The Lodge at Vail

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort Unveils Major Renovations

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Nov. 24, 2014 – Vail’s most historic 52-year-old hotel, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort debuts the final phase of its renovations just in time for powder skiing over the Thanksgiving holiday – Vail Mountain has received more than two feet of snow in the last 48 hours and is expecting several more inches of snow this week. The renovations bring the hotel up to par with both its unrivaled location in the heart of Vail Village and the modern luxury its guests expect in a travel experience.

“The Lodge at Vail is a favorite spot among Vail visitors for its location, just steps from the new Gondola One, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service,” said James O’Donnell, Vail Resorts senior vice president of Lodging and Real Estate. “This transformation will bring the iconic boutique hotel to the forefront of Vail’s evolution, providing guests with modern comfort and chic alpine décor.”

The Lodge at Vail’s International Wing of hotel rooms underwent renovations in 2008, and now the renovation of the hotel’s remaining 56 hotel rooms, corridors, main stairways and lobby complete the hotel’s transformation. Partners at NeoStudio, who designed Elway’s and the pool renovation last year, were responsible for the architectural design, and Oz Architecture handled the interior design elements.

“Given The Lodge at Vail’s prominence in the Vail market, from both a historic and location perspective, we needed to balance the history and quirkiness of the iconic building with the demands of today’s luxury traveler,” said Michael Noda, NeoStudio founding partner. “That meant creating a design concept that paid homage to the existing historic structure and integrating soft alpine tones, natural materials and modern technology.”

The scope of this renovation includes interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting and the installation of air conditioning.

  • Colors – The color palette and materials are appropriate for a historic building, but chosen for their luxurious, modern qualities. The rooms feature light walls and soft alpine tones that are reflective of the hotel’s mountain surroundings, and a far cry from bright graphic color palettes popular in many modern hotels. The soft palette is complemented by dark wood accents and tasteful, subdued accent colors throughout the fabric of pillows, bedding and window coverings.
  • Textures – Natural, authentic textures were key to creating a design aesthetic that balanced the soft color palette and speak to the luxury of the hotel. Bedding and other soft goods incorporate luxurious textures, carpeting is soft wool, and seating fabrics, wall coverings and the dark wood is aligned with the property’s history and regional materials.
  • Technology – Working with a historic property has its challenges from a technology perspective, so The Lodge at Vail’s design creatively incorporates technology in its furnishings. The new headboards include power outlets, USB ports and reading lights that are expected for today’s technologically-savvy travelers. The new in-room TVs are larger and are all compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV offerings.
  • Artwork – The refreshed corridors are adorned with historic images of skiing and Vail that reflect The Lodge’s vintage, alpine flavor as Vail’s first hotel. Artwork in the guest rooms bring in a splash of color with a bright floral pattern.

In addition to the guest rooms and corridors, the lobby also has a fresh, new look while maintaining the historic charm of the arches above the porte-cochere and check-in desk, as well as the wood-stained grand staircase. The new design builds upon these iconic features with a striking chandelier, framed by a circular form in the ceiling as a centerpiece, as well as refreshed colors, textures, lighting, furniture and artwork. Another prominent element of the new lobby is a large built-in monitor above the check-in desk that can display artwork, as well as guest-centric messaging like events, snow reports, group welcomes, etc. There is also a new bell desk and concierge desk, including technology that enables guests to print their tickets in the lobby before heading out for a day of skiing.

In August, as renovations got underway, The Lodge at Vail donated everything from the 56 hotel rooms to Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties, including lamps, artwork, mirrors, chairs, mini-refrigerators, beds and more. The donation filled six trucks and marked the largest-ever resort donation to the non-profit.

Last summer, the hotel’s popular pool area was renovated, including two large side-by-side, in-ground hot tubs with a gas fireplace; furnishings; stonework and landscaping; two additional gas fire pits; a sound system with the ability to cater music to guests’ needs; heating for year-round access; and a full-service bar and commercial kitchen.

This past winter, one of the two on-site restaurants, Cucina at The Lodge at Vail, also received a facelift to its bar area. Cucina is famous for its hearty breakfast buffet and après ski by its outdoor fire pit, but will also be open for dinner during this winter season serving mountain comfort cuisine. In 2011, Elway’s Vail opened at The Lodge at Vail. Named for former Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee John Elway, Elway’s Vail is the restaurant’s first location outside of Denver and the third location in the collection.

