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Little Kids in Vail - strollers, activities, snowshoeing

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Little Kids in Vail - strollers, activities, snowshoeing


My family is going to be staying in Vail for a week in early February. We have a 3 1/2-year-old and a 2-year-old. We plan on doing some ski school for the older child and some daycare for the younger child. For parts of the trip we'll be joined by various family members, including a 6-year-old niece. We're staying in a condo in Lionshead right at the base of the gondola. We don't plan to rent a car.

A few questions:

(1) I'm trying to figure out whether to rent a jogging stroller while we're there. We will be bringing a double umbrella stroller for the airport, but it's difficult to maneuver and not very comfortable. I expect that we'll be riding the in-town shuttle a lot. How big and how crowded are the shuttles? If I rent a double jogging stroller (they're huge!) will I be able to take it on the shuttle? If not, how about a single jogging stroller? Or do I need to have a small stroller than can really fold up for the shuttle ride?

(2) I've come up with some non-ski activities for the kiddos, but would love to hear what you all would do with little kids in Vail. FYI they're both too little for the tubing at Adventure Ridge (which looks awsome) or for a dog sled ride. I plan to try snow shoeing (more about that below). Is there somewhere we can rent or buy a basic sled and sled down a small hill? Anywhere to do a horse drawn sleigh ride that's during the day? Anywhere up the mountain we can go other than Adventure Ridge? I've found some story times at the library and we'll definitely check out the children's museum.

(3) I think showshoeing sounds great because we can pull the kids in a sled or try them out on their own snow shoes. It looks like we can go to the Nordic Center at the golf course to try this out, or go on a trail from the Discovery Center up the mountain. I picture both of these options being very grommed, and not very natural. Is that right? Where would you suggest going that's more in the wilderness? Should we just hire a guide for a 1/2 day trip?

I appreciate any advice you can give, thanks!

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1. Re: Little Kids in Vail - strollers, activities, snowshoeing

The shuttles occupancy really depends on the time of day> During "rush" hours; when skiers are getting to or from the slopes in a.m. or p.m. it is standing room only many times. Vail has heated streets (no snow on them)so it is easy to manuver whatever type of stroller you have. 3 & 2 year olds are rather young for most options I am affraid. If they are potty-trained, put them in ski school! They teach & entertain your kids all day, then return them to you nice & pooped out> that you don't need to find much more than a place to snuggle & go to sleep at the end of each day! ha ha!

Ford Park has a great playground if its a sunny day.

I cannot imagine anyone under the age of 10 snowshoe-ing, they are cumbersome and awkward for little ones to navigate, IMO.

I'd hit WalMart in Avon to pick up a cheap sled. Also in Avon is a fantastic Rec Center with a huge kiddie pool.

Check out 4-Eagle ranch, I do believe they do daytime activities (sleigh rides) or go for their early dinner.

Here is a link to our family What To Do guide book:


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Thanks so much for your help!

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