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.
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.
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.
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.