Vail’s Gondola One to open for GoPro Mountain Games
Business owners praise Vail Resorts' move to have gondola running during big weekend
Vail business owners and managers are praising Vail Resorts’ decision to open Gondola One June 11-13 for the weekend of the GoPro Mountain Games.
Gondola One out of Vail Village will operate for scenic gondola rides from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the weekend. The Vail Village ticket office will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during that time.
“Kudos to Vail Resorts for doing this,” Venture Sports owner Mike Brumbaugh said. Venture Sports has a location in the Gondola One building.
Adding gondola rides to the mix of weekend activities will help attract more people to the valley, Brumbaugh said. While the gondola won’t be doing bike hauls until its June 19 full-season opening, Brumbaugh said someone who wants to rent a bike and tour the town can do that, leaving a gondola ride available to someone who’d rather just see the sights.
“It gives the whole family something to do,” he added.
Mountain Games weekend usually sees a pretty packed house at Yeti’s Grind in Solaris. In a text, Yeti’s owner Larry Leith wrote having the gondola running will be a “big bonus” for the weekend, adding, “bring on the games — bring on the summer fun!”
Evergreen Lodge general manager Brian Butts also expects to see a boost from having the gondola running.
“Any time you can provide more activities, it means more people,” Butts said.
The Mountain Games is already a big weekend at the Evergreen. Butts said the hotel is already about 85% booked for the games, especially with the musical acts coming to town.
“We’ll probably sell out” for the weekend, Butts added.
In a text message, Montauk and El Segundo owner Cameron Douglas agreed that the news should bring a boost, but probably more for Vail Village than Lionshead.
For those ready for a scenic ride that weekend, one child under 12 will receive a complimentary ride with the purchase of an adult ticket, and grab and go food and beverage will be available at Sarge’s Deck.
A lunch and ride option is also available. Due to snowmelt, only hiking below MidVail will be available.
Epic and Epic Local Pass holders for the 2021-22 season receive complimentary scenic gondola rides. Epic Pass holders for the coming winter season can use the winter Epic Mountain Rewards. Those rewards save users 20% on food, lodging and rentals. Pass holders can also save on activities including golf and bike rentals. Bike hauls will begin from Gondola One and Eagle Bahn Gondola on June 19.