Behind the Scenes

A peek into the life of Vail’s Snowmakers

Oct. 4, 2013

Vail snowmakingThe evening snowmaking crew starts trickling in to the labyrinthine complex of mountain ops buildings at 3:30pm to change into uniform. Set at the base of Vail, this mix of offices and warehouses is home to the small army of men and women that keep this mountain going day in and day out.

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First snow of the season at Vail

Sep. 23, 2013

Sep. 22, 2013 – We woke up to snowy views around Vail this morning! Are you ready for winter?
Fall and winter mix at VailA mix of fall and winter on Vail’s slopes - Photo by Jack Affleck

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Lift upgrades for the 2013/14 season

Jun. 30, 2013

Mountaintop Express UpgradgeThe high-speed quad out of Mid-Vail, Mountaintop Express Lift (#4), will be replaced with a Doppelmayr high-speed six-passenger chairlift for next season. This will increase capacity by 33 percent to 3,600 people per hour – the same capacity as Vail’s new gondola, One. 

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What it takes to open Vail’s Back Bowls

Dec. 17, 2012

Every year Vail Ski Patrol and Mountain Operations work tirelessly to open the Back Bowls. Their work consists of analyzing how the snow has fallen, digging pits, doing snow profiles and blasting potential problem areas. It’s tough, technical work but it’s essential to making sure that the Bowls are not only skiable but safe.

Vail ski patrol opening back bowls

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Vail Gondola Construction Update

Nov. 9, 2012

Vail is building a new Gondola for the 50th anniversary this winter season! This post will give you an inside look at the construction process. Updates are in chronological order, with the most recent on top!

November 9, 2012

With one week until opening day, gondola construction is complete!

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Getting Vail ready for the season

Oct. 25, 2012

With Opening Day coming up November 16th, Vail Mountain is buzzing with activity as we put summer to bed and prepare for winter.

Vail Golden Peak snowmakingSnowmaking on Golden Peak 10/26/2012.

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Vail Terrain Park managers prepare for the season

Oct. 20, 2012

October 22, 2012 – This summer an unassuming stretch of cement at the base of Golden Peak served as the workshop for Vail Terrain Park Managers and welders Scottie Boyle and Shawn Carney. Here’s a look at some of the features they’ve built thus far.Vail mountain terrain park

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