I'll be visiting Vail in early January and staying at the Wren. I'd like to walk while my husband skis. Will the Recreation Path likely be open to casual walkers (I'm a fairly fit 69)? Where is the western end of it?
It's open. It will be snow packed and icy. Traction, like from yak tracks, on your boots,will be very helpful. From the Wren, at the Betty Ford alpine center, not far to the east, you can borrow yak tracks. Or, if you like buy your own and bring them. Or buy some on Vail. The path to the west goes all the way to Lionshead going into the village and then back on a trail by the creek. Try snowshoeing at the golf course. It's further to the east from the Betty Ford alpine center. Outdoors will be fun. Bring a mug and find a place to stop for coffer, tea or hot chocolate. Have a great time!
The path isn't typically plowed in the winter. The Wren is just up a small hill from the path, however, so can reach it and either walk with boots or snowshoes along the creekside path about two blocks to a plowed street that will lead you into the center of Vail Village. There is also a free town bus that stops at Ford Park and will take you to the Village Transportation Center. You should call The Wren directly to confirm this info.
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