Vail Mountain Moves to Daily Summer Operations and Opens More Hiking and Biking Trails on Friday, June 13

12 June 2014
  • Snow tubing continues for another weekend at Adventure Ridge.
  • New kids low ropes course and zip line to open at Adventure Ridge mid-summer
  • Snow tubing continues for another weekend at Adventure Ridge.
  • New kids low ropes course and zip line to open at Adventure Ridge mid-summer
Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, opens for daily summer operations and activities – including scenic rides and bike hauls on Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn Gondola – on Friday, June 13 beginning at 9 a.m. Daily operations continue through Monday, Sept. 1.
 
The Berry Picker trail opens on Friday offering hiking from both the Vail Village and Lionshead base areas up to Adventure Ridge. Open trails for mountain biking include the Village Trail, Liondown, Gitalong Road, Onza Alley, Fireweed, and Big Mamba. Additional hiking trails and mountain biking trails will be offered as soon as conditions permit.
 
Guests can also experience Vail’s newest activities at Adventure Ridge, including a four-line 1,200-foot long zip line and two aerial challenge courses, which were completed in August 2013. The zip-line, located west of the current tubing hill lift and accessed by the Adventure Skyway (#28), offers guests a high-flying rush as they zip through the sky amongst magnificent mountain views of the Gore Range. For more of a challenge, guests can conquer one of two new aerial ropes challenge courses each featuring three levels of elements to maneuver including ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and more, all within the safety of a harness.
 
Later this summer, guests can look forward to two more new activities at Adventure Ridge geared towards younger guests, including a single-line, 200-foot-long kids zip line and beginner kids low ropes course.
 
Also at Adventure Ridge…
Snow tubing continues for another weekend at Adventure Ridge, offering sliding on two lanes of snow while it lasts.
 
Guided hiking and biking tours return to Adventure Ridge for the third summer season. Tours are a great way for guests to enjoy hiking and mountain biking trails and familiarize themselves with the trail system on the mountain, all with the help of a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Morning and afternoon tours are offered daily throughout the summer.
 
In addition, Adventure Ridge also offers signature activities including the Top of the Mountain Tours, horseback tours, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall as well as pony rides and Dino Dig for Vail’s youngest visitors.
 
Gore Creek Mini Golf
Situated at the base of the Born Free Express Lift (#8) across from the Lionshead ticket office, Gore Creek Mini Golf provides putting fun for all ages on nine, par-three holes. Each hole features an interpretive animal theme that spotlights local Vail Valley animal species and provides educational background and information.
 
A bungee trampoline is also located at the base of Lionshead near the Gore Creek Mini Golf course.
 
On-Mountain Dining
New this summer, The 10th will open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, July 4through Sunday, Aug. 31, adding another dining option at Mid-Vail. In addition Mid-Vail will offer lunch daily at Sarge’s.
 
Refuel while indulging in views of the Vail Valley, Gore Range and Mount of the Holy Cross over lunch at 10,350 feet on Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest open daily beginning Friday, June 13.
 
Bistro Fourteen opens Thursday, June 26 offering lunch daily as well as dinner Thursdays through Saturdays.
 
Game Creek Restaurant also opens Thursday, June 26 offering après specials on the deck with spectacular views overlooking the Vail Valley, dinner Thursdays through Saturdays, and a sumptuous Sunday brunch through Sunday, Aug. 31.
 
Friday Afternoon Club
Vail’s original mountaintop Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) at Eagle’s Nest, featuring complimentary live music and food and drink specials every Friday, returns on June 27. The complete summer lineup includes:
  • June 27 – Town Calvary
  • July 4 – Hardscrabble
  • July 11 – The Alitones
  • July 18 – Bluegrass & Bloodies
  • July 25 – The Upside
  • Aug. 1 – Town Calvary
  • Aug. 8 – The Alitones
  • Aug. 15 – Robby Peoples & the Bank Walkers
  • Aug. 22 – Drunken Hearts
  • Aug. 29 – Bluegrass & Bloodies
 
Lift tickets are required to ride Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn Gondola during the summer and can be purchased at the Vail Village or Lionshead Ticket Offices. All 2014–2015 season pass holders receive unlimited, free scenic access to the both gondolas. Guests who have not yet secured a pass for next winter can purchase online at www.epicpass.com or visit any ticket office for more information.  
 
Summer 2014 Gondola Dates & Hours*
 
Gondola One:
Weekend-Only Operations:
  • Fridays through Sundays: June 6-8, Sept. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 and Oct. 3-5
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Daily Operations:
  • Friday, June 13 through Monday, Sept. 1
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eagle Bahn Gondola:
Weekend-Only Operations:
  • Fridays through Sundays: June 6-8, Sept. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 and Oct. 3-5
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Daily Operations:
  • Friday, June 13 through Monday, Sept. 1
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Extended Evening Operations:
  • Thursdays through Saturdays, June 26 through Aug. 30
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
*All hours and days of operation are subject to change.
 
*Bikes will be allowed up Gondola One until 4 p.m. and the Eagle Bahn Gondola until 6 p.m. as conditions permit.
 
As always, guests are reminded to obey all posted signs and closures. Helmets and sturdy shoes with a good tread are recommended for bicyclists at all times and all bikes must have two working hand brakes. All mountain bikers must obey the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) code, printed on Vail Mountain’s summer trail map.
 
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
 
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.  
 

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About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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