Vail Mountain will Open on Friday, Nov. 21 for the 2014-2015 Season with More than 500 Acres of Terrain Accessed from Vail Village and Lionshead

19 November 2014
  • Skiers and snowboarders will have access to terrain throughout the western front side of the mountain

For Immediate Release
Vail Mountain will Open on Friday, Nov. 21 for the 2014-2015 Season with More than 500 Acres of Terrain Accessed from Vail Village and Lionshead
Photo Caption: A view of the front side of the Vail Mountain trail map, highlighting the trails and lifts that will open on Friday, Nov. 21
  • Skiers and snowboarders will have access to terrain throughout the western front side of the mountain
VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 19, 2014 – Vail Mountain, one of the largest and leading ski resorts in the world, announced today that the resort will open for the 2014-2015 season on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 with more than 500 acres of terrain and access from Vail Village and Lionshead. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa, will be provided at both base areas for early risers as supplies last and the Red Bull DJ truck will be parked at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village to provide music throughout the morning. 
“Conditions on the mountain are even better than we initially anticipated and thanks to the hard work of our mountain operations team, we’re thrilled with what we’ll be able to offer to guests beginning on Friday,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “As always, we’re excited to get the season started and even more excited for what’s ahead with the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.”
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and 540 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:
  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15) 
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola
Skiers and snowboarders will also have access to a terrain park experience on Born Free with nine features including eight boxes and rails, and one small jump.
Beginner terrain will be offered at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola via the Little Eagle Lift (#15).
Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.
On-Mountain Dining
The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest, Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village, and the Look Ma level at Mid-Vail will open for the season for daily operations, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday. The bar at Bistro Fourteen will also open on Friday.
The 10th, Vail’s elevated on-mountain sit-down dining experience, will open for the season for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. For the Thanksgiving weekend, The 10th will be open for dinner service Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (970) 754-1010.
Adventure Ridge Activities
Beginning Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests will also have access to a variety of activities at Adventure Ridge at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, including the bungee trampoline, kids snowmobiling, snow tubing and the Nature Discovery Center.
Vail Ski & Snowboard School
Beginning Friday the Lionshead and Vail Village Ski & Snowboard School offices will be open. The Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted and guests can also register online at
Vail Mountain Nordic School
The Vail Mountain Nordic School, located in Golden Peak, opens tomorrow with guided backcountry, snowshoe and cross-country ski tours near Vail Mountain. For more information or to book a lesson, visit the “Things to do” tab at or call (970) 754-3200.
Last Chance! EpicPass Available Through Sunday, Nov. 23
The Epic Pass™, the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City and Canyons in Utah, and Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, for $769 only through Sunday, Nov. 23. For details, visit
For more information about Vail Mountain visit, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
Media Note
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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 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.  

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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