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Ropes to drop on Vail’s Northwoods, Game Creek by Friday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Jack Affleck/Special to the DailyPalmer Hoyt takes advantage of the early-season powder at Vail on Monday.

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Mountain plans to open more than 1,000 acres of terrain by Friday after a series of recent snowstorms and with more snow is on the way this week.

“Guests skiing and snowboarding as early as Wednesday may also find unannounced lifts and terrain open in advance of the scheduled weekend openings, but still must obey posted closures,” Vail Mountain officials said in a press release.

The following lifts will be open at 9 a.m. Friday:

– Avanti Express Lift (Chair 2).

– Wildwood Express Lift (Chair 3).

– Mountaintop Express Lift (Chair 4).

– Game Creek Express Lift (Chair 7).

– Born Free Express Lift (Chair 8).

– Northwoods Express Lift (Chair 11).

– Gopher Hill Lift (Chair 12).

– Little Eagle Lift (Chair 15).

– Vista Bahn Express Lift (Chair 16).

– Eagle Bahn Gondola (Lift 19).

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

Chair 26 and the Cascade lift are expected to open Saturday.

“The added snow over the Thanksgiving holiday has significantly helped us boost the amount of terrain we can offer to our guests,” said Julie Rust, Vail’s director of ski patrol. “With more snow on the way, Vail Mountain is in great shape for the early season. However, guests must continue to abide by the Responsibility Code and posted closures until we can safely open additional terrain.”

Skiers and snowboarders can eat at Wildwood Restaurant, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest, Buffalo’s at the top of Chair 4, and the Look Ma level at Mid Vail. The Terrace Level at Mid-Vail will open on Saturday.

Both the Vail and Lionshead Snowsports School locations are open for adult and children’s private and group lessons. The Small World Nursery at Golden Peak provides childcare for ages 2 months to 6 years.

For more information about Vail Mountain, call the Resort Information and Activities Center at 970-476-9090 or visit

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