Portions of Vail’s Game Creek Bowl to Open on Friday

08 December 2011
VAIL, Colo. — Dec. 8, 2011 — Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, will open portions of Game Creek Bowl this Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, bringing the resort’s skiable terrain to more than 1,000 acres.

Beginning on Friday, Dec. 9, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 700 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) 
  • Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6)
  • Game Creek Express Lift (#7)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
  • Gopher Hill Lift (#12)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15) 
  • Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
  • Cascade Village Lift (#20)
The Bwana terrain park is open to the public with approximately 15 beginner- to intermediate-level features as well as two small jumps. Additional terrain and terrain parks will open to the public as soon as conditions and weather permit.

All base area ticket offices as well as all Vail Ski & Snowboard School offices and the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak are open daily.

Bistro Fourteen at Eagle’s Nest, Wildwood and the Golden Peak Grill will open Friday for on-mountain dining, joining Buffalo’s, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village, which are currently open. Vail’s newest on-mountain table-service restaurant, The 10th, is also open and reservations can be made by calling (970) 754-1010 or online at www.vail.com/the10th.

Most Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and riders are asked to observe all slow zones, posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Crossing an on-mountain closure is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine of up to $1,000.

For more information about Vail Mountain, visit Vail.com or contact the Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

About Vail Mountain
Quickly approaching its 50th anniversary in December 2012 and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Spanning seven miles are seven legendary Back Bowls, blanketed last season with more than 40 feet of powder snow. 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. Vail.com.
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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Contact(s)

Liz Biebl

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001

Sara Lococo

Keystone Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-1493
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