Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vail opening, with fingers crossed for snow

(The photo shows snowguns shooting away this morning, ahead of the predicted snowstorm.)

Vail is set to open its 45th season Wednesday with skiing and riding on Born Free, served by the Born Free Express Lift (Chair 8).

Lift tickets on opening day are $59, $49 for seniors and $39 for kids 12 and younger.

The goal is to have the upgraded Little Eagle Lift (Chair 15) open for beginners by this weekend, and then to expand as snow falls.

What else is new? The Highline Lift (Chair 10) and Sourdough Lift (Chair 14) were replaced this summer with new high speed quads. Both will cut time to Two Elk Restaurant, China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin.

Improvements and expansions to the Golden Peak Children’s Center and Small World Nursery and the Mountain Plaza should make registering kids, renting gear and getting lift tickets easier than ever.

All we need is snow.

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