Ski Resort Life

Vail Mountain Surpasses Snowfall Record


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December 5, 2005

Vail, CO – (News Release) – On Monday, Dec. 5, Vail Mountain set a new cumulative snowfall record of 141.25 inches at the top of the mountain. With nearly 12 feet of snow falling already this winter (four feet in the past week) conditions are phenomenal. The previous cumulative snowfall record was set during the 1985-1986 season with a total of 140 inches and the year-to-date average through today is 71 inches.

On Friday, Dec. 9, Blue Sky Basin will open for the season growing the terrain total to more than 4,600 acres with 188 trails served by 29 lifts including Skyline Express Lift (Chair 37) and Pete’s Express Lift (Chair 39) in Blue Sky Basin. Resort officials will extend the ski day by opening at 8:30 a.m. and closing at 3:30 p.m. Lifts in the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin close approximately 30 minutes earlier than front side lifts.

In addition to the record snowfall, skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of great lodging packages, events and ski school programs. Save up to $162 per person on the Season Starter Package, which features four nights lodging in a two-bedroom condo plus four days of skiing for $288 per person. Valid through Dec. 15, based upon quad occupancy, additional restrictions may apply. First time adult skiers or snowboarders get three days of consecutive beginner lessons and lift tickets for only $190 or $240 with equipment rental. Don’t miss Dine Around Vail which features gourmet three-course menus at two fixed price point of $15 and $30. Visit to book packages and ski school and learn more about the lineup of winter events or call 800-404-3535.