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Best skiing of the season prompts Vail to keep more terrain open till closing day April 18
Craig Crea of Edwards rides the deep powder on Vail Mountain Wednesday, where the resort reported 19 inches new on top of 11 new the day before.
By David O. Williams 

Best skiing of the season prompts Vail to keep more terrain open till closing day April 18

By David O. Williams

April 7, 2010 —  Four feet of new snow at Vail in the last week prompted resort officials to expand the amount terrain and number of lifts that will be open until closing day on April 18.

More than 30 inches of new snow fell Monday night into Wednesday morning, with Vail reporting 19 new at 5 a.m. Wednesday - the largest 24-hour total since the 2000-01 season.

If you were up there either Tuesday or Wednesday, you know it was easily the best skiing of the season, surprisingly coming with less than two weeks to go until closing day.

“Our pass holders have been waiting all season for the kind of conditions we’ve had in the last few days and will continue to have through next week,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

“Vail’s snowfall is already above the nine-year average for April, and with four feet of fresh snow in the last week alone, we’re thrilled to be able to change our plans and end the season with a bang.”

All three major portals accessing the mountain - Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead - will be open through April 18, with the following lifts up and running:

* Avanti Express Lift (#2)
* Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
* Mountaintop Express Lift (#4)
* High Noon Lift (#5)
* Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6)
* Born Free Express Lift (#8)
* Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
* Gopher Hill Lift (#12)
* Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16)

The following lifts and surrounding terrain, originally scheduled to close for the last week of the season, will now stay open until April 18:

* Sun Up Lift (#17)
* Tea Cup Express Lift (#36)
* Skyline Express Lift (#37)



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