Strike! Leave all bowling alley stereotypes at the door. Bol Vail is better described as a 10-lane lounge with an impressive 100-bottle wine list, a 60-foot bar and, yes, bowling. The menu is just as unique as the setting; entrées include chai-spiced pork tenderloin, shrimp and grits, and an out-there pizza featuring palisade peaches, lap cheong sausage, goat cheese and arugula.
Food and film. The movie theater/fine-dining fad has come to Vail in the form of Cinébistro in the Solaris section of town. While first-run films play on-screen, guests sit in cozy high-back leather rocking chairs. A range of dishes are prepared in the kitchen, such as shrimp and roasted garlic ravioli. For dessert, choose from traditional movie favorites like peanut M&Ms and Milk Duds.
Trek this way. Forego the chairlifts and the madding crowd to experience the backwoods in its quiet majesty. Everything you need for a beautiful day of cross-country skiing is available at the Vail Nordic Center. A daily pass costs $8 -- a bargain compared with the $102 ticket for a day on the ski slopes.
Home Base. The host hotel for M&C's event is The Sebastian. Après ski, relax at Bloom Spa, read or play a game in the Library, sip a cocktail at the hip Frost bar or, if you must, catch up on work at the fully equipped Business Center.
Hop on the bus: Getting from point A to point B is simple year-round in this ski town. The Vail Transit Department runs free bus service all around the valley, from West Vail to East Vail.