Vail, Colorado - Insiders' Tips
- Learn to ski. Vail and Beaver Creek are making it easier than ever for adults to learn how to ski and snowboard with three adult beginner lessons for the price of one.
- Go Snowshoeing. No training or experience required—just slap on a pair and explore the winter wonderland in the Vail Valley. Rentals are available at most ski shops and guided tours are offered at the Vail Nordic Center or on Beaver Creek Mountain at McCoy Park. Its fun and great exercise!
- Take the Kids to Adventure Ridge. Snowmobiling, ice-skating, laser tag, and an arcade await the whole family at the top of the mountain every night. By far the most popular activity is tubing, where kids and adults of all ages zoom down the hill on innertubes and then take the lift back up.
- Go Snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is a great alternative to a day of skiing or riding. Local outfitters will guide you through miles of wide-open, powder-filled meadows and forested trails—no experience required. On a clear day you’re guarantee fantastic views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding mountain ranges.
- Relax at the Spa. Nothing is better for sore ski muscles than a spa treatment. Rejuvenate yourself with a Swedish or Hot Stone massage, a Moore Mud treatment or a facial at one Vail’s world-renowned spas.
HIGH CLIMATE HEALTH TIPS
- Ride the Gondola. Summer gondola rides are one of Vail’s most popular activities. It’s the fastest and easiest way for your clients to experience the mountains firsthand. The gondola typically operates on weekends from June to September and everyday in July and August.
- Visit the Gardens. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are the highest public gardens in the nation and are the perfect place to relax for just an hour or an afternoon. Guided tours by certified master gardeners are offered daily.
- Go Jeeping. Get up close and personal with the natural beauty surrounding Vail without ever breaking a sweat. Customized jeeps and hummers explore the area’s backcountry while knowledgeable guides point out local flora and fauna.
- Take a Raft Trip. Vail is surrounded by some of the best and most accessible whitewater on the planet, and local outfitters offer trips that are naturally tailored to suit every level of adventure from mild to wild.
- Check the Calendar of Events. Throughout the summer Vail is home to a countless number of concerts, festivals, competitions, and events. In fact, from June to September there’s an event every weekend. However, the Vail Valley’s Calendar of Events is ever-changing and constantly updating. The best place to get an up-to-date calendar is here.
- Go to the Rodeo. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, cowboys and cowgirls throughout the valley strut their stuff at the Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, which features barrel racing, bull riding and the ever-popular mutton busting. If your clients want to do some wrangling of their own, encourage them to visit one of the valley’s authentic ranches for horseback riding, cattle drives and more.
The Vail Valley is in the Mountain Time Zone.
WHAT TO WEAR
The Vail Valley usually experiences mild winters. With low humidity, temperatures range from the mid-teens in the morning to the low 30’s in the afternoon. Be prepared for low-teens in the evening to below zero depending on weather conditions. Don’t be surprised if a fresh foot of snow is at the front of the door in the morning.
Springtime varies in the mountains. Be prepared for cool mornings and mild afternoons ranging from 20’s to the 40’s. With April being one of Colorado’s snowiest months, guest can also look forward to some great spring skiing.
The summers are beautiful in the Vail Valley. Days are warm, usually in the 70's and 80's and evenings are cool. Afternoon rain showers are frequent in the summers so be prepared when planning outdoor activities.
The air starts to cool and by mid-September the aspen leaves change for approximately three weeks. Mornings are in the low 30’s and the afternoons stay in the pleasant 60’s. However, be prepared for snowstorms and cooler weather beginning mid-October.
The Vail Valley’s high altitude affects people differently from shortness of breath to severe headaches. Although most people adjust within a week or so, if serious symptoms are experienced they are encouraged to see a healthcare provider. Be aware of the following:
- Dehydration, sunburn, frostbite and hypothermia
- Drink plenty of water daily and use proper sun protection
- Hypothermia (low body temperature) can occur any time of year if your wet or become chilled. Warm up and eat and drink warm fluids if you’re chilled.
Vail implements a townwide curfew for those 17 and under from 10:30 p.m. July 4th to 5 a.m. July 5th and from 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31st to 5 a.m. Jan. 1st . Vail Village is identified as a Special Event District during the curfew hours. Only those 21 and older will be admitted into the four-block area unless traveling to or from a residence in the district.