Vail Mountain opens today for the '15-'16 snowboard season with 1,150 acres of terrain a accessible by nine lifts. A small terrain park on Born Free will include 10 total features.
“With a huge thanks to Mother Nature, Mountain Operations and the Vail Ski Patrol, we will open... with the most terrain we’ve had for opening day in years,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “And with the additional snow that is forecast, we expect to be able to add terrain between now and Thanksgiving..."
Guests can access the mountain from Vail Village and Lionshead, and breakfast burritos and hot cocoa will be provided by Vail Mountain at both base areas, as supplies last. The resort will debut the new, six-passenger Avanti Express chairlift on Opening Day as well. The new Avanti Express will include a loading conveyor and gates to improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent, which will reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and 1,150 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:
- Gondola One
- Eagle Bahn Gondola
- The new, six-passenger Avanti Express (#2)
- Wildwood Express (#3)
- Mountain Top Express (#4)
- Born Free Express (#8)
- Little Eagle (#15)
- Northwoods Express (#11)
- Game Creek Express (#7), opening during the day
Breckenridge to Open Peak 9
Breckenridge Ski Resort is set to open additional terrain and chairlifts this week. Starting Nov. 19th, the Rocky Mountain SuperChair on Peak 8 will operate providing easy access to Claimjumper and Northstar trails. Peak 9 officially opens Nov. 21 when the Quicksilver SuperChair, Snowflake, and Peak8 SuperConnect start turning, accessing a total of 240 acres for skiers and snowboarders across two peaks.
Peak 9 trail openings will include Silverthorne and King’s Way via the Quicksilver SuperChair. Crosscut and lower Sawmill trails will be open as well as the Peak 8 SuperConnect to allow back and forth skiing and snowboarding between Peak 8 and Peak 9; the Snowflake lift will operate to offer mountain access from that bed base. Peak 9 base area will operate with full services including Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School and on-mountain dining at TenMile Station and The Maggie.
Keystone to Open Outback and More Beginner Terrain
With more than 60 inches of snowfall this season, Keystone Resort will open The Outback on Friday at 12 p.m. Guests can access The Outback via the Outpost Gondola and a service road to the Outback Express Lift, and will utilize the Wayback Lift to Outpost Gondola to return to Dercum Mountain.
There will be no groomed runs in The Outback and terrain is for experts only. Open trails will include Black Forest, Bushwhacker, Badger, The Grizz, Timberwolf, The Wolf Den and The Trap.
Keystone will also open additional beginner terrain on Saturday, providing top-to-bottom riding for beginners on Dercum Mountain. Beginner trails Schoolmarm, Last Chance, Schoolmaster, Jay Bird and Ina’s Way will provide beginner trail access to the base of River Run.
Keystone’s A51 early season terrain park is open with three lines and more than 20 features plus a jump on the lift-serviced Scout trail at the top of Dercum Mountain.