3 Things To Do in the Vail Valley Before the End of the Year

By Tracey Flower | Monday, December 9, 2019

The clock is rapidly ticking down to the end of the year. Here are a few things to do around the Vail Valley before you say goodbye to 2019 and welcome a new decade.

Photo: Everything Vail Valley, Instagram photo by @ambersmash

Go Snowshoeing

True, you can go snowshoeing any time this winter, but I find a snowshoe hike offers a nice reprieve from the holiday hustle and bustle of the Valley’s villages and ski areas this time of year. Plus you’ll get a great workout and some quiet time to reflect on the last year.

You can rent a pair of snowshoes from a ski shop like Charter Sports and hit the trail on your own; my favorite spot in the Valley to snowshoe is Meadow Mountain in Minturn. Or go for a guided hike with Walking Mountains Science Center.

Photo: Walking Mountains Science Center

Celebrate Minturn

The Town of Minturn is celebrating its 115th anniversary this month with 15 Days of Minturn. Events run through this weekend (concluding on December 15). Minturn is an old railroad town, established in the early 1900s. 15 Days of Minturn is a great opportunity to become acquainted with this charming, historic mountain town (plus it’s less than 10 miles down the road from Vail).

Photo: Town of Minturn

Make New Year’s Eve plans

New Year’s marks one of the busiest weeks of the year in Vail, so plan ahead by deciding how you want to ring in 2020 now. Whether you’re looking for something free and family-friendly (like Vail’s annual Torchlight Ski Down and Fireworks Display or Beaver Creek Village Experience's New Year's Even Celebration) or an evening of food, champagne and dancing (The Sebastian and Larkspur, for example, both have great parties planned), you’re sure to find a fit for your taste and budget.

Photo: Vail Holidays

Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in Vail!

About the Author Tracey Flower
Tracey spent more than a decade living, working and playing in the Vail Valley and now splits her time between Denver and Vail. She's big fan of hiking, running, camping and biking and loves travelling around Colorado and throughout the West, visiting places she’s never been and exploring old favorites.