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Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary options and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities after the debut of Epic Discovery this past summer, the options for year-round adventure are endless. 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.
 
NEW 2017-18: Six-Passenger Northwoods Express (#11)
The Northwoods Express Lift (#11) will debut as a six-passenger lift during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift will mark the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail. This plan is subject to U.S. Forest Service approval. Northwoods Express (#11) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25 percent. The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin and moving across the mountain at the end of the day. The current lift – a Doppelmayr detachable-quad– was installed in 1985, along with a group of lifts including, the original Vista Bahn Express (#16), Mountain Top Express (#4) and the current Game Creek Express (#7). The Vista Bahn Express was upgraded in 2012 to the 10-passenger Gondola One, and in 2013, Mountain Top Express was upgraded to a detachable six-pack.
 
NEW: Four-Passenger Sun Up Express (#9)
Vail Mountain continues its wave of tremendous investments with the replacement of the Sun Up Lift (#17) with a four-passenger lift to debut this winter as chair #9. The Sun Up Express (#9) is a primary lift on the back bowls of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders into the legendary back-bowls. The new lift will reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation. The current lift – a Doppelmayr fixed-grip triple– was installed in 1979 at Beaver Creek and relocated to Vail in 1992. The  new lift will increase capacity by 65% and reduce the average ride time from 8.2 minutes to 3.9 minutes. The increase will take pressure off of the High Noon Express (#5) with more guests using the new lift rather than cycling back to the bottom of the back bowls. The new lift is the ninth chair replacement in the last 10 years at Vail and will make all major lifts at Vail high-speed.
The Arrabelle Receives a Refresh
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, has transformed its look and feel with minor renovations, which debuted in June 2016. The property’s location, just steps from The Eagle Bahn Gondola, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service, have made it a favorite among visitors. The refresh included updates to soft seating and carpeting in all 36 hotel rooms, fully renovated workout facility including, new and expanded cardio equipment, HD television integration, high impact flooring, and a separate core/stretch zone and new hydro therapy facial machine at the RockResorts Spa and much more. www.arrabelle.rockresorts.com
Vacation like a Local
Visit Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail during an off-peak period and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to experience Vail like a local. During these traditionally quieter time periods you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself…and you’ll save a bundle so you can visit more often. 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 on lodging and lift tickets, fantastic events, easier reservations at the most popular resort restaurants, and more of the mountain to yourself. 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 on April 23, 2017. Visit vail.com/ lodging to see the best vacation deals being offered.  
 
An On-Mountain Culinary Experience
On October 15, 2016, Vail Mountain’s Executive Chef of Game Creek Club Restaurant Steve Topple will represent the resort and Game Creek Restaurant in New York as the feature chef at the James Beard House. Chef Topple’s custom menu for the evening will feature local Colorado items, such as a Smoked Colorado Trout Corn Fritter with Chive Cream Sauce, Colorado Lamb Tartare with Quail Egg and Lemon Caper Chutney, and Rocky Mountain Elk Tenderloin with Foie Gras Potato Puree, Smoked Morel Mushrooms and Huckleberry Sauce. This marks Chef Topple’s third dinner at the James Beard House and is a reflection of the culinary excellency of Vail Mountain and its on-mountain fine dining establishments. Game Creek Club Restaurant is rated one of the top ten restaurants in Colorado on Open Table.
 
Vail Mountain Ski and Snowboard School Honors
After a grueling four-day competition and selection process held last spring in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) announced the names of the PSIA-AASI members selected from 81 total candidates to serve on the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI team. The new PSIA-AASI team comprises 30 men and women selected from among the best instructors in the country. Ten ski and snowboard instructors from Vail Resorts were named to the team.
 
Women of Winter Will Find Endless Options at Vail
Whether you’re a woman looking to spend a relaxing vacation getting pampered in the Rocky Mountains, exploring new areas of the mountain and pushing personal boundaries, or ripping perfect turns down the far reaches of the resort’s legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, Vail is the perfect place to indulge and define your own style of adventure this winter. In addition to the incredible terrain and abundance of luxurious accommodations, culinary experiences, shops, spas and events that Vail is known for, this winter find exciting offerings designed for women by women, including the return of SKADI Fest, featuring demos, clinics and VIP experiences for women-only; Outdoor Divas, a women’s-specific snowsport shop in Lionshead; plus equipment demos, clinics and more throughout the winter. These offerings are focused on getting more women on the mountain at Vail. Visit vail.com for a full list of offerings.
 
epicMix_tagLine_4c_10062011.pngEpicMix Time
EpicMix Time is the fifth generation of Vail Resorts industry-leading and award-winning ski and snowboard application EpicMix. The breakthrough technology for the ski industry debuted during the 2015-16 winter season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, and allows guests to access real-time lift line wait times, enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and snowboard experience. Leveraging recently developed technology, EpicMix Time calculates and displays up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 55 core lifts and gondolas, as well as 13,600 acres of skiable terrain in Colorado. After piloting the program in Colorado, Vail Resorts plans to expand EpicMix Time to its other destinations in the upcoming seasons, as well as expand the program to provide updates on on-mountain restaurant and retail store wait times as well.
 
