Vail Valley, CO

Kids Sledding, Tubing & Winter Vacation Activities

Sledding and tubing in Vail is an awesome way to enjoy winter vacation in the Rocky Mountains. Usually budget-friendly - or even FREE!

Area ski resorts offer snow tubing lift tickets and rentals on their tubing parks.

Or you can head off into the “wild” for sledding and tubing the old fashioned way on popular local sledding hills.

But don’t forget the cornucopia of other winter kids activities – both indoors and outdoors – available in the Beaver Creek and Vail area.

The Vail Valley is the perfect place for sledding, tubing and other kid-sized fun! Winter offers a host of outdoor fun for the little ones, and after skiing and snowboarding, a favorite activity is to grab a tube or sled and head off into the snow.

Adventure Ridge is the perfect place for kids to be kids… and adults to be kids again! Located at the top of the Vail Mountain gondola, Adventure Ridge truly is state-of-the-art family fun. As the name would imply, Adventure Ridge offers something for everyone, including mini snowmobiles for the kids, ski biking, tubing and more. There are 8 tubing lanes, each with a slightly different pitch and route: 4 for beginners and 4 for experts. For most tubing hills kids need to be at least 36″ tall to participate.

There is also tubing at Haymaker Tubing Hill on Beaver Creek Mountain. Beaver Creek is world-renowned for being a family favorite and it’s tubing hill does not disappoint. Access the tubing hill via the Buckaroo Gondola on the eastern base of Beaver Creek. A heated gondola ride up will keep you warm on the way up. Helmet and winter clothing is always suggested. And don’t forget your camera, you are going to want to capture all the fun and all the memories.

And by the way, there’s lots to do besides sledding & tubing. Here is a list of surefire winter crowd-pleasers…

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1. Local Recreation Centers. The Avon Recreation Center has a new indoor rock-climbing wall, a warm, lazy river, a large, animal fountains, super-fun water slide, and lots more. This place is a dream for parents and kids alike.

2. Guided Snowmobile Tours. Explore the surrounding mountains on the back of a snowmobile! Local snowmobile tours will take you to scenic vistas in a rugged but comfortable ride, kids over 16 can usually ride their own machines. Smaller kiddos can ride co-pilot to an adult on a two-seater sled. Numerous high-caliber snow mobile guide & rental companies operate in the area

3. The Vail Golf Course offers exceptional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Vail Nordic Center. This is a beautiful place to get away from the crowds and enjoy unobstructed views of the Gore range.

4. Take the kids ice skating. Ice skating is available at the Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon, Dobson Ice Arena in Vail and the Black Family Ice Arena in Beaver Creek. The Dobson ice arena is open year-round, offers skate rentals or go in and watch an adult hockey league game.

5. Take in a unique dinner show with the whole family. Take a scenic half hour to drive through the awe-inspiring Glenwood Canyon, then enjoy a delicious dinner and a live music, comedy show at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue in Glenwood Springs

6. Go for a winter horseback ride. Seeing the winter Colorado scenery on horseback under a serene blanket of snow is an
experience that will not soon be forgotten. Winter horse back rides are for children 6 and up – a few hours or all day.

7. Learn all about the rich and zany history of skiing at the Colorado Ski Museum. Who said history isn’t fun? Created to honor those who have performed inspirational acts and contributed significantly to skiing and snowboarding in Colorado – plus all kinds of fun and interesting snow sports trivia. Honor the bravery of the 10th Mountain Division, battling in World War II on skis! Many films run continuously at the Museum as well as frequent live presentations and year-round exhibits. Free admission.

7. Ridin’ the Rails! Alpenglow Adventures Train Tours runs year-round and offers daily door-to-door shuttle that picks you up at your hotel or vacation home for an unforgettable train tour that’s perfect for the whole family. In the summer you can explore the Leadville Co. & Southern Railroad for a great family outing with equally astounding history and scenery.

8. DESSERT. Everything is better with sugar. The Sugar Bar in Edwards serves delicious candies and gelato. Candy lovers in Beaver Creek can visit Beaver Creek Market for homemade fudge, ice cream and other sweet treats.

9. Kids can have lots of fun discovering nature with Walking Mountains Science Center. Explore their state-of-the-art exhibit hall, take a nature hike, a snowshoe tour, kids programs in Avon and on top of Vail Mountain at the Nature Discovery Center.

10. Don’t forget Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs in nearby Glenwood Springs. Enjoy thrill rides, kids animated 4-d movies, laser tag, and cave tours. After a fun day at the Adventure Park take some time to go across the street to try the new Iron Mountain Hot Springs to relax and soak in the 16 thermal mineral pools.

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