Vail Resorts Announces Extended Season For Several Resorts

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Vail Resorts has extended several resorts’ seasons. Credit: Facebook

Several Vail Resorts’ resorts announced yesterday that they will be extending their season.

In the surprise announcement, Vail Mountain announced the extension would make 2021/22 the longest season in the resort’s history. Vail has received around 200″ of snow this season, and the snowpack is approximately 92% of average right now.

Are you ready for MORE classic spring skiing and riding? Gear up for Vail Mountain’s longest season in history – we’re extending the season until May 1! Enjoy more of Vail’s amazing spring weather thanks to the hard work of our staff and legendary snowmaking team.

– Vail

Full press release below:

Let’s make winter last a little longer. To provide its pass holders and guests with even more time to enjoy the mountains they love, Vail Resorts is extending the 2021/22 ski and ride season across several of its resorts, weather and snow conditions permitting.

The extensions span resorts across the country including Stevens Pass in Washington State, Heavenly and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Vail Mountain in Colorado, Boston Mills in Ohio, Hunter Mountain in New York, and Mount Snow in Vermont. Additionally, Breckenridge in Colorado and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia will remain open through late May, as planned, conditions permitting.

“No one likes to see the ski and ride season come to an end, and thanks to our incredible employees who have worked so hard this season, we will be able to enjoy time on the snow a little longer this year,” said James O’Donnell, Vail Resorts’ mountain division president. “We are grateful to all of our pass holders and guests for their loyalty and passion, and we are pleased to be able to offer them a few more opportunities to ski and ride this winter season.”

Planned season extensions (as snow conditions and weather permit), include:

Vail Mountain: Open until May 1 (previously April 24)
Kirkwood: Open until May 1 (previously April 10)
Heavenly: Open until April 24 (previously April 17)
Stevens Pass: Open until May 1 (previously April 17)
Hunter: Open until April 10 (previously April 3)
Mount Snow: Carinthia open until April 24 (previously April 17)
Boston Mills: Open until March 20 (previously March 13)

In addition to these season extensions, Vail Resorts is pleased to offer skiing and riding well into May at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia (scheduled to stay open until May 23) and Breckenridge in Colorado (scheduled to stay open through Memorial Day, May 30). While pass holders and all guests will have more time on the mountains, they should be aware that due to late spring conditions, open terrain may be reduced.

Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, both in California, also announced the extra week(s) of shredding on Facebook.

SURPRISE! We’ve got an extra week of spring skiing + riding ready for you, so come and get it! We’re extending our season until April 24, conditions permitting – this means even more time for you on the slopes here at beautiful Heavenly. We’ve got nothing but love for all of you, and can’t wait to share it! Our team is the best, and we’re so grateful to them for making this season extension happen. See you on the slopes!

Heavenly

Big news: we’re extending our season to May 1! Get ready for three more weeks of spring riding here at Kirkwood. Assemble your crew and come enjoy the sunshine and good vibes.
Shout-out to our team! Thank you for extending your work season to make this happen for the Kirkwood community.
Stay tuned as we share event plans for these additional weeks of spring skiing! Open terrain will be based on conditions.

Kirkwood

This winter, Vail Resorts has come under a lot of criticism for over-selling their Epic Pass and under-staffing their resorts, resulting in #EpicLiftLines and unopened terrain. Historically, they have also received flak for not keeping resorts open, even in good snow years, while neighboring resorts stay open as late as possible. Hopefully, this announcement goes some way to appeasing angry customers this season.

Whatever the reason, we’ll always take extra ski days!





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