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By bus
===By plane===
Fly into '''Vail/Eagle County''' Airport (IATA EGE)or '''Denver International''' Airport(IATA DEN). Note: Vail/Eagle County Airport is still about 35 miles from Vail, a shared ride in a Van from there to Vail will cost you about $50 70 per person once you tip the driver. If you are travelling traveling with your family or in a group, there are a number of private charter services that are also available. These are often more convienent convenient than a shared ride service since they transport you door to door. Although you might think about renting a car, parking is expensive in Vail and most everything is in walking distance or a short ride away on the town's extensive free bus system. If you fly into Denver, you might think about renting a car, but you should be warned that the 100+ mile trip from Denver takes you over 2 mountain passes at elevations of 11,000 and 10,600 feet. The safest way to get from Denver Airport to Vail is to take a private chartered service such as All Mountain Transportation that employs experienced drivers that are familiar with the drive and road conditions.
Another Option from Eagle Airport is to use the county bus system (ECO). This system is hidden from public viewdifficult to find: Exit the airport out the front door, meaning after you know make a right and walk about it it is still very hard 100 feet to findthe bus stop. The bus takes about 80 minutes. The bus runs from Eagle airport through most of the towns and goes to the Vail Transportation Center. the Cost The cost in 2011 is was $4 each way. This beats the heck out of $100. The bus stop at the airport, is out the front door, make a right and walk about 100 ft. The bus takes about one hour twenty minutes.
Most private "transport companies" quote prices of $120 to $180 each way for a trip into Vail.
===By bus===
Several carriers offer limo, van, or bus service to and from [[Aspen]], [[Denver]], and other cities in Colorado ($300 one-way), or the Eagle Vail airport ($100 one-way). '''Greyhound''' will be the cheapest at $1226-30 38 one-way with advance purchase.
==Get around==
* '''Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum''', [http://www.skimuseum.net/] - Might be interesting.
*<see name="Vail Transit" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.nextbus.com" hours="" price="Free" lat="" long="">Its completely free and the buses go from East Vail to West Vail every 30min or so. The best part is that it's they run til 2am everyday. </see>
 
==Do==
'''Ski/Snowboard'''
*'''Tickets''' $97 116 (2010 2012 prices) a day too steep? Want to save some money? Well there ARE a couple of ways, but they are not easy:** The SkE Card - This used to be called Use of the Colorado Cardsnow. Basically it is targeted at Colorado residents, but as far as I know residency is not a requirementcom or vail. Rather they just make this available in October and early November at local Denver sporting goods stores (REI for example). You have to be present to get it. But it does get you some nice discounts on lift tickets (try $55 in 2005)com website has seven day advance internet purchases with highly discounted rates.** Colorado Pass - The Colorado Pass provides unlimited slope access at [[Breckenridge (Colorado)|Breckenridge]], Keystone and A-Basin, as well as 10 days' access to the lifts at Vail or Beaver Creek. The Colorado Pass costs $449 (2008). It is blocked out on certain dates. Available at the same times/places as the Ske Card.
** Ebay - Friends swear by this. Typically for $10 you can buy a 2 for 1 coupon that was issued somewhere in the country. There have been counterfeits so your mileage may vary.
** Peaks card - You should sign up for Vail's "frequent skier" program called Peaks. Just go to a ticket office before you do your first day of skiing to get one. You can attach a credit card, then you don't have to wait in line, just scan the card and voila your credit card is debited for a ticket. The points do add up if you have a family and you might get a day or two of free skiing out of it. A recent change where you get the points after a several month delay means that you won't be able to use them until your next trip.
** Grocery Stores - Discounted tickets for Vail are no longer available at grocery stores on Denver as they once were.
** Locals - If you have friends in Vail, and they have a season pass, they get 5 "Buddy Passes" that allow you to ski for 35$ a day, so make some friends, and ski for less.
