Snow Vacations for Non-Skiers

Jan 24, 2018

Headshots-ClaireNoble3-83px.jpgBy Claire Noble

Claire co-hosts Good Morning Vail.  She loves experiencing all the Vail Valley has to offer while promoting the mountain lifestyle with a local perspective.

Winter in the mountains is not only for skiers and snowboarders. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the winter snow-scapes whether or not you strap on a pair of skis. Vail and Beaver Creek have an abundance of options if you want to enjoy the high country in wintertime or take a break from the hill.

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Adventure Ridge

Tubing, ski biking, a kids' snowmobile track, and an alpine coaster are available Tuesday - Saturday at Adventure Ridge in a snowcapped area the size of a football field.

Dog Sledding

The friendly, happy dogs of Mountain Mushers will transport you on a fun and exciting ride along a private trail near Wolcott, CO just minutes from Vail. The folks at Mountain Mushers love their dogs and what they do. They have operated in the valley for 30 years.

Snowmobiling

Vail Backcountry Tours is the only snowmobile tour company actually located in Vail. You will not have to spend precious vacation time traveling to a snowmobiling location. Enjoy snowmobiling just minutes from Vail Mountain. They offer 2-hour, half-day and private tours.

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Scenic Gondola Rides

Scenic gondola rides can be explored on both The Eagle Bahn Gondola and Gondola One. Eagle Bahn lifts off from Lionshead Village beginning at 8:30 every morning and transports passengers to 11,570 feet at Eagle's Nest. In addition to some of the most spectacular alpine views in North America, once on top visitors will find educational, recreational and dining options. The Eagle Bahn continues to run into the early evening.

At Eagle's Nest consider stopping by Bistro 14 and enjoy views of the Mount of the Holy Cross, one of Colorado's highest mountains at 14,005 feet. Smoked wings, wild game chili, and miso-glazed salmon illustrate the diversity of the menu. Bistro 14 is open daily during the winter season for both lunch and après. Reservations are accepted by calling 970-754-4530.

Sleigh Rides

Impressive draft horses called Percherons pull large sleighs with seating for 14 or private sleighs for 2 at Bearcat Stables in the Squaw Creek Valley. Opt for a sleigh ride only or pair it with dinner at the historic Bearden Cabin.

Spa

Allegria Spa is located in the Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek. Whether you are visiting for après-ski replenishment or simply to escape the everyday--start with the healing waters of the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary before relaxing with a therapeutic treatment from their extensive spa menu. They also offer salon treatments in addition to a well-appointed fitness facility staffed with talented wellness professionals.

Activity and education

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The Walking Mountains Science Center operates an outpost next to Eagle's Nest and it is accessible via the Eagle Bahn. In addition to providing guests information about the alpine ecosystem, the Nature Discovery Center conducts daily snowshoe tours from 2 - 3 p.m. These tours are open to anyone age 10 and above. There is no charge for the tour but registration is required at walkingmountains.org. Experience the nocturnal side of our alpine environment on an evening snowshoe tour. These tours are held Tuesday - Saturday from 5:30 - 6:30. Snowshoes are provided for both daytime and evening tours.

Vail Nordic Center

In the wintertime the Vail Golf Club morphs into the Vail Nordic Center. There you will find a pro shop with all things Nordic, rentals for skate and classic skiing, fat tire bikes and helmets, backcountry skis and snowshoes. Glide along 10 miles of groomed skate and classic track, snowshoe on 6 miles of scenic trails, or cruise along 8 miles of fat bike trails--new this year!

Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center 

The Nordic Sports Center is located next to the Strawberry Park lift. They offer a complete rental shop with classic, skate, telemark and snowshoe equipment rentals. Additionally, they offer daily scheduled and private lessons and tours, ticket sales, retail and snacks. McCoy Park is considered one of Beaver Creek's best-kept secrets. The park features 20 miles of groomed and rustic trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Nestled between Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, McCoy Park offers spectacular views of 3 mountain ranges. Take the Strawberry Park lift to access this spectacular terrain.

Entertainment

Live Entertainment

The Vilar Performing Arts Center is located in Beaver Creek. Operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, the VPAC is an intimate 530-seat theatre. A diverse array of programing is available year-round including concerts, jazz, comedy, dance, film, Broadway musicals, theatre, family shows and more.

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Vail Jazz Winter Series

Ludwig’s Terrace in the Sonnenalp Hotel is transformed into an elegant alpine jazz club for an evening of jazz and dining. In addition to great music music, full dinner service featuring favorites from the Bully Ranch menu, a selection of fine wine, and signature cocktails are available. The next event open to the public is Julien Labro & Olli Soikkeli Quartet on Febuary 21st.

Shopping

Fossils, minerals, meteorites and more can be found at By Nature Gallery. For the kids they have a geode cracker. For serious collectors they feature museum quality pieces millions of years old. They also offer jewelry and home decor--truly something for everyone. Located in Beaver Creek next to the ice skating rink.

Lionshead Jewelers showcases the finest jewelry, museum quality fossils, meteorites, and collectible minerals in their 4,000 square foot gallery located in Lionshead, near the ice skating rink. They offer the largest selection of designer, fine, and contemporary jewelry in the Vail Valley. Their sister-store, Lamina Jewelers, is located in Vail across from the Solaris. Lamina also has fossils and mineral but focuses more on designer jewelry.

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