My Weekend on Vail Mountain

Since I work most day shifts the weekends are my play time. I was very thankful to have the opportunity to board both Saturday and Sunday AND in fresh powder! Snow conditions were awesome; I felt so fortunate to be making my own tracks. My goal, both days, was to do at least one run in each bowl with vigor, determination and spunk and of course make it out alive. I’m reporting now so I made it with only a few bruises and a sore head.

Game Creek Express Lift

Game Creek Express Lift

It was definitely a 'mask' day

It was definitely a 'mask' day


Vail skiing is great, another 2 inches of snow

Vail skiing is great at the moment with another 2 inches of snow today in Vail Colorado, January 6th.  Everything is open and the slopes are pretty empty.  Many people ask “is the town pretty quiet right now?”  It is but, the Antlers at Vail condos are pretty darn full even through the week.  Go figure.  The clouds rolled in to the Vail Valley pretty early in the day so the light isn’t the best out now.  A few snow showers for 3o minutes at a time, hoping for more.

Vail Snow conditions

Vail Colorado

This picture was from Sunday January 4th, hope you were here

Vail snow report and ski conditions January 3

Wow, now we are talking.  Vail reported 8 inches of new snow and off and on snow throughout the day.  The Back Bowls were in incredible condition.  Super soft snow and most of the mountain now open.  I had my first taste of Blue Sky Basin this season just this afternoon….. “excellent”.

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Blue Sky Basin with the Back Bowls in the Background

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Riding up

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From The Blue Sky Chairlift

Vail ski conditions Dec 29

Still catching up on some posts regarding the snow.  Not too much to report but that we are still picking up an inch or two every couple of days.  They sure have the Golden Peak Terrain Park up and running.  Kids are hucking off jumps left and right.  Chris R.

Vail Terrain park

Vail snow and ski report December 24

In the last two days we’ve received 6 inches of snow.  3 new inches new each day.  But Beaver Creek was the winner with 7 inches reported just this morning.  The new snow softened everything up and really improved conditions.  But it is really cold out there right now.  The High temps are in the single digits up on the mountain.  They are predicting a bit of snow on Christmas day and evening.  We saw them running Chair 5 in the Back Bowls.  Does this mean the plan on opening some runs back there?  The Antlers still has a couple of Vail condos for this weekend.  Perhaps a 1 Bedroom and a 2 Bedroom.  That’s it.  Give us a call.  Chris R.

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Skiing near Game Creek Bowl in a warm puffy jacket

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Zero degrees at the base of Chair 4 at 3:30pm

Vail ski conditions December 20th

Not much to report and even fewer pictures (oops, I deleted my photos).  But Two Elk Lodge is now open and I have an exciting picture of that !  I had other pics of the back bowls but they were deleted, they are lost.  Believe it or not, Chair 14 was the place to be today and other Antlers guests confirmed this.  Chair 14 is that short and quick chair that goes up to the Two Elk restaurant.  No one was there and the runs were all groomed to perfection.  We are still holding out for more snow.  They say Tuesday/Wednesday and they better be right.  Rumors abound that they might open small portions of the Back Bowls but I still think they are holding out for more snow.  If you are looking for some Vail lodging for New Year’s weekend we still have a couple of 2 Bedroom condos starting on December 30th  (3 night minimum)  Chris R.Two Elk Restaurant

Vail ski report December 14th

Vail ski report for December 14th: Eight more inches of snow today.   I skied today with Marilyn Levey out from New York.  The snow was fantastic but I only got a few runs in.  Plenty of powder over in Northwoods, but things were sure tracked up in a hurry.  The Kellogg school of management (out of Chicago) is in town and I think Vail opened the mountain early for their group.  It is expected to be sunny mid-week and then some more snow coming up on Friday again.  This recent snow allows us to open quite a bit of the front side of the mountain now.  But we still need a bit more to open up the back side.  Chris R.

Vail Ski Report December 14th

Skiing Today

New Terrain Open on Vail Mountain

800 acres of new terrain set to open today! The 10 + inches of snow we’ve received over the last few days has opened up lifts and portion of terrain in the following areas:

Avanti Express Lift (Chair 2)

Wildwood Express Lift (Chair 3)

Mountaintop Express (Chair 4)

Game Creek Express Lift (Chair 7)

Born Free Express Lift (Chair 8 )

Gopher Hill Lift (Chair 12)

Little Eagle Lift (Chair 15)

Vista Bahn Express Lift (Chair 16)

Eagle Bahn Gondola (Chair 19)

p.s. Its gonna be a cold one today. Be sure to bundle up!

– Darci

Vail Snow Report December 1

Mark Ulmschneider (owner of unit 517) and I skied for around four hours this Tuesday.  We had a GREAT time, with the terrain that we had available to us.  We completed runs off the Gondola, Chair 8, the Vista Bahn and Avanti.  There were not any bumps around so we were perfecting our technique throughout the day, working on angulation and pole plants.  Gotta keep that upper body quiet when skiing.  We toured down to Mid-Vail to check on the status of Chairs 3 and 4.  Things look good for opening but when we asked, no one knew when?
We can’t wait……..    Chris R.

Vail snow report December 003Top of Chair 2

Vail snow report December 004Mid-Vail inspecting snow making and grooming operations

Opening Vail Chair 4 Mountain top Express ?

Hmmm, when I was up skiing today (Sunday) I could see them making snow over by Chair 4.  They were working mainly on the lower section down towards Mid-Vail.  Are they thinking of opening Ramshorn perhaps?  They are also making snow on Pickeroon but only towards the top.  It is such a guessing game to figure what they’ll open next….  With a specific selection of runs open, sometimes you end up making quite the tour to get down the mountain.  For the last run of the day I took Eagle’s Nest Ridge down to Eagle’s nest, then back around to Columbine/Ledges, then back over to Bornfree and down.  I probably put on 3 miles on the skis in just one run! Chris R.