Vail Mountain Set to Grow to Nearly 800 Acres on Wednesday, December 9

08 December 2009
VAIL, Colo. – Dec. 8, 2009 – Old Man Winter returned to Vail today, allowing Vail Mountain to expand its ski and snowboard terrain to nearly 800 acres beginning Wednesday, Dec. 8, including terrain in Game Creek Bowl, accessible by the Game Creek Express Lift (#7).

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 the following lifts and portions of terrain in these areas will open for the 2009-2010 ski season:

  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountaintop Express Lift (#4)
  • Game Creek Express Lift (#7)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Gopher Hill Lift (#12)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)
  • Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19
“The storm today has given us just the boost we need to expand Vail Mountain’s terrain, and just in time for the annual Vail Snow Daze festivities throughout the week,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy daily on-mountain dining, including the new Epic Mountain Burger, at Wildwood, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest, Buffalo’s at PHQ, and the Look Ma level at Mid Vail. All on-mountain dining venues will offer a daily Lunch for Less value meal for $9.95, including an entrée, side dish and a fountain drink.

Vail Mountain lifts will currently open at 9 a.m. Skiers and riders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. For more information about Vail Mountain, including opening day, terrain updates, snow reports, events and lodging and vacation values, visit www.vail.com or contact the Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8425).

Vail Snow Daze and the Camera Phone Photo Contest
The snow has arrived just in time for Vail Snow Daze, the resort’s annual winter kick-off bash, now through Sunday, Dec. 13. Upload your best Vail Snow Daze moment from your camera phone and upload it to the Flickr group Vail Snow Daze for a chance to win a trip to Spring Back to Vail including three nights of lodging, lift tickets and two VIP passes. Photos can be taken on mountain, at concerts or any Vail Snow Daze event. Visit www.vailsnowdaze.com for full details and the free concert schedule, including performances from Barenaked Ladies, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eve 6 and Yukon Kornelius. Vail Snow Daze celebrates the start of the winter ski and snowboard season in Vail with a weeklong schedule of contests, parties, giveaways and on-mountain events including the annual Dummy Demolition Derby under the lights at Golden Peak with first annual free Chili Chowdown.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and the consumer website is www.snow.com.

Contact(s)

Liz Biebl

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001
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