There's No Place Like Vail

And lastly, no ski trip to Vail is complete for expert skiers without doing the famed Minturn Mile. Ski down Vail's backside from the top of Game Creek Bowl Chairlift and arrive in the small mining town of Minturn. The run is long with a nice consistent pitch and variable conditions. This trail is considered backcountry, making it important to ski it for the first time with someone who has done it before. 

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The outrun at the end can be a bit of a slog if there's not enough snow to ski down the road, but the payoff is well worth it. Arrive at the legendary Minturn Saloon at 3:30 when its doors open and be transported into the Western Frontier with an ice cold beer to finish the day. Make sure you have a ride home or call a cab for the short ride back to Vail.

Vail might be best known for its skiing, but the mountain has turned into a vacation spot for all seasons. Enjoy an active trip at this mountain vacation resort.

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