5 Things To Do in Vail and Beaver Creek If You Don't Want to Ski

By Caitlin Row | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vail and Beaver Creek are both Colorado destinations known for world-class skiing and snowboarding. There's plenty to do for non-skiers visiting during winter, however. Here are five fun ways to experience Vail and Beaver Creek without a lift ticket.

1. Indulge in a Spa Day

Vail and Beaver Creek's luxurious spas offer lots of opportunity for relaxation and pampering. Booking a treatment (or three!) is a calming way for non-skiers to enjoy the day while everyone else is on the slopes.

The Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge focuses on therapeutic and organic treatments that guarantee deep relaxation. Offerings span massage, facials and signature treatments. Experience Reflexology, a Magnesium Wellness Massage, an Old World Salt Scrub and more. Check out a full list of treatments and book here

Spa Anjali is located at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain. It takes inspiration from Mother Nature and the mountains to offer a truly relaxing escape. It also boasts a full-service salon. The spa offers three Anjali Journeys, spanning Rocky Mountain, Alpen and Himalayan treatments. A full list of spa services and booking options can be viewed here.

Photo: Vail Mountain Lodge

2. Get Outside

You don't need to strap on skis or a board to enjoy Vail and Beaver Creek's beautiful wintry landscape.

Walking Mountains Science Center offers a variety of seasonal Vail things to do. Activities include guided snowshoe hikes, winter nature walks led by a naturalist and more.

A variety of ski shops spanning Vail and Beaver Creek offer snowshoe rentals as well.

Nova Guides offers guided snowmobile tours at its Camp Hale location, which is perfect for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Ice-skating is offered in both Vail Village and Beaver Creek.

3. Explore the Arts Scene

The Vail Art in Public Places program created a variety of quality, public art installations all over Vail Village and beyond. Check out a map of art locations here. Art in Vail additionally offers winter art walks every first and third Wednesday beginning in January. Walks are one hour and start at 3:30 p.m. from the Vail Village Welcome Center. 

Fine-art galleries are also abundant around the Vail Valley. Check out places like Artful Sol, Bo Bridges Gallery, Claggett/Rey Gallery and much more. Find a full list of galleries here.

Alpine Arts Center, located in Edwards, offers art programming that's perfect for visitors and locals alike. Drop-in studio time is always scheduled, as are events like Cocktails and Canvas. 

4. Dine Out

Vail, Beaver Creek and the surrounding valley feature a multitude of fine-dining restaurants and boutique eateries.

Splendido at the Chateau is located in Beaver Creek. It provides nightly live music and a creative menu focused on sourcing Colorado ingredients. Zagat calls it the "epitome of the Beaver Creek experience." 

Terra Bistro is centrally located in Vail Village. It also offers Colorado-sourced produce whenever possible, along with gourmet dishes and house-crafted cocktails. 

Other Vail Village favorites include Mountain Standard and Sweet Basil. A full list of Vail Valley restaurants can be viewed here.

5. Enjoy Hot Chocolate With A View

Remedy Bar, located inside the Four Seasons Resort in Vail Village, offers its own take on hot cocoa: the World Famous Remedy Haute Chocolate. The beverage includes melted Swiss chocolate, marshmallows and Chantilly cream. Customers can up the ante by adding Baileys, Jameson or Wondermint. View a full bar menu here

Or grab a hot chocolate to-go from a coffee spot and window shop in Vail and Beaver Creek villages. There's plenty to see and do while sipping a hot drink.

Come visit us in the Vail Valley this winter!

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.