Snowcat crews and snowmaking teams have been hard at work preparing Vail Mountain for skiers and snowboarders, as the mountain opens its doors this Friday. The first day of the season is always a thrilling event, with enthusiasts decked out in costumes and some even camping out at the base to claim first chair bragging rights. As of Wednesday, a press release from Vail Resorts stated that the mountain would be opening with 55 acres of terrain available. The Gondola One (No. 1) in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) in Lionshead will be operational, along with other lifts providing access to skiers and riders at different levels. The day will start with complimentary strudel, warm beverages, a live DJ, whiskey tastings, and a ceremonial banner break. On-mountain dining options will also be available. The mobile Epic Pass and Lift Tickets app will make it easy for guests to access the slopes. The day will begin with a variety of treats and activities, including live music and dining options. This Friday, the Riverwalk Theater will screen the film “Full Circle,” with proceeds benefiting the Vail Veterans Program. The film follows Trevor Kennison, who broke his back while skiing in the backcountry near Vail Pass in 2014. The Riverwalk Theater will host a cocktail hour followed by the movie screening. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the box office. Additionally, Friday marks the Second Friday Gallery Night in downtown Eagle, and a chance to view the new benches that will be placed on Broadway Street. Several local artists will showcase their work, celebrating the community’s personality. Finally, Saturday brings CRAWL 4 ALS, a Vail Village bar crawl organized by Runs For ALS, a local nonprofit that raises money for those living with ALS. The pub crawl will start and end at Cucina at the Lodge at Vail, with participants receiving an Alpine Bank giveaway bag. Whether interested in art, fundraising, or just enjoying a day on the slopes, there will be something for everyone to enjoy this weekend in Eagle County.