Twelve Feet of Snow Has Fallen on Vail and Beaver Creek; Heavenly Is Buried Under 18 Inches Overnight

25 December 2008

• 12 Feet of Snow Season-To-Date at Vail and Beaver Creek; Four Feet in the Past Seven Days
• Snowiest December in Eight Years at Beaver Creek with More than 100 Inches of Snow
• 18 Inches of Snow in the Past 24 Hours at Heavenly; Nearly a Foot at Breckenridge and Keystone


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VAIL, Colo.—At Vail Mountain’s famed Two Elk Restaurant this morning, perched at 11,220 feet above sea level and overlooking the ski resort’s legendary Back Bowls, general manager Doug Wooldridge arrived to work to find all 70 outdoor picnic tables missing.

“We left them out in front of the restaurant last night, but they were gone this morning,” Wooldridge said, tongue in cheek.

Actually, Wooldridge and his staff, along with his counterparts at nearby Beaver Creek Resort had to dig out all picnic tables, trash cans and decks that were buried under nearly a foot-and-a-half of snow that had fallen overnight at Vail and 17 inches at Beaver Creek. Both resorts have received nearly five feet of snow in the past seven days. The latest in a series of storms that has hit Colorado’s Rocky Mountains since Thanksgiving also dumped nearly a foot at Breckenridge and seven inches at Keystone.

“It just won’t stop snowing. Each morning we have to dig our way into work and then dig our way back out again at the end of the day,” said Wooldridge. “But we’re not complaining!”

Since the ski season began, Beaver Creek has received 146 inches of snow, and 103 inches this month alone making it the snowiest December on record. Vail follows close behind with 137 total inches of snow or nearly 12 feet. Breckenridge and Keystone are enjoying the third and fourth snowiest December in the past eight years, respectively, as up to five feet of snow has bestowed those two resorts.

At Vail Resorts’ Heavenly Mountain Resort, which straddles the California and Nevada borders, the biggest storm of the season thus far blanketed the resort with 18 inches of snow overnight, bringing the season-to-date total to five feet.

While resort employees have been working fast and furiously each morning this week to dig out from the snow that has fallen the night before, skiers and snowboarders have been rejoicing in all of the fluffy white powder, only visible from the waist up as they make their way down the slopes.

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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, the Heavenly Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 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 and consumer website is

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