Vail Mountain Opens November 10th for 2023-24 Winter Season!
Vail Mountain is like nothing on earth, built on the pioneering spirit embodied by its founders. There’s a feeling skiers and snowboarders only get by visiting the fabled resort and its Seven Legendary Back Bowls.
Last season, Vail introduced the Sun Down Lift, a new high-speed 4-person chair that connects the bottom of Sun Down Bowl to Wildwood and allows for more seamless guest access between Lionshead Village and the Seven Legendary Back Bowls. The lift in Game Creek Bowl was also upgraded to a new high-speed 6-person lift, which increases capacity by nearly 50%. If you missed these two incredible improvements on Vail Mountain, we invite you to experience them this year!
With 5,317 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the world, with plenty of room to spread out. You’ll find world-class grooming on many of Vail’s runs, even those in the Back Bowls. If moguls and glades are more your style, Vail Mountain has acres of terrain just for you. The legendary Back Bowls offer wide open terrain for all levels and is the place to be on a powder day. Be sure to explore Blue Sky Basin, where you can experience the backcountry in-bounds, with open meadows, playful groomed glades and stunning 360 views of the area’s surrounding peaks.
Vail Mountain Terrain
Vail Mountain has 4 base areas that serve the entire Front Side of the mountain. Then, there’s the 7 Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Plus, Vail Mountain is home to two terrain parks (at Golden Peak and Chair 2/Avanti area) varying from pro-style features, to beginner and kid-sized jumps, to exciting boxes and rails. Take a look at the map, and make a plan to help you navigate the mountain in order to spend more time skiing! If you’re here for multiple days, focus on one area of the mountain each day to prevent spending time going from one side to the other and back again. Ask a Guest Service Mountain Information employee for assistance – they are there to help.
Before venturing on the mountain and to specific terrain, be sure to check the terrain and lift status to see what is open vs. closed. This is especially important early and late season, when certain parts of the mountain may not be open due to snow conditions.