Vail and Beaver Creek have been receiving tons of snow and in some areas of the mountain, it's just sitting there not getting skied.
Vail has received nearly two feet of new snow in the last week, and the Colorado forecast is calling for consistent snowfall until Dec. 18.
“With more than 35” of snow in the last two weeks, we’ve been able to open a large majority of our terrain, including our legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “If the current weather pattern keeps up, we anticipate being 100 percent open heading into the upcoming holiday season.”
Skiers and snowboarders currently have access to the following lifts and 4,016 skiable acres in these areas on Vail Mountain:
Eagle Bahn Gondola
Avanti Express (#2)
Wildwood Express (#3)
Mountaintop Express (#4)
High Noon Express (#5)
Riva Bahn Express (#6)
Game Creek Express (#7)
Born Free Express (#8)
Sun Up Express (#9)
Highline Express (#10)
Northwoods Express (#11)
Sourdough Express (#14)
Little Eagle (#15)
Orient Express (#21)
Teacup Express (#36)
Skyline Express (#37)
Pete’s Express (#39)
Vail opened some of the legendary Back Bowls on Saturday, including the much-anticipated new high-speed quad chairlift known as the Sun Up Express. The chair used to be known as Chair 17 but is now called Chair 9.
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The 2016-17 ski season got underway in Vail and Beaver Creek on Friday, with skiers enjoying freshly groomed slopes at both resorts.
Vail Mountain will open for winter operations on Friday, November 18, 2016, and Vail Snow Daze will once again kick off the 2016-2017 winter season for the Town of Vail and for the resort. Taking place Dec. 9-10, Vail Snow Daze is the first of multiple events Vail will host during the early season this year.
The Michael Franti Trio and Lettuce will headline Vail Snow Daze, Vail Mountain’s signature early-season celebration, with two nights of free concerts. Bud Light presents The Michael Franti Trio on Friday, December 9, 2016, and Lettuce, on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
"Combining Whistler Blackcomb with Vail Resorts' portfolio of outstanding resorts provides Whistler Blackcomb with increased financial strength, marketing exposure, guest relationships and broadens the geographic diversity of our company with resorts across the United States, as well as in Australia and Canada. This relationship will bring greater resources to support our current operations and our ambitious growth plans, including the Renaissance project, the most exciting and transformative investment in Whistler Blackcomb's history," said Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's chief executive officer.
"Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most iconic mountain resorts in the world with an incredible history, passionate employees and a strong community," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "With our combined experience and expertise, together we will build upon the guest experience at Whistler Blackcomb while preserving the unique brand and character of the resort as an iconic Canadian destination for guests around the world. We are delighted to add such a renowned resort to Vail Resorts and look forward to expanding our relationships in the Sea-to-Sky community, British Columbia and Canada. We look forward to working with Dave and the entire Whistler Blackcomb team as we support their efforts to continue the great progress that has made Whistler Blackcomb the world-renowned resort it is today. We are excited about what this transaction means for guests and look forward to providing access to the resort for our season pass holders around the world."
Mr. Brownlie added, "As the number one ranked and most visited resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb has enjoyed tremendous success by delivering an exceptional mountain experience for our passionate and loyal guests — both locally and from around the world. That's going to continue as we work with our new colleagues at Vail Resorts as well as our employees, local businesses, community and government stakeholders to make Whistler Blackcomb better than ever. We will also continue our discussions with the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, on whose traditional lands we operate, regarding a business partnership that will benefit our communities, our province and our company for decades to come. Our board of directors has also been monitoring the unique challenges facing the broader ski industry due to the unpredictability of year-to-year regional weather patterns. Whistler Blackcomb, with its unprecedented acreage of high alpine terrain and Glacier bowls, is well positioned, but by no means immune to these challenges. Partnering with the geographically diversified Vail Resorts and extending its successful Epic Pass products to Whistler Blackcomb are customer-focused ways of securing the long-term future of our resort, our industry and our community."
Whistler Blackcomb will nominate one member of its board to the Vail Resorts board of directors, and Dave Brownlie will continue leading Whistler Blackcomb as the resort's chief operating officer and will become a member of the senior leadership team of Vail Resorts' mountain division.
Vail Resorts recognizes that Whistler Blackcomb is in the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations' traditional territories and will support and continue the ongoing efforts to negotiate the renewal of Whistler Blackcomb's Master Development Agreements with significant long-term benefits to the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Local leadership. Whistler Blackcomb will continue to have principally local Canadian leadership, with critical day-to-day mountain operations residing at the resort, including ongoing primary responsibility for relationships with the local community, governments and First Nations.
Vail Resorts will invest substantially in Whistler Blackcomb's mountain infrastructure and growth plans, including continuing to build community and stakeholder support for the recently announced Renaissance project, a transformational investment which will diversify the local tourism economy; provide new four-season, weather-independent activities; and elevate Whistler Blackcomb's core skiing, mountain biking and sightseeing experiences for decades to come.
For the full 2016-17 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will continue to honor the resort's existing season pass products. Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Whistler Blackcomb into its Epic Season Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season.
While summer is in full force and Epic Discovery, Vail’s new on-mountain summer experience, is fully operational, Vail Mountain is looking toward winter and the approaching 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season.
Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort announced operating dates for the resorts’ 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season. Vail will be open from Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Beaver Creek will operate from Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, through Sunday, April 16, 2017.
During this year's Vail pond skimming championships, a bit of the action played like a DVD with a scratch -- skier after skier half flipping onto their backs, snowboarder after snowboarder failing to cross the pond.