Discovery New Outdoor Adventures, An On-Mountain Experience Like No Other and Exciting Offerings in Vail Village this Summer
Summer 2016 Media Tipsheet
 

Vail, Colo. – Summer 2016 – Vail has always been an innovator of unique vacation experiences and summer 2016 promises to offer nothing short of exciting and enriching adventures for guests of all ages. The lineup for spring, summer and fall activities includes the long-awaited debut of Epic Discovery, guided hiking and biking programs, fresh culinary concepts and more.
 
Epic Discovery
 
Epic Discovery Debuts in 2016
Summer in the mountains is taking on a whole new feel with Epic Discovery, and Vail Resorts is once again leading the ski industry by being the first to submit and develop a comprehensive new summer activities plan in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy. Vail Resorts’ Epic Discovery program encourages “learn through play,” promoting environmental education and forest stewardship through a variety of outdoor activities and interpretive programming. The Company is also working closely with the Nature Conservancy to bring scientific content to the eco-discovery experiences and will be contributing one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects. Vail Mountain will be one of the first destinations in the Vail Resorts family to launch Epic Discovery in 2016, and the primary components of the resort’s upcoming plans include:
  • Learn-through-Play Elements: Integrated with trails and activities around the mountain, these interpretive experiential elements will provide guests with hands-on information and activities about forest health, wildlife and the mountain geography of the White River National Forest.
  • Game Creek Zip Line Tour: The ultimate outdoor experience, this guided tour will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of zip lines and aerial bridges. Guests will learn about the mountain ecosystem while working their way through the course’s challenges.
  • Forest Flyer™: An alpine coaster that runs on raised rails, the Forest Flyer™ winds its way down the mountain, following the natural contours of the landscape through the forest.
  • Expanded Trail System: Comprehensive interpretive and directional signage will be integrated to encourage more hiking and trail exploration across Vail Mountain.
Epic Discovery is designed to connect both kids and adults with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way, offering guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories. Vail’s existing Adventure Ridge has already undergone enhancements with the addition of two challenge courses, a Zip Flyer, a kids’ challenge course and kids’ zip line, and new for 2015, summer tubing. Construction on the Forest Flyer and Game Creek Zip Line Tour are underway, and these new and existing activities will all be incorporated into Epic Discovery when it debuts in summer 2016.  http://www.epicdiscovery.com/
 
Outdoor Adventures
 
Heli Fly Fishing in Colorado’s Backcountry
Minturn Anglers offers a one-of-a-kind fly fishing experience that allows anglers access to private Colorado waters in the most exclusive and amazing way possible – in a helicopter. Travel to one of the outfitters remote, private ranches while enjoying streamside fine dining. Custom itineraries can be built to fit each individual group’s needs. All inclusive trips start at $3,995 for up to three anglers.
 
Skateboard Park to Debut Summer 2016
Construction of Vail’s new skate park at the Lionshead parking structure is scheduled for completion in early June. The new $1.9 million skate park replaced the temporary wooden ramps that were installed on the upper deck of the Lionshead parking structure the past several years. The structure will include a half pipe and mini bowl, rails and other skating features. The park, designed by California Skateparks, also will showcase four mosaic murals by artist Valerie Theberge. Selected from more than 50 artists, Theberge is creating large compositions inspired by skating, which will be installed on each side of both stair towers. The new skate park will create an attractive and inviting space for all guests and residents in Vail.
 
Pickleball Courts to Open in Golden Peak
Summer 2016 will see six brand new pickleball courts, parking and landscaping added to the Golden Peak area of Vail. Hailed as one of the fasted growing sports in America, the new pickleball courts will offer residents and guests a premier outdoor venue to play this popular paddle sport. The Vail Town Council recently approved the $1 million renovation plan, which will begin work this summer.
 
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical gardens in the world, recently opened a new education center near Ford Park. Visitors still will be able to enjoy the exhibits that have always been a mainstay of the gardens, however children and adult-oriented activities and education opportunities will expand with the new indoor space. One of the highlights of the new center is the alpine house, designed to grow alpine plans year-round. While prevalent in Europe, alpine houses are rare in North America, and the new one at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens solidifies the venue as an independent and world-class botanical garden. The alpine house showcases international alpine flora from the Alps, Himalayas and alpine environments in South Africa and South America. A full list of summer educational programs will be released in early 2016.
 
Golf
 
Vail’s Only Golf Course Turns 50
The Vail Golf Club, Vail’s only golf course, has been a must play among guests and locals alike, and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range in the Rocky Mountains, the course presents golfers spectacular views along its 18-hole, tree lined course, located at 8,200 feet in elevation. Recognized by the Audubon Society for its natural surroundings, this public golf course will please golfers with greens that follow the Gore Creek and lay adjacent to the White River National Forest. Recognized by Golf Digest as a "Top 100 Resort Course," and “Most Female-Friendly Course” by Colorado Golf Magazine, the golf club offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, driving range, practice area, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant. Take advantage and play the Vail Golf Club during the summer, where it rarely rains and temperatures remain mild. The crisp mountain air will clear your head for your best game ever. New for 2016 will be a brand new fleet of golf carts, which will only add to the service and excellence of the Vail Golf Club, known for its outstanding pace of play.
 
