Vail Resorts Announces North American Opening Dates

For the upcoming winter season, Vail Resorts has announced the opening dates for its resorts in North America.

The company’s 34 ski resorts in Canada and the United States will have one of their longest ski seasons ever.

Among the earliest resorts to open is Keystone, which is located in Colorado. Because of the resort’s new, energy-efficient snowmaking system, it will be open as early as October.

There are 15 resorts in the United States and Canada that will be open for skiing and snowboarding in November, including Breckenridge, Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, Okemo and Whistler.

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“We are thrilled to welcome guests back this season for a fantastic winter of outdoor fun across our portfolio of resorts. As always, our goal is to provide a safe and memorable experience of a lifetime for our guests and employees, and to do everything we can to provide incredible skiing and riding all season long.”

James O’Donnell, president of the mountain division of Vail Resorts

Planned opening dates are as follows (all are subject to change):

Rockies & West

October: Keystone (CO) – as early as possible, as weather and conditions permit

November 12: Breckenridge (CO), Vail (CO)

November 19: Heavenly (CA), Northstar (CA), Park City (UT)

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November 24: Beaver Creek (CO), Crested Butte (CO)

November 25: Whistler Blackcomb (Canada)

December 3: Kirkwood (CA), Stevens Pass (WA)

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November 19: Afton Alps (MN), Hunter (NY), Mt. Snow (VT), Stowe (VT), Wildcat (NH)

November 20: Okemo (VT)

November 24: Mt. Sunapee (NH)

December 3: Attitash (NH), Crotched (NH), Jack Frost (PA), Mt. Brighton (MI), Wilmot (WI)

December 17: Big Boulder (PA), Liberty (PA), Roundtop (PA), Whitetail (PA)

December 18: Alpine Valley (OH), Boston Mills and Brandywine (OH), Hidden Valley (MO), Mad River (OH), Paoli Peaks (IN), Snow Creek (MO)

Guests who want to get the most out of this year’s ski season can save money by purchasing an Epic Pass at a discounted price. $783 gets you unrestricted access to Vail Resorts and its partner resorts. That includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City, Whistler Blackcomb, as well as Telluride, Snowbasin, and Sun Valley, to name just a few of its 34 properties.

It costs $583 for unlimited access to 26 resorts, including Breckenridge and Keystone, from the East coast to the West coast, as well as holiday-restricted entry to Park City, Heavenly, and Stowe.

Northeast Value Pass includes 18 properties in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for $479.

Less regular visitors can take advantage of the Epic Day Pass, which costs as little as $87 per day. The price decreases as the number of days purchased increases, and vice versa.

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