Vail Backcountry Tours

Image: Jack Affleck

Anyone who’s enjoyed a heated seat on Gondola One has savored the northern panorama of Bald Mountain and the Gore Range. From the heated handlebars of a Vail Backcountry Tours sled, you can turn that view around and savor the entire frontside of Vail Mountain (as well as Beaver Creek Mountain and Mount of the Holy Cross) as you “brap” your way over 100+ miles of groomed trails in the backcountry north of I-70 off Red Sandstone Road, stopping for hot cocoa, sweet snacks, and a toe-warming roaring fire at the outfitter’s private yurt. Don’t miss: The 3:30 p.m. half-day tour, when the yurt pit stop serves up pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches and steaming bowls of soup (and salad) for dinner as a prelude to a return trip down snowpacked Red Sandstone Road as alpenglow-hued dusk settles over Vail Mountain (2-hour tours starting at $175 per person, half-day tours starting at $275 per person). 970-476-7749, vailbackcountrytours.com

ALSO TRY

While you may not be able to afford the Solaris penthouse the Kardashians rented in 2016, you can day-trip like one: at Camp Hale, where Nova Guides’ Top of the Rockies Tour takes adventurous guests (Kim Kardashian brought along Yeezy, Gucci, and Tom Ford) on a 3-hour ride along what the outfitter bills as the highest groomed snowmobile trail in the country, with some of the region’s most selfie-worthy views (starting at $260 per driver, $50 per passenger). 719-486-2656, novaguides.com

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