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Vail Mail Summer Kick Off 2017

  • 27 March 2017

Summer in Vail Begins with GoPro Mountain Games

One of the top events of the year kicks off the summer season in Vail with the GoPro Mountain Games, June 8-11. With warming temperatures and rising streams, it’s the perfect combination for athletes and spectators. GoPro Mountain Games showcases more than 30 events in professional and amateur categories. Event venues range from Golden Peak to Vail Mountain, Solaris Plaza, Vail Pass, Lionshead Village, Homestake Creek, Minturn and Eagle.  For a full schedule of events visit the GoPro Mountain Games Official Site
For a listing of additional events and activities coming to Vail this summer, including the Vail Craft Beer Classic June 16-18, visit

Epic Discovery Opens at Vail Mountain on June 9

Zip, fly, climb, tube: how will you discover Vail Mountain? With ziplines, an alpine coaster, new climbing wall and much more, the options are endless at Epic Discovery, the ultimate on-mountain playground. On Friday, June 9, Vail Mountain begins daily summer operations of Epic Discovery. Prior to the summer kick-off, Gondola One in Vail Village will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the weekend of June 2-4 for sightseeing and dining. From June 9-Sept. 4, Gondola One will operate daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village will operate 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from June 9-Sept. 4 and will operate under extended hours Thursday through Sunday June 22-Sept. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For opening weekend, conditions permitting, Epic Discovery will offer fun for the whole family high atop Vail Mountain at Eagle’s Nest. At the base of Lionshead, Vail’s Gore Creek Mini Golf course, situated near the Born Free Express Lift (#8) across from the ticket office, will offer putting fun for all ages. Hiking and mountain biking trails on Vail Mountain, as well as bike hauls, will not be offered opening weekend but will open as soon as conditions permit. For more information visit,

Kids Ride Free on Vail Mountain

New this summer, kids 12-and-under can ride the gondola for free with a paying adult, allowing for even easier access to adventure. With free guided nature hikes at the top of Vail Mountain and interpretive learning trails that bring education to life in a fun and interactive way, exploring the National Forest together has never been easier or more fun. Come reconnect with nature and spend quality time in the outdoors as a family. To find out more, visit  

Great Conditions at Vail Golf Club

The Vail Golf Club is open for the season with 18 holes available for play. Season pass sales are available online at Be sure to check out the new Pro Shop and Grill on the Gore restaurant with its full summer menu available beginning Friday, June 9.

Golden Peak Pickleball Grand Opening

Free clinics and an exhibition will highlight the grand opening of Vail’s new Golden Peak Pickleball Center, June 2-4. Clinics for beginners, intermediate and advanced players will be offered throughout the weekend as well as a free exhibition at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 featuring national champions Laura Fenton Kovanda and Scott Moore. For a schedule of the clinics and other player details, visit

Bring the Kids to Play at Booth Creek Park

Booth Creek Park in East Vail is reopening this summer following an extensive renovation. The park’s grand opening takes place on Tuesday, June 6 and includes a free picnic lunch sponsored by the town. Grab the kids and enjoy the park’s playground and other features including two hard-surface tennis courts, paved walkways and more.

Summer Parking Alert

Free summer parking is available in the Vail Village and Lionshead structures again this summer. New this season, hosts are on hand to assist customers in taking a ticket to enter and inserting the ticket for free exit. This system is being implemented to collect parking data for future improvements.  Also, $10 close-in parking will be offered at Ford Park during peak event days, including Bravo, lacrosse, Hot Summer Nights and other major events. The village-to-village express bus between Ford Park, Vail Village and Lionshead via the South Frontage Road will be in use during all paid parking days at Ford Park. Also returning for the summer will be daily extension of the in-town transit route to Ford Park via Vail Valley Drive which operates from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 29 through mid-November.

