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The Perfect 7-Day Vail, Colorado Itinerary for an Epic Winter Trip

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Planning a winter getaway to Vail, Colorado? Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with snow-capped mountains, exhilarating outdoor activities, and cozy evenings by the fire. Whether you're a skiing enthusiast or simply looking to immerse yourself in the winter wonderland, this 7-day Vail itinerary is designed to make the most of your trip.

Day 1: Arrival in Vail

After arriving in Vail, take some time to settle into your accommodation and get acquainted with the area. Vail Village is a charming destination known for its European-inspired architecture, boutique shops, and inviting cafes. Spend the afternoon strolling through the village streets, taking in the picturesque surroundings, and perhaps indulging in some après-ski treats. We recommend trying one of the signature German-Austrian inspired restaurant - Alpenrose, for a rich and flavorful fondue, pared with a hot apple cider to warm your body, and soul. If you are looking for a luxurious and very "instagram-able" experience, visit the Four Seasons' Remedy Bar for their world-famous Haut Chocolate. In the evening, savor a delicious dinner at one of Vail's renowned restaurants.

Day 2: Skiing/Snowboarding in Vail

Vail is famous for its world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Head to Vail Ski Resort early in the morning to make the most of your day on the slopes. With its vast terrain and variety of runs suitable for all skill levels, Vail offers an exceptional skiing experience with more than 190 ski trails. Don't miss to check out "Lindsey's" trail, an expert only slope on the front side of the mountain, at the base of Avanti Lift, and who knows, you might get a chance to take a selfie with her snow majesty Lindsey Vonn, herself. Take breaks throughout the day to soak in the breathtaking mountain views and enjoy lunch at one of the resort's on-mountain restaurants. After a thrilling day on the slopes, unwind and relax in the evening, either at your accommodation or by exploring Vail's vibrant nightlife scene. Our favorite spot is the newest entertainment venue Chasing Rabbits - eat, drink, socialize and play!

Day 3: Snowshoeing or Snowmobiling

For a change of pace, consider trying snowshoeing on one of the scenic trails around Vail. The Vail Nordic Center is a popular spot for snowshoeing, offering trails suitable for beginners and experienced snowshoers alike. If you're seeking a more adventurous experience, opt for a snowmobiling excursion around the Vail Pass. Whichever activity you choose, you're sure to enjoy the pristine beauty of the winter landscape. In the evening, reward yourself with a hearty meal at a local restaurant. Visiting Chef Nobu's premier restaurant in Vail - Matsuhisa, is a must when we talk about good food, amazing cocktails and uplifting atmosphere.

Day 4: Day Trip to Beaver Creek

Take a day trip to nearby Beaver Creek Resort for a new skiing experience. Known for its upscale amenities and impeccably groomed slopes, Beaver Creek offers a luxurious skiing experience. Spend the day exploring the resort's diverse terrain, from gentle slopes perfect for beginners to challenging runs for advanced skiers. If you are not a big skier, or prefer to spend the day exploring the town, don't miss to have some fun on the ice skating arena, located in the heart of Beaver Creak. Enjoy some time shopping in the charming boutiques and art galleries around. Finish the day treating yourself to a memorable dining experience at one of Beaver Creek's fine restaurants before returning to Vail. Limo to Vail favorite is Grouse Mountain Grill which never disappoints with fresh ingredients and a huge selection of wines from all over the world.

Day 5: Relaxation Day

Take a break from outdoor activities and enjoy a leisurely day of relaxation. Treat yourself to a spa day at one of Vail's luxurious spas, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments designed to rejuvenate both body and mind. In the evening, savor a gourmet dinner at one of the town's top-rated restaurants, sipping on fine wine and savoring the flavors of the region.

Day 6: Explore the Surrounding Areas

Venture beyond Vail to explore the surrounding areas. Take a scenic drive to nearby attractions such as the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, where you can learn about the history of skiing in Colorado, or the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, home to a stunning collection of alpine plants. For a taste of local culture, visit a nearby brewery or winery for a tasting experience, sampling some of Colorado's finest beverages. End the day having fun bowling and enjoying amazing bites and crafted cocktails at DACA+BOL.

Day 7: Departure from Vail

On your final day in Vail, take one last stroll through Vail Village, soaking in the atmosphere and perhaps picking up some souvenirs to remember your trip by. A must to bring back home from your trip is the handcrafted Golden Bear, a jewelry symbolizing the Vail Valley. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at a local cafe like Big Bear Bistro with great selection of melty sandwiches and crapes, before checking out of your accommodation and bidding farewell to this winter paradise.

Whether you're an avid skier, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a relaxing winter escape, Vail and its surrounding areas offer something for everyone. With this 7-day itinerary, you're sure to create cherished memories and experience the best that winter in Colorado has to offer.

From the Airport to the Slopes,

Limo to Vail

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7-Day Vail, Colorado Itinerary

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