Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte announce winter opening dates, operating plans and new attractions for 2022-23 season

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Keystone Resort, CO, opening day 21/22. Credit: Resort Twitter

Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte today announced their opening dates for the 2022-23 winter season, starting with Keystone kicking off in October and continuing through spring with Breckenridge opening through May. Keystone will open as soon as weather and conditions permit in October, thanks to its state-of-the-art, energy-efficient snowmaking system. Breckenridge and Vail will follow the 11th of Novemberand Beaver Creek and Crested Butte will open November 23. All dates are weather and condition dependent.

This season, guests are encouraged to purchase their lift tickets or Epic Pass product in advance, as Vail Resorts will limit the number of lift tickets each day to prioritize the guest experience at each mountain. Vail Resorts is also investing $300 million in guest experience this season, with new lifts in Vail and Breckenridge, a restaurant expansion in Keystone, and exciting events at all five resorts. Customers can expect more normal indoor operations this season, as dining rooms will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or restaurant reservations. More details are below.

“Our team is thrilled that the snow is starting to fall and is welcoming guests back to ski and ride at our resorts this season,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president of the mountain division of Vail Resorts. “I am very grateful to all the members of our team who have worked hard to prepare for this season since the ski lifts were shut down last spring. We are deeply committed to providing our employees and guests with the The experience of a lifetime in our resortsand we are delighted to share the passion we all have for these mountains that we love so much.

Keystone – Opening October TBD, as soon as possible

One of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is a winter wonderland with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain on three peaks, night skiing, and a ton of fun activities besides skiing and hiking. horseback riding including tube sliding, ice skating, sleigh rides and more. With the resort’s Kids Ski Free program, children 12 and under can ski and ride for free every day, all season long with just two or more nights of accommodation booked through the resort. Convenient touches like free parking and free red wagons to haul gear and excited kids make it easy to get to the slopes. Plus, skiers and snowboarders can start their winter early in Keystone. With a state-of-the-art, automated and energy-efficient snowmaking system, Keystone plans to kick off the winter season as early as possible in October. Plus, Epic Pass holders can enjoy exclusive early access to the tracks one hour before the general public. the 11th of NovemberNovember 18 and December 2 for the pass holder’s first tracks.

Mount Vail – Opening November 11th

Vail Mountain East like nothing on earthbuilt on the pioneering spirit embodied by its founders. Skiers and snowboarders feel like they can only visit the legendary resort and its seven legendary back bowls, and the resort will be celebrating 60 years of that classic energy and excitement – ​​all season long. Vail Mountain takes a modern spin on those Vintage Vail emotions while looking at what the next 60 years will look like for the resort and the industry.

This season, Vail will feature the sunset lifta new 4-person high-speed chair that will connect the back of the Sun Down Bowl to Wildwood and allow smoother access for guests between Lionshead Village and the Seven Legendary Back Bowls. The elevator in Game Creek Bowl will also be upgraded to a new 6-person high-speed elevator, which will increase capacity by almost 50%.

Breckenridge – Opening November 11th

Breck is tall. Like Five (mountain) Peaks and nearly 3,000 acres. Many resorts feature just one mountain, but Breck is part of an entire mountain range, consisting of peaks 6 through 10 running north to south in Colorado’s distinct Ten Mile Range. Between the resort’s expansive terrain and ongoing mountain investments, there’s always something new to experience in Breck. Following the installation of the brand new Freedom SuperChair on Peak 7 last year, this winter the focus is on Peak 8 and the Rip’s Ride chairlift. Rip’s turn is being upgraded to a new high-speed quad to improve the experience on one of the resort’s main learning areas and allow for more time on the snow. Additionally, the resort will continue to transform the Peak 8 base area experience next summer and the following winter, with plans to perform leveling work and remove old construction structures on the snow, and upgrade 5-chair to a high-speed quad, which will continue to enhance the experience in Breck’s most popular base area.

