Vail is one of the few American resorts that compares with European mega-resorts on area size. With the January 2000 opening of the new 645-acre Blue Sky Basin, Vail's ski-able terrain reached a massive 5,289 acres. The mountain is large with skiing over three peaks – Two Elk Lodge, Summit and Wildwood. The slopes down to the village are neat, tree-lined and prone to moguls. They are accessed via three lifts from Vail's three areas – Lion's Head, Golden Peak and Vail Village. Off the back of the mountain lies the famous Back Bowls, and beyond that, the powder bowl of Blue Sky Basin. Snow reliability is very good, with most slopes north facing. On powder mornings the town is wired with anticipation.