* Double Diamond Ski Shop
* Rentskis
* [http://www.vailskirentalsnowboardrental.com/ Vail Ski Rentals]
'''Child Care'''
Vail has an excellent child-care center for all ages of kids. For babies to toddlers, the nursery provides great, on mountain, care. As young as 3 years old the Ski School can really teach your kids to ski and give them a fun day too (and free you up to ski with your spouse). All this does not come cheap, but you get a good quality product and don't have to worry about your kids.
*'''Mountain Pedaler of Vail''' [http://www.mountainpedaler.com] is a great bike pro shop.
* <do name="Trail Action Group" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.trailactiongroup.com" hours="" price="">is a great trail (for biking and hiking] maintenance group. A great way to help build trails and meet local folks.</do>
 
'''Rocky Mountain Scavenger Hunts''' [http://www.rockymountainscavengerhunts.com] Get a group of 10 or more people for a scavenger hunt on bike, on foot, or even with the great turtle bus. Available in any season, for any occassion, and any age group. 970.445.8885 for more information.
'''Gondola Ride'''
As of summer of 2005 it was $17 to ride the Gondola to the top of the mountain. At the top there is an outside bar with the worlds greatest view, and a pretty pricey grill (check times). You can get a $15 discount at the grill with a $5 coupon. The burger is excellent.
Hint: If you want a work out and want to save the $17 walk up to the top. The Gondola is always a free ride down! The hike will take you about 1-2 hours (depending on fitness). Take the Berry Picker trail from Lionshead.
'''Cotton Ranch Golf Club''', [http://www.cottonranchgolfclub.com]. Cotton Ranch is a golf community that welcomes the public. There is a restaurant that serves lunch every day and dinner nightly.
 
'''Dude Ranches'''
 
The Vail area has many places to ride a horse.
 
'''Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch''', [http://blackmtnranch.com]. Week long all inclusive vacations living on a full service Texas Longhorn cattle ranch north of Vail.
==Buy==
====Eagle-Vail====
* <eat name="Route 6 Cafe" alt="" address="41290 US HWY 6, Avon, CO 81620, United States" directions="Eagle-Vail area, after the west Vail exit, take exit 171 off 1-70, turn left on route 6 for 1 mile, this is between Beaver Creek and Vail" phone="" email="" fax="" url="vailroute6cafe.com" hours="" price="">reat Great local breakfast and lunch place, also a gas station. On weekends the place fills up by 9AM, weekdays are usually no problem. </eat>
====Minturn====
* <eat name="Minturn Saloon" alt="" address="146 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645, United States" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.minturnsaloon.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Tremendous atmosphere Mexican restaurant in a town called [http://www.minturn.org/ Minturn] about 15 minutes drive from Vail. Prepare to wait for dinner, but thats OK cause the bar has a fireplace and serves margaritas (of course).</eat>
* <eat name="Chili Willys" alt="" address="101 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645, United States" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.chiliwilly.com/" hours="" price="">Another Mexican restaurant in Minturn. Right across the street from the Saloon. More kid and family friendly. Not quite the atmosphere of the Saloon. But with kids go here!</eat>
====Edwards====
* <drink name="The Club" alt="" address="" directions="top of Bridge St." phone="+1-970-479-0556" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Think fraternity party, that's the club.</drink>
* <drink name="GarfinkleGarfinkel's" alt="" address="" directions="at the base of the gondola in Lionshead" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Great deck to enjoy the afternoon sun.</drink>
* <drink name="The George" alt="" address="" directions="at the Covered Bridge, Vail Village" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Good Irish style pub.</drink>
