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Winter activities in Vail Valley

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot air balloon rides are not just for summer in the Vail Valley! Temperatures actually warm up as you rise, making for a very enjoyable ride. Witness the breathtaking views of the Vail Valley and the Gore Mountain Range from an exhilerating height. Tours include transportation, champagne, a certificate, and a ceremony. Full excursion includes approximately 60-75 minutes of flight time, while “A Taste of Ballooning,” offers 30-40 minutes of flight time. 


Fly Fishing

Avid fishermen from all over the world come to the Vail Valley to catch our famous trout! Spend a day with a guide or fish on your own. Guided trips are available for half or full-day excursions and include transportation, fly or spin rods, waders, a professional guide, and a snack. 


Ice Climbing

Enjoy the winter landscapes of East Vail or Red Cliff while taking part in this unique activity with family and friends.  Experts with proven safety records will cater to your unique needs and abilities.  All equipment is provided; the only thing necessary for you to bring is a sense of adventure! A fun, safe, and challenging experience, ice climbing is suitable for ages 12 and up. 


Ski Tours

With over 35,00 acres of terrain to explore within the White River National Forest, you will receive a backcountry experience second to none. The breathtaking scenery, world class terrain, and experienced and dedicated crew will ensure a most memorable adventure. Lunch is provided on this all-day excursion, and all participants must be advanced intermediate or expert skiiers/snowboarders. This is a popular activity, advanced reservations are a must.


Snow Tubing

Head to the top of Vail Mountain to Adventure Ridge and enjoy the rush of adrenaline as you are fly downhill on a tube! No more trudging uphill after a ride down - an easy access surface lift will bring you back to the top. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult and all tubers must be at least 36 inches tall.


Dog Sledding

Break away from the crowds and travel through untouched meadows and forests of Aspen and Pine. Fun for all ages, view wildlife in its natural element and take in the breathtaking Colorado landscape. Witnessing sled dogs in their true element is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 


Sleigh Rides

4-Eagle Ranch: 4-Eagle Ranch in Wolcott offers a variety of sleigh rides that will be sure to create lasting memories. Sleigh ride dinners allow your family to experience Colorado the way it used to be! Crisp mountain air, clear night skies, and a warm mug of cider by the fireplace await you. Private sleigh rides also available.

Bearcat Stables:  Located 20 minutes west of Vail in  the Squaw Creek Valley of Cordillera, Bearcat Stables invites you to enjoy the pristine Rocky Mountains one one of their beautiful sleigh rides. Enjoy a hot drink and the sound of sleigh bells as you ride under the night sky. Finish the sleigh ride with a cozy fireside dinner in their original homesteader cabin!  Shorter and private sleigh rides are also available. 



Whether you are an expert snowmobiler or have no experience at all, everyone will enjoy this unique way to see Vail's backcountry. With countless miles of groomed trails, you and your family can escape the crowds and enjoy beautiful landscape and unbelievable views. Create lifelong memories by participating in a mini, half-day, or full-day tour. Unguided tours are also available. 


Contact our Concierge for more information, or to plan your Vail winter adventure today!

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