CALLING ALL ARTISTS—PRO ART CHALLENGE RETURNS TO BEAVER CREEK

English: Levi Leipheimer, in the prologue of t...

English: Levi Leipheimer, in the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2011 Español: Levi Leipheimer, en el prólogo del USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CALLING ALL ARTISTS—PRO ART CHALLENGE RETURNS TO BEAVER CREEK AUGUST 22 DURING STAGE 4 OF USA PRO CHALLENGE

 

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado–Top local artists will once again be on the clock along with the world’s premier cyclists Thursday, August 22, as the Pro Art Challenge returns to Beaver Creek in conjunction with Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge.  Up to fifteen renowned artists will stage their own competition as the peloton races the 103 miles of this year’s “Queen Stage” from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek’s mountaintop finish line.

The unique event will take place in Beaver Creek Village near the Covered Bridge, getting underway at 10:15 a.m., when the riders leave the start line Steamboat.  Artists must complete their individual masterpieces prior to the first pro rider crossing the Beaver Creek finish line, approximately between 3:30-3:50 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the top artists, with a variety of mediums represented in the Pro Art Challenge. With a theme of “America’s Race”, which coincides with the overall theme of the USA Pro Challenge, artists will be asked to incorporate this theme, as well as a cycling component into their work.

Throughout the day, spectators will have the chance to follow each artist’s progression, while also being able to bid on works of art. Part performance, part competition, the Pro Art Challenge promises to deliver high energy entertainment throughout the day and provides artists with the chance to interact with and showcase their work to a national audience.

 

“The most exciting element of live art competitions is watching the wide range of art being created from beginning to end,” explained Lauren Merrill, owner of the Alpine Arts Center and Pro Art Challenge organizer, with mediums including painting, sculpture, mixed-media, jewelry, woodworking and more. The Pro Art Challenge offers a unique perspective and first-hand look at the process each artist goes through when normally they do this behind closed doors. It’s a high-energy art event that is equally fun for participating artists and spectators.”

Artists interested in participating in the Pro Art Challenge should contact Merrill at lauren@alpineartscenter.org to request an application or learn more.

About Beaver Creek Resort

On August 22, 2013 be sure to experience Beaver Creek’s “Queen Stage” mountaintop finish of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The arduous day includes a new ten-mile climb up Bachelor Gulch, dubbed “The Brink” that will push the riders to the limit before climbing the crowd-lined ascent to the finish line in Beaver Creek Village.  A village-wide celebration will cap off Stage 4, with teams and fans taking advantage of Beaver Creek’s warm and friendly hospitality.  Like us: facebook.com/Beavercreek.

About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013 and travel through eight host cities from Aspen to Denver. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2012, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2013, featuring a challenging, 599-mile course.  More information can be found online at www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

 

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Take Advantage of the Longest Days of the Year with Vail Resorts

Vail Village

Vail Village (Photo credit: MyEyeSees)

Take Advantage of the Longest Days of the Year with Vail Resorts Events and Deals

With summer in full swing, here are some fun ways to take advantage of the longest days of the year across Vail Resorts lodging properties in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; at Half Moon, Jamaica; and at Grand Teton Lodge Company near Jackson, Wyoming. 

Vail

  • Kids are king at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, where kids ages five to seven years-old can take one of four kiddie cars out for a spin in Arrabelle Square. From a police car and fire truck to a pink lady, roadster and Lamborghini, there is sure to be a car every little one will love.
  • Guests can leave their worries and their car in the garage when they visit The Arrabelle. With the hotel’s Bike Valet service, guests can securely store their bikes for the duration of their stay, so pedaling can easily be their primary mode of transportation along Vail’s 58 miles of paved recreation paths. Guests can also borrow one of the property’s GoPro cameras for the day to document their adventures.
  • The Lodge at Vail’s new pool is open for business and featuring a full-service bar along with poolside nibbles. “Pool One” received its nickname due to its location (adjacent to Gondola One), and the fact that it is the first known pool in Vail. On Sunday’s Chef Rudy Williams cooks up farmer’s market finds for guests and the public during Farm to Pool from 3-6 p.m.

Beaver Creek

  • Grouse Mountain Grill at The Pines Lodge, A RockResorthas just undergone a renovation and has an all new, mountain modern look. The restaurant has also been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for being in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor and consistently earning high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. At Grouse Mountain Grill, guests will enjoy panoramic views and contemporary cuisine with a local influence from Chef David Gutowski.

