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Vail Mountain Opens Friday, Nov. 17


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November 15, 2006

VAIL, CO – (News Release) – Vail Mountain, North America’s No. 1 ski resort, is set to open for its 44th season this Friday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. A major winter storm delivered 16 inches of powder in the past 48 hours and 26 inches in the past week and the mountain will open with nine lifts including two beginner carpets, 784 acres and 55 trails.

“After a tremendous winter storm this week which produced significant snow accumulations, Vail is excited to open with a variety of lifts and terrain,” said Bill Jensen, co-president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division and Vail’s chief operating officer. “With all of the new snow, operations crews are working around the clock and we anticipate opening additional lifts and terrain in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

On Friday, Nov. 17 skiers and snowboarders will be able to ride the following lifts from LionsHead or Vail Village: Avanti Express Lift (Chair 2), Wildwood Express Lift (Chair 3), Mountaintop Express Lift (Chair 4), Born Free Express Lift (Chair 8), Chair 15 at Eagle’s Nest, Vista Bahn Express Lift (Chair 16), Eagle Bahn Gondola (Lift 19) and two beginner surface lifts. Return trails to the base areas include Born Free to LionsHead and Village Catwalk to Vail Village. Lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

Terrain park enthusiasts also can take advantage of box and rail features on opening day in the newly named Sky Way Terrain Park located off of Wildwood Express Lift. The best beginner experience is at the top of the mountain and beginners are encouraged to download the Vista Bahn Express and Eagle Bahn Gondola at the end of the day.

On opening day the Vail Ski and Snowboard School will provide adult lessons from LionsHead, Vail Village and Mid Vail and children’s lessons from LionsHead. The Small World Play School at Golden Peak also will be open to provide childcare. Guests are encouraged to book Ski School and nursery reservations in advance online at www.vail.

On-mountain dining options include the Eagle’s Nest Marketplace, Look Ma Level at Mid Vail and Buffalo’s at the top of the Mountaintop Express.

Single day adult lift tickets for Vail Mountain are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $52 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the LionsHead or Vail Village ticket offices, which are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

hanksgiving Holiday Lifts and Terrain

On Wednesday, Nov. 22 Vail anticipates opening additional lifts and terrain including portions of Game Creek Express (Chair 7), Minnie’s Lift (Chair 9), Northwoods Express Lift (Chair 11), Gopher Hill Lift (Chair 12), Cascade Village Lift (Chair 20), Pride Express Lift (Chair 26) and two beginner surface lifts at Golden Peak. With 17 lifts operating, skiers and riders also will have access to 1,103 acres of terrain and 81 trails.

Skiers and snowboarders should plan now to play hooky and get to Vail during Snow Daze Dec. 4-17, 2006. The new event features the Counting Crows in concert Dec. 9, plus street and bar parties and on snow competitions including Dummy Gelunde, Snowball Eating Contest and Snowman King of the Hill Challenge. Sample perfect snow perfected and take advantage of incredible conditions before the holidays. Vacation deals include a 40 percent discount on lodging and lift tickets early season. Get four nights of lodging and four days of skiing or riding for $306 per person Nov. 17-Dec. 13, 2006.

Offer valid for a two-bedroom condo, quad adult occupancy. Get four nights in a hotel room and four days on the slopes for $469 per person Nov. 17- Dec. 13 based on double adult occupancy. Must be pre-purchased seven days in advance online at or call 800-404-3535. Additional restrictions may apply.

Visit for Snow Daze event details and for Vail Mountain information visit or call 800-404-3535.