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Vail Mountain expands open terrain

Vail Daily Staff
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado — Vail Mountain announced today that it will open the Avanti Express Lift (#2) and surrounding terrain mid-morning Friday,thanks to consistent cold temperatures and snowmaking efforts.

Terrain in the area will include Mid-Vail Express, Overeasy and upper portions of the Avanti trail. Guests will continue to have access to terrain in Lionshead, accessible by the Born Free Express Lift (#8) and the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19).

Beginner terrain can be accessed via the Little Eagle Lift (#15) at Eagle’s Nest and, on Friday morning, the Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak.

Thursday morning, the Vista Bahn Express (#16) opened for lift access out of Vail Village to terrain in the Lionshead area. Guests now also have top-to-bottom skiing and riding from the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) and can ski or snowboard back to Vail Village. As natural and manmade snow conditions allow, guests will have access to additional terrain across Vail Mountain.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday the following lifts and portions of terrain in these areas will open for the 2009-2010 ski and snowboard season:

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Avanti Express Lift (#2)

Born Free Express Lift (#8)

Gopher Hill Lift (#12)

Little Eagle Lift (#15)

Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16)

Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)

The Express Lift at Mountain Plaza opened this morning, offering a variety of food and beverage options. The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest is open daily and the newly remodeled Look Ma level of Mid-Vail will open on Friday, Nov. 27 for daily on-mountain dining, including the new Epic Mountain Burger. All on-mountain dining venues will offer a daily Lunch for Less value meal for $9.95, including an entree, side dish and a fountain drink.

Early-season lift ticket prices remain at $69 for adults, $59 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under (prices are subject to change). Restricted passes including the Colorado Pass, Merchant Pass and others will be restricted Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. Ticket and pass sales are currently available at the Lionshead Ticket Office from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Adult and Children’s Snowsports School offices in Lionshead are open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Small World Nursery in Golden Peak is open for childcare from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Frogs Gone Fishin’ will perform during a special holiday Friday Afternoon Club at Eagle’s Nest from 1-4 p.m. The Denver natives and Vail regulars blend rock, funk, soul, blues and reggae vibes from around the country that are sure to please crowds of all ages.

The Talon’s Grill will be fired up to serve $4 burgers, cups of chili and chili dogs and $4 Budweiser and Bud Light draft beer. The fire pit will have free marshmallow roasting while supplies last. The gondola is free to foot passengers through the holiday weekend.

A naturalist from the Gore Range Natural Science School will be available at the Nature Discovery Center on Friday from 1-4 p.m. Located in an all-seasons yurt adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola atop Vail Mountain, the Nature Discovery Center provides an array of free natural history exhibits and artifacts related for Vail Mountain from animal tracks to the mountain pine bark beetle.

Adventure Ridge will be open for the holiday weekend, Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $5 per session.

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