BEAVER CREEK, Colorado - On Saturday, the new high-speed quad Rose Bowl lift (No. 4) will make its debut.Intermediate and advanced level skiers and riders can take advantage of the fresh snow on Ripsaw, Cataract and Stone Creek Meadows. In addition to opening Rose Bowl, ski patrol will open several other trails, increasing the resort's skiable acres to 818 acres with 58 trails on Saturday. The Rose Bowl lift grand opening ceremony will take place at the top of the new lift on Saturday morning. Following the mountain's opening at 9 a.m., skiers and snowboarders can make their way to the new Rose Bowl lift and ride to the top for the ceremony. Commemorative Rose Bowl lift pins will be handed out to the first 500 people in attendance, an EpicMix photographer will be on hand to capture the experience and cocoa and cookies will be handed out. The new Rose Bowl lift, built by Doppelmayr as a side-load chair, transports 2,400 people per hour and the new ride time is just over five minutes. The lift allows for faster lift rides for expert powder seekers who cycle through Stone Creek Chutes and it also better connects the terrain between Centennial Express lift (No. 6) and Cinch Express lift (No. 8). New this year, there will be more grooming in Rose Bowl on some of the black diamond runs, creating more variety on the eastern side of the mountain. On Saturday, the Lower and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lifts (Nos. 15 and 18) along with the Riverfront Gondola (No. 7) will open, with 17 total lifts operating. Ski patrol will open several more trails on the main mountain and in Bachelor Gulch. The additional lifts and acreage offer all levels a variety of trails including Centennial, Assay, Leav the Beav and more. For details on which trails will be open, visit www.beavercreek.com, m.beavercreek.com on your mobile phone or get the daily grooming report on Twitter @bcgrooming. Zoom Room Terrain Park will open Friday and contains 22 medium-sized features including boxes, rails, logs and stalls. The park also is home to three jumps. McCoy Park opens for the season on Saturday featuring 12-15 kilometers of groomed trails. Visit the Nordic Center at the base of Strawberry Park for information, rentals, lift tickets and more. Beano's and Zach's Cabins open for dinner service this evening. Reservations for Beano's may be made by calling 970-754-3463 or online at www.beanoscabinbeavercreek.com. For Zach's reservations call 970-754-6575. Mamie's Mountain Grill opens for the season on Saturday serving lunches at the top of Bachelor Gulch. Dinners at SaddleRidge begin on Saturday evening.
VAIL, Colorado - Vail Mountain will open portions of Game Creek Bowl Friday, bringing the resort's skiable terrain to more than 1,000 acres. Skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 700 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain: • Avanti Express Lift (No. 2).• Wildwood Express Lift (No. 3).• Mountaintop Express Lift (No. 4).• Riva Bahn Express Lift (No. 6).• Game Creek Express Lift (No. 7).• Born Free Express Lift (No. 8).• Northwoods Express Lift (No. 11).• Gopher Hill Lift (No. 12).• Little Eagle Lift (No. 15).• Vista Bahn Express Lift (No. 16).• Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19).• Cascade Village Lift (No. 20).The Bwana terrain park is open to the public with approximately 15 beginner- to intermediate-level features as well as two small jumps. Additional terrain and terrain parks will open to the public as soon as conditions and weather permit. All base area ticket offices as well as all Vail Ski & Snowboard School offices and the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak are open daily. Bistro Fourteen at Eagle's Nest, Wildwood and the Golden Peak Grill will open Friday for on-mountain dining, joining Buffalo's, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle's Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village, which are currently open. Vail's newest on-mountain table-service restaurant, The 10th, is also open and reservations can be made by calling 970-754-1010 or online at www.vail.com/the10th.Most Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations.