Winter & Spring Activities

In winter and spring, Vail is abuzz with the sounds of ski boots, laughter and outdoor music. As North America's largest single mountain resort, Vail boasts 5,289 acres of legendary terrain that today includes the wide-open trails of the Back Bowls and the naturally-gladed terrain of Blue Sky Basin. While skiing and snowboarding are the activity of choice for many, there are other ways to get your thrills like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or snow tubing.

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Skiing & Snowboarding

Gear up for a day schussing down some of the world’s most iconic ski slopes, Back Bowls and epic Blue Sky Basin terrain. This massive resort features 195 “conventional trails” with Riva Ridge clocking in as the longest trail at four miles long. Prefer off the slopes shredding? Hit up Vail’s three terrain parks, superpipe or mini halfpipe.

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Ski Equipment Rental

Ski Base is conveniently located in the same building as Landmark Condominiums and offers our guests 30% off rentals - grab a flyer at the Front Desk or mention that you're a Destination Resorts Vail guest to receive the discount. If you are looking for in room boot fitting and ski delivery brought to you, see Ski Butlers.

Or bring your own equipment without the hassle of oversize baggage by shipping your skis through our partner Luggage Free.

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Visit Vail’s backcountry terrain on snowmobile for an adrenaline-charged guided excursion. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a pro, this will be an epic ride. You’ll climb to awe-inspiring vistas along the Continental Divide then dive into powder-filled bowls and meadows.

Nova Guides is Destination Resorts Vail's preferred partner for snowmobiling adventures. They are nestled in the Pando Valley, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and a rich cultural history. Their qualified, year-round guides are ready to give you the experience of a lifetime, whether you are riding a snowmobile for the first time, charging through powder fields on a high performance snowmobile tour, or riding ATVs and Side-by-Sides at 12,500 feet in elevation.

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Vail Nordic School

Come explore the majestic wilderness of the White River National Forest. Whether it’s via snowshoe, cross-country or telemark, this backcountry adventure is geared to all levels and will take you to explore the untamed side of Vail and its surrounding terrain.

Let’s go rogue.

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Nature Discovery Center

Explore an array of natural history exhibits about local wildlife, such as ravens, weasels, lynx, and black bears. Located in a yurt at the top of the Eagle Bahn gondola, the center also offers guided nature hikes and snowshoe tours. All ages welcome and admission, hikes and tours are free.

Get nature smart.

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Adventure Ridge

Unleash the inner kid at Adventure Ridge, a snow park outfitted with ski bikes, a mountain coaster, rip-roaring tubing lanes and more. Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn gondola, you can play all day and all night and recharge in between with family food favorites at on-mountain Bistro Fourteen.