Breckenridge

  • This August the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge will have undergone a complete renovation of all 208 guest rooms, meeting rooms, event space and public areas. Everything from the ground up, including carpet, lighting, window treatments, bedding and furniture is in the midst of a complete overhaul and the entire property will have a fresh, new feel.
  • Summer lodging specials make it easy to enjoy all the summer events Breckenridge has to offer:
    • Guests can lasso in a lodging deal and receive 30 percent off lodging when they book a ticket to the 2nd annual Breckenridge PRCA ProRodeo. Taking place now though Sept. 1, the rodeo features Mutton Busting, tricks and competition from the professionals, and a Bar-B-Que cowboy dinner.
    • For as low as $99 guests can sleep within walking distance to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race. On Aug. 20 Breckenridge will host the dramatic finish of Stage 2, and the start the next day the cyclists take off for Steamboat. Book here
    • Beat the heat in The Village at Breckenridge, which is one of the few properties in Breckenridge with air conditioning. Throughout the summer guests can take advantage of their Studio Suite Sale and stay for just $99 on weeknights and $129 on the weekends.
    • When guests book a Summer Fun Park ticket they can receive 30 percent off lodging. Featuring everything from the adrenaline inducing gold runner coaster and alpine slide to the adventurous 4X4 and guided hiking tours and kid friendly mini golf, climbing wall and bungee trampoline, there is something for everyone one in the family to enjoy. Book here
  • Groups can add some adventure to their travel this summer with discounted summer pricing on these uniquely Breckenridge group activities. Book here
    • Guac off!– Chef-judged guacamole-making competition with a margarita bar
    • Team Down Hill Bike Tour– Shuttle to the top of a 10,662 foot mountain pass and cruise down
    • Wine, Artisan Cheeses and Chocolate Pairing – Indulge to your heart’s content in Breck style
    • Scenic Chair Ride and Horseshoe Bowl Nature Hike– Amazing wildflower and town views
    • Brewery or Distillery Tours– Enjoy brews and spirits as unique as the mountains they are made in

Keystone

  • Lakeside Village will be hosting bi-monthly “bike-in” movies on the first and third Thursday of the month. It’s B.Y.O.Bike or guests can rent one from the adventure center to watch a family-friendly movie under the stars.
  • Keystone is offering the opportunity for guests to improve their health and fitness and find happiness through integrative health practices, movement and connection to nature, all while enjoying a weekend getaway with Rocky Mountain Revival Wellness Weekends.
    • With a two or more night stay at Keystone guests can Play for Free. The package includes free scenic lift rides for kids ages 12 and under, free nine holes of golf after 4 p.m. on day of arrival, or free guided hikes with two nights of lodging.
    • The Hillbilly Luxury Lodging Package offers down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music at the 17th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival. The package includes both lodging and festival passes and starts at just $102 per person per night.

Half Moon Jamaica, A RockResort

  • This winter traveling to paradise at Half Moon Resort will be even quicker. Starting on Dec. 22, Frontier Airlines will providedirect flights from Denver International Airport to Montego Bay, Jamaica. From there, the 400-acre luxury resort is just a short drive up the beautiful Jamaican coast line.
  • Book early and save up to 25 percent on winter travel with the Early Bird promotion, taking place now through July 31. The promotion is valid on travel from Jan 5 through April 11 and across all accommodations, from suites to expansive five bedroom villas which are perfect for a premier group vacation.

 

Contact(s):
Ashley Lowe, alowe@vailresorts.com or 303.404.1831
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Air Canada To Launch Nonstop Winter Service Between Toronto and Eagle Airport

Air Canada To Launch Nonstop Winter Service Between Toronto and

Departing Toronto Pearson

Departing Toronto Pearson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eagle Airport

Air Canada To Launch Nonstop Winter Service Between Toronto and Eagle Airport

 

  • Vail and Beaver Creek more accessible to Canadian skiers and snowboarders than ever before
  • New Air Canada service represents first non-stop, international carrier and service to Eagle Airport
  • Epic Pass Value is even Further Enhanced for Canadians Looking to Ski the World, with Access to the Best of the USA, Austria and Switzerland on One Season Pass

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) in partnership with Air Canada, announced today new, non-stop Air Canada flight service between Toronto (YYZ) and Vail/Eagle (EGE) Airports for the coming winter season beginning Dec. 14, 2013, through April 5, 2014. The 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft will offer a choice of Executive or Economy class service, and feature complimentary seatback entertainment throughout the aircraft. The new service will be the second non-stop western ski gateway from Toronto, behind Denver, making it easier than ever before for those traveling from Toronto and Eastern Canada to ski and snowboard Vail and Beaver Creek, two premier mountain resort destinations in the United States. The new flight also allows for skiing and riding on the same day of travel, as well as the convenience of clearing customs and immigration prior to departure in Toronto. Eagle Airport is conveniently located approximately 25 miles from Beaver Creek and 35 miles from Vail, with seamless, door-to-door transfers to accommodations in Vail or Beaver Creek with Colorado Mountain Express, offering shared shuttle and private chauffeured SUV options.

