Closing Day Information

Apr. 21, 2017

We are getting ready to wrap up Vail’s 2016-17 winter season. Thank you to all of our guests and employees for making it another incredible year. Get all the details on closing day here.

Please note the following lift closure times for closing day: 

2:00 p.m.: ticket sales will cease for daily access

2:30 p.m. Closing:

  • Eagle Bahn Gondola

3 p.m. Closing:

  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6)
  • High Noon Express Lift (#5)

3:30 p.m. Closing

  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)

For real-time lift and trail information please use the EpicMix app or visit our Terrain and Lift status page at

Chairlifts open on closing day:

Chairs # 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, Gondola One, & Eagle Bahn Gondola

Restaurants open on closing day:

Mid-Vail: Look Ma Level and Sarge’s Grill

Eagle’s Nest Marketplace

Express Lift

The Road House at Buffalo’s

Notes on Closing Day

For closing day, off mountain egress routes will be available for expert skiers and snowboarders to Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak. All guests – especially beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders – are encouraged to download Gondola One, the Eagle Bahn Gondola or the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6), which will be available until Ski Patrol has swept the mountain.

Vail Resorts operates Vail Mountain under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service and has made the decision to close these lifts early and to later close the mountain to the public on closing day. On Sunday, all operating lifts and decks will close for the season at 4 p.m. and public restrooms will close at 4 p.m. A series of air horns will play to signal the end of the season and the time at which guests are asked to depart.

U.S. Forest Service and local law enforcement officers will be on the mountain Sunday to help facilitate a safe end to the ski and snowboard season. Guests are expected to abide by the laws and rules of skiing and snowboarding and risk fines or arrest for irresponsible behavior and violations of federal laws. Skiers and snowboarders must continue to abide by the Colorado Ski Safety Act and “Your Responsibility Code” and observe all posted signs and closures.

Guests are reminded that using any ski lift or trail while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances such as marijuana is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act. Guests are also not permitted to ride lifts, ski or snowboard on Vail Mountain with open containers or exposed quantities of alcohol, coolers, suitcase-like carriers, barbeques, amplified sound equipment or similar items. One daypack per person will be permitted on closing day, provided the bag fits in a five-gallon container. Bags that do not meet the requirement are subject to search and will only be allowed if they contain no alcohol or controlled substances.

Inappropriate behavior that may jeopardize the experience of other guests is not tolerated. As in recent years, violators who are ticketed or arrested will lose skiing and snowboarding privileges for the 2017-2018 season. Those who disobey posted signs and closures or engage in other inappropriate behavior could lose skiing and snowboarding privileges for up to the entire 2017-2018 season.

Resort officials ask everyone for their continued cooperation with ski patrol and other Vail Mountain staff on closing day Sunday. For those picnicking on the mountain, trash and recycling containers will be provided. Skiers and riders are also reminded that variable late-spring conditions exist and are encouraged to descend or download early. Once Vail Ski Patrol sweeps the mountain, it will remain closed until summer operations resume in early-June.