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Vail (Colorado)

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Introduction

Vail

Vail

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Vial 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.

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Sights and Activities

Vail Ski Resort

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.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Night Life is a major draw for the less extreme skiers. If you want a place where you can ski for days straight and never do the same run over again, then be able to party all night, Vail is for you. If you can afford the price tag.
  • Adventure Ridge is a great place to go in the evening to enjoy some tubing and sledding off of the Gondola. Adventure ridge is open Tuesday to Saturday 2:00 pm to 9:00pm, weather dependent. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Call information at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245) for reservations.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

Eagle Country Regional Airport (EGE) serves is just 6 kilometres from Eagle, Colorado, but also serves Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts.
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.

By Car

Interstate 70 runs east-west through Vail and is the only way to reach the town.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Vail Transit offers free buses throughout town and surroundings.

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Sleep

Remember you can always save money by staying in East Vail or Avon.

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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.

Post

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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 39.640264
  • Longitude: -106.374196

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