At the top of the gondola on Vail Mountain, the usual skiing and snowboarding you think of fades to the background and a whole new set of activities gets center stage at Adventure Ridge.  One of the little gems you'll find is the Nature Discovery Center presented by the Gore Range Natural Science School, the US Forest Service and Vail Resorts.  Naturalists staff the center to answer questions about the area and the many exhibits housed at the center.  They also have some great events that are well worth checking out:

Daily Guided Snowshoe Hike:  Join a naturalist for a free, guided tour atop Vail Mountain.  Tours start at 3pm and last 1 hour.  The scenery is gorgeous and you can ride the gondola to get there!  After the tour, stop in for hot chocolate or cocktails and apps at Bistro 14 in Eagle's Nest.

Nature at Night:  Thursdays and Saturdays at 6pm for 30-45 minutes.  Meet at the Discovery Center for a family nature talk followed by outdoor activities under the stars!  Topics include astronomy and nocturnal animals. 

The Nature Discovery Center is open Tues - Sat 10am to 6pm and Sun & Mon 10am to 4pm.  You can use your pass or lift ticket to ride the gondola or ride the gondola for free after 2pm.