Snowshoeing is a wonderful outdoor activity for families. Let’s face it playing in the snow is fun on many levels. All around Vail we are surrounded by trails created for snowshoers and places you can go to make your own fun by blazing your own trail.
No worries If you don’t have your own snow shoes, there are 2 places where you can rent them. In Vail, at the Vail Nordic Center. The Nordic Center is located a little west of Vail Village on the Vail Golf course. The club house doubles as the Nordic Center. For more information check out their site.
The other location is McCoy’s in Beaver Creek. It’s at the base of Beaver Creek Ski area. Any one of the many information people can direct you to the location when you arrive on the bus.
Where to go to snow shoe. Meadow Mountain is a favorite of the locals. It’s off the Minturn exit which is between Vail and Beaver Creek. Coming from Vail take Minturn exit and take a right- goes right to the Forest Service and Meadow Mountain.
From Beaver Creek take that same exit and when you come down the ramp you will see the Forest Service and the Parking lot.
The Forest Service is a great resource when researching exciting and more back country places to take your family snowshoeing. They will have a safety information that should be reviewed before taking your family back country.
At Meadow Mountain there are trails to follow which help lead you up the mountain but we suggest you break your own trail coming down. If the snow is good, which it normally is, flowing down the hill is a blast.
It is recommend to bringing snacks and enough water for the trip. Once you get there people tend to stay around. On the mountain, running free over the rolling hills cannot be helped. This is great place to have fun since it’s close and should anything happen you can get cell reception.
Another favorite option is riding the gondola up after skiing, bring your snowshoes and hike from the gondola up to Chair 3. For the adventerous, make the trek up to chair 4. Hot cocoa is a must for this hike but it’s beautiful, quiet and the experience of the vastness in amazing. In the spring, if timed correctly, you can view the sun set and at the right time of the month the full moon will light up the sky’s. Not that’s an experience.
Beaver Creek mountain itself is a favorite fun experience for snow shoeing great trails snaking up from the base of the mountain. The village has places for eats and hot cocoa as well.
In Eagle-Vail, Whiskey Hill has a trail that will take you to right into Rose Bowl on Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s a little trickier getting to the starting point since it’s in a residential neighborhood but well worth it.
What you need for snowshoeing. Shoes- which can be rented, basic ski clothes are best. Water proof boots, those really are a must. Hat, gloves, water, tissues. Added items to make it even better. Toe and hand warmers. Hot chocolate, snacks and camera.
Stay tuned for more local favorite trails. Enjoy Winter!