Vail Mountain Opening Day 2014-15

As much as we all love Vail in the summer, nothing beats the anticipation of Vail Mountain opening day. Vail’s winter revolves around snow and skiing. It is so exciting when both of those are off to an epic start like they are this year. We had an unusually warm fall but then winter literally arrived at a perfect time for us. The cold weather came in last week creating perfect snowmaking conditions, and also brought more than three feet of snow. This enabled Vail Resorts to open more than 500 acres of terrain today with access from both Vail and Lionshead village. More snow is expected starting tomorrow and Vail Resorts anticipates opening even more terrain soon.

At least one member of the Antlers at Vail hotel team made it up on the mountain today to grab a few photos for you below. Enjoy, and make your ski plans soon!

Photo credit: Ryan Kelsey

Vail Spring Skiing

No spring party pics for you just yet (they’re coming), just some boring shots of the ski slopes.  But hey, people have been asking so here are some photos for you.  Photos are from March 23rd.  Spring conditions here and lots of corn snow.  No need to get out super early as it is best to wait a little later into the day until the snow softens up.

Riding up the lift at the top of Chair 2

Mid- Vail (below) on March 23rd.

Bottom of Lionshead (March 23rd)

Looking up towards Vail mountain top

 

Ski the Minturn Mile ski run

Skiing the Minturn Mile from Vail mountain down to the town of Minturn is one of the classic Apre ski activities in Vail.  Be forewarned, it is for advanced skiers only that are familiar with the back-country, prepared for back-country skiing, can make quick turns in deep powder and are physically fit .  It starts with a hike to Ptarmigan ridge on the West side of Vail’s Sun Down Bowl.  After a break at the top it is time to head through the gate and some powder skiing.  Make sure you have someone that is familiar with the trail and the area to guide you.   Once you get all the way down you have a hike to the Minturn Saloon for some beer and margaritas.  To get back to Vail grab the bus back or better yet, have a friend pick you up.  You won’t be in any condition to drive anyhow…

Hiking Ptarmigan ridge

Hydrating before the run (is that Bob Grossman with us?)

Pay attention

Some soft snow on the way to Minturn

Careful for the tree wells.  That’s Tom Schlader, our head engineer, on the right


View Minturn Mile ski run in a larger map

Crossing the creek

I’m soooo haaaappppy !

Bob Grossman hitting the luge

Cindy angulating the edges

Wanna go?  Ask for Amy, Tom S., Chris Ratz or Rob to make a reservation

 

 

Vail’s Milt’s face in the Back Bowls

The wind up on Vail mountain blew the snow around this past Saturday and Sunday but there is still good skiing to be had in the Back Bowls.  There is Colorado snow coming in on Tuesday per Opensnow.  Most of the eastern facing slopes had the best snow conditions.  Here was a quick picture from Sunday’s ski time.

Milt’s Face in the distance

Skiing down Milt’s Face

Vail visitors from Vienna Austria

Stefan and Alice Kafka visited us from Vienna Austria this past week and made a few runs in Vail’s China Bowl.  Another 4 inches of snow came down on Thursday with more predicted throughout this week in Vail Colorado.  If you are looking for a good weather site for the Colorado mountains and the Vail area try the very popular web-site  Opensnow.com  written by Joel Gratz.  It is made by skiers for skiers.

 Vail’s China Bowl

Vail snow conditions with 11 + inches of new powder

Vail ski area reported 11 inches of new snow this morning at 5:30am and we probably received another 3-4 inches on Vail mountain throughout the day.  Vail’s ski conditions are fantastic.  It has been a bit of a wait.  Most of the Back Bowls opened today but there are still a few sections closed waiting for a bit more snow.  Pictures below are just some quick shots to give a quick eye for the snow conditions.  Nice and soft.

Vail’s Sun Up Bowl

Looking towards Mid-Vail

January 22, a bit of a Vail powder snow day, 9+ inches

Finally, we are getting a bit of a turn on the snow.  9+inches today and it snowed pretty good throughout the day so maybe another 3 inches or so will be reported on tomorrow’s Vail snow report.  I did a few runs with Antlers at Vail condominium owner John Taylor over in Game Creek Bowl.  The sun will be out the rest of today and tomorrow and then perhaps we get a bit more snow again on Tuesday.  Chair 5 opened today, but mainly with skiing in Sun Up bowl.  From what we could see they have not opened Sun Down bowl.  Portions of Blue Sky Basin and China are open.  We are just about 2300 acres open with more to come.     Chris Ratzlaff

 Game Creek Bowl

John Taylor checking out Sun Down bowl and noting the skiers coming up Chair 5

 

Skiing January 9, Vail Colorado

8 inches of snow this past Saturday/Sunday.  Monday groomers were great.  Still need snow to catch up but here are some pictures for you…

Top of Chair 2

Top of Born Free

Skiing Mid-Vail

Looking into the Back Bowls, we probably need another 15-20 inches before we can open them (I think)