Vail, Colorado’s 5,000 acres of ideal skiing slopes and friendly tourist-focused economy have made it the continent’s most visited ski resort. Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has become an established four-season destination. Today, scores of Royal Holiday members flock to Vail to experience some of the world’s finest powder and a plethora of vacation opportunities. With two Royal Holiday affiliates in the town, members have plenty of options for finding lodgings to fit their needs.
Royal Holiday members will delight at the sumptuous appointments of the area’s club affiliates. Offering guests a worry-free vacation, Streamside at Vail provides guests with a full range of room options and conveniences, including childcare, a fully furnished business center, and around-the-clock concierge service, as well as two of the city’s best golf courses only moments away. Those looking for the truly extravagant may want to experience the Royal suites at Sandstone Creek Club, with its indoor-outdoor pool, sun deck, steam rooms, and easy access to the mountains.
Naturally, many Royal Holiday members seek out a Vail vacation in order to experience the finest skiing in Colorado. However, visitors can also engage in an extensive variety of winter sports, from horseback riding and sleigh rides to guided snowmobile tours or dog sled adventures. Even during the short and cold days of winter, Vail boasts 300 sunny days a year, and while the lift-ticket prices are the highest in the US, Vail Mountain itself features nearly 200 trails, enough to satisfy any avid skier. Those who are uncomfortable in skis can avail themselves of the hiking trails in Mount Holy Cross Wilderness, where climbing enthusiasts can ascend Half Moon Pass Trail for a view of the impressive Holy Cross Mountain.
The warmer months are increasingly exciting in Vail and anyone with an interest in the great outdoors will do well to visit this town when nature is fully in bloom. A hot-air balloon ride is a great way to see the mountains from above, while visitors can use jeeps, gondolas, and horses to traverse the rough terrain from the ground. The city’s golf courses, including the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club and the central Vail Golf Club, have been garnering respect from the game’s authorities, and rock climbers will find plenty of challenging walls to face throughout the area. Royal Holiday members looking to rest after their sporting exertions can unwind at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens or visit the Colorado Ski Museum.
With an increasing number of off-season visitors, Vail has been growing, and this boom has fed its burgeoning arts and culture scene. The annual Vail Film Festival draws impressive celebrities in addition to aspiring indie directors, and Bravo! sponsors a yearly Vail Valley Music Festival. The town has also earned acclaim for its culinary scene, and Royal Holiday’s food enthusiasts will find an endless array of elegant fine-dining and comfort-food establishments.