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Vail Colorado Travel Guide

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Vail Colorado

Travel to Vail for one of America's best alpine resort towns with unique European small town feel! Visitors enjoy bountiful year-round recreational and cultural opportunities that, of course, include Vail's famous 350,000 acres of national forest crowned by more than 5,000 skiable acres! At the foot of the ski mountain is the Town of Vail, a community offering charm and hospitality to all who stay.  With the nation's largest free bus system, the town is filled with shops, restaurants and year-round activities in a pedestrian-friendly environment bustling with foot traffic. Covered Bridge and Clocktower welcome and beckon return to all who visit the iconic Vail Village that sits at the heart of the Vail mountain resort.


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History/Geography

Vail, is named after state highway engineer Charlie Vail, the builder of the first highway through the area.  The mountain wasn't "discovered" until the mid-1950s by 10th Mountain Division trooper Peter Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton. When Seibert and Eaton hiked to the top of the mountain they looked out upon the expansive, open valleys and decided it was the perfect spot for ski slopes. Vail's average elevation is 8,150 feet above sea level with a total town area of 4.5 square miles, with no lakes. Gore Creek flows from east to west through the center of town. Vail is surrounded by the White River National Forest with a spectacular view of Mount of the Holy Cross. In January 1962, their dream became reality and the U.S. Forest Service granted the final permit to Seibert and Eaton. Vail Mountain opened in December of the same year. The town surrounding the base of the mountain was birthed at the same time -offering support and lodging for skiers all around. The Town of Vail is located in Eagle County, Colorado and has a population of approximately 5,305 (2010).  Today Vail Mountain is still leased from the United States Forest Service, is North America's largest ski area, and is the second largest ski mountain in North America to date.

 

Tourism

Naturally, skiing is the number one attraction in Vail, but people travel to Vail for so much more. The ambiance, alone, is as they say about Vail-Like nothing on earth. The town with its quaint village and cobble-stone streets hug the base of the mountain that everyone travels to conquer. Bike the mountainous trails or ride the lifts to enjoy the vast breath-taking views. Vail, Colorado is a fabulous destination for adventure-between four wheeling the rough and tumble terrain, white water rafting the choppy river waters, hang gliding, parasailing or discovering the life on a local Dude Ranch-all options are good options when in Vail! Travelers must not miss the two most recent developments available for fun in Vail- The Solaris and The Arrabelle. The gorgeous Solaris is located in the old “Crossroads” area, just west of the Vail Village Parking. Solaris has a movie theater, bowling alley, ice rink, restaurants and more.  The beautiful European-style Arrabelle at Vail Square, at the base of Lionshead gondola, is an outdoor plaza with shops, restaurants, ice skating rink and concert area. World-renowned chefs prepare to "win over" those who travel to Vail. From five courses to five-minute bites, there's a bounty of options and flavors. Vail has its way of leaving an impression that lasts from the head, to the palet and then to the heart-visitors always leave planning to come back!

 




Map of Vail Colorado