When you factor in the beautiful Colorado peaks, west coast blue skies and crisp powdered snow, Vail is an unforgettable adventure in its scenery alone. In the tracks where mighty rivers once flowed down the mountain now remain some of the world’s most magnificent ski slopes and trails. Since the 60s, Vail has consistently been recognized as one of North America’s top ski resorts. Its allure, however, stretches far beyond Vail Mountain. When you consider the gourmet dining, sophisticated atmosphere, upscale accommodations and enchanting ski village, it’s no wonder Vail is among the world’s ritziest ski resorts. Each year, Vail draws in its signature well-coiffed clientele in search of outdoor adventure and extravagant relaxation.Don’t let its sophistication fool you, however, as it’s a real ski town at heart. From the vast ski terrain to the iconic Vail Village, modelled after a Bavarian alpine town, Vail is simply the place to be in the winter.
Vail’s Front Side
Even by Colorado’s lofty standards, the skiing at Vail Mountain is nothing short of impressive. Between 5,289 acres of powder, 195 trails, 3 terrain parks and 30 lifts in operation, it can almost be overwhelming at first–but it’s well worth the trouble. The front side of the mountain offers some of the most popular skiing and snowboarding runs in the world: the long and cascading Simba, the gentle Sourdough or Avanti, the long-time favorite among locals and seasoned lifties.
The Goldbergh Phoenix Ski Suit is a true style icon of luxury sportswear that runs from the neck down to the toes. This knock-out one-piece suit has a strong feminine flair to it, while it’s cut from a breathable fabric that’s also wind and water-resistant, checking off all the boxes on the functional side of things. The soft interior allows you to remain cozy with an emphasis placed on movement and warmth. Finally, the suit will also look fantastic under any number of different jackets.
While Vail Village may be the more traditional option, the town to the west, Lionshead, has quickly grown into its own. The charming ski village replicates the Austrian architecture of the original Vail Village with a particularly magical flair to it. Equipped with many family-friendly restaurants and charming shops, Lionshead is a great place to spend an entire day. It’s also complete with a mini ice-skating rink.
This Bogner Leonie Pom-Pom Beanie is a wool-blend fabric and has a thick-rib design that will have you feeling as cozy as you look. It’s topped with a plush fur pom-pom as a chic embellishment that will keep your head covered during your time out exploring the charming ski village. Elsewhere, this Bogner Vera Fur-Trimmed Shell Hooded Puffer Jacket was designed to take you from the slopes to the streets. The tailored silhouette is taken straight from latest trends, while the fur-trimmed hood, down filling and longer length are sure to keep your assets more than toasty.
A Complete Colorado Retreat
From cozy inns to upscale mountainous resorts, Vail has a number of resorts and accommodations that are just a quick bus or shuttle from the base of the mountain. The Four Seasons Resort Vail is one of the most popular options in the area that comes equipped with gas-burning fires and hickory wood finishes in their beautifully-designed common spaces, year-round pools, spa and a stunning outdoor terrace for drinks. Conveniently located in the heart of Vail Village, the Vail Mountain Lodge is pure Colorado bliss laying among the slopes.
This Belinda Robertson Sandringham Sheepskin Gilet is a knockout piece perfect for cozying around the resort. The luxury piece is handcrafted from Toscana long-haired sheep that can be worn with the wool facing in or outwards. Toss it on over the Belinda Robertson Sophia Classic Roll Neck for a rich style that’s as sophisticated and timeless as it is comfortable. Similarly, these Belinda Robertson Hannah Cashmere Trousers are pure indulgence. They’re super soft with an on-trend cut for an endlessly elegant look.
Vail Village takes it a step further with constant town-wide events and contests take place and lively après-ski bars. Directly across from Lionshead, Vail Village is where the excitement happens throughout the year, consisting of everything from high culture to street parties. During the beginning of ski season, Vail Village hosts an exciting two-week opening ceremony. Throughout the winter, this is followed up by world-renowned events such as the Session, the world’s most progressive snowboarding competition, the celebrity-filled Vail Film Festival, Mardi Gras and more.
This Arc’teryx Veilance Conduit LT Down-Filled Shell Bomber is the perfect all-purpose winter jacket that has you covered for any outdoor activity or event you find yourself in. The simple design and effortless style is bolstered by its waterproofed shell, down-filled materials and overall lightweight frame. The off-duty look is bolstered by these Oliver Peoples Ellice Aviator Sunglasses lightweight titanium frame.
Vail’s Back Side
On the back side of Vail Mountain is where you’ll find awe-inspiring snow terrain that’s much less crowded than the popular trails. Typically Colorado pine trees are spaced out perfectly across the powdered snow for unspoiled ski runs that will leave you breathless. The back side is served by swift high-speed lifts while providing you with a remote outdoor adventure that will leave a lasting impression. Don’t miss iconic trails such as Forever, a steep run through directly through the trees, or Poppyfields, a seemingly endless blanket of powdered white.
Quite simply, the Panerai Luminor Submersible has a heritage of exploration and adventure. The large dial and robust functionality is extremely durable and resistant to the elements, making it the perfect timepiece to have by your side during the outdoor activities of Vail.
Whether you’re looking to warm up with hot chocolate or indulge in a designer cocktail or two, there are a number of bars and restaurants scattered throughout Vail Village that are ideal for the après ski experience. The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel offers an eclectic menu of “elixirs,” “potions” and “antidotes” at its lively establishment. The space is bolstered by floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking mountain views and a large communal terrace with 5 fire pits in total. On the other hand, Pepi’s offers a sophisticated approach to the après ski experience. The bar is lined with photos of celebrities who have once passed through the iconic establishment after hitting the slopes.
The Montelliana Alberto Boot is a wonderful all-purpose option of footwear that will take you from establishment to establishment with ease. Made from calf leather with a soft leather lining, these boots are durable, light and complement well any range of winter-ready essentials.