Operating Hours Extended on Vail Mountain Beginning Friday, Feb. 13

28 January 2015
Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will move to its full spring operating schedule beginning Friday, Feb. 13.  With the shift in operating hours, the majority of front side lifts will close at 4 p.m., the Back Bowls and Game Creek Bowl will close at 3:30 p.m. and Blue Sky Basin will close at 3 p.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts.
All ticket office and Vail Ski & Snowboard School locations in Vail will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Vail Mountain will further extend operating hours later this season to better cater to guests during the Easter holiday period. From Saturday, March 28 through Saturday, April 11 the resort will adjust operating hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vail’s Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin lifts will close according to their regular schedule during this time while most Front Side lifts will remain open until 5 p.m. Beginning Sunday, April 12 for the final week of the season, operating hours will shift to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As Vail prepares to welcome the world for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships there will be a few closures in effect on the mountain. Giant Steps, the Golden Peak Race Arena, and upper Simba will be closed for the event beginning Thursday, Jan. 29. Guests will still have access the western side of Vail Mountain and will be rerouted via upper Bwana to Simba in order to access upper Post Road and Cascade Way. With the closure on upper Simba, uphill skier traffic will also be rerouted. Guests are asked to observe and follow all posted signs, markers and closures. Current operational restrictions and recommended travel routes can be obtained by calling the Trails Hotline at Vail at (970) 754-3049.
Overall, less than one percent of Vail Mountain’s terrain will be affected by the 2015 World Championships.
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Feb. 2-15: Dream It. Live It. Share It.
The tradition of alpine ski racing has been interwoven throughout Vail and Beaver Creek’s history since Vail Mountain opened to the world in 1962. Founded by a ski racer, Vail hosted its first racing event, a U.S. Ski Team training camp, one week after opening and went on to host numerous World Cup races. The prestigious FIS Alpine World Ski Championships have been held in the U.S. only three times before, including 1989 and 1999 for which the Vail Valley also played host, firmly establishing the community as the ski racing capital of North America. The World Championships represent the largest and most impressive collection of ski racing talent in the world, second only to the Olympics, with approximately 700 athletes from more than 70 nations. Vail will serve as the official hub of the ceremonies and nightly festival events – concerts, parties, art and culinary features, a big-screen stadium and more – from Feb. 2 through 15, while Beaver Creek will host the majority of the competition – all of which is free to spectators, unlike championships in Europe! Experience the World Championships at home in the United States and see the world’s best ski racers in action while enjoying thousands of acres of terrain and the Vail and Beaver Creek experience that guests have come to expect and love. Be a part of history! http://VailBeaverCreek2015.com   
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 future 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. www.vail.com.  
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 www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.


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Phone: (970) 496-3210
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