“Adding to our revitalizations of the pool area and the Cucina bar this year, as well as the International Wing guest rooms and ballroom and new RockResorts Spa and fitness center in 2008, this final phase of renovations completes The Lodge at Vail’s makeover, enhancing the overall guest experience,” said Ben Tutt, new general manager of The Lodge at Vail.

“I am thrilled to be back in Vail, walking the halls where I played as a child when my father ran the hotel. It’s a wonderful opportunity to walk in his footsteps and see this beloved property be beautifully transformed with modern amenities, while also maintaining the authentic charm and cozy ambiance our loyal visitors have come to love.”

About RockResorts®

RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resorts that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.; Constellation Residences at Northstar in Lake Tahoe; and Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica.

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The Epic Race to Ski the World

The Epic Race to Ski the World Heading Into the Home Stretch

  • It’s all coming down to opening day at Brides-les-Bains, France
  • The Epic Race challenges Epic Pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria
  • Follow all the action at http://epicrace.epicpass.com or #EpicRace via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube 

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Twenty days into Vail Resorts’ Epic Race to Ski the World, there are 17 racers who have visited 23 of the 26 resorts on the Epic Pass and are in France. Over 100 racers have completed all 12 U.S. resorts and are still in contention to join them when tiny Brides-les-Bains, France, spins its bull wheels on Dec. 20. The Epic Race is a season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win skiing and snowboard’s ultimate prize – a lifetime Epic Pass.
 
“After 20 days and thousands of resort visits, it’s all coming down to Brides-les-Bains,” said Vail Resorts chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch. “In keeping with the spirit of the Epic Race, we wanted their 26th resort visit to be a culmination of their entire Epic Race experience, so we’ve devised some on and off-mountain challenges that will have them re-visit the experiences they’ve had at the other 25 resorts while also seeing what makes Brides-les-Bains and Les 3 Vallées so unique. We’ve been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive responses from racers about how the Epic Race has not only given them the opportunity to explore places around the world they never dreamed of visiting, but also making life-long memories, laughing through some travel challenges and making new friends in the process. I’m looking forward to seeing some great videos and photos from France.”
 
A quick look at the unofficial leaderboard shows Jarred Simpson from Alma, Colo. in front, followed by Michael Pavlik from Vail, Colo. and the husband/wife team of Cory and Brittany Heintz from Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
 
Vail Resorts expects more than 50 people to complete the race, in Brides-les-Bains, on Dec. 20, but the race won’t be over. There are still hundreds of skiers and riders who will continue the quest at a more leisurely pace, savoring the chance to visit some of the world’s most iconic ski destinations on one incredible season pass. Every racer that completes the 26 resort mission will walk away with an Epic Pass for the 2014-2015 season, as well as be in the running for giveaways throughout the race, including GoPro cameras, Helly Hansen gear and other cool prizes rewarding creative, fun and original content from their travels.
 
The team of Aaron Marks and Alexandra Malkin, from New York City, has used the Epic Race to raise $5,822 for Achilles International, Inc. to create programs to benefit disabled skiers.
 
“We teamed up to guide an athlete with disabilities for the 2013 NYC Marathon,” said Malkin on her website, http://www.crowdrise.com/26mountainsin26days. “We were moved by his spirit and the joy that accomplishment brought him, so we asked ourselves, ‘If runners are raising money for 26 miles, why not skiers for 26 mountains?’”
 
To track the progress of the leaders, get updates from Epic Host and former U.S. Olympian Kaylin Richardson, or to see all the contestant photos and videos, visit http://epicrace.epicpass.com. You can also watch the first three episodes from the Epic Race on EpicLifeMag.com. Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort to be eligible to win. After all resorts have been visited, all content will be verified.  Winners will be determined upon completion of the race and verification of compliance with the Official Rules.
 
Through Wednesday, Dec. 11, 211 racers have logged 2,554 visits to Epic Pass resorts, and have uploaded 7,662 photos and videos to the official site. The racers hail from 23 U.S. states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington) and eight countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the U.S.).

The Epic Pass is the world’s most popular pass, sold in all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries around the globe. It features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures from the U.S. to Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five consecutive free days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France.