“Consistent growth from the Canadian market over the last few years is a clear indication that Canadians recognize the value of Vail Resorts’ industry-leading Epic Pass and the world class experience that comes with a visit to Vail and Beaver Creek,” said Davy Ratchford, director of sales and marketing for Vail Mountain. “Our partnership with Air Canada and the new nonstop service between Toronto and the Vail Valley will make the experience of traveling to and skiing and snowboarding at Vail and Beaver Creek that much more seamless and enjoyable. “

“This new direct nonstop service from Air Canada’s Toronto hub is the first international direct service to the Eagle/Vail Valley and makes it easier than ever for our Canadian friends to visit,” said Greg Phillips, director of aviation of Eagle Airport. “We are proud of our partnership with Vail Resorts and we are very excited to welcome this new flight for the coming winter season.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Air Canada.”

Saturday service will be offered for the new nonstop flight, with convenient times that allow travelers to be on the slopes of Vail or Beaver Creek on the same day as arrival. The inbound flight schedule from Toronto will depart at 9:50 a.m., arriving at Eagle Airport at 11:45 a.m., allowing for afternoon skiing and riding at Vail or Beaver Creek. Outbound flights from Eagle Airport will depart at 12:30 p.m., arriving in Toronto at 5:43 p.m., aligned with hotel check-out times or the option to enjoy some perfectly manicured corduroy or fresh powder tracks before the flight home. Daily connections are available with Star Alliance partner United Airlines for service from Eagle County Airport to Denver, connecting to Air Canada from Denver to Toronto. Air Canada also offers convenient connections to other major Canadian cities, including Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.

“Air Canada is pleased to offer customers the convenience of the only non-stop service between Canada and Colorado’s world-famous resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains,” said Marcel Forget, vice president of network planning of Air Canada.  “Customers beginning their ski holiday will appreciate the convenience of a mid-day arrival with just a short, 30-minute drive before reaching the slopes.”

In March, Vail Resorts announced a record capital plan for the coming winter season, in accordance with the Company’s mission to provide an Experience of a Lifetime for guests, further consolidating the Vail Resorts’ position as the premier mountain resort company in the world.

On the heels of opening the state-of-the-art Gondola One in November 2012, complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi, Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, is continuing its on-mountain investment with two new lifts for the 2013-2014 season. The new chairlifts will continue to build upon Vail’s preeminent position in delivering the best experience in the ski industry worldwide. A new high-speed, six-passenger chairlift will replace the high-speed Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) from Mid-Vail to the Patrol Headquarters area. The replacement will result in a 33 percent increase in capacity, or 3,600 people per hour, which is the same capacity as Vail’s new Gondola One. The existing lift was installed in 1985 and is one of the most frequently used lifts on Vail Mountain, providing access to Patrol Headquarters and a number of surrounding areas including the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Additionally, the Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak – a fixed-grip double chairlift installed in 1974 – will be replaced by the former Rose Bowl lift (#4) from Beaver Creek, where a new high speed quad was installed in 2011. The fixed-grip triple lift will increase capacity by 50 percent over the existing Gopher Hill Lift (#12), which predominantly provides access to the Golden Peak area for beginners as well as access to Vail Village. The triple lift will also allow for twice the capacity of three to six-year-old ski and snowboard school guests, who are required to ride the lift with an adult.

At Beaver Creek, construction is underway on a new European-inspired on-mountain restaurant named Talons, situated at the confluence of Larkspur Bowl, Grouse Mountain and Birds of Prey. It will replace Red Tail Camp. The name Talons reflects the theme on this part of the mountain, which is home to many birds of prey in the area. Talons will be 17,000 square feet with 500 indoor seats on two levels and 250 outdoor seats, more than doubling the previous capacity. The menu will feature gourmet dining options such as the Talons Kasseler Rippchen Casserole and Colorado Lamb Burger served in an upscale cafeteria setting. The architecture pays homage to the early era of Beaver Creek with a nostalgic barn exterior and post and beam construction. Originally constructed in 1997, the new building is situated lower down the hill, offering easier access for skiers and riders in the area. Talons is expected to open at the start of the 2013-2014 ski season and it also will serve as the press center for the 2013 Birds of Prey World Cup events as well as the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. It’s all about the details at Beaver Creek, from ski concierges to guest service ambassadors, whose sole job is to ensure the experience of a lifetime for guests.

Epic Pass holders enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ eight world-class resorts in the United States, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone,  Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora in Colorado, Canyons in Park City, Utah,  Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Afton Alps in Minnesota, and now, five free days at Verbier, Switzerland and five free consecutive days at Arlberg, Austria. At only $689, the Epic Pass is the best value lift pass in the industry. Visit www.epicpass.com for more information and to purchase.

Vail Resorts also offers other pass options, to allow guests to choose the pass that best suits their needs:

  • The Epic Local Pass™ is perfect for guests who can navigate a pass with a few more restrictions on their winter holiday. The Epic Local Pass for $529 offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. At the spring rate, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.

 

  • The Epic 7-Day™ is perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than 7 days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers or riders a total of seven unrestricted tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin for a price of $529. Ski any seven days of the season. At the spring rate, the Epic 7-Day pays for itself in just over four days.

 

  • The Epic 4-Day™ is perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than 4 days. The Epic 4-Day gives skiers or riders a total of four unrestricted tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $349. Ski any four days of the season. The Epic 4-Day pays for itself in less than three days.

Prices on Vail Resorts season passes are guaranteed for a limited time only. For more information or to purchase a pass, visit http://www.epicpass.com.
Season Pass Benefits

Access to Verbier, Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria, is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic Local, Tahoe Local, Summit Value and Tahoe Value). In addition to access to 18 mountain resorts, Epic Pass and all Vail Resorts season pass holders will continue to receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Arapahoe Basin and Eldora. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.

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About Vail Mountain

Coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.

About Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek features the ultimate ski vacation experience featuring a World Cup mountain, intimate alpine village, and legendary attention to detail. It is home to some of the West’s most celebrated Rocky Mountain restaurants and pioneer chefs. The resort is located just 25 miles east of Eagle Airport offering nonstop jet service from 10 major U.S. destinations. Visit Beavercreek.com. Follow Beaver Creek on Twitter @BeaverCreekMtn. Like Beaver Creek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beavercreek.

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Beaver Creek’s 12th Annual Rodeo Series Returns

Bull Riding

Bull Riding (Photo credit: Bubble Chasers)

Beaver Creek’s 12th Annual Rodeo Series Returns Thursday, June 27

The Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, presented by the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, returns for its 12th season Thursday, June 27. Dust off your cowboy boots and experience the spirit of the old west with the luxury and convenience expected at Beaver Creek. The resort’s family-friendly western rodeo is held every Thursday night weekly through Aug. 15 and this year, a special Tuesday night rodeo will take place on July 2, prior to the Fourth holiday. Dates for this year’s rodeo series include June 27, July 2 (Tuesday), 11 and 18 and August 1, 8 and 15.

The full lineup of classic rodeo events include bronco riding, calf scramble, team roping, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Gates open at 5 p.m.- bring the whole family out for pre-event activities including pony rides, face painting, mechanical bull rides, and a wide range of cuisine offered by local restaurants. Food options include everything from barbeque to Caesar salads to funnel cake. New this year, the Rodeo Series features a Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar on the rodeo grounds adjacent to the VIP entrance and Après Rodeo parties at Maya Restaurant located at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. At Maya, join KSKE Ski Country radio for $5 drink specials and $2 tacos-of-the-day plus prizes and giveaways each week from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rodeo tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Creek Information Center up to 3 p.m. on the day of the rodeo or onsite at the rodeo beginning at 5 p.m. The rodeo takes place rain or shine, and tickets are therefore non-refundable. 2013 ticket pricing is as follows:

·         VIP: $25
·         General Admission: $20
·         Seniors (65+): $15
·         Youth (13-17): $10
·         Kids (12 & Under): Free

Registration for audience participation eventsbegins at 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the information tent inside the gates. Mutton bustin’ and burro racing are $25 while the calf scramble is offered complimentary. Parents must register children for the mutton bustin’ and calf scramble and teams of three adults age 18 or older can register to compete in the burro racing. Audience participation events are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the website for entry rules and requirements.

Located in Avon behind Chapel Square at Traer Creek, free shuttle service to the rodeo is available from the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village, as well as the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Shuttles run continuously from 5 to 9 p.m. Free parking is available directly across the street from the rodeo grounds, with a one-minute walk to the site. Alcoholic beverages, pets, and glass containers cannot be brought onto the rodeo grounds.

For more information on the Beaver Creek Rodeo or other summer activities, visit www.BeaverCreek.comor call the Beaver Creek Information Center at (970) 754-4636.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Celebrate Independence Day at Beaver Creek

Beano's Cabin Exterior

Beano’s Cabin Exterior (Photo credit: wka)

Celebrate Independence Day at Beaver Creek with Jack Ingram Concert and Beano’s Cabin Clambake

Celebrate the birth of our nation under the blue skies of Beaver Creek on Thursday, July 4 with an evening concert by Jack Ingram and the 21st annual Beano’s Cabin clambake earlier in the day. Also throughout the day, enjoy the Stars, Stripes & Slides festivities including inflatable slides, jumping castles and other activities for the whole family. Join us for the concert at the base of the Centennial Express chairlift in Beaver Creek Village; music kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with The Williams Brothers and then Jack Ingram takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. Both the Stars, Stripes & Slides activities and the concert are complimentary. Stick around for the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Concert gates open at 5:00 p.m. and food and beverages will be available for purchase. As one of the most popular artists on today’s country music scene, Jack Ingram will light up the stage with his hits including the summer favorite “Barefoot & Crazy”.

“Beaver Creek is excited to host its traditional Fourth of July celebration with the musical talents of Jack Ingram,” said Tim Baker, executive director of Beaver Creek Resort Company.  “We are also looking forward to the fireworks show taking place in Beaver Creek Village after the concert. It’s sure to be a memorable celebration for the whole family.”

