NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST

SNOWMAKING ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

YOU ONLY GET ONE START TO THE SEASON. AND IN VAIL, WE DON'T TAKE EARLY SEASON LIGHTLY. WITH OVER 500 ACRES SNOWMAKING, AND THE LARGEST SNOWMAKING ENHANCEMENT PROJECT IN NORTH AMERICA, NEITHER WILL YOU.
REIMAGINING EARLY SEASON
  • 421
    NEW SNOW GUNS
  • 19 MILES
    OF NEW PIPE
  • MORE THAN 500 ACRES
    OF SNOWMAKING
 
This is an incredible project for our mountain, it is probably one of the most significant capital investments we’ve made to the mountain in Vail’s history. 
Beth Howard
Vail Mountain COO
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Learn more about Vail’s earlier opening date from Vail Mountain COO Beth Howard

A Visionary Plan

This project will completely alter the way Vail approaches its opening day and early season terrain.

It’s an idea that started taking shape over the last decade amongst mountain personnel as they discussed how to improve the early season experience. The project shifted into dedicated planning in 2017 and by April 2019 had received the go-ahead from the U.S. Forest Service after a rigorous review process.

“We’re really changing our operation from the Born Free scenario opening, to the Mid-Vail scenario,” says Director of Snowmaking, Dave Tucholke. “We’re taking the snowmaking up top of the mountain so we can take advantage of colder temperatures sooner. We’ll be so much more effective there.”

“It’s going to really elevate that experience early season.” says Vail Mountain COO Beth Howard. “We have signature beginner and intermediate terrain in that area; Swingsville, Ramshorn and The Meadows, which are some of our most popular terrain. It’ll give us more assurance for top to bottom skiing early season as well as connectivity to each village.” For never-evers, Gopher Hill Lift (#12) will open at the base of Golden Peak.

“The Mid-Vail experience is really going to be something I think that our early season guests, if they haven’t seen it before at that time of year, are really going to fall in love with,” says Director of Mountain Operations Bryan Rooney, “The views up there are phenomenal, (with sweeping) views of the Gore Range.”

Stay tuned for more in our series on the largest snowmaking enhancement project in North America, including the technology behind the snow guns and the work that it took to bring the project to life.
New and Enhanced Map
This is an incredible project for our mountain, it is probably one of the most significant capital investments we’ve made to the mountain in Vail’s history.
Beth Howard
Vail Mountain COO