Vail ski conditions November 23

I finally got up for the first day of the ski season.  3-4 inches of new snow this morning.  Every bit of snow helps Vail’s ski conditions.  Light snow during the day.  We are still hoping for that 8-12 inches of snow that we need to open up the upper half of Vail mountain.  There is quite a bit on the ground but not quite enough to open more terrain.  Keep your fingers crossed !  We have two runs open with Born Free and then the connector over to Chair 2 and back.  They are making snow on Lodgepole and Columbine so we think they’ll be opening Chair 2 with a couple of runs perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday.  At least that’s our hope.  Chris Ratzlaff

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Watching snowmaking and grooming operations

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Opening Day at Vail!

It was a warm, bluebird day at Vail mountain and, while I didn’t get there early enough to enjoy cheap breakfast burritos for charity, I was itching to break in some new gear. A minute walk from the Antlers and about that long waiting in the lift line and I was ready to go. I shuffled up to the red line, took my seat on the chair, and the moment I sat on my poles and turned to chat with the other people on the lift, the person sitting next to me brought the bar down on top of my head. An inauspicious start to the season… good thing I was wearing my new brain bucket.

Things picked up though, and I was enjoying the one and a half runs open on beautiful Vail mountain. I didn’t partake, but there was also a small terrain park open for those interested. Though I heard complaints about crowding, but I never waited for more than 3 minutes in the singles line and didn’t have much of a problem with on hill traffic either. With manmade snow being blown and a decent storm looking like it might roll through the valley this weekend, its looking like conditions can only improve. In any case, there’s skiing in Eagle County and we couldn’t be happier.

P.S. Sorry about the photo quality, cameraphones have their limitations.

Vail Opening Day Celebration

Friday, November 20, 2009 marks Vail’s opening day. The celebration starts in Lionshead Village at 8:30 am with lifts opening at 9. Grab a breakfast sandwich at Centre V for a buck (all proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund) and enjoy music and giveaways. Later Friday night is the first ever Snuggie Pub Crawl in Vail Village. Bundle up in your FREE SNUGGIE and get your crawl on! Enter for your chance to win a pair of K2 skis or 2Vail Snow Daze VIP passes. The fun continues on Saturday with a free concert by the Freddy Jones band at the Arrabelle in Lionshead.

See you then!

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– Darci

Vail snow report October 30

Light snow in Vail today!  We’ve received perhaps 2 inches in the last 4 hours down near the Antlers at Vail.  We have a blanket of white around the Vail Valley.  9-10 inches settled snow up on Vail mountain according to the Snotel computer sensors.  It is cold and they are making snow over at Golden Peak.  However, the Golden Peak area will be open to Ski Club Vail only for the early season.  They are using it for race camps, etc.  Vail Resorts starts making snow on Born Free on November 1st (Sunday).  Let’s hope it stays cold for them over the coming weeks.

Reminder, if you are looking for some Vail Lodging, our Book by November 1st promotion will soon end and be replaced with something different on Monday (November 2nd).   Chris R

Dusting of snow in Vail this Sunday morning

A little dusting of snow in Vail this Sunday morning.  Maybe an inch down here and maybe two inches up on the mountain.  Picture was taken from the Antlers at Vail 6th floor.  It is cold up here and they are still making snow over by Golden Peak as of 12:30pm.  Usually they have to turn them off during the day as it warms up, but not today.

October Vail snow from Antlers balcony
October Vail snow from Antlers balcony

First Day on Snow!

There’s a nip in the air, the leaves have changed, and there’s a dusting of snow above 10,000 feet.  All of which means one thing: it’s time to start skiing!  Just a 50 minute trip from Vail lie Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas, both of which are already open for the season.  I decided to brave the so-called white ribbon of death at Loveland and start making some turns this past Saturday (making me the first Antlers employee this year to do so).  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it was a beautiful 50 degrees, there were two top-to-bottom runs open and I skied onto the lift most of the day. Sure, the snow wasn’t so great, but who cares?  We were skiing in October and starting our daycount for the season.   R  Gray

Vail snow in September, it’s cold !

A little fresh snow up on Vail mountain this morning.  Picture was taken with a camera phone (sorry).  It was around 35 degrees on the Antlers at Vail thermometer this morning.  The sun is expected to come out again, later this week.  But winter is certainly coming early to Colorado this winter!

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Picture of snow up on Golden Peak

Short movie in the Antlers courtyard of the snow coming down

I Was Scared…


When I slid off chair 4 on Sunday, April 19th at 1:00 in the afternoon, I could not believe my eyes.It was closing day in Vail and the 2009 ski season had only hours left. I personally have never participated in the activities that make our mountain different than any other mountain in the world on this particular day. Simply put, it is a party. It is a big party and it’s organized. Organized chaos, but organized just the same.


I was riding up the chair with a very friendly couple from Steamboat and they told me they never have seen anything like this anywhere. “They begin to close our mountain at 1:00 and encourage people to go home. They never would allow an open container in a lift line, let alone the party that’s going on up there”. We reached the top and I saw what they were referring to for the first time. I thought, “Welcome to Vail”.



THIS IS KINDA HOW IT GOES…..Friends and hundreds (thousands) of others gather at Belles Camp in Blue Sky Basin at 10:30 or so, for the “lunch”. If you can’t find a grill, no problem. This is about sharing, and people will cook for you and offer most anything they have. Woodstock at 11,500 feet. This includes whatever their pouring for the shotski.


IT TOOK ME 27 MINUTES TO GET DRESSEDEventually, everyone skis to the confluence of chairs 4, 11 and 5. This is where, if you have not seen this before, you actually have second thoughts about skiing right to church and praying for these souls. Well, I don’t hardy pray for anyone anymore, so I found my friends and lots of others. You then realize this is the only place in the world you want to be right now. Then the avalanche canons fire and the lifts are officially closed for the season. The champagne corks are popped and you toast with anyone holding a paper cup. Next stop, ski (pole) over to Wildwood. Then down to The Gazebo toward Eagles Nest. Then home on a lonely mountain.


MONIQUE, JEANMARIE, LISA & RANDI ENJOY LUNCHThe only thing I was scared about now was getting hurt on the last day. I was actually feeling a little sad. For the first time ever, I wished a ski mountain would stay open just a little longer, just for me. I stopped several times to take in the sunset and a have a deep breath. As far as I know, every crazy human that participated in the closing day festivities went to work the next day and now life goes on without a chairlift. Maybe that’s a good thing.Greg Z