- Wait for 4-6 hours for someone to deliver a new to car to me in Utah, or:
- Drive a mere 120 miles to Grand Junction in Colorado and pick up one for myself, ‘at my convenience’.
|the beautiful country surrounding Vail|
Vail is a town in within the boundaries of Eagle County in the state of Colorado. After Big Sky and Whistler Blackcomb, Vail is the largest ski mountain the United States. The ski resort has been in action since the end of 1962 and has grown year on year since. It is now well established as the biggest ski resort in North America.
|Vail…without the snow|
Although Vail is famed for its world class ski facilities, it is also a massive draw for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and has a wide range of things to do that don’t involve strapping annoyingly massive heavy things to the bottom of your feet and attempting not to die.
Former President Gerald Ford spent much time running the country from Vail (some people will do ANYTHING to get out of skiing) and there is now an amphitheatre named after him. There’s also a centre named after his wife, for those who enjoy the apres ski a little too much. I jest, of course. The Betty Ford Clinic is in California. What Vail has is the much more pleasant sounding Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which you can wander around and enjoy the plants and flowers. Once you’re done with that, you can head on over to the 10th Mountain and Whiskey Company for a quick drink. How ironic.
If you are interested in the *history* of skiing, but not necessarily actually doing any, you can visit the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. This will allow you to marvel at the feats that have taken place over the years whilst reaffirming your confusion at why anyone thinks it could possibly be a fun way to spend their down time. Or that’s what I did, anyway.
|Eagles Nest Wilderness Area (courtesy of summit daily.com)|
If you neither want to ski OR find out anything about it, you can check out Eagles Nest or Holy Cross Wilderness Areas, which lie outside of Vail. With a quite massive space to explore, you can go hiking, picnicking, or just enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Don’t forget your camera!
If you fancy some shopping that doesn’t involve ski masks and salopettes, you can hop a bus to Minturn, a small but perfectly formed town around 8 miles south of Vail. Minturn has a great reputation for its friendly atmosphere, as well as a choice of shops, bars and restaurants. It even has a winery, which pretty much makes it a perfect day trip in my book.
Who needs skiing when there’s so much else to do??