|Vail Town - View From One Of The Resturaunts|
|The heated pathway, (yes, you read right. In case you missed it the|
first time HEATED PATHWAY!!!) into Vail Town. The Four Seasons
Hotel Baby Bear is on the bottom left.
During one evening stroll back from a dinner quite late into the season, one of our American colleagues, Chris, mentioned that living in Vail felt like living in a snow globe - which is the perfect description for the town and way of life. His description has stuck with me vividly and I now when I think of Vail, I always remember it as a snow globe town.
Here are some reasons that living in Vail felt like living in a snow globe.
- There's no traffic allowed through the town, so to get anywhere you either walk or take one of the free Vail buses, if you need to go slightly further.
- All the town buildings are beautifully maintained and in part of the town, the side walks are heated to allow you to walk easily from the big hotels into town itself.
- Everything is close together.
- There are amazing ice sculptures, metal sculptures and brightly lit trees everywhere you look.
- The buildings are continually covered by a blanket of snow.
- You can walk around in the middle of the night and feel completely safe.
- Vail is far from cities and so you feel slightly removed from the harsh realities of life.
Vail began as a dream for a ski resort in the late 1950s and by 1962 Vail opened for it's first skiing season. Since then, it's become a skiing mecca over the winter months and during the summer months it offers a wide variety of adventure sports and activities. I've only ever seen the wintery side of Vail, but I would love to return and see the summery side of Vail as well!