The snow came just in time for Vail to open this Friday, Nov. 25 with Born Free open and accessable from Lionshead Village and Chair 8. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open for scenic rides on Friday, as well. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers as well as other swag for the first groups who board the lifts.
Guided snowshoe or hiking tours will be available from Eagle's Nest at the top of the Gondola, which will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and access to the Forest Flyer alpine coaster will also be available from Eagle's Nest. From Friday to Sunday they will offer free guided hiking or snowshoe tours, conditions permitting, at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola for sightseeing guests. The tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and meet at the Ski and Snowboard School desk in the Pavilion at the top of Eagle’s Nest.
Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. every day throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. The Golden Peak base area and Chair 6 will be a designated race training area only and will open to the public at a later date.
The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and the Bistro Fourteen bar will open for the season for daily operations on Friday, as well.
The Lionshead Ski & Snowboard School offices will also open Friday with limited lesson offerings. The Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and walk-ins are accepted. For the best price guaranteed, guests are encouraged to book in advance online at www.vail.com.
For those who want to try cross country skiing, Vail Mountain Nordic School will also open on Friday.
The Ticket and Season Pass Offices located in Lionshead and Vail Village will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).