For the best ski in ski out location and the most beautiful hotel in
Lodge at Vail is the place – perfectly positioned right at the base of the ONE
Gondola in the heart of the Village. Lodge at Vail was Vail’s first lodging
property, when the ski area debuted in 1962, and is still among the best -
serving as the cornerstone of the European design village that has emerged over
the past five decades. Today, The Lodge is owned by Vail Resorts, part of the
prestigious RockResorts family.
When Vail Village received a 50th facelift, including new skier services and the
spiffy new gondola, The Lodge at Vail received upgrades too. The Lodge’s
RockResort Spa is gorgeous and the guestroom décor is warm western elegance. But
the chalet style lodge with hand carved wood balconies, very Bavarian, remains
the same, as does the warm welcoming lobby with a real wood burning fireplace,
in keeping with the old world European charm you’d expect in Austria or
Switzerland at a ski lodge. The Lodge at Vail is posh, the service is perfected
from prompt valet and underground parking to a ski check right at the slopes.
Guestrooms sport fluffy down duvets, beautiful tile and stone baths, and robes
to wear to the outdoor pool and hot tub, plus lovely spa amenities. You may want
to request a suite with a fireplace and a walk-out balcony that overlooks the
ski slopes, or Lodge at Vail's ultimate 2,800-square foot penthouse is quite
Lodge at Vail's dining includes Elway's Vail, the legendary Denver Broncos
Quarter Back's prime steak house and bar. The #7 Burger and steaks here are the
stuff of legends for hearty après ski dining. The bar at Elway's is very
inviting as well. Cucina is another rustic Italian dining option in the hotel
overlooking the fire pits and village, also open for skiers breakfast before you
walk to the ski slopes. If you need rental equipment, Vail Sports is right next
to the Lodge on your way to the lifts, or if you’d like equipment personally
delivered to your suite for a professional fitting, contact
SkiButlers, and they
will set you up with gear to goggles.
From Lodge at Vail you are strolling distance to Vail's best shops - Gorsuch,
Pepi's Sports and The Golden Bear are faves, and après ski at The Red Lion, The
George where the locals go underground, and great dining at Sweet Basil,
Mountain Standard, and Bol – a bowling alley eatery that’s quite hip. Walking
around Vail’s pedestrian Bridge Street is a great pastime after skiing, pass
over the covered bridge and take a photo with the 10th Mountain solider stature.
As for skiing, the Vail "One" Lift - a 10 passenger gondola with heated seats
and wifi, is located right outside The Lodge at Vail, whisking you each morning
to mid-Vail. Jump on the Mountaintop Express for a couple of wake-up runs on
Cappuccino and Espresso. For more mellow terrain, head skiers’ right to
Northwoods or Sourdough chair. Or if you like to mash moguls, make your way to
eastern-most Blue Ox. Head west to more beautiful groomers Born Free and Simba
before dropping on to the backs side - to Vail's Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.
Vail is immense, with 3,450’ vertical served by 33 efficient lifts. Vail has
seven distinct areas - each of which is larger than most ski resorts, and seven
back bowls that stretch six miles across, plus four terrain parks.
Vail opened on December 15, 1962, with one gondola and two chair lifts, it was
$10 for a ticket, breakfast, dinner and a night at The Lodge at Vail - the only
place to stay. Vail’s lift and trail network has escalated dramatically (Vail's
one day ticket is $150), as have Lodge at Vail's nightly lodging rates... The
Lodge at Vail is still the gold standard for the best lodging in Vail, at the
best location at the top of Vail Village, with luxurious chalet suites.
Vail is a must ski, so much terrain. modern lifts, lodges and the stunning Gore
Range scenery of the Rockies. While Vail is no longer the biggest ski resort, it
the best ski mountains anywhere.
in Vail, day trips are easy to
Beaver Creek - another favorite,
Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone - all on the
Vail Epic Pass.
To visit Vail, fly into Denver airport for a 2-3 hour drive up I-70, the
skiers’ highway, which can be slippery on the mountain passes.
Or fly into Eagle Airport for a 20 minutes shuttle to Vail as you don't need a
car staying at Lodge at Vail - you can walk to everything. Perfect!