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Great news Winter adventurers…Vail Resorts just made their expansion official this past Tuesday to Vermont, Stowe Mountain. Pass holders can enjoy this great escape next season as it will be included in the pass holder boundaries.

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Vail Resorts deal with Stowe Mountain in Vermont includes mountain operations including skier services of food, retail and rental operations. The lift ticket offices and ski school facilities are also included in the deal. So you’ll feel at home in Vermont as you do in Colorado!

For more information on what’s new and exciting in and around Vail Valley please contact me at, Maxine@GatewayLand.com

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Great news for Beaver Creek lift, Drink of Water….Soon renovation begins to cut chair lift times IN HALF as well as add more riders to the lift by making the chair larger!

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Updates to the hill pump up riders as we are all advantageous to get as many turns in on the hill as possible. Vail Resorts is reportedly spending nearly $100 million dollars in the guest experience for the 2016-2017 Winter season.

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For more information on whats happening around Vail contact me, Maxine at Maxine@GatewayLand.com

For more information on Vail Valley Real Estate please call our Vail Village office at 970-790-6777

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Northwoods Express is a legendary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving moderate and advanced terrain for wild riders. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25%! The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to Vail’s epic Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin and moving across the mountain at the end of the day.

If you ride as often as I do on Vail’s awesome mountain you can understand my utter excitement for this addition! I feel like this expansion will create more space for riders; as there is more access to terrain via the Northwoods lift #11!

Check out this awesome quote from Doug Lovell – chief operating officer here at Vail Mountain… “The replacement of Northwoods will impact a key area of the mountain, especially at the end of the day, as guests are leaving Blue Sky Basin and making their way west,” said Lovell. “Every time we upgrade a lift at Vail, we are enhancing the guest experience on the mountain, and that experience has been completely transformed since 2007. We are allowing guests more time to explore the terrain and less time waiting in line or riding a chairlift.”

This six-passenger lift to debut during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift marks the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail.

For more news on what’s happening in beautiful Vail Village come on in our Vail office located near the International Bride!
Maxine@GatewayLand.com 
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Inspired by the Norse goddess of winter, Vail Mountain will host the second annual Skadi Fest. From December 14-16, 2016, female skiers will be treated to customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, evening VIP events, and female-specific ski equipment demos. United by a passion for skiing and the outdoors, Skadi Fest is an event designed by women for women and is offered for any level of skier.
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What a beautiful backdrop of Vail Village to host this awesome event! If you missed out on last nights activities, have no fear there is still SO much fun to be had!

Here are a break down of the on going events….

DEMO/EXPO VILLAGE in Lionshead (8:30am-3:30pm):

  • Unlimited 2017 ski demo’s from 12+ vendors at the Demo Village at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead.
  • Free tips from Vail Ski Pros

GUIDED TOUR EXPERIENCE (8:30am-3:30pm):

  • Tour the mountain with a female instructor who can help you understand what ski works best for you in what conditions while guiding you to the best terrain on Vail Mountain, with the Skadi Vail General Admission Ticket.

SIGNATURE EVENT (6pm-10pm):

  • Wine and cheese pairings at the Grandview Room
  • Raffle of amazing ski and winter gear benefiting Pink Vail
  • Live music from Hardscrabble at the Evergreen Lodge to finish off the night

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

MORNING YOGA (7:30am-8:30am): Stretch out in preparation for a day on the mountain at the Grandview Room. Free of charge, but limited to the first 40 who register. RSVP here.

  • Helly Hansen Base Layer giveaways
  • Lolë yoga mat giveaways

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in Lionshead (8:30am-3:30pm): Unlimited 2017 ski demo’s from 12+ vendors at the Demo Village at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead.

• Ski School guided tour experience (8:30am-3:30pm): Tour the mountain with a female instructor who can help you understand what ski works best for you in what conditions while guiding you to the best terrain on Vail Mountain, with the Skadi Vail General Admission Ticket.

Grab your girlfriends, or your daughter or sister and go out and enjoy all that Vail has to offer!!!! Walk away with great insight on skiing, maybe some free-be’s and a better connection with women that are doing fabulously fierce things!

For more information on what’s happening in our beautiful Vail Village  don’t hesitate to give me a ring @ 970-790-6777
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Vail Snow Daze is the largest early-season mountain bash in North America! Vail Village hosts the party beginning tomorrow, December 9th through December 11th.

