While you hit the slopes, let the Resort’s Ski Concierge enroll your child in Vail’s ski school.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail is a beautiful Alpine retreat in Vail Village, with everything you need located within just a short walk down a heated pathway. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding on vast Vail Mountain is what beckons. After all, Vail is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S.—complete with the backdrop of the Colorado Rockies. But for those who don’t ski, there’s plenty more to choose from as well: ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides can all be easily arranged.

Why go

  • Size and variety. Vail boasts great powder, 31 lifts and nearly 5,300 acres (2,145 hectares) of terrain, including huge bowls. There are hundreds of alpine and cross-country ski trails, plus 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • A resort that’s both luxe and family-friendly. For you, take advantage of complimentary Mercedes-Benz SUVs for scenic drives. For the kids, suites have TVs in the bathroom, so they can take a bubble bath while watching a movie. (There are also in-room DVD players, plus a mini library of movies to rent from the concierge desk.)
  • Vail Village. The charming, Tyrolean-style pedestrian village is filled with eclectic shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
  • Service on the slopes. The Ski Concierge service does everything for you, so you can enjoy your mochaccino and hit the slopes with ease. And for kids, hot chocolate and muffins are always available.

What the kids will love

After a day riding fresh powder, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.

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  • The outdoor pool. Kids will love swimming in the Resort’s 75-foot (23-metre) heated outdoor pool, while snow gently flurries overhead. Afterwards, they’ll be wrapped up in a warmed towel and bathrobe to stay cosy.
  • Kids For All Seasons. The kids’ club has plenty of toys and games to entertain, including pinball, a race car game and Nintendo Wii.
  • Ice skating or bowling at nearby Solaris Village. Bol Vail is a stylish bowling alley with computerized scoring, comfy couches. You’ll love the menu of shared plates plus a 100-bottle wine list.

What you will love

Leave the kids with a babysitter and escape to The Remedy Bar, where you can relax and sip bespoke cocktails by year-round fire pits.

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  • Peace and quiet. It’s easy to forget the hustle and bustle; just let the serene beauty help you unwind and de-stress.
  • The award-winning Spa. The Resort’s Spa offers indoor and outdoor co-ed relaxation lounges, spacious whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas. Enjoy a couple’s massage in a fireplace suite.
  • Kids For All Seasons. In addition to complimentary childcare for ages five and up, the Resort also offers babysitting services on short notice.
  • Après ski. As you soak in mountain views, enjoy a glass of wine by the firepits at The Remedy Bar.

Look for

Vail has an impressive collection of public art. While strolling the Village, be sure to notice the interesting sculptures scattered about.

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Dine on

At  Flame , the Resort’s signature mountain steakhouse, kids five and under eat for free. Try the Signature Short Rib with blue cheese bread pudding; or for breakfast, Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast. Nearby  Sweet Basil is also a favourite.  Pepi’s Restaurant & Bar is a longstanding Vail tradition, with lots of Austrian specialties on the menu. To sample more Alps-style cuisine, be sure to order the traditional  raclette  (Swiss-style heated cheese) at Swiss Chalet . Bol Vail is great for cocktails and light bites, and don’t miss out on  The Red Lion ’s nightly live music for après ski or late night fun (when you have a sitter, of course).

5 family to-dos

Ski, snowboard or even snow bike around Vail Mountain, home to nearly 200 trails winding across more than 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares).

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1. Embrace the bears in Vail Village. Bears are the Vail mascot, and they decorate the Resort, too. There’s a giant stuffed teddy bear by Flame, and an outdoor wire sculpture of a mother bear and her two cubs. Ask the front desk about the bear scavenger hunt (kids can earn five stars for their ski helmet) and the bear-in-a-can stuffed animals. Moms, be sure to do a little shopping at The Golden Bear, a Vail institution.

2. Fun in the snow. Go  ahead and try it all: skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding and tubing. Vail Resorts offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults and children. Or, join a dog-sledding guide for a trip through some of the best trails in historic Camp Hale, or down in Wolcott at 4 Eagle Ranch. Pair dog sledding in the afternoon with a sleigh ride dinner at the ranch.

3. Visit Adventure Ridge. If your kids are old enough (ideally, five or older), this is the place to go for active families. Here you’ll find tubing, ski biking, ice skating, a bungee trampoline and kid-size snowmobiles. Tip: The fun really picks up after dark.

4. The journey to Game Creek Restaurant. An experience in itself, a trip to Game Creek Restaurant involves taking a gondola and then riding a snowcat up to the secluded on-mountain restaurant.

5. Après ski for teens. At the Resort, mixers called the Epic Teen Après Ski, are a chance for young adults to mix and mingle, chat about their best runs of the day and win fun prizes. They can also check out a complimentary helmet cam to record their time on the slopes, and the Concierge will give them a DVD of their footage to take home—the perfect souvenir.

 

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