Turns out that Vail was having an Oktoberfest that weekend also! So to Vail it was!
We arrived in Vail on a beautiful fall morning where the end of the Colorado Grand was happening and an afternoon Oktoberfest celebration. After inquiring at the visitor center, we found that buying a lift ticket on both the Lionshead Village lift and Vail lift combined, we would have our lunch included. So we headed up in the gondola to eat some lunch and take in the far reaching views, after taking in the charming alpine style village with it's Swiss style chalets and gabled roofs.
After enjoying the views and our barbeque lunch, we went back down the mountain and took the free bus into Vail proper.(The town runs a shuttle bus between Vail village and Lionshead ) We walked across the small bridge with it's famous view, and enjoyed a bit of the Oktoberfest celebration. There were yodelers and tables in the street for people to sit at and enjoy their food and drink.
Part of our lift ticket included the lift from Vail village. So we went back up the other side of the mountain and enjoyed sitting in some adirondack chairs watching the mountain bikers fly down the mountain.
It was my first visit to Vail and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Sunshine, views as far as you could see and only a small crowd.It definitely exceeded my expectations! If you visit Colorado in the fall, I suggest a visit to Vail!
Lucky me, I visited again at Christmas - and I liked it just as much - but that's a story for another day!
How about you? Have you been to Vail? What did you think?
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