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Grouse Mountain to open Saturday

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 14, 2016 10:36:52 PM

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. 

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Topics: snow, ski, bc

Blue Sky Basin opens at Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 14, 2016 10:22:26 PM
After receiving 20 inches of new snow in the last seven days, Vail Mountain opened terrain in Blue Sky Basin, accessed via Skyline Express (#37) and Pete’s Express (#39). Chaos Canyon, a children’s adventure zone, and the Avanti Terrain Park are also open with three boxes, one rail, two roller, two berms and one small jump. Vail’s 4,016 acres of open terrain are the most of any ski resort in Colorado and puts the resort at almost 80 percent open.

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:
Gondola One
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)
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Topics: Vail, snow, ski

Sun Up, Sun Down Bowls; new Chair 9; most of front side now open at Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 4, 2016 10:23:04 PM

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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Topics: Vail, ski, snowboarding

Epic Pass sales extended through Dec. 4

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 26, 2016 6:10:56 AM

It's your last chance to get the best season pass in the ski industry, and you can get your Epic Pass right here with a few quick clicks. 

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Topics: ski

Vail, Beaver Creek ski seasons begin

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 26, 2016 5:59:54 AM

The 2016-17 ski season got underway in Vail and Beaver Creek on Friday, with skiers enjoying freshly groomed slopes at both resorts. 

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Topics: Vail, Beaver Creek, ski

Vail ski season begins Nov. 18; Michael Franti and Lettuce to headline first big event

Posted by Polina LaConte on Oct 20, 2016 3:50:39 PM

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.

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Topics: Vail, Music, ski, snowboarding

Vail Resorts buys Whistler; Epic Pass will work there in 2017-18

Posted by Polina LaConte on Aug 10, 2016 12:42:15 AM
Vail Resorts and Whistler Blackcomb have entered into a strategic business combination joining Whistler Blackcomb with Vail Resorts. Under the transaction, Vail Resorts would acquire 100 percent of the stock of Whistler Blackcomb, whose shareholders would receive C$17.50 per share in cash and 0.0975 shares of Vail Resorts common stock, for consideration having a total value of C$36.00 per share. The share exchange ratio is based upon closing stock prices and currency exchange rates as of August 5, 2016 and is subject to a currency exchange rate adjustment, as described below.

"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.
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Topics: Vail, mountain biking, ski, snowboarding

Vail Mountain Begins Replacement of Sun Up Express lift

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jul 27, 2016 10:12:35 PM

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.

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Topics: Vail, ski, snowboarding

Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Announce 2016-2017 Winter Operating Dates

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 29, 2016 1:06:45 AM

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.

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Topics: Vail, Beaver Creek, ski, snowboarding

Snowboarder Alex Clapin steps up to challenge from Red Bull at Vail Pond Skimming Championships, wins $1,000

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 11, 2016 12:58:05 AM

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.

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Topics: Vail, ski

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