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Vail Mountain to open snow tubing, snowmobiling

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain might not be able to open up for skiing in June, but resort officials figured there had to be something they could do with all the snow that hasn’t melted yet near Eagle’s Nest.

Vail Mountain announced Wednesday that “in an effort to remain flexible and provide the best early-summer on-mountain experience,” snow tubing and kids’ snowmobiling will be available this weekend at Adventure Ridge.

Jeff Althage, assistant manager at Adventure Ridge, has been working this week on getting two lanes at the tubing hill ready for the weekend.

“With all the snow we’ve got up there, all we’ve really had to do is push it around,” he said. “We just had to basically move the snow where we needed it.”

As part of the job, Althage also got to do some test runs on the tubing hill Wednesday.

“It’s similar to spring conditions,” he said. “It’s not as fast as it has been, but it’s a really good speed for people to have fun – a good, safe, fun speed. … It’s pretty cool up there.”

While Aspen Mountain reopened last weekend for skiing and plans to open every weekend through early July, Vail Mountain spokeswoman Liz Biebl said there are a few reasons why Vail couldn’t reopen for skiing so late in the year. Construction of the new Mid-Vail restaurant is one factor, and another is that while there’s still a lot of snow up high and at Eagle’s Nest, there’s not enough snow everywhere on the mountain to make skiing and snowboarding feasible this late in the year.

Vail Mountain Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot said in a statement Wednesday that if you can’t beat Mother Nature, you might as well join her.

“Mother Nature provided Vail with one of the best ski and snowboard seasons in history and stuck around throughout the spring with a series of storms and cold temperatures,” Jarnot said. “The snow is melting quickly, but we still have enough at Eagle’s Nest to offer tubing and kids’ snowmobiling, at least through the weekend.”

Tubing and snowmobiling will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The climbing wall, bungee trampoline and Dino Dig will also be available, and Talon’s Deck will be serving food.

“Hours and operations of on-snow attractions this weekend and beyond are weather dependent as crews continue preparations for traditional summer activities, including the new nine-hole miniature golf course in Lionshead, the new Top of the Mountain Tours, horseback tours, pony rides, disc golf and more,” Vail Mountain officials said in Wednesday’s statement.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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