More than 5,000 Acres of Terrain, 100-Plus Inches of Snow So Far this Winter, and Blue Sky Basin’s 15th Anniversary Provide Guests Plenty to Celebrate at Vail Mountain this Holiday Season

19 December 2014
  • Vail has the most open ski and snowboard terrain in the country!
  • Blue Sky Basin celebrates its 15th anniversary this January.
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Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, has a lot to celebrate this holiday season with the most open terrain in the country! Mother Nature gifted the resort with more than two feet of fresh snow since Sunday, totaling more than 100 inches so far this winter season as the resort rapidly approaches the 100 percent open mark. Today, guests have access to more than 5,000 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain on Vail Mountain.
“With plenty of new snow and nearly the entire mountain open at Vail, it’s going to be a truly unforgettable holiday season at the resort this year,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Vail’s entire mountain operations team has been working incredibly hard to open the mountain as new snow has fallen on the slopes. Our guests have a lot to look forward to when they visit Vail during the holidays and throughout the 2014-2015 winter season.”
Vail’s operations team anticipates opening the remainder of the resort’s lifts and terrain very soon, as conditions permit.
Blue Sky Basin Celebrates 15 Years in January
Following the holidays, the celebration continues at Vail when the resort’s legendary Blue Sky Basin turns 15 in January. Since its opening in January 2000, Blue Sky Basin has been a favorite amongst locals and guests from around the world, offering skiers and snowboarders a distinct backcountry feel, complete with glades, cliffs, steeps, and often plenty of powder and fresh tracks! This season guests can celebrate 15 years of Blue Sky Basin by making turns down classic trails like Big Rock Park, Resolution, Champagne Glade and Lover’s Leap.
Plus, January is an all-around great time to visit Vail, and one of the many off-peak periods guests can enjoy throughout the winter season. Holiday crowds have come and gone, there are great deals to be found, and the majority of terrain on the mountain is open and beckoning for skiers and snowboarders to make turns down its wide-open slopes.
Enjoy Off-Peak Pursuits at Vail this Winter!
Dreaming of the mountain to yourself this winter? Come experience everything Vail Mountain and Vail Village have to offer this January, and during other off-peak time periods this winter, and receive the BEST rates of the season. Plus, book two or more nights at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square and receive up to $150 mountain money to use towards lift tickets, rentals, shopping, dining and more. The longer you stay, the more you receive. 
EpicDay Express: For the Ultimate Convenience and Savings on Lift Tickets
With the implementation of a new mobile ticket platform, guests now have the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price – as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. In other words, bypass the normal ticket window and get on the mountain faster than ever! Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.
And, lift tickets aren’t the only part of the ski trip where guests can benefit from booking in advance. Guests are now also guaranteed the lowest price, and best availability, when booking ski and snowboard lessons online, at least 48 hours in advance with the Vail Ski & Snowboard School. Specialty lesson products and offerings this season include 2015 World Championship lesson experiences, a new Women’s Ultimate 4 lesson, and the return of the popular Ski Girls Rock program. For more information or to book, call (970) 754-4300 or visit
For more information about Vail Mountain visit, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
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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