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Winter in Vail

Winter Activities in Vail

Vail is one of Colorado's most exciting ski resorts and the ultimate mountain playground, ideal for a variety of Vail winter activities, more than just skiing. Whether you're planning a family ski vacation or a romantic getaway for two, Vail offers winter fun for everyone.

Vail winter activities include:

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: With 33 chairlifts and over 5,200 acres of terrain located out our back door.
  • Snowshoeing: The Vail Nordic Center, located approximately 5 miles east of Vail offers snowshoe rentals and guided tours.   Don't want to travel too far?  Vail Mountain offers daily snowshoeing tours that will take you into the surrounding wilderness as you learn about the area's history, wildlife, and natural surroundings.  How about wanting to get more off of the grid?  Destination Resorts Vail has their 3 top picks for snowshoeing here in the Vail Valley.  These hikes are Meadow Mountain and Meadow/ Grouse loop, both located in Minturn, CO and East Lake Creek which is located in Edwards, Colorado.  Each of these locations are less than a 15 minute drive from Vail and worth the drive time.
  • Fat Bike snow Trails: Not ready to give up biking for the winter. New this year, the Vail Nordic Center is offering 13,000 fat bike snow trails.  Fat Bike rentals and helmets available at the Vail Nordic Center..

  • Backcountry Skiing: There are numerous independent guides that offer telemark skiing and cross-country trips into the national forest. Start your adventure with Vail's Nordic School.
  • Cross-country Skiing: The Vail Nordic Center maintains a groomed track and offers classic and skate ski equipment rentals. For a different experience, try venturing out into the wilderness with Vail's Nordic School, or book thru Vail Mountain for guided tours.

  • Tennessee Pass Cookhouse: Known for backcountry fine dining, ski or snowshoe to dinner!  Take a one mile ski, snowshoe, or hike to the Tennessee Cookhouse and savor an elegant evening of four-course dining in an idyllic backcountry setting.

  • Sleigh Rides: Enjoy an evening sleigh ride with the entire family and have a wonderful dinner provided at 4 Eagle Ranch.

  • Sledding: Meadow Mountain, a ten-minute drive west of Vail, is the local sledding hot spot!
  • Dog Sledding: Mountain Musher offering the best dog sledding in the Vail Valley with happy dogs, private trails, and beautiful trails..

  • Snow Tubing in Vail:  Grab a tube and catch a rush at 8,000 feet. Vail's Adventure Ridge offering a multi-lane hill featuring music, long runs and the Adventure Bahn covered carpet to transport tubers to the top.
  • Vail Segway: Get a tour of the best of Vail with Vail Segway. Perfect for teens, adults, families and team building events.

  • Vines at Vail:Centrally located in the heart of Vail Valley in the charming mountain town of Wolcott, Colorado, Vines at Vail Winery is located at 4 Eagle Ranch, just 25 minutes from the Town of Vail, 20 minutes from Beaver Creek Village, and 20 minutes from the Eagle-Vail Airport.

  • Blue Starlite Cinema:Located in the Hotel Talisa is the new Blue Starlite Cinema. Watch movies, socialize, dine and dance at the Blue Starlite Dine-in Movie Theater and Cinema Supper Club located in Cascade Village.   

  • Vail Valley Food Tours:  Vail's premier guided food tours and tasting experience.  Taste the best local restaurants before you make dinner reservations!  Offering many tours such as Walking Food, Craft Brew, Suds, Spirits & Smokes, and Bikes & Bites Tours.

  • Glenwood Caverns:Located about an hour west of Vail, Colorado is the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Bursting with fun and adventure, the Adventure Park sits on top of the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding mountains. During the summer months fly through the air out over scenic Glenwood Canyon.   

  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs: Located in Glenwood Springs is the beautiful Iron Mountain Hot Springs, catering to all who appreciate relaxing with a warm soak surrounded by mountain views. Offering 16 natural mineral hot springs soaking pools and a freshwater family pool with a jetted spa. All are located alongside the Colorado River with Rocky Mountain views that soothe and inspire.

Around town, Vail winter attractions:

1. Vail Nordic Center
The snow covered Vail Golf Club becomes the full-service Vail Nordic Center during the winter months with daily-groomed skate and classic track, with a scenic trail for snowshoeing.

2. Bolvail
World class food meets bowling.  A sophisticated bowling alley with lounge-style seating and a restaurant with global fare.  
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3. Vail Village
Located a mile from Lionshead Village and home to shops, dining, and more nightlife options.  
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4. The 10th
Located at the base of Look Ma run at Mid-Vail.  Foot passenger traffic for lunch requires a scenic ride ticket or purchase of the Lift & Lunch dining package with a credit towards lunch.  
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5. Adventure Ridge
Play in the afternoon and well into the night at Adventure Ridge with ski bikes, kid snowmobile track, rip-roaring tubing lanes adn more.  Located at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola located in Lionshead Village. 
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6. Vail Ice Rink
Outdoor ice skating located in Vail Square with indoor skating rink located at John A. Dobson Ice Arena.

7. Vail Brewing Company
Crafted with altitude; brewed for adventure. Located in Vail, CO is the Vail Brewing Company (VBC) equipped with a tasting room, live music, great atmosphere, pop-up food and outdoor fire place! 
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