Activities in Vail
Either this traditional Arctic means of transportation can be experienced from the comfort of the passenger seat, or by taking the reins yourself and driving your own dog team! You will travel, as if back in time, through the beautiful Pando Valley to the historic Camp Hale, former home of the 10th Mountain Division. An exciting activity for all, dog sledding is a popular activity, creating memories that will remain with you long after you return home.
Hot Air Ballooning
Enjoy the unbeatable spectacle of the sun rising above the beautiful Vail Valley as you float soundlessly upwards. At the culmination of each Hot Air Balloon ride, enjoy a welcome glass of champagne.
There are three ice rinks in Vail: at the Arrabelle, in front of Solaris and also at Adventure Ridge.
Sleigh Ride Dinner
A fun adventure for the whole family, take an open-air sleigh ride from Beaver Creek Village to Beano’s Cabin, or from Bachelor Gulch to Zach’s Cabin. Enjoy a memorable gourmet dinner high up on the mountain. Both restaurants offer spectacular Colorado cuisine with friendly service in spectacular setting. Lasting memories will be created as you relax before the glow of an inviting fire and enjoy a fabulous 5-course dinner to the accompaniment of live musical entertainment. Children have the option of their own menu at Beano’s Cabin, and there’s a children’s buffet on offer at Zach’s Cabin. Beano’s Cabin is open nightly, and Zach’s Cabin is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Guests in Vail will need to take a taxi to and from Beaver Creek.
For visitors who prefer to admire the majestic Colorado scenery from the comfort of a fully enclosed, heated snowcoach, these tours are for you! Each 4-track vehicle seats 13 passengers and travels with ease over the snow, following trails through the White River National Forest at historic Camp Hale. Admire the unrivalled beauty of the backcountry with its spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies and the Continental Divide.
For an adrenaline rush with a difference, check out snowmobiling, we‘re confident you’ll love the exhilaration of this exciting winter sport. Please check ahead of time that your travel insurance covers you for snowmobiling.
Winter Horseback Riding
A great activity for young and old alike, everyone will enjoy taking a trail ride through a snowy landscape, admiring the stunning scenery that surrounds you. From your vantage point, you’ll meander through meadows, along Muddy Creek and across a mountain bench meadow, experiencing the Colorado winter landscape with every step. Whether you are a complete beginner, or have often ridden, this wonderful experience will be a highlight of your winter holiday in Vail.