Beaver Creek Resort – Opening November 23

As the world’s best luxury family resort, Beaver Creek is the perfect place to relax, indulge and explore this season. While maintaining the traditions for which it is known and loved, Beaver Creek will introduce new experiences and adventures for all for 2022/23. McCoy Park is in its second season, offering beginner and intermediate natural, groomed and glade trails for all adventurers. The beloved Cookie Time is a decades-old tradition, with the aroma of delicious chocolate chip cookies sweeping the village. But it’s not all treats at the resort this season: Allie’s, Zach’s and Beano’s gourmet cabins on the mountain offer can’t-miss dining experiences, complete with snowcat sleigh rides towards elevated epicurean escapades. In the intimate Alpine Village, refined luxury abounds, enhanced by recent and ongoing infrastructure investments, as well as art and activation that is creating a buzz on the base area. And as always, Beaver Creek offers incredible terrain for all types of adventurers, from the Signature Parks collection to the famous Birds of Prey World Cup race course.

crested mound – Opening November 23

Unleash your wild side and explore your limits at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. With 561 acres of double black diamond terrain, Crested Butte is known as North America’s birthplace of extreme skiing and horseback riding. Advanced and expert terrain make up nearly two-thirds of the mountain’s total area, pushing even the best of the best to elevate their skills and walk away with more confidence than when they arrived. With the Peachtree lift now in its second season serving beginner terrain, skiers and boarders of all skill levels can feel inspired to choose their challenge and find their springboard to the slopes.

Lift Ticket Limitations

Guests planning to visit this winter – whether one day or all day – are encouraged to purchase their lift access in advance – whether it is a lift ticket, an Epic Day Pass or Season Pass. Lift tickets will be limited daily, at all resorts, during the 2022/23 season to preserve the customer experience at each resort. Lift ticket availability will be visible on resort websites in the coming weeks. If tickets are sold online, guests will not be able to purchase them at the box office.

Passes, including Epic Day Passes, and tickets with Passholder Benefits will not be restricted. There is also no impact on customers signing up for ski and ride school lessons that include elevator access, or employee and dependent access.

Security protocols

Vail Resorts will not be requiring face coverings, vaccinations or restaurant reservations this upcoming season at its resorts. With safety being its top priority, the company will continue to monitor the changing dynamics of the pandemic, but at this time it does not plan to put any of these measures in place. Employees will continue to perform daily health screenings and resorts will continue to implement enhanced cleaning practices.

A new direction

Vail Resorts East invest heavily in its strongest asset this season – its team members. The company increases the salary of its employees as part of an additional $175 million annual investment in employees. It includes a new minimum wage of $20 per hour at all 37 North American resorts this winter, as well as a minimum wage of $21 per hour for patrollers, maintenance technicians and vehicle operators. certified salespeople. Employee hourly wages will also increase with compression adjustments based on leadership and career stage differentials. This represents an average salary increase of nearly 30% for hourly employees in North America, along with leadership development opportunities, investments in affordable employee housing, and other employee perks and benefits.

Epic Elevator Upgrade

Vail Resorts is investing $300 million in guest experience for the upcoming 2022/23 season. Including Epic Elevator Upgrade, the biggest investment ever made by the company in a single year in the experience of skiing and board sports. With this latest investment plan, Vail Resorts’ total investment in guest experience over 15 years is expected to reach approximately $2.2 billion. This investment, along with the access and value of the Epic Pass, continues to make access to the mountain easier and better than ever.

Epic pass

Skiers and snowboarders have until Labor Day to lock in the best price on their Epic Pass. Pass products, including Regional Passes and Day Passes, are available now on theEpic Pass website, but prices are increasing September 6. New this season, guests can purchase any Epic Pass product using Epic Flexible Payoutwhich allows easy monthly installments with no down payment and no interest.

Winter Lodging Sale

For a limited time, travelers who book their winter trips in advance will receive discounted rates on accommodation. Aug 30 to Sep 30 6Vail Resorts’ Winter Getaway Sale will offer the best winter accommodation rates in its portfolio of premier mountain destinations in North America. Epic Pass holders can take advantage of the offer earlier with early access to the sale from August 25. Plus, Epic Pass holders get an additional 20% off accommodation rates with Epic Mountain Rewards.

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