1. The skiing (duh). Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the world, offering terrain for both experts and beginners. Their newest Back Bowl, Blue Sky Basin, offers an out-of-bounds experience (trees, steep slopes), with the safety (groomed trails) of being inbounds, an especially nice perk for the less experienced—or daring.
2. The apps. The EpicMix is Vail’s new app to let you track your vertical feet, create competitions, win badges, and share on social media. It also allows you to compete with yourself. Set your own skiing goal, and celebrate your accomplishment après-ski.
3. The non-skiing activities. All skied out? Visit Adventure Ridge next to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, where you can snow tube, ski-bike (yep, it’s what it sounds like), or snowshoe. Or visit the skating rink in Vail Village or go to Bol for dinner and bowling.
4. The food. Eat on the mountain at numerous great restaurants like Two Elks, Wildwood Smokehouse (which serves awesome BBQ sandwiches), or the new restaurant, The 10th, which combines elements of both European and local cuisine. Or chow down in town around a fire pit at Cucina, and check out Pepi’s Bar, one of the most happening places in the center of the village.
5. The spa. No ski vacation is complete without a great spa treatment. A massage at The Arrabelle’s RockResort Spa in Lionshead will rejuvenate all those tired muscles after a week of flying down the mountain.