Mid-Season Conditions Await Holiday Skiers and Riders at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte

17 December 2018
Broomfield, Colo. — Dec. 17, 2018 – It’s been an historic start to the winter season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte, with record early openings, plentiful amounts of snowfall and terrain, and conditions that are comparable to late-January last season. Now is a great time for skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, as all five resorts head into the holidays with mid-winter conditions and festive events.
Vail Mountain is currently offering the most open terrain in North America with access to more than 5,000 acres, including the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. This winter the Back Bowls had one of the earliest openings in the last decade, and Blue Sky Basin had one of its earliest openings in history. The resort is 95 percent open.
At Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Five Peaks (Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) are now open – the earliest in history that all five peaks have been open for skiing and riding at the resort. This follows record early season snowfall with more than 11.5 feet so far this season, and historic early openings for the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift, and Peak 6. The resort anticipates being 100 percent open for the holidays.
All three mountain base areas are now open at Beaver Creek, with more than 1,300 acres of terrain available across the main mountain, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead. On Dec. 15, Beaver Creek debuted Haymeadow Park, its second dedicated learning zone for beginners and intermediates. The Ice Cream Parlour also opened at Haymeadow Park with sweet treats for kids of all ages.
Keystone Resort is more than 85 percent open, spanning more than 2,700 skiable acres across all three peaks, including hike-to access in all five bowls. The resort is planning to have all trails open prior to Christmas. In addition, the world’s largest snow fort is now open at Keystone. The festive Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular takes place Saturday, Dec. 22, featuring a special lighting ceremony of the snow fort, as well as other mountaintop activities such as crafts, hot chocolate and pictures with Santa Claus.
Crested Butte continues to open additional terrain in advance of the holiday season. On. Dec. 15, terrain openings increased the resort’s open skiable terrain to 534 acres across 72 trails accessible by 10 lifts. Furthermore, additional beginner and intermediate terrain beneath the resort’s popular Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks is scheduled to open over the next week.
Don’t miss out on what’s shaping up to be one of the best winter seasons ever in Colorado! Book lodging now to hit the slopes this holiday season, and beyond, at https://www.snow.com/info/offers
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About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 15 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe and Okemo in Vermont; Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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 consumer website is www.snow.com



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