Vail Golf Clubhouse to Offer Enhanced Wedding, Meeting Space
With stunning views of the Gore Range, a major renovation of the Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse will showcase Vail's golf and Nordic recreational amenities and provide memorable experiences for patrons year-round. Clubhouse upgrades include expanded pro and Nordic shop retail space; a new restaurant, the Grill on the Gore; enhanced community and banquet space separate from the restaurant for functions of up to 160 guests year-round, and expansive outdoor seating areas for both restaurant and community space to enjoy. The remodel has been designed to showcase the breathtaking views of the Gore Range and provide a new venue for wedding and corporate groups in the Vail Valley. Construction has been carefully coordinated to maintain continuity of golf and Nordic operations with completion of the renovation scheduled for fall 2016.
 
Events
 
FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship
The 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships is a catch and release fly-fishing tournament with anglers from around the globe competing on the best trout waters in Colorado Sept. 11-18. The championship is a wonderful event to attend as the venues are the free flowing rivers and majestic lakes of the Rocky Mountains and the mountain resort towns of Colorado. The Town of Vail is the location for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the host hotel.
 
Bravo! Vail Music Festival Adds Fourth Orchestra in Residence
Celebrating 29 years in the Vail Valley, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado. The six-week festival touts the highest quality classical musicians in the world today. Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail, featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. New in 2016, Bravo! will feature a three-performance residency with London’s internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Field. Dates for the residency are June 23, 25 and 26. In addition, world-renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series throughout the festival.
 
Dining
 
Vintage Opens Offering Lively Brunch Offerings and Late Night Bites
Vintage is a new French brasseries-style restaurant serving champagne brunch daily and dinner nightly. The brunch menu is a lavish affair with baked galette puff pastries, champagne floats and various versions of French toast that include mocha peppermint and American apple pie. The main entrée menu serves up classic selections with a twist. Late night bites are offered from 10 p.m. to midnight and include cheese boards, charcuterie, salads and a few main-sized entrees.
 
Root & Flower Wine Bar Debuts in Vail Village
Although “wine bar” is an apropos way to describe Root & Flower, it’s also a limited descriptor as the new hot spot in Vail Village also offers a variety of high-quality food and fresh, creative cocktails. Root & Flower offers a comprehensive wine-by-the-glass menu, a creative and eclectic mix of cocktails, liquors and spirits and an ever-changing food list that serves as a reason to visit in its own right. The location provides an approachable attitude to high-quality food, service and libations. The wine bar also offers a variety of classes such as “Same But Different,” a class that dives deeper into pinot noir; “Breaking Beer,” which is a beer 101 seminar; “Art of Tasting,” learn to taste wine like a professional; and “Drunken History Park 1,” the history of wine, liquor and beer. Class schedules change throughout the year and summer 2016 seminars have not been announced.
 
The Remedy Opens at Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail
The Remedy is a new cocktail bar & lounge located within Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail. The property has invested more than $2.5 million to completely transform a formal arrival lounge into an expansive food & cocktail destination unto its own, complete with a custom circular zinc bar as its centerpiece, and commanding floor-to-ceiling views of Vail Resort. The namesake: ‘The Remedy,’ is a nod to the bar’s theme – "to cure what ails” its patrons – and its the newest addition to Vail Valley’s bar scene as a place for locals and visitors to call their own. The drink program at The Remedy is focused on playful elixirs, concoctions – which includes use of a Après Whiskey Cocktail Cart, and new twists on classic cocktails. To accompany the cocktail program, the new bar also features a seasonally-significant culinary menu focusing on an imaginative array of artisanal flatbreads, small bites, shareable dishes and crudo, highlighting locally-foraged produce, Colorado meats and cheeses. 
 
10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company New Tasting Room
The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company recently relocated and expanded its tasting room to a convenient location just across the Covered Bridge in the heart of Vail Village. The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is Vail’s premier distillery, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name of the mountain lifestyle that was inspired by the original 10th Mountain soldiers who trained not far from Vail in the 1940s. Many of these men later influenced the ski and outdoor sports industries as we know them today, including Vail Mountain. Aiming to make each day count and each day better than the last, they subscribed to a philosophy that skiing was not just a sport, but a way of life. The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company not only commemorates the mountain lifestyle that so many people enjoy, but also salutes past, present and future soldiers and veterans of the 10th Mountain Division by donating a portion of sales to the Wounded Warrior Project, Vail Veterans Program, and the 10th Hut Association. The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is producing an Olathe corn moonshine, a rye whiskey, a Bourbon, a potato vodka and a Colorado sage-infused, Palisade peach-vanilla cordial, and will venture into a number of different expressions of whiskey and bourbon lines as the distillery matures.
 
