48 Hours in Vail

What to do when you’re not skiing or snowboarding
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Vail’s tagline reads: “like nothing on earth,” and after skiing the back bowls just a few weeks ago, we’re inclined to agree. While this epic mountain is well known around the world for some of the best skiing and snowboarding, there’s more to vail than just powdery slopes. Here are some top things to do when you visit.

On-Mountain Activities

Go tubing or snowbiking at Adventure Ridge

Take a lesson in snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

If you’re up for it, hit one of the terrain parks

In Town

The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum/ Hall of Fame—a little history and background will help you appreciate the importance of snow sports. Set aside two hours for a walk through.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens—visit this multi-level botanical garden with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains for a peaceful break from the slopes. Open every day in the spring, summer and fall from sunrise to sunset.

Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort—this racquet club/ resort offers visitors access to a fitness center, 2 hot tubs, a heated outdoor lap pool, 9 tennis courts, plus a playground and large lawn. Soak in the hot tub after a long day.

Dining and Drinking

Bart and Yeti’s—the oldest joint in town is still one of the best.

The Red Lion—live music and great food and drinks means this bar always draws a crowd.

Garfinkel’s—reasonable prices, good grub and a deck overlooking the mountain make this a solid après spot.