Vail, Breckenridge To Reopen For Bonus Weekend
Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail officials announced today they will extend the two resorts’ ski seasons one additional weekend, April 19-21, due to the large amounts of snow the resorts have received in recent days.
Breckenridge has received over 5 feet of snow so far in April, including another 16 inches since the resort's initial closing on Sunday. At Vail, 2 feet of snow has fallen since the original closing day of its 50th anniversary season. More snow is in the forecast this week for both resorts.
“After skiing some amazing powder turns on Closing Day and more heavy snow in the forecast this week, we just don’t have the heart to shut down Breck’s lifts just yet,” said Pat Campbell, senior vice president and COO at Breckenridge Ski Resort. “We can’t deny how great the conditions are, so this is a great opportunity for all of our guests to take advantage of a few extra days and enjoy more of the spring skiing and riding we all love here in Breck.”
“This is a great way to end our 50th anniversary season,” added Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and COO at Vail Mountain. “This is an opportunity for our season pass holders and skiers from around the region to take advantage of a few extra days, and enjoy more of the spring skiing we all love here in Colorado.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the Aspen Skiing Co.'s decision Monday to keep Aspen Highlands open for a bonus weekend, April 27 and April 28. Highlands' original closing day was scheduled for April 21.
Breckenridge will open with 1,180 acres, lifts and terrain on Peak 8 only this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Lifts open will include: The BreckConnect Gondola, Colorado SuperChair, Rip’s Ride, 6 Chair, T-Bar and the Imperial Express SuperChair; Park Lane and Trygve’s Terrain Parks will also be open.
Vail plans to opens with more than 2,400 acres of terrain and the following lifts this weekend: Gondola One, Avanti Express Lift (#2), Wildwood Express Lift (# 3), Mountaintop Express Lift (# 4), High Noon Express Lift (#5), Born Free Express Lift (#8), Northwoods Express Lift (#11) and Eagle Bahn Gondola. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. There will be no beginner terrain available, Vail Resorts officials said.
Skiing and snowboarding at Vail and Breckenridge this weekend won't cost anything extra for 2012-2013 season pass holders. Lift tickets will be available for purchase for $50. A special $25 ticket will be available for guests who hold season passes from non-Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts.