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Vail Resorts today announced the opening dates of its 37 North American resorts. If things go according to plan, Keystone in Colorado will be the first to host skiers and riders this winter. Vail's opening dates for the 2022-23 ski and riding season are subject to change due to weather, but right now they are in major planning mode. 

Vail Investments and Policy Changes

This was the year that Vail recognized that it isn't just snow that makes the magic happen in the mountains, it's the people. Vail was a leader in increasing employee pay, offering leadership development opportunities, and investing in affordable employee housing and other employee benefits and perks. 

In addition to the opening dates, we have more Vail news to share--this year Vail will limit lift ticket sales throughout the entirety of the 2022/23 season to prioritize the mountain experience for its guests.

The company is also spending millions on lift upgrades across its resorts to help guests move up and around the mountain faster and more easily. This includes 18 new chairlifts and gondolas.

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Vail Resorts Opening Dates for 2021-22 Ski Season

Vail Resorts Opening Dates for 2022-23 Ski Season

The season will kick off at Keystone Resort in October, opening as soon as weather and conditions permit, along with some help from its state-of-the-art, energy-efficient snowmaking system. Another 16 of the company’s North American resorts are set to open for skiing and riding in November, from Whistler Blackcomb and Heavenly in the West, to Vail and Breckenridge in the Rockies, to Okemo and Mt. Snow in Vt., as well as the company’s newest North American resort, Seven Springs in Pa.

Rockies & West Ski Season Opening Dates

Note: all dates are subject to change.

  • October: Keystone (CO) – as early as possible, as weather and conditions permit. Read our Keystone review here.
  • Nov. 11: Breckenridge (CO), Vail (CO)
  • Nov. 18: Heavenly (CA), Northstar (CA), Park City (UT)
  • Nov. 23: Beaver Creek (CO), Crested Butte (CO) Read our Beaver Creek review and our Crested Butte review. 
  • Nov. 24: Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia)
  • Dec. 2: Kirkwood (CA), Stevens Pass (WA)

East Coast Ski Season Opening Dates

Note: all dates are subject to change.

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  • Nov. 11: Mt. Snow (VT). Read our Mt. Snow review here. 
  • Nov. 18: Afton Alps (MN), Hunter (NY), Stowe (VT), Wildcat (NH)
  • Nov. 19: Okemo (VT). Read our Okemo review here.
  • Nov. 23: Mt. Sunapee (NH)
  • Nov. 25: Seven Springs (PA)
  • Dec. 2: Attitash (NH), Crotched (NH), Jack Frost (PA)
  • Dec. 3: Mt. Brighton (MI), Wilmot (WI)
  • Dec. 16: Big Boulder (PA), Liberty (PA), Roundtop (PA), Whitetail (PA)
  • Dec. 17: Alpine Valley (OH), Boston Mills and Brandywine (OH), Hidden Valley (MO), Mad River (OH), Paoli Peaks (IN), Snow Creek (MO)
  • Dec. 23: Hidden Valley (PA), Laurel Mountain (PA)
Vail Resorts Opening Dates for 2021-22 Ski Season

Reserve Your Lift Tickets

This will be the year Vail tackles lift lines.  Lift tickets will be limited every day, across every resort, during the 2022/23 season in order to preserve the guest experience at each resort. Availability of lift tickets will be visible on resort websites in the coming weeks. If tickets are sold out online, guests will not be able to purchase them at ticket windows.

Guests are encouraged to purchase their lift access in advance – whether it is a lift ticket, Epic Day Pass or season pass.

Passes, including Epic Day Passes, and Pass Holder benefit tickets will not be limited. There is also no impact to guests who enroll in ski and ride school lessons that include lift access, or to employee and dependent pass access.

Skiers and riders have until Labor Day (Sept. 5) to lock in their Epic Pass before prices increase. 

Covid Precautions

As far as safety protocols, there will be no masks required. the company will continue to monitor the changing dynamics of the pandemic, but at this time does not plan to have any of these measures in place. Employees will continue to complete daily health screenings and resorts will still apply enhanced cleaning practices.


Guests can also expect more normal indoor operations this season as dining facilities will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or dining reservations. 

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