On the eastern end of the “main drag”, you’ll find the smaller base area of Golden Peak. During the winter, Golden Peak is a great place to access the mountain without dealing with some of the crowds you’ll find in the other base areas. The Gerald Ford Amphitheater, the summer outdoor concert venue for Vail, is located near Golden Peak, as is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
, the highest botanical garden in the world at 8,250 feet above sea level.
The Village is the most iconic of areas in Vail with its Bavarian influences and was the original base area when the mountain opened in 1964. When you stroll the mostly pedestrian-only streets (which are heated so that the snow melts in the wintertime) you’ll find upscale clothing and jewelry shops, art galleries, a new bowling alley and movie theater, and a variety of restaurants.
Lionshead was originally built in the 1970s and, until a few years ago, maintained much of the original buildings. In January of 2008, the Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort, were completed. This new construction gave Lionshead a much-needed face lift and recalls more of the Alpine influence of the founders. You’ll see people enjoying the ice rink in the winter and the various restaurant patios with mountain views in the summer. The Eagle Bahn gondola is located in Lionshead, which transports guests to Eagle’s Nest and Adventure Ridge
Cascade Village is the smallest base area with just one lift located at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.