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Winter Walking trails / paths around Vail proper?

post #1 of 8
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I know there are a lot of hiking trails around Vail during the summer, but what about easy trails during winter? My family is skiing after Christmas, but my wife is not a skier. She does like to walk 3-5 miles a day, but is not adventurous enough to go walk/hike a steep snowy trail (particularly by herself). 

 

Will she be limited to making laps around the pedestrian streets? 

 

Any suggestions? 

post #2 of 8

There is a trail adjacent to Gore Creek through town that should work nicely, as would the bike path between Vail and East Vail.  Down valley, which will have less snow, should have an abundance of trails and, depending on what kind of snow year we have, some of the south facing trails on the north side of I-70 should be doable.  I've no doubt you'll be able to pick up a hiking trail map once you get there.  "Wife is not a skier" is generally a code, in the Vail Valley, for big credit card shopping bills to come.

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Originally Posted by DOCEVG View Post

There is a trail adjacent to Gore Creek through town that should work nicely, as would the bike path between Vail and East Vail.  Down valley, which will have less snow, should have an abundance of trails and, depending on what kind of snow year we have, some of the south facing trails on the north side of I-70 should be doable.  I've no doubt you'll be able to pick up a hiking trail map once you get there.  "Wife is not a skier" is generally a code, in the Vail Valley, for big credit card shopping bills to come.

Thanks. We'll look for a map once there.

I may steal her wallet and give it to a random at the airport. Prolly spend less...
post #4 of 8

Consider taking, or sending, her to Beaver Creek where she can snowshoe at McCoy Park.  Odds are she'll love it!  There may be similar things to do at Vail but I am not familiar with them. 

post #5 of 8

There are a few forest roads that go up some of the side valleys on the north side of I-70 in Vail that are unplowed in the winter but due need relatively heavy snowshoe, cross-county skiing, traffic that may be suitable for out-and-back winter hiking, even without snowshoes but decent boots.

 

I'd recommend a topo map if venturing into any of the areas off the major trail systems.  Talk to the a few folks in the know at the hotel or ski shops to get more specifics.

post #6 of 8

Good tip about the Gore Creek trail which follows the valley floor, is very pretty in sections, and weaves around Vail Village including quite close to some of the ski lift loading stations (over by Cascade Village, west Vail).  Also, lapping the pedestrian streets is not trivial, you could do that for many miles with fun window shopping and people watching possibilities.  Vail offers snowshoe tours over by Golden Peak if I'm not mistaken.  It's very similar to standard hiking.  You might even consider purchasing some cheap snowshoes at a store like TJ Maxx and bringing them for wife to use on her own on some of the trails/fields around the village.

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
 

 Vail offers snowshoe tours over by Golden Peak if I'm not mistaken.  It's very similar to standard hiking. 

Don't know about GP, but they do have snowshoeing from Eagles Nest (top of the Eagle Bahn Gondi).

post #8 of 8
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Thank you all for the advice. I was able to find a map of trails, and it looks like she'll have plenty to choose from. I bet she will walk the bike path that gets close to some of the lifts. She's really looking forward to it, even as a non-skier. I'm counting the days and watching the weather like a possessed man....

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