Vail Mountain announced Monday on its Facebook page that the country’s biggest ski area plans to open seven chairlifts for its opening day on Friday. The Vail Village and Lionshead base areas will both be open.
Coming out of the Lionshead base, skiers can choose between the adjacent Eagle Bahn Gondola and Born Free Express chairlift. From the Vail Village base, the Vista Bahn Express chairlift will provide access to several mid-mountain lifts.
From the top of the Vista Bahn in the Mid-Vail areas, skiers can head down to the mid-mountain Avanti Express chairlift. Coming out of the Mid-Vail area to the top of the ridge, the Mountaintop Express and Wildwood Express chairlifts will make top-to-bottom skiing possible. The seventh operating lift will be a small lift for the ski school.
In addition to snowmaking, the resort reported 7 inches of new snow on Monday. Vail has received 21 inches in the past week. The National Weather Service is also forecasting another 6-13 inches during the week.
Friday will mark Vail Mountain’s debut of EpicMix, a new system that gives visitors the chance to track their experiences on the mountain and keep stats such as vertical feet skied. The Epic Pass, a $629 season pass on sale through Sunday, Nov. 21, is good at eight resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe.
(Photo of Lionshead base courtesy of Eric Wagnon)