Vail Mountain’s New Gondola, One, to Open to Foot Passengers for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

20 November 2012
  • The 10th restaurant opens for lunch beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21
  • Additional on-mountain activities include lunch at snowshoe tours, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and more
VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 20, 2012 – Vail Mountain, the largest ski resortin the United States, is scheduled to open One (#1), the new state-of-the-art gondola for foot passenger access beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21.
 
Skiers and snowboarders currently have access to the Born Free Express Lift (#8) and terrain on the Born Free and lower Columbine trails – including a terrain park experience including 11 features – as well as an egress back to Vail Village. The Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) is also be open to allow skiers and snowboarders access to the Little Eagle Lift (#15) and beginner terrain in the Eagle's Nest area.  Guests will download the gondola from Eagle’s Nest to return to Lionshead. Additional terrain and lifts will open to the public as soon as conditions and weather permit.
 
Foot passenger access to both gondolas will remain complimentary through Sunday, Nov. 25.
 
On-Mountain Dining, Entertainment and Services
The 10th, Vail’s newest on-mountain table-service restaurant, will open at 9:30 a.m. for service at the bar and will serve lunch in the main dining room from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations for The 10th can be made by calling (970) 754-1010.
 
The Look Ma level of Mid-Vail will also be open for lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the bar at Bistro Fourteen is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This Friday and Saturday the deck at Eagle’s Nest will feature live music, food and an outdoor bar from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
Additionally, Vail Sports will offer free ski and snowboard storage during the day at the base of One (#1) for guests who ski or snowboard to Vail Village and wish to dine at The 10thor Mid-Vail. Overnight storage is available for a fee.
 
Vail Ski & Snowboard School
The Lionshead Adults and Children’s Ski & Snowboard School offices are open for all ability levels. The Golden Peak Children’s Ski & Snowboard School will open Thursday. The Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted and guests can also register online at www.vail.com.
 
Vail Mountain Nordic School
The Vail Mountain Nordic School will offer a complimentary on-mountain snowshoe tour beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Golden Peak at the Vail Mountain Nordic School desk. Guests will be outfitted with boots, snowshoes and trekking poles before leaving at 10 a.m. to ride One (#1) to Mid-Vail. Space is limited.
 
Eagle’s Nest Activities
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will also have access to a variety of activities at Adventure Ridge at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19), including the climbing wall, bungee trampoline and a limited children’s sledding area.
 
Also at Eagle’s Nest and operating daily throughout the season, Walking Mountains will offer complimentary guided snowshoe tours beginning at 2 p.m. from Eagle’s Nest. No reservations are required.
 
Explore Vail’s First 50 Years at the Lionshead and Vail Village Welcome Centers
The Lionshead Welcome Center is open for its first winter season at the southwest corner of the Lionshead parking garage. The building includes restrooms, lockers, free Wi-Fi and a comfortable day lodge area, plus a pictorial exhibit on the five decades of Vail, a giant media wall with video clips of vintage Vail and staff who can assist with guest questions and help plan itineraries no matter how large or small. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November, extending to 8 p.m. later in the season.
 
The Vail Village Welcome Center is located on the top deck of the Village parking garage. The center includes a new exhibit on the history of Vail created by the Colorado Ski Museum, a touch-screen display with vintage photos and interesting Vail trivia, plus information on the many things to see and do while visiting Vail. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November, expanding to 8 p.m. later in the season.
 
Last Call! EpicPass Sales Extended Through Sunday, Dec. 2
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.
 
Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.
 
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
 
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.  

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 resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood 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 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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