WHERE TO STAY Centrally located, Evergreen Lodge (800-284-VAIL)
is walking distance from both Vail Village and Lionshead; doubles start at $245. The Lodge at Vail (970-476-5011) is the only ski-in, ski-out resort in Vail Village; doubles start at $375. Market Square at Beaver Creek (800-404-3535) offers condos close to Beaver Creek Village; doubles start at $235.
WHERE TO EAT Two Elk Restaurant (970-479-4560); entrées $7-$9. Cucina Rustica (970-476-5011); entrées $17-$27. The Wildflower (970-476-5011); entrées $26-$40. Larkspur (970-479-8050); entrées $18-$27. Beano's Cabin (970-949-9090); prix-fixe menu, $85. Allie's Cabin (970-949-9090); prix-fixe menu, $85.
WHERE TO RELAX A Swedish massage at Vail Cascade Spa is $90 (888-824-5772); Sonnenalp Spa offers a high-altitude massage for $90 (970-479-5405); for $105, enjoy a 50-minute aromatherapy massage at Allegria Spa (970-748-7500); or soothe sore muscles with Vail Athletic Club Hotel & Spa's sports massage, $90 (970-476-7721).
APRES-SKI First stop: Vendetta's (970-476-5070) for beer and pizza and a chance to spot that ski-patroller you noticed on the lift line. Next up: Bully Ranch (970-479-5460) -- sample the infamous mudslide, an alcoholic milkshake. Stumble on to: The Platz'l Club & Cabaret (970-476-7551) for conversation or The Tap Room (970-479-0500) for live music. And if you're still vertical: Club Chelsea (970-476-5600) for sloppy disco dancing, or the sing-along piano bar at The Club (970-479-0556).
GETTING THERE American Airlines (800-433-7300) and United Airlines (800-241-6522) offer nonstop flights to Eagle Airport, about thirty minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek.