What’s New in Vail for the 2017-2018 Ski Season?

Dec. 11, 2017

This ski season marks Vail Mountain’s 55th Anniversary and with another iconic ski season upon us, we’re excited to announce what’s new in Vail for the 2017-2018 ski season. Join us in celebrating the new additions to Vail including: a new chairlift increasing skier capacity to the back bowls, a new spot to enjoy après beverage after an unforgettable day on the slopes and the 10th year anniversary of one of our most luxurious hotels-The Arrabelle.

 Six-Passenger Northwoods Express (#11)

The Northwoods Express Lift (#11) will debut as a six-passenger lift during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift will mark the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail. Northwoods Express (#11) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25 percent. The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin and moving across the mountain at the end of the day. The current lift – a Doppelmayr detachable-quad– was installed in 1985, along with a group of lifts including, the original Vista Bahn Express (#16), Mountain Top Express (#4) and the current Game Creek Express (#7). The Vista Bahn Express was upgraded in 2012 to the 10-passenger Gondola One, and in 2013, Mountain Top Express was upgraded to a detachable six-pack. For additional coverage regarding the construction of the Northwoods Express, click here.


Express Lift apres experience, Vail, CO.

Vail Mountain’s Newest Après Destination 

Vail Mountain has transformed Express Lift from a grab-n-go café into Vail’s newest slope-side full service casual dining experience, Express Lift Bar. Just steps away from Gondola One at the base of Pepi’s Run, enjoy great views on the outdoor patio or inside at the renovated bar while sipping on craft cocktails and brews. Serving breakfast, lunch and après daily.


Arrabellle Ice Rink In Vail, CO

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort Celebrates 10 Years

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, celebrates 10 years in January 2018. A celebration of the anniversary will take place in December and special activities will be held in Vail Square including musicians and ice sculptures during the winter season.