Testing Takes Place on Vail’s New Game Creek Canopy Tour, Slated to Debut in Summer 2016 as a Part of Epic Discovery

29 September 2015
Yesterday at Vail Mountain testing was conducted on the zip lines of the resort’s new Game Creek canopy tour, slated to open for summer 2016 as a part of the resort’s new summer mountain experience, Epic Discovery.
Employees of Bonsai, the manufacturer of the new canopy tour, have been working on construction of the new activity throughout the summer and performed tests yesterday on the zip lines as a part of the final steps of the construction process.
When the Game Creek canopy tour opens in summer 2016 as a part of Epic Discovery, it will offer guests a new way to see and experience Vail Mountain. The approximately two-and-a-half hour guided tour through Game Creek Bowl will feature a series of seven different zip lines that span more than 10,000 feet, and one aerial bridge. The longest single zip line will be more than 2,700 feet long and the highest zip line will be approximately 300 feet above the ground. In addition to the high-flying action, guests will also learn about the natural environment they are immersed in on the tour, including the wildlife, weather, plants, topography, and surrounding mountain ranges.
Construction has also been taking place this summer on the new Forest Flyer, which will debut as a part of the Epic Discovery experience along with the Game Creek canopy tour next summer.
Epic Discovery: A Summer Mountain Adventure
Summer in the mountains is taking on a whole new feel with Epic Discovery, and Vail Resorts is once again leading the ski industry by being the first to submit and develop a comprehensive new summer activities plan in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy. Vail Resorts’ Epic Discovery program encourages “learn through play,” promoting environmental education and forest stewardship through a variety of outdoor activities and interpretive programming. Vail Mountain will be one of the first destinations in the Vail Resorts family to launch Epic Discovery in summer 2016.
Vail’s existing Adventure Ridge has already undergone enhancements in preparation for Epic Discovery over the past few years with the addition of a zip line, two challenge courses, a kids challenge course and kids zip line, and summer tubing. All of these activities, along with the Forest Flyer and Game Creek canopy tour, will be incorporated into Epic Discovery when it debuts in summer 2016.
For more information about Vail Mountain, visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
About Vail Mountain
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher, Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.



Sara Lococo

Senior Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-3210
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