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SUMMER SPORTS

Sporting Activities

Sports are a core activity for VC50 members. You will not find any couch potatoes in this club! Summer sports include and ladies bridge. Member participation is high.

As an all-volunteer group, members are the leaders for those sport activities such as hiking and cycling where individual events occur at different sites around the valley. Other sports, such as golf, pickleball, social tennis and sport shooting are coordinated by one or two volunteers for each sport. In some circles, bridge may not be considered a sport. But in VC50 we do consider it so and there is a ladies bridge group who meets weekly.

Summer Sports – Some Details

Cycling -- HELMET REQUIRED

Monday and Friday Sign up required.  Includes both road and mountain biking. Difficulty of rides (easy/moderate/difficult) and number of miles are determined by the leader so members can choose according to their skill level. Anyone without a helmet will NOT be allowed to cycle with a VC50 group.

In addition to having fun, SAFETY is a top priority for all cyclists. Because trips may involve riding distances in fairly remote areas, each participant should arrive for a ride with the following REQUIRED items:
  • A fully operating bike (Be sure to check tire pressure and bike gears before arrival)
  • A bike repair kit (Inner tube, tools, pump/CO2 cartridge, etc.)
  • Helmet
  • Proper biking wear for weather (including rain gear)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen etc.
  • Water bottle, snacks and/or lunch
  • First aid essentials

Golf

Monday. Sign up required. Foursomes go out starting at 8:30am with an option to play 9 or 18 holes. Members pay the greens fee and we collect $2.00 per week for prizes (usually awarded to first, second and third place) and there is a one-time fee of $3.00 to join the league.  This $3.00 is used for end-of-season prizes and to help offset the final banquet.

Hiking

Wednesday and Saturday. Sign-up required. There are three levels: tortoise, marmot and hare.

You are a Tortoise hiker if:

  • You can hike for 3 or 4 hours with rest stops as needed
  • You can hike up to 5 miles round trip
  • You can handle elevation gains of 1,000 or 1,500 feet
  • You may not be totally acclimated to high altitude but you can hike as described above with rest stops as needed

 You are a Marmot Hiker if:

  • You can hike up to 5 hours 
  • You can hike for up to 5-7 miles round trip
  • You can handle hikes that have elevation gains of over 2,000 ft.
  • You can hike at a moderate pace with some stops
  • You are accustomed to the altitude 

 You are a Hare Hiker if:

  • You can hike for 6+ hours 
  • You can hike for up to 10-12 miles round trip
  • You can handle hikes that have elevation gains of over 2,000 ft.
  • You can hike at a good pace with few stops
  • You are accustomed to the altitude
Leaders decide level of hike and may limit number of participants depending on hike location. All leaders carry walkie-talkie radios so leader and sweep can communicate with each other.

Pickleball

Tuesday. Pickleball instruction and an opportunity to play round robin doubles. Demo paddles and balls are provided. Instruction and play are available at a lower cost for Vail Recreation District pass holders and slightly higher for non-pass holders.  To play only without instruction, there is no cost for Vail Recreation District pass holders and a set fee for non-pass holders.  Sign-up required.

Social Tennis

Thursday; doubles play. Sign-up required. Matches scheduled on level of play, not gender. Skill ability is USTA 3.0, 3.5 or 4+.  Self-assessment is the general rule and those on the tennis list receive the self-rating form. Players pay a weekly fee if they are non-members of the Vail Tennis Center.

Sport Shooting (skeet, trap, pistol, rifle)

Every two weeks on Tuesday. Rotate between pistol, rifle and clays at the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club. Safety is our first concern. A gun/range safety class is offered.

Ladies Afternoon Bridge

Tuesday. The group is fairly non-competitive and plays party bridge using the Chicago scoring system.

Save a Trail

Since our club hikes a great deal, we also contribute to trail maintenance by participating in this program. The east Lake Creek trail is in superb condition thanks to the VC50 members who volunteered.


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