiing when the ticket line is likely short.
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Get souvenirs at the supermarket

Souvenirs in the Village can be crazy expensive. All the local supermarkets -- Safeway, City Market, and Walmart -- sell the exact same Vail souvenirs such as clothing, shot glasses, postcards, keychains, etc. -- at a fraction of the price.