The 2012-2013 winter season marked a huge milestone for Vail: the big 5-0! The season kicked off with the debut of a new state-of-the-art 10-passenger gondola, Gondola One, complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi. On the heels of the new lift was a week of concerts and festivities leading up to the Dec. 12 public celebration and fireworks extravaganza high above Vail Mountain. The season continued with the first of at least five Burton US Open Snowboard Championships to be held in Vail, Winter Mountain Games, Ski Heritage Week, the always spectacular conclusion to the season, Spring Back to Vail, and much more. Guests, locals and dignitaries alike came from around the world to celebrate Vail’s extensive history over the prior 50 years, and all that the next 50 years will bring!
Explore the history of Vail in an interactive timeline! Want to get a glimpse of what Vail’s first 50 years were like? Purchase your DVD copy of Vail: The Rise of America’s Iconic Ski Resort.