Vail Mountain Ski Resort Welcomes the 51st Winter Season with Snow and Smiles

A fresh four inches of snow greeted skiers and snowboarders as Vail Mountain opened the slopes for the 2013-2014 winter season today with more than 170 acres of terrain. The majority of skiing and riding is currently taking place in the Lionshead area, and the Vail Ski Patrol was even able to open portions of two additional trails mid-morning today – Minnie’s and Pickeroon – creating a nice opening day surprise for guests and bringing the total number of trails open up to 10. Early season storms have provided for great conditions across the front side of the mountain, and with a little more natural snow and some cold temperatures for snowmaking to help fill in gaps on connector trails, guests can anticipate more terrain to open soon.

In addition to excitement for the first turns of the season at Vail, guests can also look forward to new investments on the mountain in the form of two new chairlifts, including the replacement of one of the most recognized and highly utilized chairlifts in North America, the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4), with a new six-passenger chairlift. Serving as a major access route from Mid-Vail to Vail’s legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, uphill capacity of the lift will increase by 33 percent, dramatically reducing lift lines and building upon the success of the newly built state-of-the-art Gondola One.

The Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak will also be upgraded this season from a double chair to a triple chair, better serving beginners and Vail’s youngest ski school guests. Both the new Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and Gopher Hill Lift (#12) will continue to build upon Vail's preeminent position in delivering the best experience in the ski industry worldwide. Additionally, Vail will continue to host world-class athletes this winter during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships March 5-8, 2014, and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.

About Vail Mountain

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the World with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.


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