When the snow melts, Vail blooms with activities, events, and more. This summer, Vail’s guests can expect thrilling activities like the Top-of-the-Mountain Tour, classic events including Friday Afternoon Club and BRAVO!, dining at its finest at Game Creek Restaurant and beautiful blue sky days with temperatures in the high 70’s.
Activities for All Ages at New Heights
Eagle Bahn Gondola
Enjoy a scenic summer ride on the Eagle Bahn Gondola from Lionshead to Eagle’s Nest where you’ll find views of magnificent peaks and an array of affordable dining and adventurous activities for all ages and abilities at your fingertips.
Returning for its second summer season is the Top-of-the-Mountain Tour. Providing incredible views and a sense of adventure, the new Motorized Mountain Tour starts its 11 mile loop at Eagle’s Nest, passing Two Elk and Patrol Headquarters with a final destination of the Orient Express Lift (#21) at the top of China Bowl.
Friday Afternoon Club
Guests and locals alike kick off the weekend with Vail's Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) at Adventure Ridge, high atop Vail Mountain. FAC begins at 5 p.m. on Talon's Deck and features the best views in the valley with amazing sunsets, free live music and activities, food and drink specials, and more. Full schedule TBA at www.vail.com.
Climbing Wall, Rebound Trampoline
Race to the top of the climbing wall at Adventure Ridge, starting at 10,350 feet, or soar to new heights on the bouncing bungee harnessed trampoline at Adventure Ridge.
Take a guided horseback trail ride through Game Creek Bowl. The 40-minute trail rides begin at the Eagle's Nest corral for adults and children, ages 7 and up. Full tours start at $50* per person and can be combined with lift and lunch packages. One way tours to Game Creek Restaurant are available for guests who wish to kick back and enjoy sunset drinks and appetizers on the deck or a complete culinary experience. Prices start at just $35* and return transportation to Eagle’s Nest is provided. Children ages 2–6 years can enjoy pony rides around our mountaintop corral. For only $25* kids can enjoy a pony ride and their choice of two other activities, including rebound trampoline, climbing wall or disc golf rental. (*denotes 2010 pricing; 2011 pricing TBA)
Vail Mountain’s 18-hole self-guided disc golf course begins at the top of the Pride Express Lift (#26), winds up to the western edge of the ski area boundary, wraps below the Eagle Bahn Gondola through the Little Eagle Lift (#15) area and ends near Thunder Cat Cave. Maps are recommended and available at the information desk at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The course is designed for all ability levels and discs, putters and drivers can be rented at Eagle’s Nest for $8*. The course is free to those with their own equipment and disc golf equipment can also be purchased at the Vail Sports location at Eagle’s Nest. (*denotes 2010 pricing; 2011 pricing TBA)
FREE for All! Slackline Park, Bocce Ball, Horseshoes, Bean Bag Toss and Dino Dig
Grab your friends and family and try your luck at horseshoes, bocce ball, bean bag toss or the new slackline park where kids and adults can test their balance at a variety of levels. Children age four and up are invited to dig through sand to uncover dinosaur bones and learn about prehistoric creatures through an educational display. Digging tools and a map are provided.
Nature Discovery Center & Guided Nature Hikes
Located in an all-seasons yurt adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola atop Vail Mountain, the Nature Discovery Center has provided the visiting public with meaningful access to the wonders of the natural world since opening its doors in 2000. The mountain top nature center is open during the winter and summer seasons and features an array of natural history exhibits and artifacts related to Vail Mountain.
Enjoy Nature on Foot and Bike
Vail Mountain and the surrounding valley offer expansive trail systems for the outdoor enthusiast that wind through lush forests, brilliant wildflowers and native wildlife to provide breathtaking views of the surrounding environment.
Hiking on Vail Mountain
The Vail Valley offers a wide variety of hiking trails for you to choose from. All ages and abilities can take advantage of miles and miles of trails that offer the chance to escape into nature. A few favorites include:
• Eagle's Loop: Short, “green” ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile, 15-20 minutes
• Berrypicker: Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Eagle's Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 4.6 miles, 2-3 hours
• Ridge Route: Intermediate climb from Eagle's Nest to Wildwood and back with spectacular views. 2.8 miles, 1.5-2 hours.
• Bad Simba: Steep, advanced side trail from Eagle's Nest. .75 miles
Forgo the blacktop pavement and enjoy a run surrounded by nature on one of Vail’s many scenic trails. Runners will find a variety of trails and terrain throughout Vail that are sure to meet their fitness needs all while providing extraordinary views of the lush summer landscape.
Mountain Biking on Vail Mountain
As the host of two previous Mountain Bike World Championships, Vail’s trails suit the amateur and the seasoned professional. Family cruisers can ride the gondola, explore the forests on two wheels and enjoy a mountaintop barbeque. Downhill junkies can ride uphill then seek out the most technical terrain for their descent. Equipment is available for rental or purchase at local shops. An additional bike haul ticket is needed to take a bike up the gondola. Bikes are not allowed on the gondola after 4 p.m. A few of Vail’s many mountain biking trails include:
• Village Trail: Longest and most pleasant beginner route on the mountain, the Village Trail is a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent. 7 miles.
