Let me preface this post with a little known fact about myself… after I graduated from The University of Tennessee with an engineering degree, I immediately booked it out of Tennessee to become… a lift operator in Vail, Colorado. Sorry Dad, engineering will come soon enough, but first I HAD to check one thing off of the bucket list: Ski in buckets of powder for a full season. CHECK!
Growing up, my mom and dad were cool enough to take the family on a ski trip to Utah once a year.
I had always imagined how amazing it would be to actually spend a whole season LIVING at a ski resort – practically like living in a perfect snow globe world!! I took a chance on life and decided to do whatever the heck I wanted to do. Soon enough (although I didn’t know it yet) I’d have a fiancé and an engineering career. If anyone out there is curious about what path in life to take, I’ll give you this advice: PRAY!!! And DO NOT expect things to go perfectly. I planned and planned and planned till the cows came home, but I still had some major hiccups that I just had to roll with. And it was fun to learn how to roll with em.
So anyways, Vail is an absolute beautiful ski resort, and I would definitely recommend visiting at least once in your life regardless of if you like to ski or not!
Where to Eat:
- Vendetta’s has awesome pizza, is on the cheaper side, and has a fun atmosphere.
- The 10th at Mid Vail is a nicer option with beautiful mountain views.
- Crespelle serves amazing crepes.. my favorite is the Dirty Hippy 😉
- El Sabor in Lionshead has margaritas that are perfect after a long day of skiing or sightseeing and their tacos are to die for!
- Garfinkel’s sports bar has a pretty good happy hour and plenty of beer on tap.
- The George Restaurant and Pub is fun, low key, and affordable! Happy hour goes from 6pm to 10pm!
- Loaded Joe’s has great coffee as well as bear and wine. (FYI they also have an amazing breakfast menu!!)
- Gorsuch – gorgeous designer clothing for men and women (I could only window shop here #liftylife)
- Golden Bear – beautiful jewelry!
- lululemon – in case you forget your favorite leggings – or just need a fix 😉
- Patagonia – they of course have the perfect apparel for the mountains!
Words for the Wise:
- Parking structures are free for the first 1.5 hours, but if you’re there longer than 4 hours the price jumps up to $30! See the winter rates here.
- If you’re skiing, the back bowls are where you NEED to be. The terrain is vast and beautiful, and lift lines are way shorter than on the front side of the mountain!
I am truly in awe every time I visit Vail. Walking through town on cobblestone streets with snow falling down and Christmas lights literally everywhere is such a magical experience! It’s a one of a kind place, and I definitely wouldn’t mind living in the mountains again!
Thanks for reading! Are you planning your next trip to Vail yet? haha!