VAIL, Colorado - Vail Mountain will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Blue Sky Basin on Wednesday.
The area, which features wilderness-like ski terrain facing Vail's Back Bowls, was part of the vision of Vail founders Pete Seibert Sr. and Earl Eaton.
Pete Seibert Jr. and Carl Eaton - sons of the late founders - will kick off the day with an honorary first chair ride up the Skyline Express Lift at 10 a.m., or as weather permits. In addition, a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin will be given to the first 1,000 skiers and snowboarders up to Belle's Camp. Guests will also be treated to free hot chocolate and blue-iced cupcakes at Belle's Camp while supplies last. Those who bring their original Blue Sky Basin pin are encouraged to gather for a group photo outside Belle's Camp following the morning's festivities.
"From the rustic lift houses and buildings to the phenomenal gladed skiing and snowboarding and expansive views, Blue Sky Basin is an experience unlike anything else on Vail Mountain," said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. "It's a privilege to be able to pay tribute to Pete Seibert, Earl Eaton and all who were involved in the development and opening of Blue Sky Basin 10 years ago."
Blue Sky Basin is located to the south of Vail Mountain's Back Bowls, on the south side of Two Elk Creek, and includes more than 600 acres of developed terrain. The area was a part of Vail's initial master plan developed by Vail founder Seibert in 1962. Construction on the new area began in October 1998 and after the winter recommenced in July 1999.
Vail Mountain lifts open at 8:30 a.m. For more information about Vail Mountain, visit www.vail.com or call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).