Two hours west of Denver, Vail is the biggest ski resort in Colorado. It is iconic among skiers for its cruiser runs, challenging moguls and wide-open bowls that are routinely covered in light and plentiful snow. Beyond that, this blue sky-covered basin beckons with its idyllic meadows, glades and gullies, and three villages—Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead Village—built in the style of Bavarian mountain towns and linked by a free bus service. There are also children’s adventure parks to ensure every member of your family has fun.

9 a.m.


Photo courtesy of The Little Diner.

The Little Diner in Lionshead Village is a local favourite that dishes up breakfast staples all day—think crepes and eggs Benny. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the chefs prepare meals in the open kitchen.

3 p.m.


Kick it old-school at The Red Lion with nachos and a round of margaritas. This Vail Village mainstay has been the spot to toast the day’s wipeouts and listen to live music since it opened in 1963.  

4 p.m.

Retail therapy

Between the boutiques in Vail Village and Lionshead Village, you’ll find everything from clothing to ski gear to Vail- and Colorado-themed souvenirs. 

6 p.m.

Spa time

Dream Pod Float Tank, photo courtesy of The Lodge at Vail.

Gravity rules on the mountain, but you can achieve weightlessness in the salt water-filled Dream Pod Float Tank at The Lodge at Vail. The experience helps you achieve a meditative state.

8 p.m.


Rocky Mountain trout, photo courtesy of Mountain Standard.

Casual eatery Mountain Standard, located on Gore Creek Drive, takes Colorado specialties like Rocky Mountain trout and flat-iron steak, and cooks them over an open fire for a rustic take on haute cuisine.

[This story appears in the February 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]