Not up to the challenge this season? Follow the #EpicRace on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, or at www.epicrace.epicpass.com or www.epiclifemag.com.

 

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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Powerful Winter Storm Drops as Much as 14 Inches of Snow

Powerful Winter Storm Drops as Much as 14 Inches of Snow on Vail Resorts’ Vail_Jason-Roberts_12912_KariMohrMountains

  • Vail’s Colorado resorts to add up to 1,500 acres of new terrain for the weekend
  • Canyons in Park City, UT, leads the way with 14 inches of new snow
  • Combination of Mother Nature and ideal snowmaking conditions gives a boost to Vail’s Tahoe resorts

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– Dec. 5, 2013– A powerful and well-timed winter storm swept across the western U.S. Tuesday and Wednesday, touching each one of Vail Resorts’ mountains and leaving up to 14 inches of new snow in its wake. With the Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone) ready to add a combined 1,500 acres of new terrain by the weekend, holiday skiers and snowboarders are licking their chops and waxing their powder skis and boards.

“We’re within three weeks of the holidays, so this storm couldn’t have come at a better time whether you’re planning on visiting our resorts in Colorado, Utah or Lake Tahoe,” said Vail Resorts’ chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch. “The only problem is if you want to ski over the winter break, you had better act now!”

In Colorado, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, anticipates opening more than 500 acres of new terrain soon, including Golden Peak and the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6), Game Creek Bowl and the Game Creek Express Lift (#7), and the Sourdough Express Lift (#14). This would bring the resort’s skiable acreage to nearly 1,400.

Beaver Creek, where they received over a foot of new snow at the top of the mountain, opened 244 additional acres Wednesday bringing the total acreage to 760 acres. Three more lifts are set to open this weekend including Riverfront Gondola Lift (#7), Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15) and the Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#18).

At Breckenridge, where they will debut Peak 6 this winter representing the largest ski area expansion in recent memory, they’ve opened another 120 acres thanks to over a foot of new snow, with an additional 300 acres expected to open over the weekend.

Kids ski free at Keystone, and those freeloading rug rats will have 600 new acres to explore by the weekend as the resort expands its terrain from 341 acres to well over 1,000.

Canyons Resort, in Park City, UT, already blessed with the light and dry, was further blessed with the biggest snowfall total, weighing in with a healthy 14 inches. Look for more terrain to open there soon.

With up to nine inches of new snow, and more expected this week, and optimal cold temperatures for the West Coast’s two largest snowmaking systems, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are poised to expand terrain this weekend, providing the most open terrain and the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe.

Lift Tickets
For the lowest guaranteed price on lift tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar or Kirkwood (up to 25 percent), guests need only purchase seven days in advance for the Colorado resorts, three days in advance for the Lake Tahoe resorts, and one day for Canyons, Utah. Skiers and riders can call 1-888-216-8538 or visit www.snow.com.

Lodging
Since snow is free, Vail Resorts’ hospitality properties across its mountain resorts are following suit with the ever-popular Ski Free, Stay Free. Guests save up to 30 percent when they book their lift and lodging packages now – by purchasing lift tickets and lodging for three nights they get the fourth day and night free. It can be booked here.

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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The Epic Race to Ski the World

Lake Tahoe on the Nevada, California border

Lake Tahoe on the Nevada, California border (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Epic Race to Ski the World Begins Tomorrow

  • The Epic Race challenges Epic Pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria
  • Follow #EpicRace via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at http://epicrace.epicpass.com  
  • Last day to purchase an Epic Pass is Nov. 24

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– On Nov. 22, 2013, over 300 contestants will descend upon Vail Resorts’ mountains in Colorado and Lake Tahoe to officially start the Epic Race. The Epic Race is a season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win a lifetime Epic Pass.

“The participation in the Epic Race has completely exceeded our expectations,”said Vail Resorts chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch.“With over three hundred racers, it’s clear that the eyes of the ski and snowboard world will be on the Epic Race when it kicks off with the openings of Vail and Heavenly on Friday.”

Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort to be eligible to win. After all resorts have been visited, all content will be verified.  Winners will be determined upon completion of the race and verification of compliance with the Official Rules. Registration for the race closed on Nov. 17, 2013.

“Registration is closed, so you can’t participate in the Epic Race, but you can have the same type of experience by buying your Epic Pass before time runs out,” said Lynch.

Nov. 24, 2013 is the last chance for skiers and riders to get the most flexible, popular season pass in the worldwide snow sports industry – The Epic Pass – for the 2013-2014 winter season.  Sold in all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries across the globe, the Epic Pass gives skiers and riders access to 26 iconic mountains in four countries. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12). With new snow blanketing the mountains from Tahoe to Utah to Colorado, there isn’t a better time to lock in unrestricted, unlimited skiing and riding for the upcoming season. For more information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

Follow the #EpicRace on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and at www.epicrace.epicpass.com. A leader board will chronicle the top contenders. Some of the best stories to emerge from the registration process include:

  1. Father-son teams from Park City, UT and Louisville, CO, who want to spend serious bonding time over their shared passion.
  2. A man from Denver who has run for President of the United States, holds multiple Guinness World records and has been SCUBA diving with sharks.
  3. A family from Eagle, CO, whose daughter’s middle name is “Vail.”
  4. A student at Colorado State University who is currently studying abroad in France.
  5. An Odessa, FL couple of 32 years that is skipping Thanksgiving, which they had planned to host at their own house, to participate in the race.
  6. An airline pilot from Atlanta, GA who, at 47, is out to prove that older guys have still got it by doing a board slide in the terrain park of every mountain.
  7. A family from St. Paul, Minnesota that is new to the Epic Pass family, courtesy of Afton Alps, and excited to explore every Epic resort.
  8. A couple from Lake Tahoe who got engaged at Heavenly and will use the race as the honeymoon they never took.
  9. A woman from New Jersey whose second date with Mr. Right will be the Epic Race.

 

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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Registration for Epic Race to Ski the World

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Registration for Epic Race to Ski the World for a Lifetime Season Pass Ends Nov. 17, 2013

  • The Epic Race challenges Epic Pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria
  • Registration for The Epic Race ends Nov. 17 at http://epicrace.epicpass.com
  • Last day to purchase an Epic Pass is Nov. 24

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – There are only five days remaining to register to be a part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Race, and the contestants are turning out to be as unique as the race itself. The Epic Race is a season-long competition to ski/ride all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win a lifetime Epic Pass. Registration closes on Nov. 17, 2013. The race officially begins Nov. 22, 2013.

Contestants can find all the rules and register to Ski the World by visiting http://epicrace.epicpass.com. Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort to be eligible to win. After all resorts have been visited, all content will be verified.  Winners will be determined upon completion of the race and verification of compliance with the Official Rules.

“The contestants are as diverse as the mountains they have to ski or ride,” said Vail Resorts chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch. “We’ve been blown away by the passion shown by everyone involved in the race.”

The list of participants includes:

  1. Father-son teams from Park City, UT and Louisville, CO, who want to spend serious bonding time over their shared passion.
  2. A man from Denver who has run for President of the United States, holds multiple Guinness World records and has been SCUBA diving with sharks.
  3. A family from Eagle, CO, whose daughter’s middle name is “Vail.”
  4. A student at Colorado State University who is currently studying abroad in France.
  5. An Odessa, FL couple of 32 years that is skipping Thanksgiving, which they had planned to host at their own house, to participate in the race.
  6. An airline pilot from Atlanta, GA who, at 47, is out to prove that older guys have still got it by doing a board slide in the terrain park of every mountain.
  7. A family from St. Paul, Minnesota that is new to the Epic Pass family, courtesy of Afton Alps, and excited to explore every Epic resort.
  8. A couple from Lake Tahoe who got engaged at Heavenly and will use the race as the honeymoon they never took.
  9. A woman from New Jersey whose second date with Mr. Right will be the Epic Race.

The Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures from the U.S. to Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five consecutive free days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12). For more information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com. The last day to purchase a pass is Nov. 24, 2013.

Not up to the challenge this season? Follow the #EpicRace on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and at www.epicrace.epicpass.com.

 

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ASPEN MOUNTAIN TO OPEN EARLY

The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a vie...

The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a view of Snowmass Village (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ASPEN MOUNTAIN TO OPEN EARLY FOR THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 16-17

Aspen/Snowmass, CO., – Aspen Mountain will open for the weekend Saturday and
Sunday, November 16 and 17, twelve days earlier than the scheduled opening on
Thanksgiving Day. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will be open daily for the season
on Saturday, November 23, five days before the scheduled opening.

