Winter Adventurer

Winter Adventures & Excursions

This page is for the powder hounds who live for chasing the snow. You can either be on the resort skiing and snowboarding epic terrain in Vail and/or Beaver Creek, or you could be out in the wilderness with snowmobiles and hut trips. It’s important to remember to be safe and prepared for extreme weather conditions anywhere you go. Nothing beats a blue bird day after a fresh snow fall!

ON THE MOUNTAIN

On Vail Mountain
Vail’s wide variety of terrain, back bowls, and 5,289 skiable acres are one-of-a-kind. Paired with pristine conditions, skiing Vail is truly like no mountain you’ve experienced before. Thanks to the magical combination of averaging more than 300+ days of sunshine and 370+ inches of snow each year, plus majestic, only-in-Vail views of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges, the phrase “Like nothing on Earth” comes to life before your very eyes.

On Beaver Creek Mountain
Beaver Creek Mountain is renowned for its stunning beauty and welcoming atmosphere, providing access to every level of skier. You’ll delight in the meticulously groomed corduroy runs as you explore 1,800 acres of terrain, as you dip into each of the three distinct base areas while discovering everything from steep terrain to access to excellent trees to glide through.

Local Tip: Accidents can happen, so know the level of the rider or skier you are with, and have a meet-up plan if you get separated. Avoid tree wells of deep snow at the base of trees and do not duck ropes that ski patrol has arranged.

Ski & Snowboard Gear Rentals
20% Off with Epic Mountain Rentals with FREE delivery

Maximize your mountain experience by reserving ahead!  Book online to save time and save up to 20%.  Epic Pass holders will now receive an additional 20% off through the Epic Rewards program – bring your pass and mention the discount when picking up your gear to receive your credit.

Choose from two convenient fulfillment options: select our enhanced delivery service and we’ll bring your equipment to you at no additional cost, or select pickup in-store and grab your equipment as early as 12pm the day before your reservation starts.

SNOWMOBILE THRILLS

Nova Guides
For the ultimate snowmobile experience we offer a half-day and full-day excursion at our primary Camp Hale location. Our most popular tours, the Top of the Rockies tours include endless miles of open meadows and spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of four surrounding mountain ranges including the Continental Divide.

Operating our tours in the White River National Forest at Historic Camp Hale, we reach elevations of 12,500 feet on the largest commercial snowmobile trail system in the Vail and Beaver Creek area.

Sage Outdoor Adventures
Colorado back country is the best place to find… you guessed it, snow. Deep powder, magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains, miles and miles of trails, and personal service from our expert snowmobile tour guides. All this only 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek at Sage’s private mountain and snowmobile trail system, that is larger than the Vail ski area!

Choose from many tour options for the best Colorado Snowmobiling. With something for the never-ever to the snowmobiling expert, Sage Outdoor Adventures offers exciting snowmobiling tours on an exclusive private mountain.

10th MOUNTAIN HUT SYSTEM

An authentic way to enjoy the Colorado mountains is booking a night with the 10th Mountain Division Hut System, a series of shelters set in intervals in a triangle between Vail, Aspen and Leadville. The cabins come with cooking supplies, pre-cut logs to warm the huts in the wood stove, and decks with views that are breathtaking.

The 10th Mountain Huts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that manages a system of 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, connected by 350 miles of suggested routes. We provide a unique opportunity for backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or hiking while staying in secure, comfortable shelter.

The name honors the men of 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors.

Important safety tip: Wear the appropriate clothes and bring extra dry clothes, bring a heat blanket and sleeping bag, water, food, and do not go alone. If you become lost over night, dig a hole next to a tree or mini igloo/clave, and use your heat blanket and sleeping bag to keep your body heat insulated and away from the elements.

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.

Visitor Information from the Locals

Winter Driving Information from CDOT

Whether you’re a native, a new resident or a tourist, driving in Colorado winter weather can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. As we enter the winter months, CDOT wants to remind all Colorado roadway users of the following tips to stay safe. BEFORE YOU TRAVEL THIS WINTER: Have a plan. Prepare a winterized emergency vehicle kit. Always plan your route in advance and be sure to let someone know your route and ETA. Check road...
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Ski and Ride Season Takes Off with Two Opening Days Friday, Nov. 12

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