The Vail Valley holds an esteemed reputation for the winter wonderlust-ful beauty and adventures. The kids get tired, and so will you, when you chase the maps of Vail and Beaver Creek ski mountains. The western slope of the Continental Divide is filled with history and fun in the valley with evenings of sleigh rides, dinners and s’mores. Check out the insiders tips on where to find the freshly baked cookies and local services that make the word “convenient” a wonderful treat for the parents— anything to help make the trip somewhat smooth.
Families are at home in Vail. With a pedestrian friendly village that is easy to navigate and a mountain that is easily accessible to all, Vail was made for family vacations. Quality family time is easy to find…spend a day on the slopes with the kids or simply snuggle up by the fire with hot cocoa. Play in the afternoon and well into the night at Adventure Ridge with ski bikes, kids snowmobile track, tubing lanes and more.
Beaver Creek Mountain
At Beaver Creek, special touches allow your family to make new traditions like a stop by our Candy Cabin, where you can share a sweet treat together, or a Family Private Lesson where our thoughtful instructors tailor every moment on the mountain to you. Allow us to take care of the details so you can enjoy a truly seamless getaway.
Locals tip: When you’re skiing with the family, check out the specially marked “kid zones” on the Vail and Beaver Creek trail maps for guaranteed family fun in specially designed kid areas around the mountains.
Bearcat Stables Dinner & Sleigh Ride
Nestled in the Squaw Creek Valley in Cordillera, 15 minutes west of Beaver Creek, Colorado, Bearcat’s Cabin is the original cabin the Bearden family homesteaded during the early 20th century. Open Tuesday-Saturday evenings from December through April, and seven days a week through the Christmas/New Year holiday. You and your family are invited to tour these historic grounds via Horse and Sleigh while sipping on your favorite beverage. Enjoy a delicious dinner right after.
4 Eagle Ranch Sleigh Ride & Dinner
Crisp mountain air, star-lit skies, and a horse-drawn sleigh all await you at 4 Eagle Ranch. Your evening will begin at 6:00 pm and will conclude at 8:30 pm. When you first arrive, you may choose to enjoy a warm drink and a bowl of Juan’s famous chili before snuggling under cozy blankets for an unforgettable sleigh ride beneath wide open, star-lit skies. When you return, an authentic ranch dinner will be waiting for you with some of the finest cooking this side of the Continental Divide.
Ice skating at the base of Vail or Beaver Creek mountains looks, and feels, like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting – only with more snazzy village appeal, and pizza, fire pits and hot drinks to warm up the chilly afternoon or evening. Both rinks rent hockey and figure skates.
The Vail Square Ice Rink is open daily during the winter season, located Lionshead Village surrounded by shops, restaurants and the gondola; and so is the outdoor skating rink in Vail Village’s Solaris Plaza. For a larger indoor ice rink in Vail, the Dobson Ice Arena is open year-round and features public skating, private lessons, hockey and special events like concerts. Beaver Creek’s ice rink is open most of the year, located in the heart of the village. The Eagle Pool & Ice Rink features an indoor NHL-sized rink and outdoor pool.
Location: Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle
Making s’mores is the classic way to cap off a perfect winter day in the mountains. Many hotels have outdoor fire pits and offer a range of s’mores-making supplies, from house-made marshmallows in gourmet flavors, to the tried-and-true Hershey bars and Jet-Puffed marshmallows. And though s’mores are beloved by kids, grownups usually get in on the action.
Beaver Creek Candy Cabin & Cookies
Beaver Creek’s Candy Cabin is located at the top of Strawberry Park Express Lift and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift. This cozy cabin will remind you of an old fashioned candy store with bulk candy being sold by the pound alongside custom chocolates and classic Pepsi products with real cane sugar. All ages will enjoy this sweet treat on the mountain. Beaver Creek also hands out free cookies at the base of the mountain everyday at 3pm.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is offering UNLIMITED ALPINE COASTER RIDES for $44 this winter! Your ticket includes the gondola ride to the Park, cave tours, thrill rides, and children’s activities. Enjoy dining, amazing views and more. This is a MUST-SEE! Check their calendar and plan a day at America’s only mountain-top theme park above Glenwood Springs (about an hour west of Vail). Buy your tickets today as there is limited capacity to allow for social distancing and reservations are required.
Eagle Climbing + Fitness
Eagle Climbing + Fitness is a first class indoor climbing facility offering top-rope, lead climbing, and bouldering, along with options for everyone, from beginners to professional climbers. A complete fitness center and yoga studio provides training options and classes for all athletes, climbers and non-climbers alike.
Vail Rec District’s Imagination Station, a thoughtful play space, features a play wall to integrate physical and cognitive learning, a hyperbolic funnel that models the planetary motion, and a health clinic that promotes imaginative play where children can provide care for dogs, cats and babies.
Mountain Recreation facilities are the perfect place to visit when vacationing in the Vail Valley area. With indoor pools, water slides, drop in gymnastics for little ones, trampolines, skate parks, soccer fields, ice skating, and so much more, there is something for everyone! Visit mountainrec.org to learn more and see our drop-in and program schedules.
You don’t have to be a local to enjoy our four libraries. The Vail Public Library offers library cards for visitors. In addition to books, there’s a robotics section and 3-D printers as well. A community center, the Vail Public Library also has free concerts and a healthy living series with activities like yoga in the park.
Enjoy a scenic hike with gourmet tastings for a great cause!
Hike, wine and dine through golden aspens for a great cause on Sunday, September 19. The 13th annual Hike, Wine & Dine brings the community together with a moderate 5-mile hike on Beaver Creek Mountain and gourmet cuisine to benefit Vail Health Shaw Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, a cancer caring house.
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