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snow covered bike path along gore creek in lionshead village
skiing a groomer on vail mountain
holiday lights in vail village

Vail Winter

Vail winter is best known for its epic ski mountain. Vail Mountain boasts 5289 skiable acres, 195 runs and 31 lifts. 1200 of the 5289 acres are groomed each evening providing an amazing variety of terrain for skiers of all abilities. The resort is home to seven legendary back bowls spanning seven miles across the backside of the resort. Vail Mountain not only provides epic alpine ski terrain but also terrain parks that snowboarders love.

Cross country skis and snowshoes are another way to see the backcountry in and around Vail. Glide past pristine peaks and catch views of awe-inspiring wildlife. The Vail Nordic Center has some groomed tracks available for those looking for a fun heart rate raising outdoor activity. If you want to get a little further out and go a little faster you might want to arrange a guided snowmobile tour.

Things to Do in Vail in Winter

  • Ski and Snowboard
  • Go Snowmobiling
  • Nordic Ski or Ride a Fat Bike
  • Take in Twinkling Holiday Ligts
  • Hot Tub in the Snow
  • Drink Hot Cocoa by the Fire
  • Take a Scenic Gondola Ride
  • Find a Sledding Hill
  • Build a Snowman
  • Roast S'mores by the Fire
  • Snowshoe Through the Forest
  • Glide on an Ice Skating Rink
  • Shop the Kris Kringle Market
  • Take in an Ice Skatimg Show
  • Enjoy a Festival
  • Got to an Outdoor Concert
  • Visit an Ice Bar

There is no shortage of winter outdoor adventures available in the Vail area. And, there are plenty of indoor options too including just curling up by the fire with a book to enjoying fine dining, boutique shopping and more.

Vail is truly an alpine winter wonderland with lights twinkling in the snow covered fur and aspen trees all winter long. With majestic snow covered mountains, bountiful outdoor activities and creative culinary offerings Vail has something for everyone.

ice skating in lionshead village
fat biking on vail golf club track
holiday lights in vail village
roasting s'mores in vail
ice skating show in vail
nordic skiing at vail golf club
outdoor concert in vail

Winter in Vail may be best known for skiing and snowboarding. But there’s no shortage of festivals, concerts and other fun events going on throughout the winter. From holiday celebrations to celebrations of history and wine festivals, here are the events you won’t want to miss duing a Vail winter visit.

vail winterfest
taste of vail mountaintop picnic
outdoor concert in vail
ice skating show in vail