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Important Announcement

VRD FACILITIES CLOSED; ALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 16

Updated March 25: The Vail Recreation District's top priority is the safety and well-being of our residents, guests and employees.

In cooperation with the updated Eagle County Public Health Order plus the Colorado Statewide Stay at Home Order, and in the effort to prevent community spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable populations, the Vail Recreation District (VRD) is canceling all programs and events, and closing all VRD facilities, effective March 13 until at least April 16, 2020.

This includes all open gyms, youth sports programs, adult leagues, lessons and clinics, walk-in sports and activities, and private rentals and events.

All VRD facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, including the Imagination Station, Dobson Arena and Vail Gymnastics Center. The Vail Nordic Center pro shop and restaurant are now closed for the season, and we are no longer grooming the trails. If you need to return season rentals, please call 970-476-8366.

With the announced closure of local schools, VRD has made the difficult decision to cancel our after-school program (KidZone) starting on Monday, March 16 until classes resume at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

For questions, please contact the respective department or facility listed here. Please understand that staffing will be limited during this time, and responses may be delayed.

 

2020 Summer Camp registration opens Monday, April 6th @ 8 a.m. Mountain Time

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ALL PAPERWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO ATTENDING CAMP. CHILDREN MAY NOT ATTEND CAMP IF PAPERWORK IS NOT ON FILE BY THE FIRST DAY OF ATTENDANCE.

 

Register Online | Summer Camp Brochure | What to Bring to Mt Bike Camp

Select Weeks June 29-August 13

Monday-Thursday | 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages: 8 to 14

Cost: $220 (includes 1-day of bike haul at Vail; $200 if you provide your own bike haul)

Location: Golden Peak Children’s Center & Maloit Park

Call 970-479-2292 for more details and information.

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Riding a bike with the wind on your face is a timeless rite of childhood. Learn how to keep this joy for the rest of your life by improving your skills – and taking them to dirt! Learn posture, shifting and cadence to make climbs more efficient. The fun part, descending, will be even more fun when you improve your balance, bike handling and technical riding. We’ll teach trail etiquette, nutrition and hydration while riding varied terrain. We’ll take advantage of break time to teach basic bicycle maintenance and explore the natural environment. A low rider-to-coach ratio allows for individual attention, and games and challenges help keep the groups together while allowing children to push themselves (or rest) at the appropriate level. We are excited to partner with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Cycling program for coaching and with Vail Resorts for access to Vail Mountain.

Required equipment and skills:

  • Equipment: Mountain bike and helmet, water bottle or hydration pack
    • Bike must be a true mountain bike with free-wheel, front and rear hand brakes, and gears. Front- or full-suspension is recommended, but a fully rigid mountain bike can often save weight, which is optimal especially for small riders.
  • Skills: Proficient with riding on pavement including starting, riding, braking, turning, stopping and bike-handling in tight situations. Experience on dirt is highly recommended.
    • Ride a lot before camp: some base fitness and time on the bike will make camp more enjoyable. There is no substitute for time! Your rear-end will thank you for every hour you ride before camp starts.
  • Give us a call if you have questions about your child’s readiness for this camp or your bike’s appropriateness for riding trails.

What to bring:

  • Required equipment and skills! (see above)
  • One (or two) layers in case weather turns cold or wet
  • Lunch: A good-sized picnic lunch (no refrigeration or heating required) with items your child will want to eat.
  • Snacks: Quite a few snacks that can go with the rider in pockets or in a hydration pack on the trail.

Note: VRD Mountain Bike Camp will be canceled in the event of heavy or long-term rain. Riding on wet trails is not good for our bikes or our trails. VRD will have off-trail, on-bike activities available in the case of light rain. We will try to extend camp with off-bike activities if rain persists. If rain continues, and we cannot be outside on our bikes, mountain bike camp will be canceled. Friday will be a make-up day in the event one or more days need to be canceled. VRD camps always take shelter from lightning.