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Vail Valley Travel Guide

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Plan Your Vail Valley Vacation

If Aspen is Colorado's Hollywood East, then her rival Vail is Wall Street West. So popular is this ski resort with the monied East Coast crowd that locals sometimes refer to particularly crowded weeks as "212" weeks, in reference to the area code of so many visitors. The attraction for vacationers from all over is the thin, aspen-cloaked Vail Valley, a narrow corridor slit by I–70

and bounded by the rugged Gore Range to the north and east and the tabled Sawatch escarpments to the south. Through it all runs the sparkling Eagle River.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. High-altitude golf The thin air at this elevation lets your Titleist fly much farther—enjoy those hero swings at more than a dozen venues.
  2. Romantic meals A number of intimate restaurants are hidden away among the peaks, reachable by ski, on horseback, and even by horse-drawn sleigh.
  3. Rugged scenery The Gore Range presents some of the most sharp-spined backcountry in the state, with ice-cold tarns, sheer cliffs, and shaggy white mountain goats.
  4. The slopes Vail is as real and challenging a ski mountain as you'll find anywhere in the western United States, with the steeps and back bowls to prove it.
  5. Summer festivals Check out some of Vail's many cultural activities—summer is full of music, culinary, and dance festivals.

When To Go

When to Go

Winter is by far the most crowded time in Vail Valley, with early spring seeing the highest number of visitors hoping to catch that blissful blend...

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