Vail Village Hotels

The Sebastian Vail

Vail Plaza Hotel And ClubThe Sebastian is at the heart of the Vail Village, creating a year-round combination of luxury and comfort. The location is ideal, just off the main pedestrian walkway, and mere steps from the slopes. Here you will be surrounded by stylish boutiques, elegant restaurants, ...more

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Sonnenalp Resort of VailThe Sonnenalp name and tradition date back nearly a century to Bavaria where the Faessler family opened a hotel known for offering personalized services in beautiful surroundings. The resort in Vail was opened ...more

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Vail Village, Colorado, is a small town comprised of about 4,500 permanent residents, located in the northeast corner of the state. This township was established a mere sixty years ago by ski-enthusiasts Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton. After searching Colorado's mountain chains, the two chose the bottom of Vail Mountain as the ideal location for a ski resort. Today, over a million skiers flock to Vail in anticipation of coasting along the great white slopes so inspiring to its founders.

Vail Mountain rises above the surrounding White River National Forest to a staggering 11,570 feet. It is the largest ski resort in the United States, second only in North America to Canada's Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. Vail Mountain boasts of 33 ski lifts with 193 skiing trails covering its expansive 5,289 acres.

Formerly used by ranchers to graze their sheep flocks, the United States Forest Service Forest now leases the land to Vail Resorts. As a result, both Vail Resorts, Inc. and the United States Forest Service thoroughly encourage the citizen use of public lands. And while winter brings in skiers from around the world, Vail Mountain and her valleys are in no way exclusive to snowbound sports. Once spring comes to melt away snow facades, Vail Mountain and the White River National Forest fill with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Melting snowcaps create raging rivers sought after by rafters and fishing enthusiasts.

The beauty and diversity of the area's environment has made Vail Village a unique township devoted to imitating these natural amenities in its own ways. This small town boasts of the highest botanical gardens in the world, the free-access Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, whose mission is in part to foster education and train knowledgeable staff vital to the region's conservation efforts.

Sustainability is an important discussion topic to Vail Village citizens. Despite having a population and budget well below that of major metropolitan cities, Vail hosts the United States' largest free transportation system. Offering residents and guests prompt service throughout the township, as well as connecting riders to and from Vail Mountain. Included in its fleet of busses is a hybrid-electric bus. Expanding from this environmentally-concerned transportation network, Vail Village currently is the review phase of an upcoming mixed-use resort space slated as one of the largest "green" environmentally sustainable development projects on the continent.

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