#VailBen Dispatch 3: The Perfect Time for Whitewater Rafting is Now

Jun. 16, 2014

 

Benjamin (right) after conquering the Class Four Rapids of the Upper Eagle River.

Benjamin (right) after conquering the Class Four Rapids of the Upper Eagle River.

All anyone could talk about was how high the water was. Huge winter snowfalls combined with a fast-arriving Spring meant that river runoff in the Vail Valley had pushed local rivers to their peaks. I had seen the raging Gore Creek during the GoPro Mountain Games but I had no idea how good the whitewater was until I found myself in the middle of some Class Four rapids.

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#VailBen Dispatch 2: GoPro Mountain Games, Vail’s Best Kept Secret

Jun. 15, 2014

GoPro Mountain Games Adventure Film SchoolBenjamin interviewing pro skier and avid stand up paddler, Steven Nyman, during the GoPro Mountain Games. Credit: Michael Brown. Courtesy: Adventure Film School.

I’m convinced. The GoPro Mountain Games has got to be Vail’s best kept secret. I’m not exactly sure how or why I didn’t know about this epic weekend of emerging sports, gear giveaways, and rock and roll, but I’m sure glad I know about it now.

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Vail opens for Summer Operations

Jun. 12, 2014

Vail summer opening

We are open for daily summer operations and activities beginning Friday, June 13th! Get the details on current trail openings, gondola operations, bike hauls and more right here.

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#VailBen Ongoing Dispatch: My Favorite Hiking in Vail

Jun. 10, 2014

 

Spotted this little guy along the Pitkin Creek Trail.

Spotted this little guy along the Pitkin Creek Trail.

If someone asked me what I thought was the one thing they should do in Vail during the summertime, I would have to answer “hiking.”

Don’t misunderstand me; the Vail Valley is home to some incredible summer activities, including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, award-winning dining, and A-list performances. But this is a mountain town. So the best way to understand Vail is to venture into those mountains on foot.

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Featured Vail Hiking Trail: Fireweed

Jun. 9, 2014

Vail hiking trails Fireweed Trail is a beautiful, cruisy trail between the tops of our two gondolas, Gondola One and Eagle Bahn. A great option for families or guests just starting to get acclimated to the altitude, this gradual trail is about a mile long and takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

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There’s always something happening in Vail

Jun. 5, 2014

Summer in Vail hero goodnessIf you thought that Vail in the summer was just a sleepy little ski town waiting for winter, think again.

Events are happening just about every day, all summer long. We’ve listed just a sampling so if you have questions about the specific days you’ll be visiting Vail, make sure to ask us in the comment section below!

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#VAILBEN DISPATCH 1: Back In Colorado

Jun. 5, 2014

 

My welcome party at Denver International Airport.

My welcome party at Denver International Airport.

As we drove up I-70 on Monday afternoon, it all came flooding back. There was the unreal green; the crisp, dry air; those fairy tale waterfalls. I was going to be spending the summer in Colorado for the first time in almost a decade. I couldn’t stop from grinning.

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