New activities debut at Adventure Ridge
Special to the Weekly
Where: Eagles Nest, Vail Mountain.
Getting there: Gondola tickets are required to reach Adventure Ridge on-mountain activities. Alternative, hike up Vail’s trail system (Berrypicker Trail recommended; allow an extra two to three hours).
Price range: Activities start at $12, Packages start at $39.
Kid friendly? Made for kids. Zip line tours and ropes courses, rebound trampoline, climbing wall and motor tours.
Hours: Open daily at 10 a.m., July 1-Aug. 16. Open daily at 11 a.m. Aug. 17-Sept. 7.
Visitor tip: Make reservations or you may have to wait between activities, depending on availability.
More information: Call 970-754-8245 or visit vail.com for product details and pricing. Tickets may be purchased at the Vail Village Ticket Office, Lionshead Ticket Office or at the Adventure Ridge sales desk.
VAIL — Adventure Ridge seems to change a little bit every summer, and this year’s new offerings are now in full swing. The mountaintop activity mecca, accessible from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, features a 5 p.m. Friday Afternoon Club and — new this year — a Saturday Afternoon Club. Summer mountain tubing made its debut this year, as well.
Annie Schugart, 19, recently spent the weekend at Adventure Ridge with her three brothers and father.
“The zipline was well worth it,” she said.
One ride was not enough for the Kansas City family, which planned on scheduling another run as soon as their zip ended.
Adjacent to the new summer tubing is the adult zipline. Guests take a ride on the Adventure Skyway, an enclosed elevator conveyor lift, to reach both activities. The skyway makes the uphill trek easy for younger participants and those equipped with zipline harnesses.
Adventure Ridge is surrounded by spectacular scenery, and the 1,200-foot-long zipline, the physically challenging ropes courses, the climbing wall and the acrobatic rebound trampoline all offer dramatic views.
For those who prefer action without stomach-dropping plummets, the north and south challenge courses test endurance and physical prowess.
“You have to maneuver ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs and more, plus it mixes in the thrill of heights,” said Sara Lococo, of Vail Mountain’s communications team.
Californians Ava Schmidt, 10, and brother Oliver, 7, were all smiles after tackling the course. Their favorite part was the finale, a rappel from the top tier.
“Sliding down was the best,” Ava Schmidt said.
Though avid adrenaline junkies may prefer a zipline ride or a cruise down the technical mountain bike trails that begin at Adventure Ridge, families will appreciate Adventure Ridge’s all-encompassing active pursuits that can fill a day or a weekend.
Designed to meet the needs of every outdoor personality, Top of the Mountain Tours showcase Vail’s Back Bowls, guided hiking expeditions take visitors through the White River National Forest and disc golfing shows the mountain from a different perspective.
Additional options for children are the sandbox play area and Walking Mountains Discovery Center, which offers some chill time in between activities. On-mountain refreshments are available at Talon’s Deck, and Bistro Fourteen provides casual, sit-down dining.
Summer tubing costs $20 for three laps, and the passes can be used throughout the day. The Adventure Ridge Action Pass for kids costs $39 and offers unlimited access to kids activities including the kids zipline and challenge course, bungee trampolines, the climbing wall and Gore Creek Mini Golf. Guests who have a 2015-16 Epic Pass have access to unlimited Eagle Bahn Gondola rides, allowing access to Adventure Ridge all summer long.
Those planning on visiting Adventure Ridge are encouraged to visit early in the day when there are fewer people and to make reservations in advance by calling 970-754-8245.