Early season snow and cold temperatures have allowed crews to work around the clock
and get the mountains ready. Aspen Mountain will open with top-to-bottom skiing
down both the Spar Gulch and Copper Bowl sides of the mountain. Skiers and
riders will enjoy more than 200 acres of terrain, 3,267 of vertical on an 18
inch base. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express Chair will be open as will
the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. Specific information on runs and additional lifts
will be announced later this week.

All season passes will be valid as they would be in the regular season. Today is
the last day to buy your Aspen/Snowmass Classic Pass. Additional pricing
information will be announced later this week and prior to opening.

Thanksgiving weekend will be packed with events including the Thanksjibbing rail jam at
Snowmass Base Village on Friday, Nov. 29 and the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert
of the season featuring Elephant Revival on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the base of
Aspen Mountain.

Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the area –
Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – as well as the
award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers
unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. The Ski area is accessible
by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County
Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles
from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call
800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at www.aspensnowmass.com.

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Vail Ski & Snowboard School

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Ski Runs (Photo credit: paulswansen)

A Newly Re-Organized Vail Ski & Snowboard School will Enhance the Learning Experience for Guests and Employees at the Resort this Winter

As the seasons change, skiing and snowboarding becomes top of mind again, especially with Vail Mountain’s opening day just around the corner on Friday, Nov. 22. For the world-class Vail Ski & Snowboard School, though, skiing and snowboarding is a year-round focus and the school has been hard at work re-organizing its structure in order to provide an even better experience for guests and employees this winter.

Previously the school was organized by base area location with general managers and managers in Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak. Now, a general manager of children’s programs and a general manager of adult programs will oversee all locations, with supporting location managers for children’s and adults programs in Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak. These general managers will report to Vail’s Ski & Snowboard School director, Bobby Murphy.

“At the core of everything, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests and employees on Vail Mountain is the number one priority,” said Bobby Murphy, director of the Vail Ski & Snowboard School. “This re-organization of the management structure for Vail’s Ski & Snowboard School will create more consistency across programs and ultimately allow for better evaluation of existing programs in order to provide the best learning environment possible.”

Changes for the better are already well under way as several individuals have been promoted to the new Vail Ski & Snowboard School management positions. The new leadership team has been busy streamlining the children’s ski school registration process for the upcoming winter by moving all children’s lesson products onto their hard card media (similar to pass products) in order to create an easier check-in process, creating a full-day Max 3 adult lesson product, and preparing for the rollout of the fourth generation of EpicMix – EpicMix Academy. With EpicMix Academy, Vail’s ski school instructors will be able to certify the attainment of certain skills and levels for any of the students in their classes. Children and adults in both group and private ski and snowboard lessons will be able to earn permanent recognition and review their accomplishments online. Parents will be able to track the progress of their kids and the Company’s ski schools will immediately know the ability level of every student before the start of each lesson.

Serving as General Manager of Adult’s Programs at the Vail Ski & Snowboard School is Lance Wellbaum, who will oversee adult lesson programs across all Vail Ski & Snowboard school locations. Wellbaum brings 23 years of experience in the ski industry to the job, and has spent the past 20 years with Vail and Beaver Creek’s Ski & Snowboard Schools. Working with Wellbaum to support adult’s programs as location managers in Lionshead and Golden Peak are Gates Lloyd and Jason Schetrompf, respectively. Dave Bolte will serve as the location manager of the Vail Village Ski & Snowboard School location.

Taking over the new position of General Manager of Children’s programs at the Vail Ski & Snowboard School is Greg Willis. In this new position Willis will oversee children’s lesson programs across all children’s locations in Vail. He brings nearly 20 years of industry experience to Vail, having begun his teaching career at Sugarloaf in Maine and then moving to Beaver Creek in 1994. Working with Willis to support children’s programs as location managers in Lionshead and Golden Peak are Dan Houck and Sherry McDonald, respectively.

Rounding out the leadership team for Vail’s Ski & Snowboard School, Murphy’s team is also comprised of Mark Raymond, General Manager of Training and Quality, and Eric Aragon, Business Manager and Financial Analyst.

