Vail Mountain to close lifts Wednesday for construction |

Vail Mountain to close lifts Wednesday for construction

The shaded areas of Vail Mountain will be closed during helicopter work today.
Special to the Daily |

VAIL — Vail Mountain plans to close Gondola One and Mid-Vail, in addition to various hiking and biking trails, Wednesday for helicopter work that will take place as part of the construction for the new high-speed, six-passenger Avanti Express Lift (No. 2). During this time all hiking and biking trails between Northwoods and the Avanti area, and within the potential flight path of the helicopter, will be closed for the safety of resort guests.

On Thursday, Gondola One and Mid-Vail are planned to re-open but helicopter work will continue as a part of the construction for the Game Creek zip line tour that’s anticipated to open in summer 2016 as a part of Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery experience. This work will also affect hiking and biking trails on Vail Mountain.

“We have some really exciting projects going on this summer in preparation for winter and for Epic Discovery in summer 2016, and as we continue construction with helicopter work this week we’d like guests to understand that Gondola One will be closed on Wednesday and they should use the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead to access the mountain and activities,” said Elizabeth Howe, senior director of mountain operations for Vail Mountain. “We also want to stress how important it is for everyone’s safety to obey all trail closures during this time, and our staff will be out to help everyone understand what is open and what is closed. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our guests as we work on these exciting new projects to enhance the guest experience.”

Staff will be in position on Wednesday and Thursday at the base areas in Vail Village and Lionshead, as well as various locations around the mountain, to help with information for guests heading up and down the mountain.

The helicopter work being performed is extremely weather dependent and closure dates are subject to change. Vail Mountain will provide updates throughout the week via its @VailMtnAlerts Twitter feed and on its Facebook page. Those planning to access the mountain are encouraged to check one of these sources or call the Vail Mountain Information Center at 970-754-8245 for the most current information.

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