Vail Mountain hours extended starting Saturday |

Vail Mountain hours extended starting Saturday

Daily staff report

Vail Mountain extends operating hours starting Feb. 18

VAIL — Vail Mountain will transition to its spring operating schedule beginning Saturday. Following more than 13 feet of snow this season, including almost 6 feet during January, Vail Mountain’s snow conditions and a lineup of events will lead the resort into the remainder of the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season.

With the shift in operating hours, the majority of front side lifts will close at 4 p.m., the Back Bowls and Game Creek Bowl will close at 3:30 p.m. and Blue Sky Basin will close at 3 p.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts.

All ticket office and Vail Ski & Snowboard School locations in Vail will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“With what seems like one storm after another, Vail has received amazing snow so far this season,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Between our lineup of events and spring-like conditions headed our way, the second half of the ski and snowboard season is bound to be one for the books.”

The Vail event line-up for the remainder of the season includes:

• CarniVail, Feb. 25-26. Guests will enjoy Mardi Gras merriment including a crawfish boil, live music and après parties.

• Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship, Feb. 27-March 4. The 2017 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships brings the best snowboarders in the world competing to win the most prestigious Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles in snowboarding. The action continues off the snow with a sponsor village, nightly concerts in Vail Village, and The U.S. Open of Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink.

• Pink Vail, March 25. Sport your pink in the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. Enjoy live music, a costume contest, themed deck parties and the Celebration Ski Down on Vail Mountain. All ages and abilities can participate in Pink Vail, and skiing is not required. All proceeds benefit patient care and survivorship programming at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

• Vail Film Festival, March 30-April 2. Festival activities include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception. The Colorado Film Institute’s primary initiatives are to promote the art of film by providing a screening platform for aspiring filmmakers and by providing a gathering place for film enthusiasts.

• Taste of Vail, April 5-8. Taste of Vail promotes the Vail lifestyle via the community’s culinary and beverage scene. Taste of Vail’s signature events include the Debut of Rose, Lamb Cookoff, Mountaintop Picnic and Annual Grand Tasting.

• Spring Back to Vail, April 14-16. The annual celebration of the close of the winter season returns to Vail for its 14th year. Action includes the World Pond Skimming Championships, live music, the Bud Light Bags Tournament, sponsor expo village, an on-mountain luau, après parties, giveaways, and more. Vail Mountain’s closing day is April 23.

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