Things To Do in Vail Valley — Winter Activities

Hibernation is not a top Vail Valley winter sport because there are so many Vail Valley winter activities. If you can picture yourself doing something in the great outdoors, odds are, the activity is offered right here in the Vail Valley. Take a sleigh ride to dinner, go for a dogsled ride high above the world, tromp through freshly fallen snow with snowshoes in Edwards, hit an indoor pool and lazy river at a recreation center. Try one of the area’s fastest-growing sports, fat biking. These bikes have wide, or fat, tires and help the rider float over snow. It's tons of fun!

Obviously, one of the most fun Vail Valley things to do in winter is to hit one of our world-famous ski slopes. From beginner runs to challenging black diamond bump runs, the Vail ski resorts have something for every single skier or rider, no matter your age. If you want to up your ski game, sign up for a lesson, try snowboarding instead of skiing or check out telemarking at one the clinics offered at Beaver Creek throughout the winter. There are outdoor music concerts and festivals in Vail and even a winter arts and crafts market in Minturn. Before the holidays, every town has a little craft fair, a perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind Vail Valley souvenir.

Vail Valley Winter Activities Abound

There are plenty of indoor winter Vail Valley activities as well. Come enjoy a film festival that has garnered quite a bit of acclaim and a local adventure speaker series that is informative and engaging. Sign up for a quick lecture at the community college, or make candy at a one-day seminar. There are many ice skating rinks and ponds available for the budding hockey player or figure skater. Start in Vail and head all the way to Eagle for both indoor and outdoor rinks and arenas. And, even in the winter, you can still take a nice amble outside around small, walkable towns such as Avon. The bike paths that cross through most the towns are generally plowed, and the bright, blue-sky days beckon. It’s a nice way to wind down after a day on the slopes.

Winter Activities in Vail Valley by Area

Vail | Beaver Creek | Minturn | Avon |  Edwards | Down Valley

Things To Do in Vail Valley by Category

Bearcat Stables

Vail Valley Winter Activity
2701 Squaw Creek Road, Edwards
(970) 926-1578

Enjoy a magical outing at Bearcat Stables, which offers summer and winter horse-related activities and a cozy family-style restaurant. During the summer, enjoy guided single-day horseback rides or multi-day outings in the backcountry. When the weather turns cold and snowy, enjoy a romantic sleigh ride or a sleigh ride dinner. Whenever you go, budget in time to peruse the c. 1900s Bearden Homestead, which features historic... read more

Enjoy a magical outing at Bearcat Stables, which offers summer and winter horse-related activities and... read more

Discover Avon

Vail Valley Winter Activity
(970) 748-4060

Located just 8 miles west of Vail and serving as the gateway to Beaver Creek, Avon is the true heart of the Vail Valley. Longtime locals and guests alike know and love Avon for its quick access to two world-class ski resorts as much for its small-town charm. Whether you're looking for adventure or a day of leisure, Avon has you covered. You can walk,... read more

Located just 8 miles west of Vail and serving as the gateway to Beaver Creek,... read more

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Vail Valley Winter Activity
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-4228

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park does a theme park in a way only Colorado can: on top of a mountain. Located in Glenwood Springs (approximately 60 miles west of Vail on I-70), the park makes for a great family-friendly day trip from anywhere in the Vail Valley. The adventure starts right out of the gate with a scenic ride up Iron Mountain in the Glenwood Gondola.... read more

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park does a theme park in a way only Colorado can: on... read more

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Vail Valley Winter Activity
281 Centennial Street, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-4766

The mineral-rich hot springs that bubble up along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs have been reputed for centuries to have health benefits. Whether or not there is evidence for their ability to heal, it's hard to deny the relaxation benefits from spending an afternoon soaking in a hot springs pool. With 16 naturally shaped soaking pools and a freshwater family pool, all situated right... read more

The mineral-rich hot springs that bubble up along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs have... read more

Nova Guides

Vail Valley Winter Activity
7088 Highway 24, Red Cliff
(719) 486-2656

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red Cliff is your one-stop spot. During the summer take a jeep or ATV tour, enjoy whitewater rafting or fishing or even try out the popular paintball. In winter take a guided snowmobile tour or a top of the Rockies tour in a snow coach. In addition Nova Guides has a... read more

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red... read more

Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

Vail Valley Winter Activity
175 Main Street, Unit C-106, Edwards
(970) 926-1006

Satisfy a creative urge at Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads, which features a wide array of gemstones and beads along with individual and group instruction. If you’re not up for crafting your own trinkets, choose from the store’s selection of regionally made jewelry. The shop also hosts fun-filled activities for kids' parties and other gatherings.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

Vail Valley Winter Activity
641 Lionshead Place, Vail
(970) 476-3700
17 Ranch Road, Wolcott
(970) 476-3700

Whether it's your first time visiting the Vail Valley or you're a seasoned regular in the area, Sage Outdoor Adventures has you covered for summer and winter off-the-beaten-path Rocky Mountain adventures. With three whitewater rafting river outposts and a vast, 6,000-acre mountain ranch 25 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, Sage offers year-round outdoor fun. Other Sage adventures include snowmobiling, ATV tours, clay shooting and... read more

Whether it's your first time visiting the Vail Valley or you're a seasoned regular in... read more

The Bookworm

Riverwalk at Edwards
Vail Valley Winter Activity
295 Main Street, #C101, Edwards
(970) 926-7323

Local bookstores are a vital resources for any community, and this is certainly true of the role The Bookworm plays in the Vail Valley. The store has been around for more than two decades, and it’s evolved a lot over that time. These days, it boasts a wide selection of new books by local, national and international authors as well as a cozy café and... read more

Local bookstores are a vital resources for any community, and this is certainly true of... read more

Town of Avon Recreation Center

Vail Valley Winter Activity
90 Lake Street, Avon
(970) 748-4060

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation programs and services available through affordable daily rates, punch cards and monthly memberships, the center is accessible to locals and visitors alike. The 40,000-square-foot facility has space for birthday parties, sports leagues and fitness classes, and childcare is available. The aquatics center is a popular feature, with a five-lane lap pool,... read more

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation... read more

Vail Public Library

Vail Valley Winter Activity
292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail
(970) 479-2184

Vail Public Library is a place to relax, unwind and, of course, read a good book. But it's more than that. Located between Lionshead Village and Vail Village, this multimedia library is central to all that happens in Vail, and it is also a stone's throw away from Gore Creek, making it possible to check out a book and read it outside on a park... read more

Vail Public Library is a place to relax, unwind and, of course, read a good... read more