Spring skiing in Vail, Colorado

Megan Pinckney | 4/27/2017, 2:19 p.m.
I know what you’re thinking: “April is a little late in the season to be thinking about skiing.” But the ...
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anyone and everyone.

Where to rent gear

Unless you live near a ski mountain or ski dozens of times a year, there is just no reason to own your own pair of skis. Traveling with them would be so annoying and because the sport is constantly improving, the equipment also improves. It wouldn’t take long for your skis to become outdated. My suggestion is just rent that stuff when you get there. If you plan on skiing Beaver Creek Mountain, grab your gear (skis, ski boots, helmets and poles) from Base Mountain Sports, located behind the Park Hyatt. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, and they offer kids’ gear. They make the process super simple and as quick as they possibly can. And if you’re staying in the village, they will get your gear over to you. If not, you can simply store your stuff with them overnight.

Where to eat

For dinner on the mountain, you have to make a reservation for Beano’s Cabin. It is extremely pricy because they only offer a fixe menu, but it’s truly an experience. The only way to get to the cabin is by their snowmobile up a scenic route. Once you arrive, you are given a warm pair of slippers and offered a spot by the fire while they prepare your table. The meal is expensive, but the quality and preparation are superb. I recommend getting an early reservation if you’re coming from the East Coast, because the dinner tends to last for at least two hours. A smaller portion children’s fixe menu is also available.

My favorite place for dinner in Vail Village is Sweet Basil because it’s one of those “see and be seen” places. There’s always so much energy throughout the restaurant. Sitting at the bar for dinner here is never a bad thing. However, if you want a table, be prepared to wait an hour, or just make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.