As the most visited and perennially top-ranked ski resort in North America it’s easy to think of Vail – especially in the winter months – as a place to just ski, ski, ski … and then ski some more.
And that’s fine if that’s your sole focus in life because the rebuilt Tivoli Lodge at Vail is less than a block from Vail’s main access point, the Vista Bahn chairlift, and an only slightly longer walk or short bus ride to Golden Peak and the Riva Bahn chairlift.
But there is so much more to Vail than just skiing. Even though the slopes and the nearly 30 feet of snow that fall on them each year will always be the primary focus, virtually every month of the year the calendar is fairly bursting with a diverse and lively array of cultural and recreational offerings.
Things To Do In Vail
Vail, besides being blessed with numerous nationally and even internationally acclaimed restaurants, is also known as a culinary capital for other reasons, including the Vail Farmer’s Market on Sundays during the summer and the Taste of Vail festival in the spring.
Also in early spring, as the lifts are winding down (often with some of the best snow conditions and warmest skiing weather of the year), the Vail Film Festival draws the Hollywood set to an event that is growing in popularity and acclaim.
And toward the end of the summer, culminating on Labor Day weekend, the Vail Jazz Festival brings in top jazz acts to soothe the soul after a scintillating summer of sensational events, activities and guaranteed stellar weather.
But don’t take our word for it. Here are a few websites to get you started planning your year-round vacation: