VCEW Guest Information

Transportation to Colorado

The nearest major airport to Vail is Denver International Airport (DIA) with hundreds of flights through various major air carriers. Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) is also available as a much smaller, more expensive, and more limited option.

Transportation from Denver International Airport to Vail:

There are many options to reach Vail from Denver. 

Many attendees choose to rent a car - it’s about a two and a half hour drive.

The route to Vail from DIA is a scenic, mountainous, toll-free route along Interstate 70 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_70_in_Colorado).  After passing through the plains before Denver, travel includes a steep climb through the Rocky Mountains and many small towns and major tunnels including the large Eisenhower Tunnel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisenhower_Tunnel) before arriving at Vail.  

There are a number of towns and communities along I-70 between Denver and Vail providing the usual services, and Vail Village itself has a number of etsablishments for eating and drinking.

Other transport options from Denver to Vail included a daily shuttle van or bus by Colorado Mountain Express (https://www.coloradomountainexpress.com/vail) or Peak 1 Express (https://www.mountainshuttle.com/shuttle-schedule/vail/).

“Ridesharing" services such as Uber or Lyft are available but services may be extremely limited or unreliable at times.

Transportation in Vail

Vail is largely walkable, but for longer excursions  the Town of Vail Valley offer a free intown bus service (https://www.vailgov.com/bus-schedules#la-1768353-intown-buses).

Hotel Service

As is traditional, the Christiana Lodge (356 Hanson Ranch Rd Vail CO 81657 USA) will be the host hotel for this year.

Please contact the front desk at 1 (970) 476-5641 if you need assistance with your accommodations.

Altitude Effects

While Vail Village is rather lovely, and set in magnificent mountain scenery, it also enjoys an altitude of about 8000 feet (around 2500m). 

This altitude has two major and immediate effects - firstly, there’s a lot less oxygen than you’re probably used to and secondly, the air is dry, and you can much more easily become dehydrated at altitude. The reduced air pressure and oxygen can lead to the symptoms of altitude sickness - generally, you may feel as though you have a mild hangover. This generally passes after 24 hours or so.

So take things easy for the first day or so, and be sure to drink more water than you’re used to. 

If you enjoy good wine (etc), you may also note that the alcohol hits at lower doses than at sea level, so be aware as you enjoy.

Please note: nobody in the VCEW organisation is qualified to offer medical advice and these notes are simply to remind you of the known effects of altitude on most people. If you know, or have reason to believe, that altitude presents out of the ordinary risks for you, it is your responsibility to have discussed the situation and what you should do with your medical advisors.

Food

The Workshop provides meals as part of the Workshop fee. There’s a serve yourself breakfast every morning in the Christiania, lunch is generally a catered in light buffet, and the evening is rather grander.

The evenings start eith getting together for drinks, munchies and conversations (place announced during the workshop) followed by fine food at some Vail Village restaurants. Folk with special dietary requirements are encouraged to let a member of the Committee know as soon as possible. If you’ve registered someone as a companion, they’re invited to all of this.

Internet

The Christiana Lodge as well as various portions of Vail Valley offer free Wifi interent.

Participant Activities

Tuesday afternoon is traditionally time off for workshop participants,  providing an opportunity to explore the region with other particpants. 

Activities include

  • Hiking Vail Mountain (take a gondola up the mountain and walk around up there; or for the adventurous, rent a bike and ride down...)
  • River rafting is often offered - if offered,  an organiser will be present at an evening get-together 

Family Activities:

While best-known for winter sports, Vail (and Colorado as a whole) is also a summertime tourism destination. So there should be plenty to see and enjoy if you’ve brought your family along. 

Vail Tourism

The Vail Tourism Site also provides information about the various activities in town. Please visit them at https://www.visitvailvalley.com/

Coninuous Improvement Scheme

To make this Guide more helpful in the future, please feel free to email suggestions of Good Things that others may enjoy (and possibly of Absolute Disasters that others may like to be warned about)  - and suggestions in general -  to the Membership Chair - membership@vcew.org - at your convenience.

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