Lodging
 
Book Early and Save on a Summer Vacation to Vail
A Vail summer vacation provides travelers with a great value on a mountain vacation with room rates starting at $150 per night with the destination’s special Book By offer. Guests booking a summer trip to Vail can save up to 20 percent over regular summer rates when booking by June 1, 2016.  Vail offers nearly 40 hotels and condominium properties to choose from throughout the community. These properties range from full service, luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Resort Vail to boutique properties such as The Sebastian – Vail – A Timbers Resort. Condominium resorts such as The Antler’s Vail offer exceptional accommodations with the convenience of home.  For more information on summer lodging in Vail or to secure an early season Book By offer, please visit vail.com.
 
$35 Million Renovation Planned for Vail Cascade
Laurus Corporation recently closed on its purchase of the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. The new owners immediately announced a $35 million renovation of the property. Enhancements to the property are meant to elevate the look and feel to attract a more “up market” customer. Every aspect of the property will be refurbished from guest rooms to meeting space, the spa, athletic club, restaurant and more. The renovation is expected to begin at the end of the 2016 ski season. Parts of the hotel will be closed in the spring, summer and fall in anticipation of a completed product opening prior to the 2016-2017 ski season. The newly renovated property will become a part of The Luxury Collection, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
 
Antlers at Vail Says, “Parents Not Allowed”
A chance to bond with grandkids – and to give parents an often much-needed break – are two big reasons behind the trend of grandparent-grandchildren travel. In the spirit of oldster/youngster summer fun, the Antlers at Vail hotel is offering a “Parents Not Allowed” additional five percent discount for grandparents traveling with grandchildren during summer 2016 on any size Antlers guest suite (on top of regular seasonal discounts). “Vail is a summer playground for families,” says Antlers GM Rob LeVine. “On top of the excitement around the new Epic Discovery, we’re happy to arrange any kind of outing – from a ‘lunch with a llama’ hiking experience or Bravo! concert with picnic dinner on the lawn to just wheeling around town on our complimentary cruiser bikes.” And all Antlers at Vail’s suites include perfect-for-families comfortable full kitchens, dining areas and living rooms.
 
The Barber Shop Opens at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
The first of its kind in Vail Village, this classic American barbershop offers a variety of traditional and cutting-edge men’s grooming services, complete with local craft brews and liquors served up with each treatment. Welcoming locals and visitors alike, The Barber Shop is located in a private room within the Resort’s Forbes 5-Star rated Spa, and features a unique “man cave-esque” décor furnished with masculine tones, dark wood floors and custom cabinetry. Retro barber art and a host of men’s magazines, along with an old-fashioned Collins barber chair and a classic American Marvy barber pole complement the distinctive design.
 
RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle Introduces HydraFacial to Treatment Menu
Guests seeking the latest in spa treatments need look no further than the RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, now featuring HydraFacial, the only hydra-dermabrasion treatment that provides simultaneous cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration using proprietary, non-invasive technology. The result is instant, noticeable results for all skin types with no downtime or irritation in as little as 30 minutes.
 
Antlers Goes GoPro
Capturing a summer Vail vacation for posterity just got easier – and those who do it best will earn a weekend stay at the Antlers at Vail hotel. The Antlers makes complimentary GoPro cameras (with mounts) available to guests – just one in the hotel’s long list of unusual amenities. And to celebrate the fun of amateur first-person film, the Antlers – also an annual host to the Outside Adventure Film School – is creating a GoPro contest with a grand prize of a free weekend at the Antlers for the best Vail video. Contest details will be available soon. In the meantime, visitors may want to pick up pro tips by planning a Vail visit during the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games, June 9-12.
 
Spa on Demand at The Arrabelle
The Arrabelle just started doing "spa on demand" where the bring a face mask, bath salts, wine and chocolate to your door. It launched in March 2015 and is presented just like room service, but with beauty products. You’ll have your choice of 3 spa offerings (full details below) and there’s even one for kids. Guests can call down or order on in-room iPads, just like room service.
  • Grande Luxe - Lavender and honey bath salts, honey oat pajama paste yogurt face mask, salted caramels and a glass of wine, perfectly paired for the experience ($52)
  • Bourbon Revival - For sore muscles, this offering includes a Dilorescue milk bath and after bath body gel, under eye collagen revival mask and a glass of bourbon ($49)
  • Feeling Smitten - Gelato sugar scrub, body cream pop and cupcake bath bomb ($36)
The Arrabelle is Re-Imagining In-Room Dining 
Can’t get going without your favorite Starbucks drink? Beginning with the winter 2015-16 season, order from an in-room iPad at The Arrabelle at Vail Square and your beverage of choice will be made fresh and delivered directly to your room. Add that to complimentary in-room snacks -- Smartfood popcorn, Nature Valley granola bars and Izze sparkling beverages -- and you’re set.
 
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