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Vail Mountain now operating every day

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Summer has officially arrived, and so have daily operations on Vail Mountain. New this summer, weekday operating hours for the Eagle Bahn Gondola have been extended to 6 p.m.From Lionshead, guests can ride the gondola to Eagle’s Nest, where activities at Adventure Ridge include the Top of the Mountain tours, horseback tours, pony rides, bungee trampoline and climbing wall. Guests and locals can kick off the summer weekends with Friday Afternoon Club at Adventure Ridge beginning today with live music ranging from acoustic and folk to country and Irish. FAC begin on Fridays at 5 p.m. on Talon’s Deck and feature spectacular sunsets with free live music and activities, food and drink specials, and more.The complete 2011 Vail Mountain summer FAC band lineup includes:• June 24: Andrew McConathy & Friends• July 1: Hard Scrabble• July 8: Boneless• July 15: Bluzilla• July 22: Sloppy Mountain String Band• July 29: Uncle Knuckle• Aug. 5: The Sessh• Aug. 12: Andrews McConathy & Friends• Aug. 19: Sloppy Mountain String Band• Aug. 26: Boulder Acoustic Society• Sept. 2: Frogs Gone Fishin’Bike hauls are available on the Eagle Bahn Gondola and portions of the following beginner, intermediate and advanced biking and hiking trails will be offered for the summer season:• Hiking trails: Berrypicker (from Lionshead to Vail Village and open uphill to Cub’s Way).• Cross-Country, single track and downhill biking trails: Village Trail, Gitalong Road, Hank’s Hideaway, Lion Down – lower portion only, Onza Alley, South 6 Escape, Old Nine Line – lower portion onlyAdditional hiking and biking trails will be available as conditions permit and posted in the Vail Village and Lionshead base areas as well as at Eagle’s Nest.Bistro Fourteen at Eagle’s Nest is now open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday through Sunday, and dinner 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.Game Creek Restaurant is now open for dinner or sunset appetizers on the deck and bar Thursdays through Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and for Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Horseback tours to Game Creek Restaurant are available. Call 970-754-4275 for details and reservations.Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest will continue to offer barbeque and other lunch favorites on Talon’s Deck from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.Summer 2011 gondola hours are:• Through Sept. 5: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Bikes are not allowed up the gondola after 6 p.m.• Sept. 9-25: Weekends only. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.For more information about Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge and mountaintop dining, visit http://www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).


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