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