Vail, CO

Vail Mountain to Open Summer Operations June 19

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Mountain bikers on Vail Mountain.(Photo courtesy VLMDAC/ Jack Affleck.)

Vail Resorts announced today plans for summer operations at its Colorado resorts. Vail and Beaver Creek mountains will open for the summer on June 19. Following a reduced operating footprint last summer, guests can look forward to more activities on tap at the resorts for the upcoming summer season. 

Health and safety continues to be a top priority. The resorts will be operating according to local public health orders and will be following their guidance as it relates to face coverings throughout the summer season. Eagle County, where both Vail and Beaver Creek mountains are located, has set a target of May 27 to expire all local public health orders and rescind the local emergancy declaration.

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Epic Discovery atop Vail Mountain.(Photo courtesy VLMDAC/ Jack Affleck.)

Beaver Creek: June 19 – Sept. 26

  • Open daily through Sept. 6, then Saturdays and Sundays only through Sept. 26 
  • Beaver Creek Golf Club opens May 7 for Members and Resort Guests and Red Sky Golf Club opens for Members and Resort Guests on May 14.
  • Activities will include scenic rides, bike haul, gemstone panning, mini golf and more.
  • Local public health information: www.eaglecountycovid.org

Vail: June 19 – Oct. 3

  • Open daily through Sept. 6, then Fridays to Sundays weekly through Oct. 3
  • Activities will include Gondola One and Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) for scenic rides, hiking and bike haul, as well as Epic Discovery summer operations including the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, Eagle’s Nest Tubing and Gore Creek Mini Golf
  • Local public health information: www.eaglecountycovid.org

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Tubing at Epic Discovery atop Vail Mountain.(Photo courtesy VLMDAC/ Andrew Taylor.)

Epic Pass Lineup & Price Reset

Vail Resorts recently announced a bold price reset of Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on our commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honor the loyalty of our pass holders. Epic Pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board, and are now available to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the company’s North American pass lineup. The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down from $729 last season) and the full Epic Pass is priced at $783 (down from $979 last season). This reset takes these products back to prices last seen during the 2015/16 season when the Epic Pass offered access to only 11 U.S. resorts compared to today’s more than 70 resorts worldwide. With the price reduction, the Epic Day Pass, which provides the same season pass value to guests who want to ski or ride just 1-7 days, gives guests the chance to visit world-class resorts like Vail for just $87 for a 1-day pass.

In addition, 2021/22 Epic Local Pass and full Epic Pass holders receive free summer lift access and other benefits.

Eagle County Vaccine Status and Health Orders

As of April 27, Eagle County was the third highest county in Colorado for vaccine adoption by population. 69% of the eligible county population has had at least one vaccine dose. 87% of the county population over age 50 has been vaccinated. The county goal is to have 60% of the total county population vaccinated by Memorial Day to see some level of herd immunity to provide some community protection for those who aren't eligible for the vaccine (under age 16) or can't get it for some reason. This is key to meeting the goal of expiring health orders on May 17.

"All of us are really excited to get back to normal very soon. The answer is vaccines," said Eagle County Emergency Management Director, Birch Barron

Things will still look a little different than pre-pandemic normalcy. Private businesses will still have the ability to require face coverings. Organizations, such as the airports and transit, that receive federal funding may still require face coverings.

It is very exciting to look forward to a summer in Vail that looks a little more like pre-pandemic summers, with the town and mountain buzzing with activity and fun.

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