New snow prompts Vail to open more terrain for closing week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 7, 2010 8:34 pm

Blue Sky Basin fans can rejoice. Thanks to Colorado’s recent big snowfall, Vail Mountain has decided to keep the section of the resort open for its final week, April 12-18. Somewhat infamous for a revealing incident last season involving an upside-down skier, the Skyline Express Lift in Blue Sky Basin is one of three lifts added to the resort’s year-end operating roster.

The Sun Up Lift and Tea Cup Express Lift in the Back Bowls were the other two lifts added to the nine lifts that were in the original plans for the last week. The resort made the announcement on Wednesday after receiving 19 inches of new snow, its biggest 24-hour dump since the 2000-01 season.

“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.”

(Photo by Eric Wagnon)