Vail Mountain begins summer operations Friday |

Vail Mountain begins summer operations Friday

The Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead will operate this weekend, and then close for the season.
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VAIL — Vail Mountain kicks off summer operations on Friday. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate for weekend scenic rides Friday through Sunday, and will move to daily summer operations beginning June 12.

For opening weekend, Adventure Ridge at Eagle’s Nest will offer activities including the Zip Flyer, challenge course and bungee trampolines. At the base of Lionshead, Vail’s Gore Creek Mini Golf course, situated near the Born Free Express Lift (No. 8) across from the ticket office, will also open.

Hiking and mountain biking trails on Vail Mountain, as well as bike hauls, will not be offered opening weekend Friday through Sunday but will open as soon as conditions permit.

Later this season, a new hiking center will debut at the base of Lionshead. Also, summer tubing at Adventure Ridge will eventually be incorporated into Epic Discovery along with existing activities such as the Zip Flyer and challenge courses. Construction is also underway on the new Forest Flyer and canopy tours that are anticipated to debut as a part of Epic Discovery in summer 2016.

For opening weekend Sarge’s BBQ & Deck at Mid-Vail and Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and will move to daily operations June 12.

Restaurants Open June 26

Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek Restaurant will open for summer operations beginning June 26. Bistro Fourteen will serve lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m. Game Creek will open for dinner service Thursdays through Saturdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 10th will open for summer lunch service Friday-Sunday beginning July 3.

Summer 2015 gondola dates (Gondola One and Eagle Bahn Gondola) are:

• Daily: June 12-Aug. 30

• Weekends only: June 5-7, Sept. 4-7, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 and Oct. 2-4.

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. Lift and Lunch tickets are also available and include gondola access plus a $15 credit toward the purchase of food and beverage at any of Vail’s on-mountain dining facilities.

Epic Pass holders for 2015-16 receive unlimited, free scenic access to the both gondolas throughout the summer. Guests who have not yet secured a pass for next winter can purchase one online at

For more information about Vail Mountain, please visit, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

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