One of the many highlights of today’s ceremony included christening One by smashing a bottle of champagne on the center of the lower terminal. The custom, borrowed from the ancient tradition used to christen new ships, is a way to ask for the protection of sailors, or in Vail’s case, the safe – and comfortable – passage of skiers and snowboarders. Sheika Gramshammer, a local legend who has resided in Vail with her husband Pepi since the beginning, did the honors.
A ribbon cutting by Pete Seibert, Jr. and Carl Eaton followed and signaled the very first rides on One (#1).
The Leitner-Poma of America gondola replaced the Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) and is the first and fastest of its kind in North America, increasing uphill capacity by 40 percent. The 10-passenger gondola cabins provide skiers and snowboarders a cozy 7.5 minute ride from the base of Vail Village to Mid-Vail with heated, cushioned seats and Wi-Fi access. The new gondola is designated number #1 to commemorate Vail’s original gondola in the same location. One-hundred ten of the gondola’s 111 cabins were designed with a silver finish and full-length tinted windows while cabin #50 has been painted gold as an ongoing reminder that the lift is an integral part of Vail’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Last Chance! EpicPass Available Through Sunday, Nov. 18
The Epic Pass™, the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin is available for $699 only through Sunday, Nov. 18. The pass pays for itself in just over six days! For those who can navigate a few restrictions or don’t plan to ski more than seven days, the Epic Local Pass™ or the Epic 7-Day™ are available for $549 each. For details, visit www.epicpass.com.
About Vail Mountain
Quickly approaching its 50th anniversary on Dec. 15, 2012 and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth. www.Vail.com.