Childcare - The daycare facility in Vail, the Small World Playschool, is run by the resort and located at Golden Peak. They take children from 2 months to 6 years old and are open daily from 8 am to 4 pm.
Family Fun - Adventure Ridge, accessed via the Eagle Bahn gondola from morning until late evening, provides high adrenaline fun in a snowpark the size of a football stadium. Activities include the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster which winds its way 3,400 ft down the mountain, tubing on a multi-lane hill and snowbiking for ages 10 and up. Relax before or after your adventure in Bistro Fourteen, which offers casual dining with contemporary American cuisine, a bar and stunning views. It's also a great spot for après with $3 beers and live music at weekends.
Transportation - Many parts of Vail are within easy walking distance of the lifts via the pedestrian village. If not the resort shuttle around Vail Village to Lionshead is excellent. If you want to ski some other resorts then you can access Beaver Creek(about 10-15 minutes away) by bus which will cost around $6 per person. If you want to ski any of the other resorts on the lift pass or do a Colorado Safari you will need to hire a car but remember that parking in Vail is usually around $25 per day.
Weather - Being in the interior Rockies, Vail can get very cold in January and February so bring layers but with 300 days of sunshine each year you are guaranteed to find a sunny spot to warm up in.
Supermarket - The best value and biggest supermarket is Safeway on North Frontage Road, West Vail. There is a big liquor store right next door. Alternatively there is a General Store in Lionshead Village.
Shopping - Vail has over 187 shops and boutiques so plenty to keep even the most hardened shopper entertained. However if you want the real bargains head to Silverthorne Factory Outlet Shopping which offers Nine West, Levi’s, Timberland & Nike amongst other big brands.
EpicMix - This is a first-of-its-kind online and mobile application which allows Vail Resorts guests to have photos taken whilst on the mountain and then share them with friends and family for free. Its great fun and the photographers are located all over the mountain. It also records all your stats from your skiing such as how many miles you have skied and even your speed.