The Lionshead location of the Vail Ski & Snowboard School will open for adults and children of all ability levels on Vail’s opening day Friday, Nov. 22. For more information or to book a lesson, visit www.vail.com, or call the Vail Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

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First Tracks U.S. Alpine Ski Team Naming at Copper Mountain This Friday

First Tracks U.S. Alpine Ski Team Naming at Copper Mountain This
Friday

  •  Guests can view the The U.S. Ski Team training at U.S. Ski Team Speed Center
  • U.S. Ski Team members named in ceremony in Burning Stones Plaza

    Wednesday Morning Copper Mountain View

    Wednesday Morning Copper Mountain View (Photo credit: paulswansen)

  • The Swon Brothers, recent finalists on NBC’s The Voice, headline free All-American pep rally concert
  • $39 lift tickets available all weekend

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – November 6, 2013 – The U.S. Ski Team
Speed Center at Copper Mountain is now open for training. U.S.
Ski Team athletes began training on the only full-length downhill
training venue in the world available early season on Friday,
Nov. 1. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety,
Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin will be introduced
this Friday, Nov. 8 during the Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine
Team Naming.

The full day of events kicks off with the U.S. Ski Team and
Copper Mountain Vendor Village in Burning Stones Plaza, Center
Village at 9 a.m. Spyder, Nature Valley, Blue Diamond Almonds,
Coors, POC and others will be on hand to provide information and
free samples to Copper Mountain guests. Guests are invited to
check out training from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the base of the Super
Bee chairlift. JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern, located inside Copper
Station will be open for lunch to the public. Kids and parents
are invited to the Copper Conference Center from 2 – 3:30 p.m. to
decorate posters to help cheer on their favorite U.S. Ski Team
athletes. A parade will lead athletes and fans into Burning
Stones Plaza where the “Believe in U.S.” Pep Rally will begin at
4 p.m. The official 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team will be announced
in an official naming ceremony, determining the athletes set to
represent the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Swon Brothers, recent finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” will
take the stage at 4:30 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza, Center
Village.

Get up on the hill with discounted lift tickets, available all
weekend long. Show another mountain resort season pass at the
ticket window and receive a one day lift ticket for just $39.
Make it a weekend and save 33% of lodging if a visit is booked
during the U.S. Ski Team First Tracks Event. For more information
including a schedule of events, please visit
www.CopperColorado.com.

Visit CopperColorado.com for terrain updates, snow reports,
lodging steals, event details, and more. Stay in the loop all
year long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced at Copper Mountain

English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, ...

English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced at Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain snowmaking begins in preparation for 2013-2014 winter season

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow. Copper Mountain’s opening day is Nov. 1, only 31 days away. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be introduced Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine Team Naming – a free all American pep-rally open to the public to kick off the ski and snowboard season. The full day event allows fans to catch the U.S. Ski Team training, participate in a fan-led parade and official naming ceremony, followed by an athlete autograph session and headlining live music in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village.

One lucky winner will receive a trip for four to Copper Mountain for the U.S. Ski Team First Tracks event weekend. The grand prize package includes round trip airfare courtesy of Delta Airlines, three nights of lodging at Copper Mountain Resort, shuttle transportation to and from Denver International Airport, lift tickets, four U.S. Ski Team Spyder jackets and a GoPro camera package. Fans can enter now at U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain Facebook pages, no purchase necessary. Ten runner-up winners will receive two VIP credentials to the First Tracks event, allowing special access to training viewing at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, the ceremony and the all-American blow out celebration. Entries to the First Tracks Giveaway will be accepted until Oct. 17.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Snowmaking has begun on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain with the first day of training and opening day targeted for Nov. 1.

• The 2013-14 U.S. Alpine Ski Team will be publicly introduced Friday, Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain, CO.

• Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be among the nearly 50 athletes featured.

• The free celebration kicks off the road to Sochi and ramps up the ski and snowboard season at Copper Mountain.

• Fans can watch the athletes train on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center throughout the day, then gather for Nature Valley First Tracks starting at 4:30 p.m. MT in Center Village.

• Fans can sign up to win a VIP trip to Copper Mountain for First Tracks on the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain Facebook pages.

• The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center features 87 HKD automatic snowmaking guns designed to blanket the only full-length downhill training facility available for training at this time of year.

