Non-Skier? Winter Activities for Everyone

Vail, Colorado is a beautiful ski town located in the Rocky Mountains approximately 100 miles west of Denver. The annual snowfall in the area is about 330 inches and each year skiers descend on the many Vail hotels and ski resorts such as those at Beaver Creek Village. Vail Mountain draws winter sport enthusiasts from all over the country and vacationers can enjoy the beautiful scenery, superb skiing and state of the art accommodations.

While Vail has over 5,500 acres of ski terrain, there are also a wide variety of Vail activities for non-skiers. In many of the Vail hotels one will find amenities such as cutting edge health spas, guided scenic tours, games, social events and many other activities that cater to those who are not interested in hitting the slopes. Non-skiers visiting Vail may wish to consider the following activities and attractions:


One outstanding alternative to traditional winter skiing is snowshoeing. Vail has numerous back country snowshoe trails suitable for everyone from first time participants to those with years of experience. Equipment rentals and lessons are available seven days a week during peak season. The White River National Forest is a particularly nice area in which to indulge in a day or evening snowshoe adventure.

Ice Climbing

For those who enjoy rock climbing or anyone searching for a challenging experience, ice climbing just may be the perfect activity. Vail ice and rock climbing guides offer lessons for beginners to intermediate climbers. Guided ice climbs are also available in the Vail area and rental equipment is provided for those trying the sport for the first time. One may also wish to consider Vail ice skating as many state of the art rinks are available from which to choose. Vail ice skating is a popular family activity because it is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Dog Sledding

Another interesting sport on the list of Vail activities is dog sledding. The perfect winter exursion, dog sledding is another activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Guided tours are offered throughout the valley and the exhilarating experience of being pulled through the crisp air by 12 beautiful huskies is not one that will soon be forgotten.

When planning a vacation in Vail, one may wish to consider visiting Beaver Creek Village where a vast array of restaurants, bars, art galleries and quaint shops are waiting to be explored. The establishments are conveniently connected by escalators and heated walkways. All accommodations are ski-in through the use of skier bridges and connecting trails. Beautiful views of Vail Mountain and activities for skiers and non-skiers alike await those who enjoy winter vacations.

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