Navigating Vail During Your Vacation

Jan. 12, 2015

In Vail, Colorado.

Vail offers a resort experience unlike any other. Whether you’re accessing the ski slopes or strolling from one base area to another, navigating Vail is certain to be a pleasant and memorable part of your trip. Whatever your desired vacation experience, Vail offers a complete resort experience that is easy to navigate for everyone in your party.

Getting Around Town

Town of Vail buses are FREE and run regularly, connecting the East and West Vail destinations with Vail Village and Lionshead Village. Start off your day with a relaxed and comfortable, free ride to the slopes or use the town buses to travel from village to village throughout your ski day.

To find a convenient bus stop and view the schedule visit the Town of Vail website.

Exploring Slope-side Villages

Choose from three unique base areas that all sit right at the base of Vail Mountain, each offering quick and easy access to lifts and gondolas. With a broad network of picturesque, heated cobblestone streets, getting around from village to village during your visit could not be easier.

Explore Vail Village, Lionshead and Golden Peak and get to know each village’s distinct culture and enjoy their world-renowned shopping, dining and entertainment.

The beautiful and friendly Lionshead Village is completely closed off to cars and buses, and offers close walking access to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Born Free Express (Chair #8), Lionshead Children’s Ski School, the Alderhof outdoor ice rink, world-class shopping and countless dining options.

With its intimate cobblestone walkways and cozy outdoor fire pits, the European Alps-style Vail Village exudes culture and charm. Established in 1962, Vail’s idyllic village is renowned for its impressive variety of luxury boutiques, award-winning restaurants and inviting art galleries, offering endless amusements for every guest. The heated streets make for a cozy walk up Bridge Street to Gondola One.

Nearby Golden Peak offers a peaceful and convenient getaway, just a 5-minute walk east of Vail Village. Golden Peak has unbeatable access to some of Vail’s best terrain. As the base for the Riva Bahn Express Lift (Chair #6), Golden Peak is also home to some of Vail’s most popular attractions including the Golden Peak Ski School and Vail’s Golden Peak Terrain Park.

Navigating on the Mountain

With more than 5,200 skiable acres at Vail and more groomed terrain than ever before, there is always somewhere new to explore. Schedule a private lesson to make the most of your time on the hill and explore the mountain with your own personal guide and coach. Tour the mountain with one of Vail Mountain’s volunteers or visit Vail Mountain Information to learn about other complimentary mountain tours.

For more information about getting to Vail and planning your vacation visit our Plan a Trip Resources page.