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Vail Mountain Slated to Open on November 12th for 2021-2022 Ski Season

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Views from the ski slopes of Vail Mountain.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

On August 26th Vail Resorts announced scheduled opening dates across all of its North American resorts. Almost buried in the announcement was the planned date of November 12 to open Vail Mountain, alongside Breckenridge. This is notable, as it would be the earliest opening of Vail Mountain ever, and two weeks before Thanksgiving.

Thanks to what was at the time the largest snowmaking investment project in North America, in 2019 Vail Mountain started turning its lifts on November 15th. The project was just being completed in 2019 when Vail Mountain opened on November 15th. This will be the first season that the new snowmaking investments are fully put to use as early as possible. Now we just wait for the temperatures to drop.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests back this season for a fantastic winter of outdoor fun across our portfolio of resorts,” said James O’Donnell, president of the mountain division of Vail Resorts. “As always, our goal is to provide a safe and memorable experience of a lifetime for our guests and employees, and to do everything we can to provide incredible skiing and riding all season long.”

According to the release, as the winter season draws near, so does the last chance for skiers and riders to get the lowest price on the entire suite of 2021/22 Epic Pass products, which saw a major price reduction of 20 percent this year. Labor Day is the last day to get an Epic Pass, Epic Day Pass or any pass option at the lowest price this year.

Pass offerings for those interested in skiing Vail include:

  • Epic Pass ($783 vs. $979 last season) provides unlimited, unrestricted access to 34 North American resorts – including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City and Whistler Blackcomb – as well as access to many partner resorts, including Telluride, Snowbasin and Sun Valley.  
  • Epic Local Pass ($583 vs. $729 last season) provides unlimited, unrestricted access to 26 resorts – including Breckenridge and Keystone – from the East to the West coast, as well as holiday-restricted access to resorts like Park City, Heavenly and Stowe, and 10 days total to use at Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb.  
  • Epic Day Pass is the best option for anyone who plans to hit the slopes only one to seven days next season. With Epic Day Pass, guests can visit premier resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb for as low as $87 for one day, with discounts increasing as more days are purchased, and – a new option this year – resorts like Keystone, Heavenly and Stowe for as low as $67 for one day. 

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