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Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort to open early for 2018-19 season

Posted at 3:12 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 17:12:31-05

VAIL – Thanks to some significant early November snow, Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort have announced they will open early for the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season.

The resorts report that terrific early-November snowmaking conditions combined with nearly four feet of natural snowfall in the last week have allowed for the early opening.

Vail was originally scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 16th, but will now open Wednesday, Nov. 14th. Beaver Creek will open on Saturday, Nov. 17, four days before its originally scheduled opening of Nov. 21st.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the 2018-19 season by opening early and truly setting the tone for the season to come at both Vail and Beaver Creek,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “This is the first time we’ve been able to open both resorts early in more than 10 years. We owe a big thank you to our mountain operations teams for their hard work in making this possible for our loyal guests and season pass holders.”

Beginning opening day, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Avanti Express (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)

Beaver Creek will have the following lifts open:

  • Centennial Express (#6)
  • Cinch Express (#8)
  • Red Buffalo Express (#5)
  • Haymeadow Express Gondola (#1)