Vail Mountain mini golf starts Friday
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Mild spring temperatures in the Rockies have lent a helping hand to Vail Mountain crews who have been gearing up for summer operations, both on and off the mountain. First up, Gore Creek Mini Golf returns for its second season Friday beginning at 10 a.m., with nine holes of putting for all ages amongst an interpretive animal theme that spotlights a different local animal species at each hole.
Further up the mountain, crews are prepping the mountain for a full menu of activities. Scenic rides and bike hauls on the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19), activities at Adventure Ridge and dining at Talon’s Deck start up for weekend-only operations June 8-10. Daily and evening operations resume earlier than normal this summer, beginning June 15.
New this summer, construction is under way on a second mountain biking flow trail, Radio Flyer, to complement Big Mamba, which opened late last summer. Both trails are the result of Vail Mountain’s partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the International Mountain Biking Association. Radio Flyer will wind down the western edge of Vail Mountain before converging with other trails and, like Big Mamba, will be slightly wider than a traditional downhill trail and is geared toward intermediate riders.
“The Big Mamba flow trail has been a tremendous addition to the mountain biking lineup on Vail Mountain and a fantastic way for riders to hone their skills before venturing on to more advanced trails,” said Julie Rust, director of Vail Ski Patrol and the summer trail crew. “We’re looking forward to expanding the summer mountain biking experience for our guests and the community with the completion of the Radio Flyer flow trail, which we’re hoping to open to the public by July 1.”
Adventure Ridge activities at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola include the Top of the Mountain Tours, horseback tours, disc golf, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall as well as pony rides and Dino Dig for Vail’s youngest visitors. Guests can also partake in the free slackline park, horseshoes and bean bag toss.
Soak up some sun and indulge in views of the Vail Valley, Gore Range and Mount of the Holy Cross over lunch at 10,350 feet at Talon’s Deck, open June 8-10 and daily beginning June 15.
Bistro Fourteen will begin summer operations on June 15. Regular summer hours will include Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Game Creek Restaurant will be open for Father’s Day Brunch on June 17 at 11 a.m. Dinner service will begin on June 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Sept. 2. Regular summer hours for dinner will include Thursday, Friday and Saturday with apres on the deck from 5:30-7 p.m. and brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lift tickets are required to ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola during the summer and can be purchased at the Lionshead Ticket Office. Next year’s season pass holders receive unlimited, free scenic access to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Guests who have not yet secured a pass for next winter can purchase one at http://www.epicpass.com.
Gondola dates and hours
• Weekend operation, June 8-10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Daily operation, June 15-Sept. 3: 10 a.m.-6 p.m Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Bikes are not allowed up the gondola after 6 p.m.
Open additional weekends, Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 7-9, Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 21-23
For more information about Vail Mountain, lift tickets, Adventure Ridge and mountaintop dining, visit http://www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or call 970-754-VAIL (8245).
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