Vail Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Lodge at Vail
Lodge at Vail is right at the base of the ONE Gondola in the heart of the Village. It's also most historic, Lodge at Vail was Vail’s first lodging property, when the ski area debuted in 1962 and is still among the best - serving as the cornerstone of the European design village that has emerged over the past five decades. Today, The Lodge is owned by Vail Resorts, part of the prestigious Rock Resorts family.
The Lodge at Vail is a RockResort Spa property with gorgeous guest room décor in warm western elegance. But the chalet style lodge with hand carved wood balconies, very Bavarian, remains a classic, as does the warm welcoming lobby with a real wood burning fireplace, in keeping with the old world European charm you’d expect in Austria or Switzerland at a ski lodge. The Lodge at Vail is posh, the service is perfected from prompt valet and underground parking to a ski check right at the slopes. Guestrooms sport fluffy down duvets, beautiful tile and stone baths, and robes to wear to the outdoor pool and hot tub, plus lovely spa amenities. You may want to request a suite with a fireplace and a walk-out balcony that overlooks the ski slopes, or Lodge at Vail's ultimate 2,800-square foot penthouse is quite lovely too.
Lodge at Vail's dining includes Elway's Vail, the legendary Denver Broncos Quarter Back's prime steak house and bar. The #7 Burger and steaks here are the stuff of legends for hearty après ski dining. The bar at Elway's is very inviting as well for après ski and happy hour. Cucina is the lodge’s other rustic Italian dining option in the hotel overlooking the fire pits and village, also open for skiers breakfast before you walk to the ski slopes. If you need rental equipment, Vail Sports is right next to the Lodge on your way to the lifts, or if you’d like equipment personally delivered to your suite for a professional fitting, contact SkiButlers, and they will set you up with gear to goggles.
From Lodge at Vail you are strolling distance to Vail's best shops - Gorsuch, Pepi's Sports and The Golden Bear are faves, and après ski at The Red Lion and Pepi’s where the locals go, and great dining at Sweet Basil, Mountain Standard, and Bol – a bowling alley eatery that’s quite hip. Walking around Vail’s pedestrian Bridge Street is a great pastime after skiing, pass over the covered bridge and take a photo with the 10th Mountain soldier stature.
As for skiing, the Vail "One" Lift - a 10 passenger gondola with heated seats and wifi, is located right outside The Lodge at Vail, whisking you each morning to mid-Vail. Jump on the Mountaintop Express for a couple of wake-up runs on Cappuccino and Espresso. For more mellow terrain, head skiers’ right to Northwoods or Sourdough chair. Or if you like to mash moguls, make your way to eastern-most Blue Ox. Head west to more beautiful groomers Born Free and Simba before dropping on to the backs side - to Vail's Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Vail is immense, with 3,450’ vertical served by 32 efficient lifts. Vail has seven distinct areas - each of which is larger than most ski resorts, and seven back bowls that stretch six miles across, plus four terrain parks.