Vail Mountain closes Blue Sky Basin, China Bowl for the season |

Vail Mountain closes Blue Sky Basin, China Bowl for the season

Three weeks remain until Vail Mountain’s planned closure of May 1

Vail Mountain on Sunday closed Blue Sky Basin, China Bowl and Teacup Bowl for the 2021-22 season.

Vail Mountain reported 5 inches of new snow on Sunday morning, but the Back Bowls and Blue Sky closed early on Sunday as windy conditions hit the area. The areas did not reopen on Monday and a Vail spokesperson confirmed Blue Sky, China Bowl and Teacup Bowl will remain closed for the 2021-22 season, which is scheduled to run through May 1.

“We’re proud to have kept Blue Sky Basin and China Bowl open one week longer than last year,” said Vail Resorts spokesperson John Plack.

During the 2020-21 season, Vail Mountain closed Blue Sky Basin on April 4 after shutting down Earl’s Lift in Blue Sky a week earlier.

Earl’s Lift was not running on Blue Sky’s final week of operation this season also. The lift opened on Feb. 12 this year.

A view of Blue Sky Basin on Vail Mountain Sunday in the area where Big Rock Park meets Hornsilver Gully. Blue Sky Basin closed for the season on Sunday.
John LaConte/Vail Daily

Vail has had trouble keeping lifts running this season due to staffing issues, and did not provide lift access to Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowl during the 2021-22 season via lift No. 22 Mongolia Platter.

Vail Mountain was reporting a 58-inch base as of Monday and snowy conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday, with the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning for the Vail area, calling for 6 to 14 inches.

The front side of Vail Mountain, as well as Sun Up, Sun Down and Game Creek Bowl, remain open.

On-snow access to Cascade Village and the Grand Hyatt hotel are no longer possible due to lack of snow, but downloads remain available via Cascade Village Lift (No. 20).

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