Vail’s Adventure Ridge Opens for Winter Activities Including Tubing and Zip-Lining

Vail’s Adventure Ridge Opens for Winter Activities Including Tubing and Zip-Lining

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

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley.

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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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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Elizabeth Howe Named Senior Director, Vail Mountain Operations

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Elizabeth Howe Named Senior Director, Vail Mountain Operations

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).

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.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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Keystone Resort Offers Last-Minute Holiday Deals

Keystone Resort Offers Last-Minute Holiday Deals, Expanded Terrain and Festive Holiday Events and Activities

Keystone, Colo. — Dec. 17, 2013— Families and friends will be guaranteed a White Christmas this season at Keystone Resort. The Summit County, Colo. resort has received more than five feet of natural snow so far,

English: Keystone Village at night.

English: Keystone Village at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and is offering skiers and riders more than 1,600 acres of skiable terrain for the Holiday Season. Snow enthusiasts can also enjoy a variety of on-and-off mountain activities including mountaintop snow cat tours, ice skating, snow tubing and the fourth year of Keystone’s popular Kidtopia family programming, complete with a mountaintop snow fort.

Limited Holiday lodging availability still exists for families looking to create unforgettable memories together without breaking the bank; Keystone’s lodging is available at up to 50% offthis Holiday season, and regardless of whether children are on the naughty or nice list, kids 12 and under ski for free with any two or more nights stay in one of Keystone’s many accommodation options. Keystone’s unprecedented Kids Ski Free offer even works during the Holiday period as the deal has no blackout dates throughout the entire ski season.

Keystone will kick-off the fourth year of Kidtopia activities on Saturday, Dec. 21, with the first installment of the weekly Riperoo Parade, featuring a professional float, the unveiling of this year’s mountaintop snow fort and the launch of daily activities including ice skating parties, meet-and-greets with the mountain’s adorable avalanche dogs and specialty programming including Cupcakes and Canvases (art classes complete with delicious cupcakes). For those looking to enjoy kid’s programming indoors, Keystone introduces the new Kidtopia Headquarters, an indoor space filled with fun activities including a new Ready, Paint, Firepottery shop.

Other Holiday festivitieswill include the resort’s famed 8,000 pound chocolate Village display, an ice skating showcase, Kidtopia fireworks show, carolers and a concert with Keller Williams and his Compadres. The big man himself, Santa Claus, will make a quick pit-stop for a special Holiday breakfastDec. 24, before he sets off on his busy night of gift-giving.

For families looking to gather around the Holiday table together, Keystone’s convenient inventory of condominium-style lodgingprovides all the comforts of home, including full kitchens in most units. Or, have someone else do the cooking and visit one of Keystone’s amazing dining outlets; special Holiday menus will be available at many of Keystone’s signature dining locations.

All of Keystone’s activities and amenities will be available daily throughout the Holiday season.

For more information about Keystone Resort and all of this year’s Holiday programming, please visit keystoneresort.comor call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

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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Additional Terrain Set to Open Before Thanksgiving

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Colorado Cup 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Additional Terrain Set to Open Before Thanksgiving at Breckenridge Ski Resort

For Immediate Release                   

Additional Terrain Set to Open Before Thanksgiving at Breckenridge Ski Resort

  • Peak 9 to Open on Saturday
  • Double Tree by Hilton Breckenridge the Perfect Peak 9 Lodging Option
  • Thanksgiving Dinners Announced
  • Breck’s Cyber Monday Deal’s Announced

Breckenridge Ski Resort announced today the resort’s plans to open Peak 9 terrain this coming Saturday, November 23, 2013. Peak 9 will be open with full base area services, including ski & ride school and on-mountain dining at Ten Mile Station and The Maggie.

Peak 9 trail openings will be Silverthorne, and King’s Way via the Quicksilver SuperChair as well as Crosscut, and lower Sawmill via the Snowflake lift. The Peak 8 SuperConnect for will be open to allow back and forth skiable access between Peak 8 and Peak 9.

