VAIL, Colo. ¿ Nov. 12, 1999 ¿ Vail Chief Operating Officer Bill Jensen today announced that Vail Mountain will open as scheduled on Nov. 19, 1999 to skiers and snowboarders for the 1999-2000 season at 9 a.m. Vail plans to open the Born Free Express (Chair 8) and Born Free, an intermediate run. No beginner terrain will be available on opening day.

“Our snowmaking crews have been working very hard over the last two weeks and we’re confident that we’ll be able to open on Friday,” said Jensen. “We’ve created a modified operating schedule to provide skiers and snowboarders with a good early season warm up ski experience.”

Early Season Schedule Guests can ski or ride Vail Mountain 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 19-24. The mountain also will be open 7-9 a.m. to provide Ski Club Vail, the U.S. Ski Team and other national and international racers with a venue for training. “We want to provide teams with another option and location for training,” added Jensen. “But, it’s also important for us to provide our guests with a good experience, so we’ve set aside designated time for the teams and we’re encouraging them to just ski during training hours.” With the Colorado Card, adults ski for $25 and kids ski for free opening day through Dec. 17 ¿ an extension of the discount price that was scheduled to increase on Nov. 25. Colorado Cards are available for free at the Vail Village and Lionshead ticket offices through Nov. 21. By skiing before Dec. 25, Colorado Card holders will earn a one-time 5,000-point bonus toward a free lift ticket (available at 10,000 points) at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone. Early season adult lift tickets are $29 at the window. Plans and prices are in effect through Wednesday, Nov. 24, then will be reevaluated based on terrain conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday. “We do not plan to raise ticket prices until we’re able to offer a broader ski experience for our guests,” added Jensen. All season passes are valid opening day. Pass restrictions are Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to skiing, Vail will open Trails End restaurant located in the Lionshead base area on Nov. 19. The restaurant will open at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 to serve continental breakfast including bagels, homemade muffins, fruits, cereals and more. The restaurant also will be serving hot chocolate in the morning to skiers and snowboarders anxiously awaiting their first run. For more information on Vail’s early season operating schedule call (970) 476-9090.