Vail to open with Vista Bahn, gondola |

Vail to open with Vista Bahn, gondola

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Consistently cold temperatures over the past few weeks in conjunction with natural snowfall have helped Vail Mountain operations teams to prepare for a strong opening day for skiers and snowboarders.

The resort will open 9 a.m. Nov. 18 for the 2011-12 season with access to the mountain from both Vail Village and Lionshead.

“We’re still eight days out from opening, and things could change between now and then, but we have made such great progress with snowmaking that we can say with confidence already that we will be able to open both the Vista Bahn out of Vail Village and the Lionshead lifts for access on opening day, and we wanted to let everyone know,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the Born Free Express Lift (No. 8), the Little Eagle Lift (No. 15), the Vista Bahn Express Lift (No. 16) and the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19). Primary trails open to the public will include Born Free and Bear Tree as well as a top-to-bottom route via Columbine, Lodgepole and Born Free from the gondola.

In addressing the progress that Vail Mountain’s snowmakers have made earlier this week, Paul Fillion, senior director of mountain operations, said that they have been “killing it,” and have made more progress quicker and earlier than any time in his more than 30 years of experience with snowmaking at the resort.

Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m.

For more information about Vail Mountain,visit or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8425).

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