Colorado’s resort towns are booming, and not because of the fresh pow. There has never been more to see and do in these so-called “seasonal ski spots” than now, which are evolving into year-round communities. With the increase of telecommuting, and an entirely new generation of employees and business owners working remotely, resort towns are seeing a surge of activity from buyers, not only looking for second-home escapes, but also to set up primary residences in the mountains.
Despite the population increase, much of the state’s resort town charms remain the same – world-class skiing, memorable après-ski, and an abundance of trendy bars, boutiques, and cultural attractions worthy of their own Instagram account. Ask any local and they’ll tell you the same thing, nothing beats Colorado’s mountain lifestyle. Today, we put the spotlight on Vail.
Are you a snow chaser, a foodie, an avid hiker craving majestic mountain views? Whatever your mood, the small town at the base of Vail Mountain has all this and more. With its world-renowned ski resort, mix of heart-thumping recreation, and elegant entertaining, Vail is a place that continues to draw a crowd, and for good reason. At the heart of town sits Vail Ski Resort, offering a variety of terrain, back bowls, and 5,289 skiable acres.
The enchanting mountain town serves as a gateway for summer and winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, golf, hiking, fishing, and more. With acclaimed music festivals, legendary trails, and a proven culinary scene, Vail combines the best of resort living with the sophistication of a big city, all while staying true to its easy going, family-friendly roots. Coupled by 300+ days of sunshine, 370+ inches of snow annually, and picturesque Vail Village, this storied mountain town lives up to its reputation of being “like nowhere on Earth.”
Chophouse in Lionshead is great for visitors and locals who après ski. Owner and entertainer Phil Long makes an appearance a few times each week, and lots of Denver folks make the trek up the mountain to see what he’s up to. And it would be remiss not to mention the Annual Vail Snow Daze Event – the largest early-season mountain bash in North America! Fresh tracks on the mountain, a sponsor expo village, après parties, and free live concerts make for one memorable weekend in the mountains.
For families, there is always Adventure Ridge at Eagle’s Nest. This sizable Vail Mountain park is chock full of thrill rides both in the summer and winter seasons, including the Game Creek zip-line tour, the Forest Flyer mountain coaster, a trampoline, tubing, and ski biking.