Breckenridge Ski Resort will have approximately 380 total acres of skiing and riding for this holiday week. For the latest terrain openings, snow report and more, visit Breckenridge.com or follow Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Peak 9 Lodging – The Double Tree by Hilton Breckenridge

The Double Tree by Hilton Breckenridge is the perfect lodging location to experience Peak 9. The hotel is situated directly across the street from Peak 9 of Breckenridge Ski Resort, has undergone a two year, complete renovation of all 208 guest rooms, meeting rooms, event space and public areas. The full-service hotel offers spectacular mountain views within a short walk of the Quicksilver SuperChair and Beaver Run SuperChair, as well as historic Main Street Breckenridge. Additional hotel amenities and services include complimentary high speed WiFi in the lobby and the 24-hour business center; a swimming pool; whirlpools; a fully equipped, complimentary, 24-hour fitness facility and sauna; a gift shop with market; and complimentary, in-town shuttle service for hotel guests. The 9600 Kitchen offers modern American cuisine in a comfortable and casual setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The hotel is also home to Breckenridge Sports, a ski and snowboard retail shop offering apparel, rentals and equipment storage. Also brand new, unique hotel services include ski valet to all hotel guests which provide complimentary delivery and retrieval of skis and boards to the slope and Ski School pickup where Breckenridge ski school will pick up children enrolled in ski school and escort them to their ski school location, which will allow the parent to not take a trip to ski school to drop off children.  For more information or to book a stay visit www.breckenridge.com/DoubleTree.

Breckenridge Thanksgiving Dinners

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Sevens Restaurant  – the only on-mountain dining option in Breck for the holiday! Sevens is located at the base of Peak 7, with a stunning patio and gorgeous views of the resort and the town. The special Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu includes all the fixings of a home cooked meal without the hassle. Reservations are recommended; please call 970-496-8910. 

Breckenridge guests also have the option of a Prix Fixe Thanksgiving style menu at the 9600 Kitchen inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge from 3 – 9:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 970-547-5520.

Breck’s Cyber Monday Deal!

Take Advantage of “First Tracks Fridays” and Up to 40 Percent Offat Breckenridge

Guests who book three or more nights throughout the ski season can save up to 40 percent off at Mountain Thunder Lodge, located within walking distance from historic downtown Breckenridge and the BreckConnect Gondola. New this winter, guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort, including Mountain Thunder Lodge can take part in “First Tracks Fridays” and receive access to the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings. Check out the deals below or log on to http://www.snow.com/cybermonday for more information. These deals cannot be booked until 12:01 a.m. MDT on Nov. 27, 2013.

Shop Main Street Breck

Breck’s got you covered on Black Friday up and down Historic Main Street. Breckenridge boasts one of the best shopping districts in Colorado with a swiftly-growing “Made-in-Breck” scene that ranges from superfat skis and handmade bicycle frames to award-winning bourbon and fine foods.

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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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Vail Mountain will Open for the 2013-2014 Season on Friday

Vail Mountain will Open for the 2013-2014 Season on Friday, Nov. 22 with More than 130 Acres of

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Terrain Accessed from Vail Village and Lionshead

Vail Mountain, one of the largest and leading ski resorts in the world, announced today that the resort will open for the 2013-2014 season on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 with more than 130 acres of terrain and access from Vail Village and Lionshead. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa, courtesy of Sprint, will be provided at both base areas for early risers and the Red Bull DJ truck will be parked at the base of Vail Village to provide music throughout the morning.

When we open tomorrow, the majority of skiing and snowboarding will take place on Born Free, with connecting routes from the top of Gondola One and the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “We are very close to being able to open up much more additional terrain on mostly natural snow, and just need a bit more snow and, most importantly, cold temperatures to allow our snowmakers and groomers to fill in a few ditches, holes and gaps to connect everything together safely.  Ski Patrol will be evaluating trails every day, and we will open up as much additional terrain as we can, as soon as we can open it safely for all of our guests.  Keep your fingers crossed for continued snow and for cold temperatures, and we’ll get there soon.”  

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 130 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola

Skiers and snowboarders will also have access to a terrain park experience on Born Free with eight features including seven boxes and rails, and one small jump. Beginner terrain will be offered at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola via the Little Eagle Lift (#15).

On-Mountain Dining

The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest, Express Lift at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village, and the Look Ma level at Mid-Vail will open for the season for daily operations, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday. The bar at Bistro Fourteen will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Friday.

