Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blissful Vail

The locals are always quick to point out that the best time to ski in Colorado is from March to May. The days get longer, the sky brightens and the sun will warm your core... yet throughout the night, the snow falls heavy and powdery.

Cradled deeply within the picturesque Colorado Rocky Mountains, the setting alone will quiet the mind and nourish your soul. Whether you are a lover of nature, an accomplished or entry level skier, Vail Resorts has something to offer for everyone.

Getting to Vail

Ditch the idea of a rental car and opt instead on the Colorado Mountain Express airport shuttle. CME has hourly departures from Denver International Airport as well as (Vail) Eagle County Airport. Each van is equipped with free Wi-Fi, so be sure to keep your portable laptop or tablet easily accessible.

Allow two and a half hours for the one hundred mile trek from Denver... especially when returning from your resort to get back to the airport. Trips are a reasonable $92.00 per person one way


Vail is comprised of four smaller Villages... East Vail, West Vail, Vail Village and Lionshead. If you are planning on a family friendly adventure or a romantic couples escapade, be certain to reserve your accommodations at either The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village, or The Lodge at Vail Village.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square is all about time-honored elegance, with never a hint of pretentiousness. The service and professional staff are so painstakingly thorough that during your stay you will literally become free from 'want or needs...' They anticipate your desires simply before you can think of any... European charm, gleaming cleanliness, and lavish comfort are all embedded in the DNA of this posh resort.

The Spa Experience

Regardless of where you are staying in Vail make sure you visit RockResorts Spa at the Arrabelle.. The well designed layout allows for privacy in a tranquil and serene setting. A couple's massage is romantic and a soothing way to relieve sore muscles from a long day on the slopes!

...and Country

If you are looking for a little more nightlife as well as more of a down to earth flavor then book your reservations at The Lodge at Vail. This striking resort with an award-winning reputation, has luxury bedroom suites that are reminiscent of an upscale alpine villa. Located squarely in the heart of chic and stylish Vail Village... where the latest fashions meet the slopes.

The stylishness and niceties of The Lodge at Vail luxury suites are pleasing to the senses and will most assuredly bring balance and inner harmony into your life. The elegantly adorned guest rooms open out onto a sun-drenched balcony overlooking the pastoral ski slopes of Vail Mountain. Truly there's never a more tender way to share a morning coffee with your special loved one. If comfort and relaxation are your first priority then this is the place for you.


For a trendy and enjoyable night out, try Elway's Colorado Steakhouse located at The Lodge Resort. The attractive decor of Elway's restaurant is inviting, and comfortable... certainly conducive for a memorable evening with friends and family. The diverse menu featuring USDA aged Prime Beef, not to mention the delightful seafood selections will ensure that Elway's will be a hit with everyone. Also, just outside is a welcoming fire pit with live music--very nice for unwinding and ending the day.

Things to Do

Sure you can go snowmobiling or even go horseback riding... But let's face it, when you go to Vail... You go to ski or snowboard! With 5,289 acres of world class skiing, over 190 exhilarating trails, and 31 ski lifts it's easy to understand why 'powder-hounds' and outdoor enthusiasts make their annual Spring pilgrimage to the Vail Valley!

Every run on Vail Mountain is clearly marked, and it takes a mind-blowing forty minutes to ski down the mountain. Powder days, astonishing panoramas, green slopes next to black diamonds... This place is like a Disneyland for skiers...

Vail Sports

Forget about lugging your bulky, heavy ski and snowboarding gear seemingly miles through the congested airport, or once you've arrived, all over Vail... Look no further for equipment rentals than Vail Sports. They are conveniently located on the slopes, reasonably priced and have free overnight storage. No fuss, no muss just grab your skis and go...

Upon request, their attendants will even wax your rentals and sharpen the edges at no additional charge... When you pick up your skis or snowboard the next day, they are guaranteed to be lighting fast and sure to shred on a dime.

EpicMIx Photo

Don't make the mistake of carting your digital SLR up the mountainside in search of the perfect family photograph. Vail Resorts has a comprehensive photographic service that is guaranteed to capture the perfect portrait or action skiing shot of all your family or ski party. Best of all you can preview your high res photos in the relaxed atmosphere of your chalet on any computer... Click, decide your favorites, and purchase....

Fine Dining

Ski In... Ski Out...

One of the latest additions to the Vail dining scene is The 10th, located at Mid-Vail. You can either ski in or take the scenic Vista Bahn chair lift up Vail mountain to reach this one of a kind restaurant. With stunning views of the Gore Range, one can enjoy an upscale lunch or a cocktail in the lively lounge. The 10th, named in homage to the WWII 10th Mountain Division, offers a unique opportunity to break from the skiing and warm your bones alongside an inviting fireplace.


If you're in the mood for a truly superb fine dining experience do not miss Flame at the Four Seasons Resort. Plush leather chairs and a beautifully elegant setting afford a relaxed pace in which to enjoy excellent wine and conversation between courses...

Fresh cuisine spiritedly presented by Executive Chef, Jason Harrison (formerly of Bellagio in Las Vegas) is accompanied by flawless service. A first-rate entree prepared to perfection is the moist and tender Bone-In Waygu Ribeye. Keeping with Flame's high standards, only the finest locally-sourced ingredients and side items are used whenever possible. This restaurant ranks as one of my all time favorites!

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