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Vail set to open Friday

Vail Daily staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Vail Daily fileRichard Prater makes his first turns of the season down Born Free on Friday on Vail's opening day last year.

VAIL, Colo. – Vail Mountain is scheduled to open for the 2009-10 ski and snowboard season Friday at 9 a.m.

The resort will offer skiing and riding on the Born Free trail, accessible by Born Free Express, or chair number 8, in Lionshead. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will offer access to beginner terrain in the Little Eagle lift, or chair 15, area as well as Eagle’s Nest for on-mountain dining at the Marketplace.

Lift tickets on opening day are $69 for adults, $59 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under. The gondola will be free to foot passengers throughout the weekend. Paid parking in the town of Vail’s Lionshead and Vail Village structures, as well as outlying lots, resumes Friday, Nov. 20.

With the help of natural snowfall last weekend and cold temperatures all week, Vail Mountain snowmaking and cat crews have been preparing the slopes for opening day. In addition to all levels of ski and snowboard terrain, guests will also have access to boxes and rails as part of the early-season terrain park experience on Born Free.

“We’re excited to welcome the community and destination guests back to Vail Mountain for the 2009-10 season and look forward to expanding the terrain offering in the coming weeks,” said Chris Jarnot, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain, in a press release.

Ticket and pass sales are currently available at the Lionshead Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Adult and Children’s Snowsports School offices will also be open in Lionshead from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Small World Nursery at Golden Peak will be open for childcare beginning Friday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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The opening weekend celebration begins in Lionshead Friday at 8:30 a.m., with music, giveaways and $1 croissant breakfast sandwiches provided by Centre V with proceeds benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The first-ever Snuggie Pub Crawl, presented by Bud Light, in Vail Village begins at 7 p.m. Participants will receive a free Snuggie while supplies last and a chance to win a pair of K2 skis, two VIP passes to Vail Snow Daze and tickets to Yukon Kornelius. Events continue Saturday with a free Freddy Jones Band concert at Vail Square in Lionshead at 3 p.m.

Vail Mountain lifts open at 9 a.m. for the duration of the early season. For guests with restricted passes, be advised that restrictions will be in effect Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. Skiers and riders are asked to observe all posted signs and warnings, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage.

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