Vail Mountain closes tubing hill for season to focus on “core mountain experience”

A decade ago, there were lift-served tubing hills in Beaver Creek, Minturn and Vail.

The Meadow Mountain tubing hill in Minturn was the first to go, closing following the 2012 season. The Haymaker tubing hill in Beaver Creek closed following the 2014 season, leaving Vail Mountain as the only lift-served tubing hill in Eagle County in recent years.

But this year, Vail Mountain’s tubing hill is not opening either.

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After weeks of postponing the opening in messages on its website, Vail Mountain has made the decision not to offer tubing at all this season. Those who had booked tubing reservations were refunded.

“We’ve made the decision to focus staff and snowmaking on the core mountain experience — skiing and snowboarding,” said Vail Resorts spokesperson John Plack. “Snow designated for the tubing hill will be used to help create an outstanding spring skiing experience.”

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