Vail Sports recently launched a program that provides free daily bike tours, and is a great way to ease into Vail’s higher altitude before setting out on tackling more rigorous activities. Running from now until Labor Day, the trips will depart daily at 11am from the Vail Sports shop in Lionshead Village located next to the parking structure and bus stop. Leading these tours are Vail Sports employees who are trained and certified in first aid, are certified bike techs and can assist with any trail mishaps. Not to mention, all tour guides are seasoned locals who can steer you to the best places in town so you can enjoy your trip. The tours will run through Vail Village, Lionshead Village, and Golden Peak areas.
Even if you didn’t bring your bike to Vail, it’s not a problem. Vail Sports offers numerous new, top-of-the line rental bikes for every kind of rider. Choose from traditional mountain bikes with knobby tires (from $25 for two hours), road bikes (from $55 for four hours), hybrids (from $25 for two hours), cruisers (from $18 for two hours), or junior bikes (from $15 for two hours).
In addition, bikers that want to get out of the village can do so with their choice of several on-mountain tours. The Vail Pass bike tour includes shuttle van transit to the top of Vail Pass where riders can partake in a gorgeous ride down a smooth path through White River National Forest. Prices for this tour start at $39, and guests can decide between either a self-guided or guided tour down the 2,500 vertical the trail offers.
For a more challenging experience, riders can pick up a combination bike-haul ticket with their full-suspension bike rental where they can ride the gondola to the summit before exploring any one of the many designated dirt bike trails down Vail Mountain. This package starts at $57 for adults and $16 for children for a four-hour rental including helmet and gondola ride.