Snow, ski and sunshine: when you visit Vail, you’re entering one of the highest ranked (and most popular) ski resorts in the US. An awesomely compact Tyrolean village, this place is packed with travelers from around the world, so you can expect a truly diverse and unique experience. If the size of the mountain alone isn’t enough to get you there, the amenities of the resort will.
Vail’s interesting history makes it all the more compelling. Had it not been for the severe droughts in the 1850s and 1860s, the resort may have never existed in the first place. The dryness in the land caused vast forest fires, clearing some of the land. For the next hundred years, the land refurbished itself naturally, but still left a clearing where the now-famed resort lies. In 1962, Vail’s gates opened, and immediately became a smash hit among skiers and snow boarders.
Since it’s known as a four-season resort any time of year is good to visit. While most people tend to flock to the slopes in the winter (December to February), the summer is perfect for budget travelers to find cheap flights to Vail and enjoy the beautiful weather in the outdoors. The landscape is jaw-dropping, but the inside facilities are as well. Spas, stores, and restaurants are all at your fingertips, to whether you’re inside, outside, there in the winter, or there in the summer, you’ll love every minute of your travel to Vail.
Although the cold and snowy winter is the most popular time to visit, you can find cheap flights to Vail in the summer, when skiing takes a break, and hiking triumphs in its wake. Summers (June to August) are usually hot and sunny, with little humidity, making trekking and exploring the perfect way to spend your days in the off season. If you are following the pack though, and you’re planning flights to Vail in the winter, then pack warm clothing and prepare for the coldest of high altitude conditions.
The Mountains: Before you board your flight, do your mountain research. There are three vertical areas to explore. Each one has its own feature and strong points, between landscape parks, bowls, and 5289 acres of free-ride terrain. More than seven miles wide, this snowy sanctuary is filled with fresh tracks that are easy to find. On a busy day, there are typically only four skiers per acre – so feel free to weave around as you like. They don’t call it the largest ski resort in the United States for nothing.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: If you’re intent on visiting Vail in the summer, then the perfect place to go is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Brimming with flowering Alpine plants that are unique to the Rocky Mountains, and set 8,200-feet up from the ground (the highest public botanical gardens in North America), the gardens hold over 2000 species. Stroll alone the Alpine display, perennial garden, and mountain meditation garden for some serious time away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Colorado Ski Museum and Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame: More than a century of skiing takes place in Colorado, so if you’re interested in learning about it, this is the place to do so. From the day that mountain miners first fastened boards to their feet, to the post WWII resort boom, you can view the entire sport’s history and evolution. Pictures, plaques and photographs, and well as current and historical ski videos are on display, expressing the finest hours of downhill thrills. When you book a flight to Vail, you should expect nothing less than to be saturated in ski, snow, and sport.
Spas: So the outdoors thing is getting a little cold, it’s understandable. Before your next jaunt down the mountain, spend a little quality time in the state of the art spas, where you can get buffed, bronzed, and beautified in no time. Facial rooms, hydrotherapy rooms, fitness centers, and nail salons complete the package, making the spa a one-stop shop for an extensive makeover.