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Anticipation is one of the best parts of planning a ski trip. Looking at hotel options, exploring the world-class dining scene, picking out your favorite runs…it’s half the fun! We’ve compiled everything you need to know to make the planning process easy and enjoyable, bringing you that much closer to the perfect vacation.

Everything you need to know for the perfect trip to Vail 

WHERE TO STAY

Choosing where you want
to stay is your first order of business. Vail offers three different areas in which you can stay: Vail Village and Golden Peak, Lionshead, and East or West Vail. Each area boasts different selling points, so choose what’s best for you and your fellow vacationers. 

WHAT TO BRING

We’ve created the ultimate packing list so you don’t forget the important things for your ski vacation, like your gloves and hat. Use our gear guide to make sure you have everything to stay comfortable on and off the slopes.

EXPLORE WORLD-CLASS DINING

Vail is just as renowned for its dining scene as it is for its skiable terrain. From award-winning restaurants and chefs to local favorites, there’s something for every palate and budget. Plus, our on-mountain restaurants offer the best views of Vail Valley.

DISCOVER VAIL MOUNTAIN

This is why you came to Vail. 
To ski our incomparable Back Bowls, to explore our 5,289 skiable acres, to chase first tracks on your favorite runs. Vail Mountain is a behemoth, with endless opportunities for you to enhance your skiing. Be prepared before you get on the mountain. Start planning your day by checking out our favorite terrain and utilizing the always-helpful trail maps, and prepare to be blown away by Vail’s majesty.

BOOK SKI LESSONS

Even if you’re a seasoned pro, our wide-ranging ski lessons are perfect for everyone. Learn new parts of the mountain, improve your turns, and maximize the day with no lift lines. It’s like getting a personal tour of Vail Mountain from the experts. 




YOUR PLANNING ESSENTIALS

Now it’s time to start planning! These resources will help you book your home away from home, make reservations for top dining spots, explore ski lesson options, and much more. Once the hard work is done, start building your excitement for what’s bound to be an unforgettable getaway.

 

Airline Reservations

Transportation

Exclusive offers

Get tips on which
village to stay
in using
this article

  Discover 5 reasons
to take a
ski lesson


  Second to none
on-mountain dining

 

Après ski and Nightlife

Kid-friendly Activities

  Adventure Ridge

Terrain Parks
  Equipment Rentals    Buy Lift Tickets





DISCOVER VAIL MOUNTAIN

This is why you came to Vail. 
To ski our incomparable Back Bowls, to explore our 5,289 skiable acres, to chase first tracks on your favorite runs. Vail Mountain is a behemoth, with endless opportunities for you to enhance your skiing. Be prepared before you get on the mountain. Start planning your day by checking out our favorite terrain and utilizing the always-helpful trail maps, and prepare to be blown away by Vail’s majesty.

DISCOVER VAIL MOUNTAIN

This is why you came to Vail. 
To ski our incomparable Back Bowls, to explore our 5,289 skiable acres, to chase first tracks on your favorite runs. Vail Mountain is a behemoth, with endless opportunities for you to enhance your skiing. Be prepared before you get on the mountain. Start planning your day by checking out our favorite terrain and utilizing the always-helpful trail maps, and prepare to be blown away by Vail’s majesty.
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