Vail Mountain to open China Bowl, Blue Sky on Thursday |

Vail Mountain to open China Bowl, Blue Sky on Thursday

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Vail will open Blue Sky Basin and China Bowl on Thursday, boosting its open acreage to more than 3,000.
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VAIL – With winter in full force and snow in the forecast for the upcoming weekend, Vail Mountain will open portions of China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin to the public on Thursday, boosting the open acreage to 3,078. Vail’s celebration of the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season will continue into the weekend with its annual Vail Snow Daze on Dec. 11-13.

In China Bowl, the resort will open terrain accessible from Two Elk and the top of the Orient Express Lift (#21), including the area from Poppyfields West to Shangri-La. Terrain open in Blue Sky Basin will include Champagne Glade in Earl’s Bowl to Iron Mask in Pete’s Bowl, and Grand Review to Resolution in Pete’s Bowl. Access for skiers and snowboarders headed to Blue Sky Basin will be available through the China Bowl gates at Two Elk and via Sleepytime Road from Sun Up Bowl through Tea Cup Bowl. The Orient Express Lift (No. 21), the Tea Cup Express (No. 36), the Skyline Express (No. 37), and the Pete’s Express (No. 39) will all be open.

“Vail Mountain has had an incredible start to the 2015-2016 season, and we’re excited to open up China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin for our guests,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Opening this additional terrain, combined with the atmosphere of Vail Snow Daze should make for an unbelievable weekend and a great lead up to the holidays.”

Snow Daze
Vail is continuing its celebration of the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze from Dec. 11-13. After a day spent exploring the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free live concerts. Bonfire Dub joins Big Head Todd and the Monsters to perform a free show on Friday, Dec. 11 presented by Pepsi. Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers will open for JJ Grey & Mofro at a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 12 presented by Bud Light. Information is available at

Free live concert
• Solaris in Vail Village: Doors at 5:30 p.m. and show at 6 p.m.
• Main act: Big Head Todd and the Monsters
• Opener: Bonfire Dub

Free live concert
• Solaris in Vail Village: Doors at 5:30 p.m. and show at 6 p.m.
• Main act: JJ Grey & Mofro
• Opener: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Starting Thursday, Vail will operate the following lifts, accessing 3,078 acres of skiable terrain on both the front side and the Back Bowls:
Gondola One
Eagle Bahn Gondola
• The new, six-passenger Avanti Express (No. 2)
• Wildwood Express (No. 3)
• Mountain Top Express (No. 4)
• High Noon Express (No. 5)
• Riva Bahn Express (No. 6)
• Game Creek Express (No. 7)
• Born Free Express (No. 8)
• Highline Express (No. 10)
• Northwoods Express (No. 11)
• Gopher Hill (No. 12)
• Sourdough Express (No. 14)
• Little Eagle (No. 15)
• Sun Up (No. 17)
• Cascade Village Lift (No. 20)
• Orient Express (No. 21)
• Pride Express (No. 26)
• Tea Cup Express (No. 36)
• Skyline Express (No. 37)
• Pete’s Express (No. 39)

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