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Vail - where can non-skiiing GF hang out?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I was at Vail today (3.12.14) and loved it. My GF does not ski (she broke her ankle badly, first day on the snow - I was not with her back then). She wants to visit Vail w me, but... where can she go while I ski? I did not see any base lodge near Gondola 1 in Vail Village. Can you suggest a place to hang out?

 

At mid-Vail they have Mid Vail Village. I didn't go in, but I think it;s just a restaurant & ski school office and I don't know if you can just hang out and read a book there. 

 

They have a fancy restaurant "The 10th" at mid-Vail and that's about it. They have a Scenic Ride Ticket: $32 for adults, $20 for kids just to take the gondola to mid-Vail, and a Scenic Ride & Dine 0Ticket for $40 w/ a $20 food voucher. Where the heck do you go if you want to wait someplace they won't chase you out if you don't buy something?

 

I plan to park at the Vail Village garage (for $25) and she wants to stay in that area. This is one of my bigger concerns w Vail...Your reply is most welcome...

post #2 of 16
Garfinkel's? Its a bar at the base.
post #3 of 16

There is a building at the base next to the Gondola 1, it says "lift tickets." It has seating, restrooms etc inside. There is a larger (I think) lodge at Golden Peak, too, but the Vail Village one would be more convenient to shopping and the like. Should be very comfortable.

post #4 of 16

Geebus,...Vail is huge.  She could simply walk from Golden Peak to Lionshead and make a bunch of stops along the way.

Golden Peak has a base lodge and it is not as popular, so it might be easier to connect there when you're done skiing.

 

Also, the village center has a ton of places that would be happy to have her sit for awhile, enjoy a cup of coffee, but still a

short walk back to Golden Peak.  This assumes she is ok to walk at this point.

post #5 of 16
How about the spa? Or at Gorsuch's? Both might require your credit card...

Mike
post #6 of 16

If you have a car and she's into this type of thing, there are stores in Avon that she could go to.  Also the Silverthorne/Dillon area right by I70 has a lot of outlet stores.

 

The public library between the village and Lionshead is good too.

post #7 of 16

Um, he said. "I plan to park at the Vail Village garage (for $25) and she wants to stay in that area. "  

 

I love hanging in Vail Village, she will have a nice time. There are tons of shops and she can even take the bus to Lionshead if she wants, but there will be plenty to do in the Village. If it's a nice day, get a table on the deck at Los Amigos for lunch or apres... 

post #8 of 16
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Um, he said. "I plan to park at the Vail Village garage (for $25) and she wants to stay in that area. "  

 

I love hanging in Vail Village, she will have a nice time. There are tons of shops and she can even take the bus to Lionshead if she wants, but there will be plenty to do in the Village. If it's a nice day, get a table on the deck at Los Amigos for lunch or apres... 

Hope she doesn't stroll into Squash Blossom.  I still get emails from them on occasion.  

post #9 of 16
Bring $$$ plenty of places to shop and kill time. World class boutique shopping if that is of interest.
post #10 of 16

If you want to keep your girlfriend, I'd send her to the spa or shopping rather than Garfinkel's.  :rolleyes

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Um, he said. "I plan to park at the Vail Village garage (for $25) and she wants to stay in that area. "  

 

I love hanging in Vail Village, she will have a nice time. There are tons of shops and she can even take the bus to Lionshead if she wants, but there will be plenty to do in the Village. If it's a nice day, get a table on the deck at Los Amigos for lunch or apres... 

 

Classic case of replying without fully reading, oops.

 

I will say though that the walk to Lionshead is a nice walk and not that long, instead of the bus.  The Lionshead area is fun to walk around too, there's a skating rink outside too.  There's another skating rink in the Village too.

post #12 of 16
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Classic case of replying without fully reading, oops.

 

I will say though that the walk to Lionshead is a nice walk and not that long, instead of the bus.  The Lionshead area is fun to walk around too, there's a skating rink outside too.  There's another skating rink in the Village too.

It's like a 10-15 minute walk.  Hardly leaving the area.

post #13 of 16

Lionshead is in the area, Avon SIlverthorne and Dillon are not. 

post #14 of 16

Rent her one of those ski-bike contraptions they have there.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks everyone for your replies. I really love this forum and the support you have. I really appreciate all the posts.

I love Vail. I wish it was more family & user-friendly, but that might be part of their strategy of separating you from your money.

Vail is pricey. My grilled chicken sandwich at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola was $14... with no drink.

 

Again, thanks, guys.

post #16 of 16

home . idk a non skiing significant other would drive me nuts. Im really glad my girlfriend took to skiing so well. All the people I do ski trips have the firm rule of no non skiers/snowboarders-significant others on the week long trips because they get bored and become annoying as ever. 

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