Katz said twenty inches of new snow has fallen at Vail over the past few days. He said the resort's been able to open up 2,500 acres. Katz says after a slow, worrisome start, the ski season is fully underway.
Katz said this season is a major relief compared to this time last year when Vail and other resorts struggled through the worst winter for snow in U.S. history.
Katz is expecting solid Christmas and New Year's business over the next couple of weeks, as people seek escape from fiscal cliff and other worries.
During his interview with 9NEWS, Katz talked about some of the improvements Vail has made for the current season, including the installation of Gondola One.
The state of the art gondola is located in Vail Village and commemorates Vail's original gondola in that location. The cabins carry 10 passengers and each will feature heated, cushioned leather seats and Wi-Fi access for guests.
With a speed of 1,200 feet per minute, the gondola is the fastest gondola of its type in the world, creating a 40 percent increase in uphill capacity.
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