1 . Vail's Mountain Haus

Vail, Colorado

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Reach the summit of skiing at Vail's Mountain Haus! This Rocky Mountain original showcases both luxury and leisure. Ski the powdery slopes or enjoy the majestic mountain scenery as you indulge in the many amenities. No matter what your skiing skill level, this resort has a run that will fit your fancy!

Vail's Mountain Haus serves as your base camp for adventure! Exceptional accommodations combine with nearly endless skiing excursions to create the ultimate in comfort and fun. This classic Vail vacation overlooks one of North America's premier skiing destinations and offers an array of amenities. Hit the slopes for world-class skiing and snowboarding or stay at a lower elevation for snowmobiling and snowshoeing. No matter what you do, you'll be surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Find the run that fits your skiing skill level! Come down from the hills and warm up in these welcoming accommodations. Experience a wonderful selection of Vail hotel rooms and one- to four-bedrooms condos, each tastefully decorated with cozy amenities. Curl up in front of the fireplace or enjoy a stimulating massage after a long day on the slopes. There really is no better Vail adventure than Vail's Mountain Haus!

Address

292 East Meadow Drive, Vail, Colorado 81657

Fun facts

You'll have no problem finding a run at this skiing sanctuary. Vail Ski Resort is the third largest ski resort in North America.

Related Onsite Offerings

After an invigorating day on the slopes, kick up your feet with amenities like stunning views, a sparkling swimming pool, a fitness center, and more!

2 . Lion Square Lodge and Conference Center

Vail, Colorado

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Practically neighbors to our No. 1 spot, Lion Square Lodge and Conference Center comes in as our No. 2 choice on our list of Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts. Why will you fall in love with this place? Easy: it’s a true ski-in/ski-out getaway right at the base of this ski town’s pride and joy, Vail Mountain.

We don’t want to take away from the resort’s uber-convenient location next to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the Born Free Express Quad, but you might want to rethink immediately hopping onto either of them before hopping into one of three bubbling, outdoor hot tubs steamily sitting below Vail Mountain. On second thought, your sore muscles could probably use a good soak after a day of slicing through the snowy slopes. Regardless of if your Vail ski vacation will be a family affair or Rocky Mountain rendezvous for two, Lion Square Lodge has got you covered with individually-owned hotel rooms and one-, three- and five-bedroom condos awaiting your soggy scarves and snowy skis!

Fun facts

Vail is known for having the best alpine skiing in the world.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take advantage of Lion Square Lodge’s Vail Vacation Package, complete with discounted airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, ground transportation, lift tickets and more!

Getting there

From Denver International Airport, take Pena Boulevard from to Interstate 70 West (toward Grand Junction). Stay on I-70 West to Exit 176 (main Vail ski area exit) and go under the highway's underpass. Stay to the right and take the first exit onto South Frontage Road toward Lionshead. Travel on South Frontage for about a mile then take the immediate left after the pedestrian bridge onto West Lionshead Circle. Take the first left onto West Lionshead Place, between Montaneros and Marriott, toward the Antlers Hotel. Follow the road past the Antlers Hotel (up the hill to the left) and the road leads to Lion Square Lodge.

3 . East West Resorts Beaver Creek

Vail, Colorado

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Ski into serenity at East West Resorts Beaver Creek! Breathtaking mountain scenery, alpine adventures, and luxurious accommodations make this resort a skier's dream. Choose from a slew of slopes and unique lodging options to create one unforgettable Rocky Mountain vacation!

Something new welcomes you at this ski resort! Ski-in/ski-out options mean that your only moments from the mountain. Whether you're a beginning boarder or a skiing savant, Beaver Creek offers some of the best skiing and riding in Colorado. Home to the Birds of Prey Downhill race course and the Stone Creek Chutes, skilled skiers will find plenty of challenges. Skiing and snowboarding school allow beginners to sharpen their skills. Stay on the flatland for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice skating. Just as there are a plethora of options on the mountain, you have your choice of accommodation. Gorgeous condominiums, townhomes, or private vacation homes are available for any kind of getaway. Choose an intimate stay in a one-bedroom lodging or bring the entire family and kick up your feet in a six-bedroom home! Choose a ski-in/ski-out condo near the Beaver Creek Landing chair lift if you want to be in the heart of the fun. The options truly are endless here!

Address

1500 Matterhorn Circle, Vail, Colorado 81657

Highlights

Explore the majestic Rocky Mountain peaks during your stay as you hit the powdery slopes. The incredible natural setting is sure to help ease away all your worries!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Allegria Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a long day when you stay at East West Resorts Beaver Creek. This European-style day spa features a menu of soothing treatments, an Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary, heated pool, and hot tubs.

4 . Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Vail, Colorado

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From wee snowbunnies to full-grown snowshoe hares, Sonnenalp Resort of Vail caters to every age, making it one of Colorado’s preferred family ski resorts and our No. 4 choice on our list of Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts. And with centuries-old experience in hospitality, you’re in good hands – err, gloves!

