Vail Mountain summer activities expand this weekend |

Vail Mountain summer activities expand this weekend

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – With recent warm temperatures and hard work from Vail Mountain operations staff, the resort is expanding its hiking and biking terrain to more than 25 miles of trails this weekend in anticipation of the official start to summer just days away. Daily operations begin Thursday.

Beginning at 10 a.m. today, bike hauls on the Eagle Bahn Gondola and portions of the following beginner, intermediate and advanced biking and hiking trails will be offered this weekend:

Hiking Trails: Berrypicker, Grand Escape and Ridge Route.

Cross-Country and Downhill Biking Trails: Hank’s Hideaway, Gitalong Road, Lion Down, Mane Lane, Old Nine Line (lower), Onza Alley, PMT, Village Trail.

Also available at Vail’s Adventure Ridge at Eagle’s Nest beginning Friday is the front nine of the disc golf course. Disc golf enthusiasts should allow one to two hours per nine holes of the self-guided course. Disc golf is free for guests who bring their own discs. Rentals are available for $8 at Adventure Ridge.

Weekend-only scenic rides from Lionshead to Eagle’s Nest via the Eagle Bahn Gondola continue this weekend. The gondola is free to current and 2010-2011 season pass holders or for children 12 and under with a paid adult (limit three children per paid adult). Lift and lunch packages are available, starting at $27 for adults.

On-mountain dining is currently available at Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest. Additional activities can be found at Adventure Ridge including the rebound trampoline, climbing wall and pony rides (kids ages 2-6) for just $10 each or three activities for $25.

Free activities at Adventure Ridge include a new slackline park, horseshoes, bocce ball and kids favorite Dino Dig. Guests can learn about the environment through interactive displays at the Discovery Center, a cooperative arrangement between Vail Resorts, the Gore Range Natural Science School and the U.S. Forest Service. Customized group programs are available. For more information, call 970-754-4675.

For more information, go to, visit the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., or call 970-754-VAIL (8245).

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