Six Inches of Fresh Snow, Snowmaking in Full Force: Enjoy the Best Pricing and More of the Mountain to Yourself this Early Season in Vail

11 November 2014
  • Vail opens for the 2014-2015 winter season on Friday, Nov. 21
  • Kick off the season at Vail Snow Daze, taking place Dec. 12-14 and 19-21
  • Maximize your time at Vail and visit during off-peak periods this winter. 
Six inches of new snow fell overnight at Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, and the winter ski and snowboarding season is just around the corner with opening day coming up on Friday, Nov. 21. With cold temperatures, snowmaking at Vail is in full force and more snow is forecasted to fall later this week.
Savvy travelers can make the most out of their trip to Vail this winter by visiting during early season and other off-peak periods when benefits include better deals, smaller crowds, great events and more of the mountain to yourself. Early season and off-peak time periods offer guests a more relaxed atmosphere, and the opportunity to experience Vail like a local.
Traditional off-peak periods fall between opening day and Christmas; after New Year’s Day and before the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday; between the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday and the Presidents Day holiday; after the Presidents Day holiday and into early-March and in mid-April until closing day.
Celebrate the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze
Early-season is a fantastic time to visit Vail and guests are always surprised by the conditions the resort is able to offer at this time. In addition, early-season also brings the resort’s signature event – Snow Daze! Not long after the annual start of the ski and snowboard season, Snow Daze, offers visitors the ultimate winter kick-off party. Spend the day on the mountain, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free concerts! This year’s lineup features live entertainment from Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., The Wallflowers, 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root. For more information, visit
Blue Sky Basin Celebrates 15 Years this January
If you can’t make it out in early season though, January is an all-around great time to visit Vail, and one of the many off-peak periods guests can enjoy throughout the winter season. Holiday crowds have come and gone, and the majority of terrain on the mountain is open and beckoning for skiers and snowboarders to make turns down its wide-open slopes. Plus, this January Vail’s Blue Sky Basin celebrates its 15th anniversary!
Since its opening in January 2000, Blue Sky Basin has been a favorite amongst locals and guests from around the world, offering skiers and snowboarders a distinct backcountry feel, complete with glades, cliffs, steeps, and often plenty of powder and fresh tracks! This season guests can celebrate 15 years of Blue Sky Basin by making turns down classic trails like Big Rock Park, Resolution, Champagne Glade and Lover’s Leap.
Spend an Evening at The Lodge at Vail – An Iconic Property with A New Look
Vail’s landmark hotel, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort is in the final stages of significant renovations that will debut for the 2014-2015 winter season. The property’s unrivaled Vail Village location, just steps from Gondola One, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service, have made it a favorite among visitors for years. The transformation brings the iconic hotel to the forefront of Vail’s evolution, providing guests with modern comfort and chic décor. 56 hotel rooms have been completely renovated, including interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting and the installation of air conditioning. The hotel’s corridors, main stairways and lobby also received upgrades while maintaining the authentic character and cozy ambiance for which the hotel is known.
Enjoy Off-Peak Pursuits at Vail this Winter!
Dreaming of the mountain to yourself now? Come experience everything Vail Mountain and Vail Village have to offer during off-peak time periods and receive the BEST rates of the season. Plus, book two or more nights at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square and receive up to $150 mountain money to use towards lift tickets, rentals, shopping, dining and more. The longer you stay, the more you receive! 
Getting to Vail this Winter is Easy with Convenient Access from Eagle Airport (EGE)
Located just 35 miles west of Vail, Eagle Airport (EGE) is a convenient alternative to driving from Denver or beyond, especially with growing non-stop service to major markets and quick connections to and from Denver International Airport. For the 2014-2015 winter season, Vail is easily accessible via Air Canada, American, Delta, or United airlines’ non-stop flights from 11 major markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New York/Kennedy, and Toronto. The majority of winter service begins mid-December 2014 and continues through early-April 2015. For more information on winter schedules and service into EGE, visit
Of course this is just the beginning of it all! To learn more about these, as well as the other exciting things still to come at Vail this winter such as the 2015 World Championships, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and exclusive Décimo events, visit, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, 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 is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.  
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About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
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; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; 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 and consumer website is


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