Vail is an amazing mountain because it’s huge, it averages 350 inches of snow per year, it’s accessible to all abilities, and most importantly, it’s only 5 minutes from The Bunkhouse! It’s one of the largest ski resorts in the world, with more than 5,200 acres of terrain, seven Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and exceptional grooming. The Legendary Back Bowls offer wide open skiing and amazing views. The front side of Vail Mountain has exceptional grooming, long mogul runs such as Prima and Highline, and plenty of green cruisers for those less adventurous. Regardless of your hip swiveling ability and enthusiasm, Vail’s got your back.
Don’t forget Adventure Ridge open in the afternoon and into the evening with ski bikes, kids snowmobile track, a slippery slope of rowdy tubing lanes and more. Access via The Eagle Bahn Gondola that runs from breakfast till night. Drink hot chocolate and watch the sun set over the bowls. Adventure Ridge, an exceptional experience for all ages. Open Tuesday through Saturday and select weekends. Closing varies due to conditions, please call 970-754-4380 for daily closing info.
If snow sports aren’t your thing, worry not. A lively village that has plenty of trouble to get into, including dining to suit every budget, stellar shopping experiences, and the top après ski scene in the country. Group friendly options abound with ice skating rinks, a high-end movie theater, ritzy bowling, sweets shops and event concert venues all within a few minutes’ walk.
Beaver Creek is lauded as one of North America’s premium ski resorts. A mountain gleaming with luxuries, amenities, and complimentary hot cookies served in the village, you are not exactly roughing it in this community. With over 1800 skiable acres and a leg burning 3340 vertical feet, Beaver Creek has something for all abilities. Beaver Creek is renowned for their exceptional grooming ability.
The nice easy cruisers at the top of chair #8 (Cinch Express), to the steep racy lines accessed from chair #6 (Centennial Express Lift), the corduroy will not leave you in despair. If you like a challenge and have the lungs along with it, try Grouse Mountain. Accessed from chair #10 (Grouse Mountain Express) these long, steep mogul runs will challenge even the greatest hot dogs around. The Bunkhouse recommends Beaver Creek if you’re interested in longer, steeper pitches without the crowds.
Beaver Creek Village is promoted as a luxury courtyard. High end retailers and some of the finest dining in the Valley from the Chateau’s Splendido restaurant to the Pines Lodge Grouse Mountain Grill. There are also casual options The Bunkhouse recommends; Blue Moose Pizza and the Dusty Boot offering pub fare at a reasonable price. For a great locals feel, enjoy a cocktail on the Coyote Café’s heated deck as you watch people flail up and down the escalator. Beaver Creek Village is a quiet atmosphere that’s fun for strolling around on a lazy evening.
With live music, this festive market happens right off of our front deck! A local’s favorite for 17 years, the Market features an assortment of items from farm-fresh and organic produce to great breakfast and lunch items to gourmet foods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, items for the home, fine art and more. The market is held every Saturday from 10am-2pm throughout the summer.
Once the snow melts, an animated summer destination emerges. Vail Ski Resort‘s summer experience is wide ranging. Take a scenic gondola ride up the mountain to the 11,000 foot Adventure Ridge, short walks and long hikes, mountain biking, and breath taking views. The summer is packed with athletic, culinary, and cultural experiences.
Vail isn’t just a fabulous ski resort; it’s a scenic wonder all year round. Hiking, fishing, rafting, golfing, biking, and dozens of summer events await those who make a trip back after the snow melts. If you’d like to see how the mountain transforms in the summer, stay at The Bunkhouse and try one of these warm-weather activities:
Find more information about Vail and Beaver Creek in the summer time and free things to do while you’re here.