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Vail Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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As ski resorts go, Vail is lavishly laden with shops. In fact, a stroll around the town is enough to have anybody lusting after luxury furs and top-quality ski togs. Beyond the winter sports shopping, Vail has a village atmosphere, with delis, grocers, and wine shops. If you fancy a break from the mountain, you can even head over to nearby Silverthorne to get a retail fix of all your favorite fashion brands.
Lionshead Village



More relaxed and budget-friendly than its sister village Vail, Lionshead is bursting with outdoorsy, adventurous shops to equip you for the mountains all year round. It boasts major brands as well as independent outlets offering ski rentals and expedition tours, alongside sportswear. For keen skiers, there are a few boot shops offering a custom fit service. With the best selection of retailers centered on Lionshead Square, there’s a bustling, family-friendly atmosphere to the whole place. When you need a breather, just slip into one of the cozy coffee houses and watch the crowds dash around.


West Vail



For more functional shopping, West Vail is the place to go. If you’re looking to save the pennies and cook in your condo rather than going out to eat every night, there’s a supermarket and a local grocery store where you can stock up on ingredients. Likewise, if you want to après-ski your own way, or even just get the party started before going out on the tiles, there’s a well-stocked liquor store. Other essential shops in West Vail include a pharmacy, which is very useful for any bumps and bruises you might pick up out on the slopes.





If the local shops and boutiques simply aren’t cutting it, then step up the retail therapy a notch with a trip to the Outlets at Silverthorne. This open-air mall is a tantalizing collection of themed shopping villages, set against the stunning backdrop of Buffalo Mountain. In the Blue Village, you’ll find exclusive fashion brands, including those by iconic designers. The Red Village has more of a high street feel, with fashion, luggage, and homeware stores, while the Green Village has fast food restaurants for when you’re peckish. In the high winter season, shuttles run frequently from Vail village to Silverthorne, so you can shop without any hassle.


Shopping tips



End of ski season or summer is the best time to snap up the sales in Vail, ready for the next winter. You should also know that some ski-focused shops close in summer – check seasonal opening times before visiting. If you’re planning on taking the shuttle to Silverthorne, be sure to reserve your place in advance, as the minibuses get booked up quickly.