English: Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vail Mountain’s 50th Anniversary Season Closing Week.
Due to great spring conditions, Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, will keep more terrain open than originally planned for the final week of its 50th anniversary ski and snowboard season. Terrain and operations are usually streamlined significantly for the final week of the season due to snow conditions and limited guest volumes. This year, more than 4,600 acres of skiable terrain will remain available, including portions of Blue Sky Basin and China Bowl as well as Tea Cup, Sun Down and Sun Up bowls and the majority of front-side terrain through Sunday, April 14.
“After the conditions we experienced last season and the first half of this season, we felt it would be a shame to close down as much as we typically would with the great snow we still have on the mountain,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Keeping Blue Sky, Tea Cup and half of China Bowl open in addition to Sun Up and Sun Down bowls, plus virtually the entire Front Side is a thank you to our passholders for a great season.”
The majority of lifts on Vail’s front side will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back Bowls will close at 3:30 p.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts and guests are advised to check mountain terrain and lift status reports on www.vail.com or the mobile site, http://m.vail.com for most up-to-date information.
Beginning Monday, April 8, the following lifts are expected to operate for the remainder of the season:
Eagle Bahn Gondola;
Avanti Express Lift (#2);
Wildwood Express Lift (# 3);
Mountaintop Express Lift (# 4);
High Noon Express Lift (#5);
Riva Bahn Express Lift (# 6);
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);
Tea Cup Express Lift (#36); and
Skyline Express Lift (#37).
In addition to the Siberia, Mongolia and Game Creek areas, the Cascade Lift (#20) out of Cascade Village and the Pride Express Lift (#26) in Lionshead will be closed beginning Monday, April 8.
Adventure Ridge will be open for afternoon and evening operations through Saturday, April 6 via the Eagle Bahn Gondola; Adventure Ridge will be closed for the season beginning Sunday, April 7. EpicMix Racing will be offered through Sunday, April 7.
Spring conditions exist and skiers and snowboarders must continue to obey posted closures and observe the Colorado Ski Safety Act and Your Responsibility Code for their safety and the safety of other guests. All on-mountain closures and schedule modifications are subject to change based on snow and weather conditions.
Vail Ski & Snowboard School
The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will continue to operate from its Vail Village and Lionshead locations through Sunday, April 14. The Golden Peak Children’s and Adults School will be open through Sunday, April 7; the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak will remain open through Sunday, April 14.
The 10th, Game Creek Restaurant and Bistro Fourteen will offer dinner service through Saturday, April 6. The Dawg Haus and Belle’s Camp in Blue Sky Basin, Wildwood, the Terrace level of Mid-Vail, the Golden Peak Grill and the Grand Press at Eagle’s Nest will be open for normal operations through Sunday, April 7 before closing for the season.
Daytime dining at The 10th, Two Elk, Buffalo’s, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza will be available to skiers and snowboarders through closing day, Sunday, April 14.
Spring Back to Vail
Spring Back to Vail returns April 8 through 14 with free concerts from national headliners, on-snow events, street parties and more. Don’t miss performances by O.A.R, Sublime with Rome, and Jimmy Cliff. The annual World Pond Skimming Championships also returns on Sunday, April 14 in Golden Peak. For the complete schedule of events and pond skimming registration, visit www.vail.com/springback.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).