How to Plan the Most Epic Family Vacation to Vail

Head for the hills this winter. We have everything you need to know about planning a trip guaranteed to excite all ages. From snow tubing to snowboarding on one of the world’s most stunning mountain faces, Vail will be a trip that they’ll be talking about for years to come. Make the most of your trip with our guide to planning the perfect family vacation to Vail

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Everything You Need to Know About Hosting the Best Family Vacation to Vail

Everyone loves the thought of vacation—few want to be the delegated planner. Hosting your family’s winter ski trip this year? We’ve made it easy. Make them say “wow” with our step-by-step, guaranteed-to-thrill guide to planning your family vacation to Vail. The mountain is calling—don’t make it wait.

  • What to Do

    • Ski Lessons

Vail ski lessonsChances are you came to Vail to shred some powder. Vail’s Ski and Snowboard School is one of the best in the nation and, surprise, it’s not only for beginners. Get the littlest ones out there with guided one-on-one or group instructional classes or explore the mountain as a family with their guided family experience. Want to step it up a notch? Book an exclusive Back Bowl Experience and explore the mountain’s vast, uncharted terrain.  

Money-Saving Tip: Book early to save big! Booking before the ski season starts ensures the best possible rates.

    • Snow Tubing

Take advantage of all the snowy activities at Adventure Ridge. Snag a tube and take a slick ride down the 900-foot long multi-lane hill. The hill excites the young and young at heart with music and a thrill factor. While you’re at the Ridge, be sure to try out the snow bikes. Not quite a tube, not quite skis—it’s a brand new mountain-side activity you’re going to love.

    • Snowshoeing

You know what they say—when you can’t hike, snowshoe. Okay, maybe they only say that in the snow-covered mountain passes of Northern Colorado, but we’re going to go with it. 

Snowshoeing is the only real way to immerse yourself in the rugged backcountry. See the wildlife, explore the cliff ranges, and blaze a trail that is undisturbed by the rest of the world. Plan your guided trip with Paragon Guides during your next visit.

    • Mushing

The Mountain Musher has been pawing through the mountain for the last thirty years. Explore private trails, gasp at the unparalleled views, and do it all from the back of a dog sled. Trips book up quickly, so you’ll want to plan ahead. 

  • Where to Eat

    • Almresi

Step into Almresi and step out of the hustle and bustle. Curl up in their cottage-style, folksy, cast-iron-covered walls and enjoy house-crafted German and Austrian plates. Gather around a pot of piping Resi’s cheese fondue and warm up with a glass of traditional Gluehwein.

    • pizzaPazzo’s Pizzeria

Friday night pizza isn’t complete in Vail with a trip to Pazzo’s Pizzeria. The fun-loving spot is the perfect combination of European flair with a heaping dose of old-school, Brooklyn pizza shop. Snag an order of garlic cheese bread and an 18-inch pie, and you’re in for a treat.

    • The Little Diner

The Little Diner is a must-visit during your Vail visit. The full-service diner cooks up homemade crepes, omelets, eggs benedict, and all of our breakfast favorites. Let the kids watch as the cook flips their fluffy Pannekoeken (German-style pancakes) before their eyes. It’s the most iconic breakfast stop in the mountains.    

Planning a smaller family getaway? Reserve your stay at Mountain Meadows #8. The three-bedroom, three-bath condo is completely decked out in all of the modern amenities you could want. Enjoy state-of-art appliances and flat-screen TVs in every room. It’s the ideal escape for when they come home from college for the holidays. 

What are you waiting for? Start planning your dream vacation to the country’s premium ski town! We can’t wait to welcome you to Vail!