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Quality Family Time in Vail, Colorado: A Winter Wonderland

Quality Family Time in Vail, Colorado: A Winter Wonderland

LUXURY TRAVEL, SKIING, UNITED STATES

Our everyday, family lives are filled with early mornings, conference calls, late-night homework; sometimes we just need to get away from it all.  We need fresh air, wide open spaces, and some spectacular scenery to help us rejuvenate.  There’s nothing better than traveling with your family and making memories that will last a lifetime. And there’s no better place to do that than Vail! When it comes to family-friendly mountain getaways, put Vail at the top of your list.

You and your kids will be able to enjoy precious quality time together, whether you’re skiing down the mountain or strolling through the quaint villages filled with world-class restaurants, shops, and fun activities for all.

Lionhead Village Vail Colorado
Lionhead Village Vail Colorado

I remember the joy I felt when I witnessed my children learning to ski for the first time.  Vail’s seasoned ski instructors were dedicated to helping my family with all of our skiing desires.  My kids were excited but very nervous when it came time to learn how to ski.  Luckily, at the Vail Ski & Snowboard School, you have the choice of putting your child in a class with other children or private lessons.  In our case, private lessons were the perfect way for my children to feel extremely comfortable in this new learning environment.  The fun and independence they gained from learning their way around the mountain was priceless.  It is these types of memories that I so cherish, and ultimately, the reason why we return to Vail for family vacations.

Vail Ski and Snowboard School
Vail Ski and Snowboard School
Having fun in the snow at Vail Mountain
Having fun in the snow at Vail Mountain

If you don’t want to be separated from your children for too long, don’t worry! Private family lessons are offered as well, and these lessons are a great way to share the Vail experience together. You’ll have an instructor who will guide you around the mountain, help you work on your ski or snowboard skills, and offer access to dedicated lift-lines to make the most of your day. Nothing will bring a family closer together than a day of quality time, fun, and exploration!

Ski Instructor at Vail Ski & Snowboard School
Ski Instructor at Vail Ski & Snowboard School
Snowboarding in Vail Mountain
Snowboarding in Vail Mountain

Picking the right hotel for your family vacation is so important. You want somewhere spacious yet cozy, and special amenities that will make you feel like you’re at a home away from home. The Arrabelle at Vail Square is well known for their complimentary gourmet hot chocolate in the afternoon. For those kids (and adults!) with an insatiable sweet tooth, gourmet hot chocolate includes an array of toppings like whip cream, chocolate chips, toffee, and a great selection of cookies. If you’re traveling in big numbers, The Ritz-Carlton Residences will be perfect. It has the perks of a hotel, but the comforts of home with its spacious residences and common areas like their year-round pool and teen room.

 Hot Chocolate Station at The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Hot Chocolate Station at The Arrabelle at Vail Square

A family trip to Vail wouldn’t be complete without visiting two picturesque villages: and Vail Village.  Both are perfect for a family stroll through the cobbled streets.  The first place the kids will probably want to stop at is the ice-skating rink located in Vail Square.  This timeless activity will definitely bring the family together, especially if you need someone to hold onto!

Lionshead Village Vail
Lionshead Village Vail
Vail Square Ice Skating Ring
Vail Square Ice-Skating Ring

After a nice stroll and some lunch, head to Adventure Ridge where you can bike on snow, catch big air off a trampoline, fly through the forest on the Forest Flyer, an alpine coaster, or ride the Adventure Skyway.  Here you don’t have to be a kid to grab a tube and glide down Vail Mountain for an unlimited amount of times. For my family, not only were these activities incredibly fun, they were also a great bonding experience.  Our kids enjoy us letting loose and having fun just as much as we enjoy seeing them have the time of their lives!

Adventure Ridge in Vail
Adventure Ridge in Vail

After spending an afternoon tubing, you will surely work up an appetite.  Bol Vail offers a unique dining and family entertainment experience, with a full-service dining room, sixty-foot bar, and ten lanes of bowling glory! My son in particular really loved Bol’s sleek and modern design, and wanted to plan a gathering here with seven of his friends. This is the type of place where they encourage everyone to try many different plates, offering smaller portions to be shared as well as individual entrees. In other words, you’re eating family-style!  Him and his friends really loved the fact that you don’t have to sit at the bar or tables to eat because they also serve their full menu in the bowling lanes!  They enjoyed hours of fun at Bol and I know it’ll be the first place my son asks to go next time we’re in town.

Bol Vail Bowling
Bol Vail Bowling

Spending time as a family is the best part of any vacation and there are countless opportunities to do just that in Vail!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen’s Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

10 Comments

  1. Catherine
    November 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    Our usual family life sounds a lot like yours. Glad you found a place to getaway. We’re hoping our boys learn to ski this winter. Vail looks amazing.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 29, 2017 at 12:13 am

      Me too! I hope they enjoy learning.

  2. Lance
    November 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    Vail is great in winter, but it is also a great summer destination too. The Colorado mountain towns have really gone our of their way in the last few years to make the towns year-round destinations. Thanks for the great dining and hotel recommendations.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 29, 2017 at 12:14 am

      You’re very welcome! I’d love to visit Vail in the summer.

  3. melody pittman
    November 29, 2017 at 9:43 am
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    I’m ashamed to tell you that I’ve never been to Colorado and that i had NO IDEA America had such gorgeous villages like Vail offers. Wow! I’m so intrigued. My 2018 spring travels were taking me to Colorado Springs and Denver but I may have to change the itinerary up some!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Definitely change it up, Melody!!

  4. Punita Malhotra
    November 29, 2017 at 11:05 pm
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    Vail looks so pretty, and all the pictures in this post remind me of Switzerland. Snowboarding is such a fun activity and despite the risk of falling flat on my face, I would love to take up this challenge.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      It’s definitely a fun challenge, Punita 🙂

  5. Sandy N Vyjay
    November 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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    Vail indeed looks like a white wonderland. A great place to get away with the family for some quality bonding. I think the pressures and stresses of modern day living in the big cities makes it mandatory for us to escape from the ceaseless monotony of everyday life to a place where one can relax and rejuvenate. A place like Vail seems like paradise for this.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Sandy! Vail is perfect for this.

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