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Vail, CO, United States

Vail is a destination for alpine skiing lovers, with numerous outdoor activities in summer

Typical food

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Typical food of Vail, CO, United States

Vail features a variety of dining options, including establishments on the mountain, luxurious restaurants, and fast food establishments

Vail has restaurants to try European, Mexican, Asian, and American specialties, pizzas, and steaks. The restaurants located at the top of the mountain stand out from the various dining options available in the area. Some of them are Bistro Fourteen, whose name refers to its 14,000 feet of altitude; Game Creek, serving American and French fusion cuisine, famous for its views; Mid-Vail, with an international menu and a grill on the terrace; Wildwood Smokehouse, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters, ideal for grilled specialties; The 10th, preparing modern alpine dishes; Buffalo's, an ideal place to stop and eat at the top of the mountain; and Two Elk Restaurant & Belle's Camp.

On the other hand, there are several restaurants at the base of the mountain, such as Leonora, Flame at the Four Seasons hotel, La Tour, Lord Gore, and the Tavern on the Square, which belongs to The Arrabelle. Other options include Larkspur and Kelly Line, using seasonal ingredients; Elways, with selected steaks and seafood; Matsuhisa, an Asian restaurant; and Sweet Basil, serving American specialties.


Useful Tips

  • -Protect yourself from the reflection of the sun during winter with sunscreen and snow googles, and use lip balm and moisturizing creams for the skin

    -If you plan to enjoy the natural summer attractions and the nearby rivers, you should wear comfortable shoes and clothing and carry a change of clothes

The weather in Vail, CO, United States

Vail has a subartic climate due to the height of the city and is characterized by having mild summers and cold winters. The average temperature is around 3 ºC (37.4 ºF), and there are about 119 rainy days and 466 mm (18.3 in) of snowfall in a single season

What to bring by season

The average maximum temperature in Vail is 11 °C (51.8 ºF), although it rarely exceeds 10 °C (50 ºF) between November and April. July is the warmest month of the year, reaching 25 °C (77 ºF). The temperature drops at night, even in summer, having an average minimum of 5 °C (41 ºF). The weather remains cool during summer due to the breeze from the mountains. The coldest months are December and January, when the temperature remains below 0 °C (32 ºF) and drops down to -15 °C (5 ºF) in January. The annual average of rainfall is 569 mm (22.4 in), with moderate rains between May and September, and heavy snowfall from November to April, accumulating up to 86 mm (3.3 in) of snow in January.

We recommend you to bring warm clothes including wool garments that help to keep you warm, including thick socks, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, thermal underwear, and a special jacket for low temperatures. In summer you might need a rain jacket, while in winter you should pack snow boots.


About Vail, CO, United States

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Vail is one of the most popular destinations for alpine skiing in the worldVail, Colorado, has a free shuttle system and several options for lodging, ranging from luxurious hotels to condos for rent.

The community of Vail has three zones to access the mountain: Golden Peak, LionsHead, and Vail Village. The Golden Peak base offers several services for skiers, including a school for children, babysitting service, and the gondolas of Riva Bahan Express Lift 5, Northwoods Express Lift 1, and Gopher Hill Lift 2. Lionshead features Vail Square, housing the only ice rink in the town, an information center where you can book classes, Imagination Station, where children integrate physical and cognitive abilities while playing; many specialty stores, and the gondolas of Eagle Bahn and Born Free Express Lift 8. Vail Village is a pedestrian area with cobbled streets that have railings with heating; it is the heart of the community and in this area you can find the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Gondola One. The areas of Golden Peak and Vail Village feature shops, art galleries, jewelry stores, restaurants, and bars.

Vail Mountain comprises three sections, being the most popular the one that reaches the community. There are recreational modules on the frontal side of the mountain, with three stations for skiers and snowborders, including Avanti Park, the Pride and Bwana parks, and Golden Peak Terrain Park, with a slopestyle track and a six-meter (19.6 ft) half pipe used for the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championship. On the frontal side of the mountain you can find ski areas for children, with safe areas, curves, and tunnels; as well as Black Forest Race Arena, that has tracks for competitions; and Adventure Ridge, offering bicycles, motorcycles, snow shoes, a zip-line, a bungee, and slopes to slide down on tubes.

The other two sections of the mountain are Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, which is recommended for expert skiers or at least intermediate. Conveniently, there are tours for skiers, so they can become familiar with the mountain; however, if skiing is not your thing, you can enjoy a panoramic ride on the gondolas and reach the restaurants atop the mountain to take a delicious meal with fabulous views.

After a day of activities on the mountain, you can pamper yourself with a massage or a beauty treatment in the Spas of hotels as the one at The Arrabelle at Vail Square or the one at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. In the evening it is common to socialize with other skiers at sites such as Gardinkel's, a restaurant and bar with a wide terrace; The Red Lion, offering live music; and Bōl, with bowling; among others.

During summer you can take scenic rides on the gondolas and do activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. In addition, Adventure Ridge remains open but with some different attractions, as a climbing wall and a miniature golf 18-hole course. Another option is Vail Golf Club, nearly 2,500 meters (8,202 ft) above the sea level, with an 18-hole course. Also, there are fishing, kayaking, or canoeing tours to nearby rivers. Summer months bring cultural events such as the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, the Vail Jazz Festival, the Vail Soul Music Festival, and concerts on summer nights at the Ford Amphitheater. Other events held in Vail are Snow Daze, a party early in winter with musical performances, and Spring Back to Vail, that includes concerts, a world championship, and parties in the evening.

***The official currency of the United States is the United States Dollar (USD).