Expanded Bus Service Offered as Pilot Program

Outlying bus routes servicing the East Vail, Golf Course and Sandstone neighborhoods have doubled in frequency for the summer to encourage additional ridership during peak times. With this added convenience, residents and guests are being challenged to leave their vehicles behind this summer and enjoy the economical and environmental advantages of Vail’s free transit system. This increased frequency will make it easier to attend an event, run an errand, get to a job, go shopping or dining, or recreate. Racks on the outlying buses hold up to three bikes. For schedule details, visit

Bus it to Hike it

Avoid the inconvenience of overflow trailhead parking in Vail and use public transit to start your trek – hassle free. The town has launched a new “Bus it to Hike it” campaign this season featuring an easy to use directory connecting 3 bus routes to 9 trailheads from West Vail to East Vail. Hikers are encouraged to park in the Vail Village or Lionshead parking structure and catch an outlying bus from the top of the Vail Village Transportation Center to travel to and from the trailheads. The information is available in a pocket-sized guide available from the Vail Welcome Centers, on the buses or on the web at

Summer Flights at EGE

Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) is pleased to announce the continuation of summer service operated by United Airlines from Houston (IAH) to EGE two days a week for summer 2017. The nonstop flights will operate from Houston to EGE Wednesday and Saturday from July 1- Sept. 2, with southbound service from EGE to Houston on Thursday and Sunday, July 2-Sept. 3. In addition to the Houston summer air service, United will offer daily service to Denver. American Airlines will continue daily nonstop service from Dallas/Ft. Worth, beginning on June 2 with 10 months of continuous service through next ski season.

I-70 Vail Underpass Project

Construction of the I-70 Vail underpass is progressing on schedule. Frontage Road detours are in place and will remain in effect until the project is complete this fall. The North and South Frontage Roads are restricted to one-way travel for the short distance through the site. All Frontage Road businesses, properties and residences remain open and accessible during this phase of the project, but access points vary in some instances. For updated project information, visit,


High Water is Coming – Protect Your Property with Free Sand and Bags

Two distribution points have been established for free sand material and empty bags to safeguard your property from the possibility of high water. These resources are available at the parking lot near the I-70 interchange in East Vail and at the North Trail parking lot in West Vail. Bring a shovel and be prepared to fill your own bags while supplies last. Spring run-off typically peaks between late-May and mid-June, when streams reach their highest flow and height. MORE

Chamonix Vail Homes

Vail’s newest neighborhood is taking shape following a recent groundbreaking ceremony for Chamonix Vail. The 32 townhomes are being built on town-owned land in West Vail with buyers selected during a recent lottery drawing. The first families will be moving into their new deed-restricted residences by the end of the year. A webcam is in place to record a time lapse of the construction. Follow the progression.

New Online Citizen Portal Launched by Community Development Department

If you’re curious about any construction activity in your neighborhood or have a code enforcement question, a new online citizen portal offers 24/7 access to meet the dynamic needs of the community. The portal also accepts applications for a variety of town-related permits and planning applications. MORE

Reminder for Short-Term Rentals

All property rentals less than 30 consecutive days are subject to sales and lodging tax. Be sure to post your Town of Vail sales tax account number in the advertising of your rental. And if you rent more than 14 days, you’re required to obtain an annual business license from the town. Additional requirements are a future possibility with the current focus on the topics of life safety, licensing enforcement, community impacts and lodging quality. Public input sessions will be taking place on June 20 and July 11 with additional details to be announced. MORE

New Timeline for 2017 Election in Vail; Town Council Candidates Must File by Aug. 28

A new election calendar established for Vail’s 2017 regular municipal election means candidates interested in running for one of four open seats on the Vail Town Council will need to file their paperwork well in advance of the Nov. 7 election. The calendar, based on revisions to the Colorado Municipal Election Code to accommodate active military and overseas voters, requires council candidates to file their paperwork by Aug. 28, which is four weeks earlier than in previous elections. MORE

Coming Up

Some popular community activities have been added to the calendar. These include:

  • Vail Nature Center - Opens Saturday, June 10. Located in Ford Park, includes hiking, birding tours, beaver pond tours, wildflower viewing, stargazing and Creekside nature tours. MORE
  • Love Vail Klean Up: A National River Cleanup Event - Sunday, June 11. Begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ford Amphitheater. MORE
  • Wednesday Art Walks – 11 a.m. June 21 through Aug. 30. Sponsored by Art in Public Places, meet at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the parking structure for this free guided tour of Vail Village and the public art collection. MORE
  • Annual Town of Vail Community Picnics – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, Bighorn Park and Tuesday Aug. 15, Donovan Park.

We’re on Facebook!

We’ve expanded our Town of Vail Facebook presence to connect with community members and to share announcements on town-sponsored community events, environmental activities, neighborhood services and more. Vail’s Police, Fire and Library pages will continue to thrive with accounts established previously. View and like the new Facebook page here: To see Town of Vail stories and updates in your News Feed, click “Follow” on the Town of Vail Facebook page menu.



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