- Mountain Spa Morning.
Start your stay with a centering wellness experience that combines the active with the mindful. Head out on a brisk guided hike, where you can appreciate and learn about the area. Move on to a private yoga class where the practice can be tailored to your level. Spend 20 minutes acclimating to the altitude in the spa’s oxygen bar, and finish with a massage for total relaxation of mind and body.
- SNOW ADVENTURE
Take your snow-filled adventures to the next level with a stimulating snow mobile excursion through the Rocky Mountains. You can drive your own or ride with a friend as you journey through the aspens and take in the views. Your guided trip has different lengths of time to choose from—beginners are welcome.
- Alternate Tracks.
If you’re not a skier (or you’ve just had your fill for the day), head to McCoy Park, the dedicated Nordic Center, which is at the top of the Strawberry Park Chairlift (#12). Once you’re there, you’ll find almost 20 miles of terrain for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, suitable for any level from beginner to advanced.
Time to unwind after a long day of snowy fun. Head to Bachelor’s Lounge, where you can warm up by the indoor fireplace while drinking a handcrafted cocktail and enjoying light snacks. Cigar lovers can head outside to the covered and heated area that doubles as a cigar smoking lounge, fireplace included.
- Fondue Fun.
Time to pretend you are in the Alps at Almresi. Snuggle into one of the cozy booths filled with furry pillows and order the Schlitten Fondue Chinoise along with hearty Austrian specialties. Try to save room for the traditional apple strudel or Black Forest cake for dessert.
- Big Breakfast.
Time to fuel up before heading out for the day’s adventures. The always-popular Westside Café has an encyclopedic menu, healthy portions and a loyal following. The local-founded restaurant has been a Vail institution for 15 years and after one meal, you’ll know why.
- Ice Climbing.
For the bold of heart and constitution, the mountains of Colorado offer some of the best ice rock climbing in the country. Take a private guide out for a lesson if you’ve never done it before. For fearless old pros, you can even try climbing one of the area’s frozen waterfalls. Set aside at least four hours for the excursion.
- Stretch Recovery.
What could be better after a day of frigid rock climbing than some quality time stretching everything out? The Stretch Recovery class in the spa’s Fitness Center is designed to keep chronic soreness at bay while stretching out tired muscles. A certified fitness expert combines yoga, full-body stretching and foam rollers to help you feel more mobile and loose.
- Mountain Classics.
Wyld is a culinary highlight of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch — and for good reason. The eclectic menu offers a mix of mountain classics with local and sustainable meats and produce, creating a refined, rustic approach. Linger afterward for a drink at the bar, as you admire the rich walnut wood around the stately dining room.
- The Little Diner.
The Little Diner has been a favorite in Vail for years, but a recent renovation is showing a whole new side. The hash browns are a must order, and the pancakes have plenty of fans, too. It is on the small side, so there might be a wait during peak times, but it’s worth it.
- Saddle Up.
One of the signature experiences of Colorado is horseback riding. Make like a real cowboy and take advantage of one of the few winter trails in the Rocky Mountains. Your guided trip will take you through the high desert for about an hour and a half —beginners are welcome.
- Ice Skating.
Head to Beaver Creek Village to take a lap or a twirl on the ice at the outdoor skating rink. If you’d rather watch the action, settle in near one of the fire pits around the rink’s perimeter with a cup of hot cocoa. Afterward, stroll through the boutiques in the village.
- Sweet Basil.
The restaurant is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, but through multiple renovations and hundreds of menu changes, it’s still widely considered one of the best in the area. You’ll even notice the date that some signature items were added to the menu, like the Saffron Linguine in 1989 and the Tomato Tower in 2000.