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June 16, 2008 — Summer on Vail Mountain can be just as exciting and enjoyable as winter on Vail Mountain – if you know what to do and where you’re going.
Summer 2008 opens June 20 with three new offerings, featuring free lift rides and bike hauls for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult, a new climbing wall at Adventure Ridge that will debut later this summer, and new “Ride and Lunch” Packages at Eagle’s Nest all designed to take advantage of the spectacular mountain setting.
New this summer, children aged 12 and under ride the lifts for free when accompanied by a paying adult (up to three kids ride free per adult). Coupons featuring the free children’s lift tickets will be available at local businesses throughout town or inquire at the summer ticket offices in Lionshead and Vail Village.
Also new, the Ride and Lunch Packages include a one-day unlimited scenic ride lift ticket and lunch voucher valid at Eagle’s Nest at either Talon’s Deck or Blue Moon Restaurant for $25 for adults and seniors. The Ride and Lunch Package with a one-day bike haul ticket is $30.
Vail’s full lineup of activities includes scenic lift rides on the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vista Bahn Chairlift, hiking and biking, Adventure Ridge, FAC bands and mountaintop dining at Blue Moon Restaurant, Talon’s Deck and Game Creek Restaurant. Due to the record snowfall from this past winter, some trails may remain closed until the snowmelt is complete.
Eagle Bahn Gondola Hours:
Friday, June 20-22: Friday, Saturday, Sunday only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, June 27- Monday, Sept. 1: Day time operations, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday, June 27- Saturday, Aug. 30: Night operations, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
FREE Twilight Scenic Rides Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, 4-9 p.m.
Vista Bahn Hours:
Friday, June 27- Monday, Sept. 1: Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
September Weekend Hours:
Sept. 5-7 & 12-14, 2008: Friday, Saturday, Sunday only, Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vista Bahn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2008 Vail Summer Lift Ticket Pricing:
Adult Daily Scenic Ride $20
Senior Daily Scenic Ride $13
Adult Ride and Bike Haul $25
Senior Ride and Bike Haul $18
Adult Ride, Bike Haul and Bike Rental $53
Senior Ride, Bike Haul and Bike Rental $37
Child (12 and under) Daily Scenic Ride & Bike Haul FREE
Child Ride, Bike Haul and Bike Rental $15
Free twilight scenic rides are offered on the Eagle Bahn Gondola Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings after 4 p.m. from June 27 to Aug. 30. Winter season pass holders with a valid 2007-2008 pass can take advantage of free summer scenic lift rides. Summer lift tickets and passes may be purchased at the Lionshead Kids Snowsports School Ticket Office or the Mountain Plaza Ticket Office in Vail Village.
Adventure Ridge features a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family including lawn sports, rebound trampolines, mountain biking, guided nature hikes, the Dino Dig, and disc golf. Later this summer the new Adventure Ridge climbing wall will be located at Eagle’s Nest and offer three climbs for $10. For more information about all of the activities at Adventure Ridge visit vail.com.
Mountaintop Dining and Game Creek Restaurant
Three mountaintop venues feature the best in summertime dining. Choose from barbecue sandwiches and burgers enjoyed outside on Talon’s Deck, casual upscale lunches and dinners at Blue Moon, or distinctive American cuisine, a sprawling wine list and superior service at Game Creek Restaurant. Each meal comes with unrivaled views or gorgeous sunsets. Talon’s Deck, located at Eagle’s Nest, will be open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blue Moon opens for the summer season June 27 and will be serving lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5-9 p.m. through Sept. 1. Game Creek Restaurant will begin dinner service on June 27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with reservations from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Aug. 30. Sunday Brunch begins June 29 and will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. Game Creek reservations are available by calling 970-754-4275.
Friday Afternoon Club (FAC)
Kick off the weekends with Vail’s only mountaintop Friday Afternoon Club at Adventure Ridge. FAC begins at 5 p.m. on Talon’s Deck and features dazzling views and sunsets as well as food and drink specials. All performances are free and the Eagle Bahn Gondola offers free scenic rides after 4 p.m. The 2008 band lineup includes:
July 4 Laughing Bones "All American Extravaganza"
July 11 Hustle
July 18 Flux 5
July 25 All Strung Out
August 1 Laughing Bones
August 8 Hustle
August 15 The Bill McKay Band (Formerly of Leftover Salmon)
August 22 All Strung Out
August 29 Laughing Bones
For more information on all Vail Mountain summer activities call the Resort Information Center at (970) 476-9090 or visit vail.com.
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