VAIL - Vail Mountain announced Friday the status of new and enhanced activities at Adventure Ridge, which were approved by the U.S. Forest Service in late August. The resort will begin construction on several new activities this spring in conjunction with the close of the mountain for winter operations. The activities are anticipated to open to the public by mid-summer.
"Even with plenty of great spring skiing and snowboarding left to enjoy at Vail, we're simultaneously looking ahead to summer and the new activities we'll be able to offer guests at Adventure Ridge," said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. "This is a significant first step in elevating the summer experience and making the national forest more accessible to our guests."
One of the first new activities at Adventure Ridge, located at Eagle's Nest, will include a four-line 1,200-foot long zip line located west of the current tubing hill lift, the Adventure Skyway (No. 28). Guests riding the zip line will access the activity by riding both the Adventure Skyway and the Little Eagle Lift (No. 15). In addition, guests will also be able to use the Adventure Skyway to access three lanes of summer tubing. Utilizing the existing tubing hill and covering it with a material surface designed for the activity, guests will have the opportunity to glide down the hill in summer, much like they do in winter.
For more of a challenge, guests will have the opportunity to try their hand on one of two aerial challenge courses and a large climbing wall which will also be added to the Adventure Ridge activity lineup this summer. The aerial courses will each feature three levels of elements for guests to maneuver including ladders, rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and more, all within the safety of a cable-attached harness. A beginner aerial course will feature four distinct, more stable elements for guests to climb and conquer while an intermediate to advanced aerial course will feature more than a dozen different elements that require more balance and upper body strength to successfully complete. A large climbing wall designed to look like the world-famous Diamond of Long's Peak, one of Colorado's 54 14ers, will also challenge guests at new heights this summer.
In addition to constructing the new activities, the resort is also in the process of removing existing modular buildings, and has plans for re-vegetation work and the consolidation of trails and roads in the Adventure Ridge area to eliminate redundancies and enhance the aesthetics and ease-of-use for guests.
After the close of the 2012-2013 winter ski and snowboard season, Vail Mountain's Gondola One and Eagle Bahn Gondola will be open according to the following schedules:
> June 7-June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
> June 13- Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bikes will be allowed up the gondola until 4 p.m. Activities and dining for summer 2013 will be based out of Eagle's Nest.
Eagle Bahn Gondola
> June 13-Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Bikes will be allowed up the gondola until 6 p.m.
> Weekend-only operation, Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday
The resort will offer scenic rides and bike hauls on the Eagle Bahn Gondola as well as summer activities at Adventure Ridge including guided hiking and mountain biking tours, horseback tours, Top of the Mountain tours, disc golf and slacklines. Expanded activities at Adventure Ridge are anticipated to be open for guests by mid-summer.
The Adventure Ridge enhancement proposal was submitted in April 2012 and includes upgrades and enhancements that were anticipated in the resort's 2007 Master Development Plan. While the plans for Adventure Ridge are consistent with the Sk i Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, they are separate from the proposed Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain Adventure, which is a broader summer expansion plan for Vail Mountain.