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

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

Bearcat Stables

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

A magical time awaits all visitors to Bearcat Stables, which is open to the public in both the summer and winter. During the summer, enjoy guided single-day rides or multi-day outings in the backcountry. When the weather turns cold and snowy, enjoy a romantic sleigh ride. Whenever you go, budget in time to peruse the Bearden Homestead, which features historic cabins and a photographic history... read more

A magical time awaits all visitors to Bearcat Stables, which is open to the public... read more

Mio Studio

Vail Valley Winter Activity
48 E. Beaver Creek Boulevard, Suite 205, Avon
(970) 376-3184

Mio Studio is a Vail art studio focused on art instruction. Mio, the instructor and owner, offers workshops, oil painting instruction and drawing classes. His instruction focus is on all mediums, including landscape painting, figure drawing, still life and plein-air techniques. Art instruction is offered to for adults with class sizes limited to five. All materials are provided. Mio will also travel to homes and locations for... read more

Mio Studio is a Vail art studio focused on art instruction. Mio, the instructor and owner,... 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.

Vail Butler

Vail Valley Winter Activity
(970) 471-3312
Travel with Vail Butler for handcrafted itineraries and unparalleled access to Vail and Beaver Creek. Find your prefect home and choose from a number of their luxury ski in/ski out homes and exclusive condominiums. Vail Butler handles all aspects of your vacation rental by offering a number of concierge services like grocery delivery, ski rentals, transportation services, in-house massages, private chefs and more. Let their knowledgeable staff members help... read more
Travel with Vail Butler for handcrafted itineraries and unparalleled access to Vail and Beaver Creek.... read more

Vail Segway Tours

Vail Valley Winter Activity
254 Bridge Street, Vail
(800) 800-0424

If you are looking for a new way to see Vail, consider Vail Segway Tours. At Vail Segway Tours you can take a tour of the town of Vail and see everything entirely via Segway, regardless of your age or endurance level. This is an environmentally clean, green and fun way to explore the Rocky Mountains while having your own personal mode of transportation. During... read more

If you are looking for a new way to see Vail, consider Vail Segway Tours.... read more