Vail’s King of the Mountain starts today |

Vail’s King of the Mountain starts today

Daily Staff Reports
Vail, CO

VAIL – The King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament is back for its 38th year serving up beach volleyball in the Rocky Mountains, starting today.

More than 400 teams of the best junior and adult beach doubles players invade the the Vail Athletic Field to compete in 29 divisions including juniors, adults, and special Father’s Day divisions, father/son and father/daughter.

The Vail tourney has been attracting teams since 1973 when it was created by a group of expatriate beach volleyball players from the Southern California shores; and, has grown into one of the most popular tourneys anywhere in the mountains.

There’s also a free beach doubles clinic for juniors is today afternoon from noon-4:30 p.m. The clinic is directed by USA Volleyball’s director of special programs, John Kessel, and is coached by AVP Pro Beach professionals.


Disc golf at Bachelor Gulch

Disc golf at the Ritz-Carlton?


This spring, a group of disc golf enthusiasts, including some from Spago, expanded the course at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to 18 holes, adding more and variety to their favorite extra-culinary activity.

“We’ve already had a lot of people come up to the hotel, excited about playing a new course in the area. There was high demand for it,” said chef de cuisine Steve Maline, for whose hole-in-one at the 16th tee is honored.

The first hole takes off from the base of the Bachelor Gulch chairlift. From there, the course continues uphill past The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, winding its way toward Upper Beaver Creek chairlift.

The front nine provide a warm-up, offering mostly wide-open shots. The final nine holes, which turn back toward the resort after the 13th basket, present more challenge, such as long yardage, uphill shots and aspen-tree obstacles. The course takes about an hour and half to complete.

The resort’s Recreation Concierge provides a course map, scorecard and complimentary disc rentals.

Starting Saturday, air hockey, ladder toss, ping pong, and campus-favorite, cornhole toss will be set up on the hotel’s Mountainside Terrace from 9-7 p.m. daily. Bocce ball, horse shoes, soccer nets and badminton will be arranged on the back lawn.

For those playing disc golf course or partaking in on-site activities, valet parking is $5 per hour or complimentary with a receipt of $25 or more from Spago or Buffalo Bar.

Complimentary shuttle service from the Bear Lot, which offers free parking during summer, is also available.

For more information or to request reservations, please call the hotel at (970) 748-6200.

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