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail – Sonnenalp meaning, “Sun on the Mountains” – was inspired by the simple ranch house hotel the Faessler family opened in Bavaria many years ago. And you’ll definitely notice the European influence not just in the charming architecture and spa at this Vail getaway, but the friendly service as well. Custom-made Bavarian furniture featured in the resort’s suites and guestrooms adds an unexpected familiarity, making your Colorado ski vacation feel like home but without the housework! What about the skiing? Ah yes, did we mention that Sonnenalp Resort of Vail was located in the heart of Vail Village, just steps from the lifts, fine dining and shopping? We know that both hospitality and proximity are important when you have your family in tow – that’s why this resort was named as one of Travel and Leisure’s Top 20 Family Hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

Fun facts

In 1979, the Faessler family purchased the Wedel Inn Motel and renovated and reopened it as the Sonnenalp of Vail.

Highlights

Sonnenalp of Vail was ranked among the 15 Top Ski Resorts and Hotels in 2008 by Conde Nast Traveler.

Getting there

From Denver International Airport, exit the terminal via Pena Boulevard until you reach I-70 West. Follow I-70 toward Grand Junction for 108 miles until you reach Vail Exit 176. Take the exit and turn left onto Vail Road. Pass under I-70 and around the main Vail roundabout, continuing south on Vail Road. You'll see the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail on your left.

5 . Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa

Vail, Colorado

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Just because Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is minute doesn’t mean you can’t expect big things from it. Our No. 5 Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts choice recently underwent a $25 million remodel, turning this adored Colorado destination into a simply sumptuous Rocky Mountain escape!

When we said expect big things from Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa, we meant it. Big as in proximity to a big, gigantic, skiable mountain, a big, full-scale athletic club and big, plush beds to sink into after you wriggle out of your snowsuit and into your jammies. We want to make sure that you don’t think big equals haughty, here. But we’re sure you’ll sense that with the soothing, simple décor and jewel-hued color palette used throughout the 20 rooms and the rest of this boutique hotel. Want to be a Mountain Diva? We did when we heard about this motivational women’s fitness program for people who want to hike and run their way back into shape while experiencing the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Try it out at Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa!

Highlights

The onsite Vail Athletic Club is known as the finest health club in town!

Related Onsite Offerings

After a day on the slopes, fuel your tummy with the healthy, flavorful Vail cuisine at the onsite Terra Bistro.

Fun facts

Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa was on the Conde Nast Traveler 2008 Gold List.

6 . Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa

Vail, Colorado

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Unlike our petite, boutique-style No. 5 pick, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa offers ample space for sleeping, skiing and celebrations, giving us a good reason to make space at our No. 6 spot on our list of Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts. It’s in the No. 1 ranked ski resort in North America, after all!

The resort is located just 150 yards from the base of Vail Mountain, so you’re practically in the bowels of this massive Rocky Mountain peak. No need to worry about creepy cave creatures, though; instead, delight in opulent guestrooms and one- to three-bedroom, privately-owned condos. They feature outstanding Rocky Mountain views out of oversized windows. The European chateau-style architecture will make you feel regal enough, but wait until you get your tired, ski-wearing feet into an aromatic foot bath at the onsite Gold Leaf Spa. Trust us, you’ll need a little pampering after traipsing across more than 5,000 acres of fluffy powder, including seven bowls.

Fun facts

For 14 of the past 20 years, Vail has dominated as the No. 1 ski resort destination in the U.S., as ranked by SKI Magazine

Related Onsite Offerings

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa offers 21,000 sq. ft. of meeting space – perfect for your Rocky Mountain wedding, family reunion or business conference!

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 West approximately 130 miles to Exit 176. Follow the first roundabout under the bridge, then follow the signs going toward Lionshead. Turn right onto South Frontage Road. Turn left onto West Lionshead Circle. The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa will be on your right.

7 . The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort

Vail, Colorado

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Get a firsthand look at the Rocky Mountain high life when you stay at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, our lucky No. 7 Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts list choice. And lucky you’ll be if you get the chance to experience mountain living at this elevated level – complete with private butler service and the RockResorts Spa!

As if you won’t already be thousands of feet above sea level when you vacation in Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square will take your Colorado ski getaway to new heights. From the rooftop lap pool and simmering hot tubs overlooking the square to the après ski deck, your head will be in the clouds - literally. It might be the mountain air making you woozy, but there’s a distinct possibility that the sight of your classically-elegant room or suite has gotten to you. Don’t deny the fuzzy feeling you get knowing there’s an impossibly-soft bed waiting for you each night! When it’s time to ski, step outside to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, ready to lift you up into the sky where your mountain mama awaits you. And when you’ve completely skied yourself out, the slopeside ski and boot valet will store your gear until your next burst of energy.

