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Vail- Improvements for 2013-2014

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Some of these have been discussed elsewhere...

 

Improved Chair Lifts:

    #4 (from mid-Vail to the top of the front side) has gone from a high speed detachable Quad to a Six pack increasing uphill capacity by 33% (which makes it the same as Gondola One, added last season, to mid-Vail from the Village).  The chair has been slightly re-aligned to reduce bottlenecks and will also feature a moving carpet to aid guest loading and decrease stoppages.

 

    #12 (Golden Peak beginner area) has gone from a double to a triple.  The loading area is a bit lower which makes access from the base of Golden Peak easier.  The chairs themselves have been recycled from old chair #14 (now a detachable quad) while the lift came from the old Rose Bowl lift at Beaver Creek.

 

Ski School Improvements:

    Epic Mix Academy- Adults will get a "Report Card" review by their instructor at the end of their lesson and the skills they have mastered will be posted in their online Epic Mix account (which also includes Chairs ridden/Vertical skied, Photos & Epic Racing) for them to see and share with their friends/family.  This will aid in getting return guests into the correct level lesson, remembering who their instructor was and showing clients what they have to master going forward to take their skiing to the next level.  Kids lesson will call the "Report Card" a "Pocket Coach."

 

    Max 3, which had been offered for intermediate and advanced adults as an afternoon only product, will also be offered as a full day product from mid-Vail for level 5-9 skiers.

    

    GP Kids Indoor Learning Area- Has been redesigned and had murals added by a local artist.

 

On Mountain Facility Improvements:

    Kids On Mountain Dinning (at Eagle's Nest?)- Has been redesigned and had murals added by a local artist.

 

    Better Smelling Restrooms- State of the art "Air Scrubbers" which have been present at some facilities, were added to additional facilities.

 

Snow-making Improvements:

    Air Compressor- A single, high efficiency air compressor has replaced numerous (12?) less efficient compressors.

 

    Pipes Replaced- some underground piping that had some leakage issues, was replaced to tighten up the system.

 

And, of course, the biggest improvement of all, is that we have a lot more snow on the mountain right now than we did at this point last year!

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I 'm almost embarrassed to admit this but after many years and trips to Vail, I discovered the Skipper Slope. Adds more challenge to the Mid Vail area but the sulfide smell coming out of the small building at the top of the slope is really bad! I 'm surprised at Vail they have not installed an air scrubber.

The other thing I discovered about the Skipper is it seems even when snow conditions are great all over the mountain you can find rocks there. Seriously ,really pleased the uphill capacity was improved at Lift 4. Would have liked to have sen the old lift replace Lift 17 which is about one of the last lifts that is not a high speed.

Coming out on the 12th of next month for a few days and real hopeful the snow can continue and early season skiing is good and most of the front is running. Too much to ask for?
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