TOP 10 Reasons to visit Vail this winter

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Hailed as one of the largest and versatile ski resorts in Colorado, Vail takes pride of its over 5,000 acres of terrain, perfect for winter sports & leisure as well. The ski resort is not just among the largest but it’s also among the best and generous ski resorts, making it a favorite place among world-class athletes and VIP’s for both skiing and snowboarding.

It doesn’t matter whether you plan to travel on your own or with a group; there’s always something for everyone in Vail, skier or non-skier, junior or senior, adrenaline junkie or an indoor cozy foodie. Here are the top reasons why you should visit Vail this winter:

1. Skiing & Snowboarding, of course!

Not much to persuade here: With thousands of acres of groomed terrain, Vail is a top destination for all levels of skiers. Vail mountain has something for everyone whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or an expert skier.

2. Celebrate the start of skiing & snowboarding season with Vail Snow Daze

10 reasons to come to Vail this winter

Celebrated between December 11 and 13, Vail Snow Daze marks the beginning of skiing and snowboarding season. It’s a fun 2-day event filled with on-mountain activities, contests, parties, free live concerts at night, and giveaways.

3. Enjoy the start of the festive season with Holidaze

19, 20, 31 December, 2015. Vail is not just home for adrenaline junkies; it’s also a perfect place to welcome the festive season through an event called Holidaze. Everybody is invited! It’s an annual event where the town and mountain comes alive with lights, series of events, and sounds. Families come together in Vail for Holidaze to witness the tree lighting ceremony, lantern walk, torchlight ski down, and the fireworks. The holiday vibe is definitely on with Vail’s Holidaze.

4. Be part of the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration with Carnivail

Top 10 reasons to visit Vail this winter
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For three (3) days starting February 6, 2016, guests will enjoy the merriment brought by the grand Mardi Gras celebration in Vail. It’s a fun-filled event with a full lineup of activities including after-dark parties, parade, contests, street festival, on-mountain craw-fish boils, and many more!

5. Witness the Burton U.S. Open

Burton U.S. Open, which first took place in 1982, will be held in Vail in 2016. For five (5) days starting February 29, 2016, Vail will be home to the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world that attracts the world’s best snowboarding athletes. This is the second time that the event is held at Vail.

6. Get a rush in Vail’s multi-lane tubing hills

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Grab a tube, hop in a lift, and get your dose of adrenaline as you go down from Vail’s multi-lane tubing hill. Once you’re done, an easy-access lift is waiting for you to take you back up so you can go tubing again. An hour to an hour and a half session sliding downhill is a great way to spend winter days in Vail.

7. Learn more about Vail Mountain’s forests through snowshoeing

The snowshoeing trails in Vail are not only a good excuse for exercise but they’re also a great way to explore and learn more the forests atop Vail Mountain. Snowshoeing tours are available for both short and long distances and you can go on your own or with a tour guide.

Feeling more adventurous? Try the evening tour where you get to witness the changing skies and the nocturnal animals in Vail’s forest.

8. Get moving by ice skating

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Ice skating is a fun & relaxing activity that is suitable for almost all people of different ages. You can try it either indoors or outdoors in Vail. For indoor ice skating, you can try the indoor rink of Dobson. Arena while you can opt for the Solaris in Vail Village, Village Plaza in Beaver Creek, and The Arabelle in Lionshead for ice skating outdoors.

9. Learn the history of winter sports in Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum

Top 10 reasons to visit Vail in the winter

Turn your holiday  into a learning opportunity as well, by visiting the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. The museum features the history of skiing and snowboarding, the evolution of the outfits worn by skiers, and photos of those who won during Winter Olympic for both skiing and snowboarding.

10. Indulge in Vail’s fine cuisine

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You can’t go to Vail and not immerse into its fine Cuisine, and get a taste of the best of this Colorado resort town that prides itself on being a foodie’s haven. The following restaurants are mandatory : Up The Creek Bar & Grill ( a Vail Village treasure by the creek serving seasonal fresh farm to plate meals), La Tour( a French restaurant and bar, serving up exquisite gourmet cuisine, hand-crafted from the freshest organic ingredients), Sweet Basil (a locals’ favorite), La Bottega, Russel’s Steakhouse, Campo de Fiori, Cine Bistro and Yeti’s Grind and the list continues.

There’s more to Vail than just winter sports. It’s a place where you can experience adventure, fine cuisine. adrenaline, and learning new things at the same time. Inspired by any of these 10 reasons we gave you? Get in touch with our friendly team at Enjoy Vail or book your vacation to Vail online at

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