Winter isn’t the only time to make your way up and down the mountain. Vail has a large network of hiking and mountain biking trails and lift access from theEagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead and the Vista Bahn in Vail Village.
- Don’t be fooled by the warm sun. The weather can change quickly and the temperature is typically cooler on the top of the mountain. Shorts are OK, but be sure to pack a waterproof jacket, a hat, and any other layers to prepare for the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms, which are frequent in the summertime.
- Hikers and bikers embarking on long day trips should get started early in the morning and always bring water and snacks.
- Sun protection should be worn at all times. At 10,000 feet, exposure to the sun is 40% more intense than sea level. We recommend sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher and sunglasses with UV protection.
- Mountain bikers should wear sturdy shoes at all times and only stay on trails marked for mountain biking. Be aware that some trails are designated for downhill traffic only. The difficulty level of singletrack mountain bike trails is not comparable to ski trails. Beginners should stay on service roads and green trails only.