Everyone at Vail Mountain is eager to begin the ski and snowboard season. We are now targeting Friday, Nov. 25 for the resort’s opening day. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the best early-season conditions possible and will continue to focus our efforts on opening with a high-quality snow surface.
See our resources below for more information about Opening Weekend activities both on and off mountain.
Vail Mountain will open for the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 with limited terrain accessed out of Lionshead Village. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 25, the resort plans to operate Born Free Express (#8) accessing Born Free trail. The terrain available will be for skiers and snowboarders who are at least of intermediate ability. No beginner terrain will be available.
The Eagle Bahn Gondola will also operate starting on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. for sightseeing, dining at Eagle’s Nest, guided snowshoe tours, and access to the Forest Flyer alpine coaster. Scenic Gondola Rides will be available purchase at a discounted rate during opening weekend (Adult: $25 | Kids: $15).
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 are a designated race training area only and will open to the public at a later date.
The Forest Flyer Coaster, which opened this summer, will be open for winter operations starting on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Unlimited rides will be offered at special price of $20 per rider, this week only.
ON MOUNTAIN DINING
The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and the Bistro Fourteen bar will open for the season for daily operations on Nov. 23.
VAIL SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL
Beginning Nov. 23, the Lionshead Ski & Snowboard School offices will be open with limited lesson offerings. The Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted. For the best price guaranteed, guests are encouraged to book in advance online at www.vail.com.
Please call Vail's Ski and Snowboard School at 1-800-475-4543 for more information about Opening Weekend Offerings.
SPECIAL OPENING WEEKEND OFFERINGS
|Children's First Timers Lessons
|Kids Activity Camps
|Single day lessons only
Starting Wednesday Nov. 23
Lionshead Children’s Carpet
|Wednesday Nov. 23-Sunday Nov. 27
Walk-up sales only
Includes lunch and activities
(gondola ride, coaster rides, hiking, nature talks, etc.)
VAIL MOUNTAIN NORDIC SCHOOL
The Vail Mountain Nordic School, located in Golden Peak, opens Nov. 23 and from Nov. 23-27 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 12:30 p.m. and meet at the Ski and Snowboard School desk in the Pavilion at the top of Eagle’s Nest.
Both of Vail's Welcome Center will be open and ready to provide recommendations and information about Opening Weekend activities and operations.
||Vail Village Welcome Center
|Lionshead Welcome Center
||241 South Frontage Rd.,
Vail, CO 81657
|395 East Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
VILLAGE ACTIVITIES & DINING