Vail Joins Other Colorado Resorts in Opening Early for 2018-19 Ski Season

Vail mountain is opening early! A combination of some of the best early-November snowmaking conditions and more than four feet of natural snowfall last week have allowed both Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort to open early for the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season. Vail, originally slated to open on Friday, Nov. 16, will open for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. Beaver Creek will open Saturday, Nov. 17, four days ahead of its scheduled Nov. 21 opening date.

Vail will offer skiing and riding out of both Vail Village and Lionshead Village, with upload and download access to the Mid-Vail area via Gondola One and top-to-bottom skiing and riding through Lionshead Village. Complimentary breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers on opening day while supplies last.  

Vail mountain is opening early 2018-2019 ski season.

Vail is calling you. The base of Vail mountain (in Lionshead Village) two days prior to early opening for ski season 2018-2019.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the 2018-19 season by opening early and truly setting the tone for the season to come at both Vail and Beaver Creek,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “This is the first time we’ve been able to open both resorts early in more than 10 years. We owe a big thank you to our mountain operations teams for their hard work in making this possible for our loyal guests and season pass holders.”

Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 14, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 500 acres of skiable terrain accessible via the following lifts on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Avanti Express (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15) 

All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs, closures and slow zones, especially during the early-season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

At Vail, the Golden Peak base area and the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6) are a designated race training area only and will open to the public at a later date.

 

Vail Mountain is Opening Early: Offerings

10 Days of Epic

To celebrate 10 years of the Epic Pass, Vail Mountain will offer 10 days of specials on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16. Some specials include complimentary fries with the purchase of an Epic Burger; 50 percent off ski school group lessons; après at Express Lift Bar featuring $3 drink specials; and 20 percent off Epic Mountain Express rides to and from Vail. Additional details are available at www.vail.com/readysetsnow

Snow Days

From Dec. 13 to 16, Vail Snow Days features an expanded four-day lineup of events and activities from free concerts, a Pray for Snow Bonfire, pub crawls, and more. Visit www.vail.com/snowdays for a list of all activities.

On-Mountain Dining

The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Mid-Vail will open for the season for daily operations on Wednesday.

Vail Ski & Snowboard School

Beginning Wednesday, the Lionshead and Vail Village Ski & Snowboard School offices will be open. Walk-ins are accepted. For the best price guaranteed, guests are encouraged to book in advance online at www.vail.com or by calling (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

Vail Mountain Nordic School

The Vail Mountain Nordic School, located in Golden Peak, opens Wednesday with guided backcountry, snowshoe and cross-country ski tours in the mountains around Vail. For more information, visit www.vail.com or call (970) 754-3200.

Lift Tickets

The Ticket and Season Pass Offices located in Lionshead and Vail Village will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

 

Snow, Snow & More Snow

View down the river behind the Antlers the day after a Vail snow storm. Photo: Steve Hersee

About a week before Thanksgiving a couple of us in the sales/marketing office were bemoaning the lack of snow. “We know the Vail snow will come. But what if Vail Mountain doesn’t open on time? What will that perception be?” Our Controller walked in on that conversation and proceeded to tell about one of her first winters in Vail when she and a few friends were sitting outside enjoying a picnic on a balmy November day having the very same conversation. And, how the very next week the snow came and didn’t stop for 30 days. It was 30 days until they saw sun again and an epic year for skiers. Déjà vu?

The second week of December we received our first really big snowfall with 25″ in one week and it just continued from there. January received 70″ of snow when the January average is 35″. This 2016/2017 ski season will likely be on for the record books. Today is a beautiful blue sky day with lots of soft snow to enjoy. Hope that you have or will be making it out to Vail to enjoy it — we sure are!

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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