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Opening Weekend 2016

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. 


The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and the Bistro Fourteen bar will open for the season for daily operations on Nov. 23.


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.


Children's First Timers Lessons

Kids Activity Camps     
Single day lessons only

Starting Wednesday Nov. 23

Ages 3-14

Lionshead Children’s Carpet

Includes lunch

Wednesday Nov. 23-Sunday Nov. 27

Ages 3-14


Walk-up sales only

Includes lunch and activities

(gondola ride, coaster rides, hiking, nature talks, etc.)



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.

Grooming Map


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 



Phone: 970-476-4790

Address:  241 South Frontage Rd.,

Suite 8150

Vail, CO 81657
395 East Lionshead Circle

Vail, CO 81657




Bowling and food daily 4-10pm



Movies and food daily

Sage Outdoor Adventures


ATV Tours, 3 per day, includes transportation to/from lodging

1 person


2 people


3 people


4 people


Ski and Snowboard Museum


Open daily 10am-5:30pm

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman


Guided fly fishing daily 8am-5pm

Ice Skating

Dobson Arena

Friday Public Skating 1:30-3pm

Saturday Public Skating  1-2:30pm

Sunday Public Skating 1:30-3pm

Solaris Plaza

Open daily from 4-9pm

Vail Valley Paragliding


Bellyache Ridge Tandem Jumps - $205

Bully Ranch


20% off entire check

(does not apply to happy hour and other daily specials)

Happy Hour 2- 5pm and 9-11pm: $4.50 mudslides, 

$4 drafts, $5 wells, $5 select wines, $1 wings, $3 fish tacos, 

$6 truffle tots.  

Saturday: $25 prime rib special

Sunday: $19, 7x short rib

Vail Ale House


20% off lunch

Open Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am for college and NFL football

$2.50 Coors/Coors Light drafts during all games

$4 Avery White Rascal and IPAs on Saturday

$4 Sam Adams Octoberfest and Oscar Blues Sales Pale Ale on Sunday

$4 mimosas and $6 manmosas all weekend.


La Tour Restaurant and Bar


Lunch Special 11:30 am - 3pm, pick one small plate and one entree for $20

Dinner 3-9 pm, all entrees $25

Happy Hour 3- 5pm

El Sabor Restaurant


Breakfast starting at 8 am

Daily specials - check website for daily offerings.

Happy Hour 3-6 pm: $3 all beer, $4 house wine, $5 wells and 

house margaritas, $5 for 2 tacos - choose from chicken, carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, and chimichiri

Blu's, East Vail


2 courses for $20. Live Music Friday and Saturday 7:30-9:30 pm. Open Friday and Saturday 5-10pm and Sunday 2-9pm


Montauk Seafood Grill


50% off all entrees, limited time, in-house only

Northside Grab & Go


All crepes $3




Daily Lunch Special $9.95. 11 am-4 pm

Daily Drink Specials

The Remedy Bar

Apres ski at The Remedy Bar, complete with floor-to-ceiling
windows displaying uninterrupted mountain views and an
expansive patio illuminated by firepits. Enjoy Happy Hour
daily from 4pm to 6pm with 50% off draft beers & wine by
the glass, as well as daily specials to "Remedy Your Week". 
Flame Restaurant 
From fine-dining to fun dining, celebrate the iconic American
steakhouse at Flame Restaurant with Sir Loins' Tango Dinner
for 2 special at $81.50. Select 1 appetizer to share, 2 entrees
and a side of your choice. Call 970.477.8650 for reservations. 


Colorado Mountain Express is now offering a $79* one-way charter van rate from Vail/Beaver Creek to any of the ski resorts in Summit County starting today through Nov 24. This offer is available to the general public, with the intention that Eagle County guests are able to experience the Summit County resorts during the next week. 

Use promo code: SKIEARLY

Valid: Nov 18 – Nov 24

Enjoy a $79 charter van to Breckenridge, Keystone, or Arapahoe Basin, each way.

Not commissionable and no other discounts apply. Bookings will need to be booked as two separate one way trips. CME will only sell the entire van charter. Individual guests may not pay a per person rate. Rate is inclusive of driver gratuity

Book at www.coloradomountainexpress.com


Enjoy 10% off all regularly priced merchandise & a free gift on sales over $100 at the following locations. (Available through December, 1 2016.)

  • Vail Style - Solaris Mall
  • Vail T-shirt Company - Sonnenalp
  • Covered Bridge Store - Bridge Street
  • Generation Vail - Bridge Street
  • Vail T-shirt Company - Lionshead


The Spa at Four Seasons

The Forbes Five-Star Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residence Vail is extending $25 off 50 or 80 massages, body treatments or facials booked between November 27 - December 11. For reservations, please call 970.477.8630. Must mention offer to receive discount. 


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