Vail, CO

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9 thoughts on “Vail, CO

  1. John M. July 28, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Gopher Hill is actually #12 at Vail instead of #13 as you have it currently for the lift number.

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  2. Andrew November 29, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    You put the pictures for the old High Noon triple in the pictures for the original High Noon Riblet double.

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  3. Duncan October 29, 2018 / 10:35 am

    Born free (8) was removed in 1988, not 1996

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  4. alex October 30, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    Pure Speculation – Four New Lifts For Vail

    If I had my druthers, I would add the following four HSQs (2400 PPH) to Vail.

    -Sundown Express – Base of High Noon to the top of Wildwood.

    -Mongolia Express – Base of Rasputin’s Revenge to the East Vail Chutes OB Gate

    -Riva Ridge Express – Top of Riva Catwalk to top of Christmas. Once completed, take down the second section of current Rivabahn

    -Ledges Express – Junction of Ledges and Born Free to the top of Pickeroon

    Thoughts?

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    • Thomas Jett November 1, 2018 / 12:51 am

      1) Sundown is already planned. We’ll see if it gets built after all the CLD-260s get replaced.
      2) I remember hearing speculation about a Mongolia lift, but I think that was just a suggestion and not an idea from Vail.
      3) While a lift serving Riva Ridge would be nice, I don’t feel that it would be particularly useful. The only repeat terrain that it would serve would be two long and steep bump runs. Removing the second section of Riva Bahn would seriously damage circulation, as now, instead of taking Riva to Northwoods, you’d also have to take Highline if you wanted to access Patrol HQ.
      4) I think that a Minie’s replacement should follow the original lift line, instead of veering of to the top of Avanti. The fall line would be too weird.

      Personally, If I were to have free reign over the front side’s lifts, I’d build an express quad to the top of Golden Peak, and then replace Riva Bahn with a gondola. I’d then try to find a way to squeeze in a Giant Steps replacement, and then maybe a Minie’s replacement with a mid-station.

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  5. GreatEight December 18, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I think Vail needs to replace Born Free HSQ with a 6/10 Chondola and extend it up to Eagles Nest. This would relieve pressure off of Eagle Bahn in the morning while still maintaining the ease of a chair for multiple laps.

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  6. mzg January 27, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    What is the planned Ski Tip Gondola?

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