What is Snowshoeing?
A snowshoe is a flat device, resembling a tennis racket, that attaches to the sold of a boot and used for walking on snow. The snowshoe allows users to stay atop the snow and keep from sliding down. Snowshoeing in Vail is an easy way to see some of the most beautiful parts of Vail in the winter. Escape the hustle of bustle and step into the quiet of nature as you explore and discover the snowy trails. If you can walk, you can snowshoe – a great activity for all ages!
When is Snowshoeing Available?
Snowshoe adventures are available from mid-November through March (or when the snow melts), conditions permitting.
What To Wear & Bring
Dress in lighter layers than you would wear skiing, because you are working harder! Comfortable winter clothes, layers, hat, gloves, eye protection, sunscreen and water are a must. Don’t worry if you are new to the sport, lessons and rentals are available. Give it a try!
The Vail Nordic Center Snowshoeing
The Vail Nordic Center (the Vail Golf Course in the summer) is perfect place to introduce guests to snowshoeing. Located in Vail, with 10 kilometers of scenic trails to explore and escape into nature. Snowshoe rentals are available, along with tips and advice on the various trails at the Nordic Center and beyond.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Snowshoe Tours
Offering Snowshoe tours delight and educate in the heart of Vail Village. The Gardens are open year-round, showcasing peaceful hibernation while snow covers the ground. Enjoy guided tours every Tuesday or un-guided snowshoe tours daily.
Walking Mountains Discovery Center Snowshoe Hikes & Tours
Travel by snowshoes on an FREE one-hour educational tour through the forests atop of Vail Mountain. Learn about winter ecology and animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic mountain views. Ages 10 and up welcome. Please come prepared to spend an hour outside in the winter environment with snow pants, warm hats, gloves, sunglasses/ski goggles and sturdy boots. Registration and a face mask/covering is required to participate in all programs. All snowshoe tours will meet outside the Nature Discovery Center, atop the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Tours are offered Wednesday-Saturday with three tour time options: 11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00-3:00pm & 5:00-6:00pm.
Walking Mountains also offers naturalist guided snowshoe excursions this winter for a backcountry snowshoe excursion into the White River National Forest! Perfect for those seeking a tranquil winter experience far from the ski slopes, these hikes offer the perfect introduction to winter backcountry exploration. Each hike will focus on a specific topic like “winter communities,” “snowscience & the subnivean environment,” “winter plants,” or “winter art in nature.” Whether you are up for hiking to some of the best vistas in the Vail area, or prefer to enjoy a slower paced backcountry experience exploring the secrets of Colorado’s wildlife and snowpack, we guarantee you will leave the day with new and unforgettable experiences! These half-day backcountry snowshoe trips meet at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon at 9am on Tuesdays and Fridays. Snowshoes, poles, hot drinks, and transportation to and from the trailhead are provided for a fee of $35/person.
Full moon snowshoe tours are a unique way to get out under the stars and moon and explore nature. Join us for a unique backcountry experience under the light of the full moon. The program starts at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, with hot drinks (bring your own mug or water bottle) to stay warm as the group arrives. Once on the trail, you will follow your guide 1 mile up the Buck Creek trail to an open meadow where a backcountry campfire will be burning and waiting for you. After catching your breath from the climb and warming up around the fire, your guide will lead a half-hour campfire program before descending back down the trail to Walking Mountains Science Center. Tour dates are February 16 and March 18, from 7pm – 10pm and cost $35/person.
Vail Resorts Snowshoe Tours
Visit the Golden Peak Nordic Center where group leaders take you into the surrounding wilderness as you learn about the area history, wildlife, and natural surroundings. Private full and half day tours, as well as public group tours are available. All abilities welcome. Rental equipment available. All guests are provided equipment & water.
VAIL RESORTS SNOWSHOE TOURS
Paragon Guides Back-Country Snowshoe Tours
Imagine a quiet hike through an evergreen forest or mountain views in an alpine setting. Our guides are well equipped to help you explore the Colorado winter environment on snowshoes with friends or family. For some a day off the slopes is a relaxing way to discover the other side of Vail. For others the joys of snowshoeing can replace the thrills of skiing. Beginner to advanced routes are available everyday with half and full day tours. Custom / Private tours are reserved in order to accommodate individual interests and include transportation, snowshoes, poles, backpacks, snacks/lunch and other equipment if needed.
Apex Mountain Snowshoe Tours
On a day of Snowshoeing in Vail your personal guide will create a tour plan that is specific to the goals and objectives that your group has for the outing. Whether you are new to snowshoeing or are experienced with the activity and simply want to explore a new area. Throughout the day your guide can work with you on skills and techniques specific to your groups objectives. All ages, fitness levels, and abilities are welcome to join for snowshoeing. And, we have snowshoes, along with other winter equipment that can be used for your day out in the mountains. Since all of our backcountry trips take place at altitude in mountainous terrain, we encourage clients to come prepared for all mountain weather conditions and to spend 5 hours outside.