Experience Signature Events this Winter
A part of what makes Vail such a vibrant mountain resort destination, aside from the iconic terrain and villages, are the great events that take place both on the snow and in town. From the very start of the season, right up through closing day, Vail hosts an array of lively events including free live concerts, world-class athletic competitions, premier festivals and more. For the 2016-2017 winter season, guests can look forward to the return of signature resort events like Vail Snow Daze and the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.
  • Vail Snow Daze – Dec. 9-11, 2016
    Celebrate the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze. Spend the day on the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with live music. www.vail.com/snowdaze.
  • SKADI Fest – Dec. 14-16 2016
Inspired by the Norse goddess of winter, Vail Mountain will host the second annual Skadi Vail,’ Women’s Ski Festival. Female skiers will be treated to customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, signature evening events, and female-specific ski equipment demos. United by a passion for skiing and the outdoors, SKADI Fest is an event designed by women for women and is offered for any level of skier. 
  • Vail Holidaze – Dec. 16-18 and 31 2016
Vail Holidaze is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during the month of December. Embrace the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony and lantern walk. On New Year’s Eve torchlight ski down and fireworks, ring in the New Year Vail style with the Torchlight Parade, followed by fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display.
  • CarniVail – Feb. 25-26, 2017       
Bourbon Street meets Bridge Street in Vail with the revival of CarniVail, a tribute to traditional Mardi Gras events with a Rocky Mountain twist. The New Orleans-style fun includes, an on-mountain crawfish boil at Eagle’s Nest, Cajun-themed après and after-dark parties, and more.
  • The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships – Feb. 27– March 5, 2017
Catch Olympic-level slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding competitions in Golden Peak by day, and enjoy free live concerts from headliner acts and more by night. Stay tuned for more info at Vail.com/Burton or Burton.com/USO.
  • Spring Back to Vail – April 14-16, 2017
Springtime in the Rockies welcomes warmer temperatures, stellar skiing conditions, grilling out at various on-mountain decks and, of course, awesome events. Spring Back to Vail, the annual spring bash celebrating the close of the winter season, returns to Vail for its thirteenth year. Welcoming back the World Pond Skimming Championships, live music, the Bud Light Bags Tournament and more.

Easy Access from Eagle Airport (EGE)
Eagle County Regional Airport provides non-stop flights from 12 major markets in the winter, and 4 in the summer, which makes getting to Vail and Beaver Creek super easy no matter when you visit. One-stop connections are available from over 250 cities worldwide, making EGE the number one choice for frequent visitors to Vail and Beaver Creek. This winter season, Eagle Airport will be serviced by Air Canada, American, Delta and United from markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York/JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington DC. Eagle County Regional Airport is located just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek.  For more information and current flight schedules visit www.flyvail.com
 
Epic Discovery
Summer in the mountains has taken on a whole new feel with the launch of Epic Discovery in June 2016. Vail Resorts is once again leading the ski industry by being the first to submit and develop a comprehensive new summer activities plan in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy. Vail Resorts’ Epic Discovery program encourages “learn through play,” promoting environmental education and forest stewardship through a variety of outdoor activities and interpretive programming. The Company also worked closely with the Nature Conservancy to bring scientific content to the eco-discovery experiences and will contribute one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects. Vail Mountain is one of the first destinations in the Vail Resorts family to launch Epic Discovery, and the primary components of the resort’s programming include:
  • Learn-through-Play Elements: Integrated with trails and activities around the mountain, these interpretive experiential elements provide guests with hands-on information and interactive activities about forest health, wildlife and the mountain geography of the White River National Forest.
  • Game Creek Aerial Adventure: The ultimate outdoor experience, this guided tour immerses guests in the forest habitat with a network of seven zip lines and aerial bridges. Guests learn about the mountain ecosystem while working their way through the course’s challenges.
  • Forest Flyer™: A gravity-based alpine coaster that operates on raised rails, the Forest Flyer™ winds its way down the mountain, following the natural contours of the landscape through the forest and allowing guests on individual carts to control their own speed.
  • Expanded Trail System: Comprehensive interpretive and directional signage has been integrated to encourage more hiking and trail exploration across Vail Mountain.
Epic Discovery was designed to connect both kids and adults with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way, offering guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories. Vail.com/epicdiscovery

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