ALPINE SKIING & SNOWBOARDING
Vail is a world-renowned destination for skiers and snowboarders. Once you experience its vast reaches of light Rocky Mountain powder, 300 inches of average annual snowfall and wide-open groomed terrain, you’ll know why.
From the seemingly endless and legendary Back Bowls to the user-friendly cruiser runs of Golden Peak and Lionshead, Vail can satisfy or challenge every level of skier. With 5,289 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical rise of 3,450 feet, Vail is the largest single ski mountain in North America.
Lift Information: Most lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m., with the exception of the Back Bowls and Blue Sky, which close at 3 p.m.
Vail Snowsports School: Vail Mountain is home of the finest snowsports school in the world. With a tradition of excellence, it is committed to staying at the forefront of its profession by investing in technology, facilities and pros. The incredibly diverse staff brings a wealth of knowledge and skill with a guest-centered focus to help you achieve your goals and experience Vail Mountain like you never have before. Call 970-SKI-VAIL or visit www.vail.com.
Grooming: Vail boasts hundreds of acres of snowmaking and the largest fleet of snow groomers in the world. Grooming information is posted at Golden Peak, Vail Village, Lionshead and on-mountain information boards or visit www.vail.com.
There’s something special about Beaver Creek. From its heated sidewalks and quaint, European village to a diverse ski experience on a user-friendly mountain, you’ll soon be hooked.
Beaver Creek Mountain is actually comprised of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead ski areas, forming North America’s only village-to-village ski experience. A well-balanced system of trail difficulty and 300 sunny days a year will keep you coming back. The vertical rise is 4,040 feet and the mountain boasts 1,625 skiable acres, so crowds are rare.
The Talons identifies Beaver Creek’s most advanced terrain reaching from the Birds of Prey and Grouse Mountain to Larkspur Bowl. Access to The Talons is identified by the three chairlifts rising out of the Red Tail Camp area and servicing primarily black/double-black diamond terrain. The Talons is certain to test even the most experienced skiers and riders.
Lift Information: Most lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. Free public parking is available in the Elk and Bear lots on Highway 6 in Avon, and free shuttle buses run continuously. Pay public parking is available at Village Hall and Market Square, both in Beaver Creek Village.
Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School: Graduates like to say the Ski and Snowboard School at Beaver Creek is the best in the country. Maybe any country. Certainly, it’s the only U.S. mountain to regularly host the Men’s World Cup. And uniquely, even some beginner trails are high on the slopes. Choose from private, adult or children’s lessons; alpine, snowboard, Nordic or adaptive. Call 970-754-5300 or visit
Grooming: Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead have hundreds of acres of grooming. Grooming information is posted at the bottom and top of most main lifts and on-mountain information boards or visit www.beavercreek.com.
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A wonderful family ski mountain just two miles west of Beaver Creek, Arrowhead can be accessed from Beaver Creek Mountain via the village-to-village interconnect.
Lift Information: Lift opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Ski School: Arranged through Beaver Creek at 970-754-5300 or
Grooming: Arrowhead has more than 90 acres of snowmaking and is extensively groomed.
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Nestled between Beaver Creek and Arrowhead resorts, the peaceful setting and intermediate runs of Bachelor Gulch complement the more challenging terrain of Beaver Creek. Still largely untouched by big crowds, you’ll find it to be a relaxing and enjoyable alternative. Unless your lodging is in Bachelor Gulch, it can only be accessed by skiing or snowboarding from Beaver Creek or Arrowhead. A most enjoyable commute!
Lift Information: Lift opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. The lift is the only way out of Bachelor Gulch; no shuttle or car transportation is allowed for non-lodging guests.
Ski School: Arranged through Beaver Creek at 970-754-5300 or www.beavercreek.com.
Grooming: Bachelor Gulch is extensively groomed.
SNOWBOARDING & TERRAIN PARKS
Snowboarding is a billion-dollar-a-year industry that came of age at Vail and Beaver Creek years ago. Vail and Beaver Creek have become industry leaders by offering some of the most exciting and innovative instruction, terrain parks and equipment for snowboarders. Several exclusive snowboard zones on the mountain include runs, chutes and gullies. Beaver Creek boasts a halfpipe just off the Centennial run.
At Beaver Creek check out six distinct terrain parks, each with its own style and ability level. Visit www.beavercreek.com to find the locations and access points for Park 101, Zoom Room, Lumber Yard, The Rodeo, Half Pipe and BC-EX.
Change it up, that’s the word in the parks. And Vail’s three terrain parks are fresh every year. Graduate from Flight School to Aviator to Fly Zone, from box top rails and short steel rails to 30-foot and 40-foot step down jumps. Visit www.vail.com to find the locations and access points for Bwana and Pride Terrain Parks and Golden Peak Terrain Park.
