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Vail to open with more than 500 acres skiable

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 17, 2015 11:14:39 AM



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Vail Mounain will open for the 2015-2016 season on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 with more than 500 acres of terrain and access from Vail Village and Lionshead. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa, will be provided at both base areas for early risers, as supplies last. 

“These last cycles of storms have set us up nicely for opening day and to be able to open more terrain than anticipated. With snow in the forecast for the remainder of the week, we will continue to evaluate terrain and open additional terrain as we are able,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “We are pleased to be able to debut the new six-passenger Avanti Express Lift on opening day, which we expect to reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation, increasing capacity by up to 30 percent.”

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and 566 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • The new, six-passenger Avanti Express (#2)
  • Wildwood Express (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express (#4)
  • Born Free Express (#8)
  • Little Eagle (#15) 
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola

Beginner terrain will be offered at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola via the Little Eagle Lift (#15).

Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9:00 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. The Golden Peak base area and Chair 6 are a designated race training area only and will open to the public at a later date.

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