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Most people immediately think of skiing when they think of Vail Village, but there are year round activities in this Northwest Colorado town as well. While you vacation in the area, consider a rental condo, house, or townhouse for your accommodations. You will be pleased with the amenities offered including fireplaces, hot tubs, washing machines, internet access, and cable television.
Winter sports are very popular in Vail Village, and there are plenty of activities to participate in. The Vail Ski Resort boasts 5,289 acres of mountain available for skiing. In addition to traditional skiing, many other activities are also offered. For example, you might want to try snow tubing or snow biking on the specialized ski bikes. On the other hand, perhaps you would rather go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Still others may enjoy ice skating or snow diving. Whatever your winter weather sport preference, it is sure to be available in Vail Village. Additionally, ski rentals, mountain tours, and ski lessons are offered on a daily basis, weather permitting.
There are other activities to engage in while in Vail and Vail Village. There are a number of outdoor parks and nature centers to explore. For example, the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area offers 180 miles of hiking trails through terrain in the Gore Mountain area. This is mostly hiking for the experienced hiker as elevations can be steep on parts of the trails. Similarly, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area offers hiking by the Arkansas River where peaks and valleys are abundant, and you are sure to spot an elk. For those that may not be ready for the moderate hikes in these parks, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an option. You can stroll through the beautiful flower beds while still viewing the scenic mountain regions.
Shopping and dining are both available right on the mountains. Vail Village offers pedestrian friendly shopping with every imaginable good. You can shop for fashion clothing and ski apparel. Or, you can choose to shop for one of a kind jewelry and items made by local artisans. As for dining, Vail Village boasts everything from local pizza parlors to five star restaurants with acclaimed chefs.
Vail Village has very snowy winters that are perfect for skiing and other winter sports. In fact, the average annual snowfall for the area is around 185 inches. The average maximum temperature is in the low 30s for most of the winter months. Summer months see temperatures in the mid-70s. Spring is usually only April and May while fall weather is seen in September and October. These months see temperatures in the 50s and 60s, and snow is not out of the question. The most popular time of the year to visit Vail Village is in the winter to partake in the winter sports. However, if you enjoy hiking, the summer may be a good choice for you.
Vail Village is conveniently located just off I-70, a scenic highway that leads visitors directly to the area. A large rental car may be a good idea if you plan to bring your own skis and ski equipment. Those that choose to fly to this vacation destination will have to fly into Denver International Airport, which is about 100 miles away. Ground transportation options include taxis and shuttles or renting a car. Additionally, there is an Amtrak train stop in Vail, Colorado for those who choose to take a train to the area. You will surely enjoy your Vail Village vacation without worry about your transportation.