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Vail Today: Beaver Creek Wine Excursions pair Snowshoeing with Wine Tasting (video)

By Tricia Swenson | Vail Today
What happens when you pair a healthy outdoor activity full of scenic splendor with gourmet decadence? The Winter Wine Excursions at Beaver Creek, a guided snowshoe and wine tasting that allows you to experience the mountain in a different way. The adventure begins at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center, where participants are outfitted with the latest snowshoe equipment. Once geared up, guests load the Strawberry Park Express lift to McCoy Park, which is Beaver Creek’s dedicated Nordic and snowshoe trail system. The excursion ends with a decedent selection of charcuterie and wine pairings served by The Fireside Grill at The Osprey. Julie and Robert Hagood are from Dallas but recently bought a home in the valley and the toys needed to go with it. “We really became interested in snowshoeing this year and just bought our snowshoes in January. We had never been to McCoy Park and were happy to go with a guide,” said Julie. The guides not only give you tips on technique, but they also point out interesting facts and give you an idea of the flora and fauna that surrounds you. From this vantage point you can view peaks within the Sawatch, Gore and Flat Top mountain ranges. Each tour is adjusted for the ability level of the group. Following a 60- to 90-minute guided snowshoe tour, guests descend Strawberry Park Express, and exchange snowshoe gear for their own shoes, which are waiting for them as they enter the Fireside Grill. Caroline Champion, Tami Champion and Sharon McCoy have been coming to Beaver Creek with their families for the past six years but say they love their girl time. “Our husbands have the kids and we’re out here. We just loved it, it was our first time snowshoeing,” said McCoy. “We’ll definitely do it again next year. If you want a break from skiing this is a great alternative.”

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