NATURE VALLEY FIRST TRACKS SCHEDULE (all times local and subject to change)
Friday, November 8

Vendor Village in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

U.S. Ski Team Speed Center Viewing (East Village)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Believe in U.S.” Poster Party (CCC – Ptarmigan Rooms)
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Nature Valley First Tracks (Burning Stones Plaza)
4:30 –5:00pm

Copper All American Concert (BSP)
5:00 – 8:00pm

QUOTES
Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper was a huge step forward in supporting ski racing in North America. It’s cool to now see that support evolve into a fan event that kicks off our road to Sochi and celebrates the start of the ski season.

COPPER MOUNTAIN
Jesse True, Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Copper Mountain is the early-season location stateside where guests can experience Olympic Mania in the days leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. We are honored to host the U.S. Ski Team First Tracks event, kicking off the team’s Olympic season.

NATURE VALLEY
Michelle Peterson, Associate Marketing Director
Nature Valley is excited to kick off the road to the 2014 Winter Olympics at Copper Mountain with the U.S. Ski Team. The opportunity to meet the team in such a unique environment will be extremely special. We invite everyone to grab some First Tracks, meet the team, and have fun on the mountain with us…and don’t forget your Nature Valley granola bar!

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning.

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements for 2013-2014 Season

• Phase I construction underway for Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s

• New lifts improve terrain access and allow for earlier openings of advanced terrain

• Preview The High Alpine Project’s Phase II

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s is a multi-year enhancement of the resort’s high alpine skiing and riding product including expanded terrain, improved lift access and additional cat skiing operations, all designed to elevate the mountain experience for advanced, intermediate and expert level skiers and riders. The 12’s encompass three towering peaks with elevations in excess of 12,000 feet: Tucker Mountain, Union Peak and Copper Peak. Capital improvements for the 2012 -2013 season were recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service and construction is currently underway and will be completed for the 2013-2014 winter season.

Phase I of the High Alpine Project includes the upgrade and replacement of the Storm King lift. Copper Mountain guests will see a new t-bar lift in its place, providing access to the unforgettable skiing and riding in Spaulding Bowl, Upper Enchanted Forest and Copper Bowl. The new Storm King lift will offer a substantial upgrade doubling the up-hill lift capacity from the original lift. Also, Copper Mountain has announced “Celebrity Ridge,” a new surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift providing easier access to Union Peak, Union Meadows, West Ridge and Copper Bowl, located adjacent to the top of the Mountain Chief chairlift. Copper’s commitment to The 12’s also includes improved ski out in Spaulding Bowl and terrain re-grading within the Sierra area, allowing the high alpine terrain at Copper Mountain to open earlier and stay open longer.

Phase II of Copper’s High Alpine Project includes future enhancements to current terrain offerings and more acreage. This includes lift-service to expert steeps, (currently hike-to snowcat access on Tucker Mountain) as well as a snowcat accessed terrain expansion. The popularity of the terrain accessed by the resort’s free Tucker Mountain Snowcat led Copper Mountain to propose installation of the Tucker Lift. Over 260 skiable acres, presently accessed by the Tucker Mountain Snowcat, will become lift-served in this stage of the High Alpine Project.

“Copper Mountain has always been recognized for its naturally divided terrain, north facing slopes and superior beginner and intermediate terrain. With The 12’s, we are focused on improving access and adding acreage to some of the best high alpine skiing and riding Colorado has to offer. The 12’s provide our loyal guests, who love skiing and riding the high alpine, the opportunity to experience over 1,000 acres of advanced intermediate and expert terrain above tree line. They will be amazed at the improvements we have made and will continue to make to enhance the high alpine experience unique to Copper Mountain,” said Gary Rodgers, Copper Mountain’s President and General Manager.

Copper Mountain is still committed to providing an exceptional learning and beginner experience and fun, challenging intermediate terrain, in addition to improved access and new options for advanced skiers and riders with The 12’s.The mountain is laid out from east to west, and the terrain naturally progresses from easiest to most difficult. The gentle terrain that defines the west side of Copper Mountain provides a natural, progressive learning environment, while the east side of the mountain features long, steep runs. The 12’s will not alter the natural layout or award-winning trail system that is part of the reason Copper is considered an ideal destination for skiers and riders of all levels. For more information please visit www.CopperColorado.com/12s.

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for the latest information on winter pass products, lodging steals and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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