A Greg Norman course, hot summer concerts and a trampoline at 10,000-plus feet… Summer in Vail will keep you as busy as riding on a snow day. Here are seven activities to keep on your radar.
Red Sky Golf Club: This is a private club, but they do offer a guest passes for play at their stunning Tom Fazio and Greg Norman courses. Guests and members alternate between the two daily, so call ahead to check which top-rated course is available on the day you’re going. Tee times can be made up to one month in advance.
$195 - $250
1099 Red Sky Road; 970-754-8425
Bud Light Hot Summer Nights Concert Series: Music isn’t just for the weekend crowd – Tuesday evenings offer a multi-genre concert series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, including performances by Carolyn Wonderland and Cracker.
Tuesdays through Aug. 30, 6:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm; free
530 S. Frontage Road E, Vail; 970-476-5612
Adventure Ridge: Ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola up the mountain -- and drink in the spectacular views -- to Adventure Ridge for a slew of activities at over 10,000 feet. Horseback riding, motor tours, mini and disc golf, and a rebound trampoline are a few of the options you’ll find. Three-activity action passes are available for non-guided endeavors.
Daily; prices vary
Gondola located at Lionshead Place; 970-476-9090
Loaded Joe’s: Stop by this local gourmet coffee house during the day to surf the net from a plush sofa or lounge outside on the deck. Stop back by for a martini in the evening when the party gets started with live music, open mic nights and taco-and-corona Thursdays.
82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Suite 104, Avon; 970-479-2883
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame: If you’re wistfully looking at those bare slopes imagining them blanketed in white, duck into the Hall of Fame for a winter fix. Learn about Vail’s history, Winter Olympics, vintage ski and boarding gear, and the local Camp Hale’s “soldiers on skis.”
Open daily, 10am - 5:30pm; free
231 S. Frontage Road East, Vail; 970-476-1876
Vail Farmers Market & Art Show: Locals knows that food and art aren’t mutually exclusive, so they’ve blended the two in this weekly event showcasing local farmers and artisan vendors. Stop in around noon to catch tunes from the Jazz at the Market series through Aug. 28.
Sundays through Sep. 18, 10am - 3:30pm; free admission
Along Meadow Drive, Vail; free admission
Piney River Ranch: Spend a day on the water of Piney Lake canoeing or fishing at the serene Piney River Ranch. A day trip’s not enough? Reserve one of their cabins, teepees, campsites or yurts – yes, I said yurt – to extend your stay.
700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail; 303-818-6766