2018 Vail Mountain Summer Fast Facts
 
Location
Vail Mountain is located 100 miles (160 km) west of Denver, 140 miles (230 km) east of Grand Junction and is easily accessible via the Eagle Airport, located 35 miles (56 km) to the west, all along the Interstate 70 corridor.

Summer 2018 Gondola Dates & Hours
 

Opening Weekend | June 1 - June 3 
Gondola One (#1) : 9:30AM - 4:00PM

Peak Season | June 8 - September 3 
Open Daily
Gondola One (#1) : 9:30AM - 4:00PM 
Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) : 9:30AM - 6:00PM
Open for dinner service until 9:00PM, Thursday - Saturday, June 21 - September 1
Epic Discovery Activities: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Late Season | September 7 - September 30
Open Friday - Sunday
Gondola One (#1) : 9:30AM - 4:00PM 
Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) : 9:30AM - 6:00PM
Epic Discovery Activities: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

 

By the Numbers
  • Vail Mountain Elevations:
    • Base Elevation 8,120 ft. /2,476 m
    • Mid-Elevation: 10,250 ft. /3,125 m
    • Peak Elevation 11,570 ft. /3,527 m
    • Vertical Rise 3,450 ft. /1,052 m
  • Freeride Biking Trails: Over 40 miles of trail
  • Hiking Trails: Over 20 miles of trail

Summer Climate
  • Average Daytime Temperature: 75 degrees
  • Average Nighttime Temperature: 45 degrees
  • Vail receives an average of 300 days of sunshine a year with little-to-no humidity, although weather can change in a matter of hours
 
Flora & Fauna
  • The earliest wildflowers bloom in April.
  • By July, wildflowers abound, sometimes waist deep in mountain meadows as in China Bowl on Vail Mountain.
  • By mid-September, leaves from the aspen trees that engulf the Vail Valley, turn a brilliant gold, lasting about three weeks.
  • Wildlife is often viewed in the backcountry and includes fox, deer, elk, marmots, beaver, coyotes, moose, black bears and bighorn sheep.
 
History
  • During the 1800s, Ute Indians and pioneer hunters roamed the peaceful valley that is present-day Vail.
  • In 1854-56, mountain explorers, Jim Bridger and Lord Gore, explored the area. The high mountain peaks surrounding Vail to the east were named the Gore Range by Bridger in honor of his friend.
  • In the 1940s, a group of ski enthusiasts from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division were exposed to the area's majestic mountains while training at Camp Hale near Leadville during World War II
  • Following the war, veteran 10th Mountain Division soldiers Pete Seibert, Bill "Sarge" Brown and Bob Parker returned to the Gore Valley with dreams of establishing a ski area in the beautiful mountain area. Through hard work and endless dreaming, Vail was established by the trio in 1962.
Vail Mountain Media Contacts
Sally Gunter (970) 754-3001, sgunter@vailresorts.com
Maggie Meisinger (970) 754-4528, mmeisinger@vailresorts.com
Consumer Site: www.vail.com or Mobile Consumer Site: http://m.vail.com
 
General Vail Summer Media Contact
Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (775) 351-7904, kyantis@myprco.com