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Here’s the run down y’all,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9: Vendor Expo Village

Base of Gondola One in Vail Village, 8:30am-3:30pm

Vail Snow Daze Après Parties presented by Bud Light

Tavern on the Square in Lionshead: live music and $5 draft specials, 3-6pm

Express Lift at the base of Gondola One: $3 Bud Light bottles, 3-6pm

Altitude Club*, Pazzo’s** and Red Lion: 4pm-6pm

*Don’t miss the deals during this time period including $4 Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter and Avalanche Draft and feature a raffle for Avalanche Tickets at Altitude Club
** Pazzo’s will offer $5 Avalanche Draft and Christmas Bottle from Breckenridge Brewery and feature a raffle for a Avalanche Tickets

Free live concert presented by Bud Light 
Solaris in Vail Village: Doors at 5:30pm, show at 6pm

Main act: Michael Franti Trio
Opening act: Turntable Review


Vail Snow Daze After-Dark Parties

Bridge Street Bar:
9:30-11pm
Vendetta’s: 9-11pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10: Vendor Expo Village

Base of Gondola One in Vail Village, 8:30am-3:30pm\

Vail Snow Daze Après Parties 

Tavern on the Square in Lionshead: live music and $5 draft specials, 3-6pm

Express Lift at the base of Gondola One: $3 Bud Light bottles, 3-6pm

Pazzo’s & Vendetta’s: 4pm-6pm

Free live concert presented by Bud Light 
Solaris in Vail Village: Doors at 5:30pm, show at 6pm

Main act: Lettuce
Opening act: Marvel Years

Vail Snow Daze After-Dark Parties presented by Bud Light 

The Altitude Bar & Grill with Down2Funk: 10pm-1am

Bridge Street Bar: 9:30-11pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: Vendor Expo Village

Base of Gondola One in Vail Village, 8:30am-3:30pm

Vail Snow Daze Apres Parties 

Tavern on the Square in Lionshead: live music and $5 draft specials from 3-6 p.m.
Express Lift at the base of Gondola One: $3 Bud Light bottles from 3-6 p.m.

Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day and après parties and free live concerts by night.

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For more information on Vail Snow Daze 2016 email me at Maxine@GatewayLand.com OR pop into our Vail Village office, located at the International Bridge in Vail Village! Walking distance from this weekends events!

 

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Take the Gondola up to the top of Vail Mountain and enjoy a guided Nature Hike any day of the week from 11-12 or 2-3!

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On Thursdays and Saturdays from 7p-8p an awesome evening hike is another option available for you to get out and come alive with nature! There is no fee for any of these beautiful hikes.

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Be sure to wear/pack the proper attire, including comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring water! Don’t forget your Ski Pass to ride the Gondola at no charge or purchase a Gondola round-trip ticket for $34 

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Lifeitsownself Vail 4-18-2016.  Vail Mountain closed to the public for the 2016 Season yesterday, but the Vail Resort employees are skiing today.  It’s a good time to look for real estate and make offers.  The income properties will be easy to show until June.  The Vail Daily should be posting a list of open Restaurants and most of them will be having great specials!

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It was interesting this year that when Vail Resorts extended the skiing season for an extra week, several of the Vail Village Restaurants closed on the original closing day.  They may have had a shut down or improvement schedule previously set and did not want to delay it another week.  The snow the last few days of the extended Skiing season was great.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate, gatewaytovail.com, vailbob@Comcast.net, 970.376.4484 http://www.gatewayland.com/

 

It is no sercret that the success of Vail Resorts is highly dependent on snow conditions, and the rocky start to the 2012 ski season was reflected in the early season's financial report. However, despite these hardships, Vail Resorts' latest financial report shows gains in the ski season metrics through Sunday compared to the same time last year. Though the challenging early season has set the company back in terms of following the financial guidance it put in place in September.

Skier visits are up 2% while revenues from lift tickets, ski school, dining and retail were up double digits from last year. Even with the early season setback, the report shows that once the more typical winter conditions returned in mid-December, visitation and guest spending increased–especially during the holidays.