* <sleep name="Manor Vail Lodge" alt="" address="595 East Vail Valley Drive" directions="" phone="+1-800-950-8245" email="" fax="" url="http://www.manorvail.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Offers ski lodging accommodations including rooms, suites and condos, plus venues for weddings & meetings, dining facilities & vacation packages.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lion Square Lodge at The Gondola" alt="" address="660 West Lionshead Place" directions="" phone="+1-800-525-1943" url="http://www.lionsquare.com/" >Property has hotel rooms, 1, 2, 3 and 5 bedroom condominiums. Many choose Lion Square Lodge because of its convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodations. It offers a pool, hot tubs, a sauna, fitness center and free high-speed Internet.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Montaneros Condominiums" alt="" address="641 West Lionshead Circle" directions="" phone="+1-800-525-1891" url="http://www.montaneros.com/" >Property has 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums with full kitchens, a living room, a private balcony and a fireplace.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Antlers Condominiums and Conference Center" alt="" address="680 West Lionshead Place" directions="" phone="+1-800-843-8245" email="" fax="" url="http://antlersvail.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">150 yards from ski lifts. Studios up to 4 Bedroom condominiums. Pets accepted in some units, free high-speed internet, free underground parking.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Evergreen Lodge" alt="" address="250 S. Frontage Road" directions="" phone="+1-800-284-VAIL" email="" fax="" url="http://www.evergreenvail.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Between Lionshead and Vail Village. Free high speed internet.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Gore Creek Properties Vail" alt="" address="3971 Bighorn Road" directions="" phone="+1-800-967-3500" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gcpvail.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Condominium, private home, and townhouse rentals in Vail. Variety of price ranges.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lodge at Lionshead" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lodgeatlionshead.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Luxury condominiums Condominiums near gondola and ski school. Features heated outdoor pools, hot tub, saunas, fitness center, concierge services & free Wi-Fi.</sleep>
* <sleep name="The Savory Inn & Cooking School of Vail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.savoryinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Gourmet breakfasts, hot tub, romantic rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Vail Cascade Resort & Spa" alt="" address="1300 Westhaven Drive" directions="at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek" phone="" tollfree="+1-800-282-4183" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vailcascade.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A luxury, AAA Four-Diamond ski resort at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek that features ski-in/ski-out accommodations, private condos, and vacation rentals. Other amenities and services include a luxury spa, meeting facilities, and fine dining options.</sleep>
=== Splurge ===
*<sleep name="The Lodge at Vail" alt="" address="174 East Gore Creek Dr" directions="at the base of Vail Mountain" phone="+1-970-476-5011" url="http://lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">If you have more money then than you know what to do with, this is the placeyou can stay here. Located at the base of Vail Mountain, The Lodge at Vail combines the elegance and Old World charm of an alpine inn with the superb amenities and impeccable service found you'd normally expect at the world’s finest modern high-end hotels. The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning lodge features two restaurants, a 7,725-square-foot spa, exercise room, outdoor pool, piano bar, ski rental and ski storage.</sleep> *<sleep name="The Sebastian - Vail" alt="" address="16 Vail Road" directions="Exit 176 from Interstate 70, Take Vail Road from the round-a-bout. The hotel is the first building on the left" phone="970-477-8000" url="http://www.thesebastianvail.com" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM" price="$605+ (winter rates)" lat="39.642718357021394" long="-106.37815296649933">A recently built hotel and private residence club. Formerly the Vail Plaza Hotel, this hotel's amenities include flat screen HDLCD TV with premium channels, iPod/iPad docking station, DVD/Blu-Ray players, a mini refrigerator, individually controlled HVAC and high speed wireless internet access. On-site are a spa and three restaurants.</sleep> * <sleep name="Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa" alt="" address="352 E. Meadow Dr" directions="near the Covered Bridge" phone="+1-970-476-0700" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vailmountainlodge.