The Non-Skier’s Guide to Vail and Beaver Creek

Visitors to Vail and Beaver Creek who don’t ski or snowboard are actually lucky. Why? They just might have enough time to experience everything the Vail Valley has to offer!

It’s true; there are endless activities to enjoy in Vail and Beaver Creek each winter. To help readers plan their itinerary, we will attempt to walk through them all.

Scenic Gondola Ride

A great way to take in the views of the Vail Valley’s picturesque towns from above, with no need to ski down.


Travelers who are in the mood for adventure and breathtaking views will love this activity.
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Perfect for surprising the kids or a romantic activity for two.
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Sleigh Ride Dinner

Is there anything more magical than a dinner preceded with a horse-drawn sleigh ride?
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Don’t miss out on the fun of exploring the mountain! Snowshoeing is a slower-paced alternative to skiing that is still a great workout and an excuse to enjoy the great outdoors.

Charter Sports offers snowshoe rentals. We recommend avoiding the ski mountains and opting for the area\’s less crowded hiking trails. Ask for a trail map at the shop when picking up rentals!

Ice Skating

A whimsical experience in the heart of a picturesque village. Skates are available to rent directly next to each skating rink.

Visitors can skate in Beaver Creek, Vail Village at Solaris or Lionshead Village in Vail at Arrabelle Square

Museums and Activity Centers

Colorado Snowsports Museum

Kids will love these options!
Imagination Station
Walking Mountains Science Center
Alpine Arts Center


Both Vail and Beaver Creek Villages are excellent for shopping. This is because they are compact, extremely walkable, and have a variety of stores ranging from luxury clothing to adventure gear.


The Vail Valley is bursting with incredible restaurants boasting mouth-watering menus, impressive cocktail lists, and unbeatable ambiance.

Read our Dining Guide for more information.


Marvel at the talent brought to our mountain towns by the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Orchestras, comedians, dance crews and popular music stars frequent the venue.


Vail and Beaver Creek pack a lot of fun festivals into their events calendars. Visitors can watch ski competitions, watch live concerts, and participate in a slew of activities and entertainment. Some recurring favorites include Taste of Vail and Snow Days

Check out our Vail Valley Entertainment Guide for more information.


Cheer on our hometown team, the Vail Yetis, at Dobson Ice Arena.