Winter Activities

Vail offers endless activities during ski season for all ages on and off the mountain. Take a look at our staff picks for favorite winter activities. 

Ski Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain truly embodies their slogan "Like Nothing On Earth." With over 5,300 skiable acres, The Legendary Back Bowls, two gondolas, and 31 chairlifts, you can spend all day on the hill and never ski the same run twice. Come explore one of the top ski resorts in the world.

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Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Winter Biking

The Vail Nordic Center offers 17 km of daily groomed skate and classic track as well as 10 km of scenic snowshoeing trails. The center also offers 13 km of "fat biking" trails and rents these bikes. Visitors can rent nordic skis and snowshoes and daily lessons are offered.

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Nova Guides is Montaneros in Vail's preferred partner for snowmobiling adventures. 

They are nestled in the Pando Valley, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and a rich cultural history. Their qualified, year-round guides are ready to give you the experience of a lifetime, whether you are riding a snowmobile for the first time, charging through powder fields on a high performance snowmobile tour, or riding ATVs and Side-by-Sides at 12,500 feet in elevation.

Their professional guides are sure to provide a safe and extraordinary experience that you'll never forget!

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Ice Skating

Bring your skates or rent a pair on site. Skating is open from Thanksgiving to closing day with hours of operation 1:00pm-9:00pm. The rink is conveniently located in Vail Square, a two minute walk from Montaneros.

Dog Sledding

Head up to Leadville, America's highest city, sitting at an elevation of 10,361 ft. Hands-on and thrilling dog sledding tours are offered by experienced guides, and you get to drive the sled!

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Sleigh Rides

Two companies in the valley offer sleigh rides: 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott and Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek. 4 Eagle Ranch offers a more family friendly, western experience complemented with a buffet, smores, and campfire music. The Beano's Cabin excursion entails a horseback ride or 20 minute wagon pulled sleigh ride to enjoy a 5 star dinner, perfect for a romantic evening with your sweetie. 

Scenic Gondola Rides

Enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride up Gondola 19 (Eagle Bahn Gondola) with amazing views of the Gore Range and Mt. Holy Cross.

Ready to start planning your winter vacation in Vail? Explore our vacation rentals and offers now: