Guided and self-guided optional tours are being promoted to help you fully experience this unique area in the company of your sweetener colleagues. Registration for all guided tours should be directed to the tour operators noted. Optional tours are not official Symposium events. The Hythe Vail’s concierge team can also provide additional information and can be reached at 970-476-4444 or concierge@thehythevail.com. For a wealth of information on area key attractions and activities, visit https://www.visitvailvalley.com/ and https://www.vailgov.com/welcome-to-vail.

Guided Tours

Jeep Tour:  Daily, 9am & 2pm

Experience a sense of wilderness and the magnificent Rocky Mountains while traveling the countryside. Bring the Vail valley up close and personal during your guided jeep tour as you enjoy spectacular vistas spanning miles of the Colorado high country. With more than 30 years of experience, Timberline tours is the leading Vail jeep tour guide service. This tour begins with a pick-up at The Hythe Vail at either 9am or 2pm. Your trained guide will help you pick the best tour available based on season and trail conditions, weather and group dynamics. These four-hour tours can accommodate 6 people per jeep and two jeeps can be reserved together for larger groups. Prices are $135 for adults (13+), $115 for children (7-12), and $65 (ages 6 & under) (exclusive of taxes/fees and gratuity). Prices include door-to-door transportation and a snack. Since you will be traveling in an open-air vehicle and traveling to higher altitudes, a warmer jacket, a layering of clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses are recommended. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the incredible views. To make reservations, please call 970-476-1414 and refer to American Sugar Alliance so you’ll be placed with the ASA group if possible.  More information is available at https://timberlinetours.com/

Zip Adventures:  Daily, Times Vary

Zip Adventures offers the ultimate adrenaline rush while taking in the rugged beauty of Colorado. Located 20 miles northwest of Vail at the authentic 4 Eagle Ranch, Zip Adventures offers a unique course consisting of separate ziplines ranging from 150 to 1000 feet in length and 100 to 200 feet above the floor of Alkali Canyon. During your tour, you will experience pristine mountains, beautiful trees, raging rivers, jagged rock cliffs and the dramatic beauty of the canyon’s floor while zipping up to 50 miles per hour over rugged canyon. A thorough safety briefing will be provided. Two trained guides accompany each trip to ensure maximum safety, as well as educate about the flora, fauna, and wildlife. Tours are offered at various times throughout the day, last approximately 2+ hours, and can accommodate large groups. Bring hat, sunscreen, closed toe shoes or hiking boots, hair tie for shoulder length hair, pants or shorts and jackets. Cameras with straps are welcome. Weight requirements: no minimum and a max of 250lbs. maximum. Not recommended for people with heart, back, hip or knee problems, or pregnant women. Must be able to hike ¾ mile on trails. Cost is $180 per person and include all safety gear, water and snacks. A minimum 15% gratuity is required for the guides. Transportation to Zip Adventures is on your own. For reservations, call 970-926-9470 or visit https://zipadventures.com/.Cancellation must be made 72 hours in advanced. Call for a discounted rate. After completing the Zipline tour, be sure to visit 4 Eagle Ranch’s winery ,https://www.vinesatvailwinery.com/.

Whitewater Rafting:  Saturday & Sunday, AM and PM Trips

Experience the beauty and the exhilaration of the Colorado Rockies while rafting the Shoshone River. Timberline Tours has reserved both a morning and an afternoon trip specifically for Symposium participants.  The Shoshone Morning Trip starts with pick-up at The Hythe Vail at 9am for transport to Timberline’s location, to be fitted with gear and receive an orientation. This trip typically offers thrilling white water, followed by a relaxing float through the scenic Glenwood Canyon, for a total time on the river of 1.5-2 hours, followed by a luncheon.  Return to the hotel is expected around 2-3pm.  The Shoshone Afternoon Double Thriller Trip starts with pick up from The Hythe Vail at 2pm for transport to Timberline’s HQ to be fitted with gear and receive an orientation.  The Double Thriller Trip is ideally suited for those wanting white water only (no float) as it offers several laps on the same set of rapids, for a total time on the river of 1-1.5 hours.  Return to the hotel is expected around 4-5pm.  The trip includes door-to-door transportation, necessary equipment and snacks or lunch (varies by trip). Recommended attire includes bathing suites and sunscreen. Additionally, bring dry clothes if you would like to change at the take-out point. To book this trip and be with other ASA Symposium guests, please reserve your spot at Shoshone Morning Trip or Afternoon Shoshone Double Triller Trip. Prices vary by tour and age. Please note children must be age 8 or older.  Book now as these tours fill up.  Booking window closes 24 hours prior to departure.

