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

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

Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

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.

Walking Mountains Science Center

318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon
(970) 827-9725
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail
(970) 479-2291

Whether you're young or young at heart, if you love nature then Walking Mountains Science Center is the place for you. From kids' summer science camps and STEM programming to guided snowshoe hikes and interpretive nature walks, no matter the season there's an opportunity to learn and become immersed in the natural world. They also host an environmental film series, a speaker series and educational... read more

Whether you're young or young at heart, if you love nature then Walking Mountains Science... read more