Beano’s Cabin hosts its annual Fourth festivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a mid-mountain clambake and live entertainment. Chef Bill Greenwood’s menu highlights include a New England style clambake, Berkshire pulled pork, oysters, crab claws and more. Kids can enjoy mac’ n’ cheese and chicken fingers. The cost is $55 for adults, $25 for kids 6-12 and kids 5 and under dine for free. Live entertainment and classic lawn games also will be available. Reservations should be made in advance by calling 970-754-3463.

During the day, explore other outdoor activities at Beaver Creek including scenic chairlift rides, hiking, mountain biking, golf, horseback riding and more. Early evening head to the beach front lawn for live music and food and beverages to top off this celebration for all ages.

For more information on the Fourth of July in Beaver Creek and other summer events and activities, visit www.BeaverCreek.com or call the Beaver Creek Information Center at (970) 754-4636.

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Epic Service Award Winners.

English: Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO

English: Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vail Resorts announced today the winners of the 2013 Epic Service Awards, recognizing 11 employees across all resorts and lines of business within the company. Five of the 2013 recipients reside in Eagle County and include Bob Long from Vail Mountain, Richard Knapp from Beaver Creek, Paul Gorbold from Colorado Mountain Express, Jennifer Pope from RockResorts and Anna Townsend from Specialty Sports Venture.

The Epic Service Award is the highest level of recognition for guest service at Vail Resorts and it is earned and awarded to those employees who exceed expectations, have innovative guest service ideas, and embody the company’s service mantra, “Own it. Personalize it. Elevate it.” Each of the five Eagle County award winners has a personal story that demonstrates the ways in which he or she went above and beyond to provide an exceptional experience or service for a guest.

Bob Long, an employee with the Golden Peak Ski & Snowboard School at Vail, received the Epic Service Award at Vail Mountain. When a local school brought students to the resort during Learn to Ski Week, Bob was assigned to work one-on-one with a young boy who had been having a hard time at school and at home. While it had taken many months for the student to open up to staff at school, Bob and the young boy hit it off immediately, becoming fast friends and allowing the boy to feel comfortable enough to open up and confide in Bob. The boy ultimately became very attached to Bob by the time the program ended. So much so that Bob immediately inquired about volunteering at the boy’s school. He emailed the school principal, filled out a volunteer application and went through the necessary protocol, and shortly thereafter Bob was reconnected with the boy again. He volunteered at the school with the boy throughout the entire ski season and not only did he continue to develop a great relationship with the boy, but the rest of his family as well.

Richard Knapp, an employee with the Beaver Creek Adult Ski School in winter and a High Mountain Adventure Jeep Tour guide in summer, received the Epic Service Award at Beaver Creek. Last summer while he was out with guests on a tour, thunder began to echo through the resort and lightning crashed overhead as a fast-moving storm rolled into the valley. With a full load of guests in the jeep, Richard began to make his way down the mountain when he spotted a family hiking down, drenched from the storm. He called Patrol but recognized they were working in a distant area of the mountain and so after dropping off his tour group, Richard immediately turned around and went back up the mountain to find the family. They were grateful as he picked them up and drove them safely back down the mountain to shelter.

Paul Gorbold, health and safety manager for Colorado Mountain Express, also received the Epic Service Award. During the winter Paul was notified of an accident that had taken place with one of the CME vans while transporting some guests. No one was injured but it was later realized that there had been damage done to a guest’s ski bag. The guest was obviously upset by this and therefore reservations followed up with them and Paul was asked to stay in the loop so he could update the claim with the details of the resolution. Instead of just updating the paperwork though, Paul took ownership of the recovery by reaching out to Vail Resorts’ contacts at Specialty Sports Venture and then offering to visit the guest personally and assist with purchasing a replacement ski bag.

Jennifer Pope, a concierge at The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, received the Epic Service Award for Vail Resorts’ hospitality division, RockResorts. When an excited yet nervous guest approached Jennifer about helping him plan a special marriage proposal to his girlfriend, she happily obliged. They decided that the sleigh ride to Beano’s Cabin for dinner would be the perfect opportunity to pop the question. Jennifer called in some co-workers around the resort to help her build a snowman that the sleigh would stop at on the way to Beano’s, complete with a carrot nose and red scarf. She also arranged for rose petals and glittering candles to be set out on the sparkling snow, a Cadillac ride for the couple to their private snow cat, and a photographer and videographer to help capture the event. In the end the guest’s proposal was accepted and the newly engaged couple topped off the evening celebrating with family, champagne and a meal to remember at Beano’s Cabin.

Anna Townsend, assistant manager at the Beaver Creek Sports location at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch received the Epic Service Award for Vail Resorts’ retail division, Specialty Sports Venture. One day during the winter a guest arrived at Anna’s store to inquire about rentals and mentioned that the group was travelling with eight children, all of whom needed equipment. Knowing that parading that many children through the rental shop could be a potentially stressful situation, Anna offered to visit the group’s hotel room for an in-room fitting. The guest loved this idea and also asked if Anna could pick out a full outfit for each child. Anna put together head-to-toe outfits for all the kids, and also brought along full outfits for the parents too. The guests were thrilled by Anna’s attentive customer service.