SKI & SNOWBOARD RENTALS
Pepi Sports 476-5202
Know no limits – the crew at Pepi Sports will fit you with a Demo Ski Package, Demo Snowboard Package, Telemark Package, Performance Ski Package or Junior Performance Package. Top brands geared toward all abilities. Reserve online or visit the shop at 231 Bridge Street in Vail Village.
Play all afternoon and into the night at the mountaintop activity center on Vail Mountain. Tubing, snowmobile tours, kids snowmobiling, ski biking, ice skating, snowshoeing, bungee trampoline, kids programs and much more. Bistro Fourteen serves lunch and dinner when your family is ready for a warm break. For rates and hours, contact Adventure Ridge at 970-754-8245 or www.vail.com.
Sink your skinny skis into a smorgasbord of Nordic options throughout the Vail Valley. From the more than 30 kilometers of track with sweeping, panoramic views at McCoy Park atop Beaver Creek to the 15 kilometers of trails with views of the towering Gore Range at the Vail Nordic Center, there’s something for cross country skiers of every level. Cordillera in Edwards also offers miles of trails through stunning countryside.
McCoy Park 754-5313
Vail Nordic Center 476-8366
You haven’t been skiing until you’ve been heli-skiing! Heli-ski runs are equivalent in length and steepness to what you’ll find at a typical Colorado ski area, but the snow quality with heli-skiing remains soft and untracked on every run. he experience is intimate and exclusive with a small, limited number of skiers on most days. here is no hurry to get first tracks, as only your friends and family will be able to ski it before you. Extra-fat powder skis now make the experience of heli-skiing obtainable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Imagine floating serenely above the valley, as you pass slowly over enough to study details of the land, rivers, mountains and landmarks. Several balloon operations offer rides into the skies throughout the year. In addition to recreational outings, commercial balloonists offer rides for special occasions, particularly weddings.
Camelot Balloons 328-2290
Camelot Balloons specializes in year-round hot air balloon tours above Vail, Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch. Flights are in custom designed and crafted FAA certified hot air balloons. Pilots are FAA certified and experienced mountain aeronauts. Camelot is the oldest locally operating full time hot air balloon company with over 20 years of flying experience – and 20 years of happy passengers!
ICE SKATING & HOCKEY
The Vail Valley is rapidly becoming a haven for skaters of every description. From figure skaters to hockey players to recreational skaters of every level, you will find the ice to your liking wherever you turn. For a breath of fresh air and time out from the slopes, try outdoor skating on one of several local ice rinks,
Adventure Ridge 476-9090
Arrabelle at Vail Square 754-7777
Beaver Creek Village 845-9090
Dobson Ice Arena 479-2270
Eagle Ice Rink 328-2668
Nottingham Lake 748-4060
Solaris Plaza 476-9000
What better way to see the sights than on a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow, surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. Special moonlight excursions offer silent, snowy scenery and unparalleled romance.
Travel with ease through the winter backcountry in an enclosed and heated Snowcat. The thrill of powder skiing awaits. Enjoy tantalizing views of Colorado’s highest peaks and fresh powder you don’t have to share with the crowds. Several area guides offer tours, Chicago Ridge Snowcat Skiing
800.707.6114 or www.skicooper.com.
“Get High, Get Deep, Get After It,” with over 2,400 acres of treed slopes and open bowls in deep Colorado power.
A snowmobile trip through backcountry roads and trails is an adventure that awaits you during a morning, afternoon or full-day guided tour. It is an unforgettable Rocky Mountain backcountry adventure. Several local businesses offer these delightful drives!
A great way for the non-skier — or the skier who wants a day off — to discover the spectacular scenery that engulfs Vail, Beaver Creek and Arrowhead resorts is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and start walking. The adage, “if you can walk, you can snowshoe” has proved true for many a beginner snowshoer. This sport is increasingly one of the most popular ways to escape into the alpine world. Snowshoe gourmet picnic lunch and moonlight tours are offered throughout the season.
McCoy Park 754-5313
TrailWise Guides 827-5363
U.S. Forest Service 827-5715
Vail Nordic Center 476-8366
Avon Public Library 949-6797
Capitol Theater – Eagle 476-5661
Cinebistro @ Solaris 476-3344
Colorado Ski Museum 476-1876
Riverwalk Theater 476-5661
Vail Public Library 479-2185
Eagle Library 328-8800
Vilar Performing Arts Center 845-8497
Bowling is a great activity for families and friends of all ages and abilities. Interactive and fun, shake up your après ski routine with some competitive indoor fun.
With a full service dining room and sixty-foot bar, we also have an ace up our sleeve with ten lanes of bowling glory. bōl’s sleek and modern design is one of a kind that help to make the establishment the most exquisite bowling alley in the world.
WILDLIFE & BIRD WATCHING
Wildlife abounds in the Rocky Mountains, and is especially visible during the winter months when animals come down to lower elevations. You’re likely to see deer, elk, eagles, fox and many others. Several area outfitters offer tours.