Vail’s Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6) and Northwoods Express Lift (#11) Scheduled to Open on Saturday, Dec. 3 for the 2011-2012 Season

02 December 2011
  • Resort to offer more than 700 acres of skiable terrain 
VAIL, Colo. – Dec. 2, 2011Vail Mountain is scheduled to open two additional lifts – the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6) and the Northwoods Express Lift (#11) – and portions of surrounding terrain for the 2011-2012 season by mid-day, Saturday, Dec. 3, bringing the skiable terrain to more than 700 acres.

“Thanks to the incredible efforts of all our mountain operations teams, we are continuing to make progress in opening up as much terrain as possible for the early season,” said Paul Fillion, senior director of Vail Mountain operations. 
Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 3, 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)
  • 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 will open Saturday with approximately 12 beginner- to intermediate-level features as well as three small jumps. Skiers and snowboarders will also continue to have access to small and medium terrain park features on Born Free. Additional terrain will open to the public as soon as conditions and weather permit.
Ticket offices in Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead are now open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. All Vail Adult and Children's Ski & Snowboard School offices are open as is the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak.
On-mountain dining locations including Buffalo’s, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village are 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
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.
Epic Pass Available Through Dec. 5
Enjoy the best mountains in Colorado and California this season with one Epic Season Pass. The Epic Pass, available now for $669 for adults, is the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar California and Arapahoe Basin. This season guests can also choose the new Epic Local Pass, available now at $519 for adults, the perfect option for locals offering unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek.
For more information about Vail Mountain, including terrain updates, pass restrictions, snow reports, events and lodging and vacation values, visit or contact the Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

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 and consumer website is


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