Went here on a father-son (age 4) trip over easter. Mom had had enough of winter so this was a boys' trip. Imagine the chaos-potential...
The hotel was great. In addition to all the grown-up raves listed, from a family point of view, Sonnenalp is purrrfect. My son skied halfdays and spent the rest of the day tearing up the indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs with the other kids in the hotel. Not a flinch from the staff, but rather "another strawberry smoothie, young man?". The rooms/suites are very nice even if some kids get ideas that you don't need a towel when the bathroom floor is heated. If a view or scenery in general from your room matters, you need to insist on "creekside" accomodation; otherwise you will be disappointed. The staff is great and were totally on top of our "clean it by noon and turndown at six"-schedule. The complimentary shuttle is great; deliveries and pickups took all worries out of the father-son existence. Roomservice is accomodating and the breakfast buffet is good, if not up to Alpine luxury standards.
As for babysitters, just call the front desk but know that every restaurant I went to was exceedingly welcoming to children (at least when sitting down before 7pm). And this old dad had no problems going to sleep before nine pm anyway...
I have no complaints at all, from reservation to departure. I did look at the Vail forum and got some great tips from the local Vail expert on Tripadvisor.
Vail, the village, is a bit lacking unless you're willing to drive to supermarkets etc; there is no proper grocery or similar, it's all resort. At least within walking distance. If you're used to Aspen or European ski-towns, it will feel contrived. However, in addition to the numerous t-shirt shops and "western art" galleries, there is a fab ice cream parlor (the marble slab) and a popcorn wagon to keep the sugarlevels on "buzzing". One of the nicest lunches in town can be had at "Larkspur" right at the Golden Peak base, where the kid's ski school is. There is also a nice cafe there.
Vail, the mountain(s), is without doubt one of the world's top ski areas. I've been to most of the majors, and Vail in 2008 astounded me (I had not been here since '92).
We will return to Sonnenalp next year.
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