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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 in 2016, 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: 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. 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: Vail Mountain Earns Two NSAA Safety Awards
Vail Mountain was recognized in May by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) with two safety awards for the 2016-2017 winter season. Vail Mountain received the award of Best Overall Safety Program (over 350,000 visits) and Eliza Smith, Vail Mountain Safety, received the award for Safety Champion. Five awards are given annually to a ski area that excels in one of the following categories: Best Overall Safety Program (over 350,000 visits), Best Overall Safety Program (under 350,000 visits), Best Employee Safety Program, Best Guest Safety Program, and Safety Champion.
NEW: The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort Celebrates 10 Years
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, celebrates 10 years in January 2018. A celebration of the anniversary will take place in December and special activities will be held in Vail Square including musicians and ice sculptures during the winter season.
 
 
NEW: Vail Mountain’s Newest Après Destination 
Vail Mountain has transformed Express Lift from a grab-n-go café into Vail’s newest slope-side full service casual dining experience, Express Lift Bar. Just steps away from Gondola One at the base of Pepi’s Run, enjoy great views on the outdoor patio, or, inside at the renovated bar while sipping on craft cocktails and brews. Serving breakfast, lunch and après daily.
 
NEW: EpicMix Time Insights
New for 2017-2018, Vail Resorts has launched Epic Mix Time Insights, a website designed to help guests make the most of planning their ski day at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Park City by providing full visibility into lift line wait times. Vail Resorts is the first in the mountain resort industry to provide guests full transparency on historic lift line wait times, setting a new guest service standard for the industry. Guests can select a specific resort and date from last season to access resort trail maps that display individual lift line wait times for every lift collected by the EpicMix Time app during the 2016-17 season, sliding across the day in 15-minute increments from the time the lifts open until they close. Insights also highlights new lift upgrades for the 2017-18 winter season and provides mountain tips on how to best navigate each resort. Vail Resorts is continually enhancing the guest experience across our mountain resorts and Insights offers guests full visibility on actual lift line data from last ski season so they can maximize their day on the mountain during their next trip. To explore Insights, visit Time.EpicMix.com.
 
NEW: Designated Family Learning Zones
Vail Mountain has designated 63 acres to family learning and designated slow zones. All zones are located on beginner green runs and progress across the mountain from Eagle’s Nest to Game Creek. These runs will also be used by ski school to facilitate lessons in a controlled setting.
 
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 15, 2018. Visit vail.com/ lodging to see the best vacation deals being offered.  
 
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 2017-2018 winter season, guests can look forward to the return of signature resort events like Vail Snow Days and the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.
  • Vail Snow Days – Dec. 8-10, 2017
    Winter events in Vail are as unique as the surrounding peaks of the Gore Range and Mount of the Holy Cross. Vail Snow Days is the signature kick-off event to the season, welcoming free live music, wellness and transformation opportunities, family-friendly happenings, a sponsor expo village and more. Join us in creating moments that become memories, and memories that become tradition. PLEASE NOTE: Snow Days has been rebranded from the previous Snow Daze. Please reference this event as Snow Days moving forward.
 
  • Vail Holidays – Dec. 14-31, 2017
Vail Holidays 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.
  • Skadi Vail Women’s Ski and Snowboard Fest – Jan. 13-14, 2018 (MLK Weekend)
Inspired by the Norse goddess of winter, Vail Mountain will host the third annual Skadi Vail Women’s Ski Fest, a celebration of women coming together to enjoy all that the mountain and village have to offer, January 13-14, 2018. Female skiers and riders will be treated to customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, the largest female-specific ski and snowboard equipment demo in the country, wine and cheese, and more. United by a passion for skiing and the outdoors, Skadi Vail is an event designed by women for women and is offered for any level of skier or snowboarder and is a gathering of goddesses from near and far.
  • The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships – March 5-10, 2018
The 2018 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships return to Vail Mountain March 5-10, welcoming the best snowboarders in the world to compete for the prestigious Halfpipe and Slopestyle Titles. Olympic Medalists such as Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Ayumu Hirano, Jamie Anderson and many more will battle it out to make snowboarding history in 2018. The action continues off the snow from Tuesday onwards with an epic sponsor village, nightly concerts in Vail Village, and The US Open of Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink. Visit BurtonUSOpen.com for more information.
 
Easy Access from Eagle Airport (EGE)
Eagle County Regional Airport provides non-stop flights from 14 major markets in the winter, and 3 in the summer, which makes getting to Vail and Beaver Creek 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, New York/JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC. Eagle County Regional Airport is located just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek. New this winter; Dallas/Ft. Worth service is now daily year-round with no breaks in service this fall or next spring, new weekend non-stop flights from San Francisco and new daily non-stop flights from Salt Lake City. 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 lead 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 was 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 Zipline Tour: 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. 

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