Do you want to soar like an eagle? Travel through the forest canopy like a squirrel? Find out if you’re as strong as a bear? See the world through the eyes of a trout? This summer, Vail Resorts will embark on a new adventure as Epic Discovery debuts at Vail Mountain in Colorado in late June. Epic Discovery provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing guests in activities which provide big-time thrills, allow them to challenge themselves physically, guide them to explore and better understand their natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure will feature components such as zip lines, an aerial adventure, alpine coaster, wildlife trail exploration, and interactive, “learn-through-play” activities. Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery proposal received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service in October 2014, and the resort began construction the following summer. Vail’s existing Adventure Ridge has already undergone enhancements with the addition of two rope challenge courses, summer tubing, a four-line Zip Flyer, as well as a kids’ challenge course and kids’ zip line. The iconic Game Creek bowl now houses an eight tier, seven span, zip-line canopy tour along with an aerial walking bridge. The Game Creek Aerial Adventure will take guests on a 3-4 hour guided journey as they soar nearly two miles through the forest. Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy – the leading conservation non-profit organization – Epic Discovery will complement the eco-discovery experiences across the mountain with scientific content. Hiking trails across the mountain have been adorned with story stakes teaching hikers about the surrounding eco-system. In addition, guests can discover the relationship between a mule deer’s ears and its heightened sense of hearing, challenge themselves to outleap a mountain lion, or learn of the Black Bear’s incredible sense of smell with ten interactive animal abilities scattered around the mountain. Subsequently, Vail Resorts will utilize its new “1% For The Forest” program as a means to contribute one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects on national forest lands.
To learn more about Epic Discovery at Vail, visit www.vail.com/epicdiscovery