New at Vail
Two New Chairlifts!
On the heels of opening a new state-of-the art gondola in Vail Village, complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi, Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, plans to continue its on-mountain investment with two new lifts to be installed this summer and operational for the 2013-2014 season. The resort recently received approval from the U.S. Forest Service to construct a new high-speed six-passenger chairlift to replace the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) from Mid-Vail to the Patrol Headquarters area. The new Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) will replace the existing high-speed quad lift, resulting in a 33 percent increase in capacity, or 3,600 people per hour, which is the same capacity as Vail’s new Gondola One. The existing Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) was installed in 1985 and is one of the most frequently used lifts on Vail Mountain, providing access to Patrol Headquarters and a number of surrounding areas including the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.
Additionally, the Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak – a fixed-grip double Riblet chairlift installed in 1974 – will be replaced by the former Rose Bowl lift (#4) from Beaver Creek, which was removed in the spring of 2011. The fixed-grip triple Doppelmayr lift will increase capacity by 50 percent over the existing Gopher Hill Lift (#12), which predominantly provides access to the Golden Peak area for beginners as well as access to Vail Village. The triple lift will also allow for twice the capacity of three to six year old ski and snowboard school guests, who are required to ride the lift with an adult.
EpicMix Academy will be the fourth generation of the groundbreaking and award-winning EpicMix application, following the introductions of EpicMix Photo and EpicMix Racing. With EpicMix Academy, the Company's ski school instructors will be able to certify the attainment of certain skills and ski levels for any of the students in their classes. Children and adults in both group and private ski lessons will be able to earn permanent recognition and review their accomplishments online. Parents will be able to track the progress of their kids and the Company's ski schools will immediately know the ability level of every student before the start of each lesson. EpicMix Academy will offer special certified digital pins, which can be easily shared through Facebook and Twitter along with pins for vertical feet, photos and racing medals.
The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI Returns to Vail Mountain, March 3-8, 2014
The Burton US Open, which first took place in 1982, is now the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world, attracting the world’s top competitors. After taking place on the east coast for 30 years, the event took center stage at Vail Mountain for the first time in 2013 and returns again for 2014 with the biggest names in the industry, the latest gear and products in the expo village and the hottest entertainment. Stay tuned for more info at www.vail.com/burton or www.burton.com/uso
2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships: Dream It. Live It. Share It.
Host to two previous World Alpine Ski Championships in 1989 and 1999, Vail is set to serve as the official hub of the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships’ ceremonies and festival events Feb. 3-15, while Beaver Creek will host the races. The streets and slopes of Vail will come alive as Golden Peak will play host to Opening Ceremonies, all official medal ceremonies, the Festival Stadium with nightly functions and snowboard and freestyle exhibition events, along with the men’s Qualification Races for Giant Slalom and Slalom, and national team training. Vail Village will further the entertainment with concerts, parties and a big screen stadium. The 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships are expected to showcase athletes from more than 70 nations, with an estimated audience of 1 billion televised viewers worldwide. http://VailBeaverCreek2015.com