Locals’ Favorite Non-Ski Activities

Need an off-day during your ski week? Or perhaps you don’t ski at all. There’s more to enjoy in the winter than skiing and snowboarding. Here are the locals’ favorite non-ski activities.

“Outdoor ice skating in Vail Village, Lionshead Village, or Beaver Creek is a great alternative to going up on the mountain. Snowshoeing on Vail Pass is another way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter.” – Heather from Slifer Smith & Frampton.

“My kids are getting into ice hockey – I am not a big ice skater at all – but ice skating outside on “wild ice” (on a pond or lake) in the winter is pretty magical.” – Tori from Eagle County Government.

Snowmobiling at Camp Hale – this is super fun, and participants have the opportunity to explore the area where the 10th Mountain Division trained. Vail has a number of options for snowmobiling adventure and it can be quite the exhilarating activity during the winter.” – Sarah from The Hythe Vail.

“The Vail Nordic Center is a great option for guests looking for activities off the mountain. The Nordic Center has several maintained trails in East Vail for snowshoeing, snow biking and cross-country skiing.” – Bryan from The Sebastian-Vail.

“There are so many beautiful places to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Whether you choose to do this on a golf course, or on our many trails on the valley floor or on the mountains, you will truly enjoy the blue sky and sunny days in winter. For evening activities, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek has great music and professional entertainment.” – Joanna from Edwards Metro District.

“My family includes avid alpine and Nordic skiers. I’m the exception. As a compromise, we often embark on sledding adventures where I can start on the ground and gracefully slide the mountain.” – Tanya from Gallegos Corporation.


This blog was made possible through a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office.