Vail Mountain Summer Fast Facts
Vail Mountain is located 100 miles (160 km) west of Denver, 140 miles (230 km) east of Grand Junction and is easily accessible via the Eagle Airport, located 35 miles (56 km) to the west, all along the Interstate 70 corridor.

Summer 2020 Gondola and Activity Hours      
  • Gondola One (#1)
    • 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
    • 9:30am - 4:00pm
  • Bike Haul (Eagle Bahn Gondola)
    • 9:30am - 4:00pm
  • Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster
    • 9:30am - 4:00pm
By the Numbers
  • Vail Mountain Elevations:
    • Base Elevation 8,120 ft. /2,476 m
    • Mid-Elevation: 10,250 ft. /3,125 m
    • Peak Elevation 11,570 ft. /3,527 m
    • Vertical Rise 3,450 ft. /1,052 m
  • Freeride Biking Trails: More than 40 miles of trails
  • Hiking Trails: More than 20 miles of trails

Summer Climate
  • Average Daytime Temperature: 75 degrees
  • Average Nighttime Temperature: 45 degrees
  • Vail receives an average of 300 days of sunshine a year with little-to-no humidity, although weather can change in a matter of hours and light afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer
Flora & Fauna
  • The earliest wildflowers typically bloom in April.
  • By July, wildflowers abound, sometimes waist deep in mountain meadows as in China Bowl on Vail Mountain.
  • By mid-September, leaves from the aspen trees that engulf the Vail Valley, turn a brilliant gold, lasting about three weeks.
  • Wildlife is often viewed in the backcountry and includes fox, deer, elk, marmots, beaver, coyotes, moose, black bears and bighorn sheep.
  • During the 1800s, Ute Indians and pioneer hunters roamed the peaceful valley that is present-day Vail.
  • In 1854-56, mountain explorers, Jim Bridger and Lord Gore, explored the area. The high mountain peaks surrounding Vail to the east were named the Gore Range by Bridger in honor of his friend.
  • In the 1940s, a group of ski enthusiasts from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division were exposed to the area's majestic mountains while training at Camp Hale near Leadville during World War II
  • Following the war, veteran 10th Mountain Division soldiers Pete Seibert, Bill "Sarge" Brown and Bob Parker returned to the Gore Valley with dreams of establishing a ski area in the beautiful mountain area. Through hard work and endless dreaming, Vail was established by the trio in 1962.

Vail Mountain Media Contacts
Hannah Dixon (970) 754-4528,
Consumer Site:
General Vail Summer Media Contact
Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (775) 351-7904,