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More Vail ski lifts open

Friday, December 16th, 2011

This is just a quick update summary for ya on December 16th………..Vail’s ski lifts will open at 8:30am starting this Saturday, scratch that, (it is BEAVER CREEK that is opening at 8:30am per the Vail Daily newspaper)….giving you a head start for you “early bird” types.  Vail and Beaver Creek received around 6 inches or so the last couple of dates and more terrain has opened.  At Vail they opened Chairs 10 and 14.  That is the Highline Express lift and the Sourdough Lift over on the east end of Vail mountain.  We still need a bit more before we can open Vail’s Back Bowls, so keep your fingers crossed.  Vail is open with 21 of 31 lifts and 1400 acres.Beaver Creek is now open with 24 of 25 lifts and 88 trails and 1058 acres, so they are doing pretty good too!

Vail mountain opens Chair 11 December 3rd

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Vail mountain opened Chair 11 Northwoods today with First Step, South Rim, Northstar, Northwoods, and a few other trail names we can’t remember.  Here is a quick pic of us ready to go into First Step.  Light snow, maybe 1 inch with snow showers throughout the day.  Everyone is curious if Chairs 14 (Sourdough) and Chairs 7 (Gamecreek) are next for opening.

Vail ski report and the Fleetwind ski club

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Just a quick Vail ski report for you…..  November 26th and they opened Chairs 3 and 4 up out of Mid-Vail this Thanksgiving weekend in Vail.  It is the early ski season so we are thankful for the snow we have.  None the less, quite a few ski runs are open with Chairs 8, 2, 3, 4 the Vista Bahn, Gondola and some beginner chairs.  The Fleetwind Ski club from Chicago is in Vail at the moment and it is always a good time to do a few ski runs with them.  They had their blackberry brandy containers with the drinking schedule spelled out on the bottles.  Check it out…..

Jim, Robby and Scott from the Fleetwind Ski Club

Blackberry Sport drink, drinking schedule

That looks like the end

Chris Ratzlaff at the top of Hunk Dory, Chair 4 is open in the distance

Early Ski season skiers in Vail at the top of Eagle’s nest with the Gore Range in the background

Our Backyard

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A few photos taken just a couple of hours ago of Lionshead, Chair 8, the Vail Gondola and Garfs Deck.  More terrain at Vail mountain opens tomorrow.  I love how colorfull this sport can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble and Happy Thanksgiving!

Deer on Vail’s web-cam

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

With all the recent snow we were checking out the Vail webcam on the Antlers at Vail web-site and caught a glimpse of this deer up in Vail’s Back Bowls.  It looks like it is Colorado deer migration season already!

 

 

 

 

 

Guess What We Woke Up To

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We were walking around in the courtyard in short sleeve shirts on Tuesday and put on a few extra layers on Wednesday with the recent Vail snow.

Wax those skiis and boards.  Find that parka and wool socks.  Make that reservation.

It has begun.

Courtyard Scare Crow wasn't ready for this

No matter what the weather, these guys never get along

Vail’s Chair 4 jump

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Powder day before the end of the ski season and people were lined under Chair 4 Mountain Top Express to go off the big jump.  Not the best of pictures (snowing a bit), but you can see quite a few people checking it out and getting ready to go off the cliff up on top and then off the jump.

Groomers below on April 23rd, record snow with 524 inches of snow for the ski season including 12 inches on the last day of the ski season.

 

 

 

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Another 3-4 inches of new snow April 14th Vail

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Mountain Top Express VailVail ski mountain and the Antlers at Vail hotel are not done for the ski season just yet. We have over a another week to go and there isn’t a brown spot on the mountain. Even before the 3-4 inches of snow today, the base on the top of Vail mountain was 77 inches. Sort of sad we’ll be closing in Vail on April 24th. We could probably go until May 24th this year!  Rest of this week, stay 3 nights at regular price and get the 4th, 5th and 6th nights free.  Rates from $160 per night for a full Vail condo on the river.

Backcountry Vail skiing, Vail snow

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Even though it is April here in Colorado (isn’t it April everywhere?), we still have lots of snow in the high country.  The base up on Vail mountain near Mid-Vail is over 80 inches and more snow is expected this Sunday April 10th.   Here are a couple of photos and a video from a recent back country hut trip to the Peter Estin hut near Vail Colorado that Chris Ratzlaff (Antlers at Vail Director of All things Big and Small) and Tom Schlader (Antlers Director of Preservation) did this past week.

Powder skiing near Vail, Colorado April 5th

Peter Estin hut about an hour drive (and then a 5 hour hike) from Vail

 

 

Video of us measuring the snow outside the Peter Estin Hut, we figured it was around 95-120 inches depending on where you measured

Group of Vail Backcountry skiers, the snow looks good.

Finally some sun in Vail for the Back Bowls

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

After an incredible couple of months with snow and more snow, we finally have some sun.  Vail’s Back Bowls are in excellent condition.  Enjoying the views.  And Vail mountain is extending its operating hours this coming weekend.  

Beginning Friday, Feb.18, Vail Mountain will move to its full spring operating schedule at which time the majority of front side lifts will close at 4 p.m.; the Sourdough Lift (#14) will close at 3:30 p.m. Lifts and terrain in Game Creek, Sun Up, Sun Down, Tea Cup, China, Siberia, Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls will also close at 3:30 p.m. Blue Sky Basin’s Skyline Express Lift (# 37) and Earl’s Express Lift (#38) will close at 3 p.m. and Pete’s Express Lift (#39) will close at 2:45 p.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts.

View of the Back Bowls from the top of Blue Sky Basin

Cow’s Face

Vail’s Yonder