While powder hounds are lapping Vail’s goods, there are plenty of options for non-skiers or folks who just need a rest from their planks. Take a complimentary snowshoe tour with a naturalist from the Nature Discovery Center. Check out one of their full-moon tours. For a hair-raising thrill, try ski biking (picture a tricycle with skis), or practice your best mute grab on the trampoline at Adventure Ridge. For something a little more, well, highbrow, visit the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, located in the parking structure, and take a quick jaunt through Colorado’s rich ski history.
At day’s end, cruise into town and soak in the ambience of this charming ski hamlet. Come dinnertime, explore the latest additions to Vail’s bubbling culinary scene. For city sophistication, a possible celeb sighting and some of the best sushi in the state, head to Matushisa. For mouth-watering steaks, fresh seafood and hearty à la carte side dishes (try the creamed corn), hit Elways, which has a popular sister restaurant in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood.
Wherever you end up, tip a glass to three days well spent in Vail. You’ve earned it.