Vail, Colorado on a Winter Weekend

How to spend a winter weekend in Vail, Colorado.

Vail, Colorado. The Switzerland of the Rockies. One of Colorado's most treasured, and timeless villages, a mountain for range of difficulty and terrain for winter sports and restaurants, shops and bars a plenty. You cannot go wrong with your trip to Vail, but we are here to help make your planning a little easier.

What should I pack?

  • Goggles
    • We use wide view, anti fog goggles. These make for a great option to take in the scenery while protecting your eyes from getting sunburnt. Yes, your eyes can get burnt - be careful!
  • Helmet
    • We love our white helmet, but whatever gives you the most safety and confidence is a great option! 
  • Hydration Pack
    • How else do you prefer to store your cold beer to crack on the lift? Oh, and stay hydrated too... ;)
  • LAYERS
    • It's difficult to predict how warm you will be when you're out on the slopes ~shredding the gnar~ but we typically layer up in thicker options if it's a powder day/under 30° or pack our breathable options when it's over 30°/sunny (bluebird). Let's break it down!
      • Powder day or under 30° 
        • Layer #1 - breathable, mobile and athletic
        • Layer #2 - thick and insulated
      • Bluebird day or over 30° 
        • Layer #1 -  breathable, mobile and athletic
        • Layer #2 - thin and breathable
  • Mittens or gloves
    • Most snowboarders prefer "lobster" gloves, which help strap in and strap out with ease.
    • We personally prefer mittens as we struggle with cold hands and cold feet.
  • Ski socks
  • Winter coat
  • Winter/snow pants

If you plan to ski the entire duration of your trip, then you have your days FILLED. What more could you need?! Depending on your skill level, skiing a few runs in the Blue Sky Basin area is a MUST. Views for MILES, blues and blacks with wide open runs to freely ski without a worry. However if you do NOT ski and are visiting Vail because... it's VAIL. Let us help you break down your days. Starting with the drive up....

What should I do?

Thursday (take a couple of days off and start your trip on a Thursday! You deserve it!):

  • Pack your car and hit the road. 
  • Head up I-70 and try to beat winter traffic (we like to take a half day and leave before 3 PM.)

Friday:

  • Skiiers + Snowboarders
    • Pack a breakfast and hit the SLOPES!
    • Break for lunch at a mid-mountain lodge, or pack a energy bar ski right through. 
    • Meet your loved one for a delicious margarita and dinner at the base of Vail, Los Amigos.
  • Non skiiers + snowboarders
    • Spend your day acclimating to the altitude and beauty of Vail.
      • Breakfast
        • If you're the type of person who enjoys eating their way through their vacation (like us), you must try Big Bear Bistro for a bright and hearty breakfast in Vail Village.
      • Acitivity:
        • Shop around at Vail's boutiques and art galleries.
      • Lunch:
        • Delicious food, tasty drinks AND live music! Make a stop at Red Lion.
      • Activity:
        • Ice skate in the heart of Vail village.
      • Dinner
        • Meet your loved one for a delicious margarita and dinner at the baser of Vail, Los Amigos.

Saturday

  • Skiiers + Snowboarders
    • Pack a breakfast and hit the SLOPES!
    • Break for lunch at a mid-mountain lodge, or pack a energy bar ski right through. 
    • Meet your loved one for a delicious pizza and ice cold beers at the base of Vail at Vendetta's.
  • Non skiiers + snowboarders:
    • Vail is your oyster!
      • Spend some ME time at the spa. Some of Vail's greatest spas Four Seasons Vail or Sonnenalp
      • OR tap into your adventurous side and go snowmobiling, snowshoeing or snowtubing. Enjoy the views of Vail Mountain without having to ski or snowboard!
    • Meet your loved one for a delicious pizza and ice cold beers at the base of Vail at Vendetta's.

Sunday

  • Grab a breakfast in the village, and head back to Denver early enough (~1 PM) to avoid ski traffic!

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