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How to Have an Epic Vail Adventure Without Snow

Photo by Andrew Taylor.

Photo by Andrew Taylor

Vail, Colorado is well known for being a world-class winter destination for snow lovers but you don’t have to wait until the powder hits before experiencing some high-flying adventure on the mountain.

Photo by Judiaann Woo.

Photo by Judiaann Woo

For Families Who Love Thrills

With the opening of Epic Discovery on Vail Mountain, families have a whole new way of experiencing the excitement of the mountain with stunning views and interactive activities that get the blood pumping. All the well-supervised experiences – zip lines, tubing hills, alpine coasters, bungee trampoline, adventure courses, and more – are easily accessible with an all-day adventure pass that includes a scenic gondola ride to the fun.

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Photo by Mark Woolcott

Photo by Mark Woolcott

For Your Little Explorer

For families with young kids (3+ and at least 30 lbs.) the Little Explorer Pass provides a perfect introduction to Epic Discovery experiences with activities tailored just for their size and ability level. Little thrill seekers will also enjoy riding with a parent on the Forest Flyer, a raised, gravity-based alpine coaster ride included in the all-inclusive, adult day-pass.

Photo by Andrew Taylor.

Photo by Andrew Taylor

Zip to Your Heart’s Content

For adults and older kids (8+ and at least 55 lbs.), the best bet is to get the Ultimate Adventure Pass, which includes unlimited thrills at faster speeds and higher elevations. Vail Mountain also boasts the longest zip line course in the country with their Game Creek Aerial Adventure. Fly high above the forest floor across seven zip lines and aerial bridges. Reservations are required for this guided tour and participants must be at least ten and 75 pounds to participate.

Photo by Judiaann Woo.

Photo by Judiaann Woo

Other Adventures On the Mountain

Unlike a snow-covered Vail, the mountain during the warmer months is alive with color from wildflowers and wildlife, which include the unofficial town mascot, the adorable marmot. Be sure to visit the Nature Discovery Center to explore local ecology and find about free daily nature talks and guided hikes. The mountain offers miles and miles of single track and hosts bike clinics for guests with less experience on a mountain bike. There are also guided hikes available as well as scenic tours in open-air vehicles if you feel like soaking in the scenery without exerting yourself.

Photo by Judiaann Woo.

Photo by Judiaann Woo

Where to Stay

If you stay in one of the many hotels in Vail Village or Lionshead Village, you’ll have easy access to numerous shops, entertainment, and family-friendly restaurants just outside your door. Both areas are connected by a free and very efficient in-town bus service. Vail Village and Lionshead Village as well as the nearby Betty Ford Gardens offer many beautifully manicured outdoor play areas, playgrounds and green spaces with river access for family scrolls on foot or on bike.

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