Employees from across all lines of business at Vail Resorts are recognized each month for Epic Service. The final Epic Service Award winners are chosen from each resort and line of business across the company and are awarded with an all-expense paid, multi-day trip to one of the company’s resorts, lodging and activities, an exclusive dinner with Vail Resorts’ chairman and chief executive officer, Rob Katz, and members of the Vail Resorts executive committee, as well as other surprises. This year’s trip will take place July 15-18, 2013 at Breckenridge.

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Beaver Creek Golf Club Opens for the Summer Season.

Beaver Creek Golf Course

Beaver Creek Golf Course (Photo credit: LRJ53)

Beaver Creek Golf Club Opens for the Summer Season Friday, May 10

The Beaver Creek Golf Club will open for member and guest play Friday, May 10. Nestled against the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain and recognized as one of the longest established golf courses in the Vail Valley, the 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., will offer public play May 10 – June 14, 2013 and Sept. 16 – Oct. 6, 2013. The course will be open to club members and Beaver Creek Resort, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead guests June 15 – Sept. 15, 2013.

“The Beaver Creek Golf Club is in great shape for Friday’s opening and our maintenance team has been extremely busy putting the finishing touches on the course,” said Dave Lopez, director of golf for Beaver Creek Golf Club.

During the early season, May 13– June 14, golfers can take advantage of a Spring Golf Special for $85 which includes 18 holes Monday-Thursday including a golf cart, three-course lunch at The Rendezvous Club Restaurant and a $10 golf voucher valid day of play only at the award-winning Beaver Creek Golf Shop. Tee times take place from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Other early season offers include 18 holes for $92; nine holes for $65 and the twilight rate after 3 p.m. is $67. Juniors ages 7-18 can play for free with a paying adult Monday-Thursday (one free junior round offered per paid adult), and can play 18 holes Friday – Sunday for $67. All fees are per person and include carts and range balls.

Stay and Play Golf Package

Beaver Creek Golf Club’s Stay and Play golf and lodging packages are offered through a variety of Beaver Creek properties featuring up to 40 percent off on lodging. Stay and Play packages at Beaver Creek Golf Club start at $158 per person based upon double occupancy and include one round of golf per person for each night of lodging booked. This offer is valid May 10– Oct. 6, 2013 with rates varying by season; taxes and gratuity are not included and tee times are subject to availability. Packages are not available for groups or rounds already booked and some minimum night stay requirements may apply Friday and Saturday nights. For reservations, visit www.beavercreek.com/golf or call 877.204.7883.

About Beaver Creek Golf Course

The Beaver Creek Golf Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and ranks among Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America.” The 6,784-yard par-70 course opened in 1984 and begins and ends at the edge of Beaver Creek Village.A short layout challenges golfers with elevated tees and narrow fairways. The Club played host to The Jerry Ford Golf Invitational on several occasions.

For more information and to book tee times or lessons, call the Beaver Creek Golf Club at (970) 754-5775 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

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Austria Is Now Epic.

English: St. Anton am Arlberg as seen from the...

English: St. Anton am Arlberg as seen from the Galzig slopes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Austria Is Now Epic

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced an epic partnership with the one of the most famous ski regions in the world, Arlberg, Austria, home to legendary mountain resorts of St. Anton, Lech-Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben. The Epic Pass now features five free consecutive days of skiing and riding in Arlberg, bringing the total access to 15 world-class mountains in three countries and further enhancing the already exceptional value of the world’s greatest ski pass. At only $689, the Epic Pass is the best value on a lift pass in the industry. Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their winter from the U.S. to Europe—for the second consecutive year—and experience both Verbier, Switzerland, and now Arlberg, Austria, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. Boasting an average annual snowfall of 23 feet, the Arlberg area is legendary among skiers and riders from around the globe as the cradle of skiing, revered for the world-class experience and innovation in the sport that it affords while maintaining its traditional, Alpine character.

“We are pleased and proud to announce our partnership with Arlberg as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world in three countries on one pass. Vail Resorts continues to look for opportunities to enhance the incredible value of the Epic Pass that our guests already receive and enjoy. In March, we announced that we increased the number of free days of access to Verbier, Switzerland, from three to five for the 2013-2014 season and we added, Eldora, a local Colorado ski area to the Epic Pass,” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “Epic Pass holders already enjoy an incredible experience with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ seven world-class resorts in the United States, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Arapahoe Basin and now Eldora, but the addition of world-class skiing in both Austria and Switzerland makes the Epic Pass even more compelling for our guests looking to take a ski vacation to Europe.”
Boasting 174 miles of marked ski runs, 112 miles of open free riding terrain, 94 gondolas and lifts, and approximately 23 feet of annual snowfall, The Arlberg is arguably Austria’s most popular mountain resort group. Modern and vibrant, St. Anton am Arlberg also maintains its traditional Tyrolean charm. The Arlberg ski area will be open from Dec. 6, 2013 – Apr. 27, 2014.

