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Top 10 Things to Do in Vail

Destination(s): Vail

Vail is obviously a skier's haven, with two impressive mountains (Vail and Beaver Creek) that could easily be vacations unto themselves. However, there is fun to be had off the mountain as well: hot air balloons, dog mushing, alpine gardens and more. Hey, powder isn't perfect every day--and Vail has plenty else to offer! Here's my top ten things to do in Vail. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Vail

Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain

  • Vail Resorts
  • P.O. Box 7
  • tel:970-476-5601
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81658

Vail's legendary back bowls are carved from the earth with every intention of harvesting hoots of joy from thrilled skiers. Seemingly endless miles of world-class, epic terrain make Vail Mountain the epitome of classic North American skiing. Whether vast open runs, winding trees lined with powder or freestyle terrain parks, Vail has something for every skier and snowboarder. Along with all the fun on the mountain, a host of restaurants and nightlife add to the style of Colorado's most famous ski town. And when the snow melts, the slopes offer excellent cross-country and downhill mountain biking for those who can't get enough of Vail's vertical vibe. read more about Vail Mountain

Colorado Ski Museum - Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame

Colorado Ski Museum - Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame

  • Vail Transportation Center
  • Vail Transportation Center, Level 3
  • tel:970 476 1876
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81657

The Colorado Ski Museum in Vail is a fascinating look at how skiing and snowboarding rose to prominence in Colorado's mountains. Opened in 1976, the Ski Museum showcases a wealth of history that spans over 130 years. Various displays follow the evolution of gear, from early skis to today's modern twin-tips and snowboards, while an impressive photo archive looks at the development of Vail and other ski areas in Colorado. A special exhibit looks at the impact of the 10th Mountain Division, the fabled alpine unit that fought in World War 2. Competitive skiing, from World Cup to Olympic events, is yet another aspect worth checking out while you are in Vail. read more about Colorado Ski Museum - Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame

Vail Nordic Center

Vail Nordic Center

  • 1778 Vail Valley Drive
  • Vail Golf Club
  • tel:970 476 8366
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81657

Vail's Nordic Center, located at the Vail Golf Course, is an excellent facility that features over 11 miles of cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails. Whether you are an experienced alpine adventurer or a novice winter explorer, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will set up clients with the best equipment and trails for all experience levels. Stunning views of the Gore Range and peaceful alpine meadows are amongst the highlights of a day hiking or skiing in the hills. read more about Vail Nordic Center

Mountain Musher Dog Sled Rides

Mountain Musher Dog Sled Rides

  • 1778 Vail Valley Drive
  • Vail Golf Club
  • tel:970 653 7877
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81658

If you're looking for a unique way to see the mountains of Vail, a thrilling ride on the back of a dogsled is the way to go! Mountain Musher features dog teams of 10-12 huskies that pull sleds with 2 passengers into remote mountain areas, far away from the noise of traffic and snowmobiles. A snack and hot drinks mid-day help recharge you for the ride home, where you can try your hand at mushing a real dog-sled team. Exploring the wilderness behind a powerful team of huskies is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that creates unforgettable memories. read more about Mountain Musher Dog Sled Rides

Vail Golf Club

Vail Golf Club

  • 1778 Vail Valley Drive
  • tel:970 479 2260
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81657
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Gore Range Nature Discovery Center

Gore Range Nature Discovery Center

  • Vail Mountain
  • (next to Eagle Bahn Gondola)
  • tel:970 476 4675
  • Visit website
  • Vail, 81620

The unique Gore Range Nature Discovery Center is located high on Vail Mountain, a short walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The humble yurt that hosts nature-based exhibits is open from 10am -4pm year round and features interactive trips on the mountainside to explore the natural wonders of Vail. In the winter, snowshoe on trails while looking for birds and other wildlife; in the summer walk the hillside in search of moose, bear and other Vail locals. Local nature experts offer guided trips for nature lovers of all ages and fitness levels. read more about Gore Range Nature Discovery Center