UPDATED HOURS: Vail Mountain Opens for Opening Weekend Summer Operations and Activities on Friday, June 6

03 June 2014
  • Adventure Ridge to offer two lanes of snow tubing, zip lining, a ropes challenge course and more for opening weekend
  • New kids low ropes course and zip line to be opened at Adventure Ridge mid-summer
Vail, Colo. – June 3, 2014– Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, opens for opening weekend summer operations on Friday, June 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate for weekend scenic rides, June 6-8, until daily summer operations begin on Friday, June 13.
For opening weekend Adventure Ridge will provide thrills and chills with two lanes of snow tubing. Other activities will include the climbing wall, and Vail’s new four-line zip line and north ropes challenge course, 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. The ropes challenge course features various elements to maneuver including ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and more, all within the safety of a harness and at three difficulty levels.
Vail’s Gore Creek Mini Golf course, situated at the base of the Born Free Express Lift (#8) across from the Lionshead ticket office, also opens on Friday, June 6, offering putting fun for all ages on nine, par-three holes. The bungee trampoline adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola will also be available.
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.
Beginning Friday, June 6, the Berrypicker trail will be open for hiking between Vail Village and Lionshead. Additional hiking trails and mountain biking trails as well as bike hauls will be offered as soon as conditions permit.
On-Mountain Dining
For opening weekend Sarge’s at Mid-Vail and Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest will serve lunch. The Bistro Fourteen bar will also be open.
Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek Restaurant are slated to open for normal summer service beginning Thursday, June 26.
New this summer, The 10th will open for lunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, July 4.
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. 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.
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 soon as conditions allow. 

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 Mountain Bike Responsibility Code, printed on Vail Mountain’s summer trail map.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead 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.  

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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Phone: (970) 754-3001

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Phone: (970) 496-1493
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