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vail_village_scene-fullYou’ve planned the dream ski vacation to Vail. Flights, lodging, lift tickets? Check, check, check. To give the skis or snowboard a little downtime, we give you the insider’s scoop of what to do in Vail between time spent on the mountain.

Before grabbing “first chair” at one of the biggest ski resorts in North America, fuel up at the Westside Café with Vail’s twist on classic breakfast staples and Bloody Marys. Don’t forget to stop by the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum for an inspiring tour through the history of the snow sports we love so much.

For ski town nightlife, let loose and dance your way out of your onesie at The Red Lion, an apres ski hub which features bingo, drink specials, and nightly live acoustic music. Squeeze in bonding time with the family after the lifts close by visiting Adventure Ridge adventure-ridge-vailfeaturing a multi-lane tubing hill, an ice skating rink located in the heart of Vail Square, ski bike tours, and specially crafted mini-snowmobiles for children. Spend time on your own rented, unguided snowmobile with Vail Snowmobile Rentals and explore 55,000 acres of backcountry terrain! Take a break from all the adventure and sample whiskey, moonshine, bourbon, and vodka at Vail’s 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company.

A local’s secret: hikes don’t end when winter begins. Earn your views, strap on some hiking boots, and hike up Glenwood Canyon to Hanging Lake. A short but steep climb of 1.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1,065 feet brings you to a breathtaking scene of icicles and crystals that form around the lake and waterfalls. Afterwards, visit one of Vail’s nine spas to pamper yourself and rejuvenate the muscles. When you’re ready to get back out there, drop by Bol Vail, a modern bowling alley complete with wine, drinks, and world class dining. With a nearly endless list of things to do, it’s unlikely you’ll find yourself bored in Vail.