Enhanced Snowmaking to transform the early-season terrain experience at Vail, Keystone and Beaver Creek

Dec. 7, 2018

December 7, 2018


Proposed plans to invest in state-of-the-art, energy-efficient Snowmaking technology and infrastructure upgrades will help to drive an earlier, more predictable opening date, high-quality conditions during the early-season across Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone. These plans are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval.

Vail Mountain is currently seeking approvals to upgrade and expand its snowmaking system, moving opening up a week and ensuring a pre-Thanksgiving opening each year, as well as enhancing the terrain consistency during the early season with more beginner and intermediate terrain available earlier. The proposed plan entails expanding snowmaking infrastructure on the upper mountain in the Mid-Vail area in order to open the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4) first with access via Gondola One, followed by the Avanti Express Lift (#2) for access out of and back to both Lionshead and Vail Village.

“The ability to expand snowmaking infrastructure in areas of Vail Mountain with higher elevations, colder temperatures and connectivity to areas that typically hold good natural snow would be transformational for the early-season experience for skiers and snowboarders, even in years where conditions are less favorable than we’ve seen across Colorado this season,” said Pat Campbell, president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division.”

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Vail Mountain Opens Blue Sky Basin

Nov. 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

Resort Boasts Most Open Terrain in North America with More Than 4,200 Skiable Acres

After receiving an additional four inches of snow overnight and more in the forecast through the weekend, Vail Mountain opened Blue Sky Basin today. This is the second-earliest opening for Blue Sky Basin in history, behind only the Nov. 25, 2002 opening. Vail is now offering 4,200 skiable acres of terrain, the most currently open in North America.

“There is no doubt that Vail is the place to be for the holidays. We have almost 80 percent of the resort’s terrain open, and it is still November,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “This is the strongest start to a season that we’ve seen in decades, and it is only looking to improve with more snow expected over the weekend. This is going to be a legendary season.”

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Ready. Set. Snow: Vail Mountain Early Season

Nov. 20, 2018

The off-season slumber is finally over, there’s no time to hold back. It’s time to jump into mountain mode! From now until Snow Days (Dec 13-16) the first days at Vail are non-stop action. Don’t hit snooze when it comes to starting your ski season. Get out here and enjoy top-to-bottom skiing and riding at a place Like Nothing on Earth. Are you ready?! Be bold, hit first chair and get first row. Ready.Set.Snow. 

Learn more about early season lodging offers, events, activations and deals! HIT FIRST CHAIR.

Scans for Cans: Make turns for good this Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, Epic Pass holders can give back to the community while they ski or snowboard. For each Epic Pass scanned at either Vail Mountain or Beaver Creek Resort this Thanksgiving, Vail, Beaver Creek, and EpicPromise will donate one canned food item on the pass holder’s behalf to the Vail Valley Salvation Army.

10 Days of Epic
To celebrate 10 years of the Epic Pass, Vail Mountain will offer 10 days of specials on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16. Some specials include complimentary fries with the purchase of an Epic Burger; 50 percent off ski school group lessons; après at Express Lift Bar featuring $3 drink specials; and 20 percent off Epic Mountain Express rides to and from Vail. Additional details are available at

Vail Snow Days
Vail Snow Days is back Thursday, December 13 through Sunday, December 16, 2018, with two nights of free concerts presented by Bud Light. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Shakey Graves headline with openers Wildermiss and The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duanne Betts.

Take a snow day at Vail as this four-day festival gets underway Thursday with the Pray for Snow Kick Off Party and Bonfire on Thursday, Festival Village all weekend and Bluegrass and Bloodies on Sunday.

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Vail Mountain to Expand Terrain to 900 Skiable Acres

Nov. 20, 2018


Photo By: Ric Moreno Contro

November 15, 2018
Following an early opening for the 2018-2019 ski and snowboard season, Vail Mountain will expand its open terrain to more than 900 skiable acres on Saturday, Nov. 17. The resort will begin operating Northwoods Express (#11) and Sourdough Express (#14), with more than 300 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain accessible via those chairlifts. Two Elk restaurant will also open for the season with limited service.

“Vail has received 52” of natural snow so far this season. By comparison, it was early January of last season before we had this much. It has been an incredible start and is setting the tone for what’s to come,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “Our mountain operations teams continue to work hard to open as much terrain as possible, and we anticipate opening even more in the coming week.”

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Vail Resorts Announces Long-Term Wind Energy Contract and Plan to Eliminate Conventional Single-Use Dining Plastics in its ‘Commitment to Zero’

Nov. 13, 2018

Vail Resorts Announces Long-Term Wind Energy Contract and Plan to Eliminate Conventional Single-Use Dining Plastics in its ‘Commitment to Zero’

“This agreement is just one of many ways Vail Resorts is working to be an industry leader in preserving the environment by bringing more renewable energy online,” said Katz. “While we continually work with local, state and federal governments and utility partners to find ways to source renewable energy in the markets where our individual resorts are located, this wind power purchase agreement allows us to make a measurable impact on climate change – and its effect on the planet – within just a few years.”

Overlook of the back bowls in Vail, CO.

  • The agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy will produce enough wind energy to reduce the emissions associated with Vail Resorts’ estimated FY19 North American electricity use by 100 percent, which includes 17 resorts and their associated retail, hospitality, and corporate offices
  • Eco-Products named ‘Official Zero Waste Partner’ of Vail Resorts to help divert nearly 300 tons of waste from landfills through sustainable sourcing, including a Smart Straw initiative
  • Today’s announcements are a part of the Company’s first EpicPromise Progress Report around its ‘Commitment to Zero’ initiative and corporate giving programs

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Nov. 12, 2018


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November 12, 2018
Resorts to Open with Top-to-Bottom Skiing and Most Vertical in Colorado

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“Like Nothing On Earth”?!! Really?

Nov. 8, 2018

By: Janet Lawrence

One of my co-workers, Jess Platt, tells the story of her introduction to our mountain. She landed in Vail in the early season of 2013.  She had only skied the front side to begin with, already was wow’d and  thought she might have landed in skier heaven. The north face of our dear mountain had so much to offer this East coast ski racer and she had been carving up every trail on the front of the map. Vail was already the most skiable acreage, softest snow and greatest ski area she’d ever seen.

One day a new work friend let her know, “Hey, the Back Bowls just opened up, wanna go?” Jess said she didn’t really know what that even meant, but, “Hey, sure I’m in”.

She followed her pal, skied over the ridge to the back, jumped right in teetering in the deep on her shorty eastern slalom skis, and couldn’t believe her eyes. The massive area, the pure expansiveness and freedom of space was all overwhelming.  The snow was light, deep, and ridiculously fluffy.  Today, she laughs when she tells of this first time in the bowls and says she had to stop skiing and put up her goggles. They were all fogged up, because she, this adult, experienced, hard core ski racer, was literally crying with amazement and joy!   It’s true ! There really is nothing else on Earth like our Vail!!

Author: Janet Lawrence, of the Vail Ski and Snowboard School. Janet grew up skiing in Upstate New York and came to Vail in 1997. She has been working in the Vail Ski and Snowboard School since, first as an instructor then a Trainer and a  Supervisor in the Golden Peak Children’s School. In the off- season she sails and bikes and works with children at an outdoor day camp

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