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“Hike the Berry Picker Trail”

Vail Mountain Resort
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$36.00*
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Vail Scenic Gondola Ride
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$94.00*
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Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Vail
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Owner description: Offering more than 5,289 acres of downhill and cross-country trails, Vail is considered one of the best all-around ski mountains in the world.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We took the gondola up from Lionshead Village and hiked down on the Berry Picker Trail. Crossed through Aspens and berry bushes and wildflowers with streams gurgling through. Beautiful hike - took us just a little less than 2 hours to hike this trail. It is an easy to intermediate hike. Most people of all ages could do this hike.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Gorgeous views, wide array of blue to double black terrain, usually short lift lines, TWO bathroom facilities at the top, and outdoor grills for cooking your own BBQ. Must make the trip back, as long as it's not white-out conditions.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Having had a season pass for 11 years, and going there for 30 years, I can say with great confidence that Vail is, by far, the best ski resort in Colorado. People will always say that "this resort" or "that resort" are good for a specific reason, but for the all-around experience, Vail cannot be beat.

The terrain is fantastic, regardless of skill level. It's the largest U.S. resort with something for everyone. Glades, steeps, cliffs, bumps and bowls for experts, which are complimented by the largest amount of intermediate slopes on one mountain, and there is plenty of beginner stuff all over the place.

The facilities are amazing with nice bathrooms, plenty of food and drink, and always a place to sit somewhere on the mountain. The top of Blue Sky Basin has shared outdoor grills, and this last time, I was skiing solo, but made sure to bring a couple burgers to grill up for an early lunch break.

The biggest complaint would be the cost of parking, but other than that, once you're on the mountain, this is the farthest thing from your mind. The only other issue can be lift lines, which is indicative of any mainstream resort, but an experienced explorer can easily work their way around that.

Vail Mountain is a fantastic place to ski, and, if you get a chance to go over St. Patty's Day, do NOT miss it. It's such a lively time to be there, and the weather is warm!

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Our group of four - two adults and two teens were in Vail for a summer vacation and spent day #1 on Vail Mountain. It was a wonderful way to get the vacation started and give us a great feel for being in the mountains. The teens bought tickets on the Eagle Bahn gondola and went up to the top early in the morning and rode horses. It was about a 40 minute ride and was a tame stroll along the mountain crest. The kids loved it and commented that the views were spectacular. They also added the extra $6 to their lift ticket which gives you $15 in food credit at the top of the mountain. The kids just chose to have pizza and brownies...but were very happy with their selections. (There was some wonderful smelling BBQ, but we didn't try it this time.) My husband and I chose to go up at bit later in the morning. We had a lovely lunch at Garfinkle's at the base of the gondola. It's a great place to eat outside and watch the people gather to go up the mountain.
The gondola ride is fun and takes about five minutes. We waited in line maybe 20 minutes, but we were right at the peak of the after-lunch rush. There are a LOT of people taking bikes up the mountain and that slows down the loading process as they have to load the bikes. However, it does look like fun to ride back down the mountain. There are several different paths to choose - from very adventuresome to something more sedate. I would caution that we saw a really nasty accident as we were headed up in the gondola. A young boy, maybe 8-10 years old, was going down the mountain bike switch backs and couldn't stop. We saw him crash into a big pile of rocks - with his father trying to stop him. Not sure of the outcome...but you would need to be careful of the speed and your own ability.
At the top of the mountain, we took several of the trails further up the mountain. The Grand Escape is a moderate climb going up about another 800 ft in elevation. We are walkers/runners and definitely noticed we were breathing hard on this accent. But, the views of Vail valley are wonderful and you can stop to enjoy the views and the wildflowers. We then took Ptarmigan Loop, which is fairly flat, and takes you to the back side of the mountain where you nearly get 360 degree views of the mountains. It was gorgeous. Then, we came back down Ridge Route and that was a very pretty descent. The whole hike took us about 2.5-3 hrs with lots of stops for photos and just enjoying thew view. In summer, there are no services at the very top...so take along a bottle of water.
At the top, there are activities for kids...but I would say YOUNG kids. Our teens were not interested in the trampoline or rock wall. However, very soon the zip lines and ariel course will be open - and those look fun.
Even if you are not a hiker and just want to see some nice views - take the gondola to the top, have lunch, and take a VERY short little walk out the back for photo ops. Enjoy!

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Open fields with a goodly number of trees makes this area on Vail Mountain a popular, intermediate skiing challenge.

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