Not a skier? Don’t know how ? You can still have a fun winter vacation even if you don’t ski! Living in the South, I love when we actually have winter and I get very excited when we get the occasional snow. However, it’s usually not much and it isn’t the soft, fluffy snow that’s fun to play in. It’s that hard, packed kind of snow. I had never snow skied before, but still wanted to experience a winter wonderland vacation.
On my trip to Colorado, I did just that. We went to the Beaver Creek/Vail area. Now, I will say I skied for the first time and I did pretty well with it. I will also say I won’t be calling myself a snow skier anytime soon and that I thoroughly enjoyed these two activities so much more! If you are like me, here are two things for you or the non-skier in your life to do in Vail, Colorado!
When I discovered there was dog sledding available, I was so excited! I have been dog sledding before in Alaska and I loved it. Winterhawk Dogsled Adventures is located a little ways from Vail, but it’s a beautiful, scenic drive. They even pick you up from your hotel!
Our driver brought his dog Kenai with him. He likes to ride and greet the guests!
Kenai used to mush, but if I remember correctly, he is retired now. He still loves the snow!
It was nice to sit back and take in all the beautiful scenery on the drive.
Once you get there, you get all nestled and wrapped up in your sled for your adventure!
Look At Them Go!
And off we went. The dogs love to run and HATE to stop! During the run, my guide, Kristin, was very friendly and super informative about the dogs, the process and the area in general.
Learning to Mush!
Kristin even gave me a turn to take the reins! It was fun to learn their commands and how the dogs responded to them.
After the adventure was over, we got to pet and learn more about our dogs and the other dogs at the camp. They were so cute and friendly.
The tour is a half-day tour, lasting around 4 hours. This does include transportation time to/from the Beaver Creek and Vail areas. There are refreshments offered at the end as well as an opportunity to purchase photos and videos they take of you during your tour. You can have your own camera as well. There is not, however, a bathroom.
Winterhawk Dogsled Adventures offers different tour times and is located in Leadville, Colorado. You can contact them at (719) 486-1336
Something I have wanted to do for a long time now. Snowmobiling. It did not disappoint! We did a half-day tour with Nova Guides.
Our tour was called the Top of the Rockies at Camp Hale and I highly recommend it. Camp Hale is 6,000 square miles of an old WW2 training camp that still has bombs that were never found. They find and detonate 1-2 every year! Don’t worry, you won’t be discovering any bombs during your tour!
We turned out to be the only two on our tour which was awesome! I looked like I was trying to pull off some sort of ninja look in all this gear, but I stayed warm.
The scenery was just absolutely gorgeous! Aspen trees and a winter wonderland on a sunny day. It’s a beautiful and peaceful combination!
We went to a high point of around 12,000 feet and we were able to see Mount of the Holy Cross and Mount Elbert, two of Colorado’s 14’ers. Our guide also pointed out where the Continental Divide was. Unbelievably breathtaking!
Bonus, the tour includes lunch! Come in from the cold and have your pick of menu items at the cafe. I chose the chili with cheese toast and it was hot, yummy and perfect!
Experience Our Adventure
There is really nothing like it!
We covered approximately 50 miles on the half-day trip and as you can see, my husband had a great time too!
Nova Guides is located in Vail, Colorado and can be reached at (719) 486-2656
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- Snow Pants -these are the ones I’m wearing
- Ski Goggles -if you have a small face, are hard to fit and need youth-sized goggles, these are perfect! They have regular sizes too.
- Snow Boots -I’m wearing these above too. They are warm, kept my feet dry and didn’t require any breaking in.
Even if you don’t ski, don’t think you can’t have a great time in the snow! The only regret I had was not booking the full-day snowmobiling tour. But that’s what next time is for, right? 😉
‘Til next time…