The Vail season kicks off on opening day, Friday, Nov. 16, with Snow Daze, a week-long festival with contests, concerts, and the Dummy Gelunde Championships. Accommodation packages are available featuring three paid days of lodging and skiing and you'll get the fourth day for free. The deal is good Nov. 24 through Dec. 12, and there are a few restrictions. Call 800-404-3535 to book a package. Vail has two new high-speed quads this year, replacing Chairs 10 and 14.