Vail opens more terrain for final week of the season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 8, 2010 4:32 pm

Due to the recent snow that has graced many other western area ski resorts as well, Vail has decided to expand its terrain going into its final week of winter operations.

19 new inches of pow were reported Wednesday morning, bringing the week’s total snowfall to 48 inches. Those 19 inches were the highest 1 day total since the 2000-2001 season!

For the final week, 12 lifts will be operating instead of the originally planned 9. The Sun Up Lift, Tea Cup Express Lift and Skyline Express Lift will now be open. The Sun Up Lift and Tea Cup Express Lift are both in the Back Bowls. The High Noon Lift was the only lift in the Back Bowls to be open in the original plans.

The entire section of the resort that houses the Skyline Express lift was supposed to be closed by now, so this re-opening is significant. “Our pass holders have been waiting all season for the kind of conditions we’ve had in the last few days and will continue to have through next week,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Vail’s snowfall is already above the nine-year average for April and with four feet of fresh snow in the last week alone, we’re thrilled to be able to change our plans and end the season with a bang.”