“Arlberg and Vail Resorts are arguably the world’s premier ski resorts, offering exceptional experiences on the mountain and an unparalleled level of customer service,” said Hermann Fercher, chief executive officer of Lech-Zürs. “We are looking forward to a successful partnership and welcome Epic Pass holders to Austria next winter”, chief executive officer of St. Anton am Arlberg, Martin Ebster, went on to say.

Skiers and riders can lock in the lowest guaranteed prices for only $49 down on next season by purchasing their passes before May 27, 2013. The following is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders choose the best season pass options for them, based on how much they plan to ski and ride. All passes are available for purchase at www.epicpass.com.

Take Multiple Ski Vacations in the United States and Europe Throughout the Winter Season for a Great Value

· The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want at $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12). The Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing or riding at nine resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and now Eldora in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. New this year, the Epic Pass also comes with five free days of skiing or riding at the renowned Verbier Resort in Switzerland and an additional five free days of skiing and riding in Arlberg, Austria. No restrictions. At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.

· The Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a few more restrictions on their winter vacation. The Epic Local Pass at $529 for adults and $269 for children (ages 5-12) offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Epic Local Pass also includes 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. At this spring rate, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.

Ski or Snowboard Any Day of the Season for a Great Value

Vail Resorts also offers options for guests who don’t plan to ski or ride more than seven days next winter:
· New this year, The Epic 4-Day™:Perfect for people who only plan to take one ski vacation. The Epic 4-Day at $349 for adults and $199 for children (ages 5-12) offers four unrestricted lift tickets for skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin. At the spring rate, the Epic 4-Day pays for itself in less than three days.

· Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than seven days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers and snowboarders a total of seven unrestricted days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, plus Arapahoe Basin, anytime during the season at $529 for adults and $269 for children (ages 5-12). At this spring rate, the Epic 7-Day pays for itself in just over four days.

Pay $49 Down Now and Lock in the Lowest Price Available

Vail Resorts is making it as easy as possible for guests to lock in the lowest guaranteed pass prices with a $49 down payment now and the remaining balance due in mid-September 2013. The lowest guaranteed 2013-2014 season pass prices with the option to put $49 down are only available through May 27, 2013.

Season Pass Insurance Option: Protect Your Pass Investment in the Event of Unexpected Circumstances

Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes and the Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day valid for the 2013-2014 ski season.

Prices on Vail Resorts season passes are guaranteed for a limited time only, so act now. For more information or to purchase your pass, visit www.epicpass.com.

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Beaver Creek’s Tenth Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Event

Ritz Carlton, Batchelor Gultch.

Ritz Carlton, Batchelor Gultch. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

Beaver Creek’s Tenth Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Event Returns May 24-27, 2013

Beaver Creek’s Friday evening 10th anniversary kickoff event, includes concert with Big James and the Chicago Playboys at the Vilar Performing Arts Center

Barbecue competitions judged by pros and attendees; $10,000 in cash prizes to be awarded

Monday Cut & Slice Golf Event at Beaver Creek Golf Club

 

Celebrate 10 years of music, barbecue and beer at Beaver Creek Resort over Memorial Day weekend with the 10th annual Blues, Brew and BBQ Festival May 24-27, 2013. As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews at one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings. To make the 10th anniversary one to remember, this year’s event will feature a kickoff concert at the Vilar Performing Arts Center featuring the high-energy Chicago soul blues of Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

Other musical highlights include Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band Featuring Erica Brown, Too Slim and the Taildraggers and John Németh who will perform live at scheduled times during the weekend. Barbecue masters will be competing for bragging rights and $10,000 in cash prizes. On Saturday a panel of professional judges will rate pork, beef and side dishes according to appearance, taste and tenderness. This year, attendees will have the chance to text their vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Selected winners will be crowned Saturday and Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza.

A Kids Zone will be open from 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday providing activities and arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. At noon on Saturday, Beaver Creek’s signature Culinary Demonstration Series kick off for the summer season, providing complimentary barbecue demonstrations from guest and local chefs.

The Blues, Brews and BBQ event offers free admission to the plaza and food and beverage are available for purchase. Ticketed events include the following.

10th Anniversary Kickoff Concert
On Friday, May 24, don’t miss the energetic, bluesy sounds of Big James and the Chicago Playboys at the Vilar Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person at the door and include one beverage of your choice – beer, wine or soda. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Microbrew Festival
Enjoy one of the largest exclusively Colorado Microbrewery Beer Tastings in the state from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Featuring more than 80 special concoctions from 35 Colorado-based breweries, participants also receive a commemorative tasting mug. Advance tickets are $35 per person and will be $45 per person at the door. The event also will be held outdoors again this year on the back lawn, near the Centennial Express Chairlift (#6).

