Epic Discovery experiences to make Vail debut in June
VAIL — This summer, Vail Resorts will debut its Epic Discovery summer recreation program at Vail Mountain and Heavenly Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe.
“Epic Discovery will provide an avenue for our summer guests to experience our alpine settings in a new, immersed way, similar to what our ski and snowboard guests experience in the winter,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Vail Resorts, along with our partners at the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, envisions Epic Discovery as a catalyst for helping to foster a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors among a diverse audience of summer visitors to the mountains.”
Epic Discovery will feature activities such as ziplines, canopy tours, alpine coasters, wildlife trail exploration and interactive, learn-through-play activities.
“Epic Discovery offers families the opportunity to learn through play together in the national forest,” Jarnot said. “For kids, it will be the ultimate playground in an alpine setting.”
Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery proposal received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service in October 2014, and the resort began construction in 2015.
Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery first experiences include:
• Game Creek Canopy Tour: This guided tour will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of ziplines and aerial bridges as high as 300 feet above the valley floor. Guests will learn about the mountain environment from interpretive guides while working their way through the course.
• Forest Flyer: The gravity-run alpine coaster allows guests on individual sleds to descend on a raised track through the forest while giving riders full control of their speed.
• Expanded Trail System: A wildlife exploration trail, featuring mountain flora and fauna and a series of installations that each resembles a different animal ability, such as vision, stride, agility and strength will meander along the mountain. Vail has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and Walking Mountains Science Center to bring interpretive elements to the Epic Discovery experiences and will be contributing 1 percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects.
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