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Lionshead and Vail Village

A Brief History of Vail

Long before miners, ranchers or skiers came to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Ute Indians summered in the Vail Valley. In the late 1800's, ranchers and miners settled in the area and displaced the Utes. When a highway from Denver was completed in 1940, the population grew.


During World War II, the area was used for mountain survival training by the 10th Mountain Division. Some of the members returned after the war. Pete Seibert, Sarge Brown and Bob Parker were among these pioneers with a vision of creating a ski resort.


The Town of Vail was incorporated in 1966 and gained notoriety in the mid-70s when then President Ford owned a home in Vail. The resort and town blossomed throughout the 80s as skiing's popularity grew, and today Vail is the top ranked ski resort in the United States.


Vail now features two hubs of activity; Lionshead and Vail Village.


Vail Spa is just steps away from the newly redeveloped Lionshead Village, featuring Vail Square's ice skating rink, a variety of shops and restaurants and lots of European charm. Lionshead restaurants include Vail Chophouse, Blue Moose Pizza, Tavern on the Square, Bart and Yeti's, Montauk Seafood Grill and El Sabor. Come explore!


Vail Village is a quaint mountain town with endless possibilities. Boutiques, spas and art galleries line the cobblestone walkways. Enjoy gourmet restaurants or just grab a quick and casual bite; a variety of dining establishments are located throughout the town. Stick around after a day on the slopes to experience the après ski scene including live entertainment daily at the Red Lion. Gather with old friends and meet someone new!


Vail Village

Vail Village is renowned for its dining and nightlife. Rated yearly as one of the top ski towns in North America, there is a reason people keep coming back to Vail. Vail Village has the feel of a European ski town with the all the modern amenities of an American village. With amazing art galleries, world-class dining, relaxing spas, 5-star lodging, well known shopping, and unmatched charm, Vail Village has something for everyone. For detailed information about Vail Village, make sure to visit the dining and shopping pages.


Lionshead Village

Lionshead has recently undergone an amazing transformation - the architecture is truly remarkable. With the addition of the Arrabelle and Vail Square, Lionshead is now the place to be. Not only is Vail Spa located in the heart of this charming ski village, but Lionshead has everything you'll want and need on your Colorado vacation. The ease of the Eagle Bahn Gondola makes Lionshead the best place to access Vail Mountain. The village also boasts an ice skating rink, countless shops and restaurants, and all the spas and  services you'll need. Don't miss this unforgettable part of Vail!


For the best look at  both Vail and Lionshead Villages, check out this helpful Interactive Resort Map!


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