You're finally using that vacation time. You bought your tickets and booked hotel rooms. You're ready for an amazing ski trip in beautiful Vail, Colorado.
Unfortunately, you overestimated your skiing skills. On your first run down the mountain, BAM!
Now your arm's in a sling and you're stuck watching everyone else cruise down the slopes. Or are you?
Skiing injuries aren't fun, but they don't have to ruin your ski trip to Vail. As a cultural center and tourist hotspot, Vail has plenty of things to do to make your vacation an amazing experience.
Read on to learn more.
If you sustain an injury that prevents you from hitting the slopes, head to a spa for some luxurious mountainside relaxation.
Vail is home to some top-class spas, many of which are attached to hotels and resorts. If you can't be out skiing, spend the time rejuvenating your body and relieving your pain.
The top-rated spa in Vail is the Sonnenalp Spa. Sonnenalp offers a variety of massages, body scrubs, wraps, and facials.
The Bloom Spa at The Sebastian focuses on revitalizing treatments. As its name suggests, Bloom draws inspiration from the Vail Valley's indigenous wildflowers and herbs.
For an all-encompassing treatment package, check out the Arnica Sports Relief Cure from the Allegria Spa in Beaver Creek. The treatment starts with a hot bath infused with arnica, eucalyptus, and juniper. Then comes a deep tissue massage, a body wrap, and a neck and scalp massage.
Whatever your injury, a trip to one of Vail's great spas is a great way to start your recovery and still make the most of your ski trip.
Your exciting ski trip plans just got thrown to the wind. You likely have the desire to knock back a few drinks and drown your sorrows.
Provided you're not mixing pain meds with alcohol, there are plenty of boozy options in Vail.
For beer fans, Colorado is a great place to be. Coors is headquartered in Golden, but it's far from the only option. Colorado has the third-most breweries per capita in the US.
The Vail area is no exception. The valley's first and largest brewery is Crazy Mountain Brewing, founded in 2010.
The newer Vail Brewing Company has already been named a Top-10 Brewery in an American Ski Town by Business Insider. 7 Hermits Brewing and Bonfire Brewing are just a short drive away in Eagle.
To visit all four breweries, Vail Valley Food Tours offer a craft beer tour with food and transportation provided. You can drink without driving, which is a win-win situation for everyone.
For something harder, 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company has a tasting room right in the heart of Vail. The distillery is named for the 10th Mountain Division, an infantry division that trained for mountain warfare near Vail during World War II.
10th Mountain's Distillery is in Gypsum, about a half-hour drive from Vail. Also located in Gypsum is Stoneyard Distillery, known for making spirits with Colorado-grown beet sugar.
Root and Flower is a popular wine bar in Vail Village. Here, you don't just drink wine -- you learn how to drink wine.
The bar offers periodic Art of Tasting classes. These classes teach visitors how to be wine connoisseurs, with guidance on terminology and flavor profiles.
Your ski trip may not be going as planned, but it's a great opportunity to sample the great local alcohol Vail has to offer.
Vail isn't just a hotspot for tourists. It's the host location of choice for many Colorado seminars, festivals, and other events.
The start of the ski and snowboard season brings many great kick-off events. One such event is Vail Snow Days, which include live concerts in Vail Village.
Vail is also the home of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. It's your chance to see the world's best snowboarders live, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. After your accident on the ski slopes, you might learn something from them!
The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a top spot in Vail to see amazing shows. Traveling dance performances, plays, and concerts often make stops at the amphitheater.
Year-round, there are always events taking place in Vail. Check out the Vail events calendar for the latest updates on what's going on in town.
Whether your trip goes as planned or you have to make some changes, tune into TV8 Vail.
TV8 Vail is your one-stop guide to the Vail community, with weather forecasts, events, and our signature newscast Good Morning Vail.
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