Vail is something to everyone, and that doesn’t just apply to the skiing. A Vail budget ski vacation is completely in the realm of possible, thanks to its varying and numerous lodging and dining options. Vail vacationers on a budget can find everything from affordable hotels to spacious, reasonably priced condos. Vail’s dining scene does trend towards expensive eats, but there are plenty of affordable (and delicious) options, you just need to know where to look.
If locals can afford to eat and live in Vail year after year, then you can surely do it for a couple days. Head to the local hot spots for inexpensive and good eats. For heart pies and cheap brews, head to Vendetta’s or Pazzo’s Pizza, both in Vail Village, just don’t tell them you went to the other spot. There’s an unofficial, but lighthearted rivalry. For Mexican, you can’t beat La Cantina’s price or quality. Don’t be deterred by its location in the Vail Village parking structure. You can have a good Mexican meal for $12 at Los Amigos. Share one of their house margarita pitchers: the price is right if you’re with a group.
For a more formal, affordable and unforgettable evening head up on the new Gondola One, to Vail’s newest on-mountain restaurant, the 10th. While the resto-lodge is open during the day for lunch and après for skiers and snowboarders, guests can take the gondola up in the evening for dinner at the restaurant. There’s a roaring fire near the bar where you can enjoy a local Colorado microbrew and dinner menu items don’t exceed $30.