Vail Vacation In Snowy Colorado

Visitors to Vail, Colorado had much to celebrate over the Christmas holidays in 2011. Currently, Vail is enjoying 80 inches of snow with 21 of the 31 lifts open. Those who were here for Christmas week had a fantastic time with most lodges reporting near full capacity. Many had hoped to see fresh snow on Christmas day, but such was not the case this year. However, the fun never stops in Vail.

What’s On For Children

One of the highlights for the children, besides the coming of Old Saint Nick, was offered by the Vail Recreation District who offered children the opportunity to participate in winter’s Break Schools Out program. Children had the opportunity to enjoy ice skating at Dobson Ice Arena, gymnastics at the Vail Gymnastics Center, and swimming at Avon Recreation Center. One of the highlights for the week was sleeding and smores at the Vail Nature Center and making their own pizzas at the Blue Moose Pizza at LionsHead.

Another highlight for families was the wonderful stories told at the Vail Public Library where children enjoyed a very active rhyme time complete with interactive stories and songs. Parents even got in on the act as they got to be silly with their children.

The Ski Museum was all abuzz during Christmas as they offered walking tours of the historic Vail Village to both young and old alike. Families at this event got to learn what the area was like when Charles Vail cut the first highway over the pass. They also got to learn about the four houses and one phone that were present when Vail Ski Resort first opened.

Visitors to the Ski Museum were also treated to a fireside chat with Sandy Tweet of the 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Tweet was among the men who trained on the mountain during World War II when the area was known as Camp Hale, which was constructed in 1942. At its prime in 1943, Camp Hale served as home to 15,000 men who were taught to ski by instructors from Sun Valley and Waterville Valley. Those who are very adventurous can still stay in huts constructed for the camp for as little as $29.00 a night.

Ski Club Actvities

Children were thrilled by the holiday ice skating show at Dobson Arena. The show, One Singular Ice Sensation, featured local skating sensation Kendall Deighan, who is supported by the Vail Ski Club. Deighan brought the story of a young girl looking for fame on Broadway to life in this grand night of skating. Delighan was supported by featured the skating of Thomas Schwappach, Jessica Mancini and Tyler Brooks, all who are up and coming young skaters sure to make a name for themselves in the skating world. The audience remarked at how beautiful the sets were this year in particular as Delighan performed the story of trying to find her way on the Great White Way of the 1920s.

Others spending Christmas in Vail enjoyed the snowmobile tours up to Line Shack. While on their new snowmobiles equipped with foot warmers, snowmobilers enjoy a gradual 2,000 foot climb to the Line Shack public use cabin, which was a perfect location for a Christmas picnic lunch.

For those who wanted a more complete meal for Christmas, many restaurants were open in the area on Christmas day serving all the traditional Christmas foods such as turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, dressing and yeast dinner rolls. Many of these meals were served in the evening to allow winter sports enthusiasts to have a full day on the slopes before partaking of the wonderful bounty.

When Mary White is not writing about traveling, she’s researching the best Vail accommodations for her next Colorado ski trip