Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will open its iconic Blue Sky Basin terrain for the 15th season today, Friday, Dec. 5, bringing the resort up to more than 4,300 acres of developed terrain. Since its opening in January 2000, Blue Sky Basin has been a favorite amongst locals and guests from around the world, offering skiers and snowboarders a distinct backcountry feel, complete with glades, cliffs, steeps, and often plenty of powder and fresh tracks.

P: Brendan Caffrey, Vail Resorts.

P: Brendan Caffrey, Vail Resorts.

“In keeping with the extraordinary start to the 2014-2015 winter season at Vail we are opening Blue Sky Basin for skiing and snowboarding tomorrow,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “This is a truly iconic area of Vail Mountain, and to be able to open this terrain in early December demonstrates the remarkable start to the season we’ve enjoyed so far this year, as well as the incredible efforts made by our entire mountain operations team.”

With the addition of Blue Sky Basin, guests now have access to more than 4,300 developed skiable acres of terrain accessible by the following lifts:

  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • High Noon Express Lift (#5)
  • Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6)
  • Game Creek Express Lift (#7)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Highline Express Lift (#10)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
  • Gopher Hill Lift (#12)
  • Sourdough Express Lift (#14)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)
  • Sun Up Lift (#17) 
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
  • Cascade Village Lift (#20)
  • Orient Express Lift (#21)
  • Tea Cup Express Lift (#36)
  • Skyline Express Lift (#37)
  • Pete’s Express Lift (#39)