Vail announces opening dates for three Vermont ski resorts

It’s been pretty hot and humid lately, so maybe you could relieve yourself by imagining yourself skiing down a powdery mountain slope. Vail Resorts wants to help by announcing the opening dates for the three resorts it owns in Vermont: Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow.

Here are the planned opening dates, subject to change depending on weather conditions:

  • Mount Snow: November 11
  • Stowe: November 18
  • Okemo: November 19

Vail also announced that it would limit lift ticket sales at all of its resorts, including those in Vermont, this year to “preserve the mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders.” Translation: Parking was a mess.

As WCAX reported in May, traffic slowed for miles on Stowe Mountain Road last year, leaving skiers waiting hours to park. Stowe Mountain Resort wanted to build an overflow parking lot with nearly 300 spaces, but Stowe’s development review board rejected the idea, saying it didn’t fit the character of the area.

As a result, Stowe Mountain Resort will start charging $30 to park Friday through Sunday and on holidays, unless you have four or more people in your car. Parking will be free Monday through Thursday, when it is not a public holiday, and after 2:00 p.m. daily.

“Limiting lift ticket sales — alongside the big investments we are making in our resorts and our team — is the right decision,” Vail spokesman Adam White said in an email. “We don’t expect lift tickets to sell out every day at every resort, but it will help manage the experience during peak times.”

The investments White referred to include:

  • Two new high-speed detachable chairs (one six-seater, one four-seater) at Mount Snow, increasing climbing capacity and access to some of the resort’s most popular terrain.
  • Stowe’s first-ever six-person chairlift, which will depart from the Mansfield Base Lodge parking lot to allow pass and ticket holders quick and easy access to the mountain.

We encourage you to purchase your lift tickets online. Vail Resorts says ticket availability will be “visible” on resort websites in the coming weeks.

Skiers ascend and descend the slopes of Okemo Mountain Resort.

“If tickets are sold online, customers will not be able to purchase them at the box office,” Vail Resorts said in a press release.

COVID-19 restrictions are also being lifted this year. Vail Resorts will not require face coverings, vaccines or restaurant reservations this season, but said it will continue to monitor the “changing dynamics” of the pandemic.

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“Employees will continue to perform daily health screenings and resorts will continue to implement enhanced cleaning practices,” the company said in a press release.

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