Lionshead and Vail Village
A Short History of Vail:
Long before miners, ranchers or skiers came to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Ute Indians spent summers 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 80's 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 Square in Lionshead has become a new hub of activity and is only the beginning of the redevelopment of LionsHead. New Lionshead restaurants include Vail Chophouse, Blue Moose Pizza, and Centre V Brasserie. Existing restaurants in Lionshead include Billy’s Island Grill, Bart and Yeti’s, Montauk Seafood Grill, and Mezzaluna. Come explore the New Lionshead Village!
There’s so much to do in Vail Village. Vail Village is a quaint mountain town with endless possibilities. Boutiques, spas and art galleries line the cobblestone walkways. Everything from gourmet restaurants and fast food are located throughout the town. The après ski scene is a fantastic. Enjoy après-ski live entertainment at the Red Lion. Gather with old and new friends for a drink or to catch a concert.
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 modern ammenities of an American village. With amazing art galleries, world-class dining, relazing 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 has recently undergone an amazing transformation - 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. With the Ealge Bahn gondola, Lionshead is the best place to access Vail Mountain. The village also boasts an ice rink, countless shops and restaurants, and all the shops and services you'll need. The architecture is truly remarkable, so even if you're hanging out in Vail, make sure to visit this upgraded and unforgettable part of Vail.
For the best look at both Vail and Lionshead Villages, check out this helpful Interactive Resort Map!