Top 5 Non-Skiing Winter Activities to do in Vail

Looking to take a break from the slopes?  Here are some great alternatives!

The town of Vail, Colorado is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Each year, millions of visitors head to Vail in order to go skiing or snowboarding in the scenic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Although there can be no doubt that skiing is the top pastime during the winter, there are still plenty of other exciting activities available. If you are planning a trip to Vail this winter and want to include some non-skiing activities in your itinerary, use this guide for five great suggestions.

1. Rent a Pair of Snow Shoes: To explore the beautiful scenery in and around Vail, a great idea is to rent or buy a pair of snow shoes for a trek through the mountains. If you would love to try it out but you aren’t exactly sure where to go or how to snowshoe, simply head to the Nature Discovery Center in Vail. Staff there lead guided tours and can even help you get fitted for the perfect pair of snow shoes. Some of the best tours include the ecology and wildlife tours, where you can spot local animals, and the moonlight tours, where you can try snowshoeing by the light of the moon.

2. Try Snowmobiling: For a real taste of adventure, rent a snowmobile or join a guided tour. This is great for people who want to get away from the crowds and head into Vail’s backcountry for a unique look at the natural scenery.

3. Visit the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum: Even if you are not excited to hit the slopes yourself, you can still enjoy the sports at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail. Children and adults alike will love reading about the history of the sport of snowboarding, how the outfits worn by skiers have evolved over time and even to see photos of Winter Olympic medal winners in both skiing and snowboarding. The museum also boasts some exciting exhibits detailing the history of skiing in Vail and throughout North America. Since the museum is free, there is no reason not to include it on your next winter trip to Vail.

4. Take a Gondola Ride: The gondola is the ski lift that brings skiers and snowboarders to the top of the mountain in order to begin their descent. However, you don’t have to be skiing in order to take the ride. In fact, pedestrians are welcome to ride the gondola any day of the week for free after two each afternoon. Walk down the slopes after a view from the top, or simply hop on a return gondola for the ride down.

5. Enjoy Ice Skating: There are three different rinks in Vail, each of which provides a fun place to try skating in the winter. Two are outdoor locations and are lit up brilliantly at night, and a third rink is indoors for a chance to warm up in the cold weather.

Each of these five activities is a great way to pass the time while in Vail, Colorado in the winter.

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  1. Posted August 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Went snowmobiling in Vail last winter and had a blast. Highly recommended!

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    Posted August 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment – Let’s hope for a great snow year so we can do it again!

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