First Timer

First Timer

Getting out to experience all the great things the Vail Valley has to offer during the winter can take a bit of time to plan out. To help check the “what to do” off your list, LKW Design has created the perfect ski day itinerary to hit some of the must-sees, must-dos, and must-drinks here in the valley!

Photo courtesy Loaded Joe's

8:00 AM

Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) get an early start to your day. Most areas and activities tend to get busier as the day goes on, and nothing beats the feel of the fresh mountain air crisp in your lungs when you head out for “first tracks”. Reward yourself for resisting the snooze button by heading into the Vail Village and grabbing a freshly brewed cuppa joe from Loaded Joe’s. They have locations in the Vail Village and Avon so whatever resort you decide to hit up for the day there’s no reason to forego your daily pick-me-up. This fun little shop serves gourmet espresso by Rococo Coffee Roasting alongside delicious breakfast sandwiches and fruity smoothies to get your day off to a great start!

Photo courtesy VLMD

9:30 AM

Now that your belly is full and your eyes are wide-open, time to hop on the lift and earn your turns! If you aren’t sure of the best runs to take, we’ve got you covered. Vail has a great array of terrain for skiers and riders of all abilities, and the Back Bowls can’t be beat. To get your ski legs primed up, consider taking a quick jaunt down Born Free. This is a long, green-to-blue lap that starts at Eagle’s Nest and brings you right back down to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Looking to head out to the fields? Poppyfields is an excellent choice as it is the only groomed run out back. When you’ve completed the descent, catwalk over to the one-and-only Blue Sky Basin famous for its impeccable views. If you happen to be a bit more daring, Riva Ridge is one of Vail’s original trails and clocks in at 4 miles long. This steep lap alternates between blue and black pitches, but watch out for the “Tourist Trap” as this is the run’s steepest section!

Photo courtesy Spago by Wolfgang Puck

1:00 PM

Be sure to beat the 3PM après crowd, and hit up Spago in Beaver Creek for a delicious bite and winter warm-up cocktail. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning menu is sure to please all members of your party. Cap off your escapades with a trip to their chocolate bar (yum!), and a few rounds of wine from their 400-count list!

Photo courtesy Beaver Creek Resort Company

2:30 PM

After you rest and refuel at Spago, rent a pair of skates and show off your ice skating moves in the heart of Beaver Creek. Surrounding the rink are fire pits and plush couches where you can watch the little ones speed around while you warm up. It’s not too late to get your annual Christmas photo; the Beaver Creek Ice Rink offers a picturesque backdrop for a one-of-a-kind photo op! The ice rink is open daily from 12PM to 9PM and admission with rental skates is $15 for skaters 13 years and older.

Photo courtesy Beaver Creek Resort Company

3:00 PM

3:00PM: This year, Beaver Creek celebrated opening day with their 12th annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition. Megg Dunlap, a local pastry chef, beat out the competition and now her recipe can be tasted every day at 3PM. Cookie Time happens daily and allows you to enjoy fresh-baked cookies at the base of the Centennial Express Chairlift, and the second level of the plaza escalators. Make sure you’re on time as the cookies run out fast!

Photo courtesy Brian Maloney

5:00 PM

Take a night off and let others do the meal prep and cooking for you. 4 Eagle Ranch is one of those unforgettable experiences that your family will be talking about for years to come. Tour the 4 Eagle Ranch grounds in a horse-drawn sleigh while sipping hot chocolate. After your ride, step into a piece of history and country cuisine.

Photo courtesy Four Seasons Resort & Spa

7:00 PM

You did it! Time to relax and reflect on an amazing day packed with physical activity, delicious food, and apre cocktails. Warm up from the cold Colorado night with Haut Chocolat by Executive Chef Jason Harrison of the Four Seasons Resorts Vail. The elegant concoction is churned tableside so you can be a part of the experience. If chocolate is not your thing (gasp!) the Four Seasons offers up a variety of delicious cocktails from mulled apple cider to an aromatic snifter of cognac.