18 Nov Vail Mountain:
The Vail Mountain is a popular upscale ski destination with many beautiful hotels and condos right at the base of the mountain. In the summer there are activities to be enjoyed on the mountain.
There are two cable cars that can be ridden up from the Village below. The Eagle Bahn Gondola is right at the edge of the Village on Frontage Road and the Gondola One can be taken from in the middle of Vail Village. We rode up the Eagle Bahn then hiked a half hour (with stops to enjoy the views) to Gondola One and took that cable car down to the Village. We then got on a free bus/shuttle service that took us back to the Eagle Bahn station.
The Gondola tickets up the mountain are quite pricey at $44 an adult ticket and $28 a child ticket (ages 5-12). One perk they do have is that a child gets to ride free with an adult ticket purchase. For those who are adventurous, if you hike up the mountain (it is very steep -we started and gave up quickly) you can take the gondola down for free.
Vail Mountain is a popular mountain for mountain biking. There are mountain bikes available for rent at the bottom and can be transported up the gondola for a fee (a gondola ticket needs to be purchased to take up the bike in addition to the bike rental). We didn’t try the mountain biking although they say it is absolutely thrilling.
During a regular summer season there are additional adventure activities such as zip lining, aerial adventures, bungee jumping and the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. This past summer the only activity open due to Civid 19 was the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. The Mountain Coaster track runs through the forest but is extremely expensive. In order to ride the Forest Flyer which was priced at $30 per person you need to first purchase a ticket up on the gondola totaling a whopping $70 for a short ride on the Mountain Coaster. We opted to ride the Mountain Coaster at the nearby Copper Mountain which only costed $25 per person with no additional fees and is one of the longest in North America.
Posted: November 16, 2020
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
Eagle Bahn Gondola Address:
699 I-70 Frontage Road
Vail, CO 81657