Vail Mountain opens Blue Sky Basin |

Vail Mountain opens Blue Sky Basin

Vail Mountain, Dec. 11
Dave Neff | Vail Resorts

VAIL — After 20 inches of new snow in the last seven days, Vail Mountain opened terrain in Blue Sky Basin, accessed via Skyline Express (No. 37) and Pete’s Express (No. 39). Chaos Canyon, a children’s adventure zone, and the Avanti Terrain Park are also open with three boxes, one rail, two roller, two berms and one small jump. Vail’s 4,016 acres of open terrain are the most of any ski resort in Colorado and puts the resort at almost 80 percent open.

Vail has received nearly 2 feet of new snow in the last week, and the Colorado forecast is calling for consistent snowfall until Dec. 18.

“With more than 35 inches of snow in the last two weeks, we’ve been able to open a large majority of our terrain, including our legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “If the current weather pattern keeps up, we anticipate being 100 percent open heading into the upcoming holiday season.”

Skiers and snowboarders currently have access to the following lifts and 4,016 skiable acres in these areas on Vail Mountain:

• Gondola One

• Eagle Bahn Gondola

• Avanti Express (No. 2)

• Wildwood Express (No. 3)

• Mountaintop Express (No. 4)

• High Noon Express (No. 5)

• Riva Bahn Express (No. 6)

• Game Creek Express (No. 7)

• Born Free Express (No. 8)

• Sun Up Express (No. 9)

• Highline Express (No. 10)

• Northwoods Express (No. 11)

• Sourdough Express (No. 14)

• Little Eagle (No. 15)

• Orient Express (No. 21)

• Teacup Express (No. 36)

• Skyline Express (No. 37)

• Pete’s Express (No. 39)

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