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With the most skiable terrain of any resort in the U.S., Vail draws those looking for a fabulous variety of skiing and snowboarding, from terrain parks and vast bowls of powder to multiple ski schools. This is no quaint Western village but a reasonably compact complex of five-star hotels and condominiums, plus lots of first-rate restaurants and boutiques. Come for knockout skiing at a well-run machine of a resort.


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Aerial View - Four Seasons Vail, Vail, American West

Four Seasons Vail

Four Seasons’ entry into Vail Village in 2011 raised the comfort factor in this Colorado ski area. While the hotel does not offer ski in/ski out access, Mercedes SUVs and shuttles ferry families from the hotel to a Four Seasons ski club at the base where hot chocolate awaits and valets help skiers buckle their boots and deliver their skis to the gondola, making the Four Seasons Vail a safe bet for those who want a major mountain ski experience as well as major cosseting. After a day’s skiing, there is an impressive 14,000-square-foot spa and outdoor heated pool on-site as well as a kids’ club, teen room and an excellent modern steak house called Flame. The only complaint: shuttling back and forth to the base can be chaotic and the walk to the slopes is about ten minutes.

At a reported $350 million to build, the property delivers a substantial grand mountain resort experience. The lobby level is on the fifth floor where guests are greeted by a great room with fireplaces and views over the outdoor pool and to the mountain. The 121 rooms and residences have stone-hearth fireplaces, leather club chairs and solid oak furniture; and the best have balconies and views facing over the village to the mountain. Conveniences on property include a lobby-level deli and ski rental shop. Flame restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pedestrian village with its many casual restaurants and shops is only a block away and the Solaris center, with an ice skating rink, Cinebistro and the bowling alley named Bol, is just two blocks away so families are well positioned for après ski activities.

Exterior at Game Creek Chalet, Vail, American West

Game Creek Chalet

A fantasy log cabin on the mountain with ski-in, ski-out access and every comfort imaginable, Game Creek Chalet is ideal for a romantic escape or bonding with family and friends. Set on the mountain just beneath the exclusive Game Creek Club, a members-only restaurant in Game Creek Bowl, this lodge-pole chalet features three-bedrooms and five bathrooms as well as a kitchen and outdoor hot tub for après-ski soaking. The living room on the main floor has a cozy fireplace, dining area and big comfy couches with views on to the slopes. Downstairs are a library/TV room and the three bedrooms (this is not a house for those who cannot handle stairs). The décor is western comfort with mammoth couches, wrought-iron lamps and Bavarian touches like botanical prints and country plaid fabrics. The concierge staff from the Arrabelle services the chalet and will arrange snow-cat pick-ups and ski rentals in the winter or fly-fishing and Jeep expeditions in the summer, along with restaurant reservations or a private chef to cater your meals.

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