Fly Fishing, Daily, Times Vary

Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to fish on more than 500 miles of pristine river through Colorado’s Vail Valley.  With access to the Eagle River, Gore Creek, Roaring Fork River, and the Colorado River, try your hand at fly-fishing with the help and expertise of some of Vail’s best anglers.  Both beginners and experts are welcome.  Trips can be tailored to your preference including wade trips, float trips, ½-day, ¾ -day and full-day with varying prices.  Note:  Float trip availability is limited.  For more information, visit https://www.minturnanglers.com/vail-fly-fishing-trips-in-colorado/ and refer to American Sugar Alliance so you’ll be place with the ASA group if possible.

Self-Guided Tours

Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show:  Sunday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

A highly popular summer activity is the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show. Held on Sundays in the heart of Vail Village, this event includes over 148 tents, showcasing many made-in-Colorado artisan items and foods, as well as produce, 40 food vendors, music and more. Spend your Sunday enjoying the market, eating breakfast, lunch or both from the food vendors and exploring Vail Village. The market takes place primarily on East Meadow drive in Vail Village, as well as spreading to side streets throughout. Parking can be challenging so consider taking the free Vail Village in-town shuttle from the front door of The Hythe Vail to the Vail Transportation Center which is a quick 5-minute shuttle ride. Alternatively, you could walk from The Hythe Vail through Lionshead Village to Vail Village (20-minute walk). For more information, visit http://www.vailfarmersmarket.com/

Bike the Pass:  Daily, 10am, 12pm & 2pm

This self-guided bike trip of the Vail Pass is a wonderful way to enjoy the Vail Valley, all at your own leisure. This adventure begins at the Charter Sports, located in Lionshead Village just a short walk from The Hythe Vail, where you will be fitted with a mountain bike and provided a helmet. You will then be driven to the “top” of Vail Pass and provided with an orientation of the area. From there, you will start your scenic 18-mile downhill trek on a paved bike path. The first ten miles of your trip are primarily downhill on the bike path with no motorized traffic encountered until you drop into East Vail. At various points, you’ll want to stop and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Gore Range and Vail Valley. As you continue into East Vail, you’ll ride by the Vail Golf Course, the Nature Center, the Ford Amphitheater, and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. For a true Vail experience, plan to stop in Vail Village for an ice cream or lunch at an outdoor café. Return the bike to Charter Sports in Lionshead. Cost is $70 per person (exclusive of taxes/fees and gratuity). Recommended attire includes shorts, tennis shoes, a warm jacket/layering of clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen. For more information or to book your bike visit Charter Sports, or call 888-295-9797 and reference the “American Sugar Alliance” group.

Gondolas, Hiking & the Epic Discovery Activity Center:  Daily Pending – waiting to hear if Mountain & Gondolas will open for summer 2022.

The Hythe Vail’s ideal location gives you quick access to a plethora of summer recreation.  Take Vail’s Scenic Gondola, either the Eagle Bahn Gondola (located in Lionshead Village) or Gondola One (located in Vail Village) to the top of the peak (elevations 10,000+ft) to experience panoramic views, explore 18 different hiking trails or visit the Epic Discovery activity center. Perched on the mountaintop, Epic Discovery offers a football-stadium sized activity center featuring a ziplines, high ropes course, mountain coasters, tubing, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, restaurants, and more. [Note:  We are awaiting confirmation that Epic Discovery will open this summer.]

The Well & Being Spa:  Daily, 10am – 5pm

The Hythe Vail’s Well & Being Spa offers a luxurious Alpine-inspired experience.  The spa’s innovative wellness approach incorporates many local and on-property botanicals, infusing treatments with indigenous plants.  The spa offers a Himalayan Salt Inhalation Lounge, as well as massage therapies, body scrubs and wraps, facials and skincare services, and enhanced recovery therapies. ASA has secured a 20% discount on massage, facials or body treatments. To make a reservation and secure ASA’s 20% discount, call 970-479-5004 and reference “American Sugar Alliance” group. For general information on the Well & Being Spa, visit  https://www.thehythevail.com/wellness/spa/