VAIL, Colorado - The upper portion of Big Mamba, one of two new "flow" trails planned for Vail Mountain, will open this Friday in Lionshead with access from Eagle's Nest down to the top of the Born Free Express Lift (No. 8). From there, riders will be able to access other routes down the mountain. Work on the lower portion of Big Mamba will continue throughout the remainder of the summer.
The new gondola-served "flow" trail is built slightly wider than a typical downhill trail and is designed for intermediate mountain bikers as well as sustainability. According to the International Mountain Biking Association, characteristics of a "flow" trail include synergy with the landscape, forgiving and natural terrain that is accessible to a wide range of riders, and banked turns and rollers that are designed to maximize a rider's forward momentum.
Bike hauls are available on the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19). All hiking and biking trails are currently open for the summer season with the exception of the Sunlight hiking trail, which will open as conditions permit. Trail updates are posted in the Vail Village and Lionshead base areas as well as at Eagle's Nest.
For more information about Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge and mountaintop dining, visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).