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Vail Mountain open daily starting today

VAIL — Vail Mountain opens for daily summer operations and activities — including scenic rides and bike hauls on Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn Gondola — today beginning at 9 a.m. Daily operations continue through Sept. 1.

The Berry Picker trail opens today, 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. The zip-line, located west of the current tubing hill lift and accessed by the Adventure Skyway (No. 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.

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 4 through 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 apres 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).


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