Is the corporate king of skiing now the corporate king of summer? It’s looking that way, as Vail Resorts begins its third summer with its comprehensive Epic Discovery programming up and running now at three resorts: Vail Mountain in Colo. and Heavenly, Calif., where programming debuted in 2016, and most recently Breckenridge, Colo., which launched at the end of last summer.
Like its predecessors, Breckenridge Epic Discovery is a day ticket program and on-mountain summer adventure offering access to an extensive variety of activities. Guests can experience zip-lining, wall-climbing, aerial ropes courses, guided hiking, and take a spin on a mountain coaster. The offerings vary slightly at all three resorts, but the adventure component is kicked into high gear no matter which location you visit.
At Breckenridge, as an homage to the town’s history, kids and adults can try their hand at panning for gemstones or navigating the puzzling Mineshaft Maze. At Vail and Heavenly, guests can sit back and relax with a scenic gondola ride or slip and slide down the tubing hills (no snow required). Looking for something a bit more rugged? Vail Mountain offers personalized mountain bike clinics led by seasoned experts for everyone from newbies to veterans.
Check here for operating dates and a full list of activities across the three resorts.
Celebrate Independence Day with Kidtopia at Keystone
Trekking with the little ones? Keystone brings you the solution with the return of their Kidtopia summer season. This year they’ve introduced a new event series, Kidtopia Stars & Guitars, which will run from June 29 to July 4. Free activities range from face-painting and kite-flying to s'mores and star-gazing. Kick off the holiday on July 3 with the Kidtopia Independence Day Party, complete with a fireworks display over Keystone Lake at 9:30—it’s worth staying up for, we promise. Check out the full schedule of events.
Mountain Mindfulness at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
After a full day of hiking, biking, and climbing at 11,000 feet, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort promises its guests some well-deserved R and R. During the resort's new Mountain Mindfulness Week, Aug. 18-29, settle into guided meditation classes, stretch sore muscles with mountaintop yoga, and rehydrate at the kombucha bar—featuring a rotating cast of homemade brews. Already rested and ready to go? Keep the good times rolling at an outdoor spin class—with mountain views—or retreat to your room for a private virtual workout sesh on a tablet pre-loaded with the latest in-home routines. Don’t leave without picking up your swag bag. All comers will receive a Vail Marriott yoga mat, an Alta HR Fitbit, and a water bottle.