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 9-12. With warming temperatures and rising streams, it’s the perfect combination for athletes and spectators. GoPro Mountain Games showcases more than 25 sports in professional and amateur categories. Event venues range from Golden Peak to Vail Mountain, Solaris Plaza, Vail Pass, Homestake Creek and now Lionshead Village. 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 Valor Races on Memorial Day, visit vail.com.
Vail Town Council Evaluating Prospects of KAABOO-VAIL Proposal
In what supporters laud as the next big thing for Vail that would help strengthen its competitive edge - with other community members offering a differing view - an upscale music, arts and comedy event proposed by the Vail Valley Foundation for next August is generating an abundance of conversation and scrutiny. The Vail Town Council has begun an in-depth analysis of the KAABOO-VAIL proposal and is soliciting feedback from the community in preparation for a decision on July 19. The event requires approval of a special event permit by the town, among other considerations. As proposed, KAABOO-VAIL would be ticketed via a weekend-long pass on Aug. 18-20, 2017, attracting an affluent demographic with a median age of 37-39. The project envisions use of venues in Ford Park, including the ball fields, parking lot, tennis courts, soccer field and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For additional details about the KAABOO-VAIL proposal, visit kaaboo.vvf.org or email your thoughts to the Vail Town Council at email@example.com.
Summer Operations on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain begins daily summer operations on Friday, June 10. 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 3-5. From June 10 through Sept. 4, Gondola One will operate daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead operates 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from June 10- 22 with extended hours Thursday through Saturday beginning June 23 through Sept. 4. For opening weekend, weather permitting, Adventure Ridge 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. MORE
Epic Discovery Debuts in June
A new adventure debuts this summer on Vail Mountain with the opening of Epic Discovery. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure opens in late June or as weather permits, and will feature components such as zip lines, canopy tours, alpine coasters, wildlife trail exploration and interactive “learn-through-play” activities. Epic Discovery has been years in the making, beginning with congressional approval of the Ski Area Opportunities Enhancement Act in 2011, environmental reviews and a record of decision approving the plan by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014. Construction began last summer. Visit vail.com for details.
Vail Golf Club is Celebrating 50 Years
The Vail Golf Club is now open for the season with 18 holes available for play, with options to walk the course or rent a bike cart. The new fleet of electric golf carts will be arriving on June 1. New this year, the Vail Recreation District is offering season pass sales online at vailrec.com. Pass prices will go up on June 1, so don't miss out on the early bird discount. To make way for the new clubhouse facility, which opens this fall, golf operations and the pro shop are headquartered in a temporary structure located adjacent to the driving range and near the starter building. For information on course conditions and construction updates, visit the new course conditions webpage.
Free summer parking will be available in the Vail Village and Lionshead structures this summer, with $10 close-in parking offered at Ford Park during 50 event days, including Bravo, lacrosse, Vail International Dance Festival 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 will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 30 through mid-November. MORE
Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) is pleased to announce the continuation of summer service operated by United Airlines from Houston (IAH) to EGE three days a week for summer 2016. The nonstop flights will operate from Houston to EGE Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from June 23 through Aug. 14, with southbound service from EGE to Houston on Friday, Sunday and Monday, June 24 through Aug. 15. In addition to the Houston summer air service, United will offer daily service to Denver and American Airlines will continue daily nonstop service from Dallas/Ft. Worth, beginning on June 2 and running through Oct. 5. Also, American Airlines will provide non-stop service between Los Angeles and EGE on Saturdays June 4 through Aug. 20. MORE
I-70 Vail Underpass Project
Construction of the I-70 Vail underpass is progressing. A major milestone occurred earlier this month with completion of the westbound underpass bridge. Work has now shifted to construction of the eastbound bridge which is scheduled to be completed by July 1. Once this bridge is built, I-70 will reopen to two lanes of traffic in each direction. After the July Fourth holiday, the frontage roads will be detoured to function as one-way travel only through the project site to allow for the lowering of both frontage roads. Please use caution when driving through the construction zone. MORE
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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
Bear Season is Here
Please be diligent about keeping garbage stored properly now that bear season is underway. Over the next few weeks, police officers will be increasing enforcement of existing year-round ordinances to deter bears from accessing easy-to-find food sources. Since 2007 all curbside trash customers in Vail have been required to use wildlife-resistant containers. Also, the placement of curbside containers is restricted to the assigned pick up day and only during daylight hours under provisions of the dawn to dusk ordinance. MORE
Mountain Lion Alert
Mountain lion sightings have been reported in Vail’s neighborhoods this spring as the lions follow migrating deer and elk through the area. Compliance with the Town of Vail Wildlife Ordinance can mitigate potential conflicts with mountain lions as well as bears. If you have an encounter with a lion or an attack occurs, immediately call 9-1-1. To report a sighting, please contact the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 303-297-1192. Your information is very valuable to their efforts.
Recycling is the Norm
Vail’s community-wide recycling regulations are making an impact with over 25% of the trash now being diverted away from the landfill. That’s up from 10% recorded in 2010. The national average is 34.5%. A recent spot check identified an estimated 70% of residential properties are participating in curbside recycling, while 95% of the multi-family developments are taking part. Commercial sector participation is estimated at 90% Ongoing education campaigns will continue in an effort to achieve 100% recycling participation in the community and surpass the national average recycling rate. Lovevail.org
Free Curbside Chipping Service
Vail’s wildfire crew has returned for the summer and will again offer free curbside chipping to assist with defensible space on private property. This includes chipping of branches, logs and small trees up to 15 inches in diameter as well as slash piles. MORE
East Vail I-70 Interchange
An open house is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 in the Town of Vail Municipal Building to discuss proposed water quality projects and potential landscape improvements for the East Vail I-70 interchange. The town has received a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation for this work. For details, contact Chad Salli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re using your property as a short-term rental, remember that all 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. MORE
Some popular community activities have been added to the calendar. These include:
- GoPro Mountain Games Trail Cleanup on Vail Mountain - Friday, June 10. Begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Gondola One. Participants are required to wear closed toe shoes and bring backpacks. Other supplies will be provided. MORE
- Wednesday Art Walks – 11 a.m. June 22 through Aug. 31. 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 12, Bighorn Park and Tuesday Aug. 9, Donovan Park.
- Celebrating 50 Years of Community – Town of Vail Birthday Party, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Donovan Pavilion.
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