Vail Terrain Conditions for Opening Day!

As everyone in the valley knows that Vail Mountain opens tomorrow and everyone is excited! This morning we got a couple inches of fresh powder for everyone to enjoy! The mountain’s operation crew was proud to announce today that both Vail Village and Lionshead Village base areas will be opened thanks to the cold temperatures and the most recent snow fall.

This is what Vail had to say regarding the terrain for tomorrow:

The majority of skiing and riding will be available on Born Free with connecting routes from the top of Gondola One and the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Beginner terrain will be available at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola around Little Eagle Lift (#15). We are very close to opening much more terrain on natural snow, we just need a little more snow and, more importantly, cold temperatures for our snowmakers and groomers to fill in the few gaps and ditches to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol is evaluating trails every day and once a run is safe and skiable, we will drop ropes immediately. 

Here’s what Vail’s COO, Chris Jarnot, had to say about openings: “We are very close to being able to open up much more additional terrain on mostly natural snow, and just need a bit more snow and, most importantly, cold temperatures to allow our snowmakers and groomers to fill in a few ditches, holes and gaps to connect everything together safely.  Ski Patrol will be evaluating trails every day, and we will open up as much additional terrain as we can, as soon as we can open it safely for all of our guests.  Keep your fingers crossed for continued snow and for cold temperatures, and we’ll get there soon.” 

Skiing and riding will be offered from Gondola One, Born Free Express Lift (#8), the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Little Eagle Lift (#15) beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22nd. Until more terrain opens, all of Vail Mountain is considered a slow zone. Please me in control and considerate of others.

Planning a visit to Vail?

This is the perfect time to talk about deals & when the best time to come to Vail is. Luckly, I was able to find this gem in Vail’s Blog, yes I copied them and wanted to share with you! I saw these awesome tips that you’ll want to follow and we all know how planning a visit to Vail can be stressful but that is what we are here for! And if we may suggest a time to come, is any date that doesn’t involve any holidays.

Holidays in Vail here are magical yet busy. So if you’d like to come when it is nice and quiet…follow these tips:

1. Before December 20th
Sneak in some early season turns on the surprisingly quiet slopes before the holiday vacationers come to town. This is a great time to get your ski legs under you while taking advantage of the widespread lodging deals – also keep an eye out for “book by Opening Day November 22nd” offers. Such as ours from November 15-December 25: BUY 3 NIGHTS, GET ONE FREE!

2. The middle weeks of January
In between the New Year’s Eve partiers and the Martin Luther King Day long weekenders lies two weeks of prime time vacation opportunity. With the mountain usually at its full 5,280 acres, grab a room within walking distance of the lifts and explore Vail’s legendary Back Bowls to your heart’s content.

3. Late January to Valentine’s Day
Another prime “off-peak” time sets in after MLK Day and before President’s Day. With the days growing longer and the mountain fully open, this is a great time to get your turns in and saddle up next to other savvy Vail-ites at your favorite restaurants and bars in town.

4. Late February to early March
Enjoy prime skiing and also catch one of the year’s most anticipated events: the Burton US Open March 3-8. While the top snowboarders in the world compete at Golden Peak, you can ski or ride up to the side of the half-pipe and slopestyle courses or just go and enjoy making your own turns on the mountain.

5. Spring – April through Closing Day April 20th
The stuff that classic ski culture is made of – with the sun out most of the day and temperatures typically in the upper 20s, 30s and even low 40s, this is the time of year when Vail visitors flock to the decks of restaurants both on-mountain and in town. There are also free grills located around the mountain if you’d prefer to bring your own picnic. While the sun is usually out, Vail is also known for late-season storms so in between goggle-tan sessions you might just find yourself enjoying a powder day.

6. Buy your lift tickets online and in advance. Whether you buy a multi-day pass like the Epic 7 Day or an Epic Day Pass, buying online at least 7 days in advance domestically and 14 days internationally gets you the guaranteed lowest price – plus you can skip the lines at the ticket window!

All in all, we want you to have the best experience when it comes to staying with us and having fun on the mountain. Plus, it doesn’t get much better when you get to save money! So take these tips to heart when planning a trip out to Vail as it will make everything simpler…and if you just don’t have the time…give us a call! We are more than happy to help you plan your next trip to Vail everything from lodging to planning activities and making reservations for your group! 1-800-441-5419 

I leave you with a video the Vail put together called Signs of Winter & boy, with all the early snow we have been getting…we are definitely ready for the mountain to open and the season to get under way! 14 more days until the mountain open! http://youtu.be/bYBmzhHwaVo