The month of November is already off to a snowy start, dropping nine inches of fresh snow on Vail Mountain overnight. As the flakes continue to fall, excitement and anticipation for winter continues to rise with Vail’s opening day just three weeks away on Friday, Nov. 22.
 
In addition to excitement for the first turns of the season at Vail, guests can also look forward to new investments on the mountain in the form of two new chairlifts, including the replacement of one of the most recognizedand highly utilized chairlifts in North America, the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4), with a new six-passenger chairlift. Serving as a major access route from Mid-Vail to Vail’s legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, uphill capacity of the lift will increase by 33 percent, dramatically reducing lift lines and building upon the success of the newly built state-of-the-art Gondola One.
 
The Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak will also be upgraded this season from a double chair to a triple chair, better serving beginners and Vail’s youngest ski school guests. Both the new Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and Gopher Hill Lift (#12) will continue to build upon Vail’s preeminent position in delivering the best experience in the ski industry worldwide. Additionally, Vail will continue to host world-class athletes this winter during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships March 5-8, 2014, and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.