Vail Ski Resort is known for fabulous winter skiing, but there’s so much to do at the ski resort in the summer. Vail Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery includes fun activities for the whole family, including things that even younger kids can do. During my trip to Vail this past July, I had the opportunity to spend much of the day at Vail Ski Resort Epic Discovery. Families could easily spend almost the whole day, or even two days if doing the zipline tour. Here’s what you can expect with the summer activities at Vail Ski Resort Epic Discovery.
My activities at the Vail Ski Resort were complimentary as part of my press trip to Vail with the DoubleTree by Hilton Vail. All opinions are my own.
Summer Activities at Vail Ski Resort Epic Discovery
The DoubleTree by Hilton Vail’s complimentary shuttle dropped us off right at Lionshead Village. There, you’ll find the ticket booths to purchase passes. There are several options, depending on what you want to do and the ages/sizes of your children. Most of the activities are a gondola ride up from Lionshead. However, there is a mini golf course at the bottom of the mountain that is perfect for families.
Activities at Epic Discovery
Nestled among the beautiful pines and aspen trees of the Vail Ski Resort, families will find so many summer activities. Everything requires closed-toed shoes, so make sure you leave your flip flops at home. Here are some of the highlights you can experience.
You’ll need to take the gondola up to most of the activities on the mountain. It’s so more than transportation, however, it’s also a beautiful way to see the gorgeous mountain vista. Here in the Boston area, I don’t get to see many mountains, and enjoyed seeing the sites.
Forest Flying Mountain Coaster
Sail on a course through the mountains on this fun coaster that you can control yourself. Kids 54 inches and above can control the ride vehicle themselves, while kids 38 inches to 54 inches can be a passenger (as long as the driver is 16+ and the passenger is 3+). It’s fairly easy to drive, you just have to control the speed and make sure you aren’t too close to the vehicle in front of you. Once that you arrive at the bottom of the mountain, the vehicle will drive up automatically. I loved the Forest Flyer and definitely would have gone on multiple rides if we’d had time.
The mountain resort offers snow tubing in the winter, but you won’t miss out in the summer. Little kids can enjoy the Marmot Mini Tubing area, which has no height or age restrictions. It’s a cute little area that is perfect for little kids.
Older kids (54 inches and above) can head down on the 550 foot long Eagle’s Nest tubing runs. Once you are done with your exhilarating ride, you’ll be brought back up on a carpet ride.
There are several fun adventure courses. Younger kids can experience the Pine Cone adventure course, which has no height or age restrictions (the weight restriction is 30 to 100 lbs). There’s also the Gore Range Adventure Course and the Holy Cross Adventure Course.
There’s also a climbing wall, ropes courses, bungee trampoline, nature discovery center, and more that you can explore. Little kids will love the Bear Cub Play Zone.
Ziplining at Epic Discovery
If you really want an Epic experience, be sure to add on the Game Creek ziplining tour. This experience, which can take between 3-4 hours, is truly an experience. You’ll have to be at least 10 years old (10-13 year olds need to have an adult with them) and between 75 and 250 lbs.
Tours typically have about 6 people on them with 2 guides, and the guides place all of the equipment for you. After getting harnessed, we headed out to air stairs to ascend to our first tower. This was the hardest part of the tour, because the stairs are intimidating and the equipment is a little heavy. The course includes repels, air stairs, a chair lift, and seven different ziplines. Once you get past any fear that you have, the scenery is absolutely stunning. We even saw some deer as we ziplined over the trees. I loved it, and know that my kids would really enjoy it as well.
Epic Discovery Passes
You’ll find several options of passes to purchase at the Lionshead Ticket Booth. The Adventure Pass includes unlimited all-day access to the activities (except for ziplining and mini golf). There’s one pass available to those that are 54 inches and above, so you can be sure to experience everything that it includes, and one pass that’s offered to those under 54 inches.
Kids aged 3-4 can get the Scout Sampler. It includes one use on each of these things: the Little Eagle Zipline, the Pine Cone Adventure Course, the Marmot Mini Tubing, and the Bear Cub Play Zone.
The Game Creek Zipline Tour pass includes the Adventure Pass, so it’s the best option if you want to zipline. You can even return the next day to use the Adventure Pass. If you have the time during your vacation, I’d definitely recommend that.
During your Epic Discovery adventure, you’ll find several food options. There are several options on the top of the mountain, and there are lots of restaurants in the bottom at Lionshead Village. We had a delicious late lunch after our zipline tour at the Tavern on the Square. While there were so many great options on the menu, I enjoyed the Island Poke Bowl with Ahi Tuna. We were starving after our adventure, and it was the perfect spot for a healthy meal.
To learn more about the Vail Ski Resort Epic Discovery, visit their website.