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THE JOY OF HIKING

photography by brent bingham Anyone who has ever ventured on a hike, be it a flat trail or a 14er, has experienced the instant feeling of peace and contentment that takes hold. Even on the most stressful day, nature’s chorus has a way of taking over. And that might be the best part of hiking: allowing nature to sing. In fact, a Stanford University study found that time spent in nature calms the portion of the brain that reduces your mind’s tendency toward negative thought patterns. That outdoor exercise — particularly hiking — has a direct correlation to a greater feeling of positivity and energy. Buddhist monk Ryojun Shionuma scaled Japan’s Mt. Omine (5,640 feet), almost 30 miles round-trip, every day for 30 consecutive days for nine consecutive years. He completed the journey 1,000 times in an ancient ritual that promised pain, suffering and, if completed, enlightenment. His incredible feat, […]

ACTIVITIES, Music, Summer Activites

5th Annual VAIL BLUEGRASS: Two Weeks Away!

Hello! Summer is officially in high (or is it hot?!) gear, and we here at Vail Bluegrass are so excited to kick off our 5th annual series in two short weeks. Below is a quick snapshot of what to expect across the four weeks. The free Wednesday night, Lionshead Village-based series kicks off June 27 with Asheville, NC’s River Whyless. Fresh on the heels of their new record, Kindness, A Rebel, River Whyless brings to Vail their traditional yet eclectic sounds of folk and bluegrass. Support by Steamboat Springs’ Buffalo Commons. As we turn the corner into July, Vail Bluegrass is pleased to present a free, day-long July 4 event. Kicking things off at noon, as soon as the Vail America Days parade winds down, is the Vail Mountain School’s CJM Jazz Trio followed by Denver up-and-comers Boot Gun, Chain Station and the Drunken Hearts. The evening will top off […]

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Vail Mountain to Open for Summer Operations on Friday

  VAIL, Colo. – May 30, 2018 – Vail Mountain will open for summer scenic rides and dining on Friday, June 1, 2018 with access to Gondola One out of Vail Village during the weekend. Operations will expand to daily mountain access via Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village on Friday, June 8, 2018. Epic Discovery will open for the third summer at Vail Mountain on Friday, June 8, 2018. New this summer, The Scout Sampler Pass will give children access to the Kid’s Play Area, a structure specifically for Vail’s youngest guests. The play area includes a log balance beam, log crawl tunnel, log steppers, and a rock climbing boulder. Also new this summer is the Family Adventure Pack; buy three Adventure Passes and receive the lowest-priced fourth for free. The Kids Ride Free Program, which provides kids ages 12 and younger free access up the […]

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Skate On

Hear that? It’s the sweet sound of the skate park. Not just for skateboarders (bikers and scooters utilize it, too), skate parks are the alternate heart of a community. Riders of all ages congregate here to learn, hone their craft or simply hang out with friends and spectate. In the Vail Valley, there are now three skate parks: one in Gypsum, one in Edwards and now in Vail. Each park is unique, just like the community that it serves, accommodating a variety of abilities. “When I moved to Vail, in October of 1999, there were only two skate parks in the Vail Valley, one in Vail, and one in Gypsum,” says C.J. Poulin, a skateboard instructor and longtime Vail resident who recently moved to Durango. “Since then, the valley has seen several skate parks come and go and some that have been changed or updated since their first installment.” The […]

ACTIVITIES, Summer Activites

Aerial Adventures

Stand at the bottom of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead and gaze upwards. You can’t see it, but perched at the top of the mountain is a world of adventure, just waiting to be explored. Known as Epic Discovery, the mountain coaster, rope courses, climbing wall, bungee trampoline and other activities give guests an opportunity to climb, bounce and race around at 10,000-feet above sea level. Epic Discovery debuted at Vail in 2016 with the idea of creating a cohesive experience for thrill seekers and knowledge seekers alike, all on top of the mountain, which appeals to vista seekers, too. The idea of educating while entertaining seems to be one of the main focuses, with interpretive guides and informative signage incorporated in the experience. “Visiting Epic Discovery at the top of Vail Mountain has become a must-do when in Vail,” says Maggie Meisinger, senior specialist of communications for Vail […]