Vail is a town in Colorado and has about 4,500 inhabitants. The town is most popular during winter, when many tourists visit the place and go skiing on one of the best slopes in the entire continent. The town itself is considered on of the best ski villages in the country with a great nightlife and restaurants to enjoy.
Vail Ski Resort is the second largest ski resort in the USA and features seven amazing bowls and great intermediate gladed terrain in the Blue Ski Basin. There are also two amazing terrain parks to explore. The main draw to Vail is its amazing expert skiing that can challenge anyone with cliff jumping and stunning mogul runs. For the more basic skier there is also a great ski school system.
Vail is pleasant during summer (June to August) with average highs of between 20 and 25 °C, though nights are cold with just 2-4º on average. During winter (December to February) average days are around or just below zero while nights are bitterly cold at -13 to -17 °C on average! Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year and from November to March mainly comes in the form of snow of course.
Eagle Country Regional Airport (EGE) is just 6 kilometres from Eagle, Colorado, but also serves Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts. Vail/Eagle County Airport is still about 35 miles from Vail, a shared ride in a Van from there to Vail will cost you about $70 per person. If you are traveling with your family or in a group, there are a number of private charter services that are also available. These are often more convenient than a shared ride service since they transport you door to door.
Most flights are seasonal (winter only), though Denver is served year-round. Other destinations include Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Houston, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
Interstate 70 runs east-west through Vail and is the only way to reach the town.
Several carriers offer limo, van, or bus service to and from Aspen, Denver, and other cities in Colorado ($300 one-way), or the Eagle Vail airport ($100 one-way). Greyhound will be the cheapest at $12-30 one-way with advance purchase.
If you are staying in Vail, having a car will be more hindrance (parking fees) than a value. The town is set up so you can walk between most places and the slopes. There is also a free shuttle that will take you to the immediate surroundings as well as up to Beaver Creek.
Vail Transit offers free buses throughout town and surroundings.
There are many options to eat in both Vail Village and Lionshead. Another good idea is to pack a lunch, or grill your own burgers or hot dogs at the free public bbq at Blue Sky Basin.
Remember you can always save money by staying in East Vail or Avon.
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
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The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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