And you thought doing your taxes were going to be easier this year.
Think again. Remember as well that elections have unintended consequences.
And you thought doing your taxes were going to be easier this year.
Think again. Remember as well that elections have unintended consequences.
Adventure Ridge atVail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, is now open for the 2013-2014 winter season offering a hub of alternative winter activities and fun for the whole family high atop the Eagle
Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding on more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain at Vail, guests can now enjoy activities like snow tubing, ski biking, kids snowmobiling and bungee trampolines. Adventure Ridge’s new zip-line, which debuted over the summer, will open for the winter season on Friday, Dec. 20.
Adventure Ridge is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After working up an appetite at Adventure Ridge guests can now enjoy dinner at Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek Restaurant Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Both restaurants will also be open for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve holidays. Visit www.vail.com/dining for online reservations or call Bistro Fourteen at (970) 754-4530 or Game Creek at (970) 754-4275.
For the upcoming holidays Adventure Ridge will extend activity hours on Sunday, Dec. 22 and 29, and Monday, Dec. 23 and 30 until 7 p.m., including ski biking, and Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek will also be open for dinner service.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the World 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.
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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VAIL, Colo. – Dec. 17, 2013 – Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, announced today the appointment of Elizabeth Howe to the position of senior director, mountain operations.
Howe spent 20 years in operations at Telluride, beginning as a lift operator and eventually rising to vice president of resort operations, a role in which she managed Telluride’s ski patrol, snow making, grooming, lift operations, lift maintenance, parks, events and fleet maintenance, the same functions she will lead for Vail Mountain.
“I’m excited to welcome Elizabeth to our Vail Mountain team,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “I’m confident that her experience and leadership abilities will be assets for us in continuing to differentiate Vail as the greatest mountain resort experience in the world.”
In her role at Telluride, Howe also served as director of the Telluride World Cup Organizing Committee in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a position which will lend itself to events like the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the upcoming 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. She has also worked with organizations including the National Ski Areas Association, the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board and the United States Forest Service.
Howe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
Ok, not really and yet we have a few story links to some things you might have missed and need to know about this ongoing train wreck.
Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day. Stephen Green has some questions about the inappropriately named “Affordable Care Act.”
Just as elections have consequences, there are consequences of Obamacare. And of course it’s not a consequence you knew about or saw coming unless you read the fine print. That of course means that you were able to get on line and were able to enroll.
And while we’re on the subject of reading, the 217 page Obamacare training manual for the “Navigators” of the Affordable Care Act, has been released for us all to read and digest.
These are simply three of the ongoing issues, problems and piss poor planning of the Affordable Care Act. It is long past time to repeal, defund and put it behind us and return us to our rightful representative democracy.
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.
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.
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.
President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
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:
–Sean Razee, MS, AIWS, has accepted the newly formed position of beverage director for Vail Resorts’ Mountain Dining Division. One of only 135 master sommeliers in North American, Sean brings more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry to the mountain dining teams where he will be working collaboratively with the food and beverage directors, restaurant general managers, and sommeliers at all 10 of the company’s resorts.
KEYSTONE, Colo. Keystone Resort’s A51 Terrain Parkis back with the second rail jam of the season, Back to the Grind, Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Summit County resort. Following on the heels of the successful Backyard BBQ and Rail Jam, Back to the Grind will give skiers and riders the chance to jib their way to the top of the podium, with the chance to win huge prizes. Spectators will enjoy a fun evening featuring live music, giveaways, and plenty of under-the-lights action. Skiers and riders will take on a multi-rail feature on Keystone’s River Run face, adjacent to the Summit Express chairlift just outside the resort’s River Run Village. The competition will get underway at 3:30 p.m. and will continue as the sun sets into the late afternoon. Spectators can enjoy the high-energy action from great vantage points on-snow, the perfect end to another great day on the mountain.
Keystone opened for the season Nov. 1 and is now offering more than 100 acres of skiable terrain, including top-to-bottom skiing on the Spring Dipper and River Run trails. Beginners can enjoy the resort’s signature cruiser, Schoolmarm, with access to the Montezuma lift. Those looking to get in on the jibbing action can check out more than 20 features in A51’s mountaintop early season terrain park on the trail Scout, with easy lapping via the Ranger lift.
After taking advantage of the great early-season conditions as well as the progressive features in the early season park, skiers and riders can register to participate in the Saturday, Nov. 16 Back to the Grind rail jam that will begin at Noon with participant check-in and registration running until 3 p.m. The official event will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. on a multi-rail feature located at the base of the River Run face adjacent to the Summit Express chairlift.
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Women’s Skiing
3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Men’s Skiing
4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Women’s Snowboarding
4:45 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. Men’s Snowboarding
5:15 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Women’s Skiing
5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Men’s Skiing
6:05 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Women’s Snowboarding
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Men’s Snowboarding
Winners in both men’s and women’s snowboard and skiing categories will take home cash prizes, a new snowboard or a Keystone A-Basin Season Pass.
Following the rail jam, spectators and participants can head over to Warren Station Center for the Arts located in River Run Village to catch a documentary about the life of Shane McConkey, one of the most legendary and groundbreaking freeskiers in the industry. Presented by Matchstick Productions, the film “McConkey” is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sport and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Doors open at 7 p.m. featuring Red Bull mixer specials with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m. Buy online tickets now at https://mcconkeykeystone.eventbrite.comfor $10 or pay $12 at the door. For rail jam participants, flash your bib and tickets are only $7.
For those guests looking to make a last minute decision about where to ski/ride, Keystone has
introduced one-day advance purchase lift tickets online. New this season, snow enthusiasts
may purchase lift tickets at Keystonetickets.com just one day before heading to the mountain.
One-Day Peaks Advanced tickets will be available every day, all season long, offering up to 25% savings off window-rate tickets.
Registration for the rail jam costs $15 and can be purchased now at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7242990981.