China Bowl’s season premiere is Thursday at Vail Mountain |

China Bowl’s season premiere is Thursday at Vail Mountain

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Photo Courtesy Vail Resorts

VAIL, Colorado ” The ropes will drop on China Bowl Thursday, and Blue Sky Basin will be open by Saturday, Vail Mountain officials said Tuesday.

Portions of Tea Cup and Siberia bowls will also open Thursday. By Saturday, Vail will offer 4,000 acres of terrain served by 25 lifts.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, the following lifts and portions of nearly 3,500 acres of terrain in these areas will open for the 2008-2009 ski season:

– Avanti Express Lift (Chair 2)

– Wildwood Express Lift (Chair 3)

– Mountaintop Express Lift (Chair 4)

– High Noon Lift (Chair 5)

– Game Creek Express Lift (Chair 7)

– Born Free Express Lift (Chair 8)

– Highline Lift (Chair 10)

– Northwoods Express Lift (Chair 11)

– Sourdough Express Lift (Chair 14)

– Gopher Hill Lift (Chair 12)

– Little Eagle Lift (Chair 15)

– Vista Bahn Express Lift (Chair 16)

– Sun Up Lift (Chair 17)

– Eagle Bahn Gondola (Lift 19)

– Cascade Village Lift (Chair 20)

– Orient Express Lift (Chair 21)

– Pride Express Lift (Chair 26)

– Tea Cup Express Lift (Chair 36)

– Four Beginner Surface Lifts (at Eagle’s Nest, LionsHead and Golden Peak)

Two Elk Lodge restaurant will also open Thursday.

The Riva Bahn Express Lift (Chair 6) will be open Friday followed by Blue Sky Basin’s Skyline Express Lift (Chair 37) and Pete’s Express Lift on Saturday.

“Early season conditions still exist and guests are advised to ski with caution, obey posted closures and abide by the Responsibility Code for their safety and the safety of other guests,” Vail Mountain officials said in a press release.

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