Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vail Resort adds 4 x 4 tours as New Summer Activity

VAIL, Colo. – Aug. 6, 2010 – Vail Mountain’s new Top-of-the-Mountain Tours debuted today at Adventure Ridge. The hour-long adventure 4x4 vehicle tours begin at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, travel east across the mountain to the top of China Bowl and back to Eagle’s Nest, allowing up to 12 guests of all ages to see and learn about Vail Mountain like never before. Drivers highlight the flora, fauna, wildlife and topography of Vail Mountain and surrounding areas from a custom-fabricated one-ton truck with an open-air passenger seating area, safari-style roof and zip-off side panels for inclement weather.

“The Top-of-the-Mountain Tours are an exciting addition to Adventure Ridge activities and allow guests an easy alternative to see areas of Vail Mountain in the summer that they may not see otherwise,” said Alex Gentry, general manager of Vail Mountain’s Adventure Ridge. “With up to nine tours per day, guests have the flexibility to see Vail Mountain at their leisure and with plenty of time left in the day for other activities and dining on the mountain and in town.”

Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen, water and a light jacket as weather conditions can change quickly. Top-of-the-Mountain Tour tickets start at just $20 per person and can be purchased in combination with lunch and lift ticket packages. Children must be at least 36 inches tall to participate in the tour. Tours run hourly Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday until 7 p.m. for the duration of the 2010 summer season.

Summer 2010 Eagle Bahn Gondola Hours & Dates

June 24 – Sept. 6
Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sept. 10 – 19
Weekends only: Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To book a Top-of-the-Mountain Tour or for more information about Vail Mountain, visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead open daily from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).