Vail’s chairs 6, 11 start turning Saturday
VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain is scheduled to open two additional lifts – the Riva Bahn Express Lift (No. 6) and the Northwoods Express Lift (No. 11) – and portions of surrounding terrain for the 2011-12 season by mid-day today bringing the skiable terrain to more than 700 acres.”Thanks to the incredible efforts of all our mountain operations teams, we are continuing to make progress in opening up as much terrain as possible for the early season,” said Paul Fillion, senior director of Vail Mountain operations.Beginning today, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 700 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:• Avanti Express Lift (No. 2)• Wildwood Express Lift (No. 3)• Mountaintop Express Lift (No. 4)• Riva Bahn Express Lift (No. 6)• Born Free Express Lift (No. 8)• Northwoods Express Lift (No. 11)• Gopher Hill Lift (No. 12)• Little Eagle Lift (No. 15)• Vista Bahn Express Lift (No. 16)• Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19)• Cascade Village Lift (No. 20)The Bwana terrain park will open today with about 12 beginner- to intermediate-level features as well as three small jumps. Skiers and snowboarders will also continue to have access to small and medium terrain park features on Born Free. Additional terrain will open to the public as soon as conditions and weather permit.Ticket offices in Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead are now open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. All Vail Adult and Children’s Ski & Snowboard School offices are open as is the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak.On-mountain dining locations including Buffalo’s, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village are open. Vail’s newest on-mountain table-service restaurant, The 10th, is also open and reservations can be made by calling 970-754-1010 or online at http://www.vail.com/the10th.Most Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and riders are asked to observe all slow zones, posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage.The Epic Pass is available now through Dec. 5 for $669 for adults, offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar California and Arapahoe Basin.For more information about Vail Mountain, including terrain updates, pass restrictions, snow reports, events and lodging and vacation values, visit http://www.vail.com or contact the Mountain Information Center at 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8425).