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Sledding is the quintessential winter activity, perfect for kids, adults and even dogs! We’ll show you the best places to sled in Vail, Colorado. Whether you prefer to snow tube, sled, toboggan or snow disc there are tons of fun options available in the Vail Valley. Check out these fun sledding destinations and get out and have some fun with your friends and family.
Don’t forget to always dress warmly and in layers, wear sunscreen as the sun’s rays can be very strong and it’s super easy to get a sunburn up here, at altitude
And always wear a helmet, especially kids, to protect your head from accidents. You don’t want to end your day of fun with a hospital visit.
Adventure Ridge – This is by far the most popular place to go tubing, during the winter even the locals will hit the tubing hill with their kids for some fun sledding runs. It’s not inexpensive but you purchase tickets take the gondola up to Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain to a bustling hive of family fun. This regulated tubing hill makes it so easy. You just dress appropriately, in your winter gear (including ski helmet), they hand you a tube, give you a push and you go zooming down the hill. Once you reach the bottom you jump on the lift and take the heated gondola back up to the top of the sledding hill. All the fun and none of the work!
There are 8 tubing lanes, each with a slightly different pitch and route: 4 for beginners and 4 for experts. The 900 ft-long multi-lane hill features music and long runs. Kids need to be at least 42″ tall to sled on the tubing hill. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in a separate tube.
In addition to sledding there is a multitude of other activities such as the Forest Flyer alpine mountain coaster, ski biking and scenic gondola rides There is also a restaurant, Bistro Fourteen and a full bar to refuel. It’s the perfect place for family fun.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 2pm-7pm
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Big Horn Park is located in East Vail and has a hill or two that is great for sledding and this huge park has a play area for kids.
Ellefson Park in West Vail has good sloping hill with a long flat “catch” area at the bottom so kids have fun but they don’t pick up too much speed. The hill is set away from the street and there are 4 parking spots, picnic tables and gorgeous views of Vail mountain.
Putting Green at the Eagle Vail Golf Course -has a great hill comes down from the club house to the putting green. It is a big, steep hill but you can adjust the steepness by deciding where on the hill you want to begin sledding. There is a large parking area adjacent to the putting green.
West Park in EagleVail has the biggest and best sledding hill with three tiers. This is the ideal set up for younger kids and beginners. Littler children can attack the first tier while bigger kids looking for more speed can start from the top for a long run. However, there is not much parking, and finding a place to park can be problematic.
Singletree Sledding Hill: This sledding hill (actually 2 hills) is situated just up from the Sonnenalp golf course, it has a perfect slope with a nice flat area at the bottom. There’s no dedicated parking lot but you can usually find parking on the side of the road. You will find the hill about a half mile up Singletree Road. Have fun sliding down the big hill and if you get enough speed you can continue travel up the other smaller hill. Littler kids will have a ball on the smaller hill.
The Cordillera Nordic Center, on the Mountain Course of Cordillera is home to 11 kilometers of groomed track ripe for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and it also boasts an ideal sledding hill. After your hard day of sledding, enjoy dinner or a delicious cup of hot chocolate to warm up at the Timber Hearth restaurant.
Meadow Mountain is one of the best known free sledding hills in the area. This area was both a ski hill and a regulated sledding hill with a dedicated lift in the past. You will want to hike up the hill to find safe, good sledding at Meadow Mountain. There is a large, free parking lot. This hill is located just outside Minturn, halfway between Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts. Take the Minturn exit off I-70 and go North, the parking lot is immediately to the right.
East Haystacker Sledding Hill in Eagle: This hill is the furthest west from Vail, and lies in the “Banana Belt” which means it is less likely to have snow due to its lower elevation and shorter winter season. But when there is snow, it’s a really fun hill to sled. This is a good sized hill with a long flat area at the bottom to keep sledders and tubers safe.
The Eagle Library also has some really fun hills located right behind the building. There is lots of parking at Town Park which is just about a block away and easy to walk to.
Dutch Henry Sledding Hill
About 45 minutes south of Minturn is the Dutch Henry Sledding Hill, the highest sledding hill in the country. A really fun tubing hill that is open from December to March; weather permitting. This family fun facility features tube rentals and FREE sledding for tube owners. Sled as much as you want on end enjoy groomed tracks and tall borders. This is the perfect hill for high speed tubers. Once you’ve had your fill, take a break in the small warming hut and limited snack bar.
We hope you found this article about sledding and snow tubing in Vail, Colorado helpful. Where is your favorite place to go sledding in the Vail Valley. Do you like sledding on a traditional plastic sled, snow tubes, toboggans, snow discs or something else? We would love to hear your stories about your families’ sledding or tubing adventures. Thanks for reading.