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Ski Vail Colorado - It's More Than Just a Mountain of Snow   by Ronald Rougeaux

Vail Ski Resort is the largest single mountain ski resort in the United States. Today, you're about to learn more about the town that feeds visitors to this magnificent mound of well groomed white powder. The Town of Vail, which is located at the base, is a place that captivates the hearts of every visitor the moment he sets foot on it and here you will find out why.

Lionshead and Vail Village

The town has two major communities: Lionshead and Vail Village. It is here that a greater part of the activity at the base takes place every day. Being the site of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Born Free Express, Cascade Lift, Vista Bahn Express, and Riva Bahn Express all of the action starts here. It is therefore not surprising that an overwhelming majority of the business establishments in town are found within this area.

Hotels, condominiums, house rentals, restaurants, bars, ATM's, ski shops, the Vail Valley Medical Center, and the Shopping Center comprise the core of businesses in this part of the base area. Since long lines at the jump off points of the lifts are common, you would naturally want to find a place to lodge in any of these two communities.

Being a rather small town, every important place is within walking distance. Perhaps this is one of the more appealing essentials that add to the drawing power of the resort. It's as if the whole place is one big backyard.

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Every winter, an influx of visitors, most of whom are from the who's-who in entertainment and business, converge here. It is therefore understandable that the business establishments, primarily the hotels and condominiums, are upscale. You'll therefore find luxurious amenities such as state-of-the-art spa and fitness facilities, on-site gourmet restaurants, on-site ATM's, fully equipped business centers with free Internet access, and heated indoor and outdoor pools with a fantastic view of the mountain in many of them.

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When we said "influx of visitors" awhile ago, we failed to add "from all over the world". Because the resort becomes a mish mash of diverse cultures during peak season, various restaurants have been put up to cater to the varied discriminating tastes. As such, Vail has consequently evolved into a salad bowl of excellent culinary concoctions. Some restaurants have specific specialties while others, particularly the larger ones, have different sections that serve American, Oriental, European, and Mediterranean cuisine.

Cultural activity

Vail is not all about skiing. All year round, various cultural activities dot the town's calendar. Here are some of the cultural spots as well as the activities that reveal another face of the place. Named in honor of Vail's most distinguished frequent visitor, US Pres. Gerald Ford, the Gerald Ford Amphitheater has been the venue for the concerts of the likes of Elton John and Billy Joel.

Mountain Biking, Vail, Colorado, USA
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A few steps to the left of the amphitheater is a small building that houses a comprehensive collection of information on skiing and its rich and exciting history - The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.

During Thursday nights throughout the summer, Beaver Creek, which is just a 13 minute ride away, hosts the Vail Beaver Creek Rodeo, where visitors can savor authentic Western BBQ while watching the competition.

Other cultural activities are the Bravo! Music Festival, Farmer's Market, Tuesday Night Concerts, and the Vail Dance Festival. Since the resort started building up its summer activities, visitors' traffic has steadily increased for the warmer months. Thus, the place is now slowly turning out to be a year-round resort; one that no longer relies solely on snow for its drawing power.

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About the Author - If you go in the winter at vail ski colorado resort and have never skied before, it's the right time to make ski vail fun. If you don't own skis, you can make a booking at Vail Ski Resorts to rent a pair while you're there. Indeed, fabulous ski vail colorado is the place to go for a great ski vacation.
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Beaver Creek Lodge, A Kessler Hotel, Vail
Sublimely located in the village at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, the Beaver Creek Lodge is a premier Colorado mountain resort. An ice rink is located next to the resort and shopping, dining and entertainment venues are within one-block of the resort. Fabulous mountain vistas invoke an unparalleled serenity that visitors return for year after year. Outdoor fun includes biking, fishing, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning and golf at a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course. Vail's Tyrolean-style village, 12 miles from the property, boasts trendy shopping along with fine restaurants and the obvious recreational pursuits.
Comfort Inn - Vail/ Beaver Creek
The Comfort Inn Vail-Beaver Creek is a charming hotel located 125 miles from Denver International Airport. Situated amidst a beautiful landscape, the Comfort Inn is close to several area attractions and resorts including Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, Vail Mountain Village, fishing, kayaking and rafting venues, Villar Center for the Arts, Dobson Ice Arena, Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The hotel offers a daily complimentary continental breakfast, 24-hour front desk service, a ski shop with 50-percent discount for guests and a spot on the Beaver Creek shuttle route.
Sheraton Mountain Vista Resort Villas Vail
This Avon, CO condominium resort is situated at the entrance to the prestigious Beaver Creek and Arrowhead ski areas. Vail Village is 10 miles away. A seventh-floor sundeck with outdoor and indoor spa tubs provides panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The adjoining fitness center includes a sauna and steam room, along with mountain views from tall, arched windows. Ski storage is available. Sheraton Mountain Vista Resort Villas is entirely smoke-free. Each spacious villa has a furnished balcony, gas fireplace, two TVs, washer/dryer, kitchenette, dining area, and a separate living area with a sofa bed. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.
The Charter At Beaver Creek
Adjacent to the Beaver Creek Golf Club and just 100 yards from the Elkhorn Lift, The Charter at Beaver Creek offers a convenient location in Beaver Creek, Colo. Fabulous mountain vistas invoke an unparalleled serenity that visitors return for year after year. A chic mountain resort which offers both winter and summer recreation. The resort features a seasonal outdoor pool, an indoor lap pool, indoor and outdoor spa tubs, an outdoor fire pit, pool area snack bar, saunas and steam rooms. The spa offers 11 treatment rooms with a variety of body and facial treatments, along with a health club and fitness equipment. An Italian restaurant and a café, which offers breakfast buffets, are on site.
The Pines Lodge, A Rockresort, Vail
The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, is nestled amongst aspen and pine groves in Beaver Creek, Colo. Conveniently positioned in the main village, the resort enjoys easy access to ski lifts, shopping, dining and nightlife. Fabulous mountain vistas invoke an unparalleled serenity that visitors return for year after year. Outdoor fun includes biking, fishing, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning and golf at a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course. Vail's Tyrolean-style village, 12 miles from the property, boasts trendy shopping along with fine restaurants and the obvious recreational pursuits.
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa - Destination Hotels & Resorts
Nestled along Gore Creek at the western base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa provides a luxurious oasis in Vail, Colo. Within one mile of the slopes of Vail Village and Lionshead, and eight miles from Beaver Creek, guests can enjoy a variety of seasonal activities from skiing and snowmobiling to horseback riding and golfing. After a day on the slopes, guests of Vail Cascade Resort & Spa can relax around the stone fireplace in the lobby's sitting area. The resort features a sports shop offering equipment rental and complimentary ski valet service. During warmer months, guests can enjoy the two outdoor pools including an infinity-edge one and three outdoor spa tubs.
Vail Marriott Resort And Spa
At the base of Vail Mountain, this chalet-style resort is in Lionshead Village, 150 yards from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Vail Village is less than 2 miles from the Vail Marriott Resort, and the Beaver Creek Ski Area is 8 miles away. Resort highlights include a day spa, indoor and outdoor pools and spa tubs, and a 24-hour fitness center with mountain views. The fireside Avalanche Pub serves après-ski cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and Ocotillo Restaurant features Southwestern cuisine. Ski services include complimentary storage and boot warming, as well as equipment rentals. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the lobby. Vail Marriott Resort & Spa has a smoke-free policy. 
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