Vail has plenty to offer after the snow melts. Start with a scenic gondola ride up to the top of Gondola One or Eagle Bahn, from where you'll find a choice of activities. Six short hiking trails climb to incredible views and 52 miles of mountain-biking trails traverse the mountain. Four restaurants spoiled with views keep everyone fed.

At the top of Eagle Bahn you'll also find the Nature Discovery Center (actually a yurt), which runs guided nature walks, an 18-hole disc golf course (free) and Vail's signature eco-adventure park, Epic Discovery. Kids ride the gondola free if accompanied by an adult.