Ski Vail in wintertime and discover a winter wonderland like no other place on Earth. The valley’s seemingly endless outdoor adventures and activities – ranging from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to sleigh rides and ice skating – offer something for guests of all ages. For more information, visit the event calendar.
Vail Winter Activities
Ski and Snowboard Schools Vail and nearby Beaver Creek’s world-renowned ski and snowboard school programs offer unparalleled instruction in alpine skiing and snowboarding for every age and ability, including dedicated children's lessons and adaptive skiing. With more than 1,300 professional ski instructors, many of whom come from international destinations, Vail and Beaver Creek’s ski school programs provide the most rewarding instructional experiences in the world.
Adventure Ridge, situated high atop Vail Mountain, is a year-round, day-and-night activity center offering exciting activities for adults and kids of all ages. To experience this high-elevation playground, ride the Eagle Bahn gondola (rides are free after 2 p.m.) up to Adventure Ridge and enjoy ski biking, snow tubing, kids snowmobiling, and rebound trampoline. For more information contact 970-476-9090.
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing Enjoy classic cross-country skiing, telemark skiing and snowshoeing while touring in the beautiful back-country around Vail departing from Golden Peak daily. Tours for all abilities. For those looking for groomed Nordic trails try McCoy Park at Beaver Creek features a superb, 32-kilometer track system complete with skating lanes, snowshoe trails and amazing Rocky Mountain views. And the Vail Nordic Center offers a groomed track as well. Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer instruction, equipment rental and retail shops. Improve your racing abilities with our NASTAR race clinics, offering personalized gate training and video analysis at both Vail and Beaver Creek. Clinics in Vail are run by professional racers and race coaches. Pricing is based on the number of participants.
Backcountry Tours Escape to the pristine Rocky Mountain backcountry on a ski and snowboard or snowshoe tour and enjoy untracked snow, quiet glades and breathtaking mountain views. Guides will lead you to wherever the snow is best – often in the national forest above 10,000 feet.
Dog Sledding Experience the thrill of dog sledding, in which a sled pulled by a team of dogs whisks you through the beautiful winter landscape of the White River National Forest. Each sled can accommodate up to two adults. Trips include transportation, blankets and a hot cocoa break.
Snowmobiling Guided snowmobiling tours range from a one-hour trip through the scenic backcountry at the base of the mountains to a full-day excursion exploring the powder stashes and high ridges above 10,000 feet. For the more experienced rider who prefers a self-guided trip, snowmobile rentals are also available.
Sleigh Rides Experience an unforgettable evening sleigh ride through the snow-covered meadows and forests of the Vail Valley. Interested in dinner as well? Take a luxury Snowcat-drawn sleigh ride up Beaver Creek Mountain and enjoy an elegant dinner at AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Beano's Cabin or Zach's Cabin.
Ice Skating Take a spin around the Alderhof Ice Rink, located in the heart of Vail Square. The rink is open daily from Thanksgiving - Closing Day, with hours of operation 1:00pm - 9:00pm. Ice skates are available for rent.
Hot-Air Ballooning Skim the tree tops for a bird's-eye view of the spectacular, snowcapped Colorado Rocky Mountains. For the best views, depart around 6 a.m. and watch the sun rise above the Colorado peaks.
Athletic Clubs and Spa Treatments the Vail Valley features superb athletic clubs and spas offering everything from intense aerobic indoor workouts and yoga classes to rejuvenating massages and facials.
Colorado Ski Museum Visit this one-of-a-kind museum and learn about the people, artifacts and rich and colorful history of skiing in Colorado.