Vail is a world-renowned destination for skiers and snowboarders. Once you experience its vast reaches of light Rocky Mountain powder, 350 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, 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

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

Skier Services: Distinguished by their 
red-and-black uniforms, they’re on hand to
assist skiers on the mountain.

Snow Conditions: Visit for the latest.

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 275 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 East and West 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 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

Skier Services: Distinguished by their 
red-and-black uniforms, they’re on hand to assist skiers on the mountain.

Snow Conditions: Visit for the latest.

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 754-5300 or

Grooming: Arrowhead has more than 90 acres of snowmaking and is extensively groomed.

Snow Conditions: Visit for the latest.

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 754-5300 or

Grooming: Bachelor Gulch is extensively groomed.


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 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 to find the locations and access points for Bwana and Pride Terrain Parks and Golden Peak Terrain Park


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 top of 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 754-8245 or


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.
Cordillera | 926-2200
McCoy Park | 754-5313
TrailWise Guides | 827-5363
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.


Some of the great trout waters of the nation exist in the Rockies of Colorado. Gore Creek, which runs through Vail, has been given a “Gold Medal” designation for part of its course. A listing of all the lakes, streams and rivers in or near the Vail Valley that offer fine, even legendary, fishing would require a book in itself; suffice it to say that the area is a fly fisher’s paradise. While most people think of this sport as a summer activity, there are outfitters ready and waiting to take visitors out on extraordinary outings 365 days a year.

City Market, Avon and Vail | 949-5409
Safeway, Vail | 476-3561
Wal-Mart, Avon | 949-6442


Enjoy an authentic Western adventure on a guided winter horseback ride. You’ll hear nothing but the sound of the crunching snow. The mountains accessible only by horseback provide views not seen from any other vantage point. Area guides will lead the way, so all you have to worry about is taking photographs and absorbing the scenery.


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


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
Nottingham Lake | 748-4060


Avon Public Library | 949-6797
Colorado Ski Museum | 476-1876
Vail Public Library | 479-2185
Vilar Center for the Arts | 845-TIXS (8497)


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
“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.
Cordillera | 926-2200
McCoy Park | 754-5313
TrailWise Guides | 827-5363
U.S. Forest Service | 827-5715
Vail Nordic Center | 476-8366


The mountains of the Vail Valley beckon visitors every season of the year. Before you head out into the pristine, natural playground, prepare your mind and body for outdoor pursuits at a local spa or exercise facility. From pumping iron to a full-body massage or an invigorating step aerobics class, discover that point where physical endeavors are rewarded and a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit is achieved.

Posh! Hair Salon | 748-0567
Posh! Hair Salon launched a new hair and skin care line called Dosha! Luxury System, designed to provide perfect balance in hair and skin. Visit Posh! Hair Salon to take the Dosha! quiz – each product is individually prescribed and formulated to the diagnosis of your hair, skin and body type. St. James Place in Beaver Creek.

Simply Massage | 748-1600
Simply Massage provides excellent massage therapy at the lowest prices; three locations and same day appointments available. By dispensing with the spa “extras” such as saunas and marble showers, we are able to provide the same wonderfully relaxing and healing experience at a much lower price. With heated and padded tables, exceptionally skilled therapists and a relaxing and professional environment, Simply Massage offers the spa quality massage, without the spa price tag!

Sonnenalp Spa | 476-5404
Indulgence or necessity – the Sonnenalp Spa at the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail is an exquisite resource to rejuvenate mind and body. With pampering massage, yoga, skin treatments, manicures and pedicures, the spa offers world-class pleasures. Review services, facilities, yoga class schedule and more at

Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa | 476-7721
Nestled on the banks of the Gore Creek in Vail Village, the spa delivers therapeutic treatments that soothe the body and cleanse the mind.  With hand-selected, highly trained practitioners we guide you into a deep state of relaxation. With 12 therapy rooms and a soul-cleansing solarium the spa offers a wide menu of treatments that go beyond mere indulgence and pampering to genuine holistic therapy.


Wildlife abounds in the Rocky Mountains, and is especially visible during the winter months when animals come down to lower elevations. Enjoy the quiet splendor of observing wild animals in their natural habitat. You’re likely to see bald and golden eagles, elk, deer, snowshoe rabbits and many others. Several area outfitters offer tours.
TrailWise Guides | 827-5363