Vail grows to 500 acres Saturday |

Vail grows to 500 acres Saturday

Chris Outcalt
Vail, CO Colorado
Cody Downard/Vail Resorts

VAIL, Colorado ” Skiers and riders can look forward to some fresh snow and new terrain on Vail Mountain this weekend.

About four inches of snow on piled up Thanksgiving night and Friday afternoon, helping Vail prepare to open nearly 500 acres of terrain ” including lifts serving Mid Vail ” for the weekend.

The Vista Bahn Express lift opened Friday morning and officials planned to have new terrain accessible from Chairs 2, 3 and 4 today.

Snow is expected to fall throughout the weekend, said to Bryon Lawrence, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

“It looks like winter is finally here,” Lawrence said.

Total accumulations for the weekend could be up to six inches in Vail, with more snow expected at higher elevations, Lawrence said.

“It won’t be a real heavy snowfall, but it’ll just kind of slowly pile up,” he said.

By Friday afternoon, Beaver Creek reported receiving five inches of snow. The mountain expects to open new terrain early in the week and is preparing for the Birds of Prey World Cup ski races Dec. 4-7.

The beginner Haymeadow run served by the Buckaroo Express Gondola and the intermediate Latigo trail served by the Centennial Express Lift are open at Beaver Creek.

Vail will also open beginner terrain served by Chairs 12 and 15.

Weekend lift tickets at Vail will be $75 for adults, $65 for seniors and $55 for children 12 and under. Skiing and riding at Beaver Creek costs $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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