• Fred's Lunch: An alternating single and double intermediate track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views. 3.2 miles
• Grand Traverse: Vail's signature intermediate trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector. 5.3 miles
• Mid-Vail Escape: Challenging single and double track that takes you from the top of Kloser's Klimb to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range. 2.2 miles.
Dine at new heights atop Vail Mountain this summer, from the smokey barbeque at Talon’s Deck to the eclectic and family-friendly dining at Bistro Fourteen to the distinctive fine dining, extensive wine list and spectacular valley views of Game Creek Restaurant.
Game Creek Restaurant
Ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Eagle’s Nest where you’ll meet a shuttle for transportation to Game Creek Restaurant, located in an old-world chalet nestled within Vail’s Game Creek Bowl. Game Creek Restaurant offers distinctive American cuisine, an extensive wine list, and superior service complimented by magnificent views and sunsets. Game Creek is an experience not easily forgotten and Vail’s boldest expression of the Company’s commitment to Appetite for Life, the all-natural meat and organic dairy initiative.
Chef Clawson brings a wealth of culinary experience from fine dining establishments such as La Caravelle Restaurant in New York City, The Westbury Hotel and the Plaza Athenee, the Inn at Little Washington, the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Hotel Nikko Atlanta and more recently with the Lodge at Vail and Le Meridien Hotel in San Francisco. Chef Clawson blends his culinary imagination with all-natural and organic products and the freshest ingredients.
Enjoy late-afternoon drinks and appetizers on the sunny deck overlooking the Vail Valley or a complete culinary experience with three-, five- and seven-course dinner menus beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For the more adventurous spirits, travel to Game Creek Restaurant by horseback!
Sunday brunch including fresh fish, omelettes, pastries, braised meats and more has never been better set amongst Vail Mountain’s scenic views, wildlife, flora and fauna at Game Creek Restaurant, a cozy chalet nestled in Vail’s legendary Game Creek Bowl. Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For sample menus and other details, visit www.gamecreekrestaurantvail.com.
Relax on Vail’s largest deck and enjoy amazing views of the Gore Range and Mount of the Holy Cross while enjoying delicious barbeque and daily specials. Talons Deck serves a casual selection of daily lunch menu items ranging from burgers and barbeque to chicken Caesar salads and daily specials.
Bistro Fourteen is a convenient, full-service restaurant at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest. A celebration of Colorado’s highest peaks, Bistro Fourteen features family friendly cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. It's the perfect stop for lunch or dinner before and after experiencing the fun at Adventure Ridge, and kids always eat for just $10! Enjoy dinner Thursday through Saturday or lunch Friday through Sunday.
Town Event Highlights
Annual favorites like the Teva Mountain Games return to Vail along with a slew of other great summer events for locals and visitors of the Vail Valley. Peruse fresh produce at the Vail Farmers’ Market—the largest in Colorado –, expand your cultural horizons with Bravo! and the Vail International Dance Festival and witness some of the world’s greatest athletes compete in the Quiznos Pro Challenge Bike Race as the tour ascends upon the valley. With a variety of fresh, local, cultural and competitive events happening throughout the Vail Valley there truly is something for everyone of every age. For a full event lineup, visit www.vail.com. New highlights include:
Teva Mountain Games – 10th Anniversary
Come be a part of the country’s largest celebration of mountain sport, soul and culture as professional and amateur adventure athletes converge upon Vail to compete in a variety of adrenaline pumping sports. Watch as competitors run, climb, bike, kayak, raft and fish for cash purses and ultimate bragging rights June 2-5. The weekend is rounded out with concerts, film screenings and plenty of after-partying to make this event the perfect summer kick-off!
Quiznos Pro Challenge Bike Race
Beginning Aug 22nd and continuing through Aug 28th the Quiznos Pro Challenge Bike Race is a grueling 600-mile, seven-day cycling race that winds through some of the most majestic and treacherous terrain Colorado and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. The pedaling begins in Colorado Springs and hits 11 other cities and towns along the way as bikers ascend and descend their way into the Vail on day four of the race, Aug 25. Racers will cross the finish line in Denver after seven days of arduous cycling over a mix of mountain, sprint and downtown stages. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in establishing this new race which is designed to be the most challenging event in U.S. cycling history!
BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival, June 26-Aug. 3
One of the leading music festivals in the country, this event is complete with world-class orchestras, soloists and venues. With three outstanding resident orchestras and guest soloists from around the world, Bravo! brings truly first-rate classical music to Vail. And, with a setting as stunning as the performances, this festival is a summer tradition that should not be missed.
Vail International Dance Festival, July 31-Aug. 13
This legendary festival draws artists from across the globe that come to perform in Vail’s spectacular setting. Highlights for this years’ event include the Beijing Dance/LDTX, the American premiere of Natalia Hills and Gabriel Miss’ tango show, a new work by Larry Keigwin, as well as performances by The Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Vail Mountain Summer 2011 Operating Dates and Hours
Weekends Only (Fri-Sun), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.:
• June 3-5
• June 10-12
• June 17-19
Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.:
Sunday-Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.:
• June 23-Sept. 5
Weekends Only (Fri-Sun), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.:
• Sept. 9-11
• Sept. 16-18
• Sept. 23-25
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