With more than four feet (and counting) of natural snowfall, Vail Mountain opened early for the 2018-2019 ski and snowboard season, marking the resort's first early opening in more than a decade. Now, 1,000-plus acres of terrain beckon to skiers and boarders, with more runs and lifts opening each day. Snow is falling, and the mountain awaits!
Along with the promise of fresh powder and first tracks, the approaching holiday season makes for an enchanting atmosphere in the town of Vail. Lights twinkle on at dusk, highlighting the Old World European rooflines; families and friends stroll along the cobblestone streets, peering at the fanciful goods in shop windows before ducking into the warm doorway of a favorite restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal. This community knows how to celebrate the season; the unforgettable mountain setting, combined with abundant events and activities make for a delightful vacation destination.
One way to mark the new season is at the upcoming Vail Snow Days, a town-wide celebration of all things winter. Beginning Thursday, December 13, the festival spans a four-day weekend, wrapping up Sunday, December 16. The fun includes free concerts at Ford Park, après and after-dark parties, festive expo villages much more.
Concerts include headliners Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as Shakey Graves along with The Devon Allman Project, with special guest Duane Betts. All shows offer VIP opportunities for purchase, available through the event website.
Find brand expos, demos, product samples and more at the festival villages, beginning at 9 am Friday through Sunday. Villages are at the base of Gondola One and International Bridge at Vail Village. Don't miss the "Pray for Snow" kickoff party and bonfire followed by a pub crawl through Vail Village. Visit the event website, for all the details.
The season is in full swing at Bridge Street Ski Haus, as skiers and boarders flock to the shop to rent top-of-the-line skis, boards, and boots, along with shopping for that just-right pair of gloves, goggles and other accessories. If you need daily or season ski rentals in Vail, Bridge Street has the solution.
Consistently ranked as the top resort in North America—Ski Magazine refers to Vail as "the gold standard"—Vail is a popular choice for both locals and travelers from around the world. Because of this popularity, dining and hotel options are snapped up quickly, especially around the busy holiday season. Making plans and confirming reservations well in advance ensures access to the best lodging, restaurants and, of course, rental gear.
Bridge Street Ski Haus makes it easy to plan with online reservations, ensuring that everything you need is just a click away. Whether you are looking for an adult, junior, demo or performance package, Bridge Street Ski Haus can provide it, along with the distinctive service that sets the store apart as the best ski equipment rental shop in Vail. By reserving in advance, you can know that your ski rentals are managed, leaving you free to savor all that the Colorado mountains have to offer.
When you arrive in Vail, it's a comfortable walk to the shop to pick up the freshly waxed gear and heated boots, then, at the end of the day, drop it all off with the friendly Bridge Street staff. Take a moment to enjoy a mug of hot cocoa or fresh coffee, along with still-warm cookies, before leaving the store to explore the nearby shops, taverns, and restaurants.
Each morning, it's a quick stroll back to the store to slip into warm gear, then across the plaza to Gondola One. Another bonus: when you pre-book online, use coupon code "skihaus" and receive a 20 percent discount on reservations. Enjoy this, along with complimentary gear storage and exceptional Bridge Street Ski Haus service, all just steps away from the base of Gondola One.
After on-mountain skiing arrangements, finding and booking a place to stay in Vail is one of the most important decisions you can make. Sure, Vail has plenty of pillows, but by planning, you will ensure that you take full advantage of the finest accommodations in town.
Lodging in the Vail Valley ranges from luxurious private homes to spacious condominiums, high-end hotel rooms to full-service resorts. Each offers a distinctive experience, with decor, amenities, and staff that reflect Colorado hospitality. All they need is you.
Book with a Bridge Street lodging partner, and, depending on the partner, take advantage of concierge services, private lounges, and locker storage. No matter where you stay, know that Bridge Street has your back for ski equipment rentals in Vail.
The town of Vail offers a variety of dining options, including favorites such as Ludwig's at the Sonnenalp Vail and Matsuhisa at Solaris Residences, among many others. Some gather around the table to celebrate a special occasion, others to make a memory, or to feed a hungry family after an energetic day on the slopes. Whether your taste runs to an intimate dinner for two or a joyous gathering with a crowd, you will find something in Vail.
Making reservations in advance for a special dinner means that you can relax and enjoy the precious gift of time with friends and loved ones, without last-minute worries about logistics.
The 2018-2019 ski and snowboard season at Vail is here, and now is the time to make plans for your Vail ski vacation. The holiday season is drawing near, bringing a magical, delightful atmosphere to the entire community. The sparkling snow provides a backdrop as the village comes alive with the spirit of the season, with lights, sights, and sounds to help you create your own set of memories.
The staff at Bridge Street is ready to help you make the most of your winter vacation, offering you a high-caliber Vail ski rental experience. Book your lodging, dining and ski rentals early, and make plans now to enjoy all that Vail has to offer.
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