Vail Mountain’s new six-seater Northwoods Express lift debuts Tuesday, Dec. 26 |

Vail Mountain’s new six-seater Northwoods Express lift debuts Tuesday, Dec. 26

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Recent snow will allow Vail Mountain on Tuesday, Dec. 26, to debut Northwoods Express, a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain serving intermediate and advanced terrain.
Tomas Cohen | Vail Resorts |

VAIL — On Tuesday, Dec. 26, Vail Mountain will debut Northwoods Express (No. 11) as a six-passenger lift. Northwoods Express is the most recent lift upgrade on Vail Mountain and marks the 10th new chairlift in the past 11 years at the resort.

On Monday, Dec. 25, Vail Mountain opened Game Creek Express Lift (No. 7) with additional terrain totaling 618 acres available for skiing and riding.

In addition to the new Northwoods Express, Sourdough Express Lift (No. 14) will open on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Two Elk will be open for dining beginning Tuesday, Dec. 26. By Tuesday, Vail Mountain will have 900 acres of terrain open for skiing and snowboarding.

Northwoods Express is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25 percent. The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin — once it’s open — and moving across the mountain at the end of the day.

“Vail Mountain doesn’t ski the same way it did 10 years ago,” said Doug Lovell, Chief Operating Officer of Vail Mountain. “Vail has made tremendous efforts in the last 11 years to make improvements that directly benefit our guests. The amount of lifts we have built in the time frame we have built them doesn’t happen at other resorts.”

With 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, Beaver Creek is offering 481 acres of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.

With recent snowstorms, the resort opened new terrain in Red Buffalo Park and Primrose trail, providing connectivity from Beaver Creek Village to Bachelor Gulch.

Beaver Creek is operating the following lifts: Buckaroo Express Gondola (No. 1), Highlands Lift (No. 2), Red Buffalo Express (No. 5), Centennial Express Lift (No. 6), Riverfront Express Gondola (No. 7), Cinch Express Lift (No. 8), Birds of Prey Express Lift (No. 9), Strawberry Park Express (No. 12), Lower Beaver Creek Express (No. 15), Bachelor Gulch Express Lift (No. 16), Arrow Bahn Express Lift (No. 17) and Upper Beaver Creek Express (No. 18).

All skiers and riders must observe all posted signs and closures. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

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