Vail Mountain — Ride The Gondola Up For A Fast Ride Down
In Colorado, the higher the altitude, the better the leaves. The small mountain town of Vail is the perfect example. The town — about a two hour drive from Denver — is a global ski destination. Before the snow falls, however, the town’s 11,570-foot peak is ideal for mountain bikers.
Hop on the gondola with your favorite mountain bike, to enjoy a view of the reds and gold of the entire town from the summit. It will set you back $34 to haul your bike up the mountain by gondola. An extra $15 gets you a sack lunch from the resort.
From there, take any of the numerous heart-pounding trails to the bottom. You may find that experiencing this mountain from the saddle is as exhilarating as it is on skis.
Our choice trails down the mountain are Gitalong Road and Onza Valley.
- Distance: 5 miles
- Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
- Terrain: A winding path with gravel road most of the way
- Distance: 4 miles
- Difficulty: Expert (Black)
- Terrain: Steep singletrack, 1,00 foot climb, 4×4 roads and steep descents