How to Spend Opening Weekend in Vail

Opening Day: November 12, 2021

Vail is celebrating its earliest ski season opening day in decades, aiming to fire up chair lifts on November 12, conditions permitting. Thanks to a new state-of-the-art snowmaking system, Vail Mountain is ready to kick this season off with a bang, fueling our stoke for the resort’s screaming front side rippers and magical back bowls and glades spread across 5,317 acres of dreamy skiable terrain.

Here’s how to make the most of the resort’s opening weekend.

Celebrate the Season

Vail Mountain will be kicking off the biggest ski season opening party in Colorado on November 12 with live music, a banner breaking, hot breakfast for early risers and food and drink specials throughout the day. Resort partners are also providing samples of Cutwater Spirits to be enjoyed responsibly. (Details on bands, breakfast, locations and terrain opening will be announced the week of opening day.)

The party continues throughout the 2021-22 season as Vail welcomes the return of Revely throughout November, Vail Snow Days December 3–4 and Powabunga December 9–12. 

Revely Vail welcomes the brilliance of winter, offering family-oriented activities throughout Vail, including ice skating exhibitions, silent discos, tree lighting, the Kris Kringle Market and more. Vail Snow Days serves up big name concerts (think Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Dierks Bently), silent discos and village parties. The Powabunga Music & Arts Festival returns to Ford Park with large-scale art installations and an eclectic musical lineup that includes headliners Rufus Du Sol and Bob Moses.


Listen as the slopes close and bells ring at 4 pm and look out for small traveling musicians around the village on select days. Head over to Slope Room for elevated Colorado-sourced fare in a classic old west ski town setting. Slide into a plush booth and cheers the day over handcrafted cocktails and local drafts. Nosh on delish après and seasonal specials sure to warm you from the inside out.

**Members! Join us on opening day at 3:30 pm for a members meet up at Slope Room + complimentary drink when you show your member badge in the app!


Rest and recoup from all the skiing and revelry steps from Gondola One and the Ford Amphitheater at Gravity Haus Vail. Members get up to 50% off rooms, but you don’t need to be a member to stay. Choose from 22 luxurious suites, bunk rooms and condos made for adventuring and recovering. Workout at Dryland Fitness (temporarily closed for construction), indulge in a treatment at the Dryland Spa (temporarily closed for construction), refuel at Slope Room and grab freshly brewed haus-roasted coffee at Unravel. 

Use the ski valet services located at the base of the mountain (Golden Peak). Look for the Vail Sports light blue tent and mention that you’re staying at Gravity Haus Vail. Leave your street shoes at the start of your day, store your skis/snowboard at the end of the day.


Tap into a badass roster of brand new alpine skis from K2, Icelantic, and Faction with a Haus Quiver membership. It’s as easy as reserving in the Gravity Haus app, heading to Vail Sports or HQ Vail, and grabbing your skis or board to match the day’s snow conditions.


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