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While most people go to Vail, Colorado, for the epic ski conditions, the locals will tell you that they came for the winter and stayed for the summer. That’s the season when you can enjoy fresh air, scenic vistas, water sports, hiking trails and golf courses. In the winter Vail becomes a ski mountain of massive proportions. At 5,289 acres, it is the third-largest single-mountain ski resort in the country. Its infamous Back Bowls and challenging glade skiing give Vail a personality that keeps skiers coming back for more, year after year.
Vail is home to a wide variety of accommodations. The following are among the best resorts:
One of the few privately owned and operated properties in Vail, The Sonnenalp is located in the center of Vail Village and truly reflects the decor, service and spirit of Vail’s Bavarian heritage. From the completely unique rooms to the specially chosen pillows on the beds and striking art on the walls, the Sonnenalp will capture your imagination. Custom-made Bavarian furniture, a gas-log fireplace and large bathrooms with heated floors are featured in each suite. Guests can access the full-service European spa, an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs and a complete exercise facility offering personal training, yoga and fitness classes.
Enjoy spacious, residential-style lodging nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, as well as premier amenities at these multimillion-dollar rental homes and condominiums, which provide the perfect accommodations for group ski trips. After a long day on the slopes, head to The Spa at Hotel Talisa, which follows in the footsteps of traditional alpine spas, achieving balance by embracing both the natural splendor and healing powers of the surrounding environment. Skiers who work up a hearty appetite traversing the slopes can experience authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies and the European Alps at Gessner Restaurant and its unique creekside location.
Boasting lavish accommodations at the base of Vail Mountain in Lionshead, The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a luxury resort hotel created in the spirit of the grand alpine hotels of historic Europe. The 81 expansive guest rooms and luxury condominiums range from 550 square feet to more than 2,500 square feet. Tavern on the Square offers an upscale Alpine-inspired dining experience with a variety of innovative dishes, signature cocktails, microbrews, fine wines and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Guests can also use the resort’s new mobile app for access to your very own portable, personal concierge and guide to Vail.
Currently in the midst of completing a phased $40 million renovation, the Four Seasons brand is synonymous with luxury. The largest guest rooms come with gas-burning stone fireplaces, while most open onto a fully furnished balcony or terrace with views across the mountains, village or gardens. Or arrive back at your resort private retreat to the comforts of home after a day on the trails. With exclusive personal ski services and a dedicated residence concierge, enjoy a traditional fondue or dinner in your very own living room and let the Four Seasons take care of the details for you.
There’s nothing a skier likes more than having accommodations that are close to the lifts. Ideally situated within steps of Eagle Bahn Gondola, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort offers scenic comfort with upscale amenities or expansive condominiums with kitchens, fireplaces and private balconies. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling waters of the resort’s pools or restore balance at the luxurious resort spa. Choose from a selection of signature cocktails at the bar, including the French Pear Martini or Moscow Mule. The Avalanche Pub offers a menu of shared plates and meals including the Colorado Sausage and Cheese Plate and the Buffalo Reuben.
Located on more than 20 acres, the Vail Racket Club Mountain Resort offers chalet-style accommodations—one-, two- and three-bedroom condos as well as spacious three-bedroom town homes. Certain units feature 1,600 square feet of space and have three bedrooms and three bathrooms situated on three levels. Guests enjoy unrestricted access to an all-encompassing health club, which includes free fitness, spin and yoga classes, a year-round heated lap pool, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms and tennis courts. The resort is a favorite venue for weddings, and the Royal Elk Terrace offers the perfect view of the mountains making it an ideal spot for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners.
Eagle Point’s quiet and convenient location assures easy access to Vail’s wide variety of year-round activities such as skiing and snowboarding in the winter and golfing, hiking and cultural festivals the rest of the year. Choice of lodging includes spacious one or two-bedroom condos with full kitchens and dining areas. Eagle Point offers weekly, seasonal activities for owners and guests beginning with a welcome reception on Saturday evenings. Amenities include a heated pool open year-round, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, changing rooms and laundry room. And BBQ grills can be found in three locations around the pool area.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail offers the ultimate in luxury mountain home ownership. Set within walking distance of The Eagle Bahn Gondola and Arrabelle Club in the new Vail Square at Lionshead, it is an exclusive address for those seeking the highest standard in luxury mountain retreats. Bespoke design and the latest amenities are complemented by the legendary personalized service of Ritz-Carlton. A collection of 71 whole-ownership, two- to six-bedroom turnkey residences range from 1,664 to 4,611 square feet and offer a special Social Membership opportunity to The Arrabelle Club, Vail’s newest private alpine club.