Vail to open Born Free Friday |

Vail to open Born Free Friday

Chris Outcalt
Vail, CO Colorado
EDL Vail Mountain Prep DT 11-19-08

VAIL, Colorado ” Skiers and snowboarders will be able to cruise the Born Free trail when Vail Mountain in Vail, Colorado opens for its 46th season Friday at 9 a.m.

The trail will be accessible from the Born Free Express Lift, Chair 8, out of Lionshead.

Mountain crews anticipate opening the Aviator terrain park, the Bwana trail and additional front-side terrain soon.

“As a leader in the industry, we’re working hard to open additional terrain in the coming days and to continue offering a premier skiing and snowboarding resort destination that is both safe and fun,” said Chris Jarnot, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

There is no snow in the seven-day forecast, said Norv Larson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. Friday’s weather will be partly sunny with a high temperature near 44 degrees, Larson said.

Klaus Wolter, a climatologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, said he thinks Colorado is heading toward a La Nina winter, which tilts the odds toward more snow.

Wolter says he’s “guardedly optimistic” that winter snowfall will make up for the lack of moisture so far and raise the snowpack to about normal by the end of the winter.

Vail Mountain opened Born Free on opening day last season.

Opening day lift tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under. Parking at Lionshead and Vail Village parking garages will be free this weekend.

“The beginning of Vail Mountain’s 46th season is not just an opening of lifts and runs as much as it is a commitment to delivering the value and service our guests have come to know and expect,” Jarnot said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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