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A cozy, beautiful boutique hotel with 20 lodge rooms and seven two and three bedroom condominiums. Each lodge room features free wifi, a feather king bed or two feather queen beds, iPod docking station, a gas fireplace, heated stone tile floor in the bathroom, a large soaking tub and separate glass shower, and free AVEDA products. Condominiums are equipped with washer/dryer, sleeper sofa, spacious kitchens with premium appliances, and balconies for mountain-view units. You can enjoy free access to the '''Vail Athletic Club''' [http://www.vailathleticclub.com], an 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art private facility within the hotel that includes a yoga studio, a pilates studio, cardio equipment, weights, Vail's only indoor climbing wall, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi. Also available are two co-ed outdoor jacuzzis overlooking Gore Creek and the ski mountain. Also on property is the '''Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge''' [http://www.vailmountainlodge.com/spa], a full-service facility offering facials, massages, unique signature treatments, natural nail services and other scrubs and wraps. Additionally, there is '''The Vitality Center''' [http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com], a new wellness center with medical experts. One of Vail's top restaurants, '''Terra Bistro''' [http://www.terrabistrovail.com], is also located in the hotel and provides a large free breakfast to hotel guests during peak seasons (winter and summer).</sleep>
*<sleep name="The Sebastian - Vail" alt="" address="16 Vail Road" directions="Exit 176 from Interstate 70, Take Vail Road from the round-a-bout. The hotel is the first building on the left" phone="970-477-8000" url="http://www.thesebastianvail.com" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM" price="$605+ (winter rates)" lat="39.642718357021394" long="-106.37815296649933">A recently built hotel and private residence club. Formerly the Vail Plaza Hotel, this hotel's amenities include flat screen HDLCD TV with Premium Channels, iPod/iPad docking station, DVD/Blu-Ray players,a mini refrigerator, individually controlled HVAC and high speed wireless Internet access. On-site is a spa and three restaurants.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Vail Marriott Mountain Lodge & SpaResort" alt="" address="352 E. Meadow Dr" directions="715 West Lionshead Circle" phone="+1-970-476-0700" email="" fax="4444" url="http://www.vailmountainlodgemarriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/whrco-vail-marriott-mountain-resort/" checkinlat="39.642743" checkout="" pricelong="-106.391559">A cozyVail Resorts property, beautiful boutique hotel near the Covered Bridge. With 20 lodge rooms and seven two and three bedroom condominiumsVail Marriott Mountain Resort, it's easy to feel like a VIP, as welcomes guests with the hotel staff makes an outstanding effort to learn names, interests, and inclinations every guest. Each lodge room features free wifi, charm of a feather king bed or two feather queen beds, iPod docking station, a gas fireplace, heated stone tile floor in the bathroom, a large soaking tub and separate glass shower, and vanity with free AVEDA productsEuropean chateau. Condominiums are equipped with washer/dryer, sleeper sofa, spacious kitchens with premium appliances, and balconies for mountain-view units. Enjoy free access to the '''Our Vail Athletic Club''' [http://www.vailathleticclub.com], an 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art private facility within the Colorado hotel that includes a yoga studio, a pilates studio, cardio equipment, weights, Vail's only indoor climbing wall, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi. Also available are two cois steps from Eagle-ed outdoor jacuzzis overlooking Gore Creek Bahn gondola and the ski mountain. Also on property is the '''Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge''' [http://www.vailmountainlodge.com/features a quaint spa], a full-service, world-class facility offering facials, massages, unique signature treatments, natural nail services ski and other scrubs and wraps. Make sure to ask about '''The Vitality Center''' [http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com]bike rental shop, a new wellness center with renowned medical experts. One of Vail's top restaurants, '''Terra Bistro''' [http://www.terrabistrovail.com], is also located in the hotel dining and provides a large free breakfast to hotel guests during peak seasons (winter and summer)two heated swimming pools.</sleep>
==Get out==
* [[Colorado's Wine Country]] - Colorado is home to over 70 wineries and its own indigenous vineyards. Wine lovers can enjoy several scenic day trips from Vail to many of the small towns that grow their own grapes. These lovely little communities include [[Montrose (Southwestern Colorado)|Montrose]], [[Palisade]], [[Paonia]] and [[Hotchkiss]], as well as the city of [[Grand Junction]].
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