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Thrill Seeking

Your Vailcation points to heart-pounding excitement and seeking out thrilling, high-energy activities wherever you go. Vail’s legendary slopes, adventurous trails, and lively nightlife are just the right mix for you.

See curated activities, ideas and inspiration for you.

Two people mountain biking at sunset
Ski and Ride Vail

Ski and Ride Vail

Locals love to brag about how many PPLs they bagged in a day. What’s a PPL, you ask? PPL is an acronym for Prima, Pronto and Logshoot — a ski run trifecta on the front side of Vail Mountain for mogul maniacs who can’t get enough of twisting and turning over large mounds of snow. You will not find corduroy on these thigh-burning runs — they’re for lovers of jumps and bumps. What you will find though is the need for a few hop turns at the top of Prima. At the first catwalk, veer right over to Pronto. Whip through these moguls over to Logshoot where the end of this Triple Crown is in sight. Upon PPL completion, head to the Chair 10 lift line where another mogul trio awaits: Highline, Blue Ox and Rogers. Good things come in three, right? Go get it!

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Paragon Guides, one of Vail’s first outfitters, treat their guests to memorable backcountry experiences. Let Paragon Guides take you on a once-in-a-lifetime mountain biking adventure. Their expert guides are knowledgeable in outdoor and mountain safety to provide a worry-free experience. You and your friends or family just show up, and they’ll have everything packed for your ride so you can hit the single track or dirt road. The reward at the end of the trail is relaxing in a 10th Mountain Division hut in the national forest, equipped with everything you need to be comfortable and even a little pampered. Scented candles, warm blankets by the fireplace and collections of books help foster your desire to soak in your natural surroundings off the grid as your guides prepare dinner. In the morning, enjoy the downhill mountain bike ride that makes you feel like a champ!

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Did you know the world record for a snowmobile’s fastest speed is 320 mph? Whoa is right! That record is held by a G-Force-One, not your typical snowmobile, and it’s not something you want to try unless you’ve been specifically trained on the highly specialized machine. What you can try, however, is dashing over the snow at speeds fast enough to feel thrilling yet controlled enough to give you a gorgeous view of the mountainous winter landscape. All that’s yours when you book a snowmobiling adventure during a winter visit to Vail. Several snowmobiling outfitters are at your service, offering tours, rentals or self-guided backcountry exploration you and your family will adore. Zip around at just the right speeds for you and your companions, choosing whatever groomed trails, natural terrain or fluffy white bowls of snow that suit your personality and mood. Make an advance reservation for the thrill of a lifetime – at any speed.

Gravity Haus

Gravity Haus

Gravity Haus Vail, located just a short walk from Gondola One and the Ford Amphitheater, is a pup-friendly resort with 22 luxurious rooms. Get moving with a full lineup of group fitness, yoga and meditation classes and open gym times at Dryland Fitness. Indulge in a treatment at the Dryland Spa. Refuel at Slope Room, an alpine bistro featuring a healthy balance of thoughtfully sourced proteins, vegan and gluten-free offerings in an atmosphere that pays homage to the allure of the Old West with a modern twist on the traditional new American and steakhouse menu. Gravity Haus also features mountainside co-working access along with private ski lockers and daily gear demos with premium skis, snowboards, snowshoes, bikes, kayaks and paddleboards.

Bad Kitty Lounge

Bad Kitty Lounge

Don’t be surprised if you can’t find this pint-sized bar on Google Maps. Tucked away on Bridge Street, The Bad Kitty Lounge may be diminutive in size but offers up big speakeasy vibes. Saunter up to the green-leather tufted bar and ask one of the talented mixologists for their handcrafted twist on a classic cocktail. Or kick back with a smooth whiskey from their wide selection. We dare you to try to stump their bartenders (you probably won’t). Perfect for a cozy date, cocktails while waiting for dinner reservations or simply chilling with a group of friends at the end of the day, this mid-century modern bar is like stepping into your parents’ basement in the 70s. As one reviewer wrote on their Yelp page, “They’re as crazy and cool as their wallpaper…”

Two people mountain biking at sunset