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Vail Resorts’ Colorado Resorts receive more than a foot of snow in last 48 hours

Resorts to open additional terrain

Winter is underway, and Vail Resorts’ four Colorado resorts, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort, are all preparing for 10 days of additional snowstorms. Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort received 7” (18cm) of new snow in the last 24 hours and 13” (33cm) in the last 48 hours, bringing the seven-day snowfall total for the two resorts to 18” (45.7cm) and 19”(48.3cm), respectively. Keystone and Breckenridge both received 11” (28cm) of new snow in the last 48 hours. The current extended forecast is calling for consistent snowfall in Colorado until Sunday, Dec. 18.

“The flow of moisture from the Pacific will continue for most of next week and next weekend, through about Sunday, December 18th,” said OpenSnow Meteorologist Joel Gratz. “It might not snow every second of every day between now and the 18th, but it might. It’s going to be a great storm cycle for base building and opening more terrain.” In Eagle County, Vail Mountain opened its legendary Back Bowls last weekend and debuted the new Sun Up Express (#9), which marks the ninth new chairlift in the last 10 years. Vail is currently offering 1,285 skiable acres (520 hectares) accessed via 11 chairlifts.  

Beaver Creek Resort will begin operating Rose Bowl Express Lift (#4) on Thursday, accessing additional intermediate and advanced terrain in that area and bringing the total skiable acres to 513 (207 hectares). On Saturday, Beaver Creek will open four additional chairlifts, including Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12), Riverfront Express Gondola (#7), Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#18), and Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15). Downloading will be required on Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15) to access The Landing, shuttle system, and parking lots. The additional terrain opening associated with these lifts will provide skiing access between Beaver Creek Village and Bachelor Gulch and will provide guests with more than 600 skiable acres (243 hectares) of terrain.  

In Summit County, Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort woke up to 5” (12.7cm) and 6” (15.24cm) of new snow, respectively. Both resorts anticipate opening additional terrain during the next week and are currently offering top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding.  

Watch as the snowfall continues throughout Colorado by searching and using the hashtag, #giftofsnow. Resorts, skiers and snowboarders will continuously post images directly from the mountains to offer a minute-by-minute look at the Gift of Snow.   

All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early-season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.  

Dew Tour – Dec. 8-11, 2016
At Breckenridge, the much-anticipated kick-off event to winter, Dew Tour, returns to the resort for its ninth year this Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 8-11, 2016. Experience the new Dew Tour experience on the mountain and in town with concerts, the Powder Awards, TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards, slopestyle and new Adaptive competition on Peak 8, night streetstyle event in downtown Breck and more. See the full schedule on     

Snow Daze – Dec. 9-11, 2016

Vail is continuing its celebration of the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze from Dec. 9-11. After a day spent exploring the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free live concerts by Michael Franti Trio, Turntable Review, Lettuce and Marvel Years.  

Keystone Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016
Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the mountaintop with bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend.  

Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Our resorts offer world-class ski and snowboard lessons for every beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you are a seasoned skier looking to improve your skills, time with a professional will take your abilities to the next level. We’re here to help you find the best way to improve your skills, achieve your goals, and ensure you make the most of your time at our resorts. Additional information about Ski and Snowboard lessons at Vail Resorts can be found here.   

Skip the Line and Buy Online
Hit the slopes at Vail Resorts with advance purchase lift tickets. Buy early for the best rates for your ski vacation. Vail Resorts guarantees the lowest prices when you purchase your lift tickets online at least 7 days in advance of your visit.

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