When it comes to having the ultimate ski vacation experience at a top resort, conditions reign supreme as a make or break factor: the depth of the snow base, the temperature, the wind, and the visibility. Next come the quality of the trails themselves, the number and speed of the lifts and the length of the lines and wait times.
But off-slope considerations can make a big difference too: think convenience, comfort and community.
With more than 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, Vail Ski Resort is one of the largest single-mountain operations in the nation. Its 30-plus lifts access upwards of 193 trails.
The Chalets at the Lodge at Vail, Colorado is a less than five-minute stroll to Gondola One. But don’t even think about schlepping the equipment. Adjacent Vail Mountain Club (membership is included with ownership) offers ski lockers, a ski valet, concierge service and more.
Also at hand is Vail Village with multiple restaurants, galleries and plenty of shopping.
Residence 2 at The Chalets at the Lodge incorporates luxurious custom finishes throughout its nearly 4,700 square feet of living space. Details include vaulted wood-clad ceilings and heated hardwood floors.
At the heart of the home’s great room is a European-inspired fireplace. Views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony take in the Gore Range and the ski slopes. One side of the room can accommodate a long dining table to seat eight or 10. There’s more seating at the adjacent breakfast bar.
The roomy kitchen offers another space to gather family and friends as does the large secondary family and game room. A window bay creates a breakfast nook off the stainless-steel topped center-island of the kitchen.
A private elevator connects the main living areas, the four bedrooms and the six bathrooms.
Denver International Airport is about two hours, or 120 miles, away; Eagle Regional Airport about a 40-minute, 35-mile drive.
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