The resort reported a EBITDA to be $244 million to $254 million, short of their 2013 fiscal guidance of $260 million-$270 million that was issued last fall. Now, the net income attributed to Vail Resorts is now expected to be between $39 million and $49 million, up more that double from last year's results. The revised guidance from fiscal 2013 assumes normal conditions for the remainder of the season. Let it snow, let it snow!

 

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You may often have wondered … how many lifts does Vail Mountain actually have?  Is it possible to ski them all in one day? Vail Resorts posts they have 31 lifts but this includes 7 surface lifts – 6 "magic carpets" and 1 poma near Two Elk Lodge.

If you are up to the challenge, the list includes 24 lifts including the Mongolia Poma.  Vail Mountain's Epic Mix will track your progress on each of these lifts and track your vertical feet skied.  You'll see all of the amazing Vail Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin, Game Creek Bowl and every lift on the frontside of Vail Mountain. Celebrate Vail's 50th birthday by seeing every lift mountain has to offer.

A group of us braved frigid weather and attempted the feat for a friend's birthday.  Because the temperature registered -14 degrees at Chair 4 when we loaded, we added in stops at a few of the lodges along the way.  Here is the route we traveled.

  • Gondola One (1) to Chair 4 (Mountain Top Express) – ski "Northwoods/Northstar" to Golden Peak.
  • Chair 12 – Golden Peak Beginner lift – ski down to chair 6
  • Chair 6 (Riva Bahn Express) to the top.  Take the cut through to Chair 10
  • Chair 10 (Highline Lift) – ski "Flap Jack" to Chair 14
  • Chair 14 (Sourdough) – if you need a stop, you can run into Two Elk Lodge – then ski "Poppyfields" to Chair 21
  • Chair 21(Orient Express) catwalk over to Poma 21 – Mongolia Poma – then ski "Bolshoi Ballroom" to Chair 37
  • Chair 37 (Blue Sky Chair – Skyline Express) – ski "Wuides to Chair 38
  • Chair 38 (Earl's) – stop into Belle's Camp if you need a warm up – ski "Cloud 9 or Big Rock Park" to Chair 39.
  • Chair 39 (Pete's) – ski "Grand Review or Star" – to Chair 36
  • Chair 36 (Teacup) – ski "Yonder Gully" to Chair 5
  • Chair 5 (High Noon) – ski "the Slot" to Chair 17
  • Chair 17 (Sun Up) – ski "Whiskey Jack" to Chair 11
  • Chair 11 (Northwoods) – Stop into Buffalo's for a warm up – ski "Ramshorn" to Chair 3
  • Chair 3 (Wildwood) – Ski "Dealer's Choice" to Chair 7 (Game Creek)
  • Chair 7 (Game Creek) – ski "Avanti or Lodgepole" to Poma 27
  • Poma 27 (Race Course) – to Chair 2
  • Chair 2 (Avanti) – ski to "Eagles Nest" – stop in for a warm up.
  • Char 15 (Beginner lift east of Eagles nest) – ski Born Free to Chair 8 at base of mtn
  • Chair 8 (Born Free) – ski "Simba" to Chair 26
  • Chair 26 (Pride) – Ski Simba to the Cascade Lift – Chai 20 (skip this if you don't want to go that far east.) – then just ski "Born Free" to Gondola
  • Gondola 19  –  Voila!  You have just completed the Challenge!

After the full day, we met at "The George" to relax in their comfortable sofas and chairs, watch the playoff games and have a few of their cheap cocktails and amazing food.

This is a great experience for the family! If you are ambitious, head out the day before and hide clues and make it a scavenger hunt!

GOOD LUCK! Enjoy the mountain!

 

Have you been holding your breath?  Are those powder skis still in the closet?  Well, it's time to let out a gasp of excitement and pull those skis from the closet …. Vail's Back Bowls are opening!  They are opening a month earlier than the 2011-2012 season.  Yippee!!  The majority of Sun Up and Sun Down bowls will be open for the holiday season and Vail Resorts is hopeful that an expected storm on Christmas eve will alllow them to open additional back bowl terrain.  Skiing will be epic!

Open Snow, one of the many snowfall forecasting websites, is predicting up to 4 inches Monday day and up to 5 inches Monday night.  Christmas day may be the day to get out on the slopes.  Open those gifts early in the a.m. and then race out to hit the powder.

Vail Valley locals and visitors rejoice!  Mother nature is cooperating with our requests for Holiday snow!