A Lot on the Line

Feb. 12, 2020

A letter from Vail Mountain COO, Beth Howard.

Vail Ski Patrol on Lovers Leap, Blue Sky Basin– February 9, 2020

Wow, what a storm. Last weekend, in a 48-hour period, we received 38 inches of snow at Vail Mountain, which ranks as a Top 5 snowfall event in our 58-year history. We know that no one wants to miss powder like that – so we got straight to work. We had a lot on the line.

Digging out from that kind of snowfall to get our mountain open and safe for guests requires a herculean effort by ski patrol, lift operations, groomers and the entire Vail Mountain staff. I want to express my deepest appreciation for their hard work.

Vail Mountain Lift Operators digging snow out of Chair #39’s terminal- February 8, 2020

We were fully staffed – it was truly an all-hands-on-deck scenario – and we spared no expense to get the mountain open as quickly as possible. In fact, our patrol team used a record number of explosives in their thorough avalanche mitigation. But safety always comes first – and to ensure terrain is absolutely safe for guests and employees, it takes time.

I want to thank our guests for their patience this weekend and apologize for any experience that was less than ideal. I’d also like to use this opportunity to acknowledge and provide context around two particularly striking lift lines that people saw on social media.

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Vail Fires Up Snowmaking as Mother Nature Delivers up to 9″ Inches of Snow Across Colorado

Oct. 24, 2019

VAIL, Colo. – Oct. 24, 2019 – Ski season is underway in Colorado, and guests and Epic Pass holders have a lot to look forward to as more resorts are getting ready to open in the coming weeks.  With Mother Nature providing chilly temperatures and up to 6 inches of snow across Colorado resorts overnight, Vail has fired up its new state-of-the-art snowmaking system for the first time this season, in preparation for Opening Day on Nov. 15. For those itching to hit the slopes now, Keystone is open and announced yesterday plans to expand terrain and open North Peak on Friday, providing guests more than 80 acres of skiable terrain this weekend. In addition, Breckenridge is scheduled to open next on Friday, Nov, 8, followed by Vail on Friday, Nov. 15, and then Beaver Creek and Crested Butte on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

While Mother Nature has provided generous October snowfall, resort snowmakers and upgraded snowmaking technology are the real heroes when it comes to early season skiing and riding. Vail has been hard at work this year with an ambitious snowmaking expansion project—the largest in Vail Mountain’s history and the largest single-year project in North America. The upgrade adds nearly 200 acres of new and enhanced snowmaking terrain, in addition to the existing 431 acres of snowmaking terrain, transforming the opening day and early season experience at Vail. This season opening day terrain will be accessed via Vail Village and Gondola One, and guests will have earlier access to higher elevation terrain, a broader variety of trails, earlier access from all three base areas, and improved early season ski school terrain. 

Now is the Last Chance to Secure an Epic Pass for the 2019-20 Winter Season

Epic Passes are on sale now for a limited time only, and now is the last chance for skiers and riders to secure the best multi-resort pass deal in the ski industry. New for the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts launched the Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski world-class resorts for up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices. Starting at as little as $112 for one day of skiing at any of Vail Resorts’ North American resorts, the Epic Day Pass is perfect for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days.

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Start to Snow: Winter 2019-20

Oct. 23, 2019

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Revely Vail: A Thanksgiving Celebration

Oct. 22, 2019
Holiday lights in village at Vail, CO.

Thanksgiving Week will debut this winter as a new week-long celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday season known as Revely Vail and an official kick-off of the 2019-2020 winter season at Vail.

From November 23-30, 2019, Revely Vail, Thanksgiving Week will offer family-oriented activities throughout Vail Village, including cooking classes, ice skating celebrations, Explosion of Lights and the Kris Kringle Market. A signature 10 th Mountain Legacy Parade will also take place along the streets of Vail Village, honoring veterans and commemorating the legacy of Vail.

Vail Mountain opens for skiing and snowboarding on November 15, 2019, with expanded snowmaking capabilities on the upper mountain in the Mid-Vail area. From skiing on the mountain to new festivities in the Village, visiting Vail during the early season will be an experience like nothing on earth.

Revely Vail Activity Dates:
● Cooking Classes throughout Vail: November 23-30, 2019
● Ice Skating Celebration (at Solaris & Arrabelle): November 23 & 30, 2019
● 10 th Mountain Parade: November 29, 2019
● Explosion of lights walk each night from November 24- 30th 5:30- 6:30
● Explosion of Lights: November 30, 2019, culminating with a tree lighting at Slifer
● Kris Kringle Market: November 29-30, 2019, 11 am- 4 pm

Learn more here.

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Helly Hansen and Vail Resorts Announce Outerwear Collaboration for the Upcoming Winter Season

Oct. 1, 2019

Limited-Edition Vail Lifaloft Jacket Comes Equipped with a 2019-20 Epic Pass

SEATTLE, Wash. (Oct. 1, 2019) — In honor of Helly Hansen and Vail Resorts’ longstanding relationship, the two brands have partnered for the 2019-20 winter season to release the first-ever, limited-edition Vail Lifaloft Jacket equipped with a 2019-20 Epic Pass. Priced at $1052, also the exact vertical rise of Vail Mountain in meters, this jacket not only meets the style and demands of the hardest-charging skiers and riders from around the world, it also features exclusive experiences such as a guided tour of Vail’s Back Bowls, First Tracks with Helly Hansen, complimentary on-mountain lunch at The 10th and general Epic Pass benefits including lodging, dining, rental and transportation discounts.

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Epic Pass: Here’s Why You Should Buy

Aug. 28, 2019


The summer still feels like it’s  in full swing and fall feels months away, but you’re already hearing about the 2019/2020 Epic Pass being on sale. For the powder-hounds out there, we know you’re itching to take those first turns of the season; but let’s be real, for many people, this coming season’s not even on the radar yet- but here’s why the Epic Pass should be.

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