VIDEO: Vail Mountain opens top to bottom terrain as snow falls
WATCH: The Vail Daily’s John LaConte delivers a conditions report while riding the newly opened terrain on Vail Mountain.
Skiing and snowboarding Vail Mountain during the 2021-22 season no longer requires a ride down the gondola at the end of the day as Vail opened top-to-bottom skiing via Upper and Lower Lion’s Way on Wednesday.
The mountain now offers more than 250 acres of skiing and snowboarding with more than 2,500 feet of vertical.
Vail reported an inch of snow at 5:41 a.m. Wednesday, and more continued to fall throughout the day. The valley floor had several inches by noon, snarling traffic in the area. Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 6 both reported closures Wednesday morning in Eagle County.
New runs at top
Vail also opened a beginner terrain offering atop Eagle’s Nest with the fixed grip three-person Little Eagle (Lift No. 15) opening for the season, along with the Thunder Cat Carpet (Lift No. 35) moving sidewalk. Accessing this terrain requires uploading the Eagle Bahn Gondola (Lift No. 19), followed by a download on the gondola to exit the mountain.
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In the area known as Mountain Top atop the Mountain Top Express (Lift No. 4), the Slifer Express and Cappuccino runs are now open for the season as well, joining Swingsville, Ramshorn and Powerline runs.
Egressing the mountain at the end of the day without downloading Gondola One requires use of the Upper and Lower Lion’s Way roads, as well as portions of Lodgepole Gulch, Lower Bear Tree, Middle Born Free and the Vail Village Catwalk.
Those choosing to ski to the bottom must end the day in Vail Village at Mountain Plaza, as access to Lionshead Village is not yet available.