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Vail Mountain opens for the summer on Friday

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Vail Mountain opens for the summer on Friday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate for weekend scenic rides, June 6-8, until daily summer operations begin on Friday, June 13.

And, you can still get some snow, should be hankering for some, as Adventure Ridge will run with two lanes of snow tubing. Other activities will include the climbing wall, and Vail’s new four-line zip line and north ropes challenge course, which were completed in August 2013.

The zip-line is located west of the current tubing hill lift and accessed by the Adventure Skyway (#28). The ropes challenge course features various elements to maneuver, with ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and more, all within the safety of a harness and at three difficulty levels.

Vail’s Gore Creek Mini Golf course, situated at the base of the Born Free Express Lift (#8) across from the Lionshead ticket office, also opens on Friday, June 6, offering putting fun for all ages on nine, par-three holes. The bungee trampoline adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola will also be available.

Later this summer, Vail will unveil two more new activities at Adventure Ridge geared toward kids, including a single-line, 200-foot-long kids zip line and beginner kids low ropes course.

Beginning Friday, June 6, the Berrypicker trail will be open for hiking between Vail Village and Lionshead. Additional hiking trails and mountain biking trails as well as bike hauls will be offered as soon as conditions permit.

For opening weekend Sarge’s at Mid-Vail and Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bistro Fourteen bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek Restaurant are slated to open for normal summer service beginning Thursday, June 26.

New this summer, The 10th will open for lunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Friday, July 4.

Lift tickets are required to ride Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn Gondola during the summer and can be purchased at the Vail Village or Lionshead Ticket Offices. 2014–2015 season pass holders receive unlimited, free scenic access to the both gondolas. You can get summer and winter when you purchase the Epic Pass online at www.epicpass.com.

Summer 2014 Gondola Dates & Hours
Friday through Sunday Weekend Operations: June 6-8, Sept. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 and Oct. 3-5

  • Gondola One: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daily Summer Operations: Friday, June 13 through Sunday, Sept. 1

  • Gondola One: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (Sunday through Wednesday): 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (Thursday through Saturday): 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bikes will be allowed up the Gondola One until 4 p.m. and the Eagle Bahn Gondola until 6 p.m. as soon as conditions allow.

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