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Vail opens most skiable terrain in the nation

November 30, 2014, 8:28 am

Vail on Saturday opened China Bowl and four more chairlifts — Sourdough Express Lift (#14), the Sun Up Lift (#17), the Orient Express Lift (#21) and the Tea Cup Express Lift (#36) — to provide snow riders with more skiable acreage than anywhere else in the United States.

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China Bowl opened on Saturday (Vail Resorts photo).

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our Thanksgiving Weekend guests the expansive experience of China Bowl,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “A big thank you to Mother Nature, Vail Ski Patrol and our mountain operations crews for the opportunity to open so much terrain so early in our season.”

Vail has been hit with more than six feet of snow in the last three weeks, allowing Vail Mountain to open more than 500 acres of terrain on opening day on Nov. 21 and quickly growing to 1,300 acres by the following Monday. By Thanksgiving, the resort was able to offer more than 2,700 acres of terrain, including Sun Up and Sun Down bowls.

With the addition of terrain in the China Bowl area, guests now have access to 3,642 skiable acres of terrain accessible by the following lifts:

Gondola One, Avanti Express Lift (#2), Wildwood Express Lift (#3), Mountain Top Express Lift (#4), High Noon Express Lift (#5), Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6), Game Creek Express Lift (#7), Born Free Express Lift (#8), Highline Express Lift (#10), Northwoods Express Lift (#11), Gopher Hill Lift (#12), Sourdough Express Lift (#14), Little Eagle Lift (#15), Sun Up Lift (#17), Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19), Cascade Village Lift (#20), Orient Express Lift (#21) and Tea Cup Express Lift (#36).

Vail anticipates opening the rest of it’s lifts and terrain, including Blue Sky Basin, in early December, well before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. However, is not forecasting any major snowstorms in Colorado over the next week to 10 days.

For more information about Vail Mountain visit or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

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