Photo by: Jeff Cricco
Lift improvements at Vail, Colorado, mean an end to the resort’s famous panty tree.
This off-season, Vail will replace Chair 5—its three-person lift out of the Back Bowls— with a new, faster quad. This seems like good news. But about 100 to 200 trees will be cleared to make room for the new lift, and sadly Vail’s iconic panty tree is one of them.
The aspen tree, which is covered with bikini briefs, bras, and Mardi Gras beads, has been a landmark in the Back Bowls since the ’90s. Several years ago, Grand Marnier even ran a print advertisement that read, “You just recognized a pair of panties in the Sun Down Bowl tree… The conversation is waiting.”