Vail, Colorado is considered as one of the most famous ski towns in the world. However, there are numerous activities you can do both on and off the mountain. Snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh riding cater and ice skating are common activities during winter. For the rest of the year, Vail is an ideal outdoor getaway for zip lining, fly fishing, spelunking, river rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking among other activities. Therefore, if you like engaging in outdoor activities, Vail is an ideal destination for you. Some of the things you can do while in Vail include:
If you love golf, you can try high altitude golfing in one of the golf courses at 1265 Berry Creek RD, Edwards, CO 81632. Sonnenalp Club is one of the places you can enjoy playing golf while still seeing beautiful sceneries because it’s perched on a mountainside where you can see the Vail Valley and beyond. Sonnenalp is a semi-private country club that offers 18 holes in a championship-link-style-course. Furthermore, Sonnenalp has a longer season because it starts from April to late October. According to avid golfers, thinner air affects how your ball flies thus giving you a much-needed experience. You should consider trying high-altitude golfing any time you visit Vail.
Even though there are numerous places where you can stay when you visit Vail, you can try an outdoor activity such as the Vail Collective Retreats. The retreats are Located at 4098 CO-131, Wolcott, CO 81655. The Vail Collective Retreat is only 20 minutes west of Vail on 4 Eagle Ranch and it is one of the most preferred places for glamping. Glamping is similar to camping because you are isolated from other people, surrounded by nature and off the grid because you are in the mountains. However, unlike camping, you will not have any inconveniences while glamping because everything is provided for you. Guests stay in a safari style with large canvas tents that have open air doors. These tents are extremely luxurious because they’ve high-end amenities, you are offered professional services, have a separate restroom and running water. With glamping, you can enjoy nature, have an adventurous life and create memories whether you are alone, with friends or with family.
You can either take a drive or Eagle Bahn Gondola up the Mountain for a Vail’s Valley panorama. You can witness the glowing leaves of Aspen trees when you visit during fall. Also, at the top of Vail Mountain, you will see The Holy Cross Mountain at a distance. These views are breathtaking in every direction making it a destination to a lot of people.
You can zip line at the top of Vail Mountain if you are looking to have an adrenaline activity. The Epic Discovery has zip lines, an alpine roller coaster, warm weather tubing, rope courses and kids’ rides. This is one of the places in Vail that change into an adventure park every time the ski slopes shut down. The park offers a four-hour zip lining experience that brings you through the Mt. so that you can sight see at a bird’s eye view.
Catch a festival
There are many festivals that are held in Vail all year long. The festivals or events you will find or participate in can be determined by season and preference. For example, during summer, the streets of Vail are usually filled with dance, music and food. You can be a part of a Film Festival which features panels, movie premieres and parties every spring. This Festival is very popular and exciting because it coincides with both the Bookends the ski season and the spring break. If you have more time, you can check out Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for more festival experiences. This is an outdoor performance venue that’s attended by famous performers.
Visit the highest Botanical Garden in America
Located at 522 S Frontage Rd E, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is named after the former president Ford’s wife. It is a high-altitude garden (more than 8,200 feet above sea level) with numerous colorful flowers, wild roses among other plants. If you would like to learn more about flowers and nature, it is advisable to request a guided tour which is usually offered. Although this garden is open all year long and it is free to the public, consider visiting at summer because it is the best time.
Skiing is one of the main reasons why travelers visit Vail even though there is more to offer than skiing. The mountain is huge with more than 5,000 acres of skiing and 31 lifts. Most people prefer skiing in these mountains because the area sprawls across a single mountain instead of a range of mountains. This makes a lot of people find it easy and secure to ski and engage in other outdoor activities.
Finally, if you love trying new types of foods, you can go on a foodie tour because Vail has some of the best restaurants in Colorado. Flame, Mountain Standard and Sweet Basil are some of the restaurants you can go for a foodie tour if you are up to it. Their menus are professional and exquisite and you will definitely like them.
Vail has plenty of rentals to stay at while you are visiting. One place we stay at a lot is on the bus line and only a couple of miles from Vail shopping and the slopes. It offers great views and plenty of room for the whole extended family.
If there are other great things you like to do while in Vail let us know.