Upcoming in Vail

You’ve just stepped out of your car to stretch your legs and get ready for your adventure in Vail, but you’re not sure what’s going on… what to do (after you are done skiing or riding, of course). Don’t worry, we got you covered: here’s a compilation of things to do and places to visit while visiting this amazing mountain ski town.

Events & Happenings

Carnivail

Your arrival is just in time for Vail’s famous New Orleans-styled festival, CarniVail. With Mardi Gras-themed parades and foods, this festival offers the best of New Orleans at 8000 feet altitude! Don’t miss the crawfish boils and street festivals offering prizes, giveaways, and contests galore. Running from February 6-9 and full of Cajun-style après and celebrations, this is a festival is not to be missed.

For more winter-appropriate activities, hit up the weekly free, guided snowshoe tours. Running every day from 2-3pm, these guided tours give you a knee-deep experience of Vail, while learning about the landscape and winter ecology surrounding this town. Feel like going for an evening snowshoe? Fret not! Night tours run Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm as well. Bring your family and friends to experience Vail by outdoor adventuring.

Museum-lovers, fret not! Vail has a number of fascinating museums including the famous Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. The museum offers exhibitions on a range of topics including the ski troopers of WWII, the local history of Vail, and the history of the US ski team. Open daily from 10am – 6pm with a suggested donation of $3, this is a great resource for learning about the history of skiing and snowboarding in one of the

Burton US Open

Finally, the pièce de résistance: the Burton US Open. Starting February 29th, Vail hosts Burton’s 34th US Open Snowboarding Championships at Golden Peak. This is the longest-running snowboarding competition, so come out and watch world-class snowboarders take on the slopes in all sorts of events, and celebrate their successes with live concerts in the evening.

Spring Back to Vail

To celebrate the change of seasons, check out  Spring Back to Vail on April 10th. This event celebrates the end of the winter season and the coming of spring with the World Pond Skimming Championships, live concerts, contests, prizes, and giveaways, not to mention phenomenal après and afterparties. This day of fun is not to be missed!

The Après

Photo Credit: Jack Affleck

 

After a long day on the slopes, all you want to do is sit back and have a good meal with friends and family. Well, luckily for you, Vail has a great number of places for you to do just that!

At Vail Ale House, craft beer and good food are daily treats. Come be serenaded by local live music, and tackle their famous trivia night with a local brew. And don’t forget to head over Sunday nights for their Industry Night: 50% off your entire bill after 10pm! Not to mention free pool.

The Bully Ranch also offers fantastic après deals with their happy hour from 3-5pm daily. Don’t miss out on their world famous mudsliders at only $4.50, or $4 beers and $5 glasses of wine during this time. Labelled as “the best place to be après ski”, make sure you stop on by for their delicious Southwestern cuisine.

Now some fun for the whole family! The Imagination Station is open Sunday through Friday from 10am-6pm, and offers a place for children to play all day! At $5 per child, and free for adults and infants, the Imagination Station is an experiential playspace and center for cognitive learning & endless fun. Your kids will love it and so will you!

Lodging Deals

ski in/ ski out Vail

Not only is Vail a hub of food, friends, and entertainment, but also a prime spot for great hotels and services. The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa offers a 35% discount on their 3 night stays: at $259 a night, this resort is in a prime location to ski-in and ski-out from the slopes. For those who like to hit the slopes early and stay late, this is the place for you!

Here’s another great deal: Tivioli Lodge offers a FREE 3rd night, averaging $166/night for all three nights. A four star resort, it is only a one minute walk from the lifts, so a great deal for those who like to be right where the action is.

Also, Evergreen Lodge offers a special at $179/night for four nights. A three star hotel with two queen beds in a room, this lodge is only a five minute walk from the lifts!

From skiing all day to enjoying local Colorado microbrews in the evening, Vail has something to offer for everyone. As the largest ski mountain in Colorado, the town and peaks – let alone the altitude – will take your breath away. Check  Enjoy Vail’s  great deals and book your ski vacation with smart savings. Let our Rockies Mountain Specialists design & plan your ski getaway, meanwhile you make sure you wax your skis and get some visual training for riding some of the best snow in the world!

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