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Vail Mountain to expand summer activities

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Horseback riding at Vail

VAIL, Colorado – With the first official day of summer quickly approaching, people visiting Vail Mountain this weekend will have even more activities to choose from with the addition of the mountaintop horseback tours through Game Creek Bowl, pony rides at Adventure Ridge and some biking and hiking trails opening today.

Visitors can explore Vail Mountain with a 45-minute horseback tour from Eagle’s Nest through Game Creek Bowl and back. The tour is suitable for adults and children age 7 years and up and can be combined with lift and lunch packages. Children ages 2 through 6 years can enjoy pony rides around the mountaintop corral at Adventure Ridge.

Beginning at 10 a.m. today bike hauls on the Eagle Bahn Gondola and portions of the following hiking and cross-country and single-track biking trails will be offered this weekend:

• Hiking trails: Berrypicker – from Vail Village to Lionshead.

• Cross-country and single-track biking trails: Village Trail, Gitalong Road, Hank’s Hideaway, Lion Down – lower portion only, Onza Alley

Additional 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. Vail Resorts asks people to obey all posted signs and closures.

Other activities available on Vail Mountain this weekend include scenic rides from Lionshead to Eagle’s Nest via the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the new Top of the Mountain Tour, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and the kids Dino Dig. Mini-golf and disc golf as well as the slackline park, bocce ball, horseshoes and bean bag toss will also be offered as the summer season progresses and weather permits.

Talon’s Deck will be open this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek will reopen for summer service beginning Thursday along with daily gondola and Adventure Ridge operations.

Eagle Bahn Gondola hours

June 3-19: Weekends only, Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

June 23 – 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 horseback tour reservations or for more information about Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge and mountaintop dining, visit, 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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