Highlights

Take advantage of The Arrabelle at Vail Square’s butler service during your stay. They will make sure you have everything you need, from customized amenities to reservations; your wish is their command!

Getting there

From Denver, East Vail and Vail Village, take I-70 West to Exit 176 (Vail exit). Follow the roundabout under the I-70 overpass. Veer right onto South Frontage Road. Follow South Frontage, then turn left onto West Lionshead Circle. Follow West Lionshead Circle, then veer left onto Lionshead Place. Follow Lionshead Place to The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take time to snuggle with your snowbunny alone with the Arrabelle at Vail Square’s babysitting and nanny services.

8 . Tivoli Lodge

Vail, Colorado

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T – I – V – O – L – I spells victory in Vail and our No. 8 pick on our list of Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts. Family-owned and toting a reputation for providing super-friendly service, this Colorado destination puts you a ski-length away from Golden Peak ski area and the Vista Bahn ski lift.

Although Tivoli Lodge’s European-style architecture is like many of the surrounding lodges, resorts and hotels, you can’t necessarily judge a book – or lodge – by its cover. Not that you probably wouldn’t guess that inside this cozy Vail getaway is a spacious lodge-style living room full of oversized chairs, squishy leather sofas and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Besides the praiseworthy proximity to the slopes, we just have to mention the remarkable Peter Seibert Suite. Unobstructed, panoramic views of the Gore Range, Golden Peak and Vail Mountain are showcased in the unique octagonal living and kitchen area, making for an unparalleled stay at Tivoli Lodge.

Fun facts

Tivoli Lodge’s hotel mascot is a chocolate labrador named Indy, the inspiration behind the name of the onsite Brown Hound Lounge.

Highlights

Children ages 12 and younger are free!

Getting there

From Denver, take Interstate 70 west to Exit 176. Go under the highway. At the traffic circle, go east on the South Frontage Road. Just past the Vail Parking Structure, take a right at the stop sign onto Vail Valley Drive. Follow Vail Valley Drive to Hanson Ranch Road (the third right). Tivoli Lodge is located on the corner of Hanson Ranch Road.

9 . Westwind at Vail

Vail, Colorado

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You’re going to want to rip off your ski mask and get a good look at just how close you are to Vail Mountain at the Westwind at Vail – our No. 9 Top 10 Vail Ski Resorts list choice. It’s right in the heart of Lionshead Village, too, meaning you’ll experience the best of Vail’s slopes and shops!

This Colorado ski getaway is ski poles-down an excellent family choice when staying in Vail. The homelike amenities in each one- to four-bedroom condo make your stay hassle-free, but don’t expect the perks to stop there. All the 26 condos are individually-owned and decorated, while they are literally just steps from a variety of shops and delicious restaurants at the Lionshead mall. And don’t worry about junior dragging his sloppy skis over the carpet. Private ski lockers are available, as well as maid service and midweek cleaning – in case you just can’t stand a few melted snow puddles by the door!

Fun facts

Feel like you need to master the bunny hill before heading to the black diamond runs? Check out the adult and children ski school within walking distance of Westwind at Vail.

Highlights

Westwind at Vail is within walking distance to Vail Lionshead Pedestrian Mall.

Getting there

From I-70, take main Vail Exit 176. Proceed to the south (Village side) traffic circle. Drive west on the South Frontage Road. Go past the Lionshead parking structure and East Lionshead Circle. The next driveway (before you reach the pedestrian bridge) is the driveway for the Westwind Condominiums.

10 . The Wren

Vail, Colorado

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Our final selection for our Top 10 Vail Ski Resort list is such a heavenly sight to be seen – and price to be paid – that you’ll probably be tempted to make snow angels in a blissful stupor on the slopes! The Wren’s condo accommodations are true Vail value in an outstanding Gore Creek location.

We know that if you’re planning a trip to Vail you’re probably avid skiers, but even if you don’t plan to set foot on the smallest of bunny hills you can still experience all the Rocky Mountain glory from your own tastefully-furnished condo. You’ll feel like you’re right there on the mountainside when you see the postcard-perfect scenery of Golden Peak and Gore Range from your private balcony. And inside your condo isn’t the only place you’ll be able to sneak a superb peak at the Rockies. The outdoor pool and two outdoor hot tubs are an excellent place to relax before or after your skiing endeavors – there are even outdoor gas grills with a view! And when you’re all ready to sashay downhill again, the Skier Shuttle will pick you up and bring you to the ski lifts.

Related Onsite Offerings

Make your Colorado ski vacation an annual outing with The Wren ownership opportunities that allow you to buy a vacation rental!

Highlights

You’ll love The Wren’s summer and wintertime deals that let you save up to 30 percent off your stay!

Fun facts

At The Wren, you can request a personal concierge for your entire vacation!

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