2nd Annual Cut and Slice Golf Event benefitting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis
Back for its second year, the Cut and Slice Golf Event takes place on Monday, May 27 at the Beaver Creek Golf Club from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A shotgun start opens the day and golfers also will enjoy barbecue and craft beers from Crazy Mountain Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery around the course. Tickets are $100 per person which includes greens fee, golf cart, practice balls, tee gift and barbecue and beer on the course. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners. Reservations can be made by calling the Beaver Creek Golf Club at (970) 754-6212, emailing dlopez@vailresorts.com or purchase tickets online at www.beavercreek.com.

Lodging

Book two nights of lodging May 24-27, 2013 at participating properties and receive two custom Beaver Creek beer mugs and $20 worth of “Beaver Bucks” coupons valid toward food and beverage at the event. Book online at www.beavercreek.com or call 877.204.7883.

For more information about Blues, Brews and BBQ at Beaver Creek, visit www.beavercreek.com.

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Red Sky Golf Club

Red Sky Golf Club, Wolcott, Colorado

Red Sky Golf Club, Wolcott, Colorado (Photo credit: danperry.com)

Red Sky Golf Club Opens for Resort Play Friday, May 10

Red Sky Golf Club, rated one of the Best Courses You Can Play by Golfweek in 2013, will open for resort play on Friday, May 10; member play is already underway.  Special early season golf rates are available for rounds now through June 6. Stay and Play packages offering up to 40 percent off of lodging are available all summer.

“Our world class golf courses have come through the winter in wonderful shape as we begin our 12th season at Red Sky,” said Jeff Hanson, director of golf for Red Sky Ranch.”Through our ongoing investments in the course, top agronomic practices, and superior guest service initiatives, we are looking forward to providing an exceptional experience to all members and guests this summer.”

Red Sky’s early season rate begins at $155 a round depending upon selected hotel and tee times can be made in advance through hotel concierges or reservationists at select lodging properties. Red Sky Ranch’s Stay & Play golf and lodging packages are offered throughout the summer at a variety of properties. Rates start at $239.05 per person per night and provide one night of lodging and one round of golf. Some package rules and restrictions apply. Stay and Play package reservations may be made online at www.beavercreek.com/golf or by calling 877.204.7883.

Red Sky Golf Club is home to two award-winning 18-hole courses, The Norman Course and The Fazio Course, designed by Greg Norman and Tom Fazio, respectively. In the fall of 2009 both courses achieved designation as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. The Fazio Course and Norman Course are the 30th and 31st courses in Colorado and the 788th and 799th in the world to receive the honor.

A private club, Red Sky Golf Club is open for play for members and members’ guests as well as guests who book lodging through Vail Resorts’ properties and select destination lodging properties. Both courses at Red Sky received accolades for 2013 including Fazio at the #3 best course in Colorado and Norman at #8 by Golfweek. Travel & Leisure ranks them as the #1 and #2 courses in Colorado. Golf Digest ranks the Norman course as #70 among America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

Dining
Executive Chef Tim McCaw returns to Red Sky Ranch for his sixth summer and will feature his world class cuisine at SummerThyme Restaurant, located at the Guest Clubhouse at Red Sky Ranch as well as Silver Sage located in the member clubhouse. SummerThyme serves lunch daily including lighter fare as well as heartier items from the grill. Enjoy lunch beginning May 10 indoors or on the expansive outdoor deck overlooking the course. Silver Sage Restaurant will open for public dinners beginning June 13. Their fresh seasonal creations include favorites Wild Salmon served with tomato carpaccio, sugar snap peas and tomato marmalade or the Veal Piccata accompanied by lemon-scented arugala, shaved parmesan, fried polenta and crispy enoki mushrooms. No visit to the golf course is complete without sipping a signature Red Sky Lemonade which blends vodka, Chambord, mint and lemonade to create a cocktail that reflects the color of the evening sky.

About Red Sky Golf Club
Red Sky Golf Club is an exclusive golf facility that was designed as a private membership club with a separate limited access guest facility for guests staying at Vail Resorts’ family of destination lodges and other select hotels. Tom Fazio and Greg Norman have each sculpted a championship, 18-hole course that weaves through 800 acres of historic ranchlands filled with sage, aspen groves and spectacular mountain vistas. Part of the Red Sky Ranch luxury community, Red Sky Golf Club features two Clubhouses, Silver Sage Restaurant, two driving ranges and the Red Sky Golf Academy.

Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club is located just 25 minutes west of Vail, 20 minutes from the Vail/Eagle County airport, and 15 minutes from the base of Beaver Creek Resort.

For more information on the Red Sky Golf Club, visit www.redskygolfclub.com or call (970) 754-8400 or toll-free (866) 873-3759. For information about the residential community of Red Sky Ranch and real estate opportunities, please visit www.redskyranch.com.

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