Vail Mountain Opens November 11th for 2022-23 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, and the resort will be celebrating 60 years of that classic energy and excitement – all season long. Vail Mountain is taking a modern twist on those Vintage Vail emotions while also looking towards what the next 60 years will look like for the resort and the industry.
This season, Vail introduces the Sun Down Lift, a new high-speed 4-person chair that will connect the bottom of Sun Down Bowl to Wildwood and allow for more seamless guest access between Lionshead Village and the Seven Legendary Back Bowls. The lift in Game Creek Bowl will also be upgraded to a new high-speed 6-person lift, which will increase capacity by nearly 50%.
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.