The 10th, Vail’s newest on-mountain dining experience, will open for the season for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. For the Thanksgiving weekend, The 10th will be open for dinner service Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Regular dinner service will resume for the season starting Tuesday, Dec. 17. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (970) 754-1010.

Game Creek Restaurant and Bistro Fourteen will also begin regular dinner service on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Adventure Ridge Activities

Beginning Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will also have access to a variety of activities at Adventure Ridge at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, including the bungee trampolines, kids snowmobiling, and a limited children’s sledding area.

Vail Ski & Snowboard School

Beginning tomorrow the Lionshead Adults and Children’s Ski & Snowboard School offices will be open for all ability levels and the Vail Village Ski & Snowboard School office will be open for private lessons. Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted and guests can also register online at www.vail.com.

Vail Mountain Nordic School

The Vail Mountain Nordic School, located in Golden Peak, opens tomorrow with guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours. For more information or to book a lesson, visit www.vail.com or call (970) 754-3200.

Last Chance! EpicPass Available Through Sunday, Nov. 24

The Epic Pass™, the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado, Canyons in Park City Utah, and Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, for $729 only through Sunday, Nov. 24. For details, visit www.epicpass.com.

Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.

For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, 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.

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

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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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Back to the Grind Rail Jam Returns to Keystone Resort

Back to the Grind Rail Jam Returns to Keystone Resort

Keystone Back to the Grind Rail Jam


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.

Rail Jam Schedule Will Run as Follows

Pre-Qualifications
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 

Finals
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.

Spectators can jam out to tunes by DJ DC, snag sweet crowd giveaways from companies such as Candy Grind and Qdoba as well as check-out the latest gear at vendor tents.

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.

For more information about Keystone Resort, visit keystoneresort.comor call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

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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Breckenridge Ski Resort Now Open

Breckenridge Ski Resort Now Open for Historic Season

  • US veterans honored during opening ceremonies
  • Festivities culminate the resort’s week-long series of events

    The ridge under the Imperial Peak at Breckenridge

    The ridge under the Imperial Peak at Breckenridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Stage is set for historic Peak 6 Inaugural Season

The countdown is over and winter is officially underway in Breck as skiers and riders took to the slopes today when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened for its 52nd season this morning just before 9 a.m. MST. While cheers and free Ski Hill Grill signature éclairs filled the base area, the resort also offered a tribute to United States military personnel as part of its opening ceremonies and in honor of Veteran’s Day Weekend. 

The first two chairs of the morning were held for the resort’s “Six Days of Sixes” state-wide contest winners and a special guest, skier and American hero Master Sgt. Richard Gibbons of the Colorado Air National Guard, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and the War Against Terror. The Master Sergeant is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the fourth highest individual medal in the US military, and the Purple Heart, awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on behalf of our country.

“This morning’s festivities were a fantastic culmination of all the events that took place during Breck Opening Week,” said Kieran Cain, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s marketing director. “The ability for us to share the excitement and pageantry of the opening of the season at Breck with our guests and make them part of the celebration is always rewarding, and becomes even more special at the start of such an historic year as this one.”

This season, Breckenridge will have one of its most landmark years ever, as the resort adds over 540 acres to its famous landscape with the new Peak 6 expansion. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23 percent increase in the resort’s skiable acreage. This is the most notable ski area expansion in at least the past decade anywhere in the world, and will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find in North America.  Peak 6 lifts and terrain should open along with the majority of the resort’s upper mountain terrain in mid-to-late December, weather depending. Visit www.Breckenridge.com/Peak6 for the latest news and content on the Peak 6 project.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snow making operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details, the lowest lift ticket prices guaranteed, and more, or call (970) 453-5000. Stay connected all season long socially to the resort via www.facebook.com/Breckenridge or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

First Tracks Fridays

Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer a brand new exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. The “First Tracks Fridays” program will allow guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013/14 winter ski season.  Breck First Tracks Fridays will commence once mountain conditions allow this winter, and will occur every Friday throughout the remainder of the season. More details will be announced soon. For questions, please contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at (800) 985-9842 or visit www.Breckenridge.com.

2013/14 Winter Season Passes

Vail Resorts’ season pass line-up offers the best value for the 2013-14 winter season! Passes are only available until Nov. 24, 2013. For more information about the 2013-14 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

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