Adventurer

Photo courtesy Jack Affleck

Say What?

Vail Mountain’s Adventure Ridge offers numerous non-traditional activities on the ski hill, including Ski Biking. Part sledding, part skiing, part biking and all fun. Worried all those parts will make this new mode of downhill transportation hard to learn? It’s easy to learn and considered by some to be the ultimate snow toy. You’ll get mini ski blades that you strap to your boots, which you’ll use to turn and maneuver on the hill. The bike has two blades instead of wheels with a front handle bar that allows you to make turns down the hill. It is a sport unto itself, so as long as you are somewhat athletic or up for an outdoor activity, no other skills are required.

Go Big or Go Home

If skiing is what you’re after, the Vail Valley has two world-class ski mountains that offer some of the best Black runs around.

Top Black Runs in Beaver Creek/Arrowhead/Bachelor’s Gulch:

  • Royal Elk Glade
  • Anything off the Grouse Mountain Chairlift
  • Ripsaw

Top Black Vail Runs:

  • Yonder
  • Riva
  • North Star
  • Blue Ox

Best Runs for Moguls in the Vail Valley:

  • Ripsaw
  • Highline
  • Blue Ox
  • Look Ma
  • Prima

Photo courtesy Minturn Anglers

Under the Ice

Fishing. Yes, really. It may seem surprising, but most fishing guides operate year-round. Companies such as Minturn AnglersGore Creek Fly Fisherman and Nova Guides can take you out in the snow-curtained woods where you’ll see river-formed ice sculptures with a frosting of ice lace. Some companies offer lake ice fishing. With the right clothes and the right guide, it’ll be a family experience to remember.

Fuel Up For the Day

Food:

Be adventurous in your dining experience as well and go to Matsuhisa in Vail, which is known for its innovative cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian and Argentine) ingredients.

Drinks:

Don’t get stuck with food envy. The Metropolitan (or as the locals call it, The Met) has over 80 wines from around the world and tapas style entrees to help you explore all the culinary options. The unique architecture and warm atmosphere will help you unwind and relax on this winter vacation.

The 10th Mountain Whiskey Tasting Room pays homage to the patriotic and adventurous men of the 10th Mountain Division. Join them by trying some locally distilled and sourced spirits that honor the mountain life-style.

Local Tips

Locals know the Minturn Mile offers accessible backcountry skiing and ends at the Minturn Saloon with a cold margarita.

Don’t Miss This One Thing:

The Beaver Creek Running Series hosts a Snowshoe Edition every year that draws first-time snowshoers, world class snowshoe athletes, kids of all ages and everyone in between. Partake in either the 10K or 5K courses, and bring the kids as well for the Kids K!