An early snowstorm fell in Vail the morning of October 4, providing a glimpse of the upcoming ski season, which is scheduled to begin November 22. Above are some photos of the wintry scene.
This season Vail's Mountaintop Express Lift (#4), which serves Vail's Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, will be replaced with a new six-passenger chairlift. The new lift will increase capacity by 33 percent, reducing lift lines and building upon the success of the newly built state-of-the-art Gondola One. The Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak will also be upgraded this season from a double chair to a triple chair, better serving beginners and Vail’s youngest ski school guests. Both the new Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and Gopher Hill Lift (#12) will continue to build upon Vail's preeminent position in delivering the best experience in the ski industry worldwide. Additionally, Vail will continue to host world-class athletes this winter during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships March 5-8, 2014, and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.