Vail's legendary back bowls got a little easier to access this season with the replacement of chair 17 with the new high speed quad lift, chair 9. Now, you can shred the pow on Yonder and Over Yonder all morning, and still make it to Two Elk for some chili without having to wait in the line at the either the Teacup Express or High Noon Express.
Winter is in full force at Vail Resorts, and Vail Mountain received 10” of snow overnight while Beaver Creek Resort received 18” of new snow in the last 24 hours! Vail has more than 4,000 acres open – the most open terrain in the U.S., and after receiving more than two feet of new snow in the last seven days, Beaver Creek opened additional terrain today and has more than 60 percent of the mountain’s terrain open. Check out this photo from Vail, taken Dec. 17:
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 is now up to more than 2,600 skiable acres, which is the most open terrain in Colorado by far. Vail received 2 feet of new snow this week and Orient Express (#21) and Teacup Express (#36). The resort also opened Riva Bahn Express (#6) and Highline Express (#10), and the famous Two Elk restaurant is also open now providing additional dining options for guests.
The snow came just in time for Vail to open this Friday, Nov. 25 with Born Free open and accessable from Lionshead Village and Chair 8. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open for scenic rides on Friday, as well. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers as well as other swag for the first groups who board the lifts.
With nearly two feet of snow in the last week, 25 feet so far this season and powder in the forecast, Vail Mountain will extend its scheduled closing date for the 2015/2016 winter season one week to April 17. The annual Spring Back to Vail event will occur as scheduled April 8-10, including a free concert at Solaris showcasing Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Friday night and the World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday at the base of Golden Peak.
Vail has recorded 47 inches of new snow in the last 10 days. Check out this video from Vail Daily newspaper reporter John LaConte showcasing all the great snow in Vail's back bowls.
Vail has seen its fair share of powder over the last week, measuring in at 27 inches over the course of 7 days. The video team at the mountain put this video together, published Friday, March 18, showcasing the large amounts of snow the resort's legendary back bowls.