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Winter Activities in Vail

Experience the magic of Vail—a winter wonderland like no other. It’s no wonder why they say "the world comes to Vail to ski." With over 5,200 acres of skiing and riding that is consistently home to World Cup and other professional events, Vail is the preeminent wintertime vacation destination. And, whether you’re on the slopes or on the town, there is always something going on when the snow starts to fall. The Vail Valley offers a wide variety of performances, activities, and events for all ages. For information, visit the event calendar or contact our concierge team for details or reservations.

Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Ridge By taking the Lionshead Gondola (rides are free after 2 p.m.), you can access a winter playground for all ages. There are a number of exciting activities that will delight adults and children alike, including kid's snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow biking, tubing, and more. Learn more about adventure ridge >>

Skiing and Snowboarding With 33 chairlifts and over 5,200 acres of terrain located just steps from our back door, it's no wonder that Vail is North America's #1 ski resort. Skiing.

Dog Sledding Many have watched this activity on TV, but the real thing is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A sled pulled by a team of dogs will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the nearby national forest. Tours last about four hours and include a snack while you're on the trail. Transportation to and from the lodge is provided.

Snowmobiling There are numerous snowmobile tours offered by local guides who can show you the White River National Forest from a whole new perspective. Tours can last from one to six hours, and transportation and gear are provided. For more experienced riders, unguided snowmobile rentals are also available.

Snowshoeing By strapping a couple of state-of-the-art snowshoes to your feet, you can enjoy a peaceful and refreshing journey into the mountains day and night. The Vail Nordic Center offers snowshoe rentals and guided tours. The Lodge at Vail can also arrange independent guides that operate in the White River National Forest and provide transportation to and from the lodge. For more information, please contact our concierge.

Hot-Air Ballooning Skim the tree tops for a down valley flight and get a bird's-eye view of the spectacular, snowcapped Colorado Rocky Mountains. For the best views, depart around 6:00 a.m. and watch the sun rise above the peaks.

Backcountry Skiing There are numerous independent guides that offer telemark and cross-country trips into the national forest. Start your adventure with Vail's Nordic School. Transportation to and from the lodge can be provided.

Cross-country Skiing The Vail Nordic Center and McCoy Park in Beaver Creek maintain a groomed track and offers classic and skate ski equipment rentals. For a different expereince try venturing out into the wilderness with Vail's Nordic School.

The True West Four Eagle Ranch, a local working ranch, offers horseback riding, nightly Western-style sleigh rides, and dinners.

Sleigh Rides Enjoy an evening sleigh ride with the entire family and, if you like, have a wonderful dinner provided, as well.

Snow Cat Tours Sign up for a Snow Cat tour and experience great nature and wildlife viewing. Tours are offered by local companies, and transportation to and from the lodge is included.

Sledding Meadow Mountain, a fifteen-minute drive west of Vail, is the local sledding hot spot!

Indoor Adventures

Tennis Outdoor and indoor tennis courts are available nearby.

Ice Skating Indoor and outdoor ice skating are available daily, weather permitting.

Museums and Theaters

The Ski Museum Take a peek at the history of alpine skiing and snowboarding. Learn about the people who made it all happen! The Colorado Ski Museum is located in the Vail Transportation Center. (Donations accepted.)

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