More than Two Feet of New Snow…

More than Two Feet of New Snow and 1,300 Acres of Terrain Await Skiers and Snowboarders at Vail Mountain

  • The Highline Express Lift (#10) opened today.
  • More Terrain Openings Anticipated for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

After one of the best opening weekends in recent memory, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, is now offering skiers and snowboarders access to more than 1,300 acres of terrain, thanks to more than two feet of fresh powder that fell over the weekend and continued snowfall into this week.

Skiers and snowboarders now have access to the following lifts and more than 1,300 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Game Creek Express Lift (#7)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Highline Express Lift (#10)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola

Early season is a fantastic time to visit Vail, and thanks to Mother Nature’s generous snowfall this month the mountain is in great shape and the resort anticipates opening up even more terrain for the upcoming holiday weekend. In addition to great conditions, early season also offers the benefits of better deals, smaller crowds and more of the mountain to yourself!

Kick-Off Winter with Snow, Après, and Free Concerts at Vail Snow Daze Dec. 12-14 & 19-21

Early season also brings the resort’s signature event – Snow Daze! Not long after the annual start of the ski and snowboard season, Snow Daze, offers visitors the ultimate winter kick-off party. Spend the day on the mountain, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free concerts! This year’s lineup features live entertainment from Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., The Wallflowers, 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root. For more information, visit www.vail.com/snowdaze.

EpicDay Express: For the Ultimate Convenience and Savings on Lift Tickets

With the implementation of a new mobile ticket platform, guests now have the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price – as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. In other words, bypass the normal ticket window and get on the mountain faster than ever! Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.

Enjoy Early Season and Off-Peak Pursuits at Vail this Winter!

Dreaming of the mountain to yourself now? Come experience everything Vail Mountain and Vail Village have to offer during early season and off-peak time periods this winter and receive the BEST rates of the season. Plus, book two or more nights at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square and receive up to $150 mountain money to use towards lift tickets, rentals, shopping, dining and more. The longer you stay, the more you receive!

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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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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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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Big Head Todd and The Monsters

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English: Big Head Todd & The Monsters play live in Mission Control for STS-133 crew’s wakeup song. The song received the most votes in NASA’s Top 40 song contest receiving 722,662 votes (29 percent of the 2, 463,774 total). It was originally written as a tribute to the space program and workforce. The live performance was the first time a shuttle crew has been awakened live from Mission Control, Houston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big Head Todd and The Monsters Complete the Lineup of Free Concerts at Vail Snow Daze

  • Big Head Todd and The Monsters, presented by Bud Light, will take the stage with Matisyahu on Saturday, Dec. 14
  • Rebelution will follow opener MiM0SAon Friday, Dec. 13 presented by Pepsi
  • Vail Snow Daze will include après and after-dark parties and expo village, Dec. 9-15

Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, announced today that Colorado rock band, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, presented by Bud Light, will complete the entertainment lineup for Vail Snow Daze 2013, the resort’s annual festival to kick off the winter season. Vail Snow Daze takes place Dec. 9-15, 2013.

Formed in Colorado in 1986, Big Head Todd and The Monsters have played together for nearly three decades, first gaining popularity in the mountain states before catapulting into the national spotlight. Together the band has sold more than three million albums and headlined packed venues worldwide, including sold-out shows at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Combining a mix of musical genres, with original songwriting and scorching guitar licks, Big Head Todd’s success is no mystery and continues with the their eleventh studio album, Black Beehive, set for release in 2014.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters will join co-headliner Matisyahu on stage at Vail Snow Daze for a free live concert on Saturday, Dec. 14. Rebelution, with opening act MiM0SA, will entertain guests on Friday, Dec. 13.

All Vail Snow Daze concerts are free of charge and will be held at Vail’s Ford Park. The schedule of activities for Vail Snow Daze 2013 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of Gondola One, Dec. 13-15, as well as après and after-dark parties in the Town of Vail throughout the week.

A limited number of Private Reserve tickets are available for purchase and include a preferred viewing area, private entrance, complimentary food and beverage and a rocking party! Please check www.vail.com/snowdaze for more info.

Vail Snow Daze is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi, Sprint and the Town of Vail, and sponsored in part by Helly Hansen, GoPro, Liberty Skis, Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Daily and KZYR.

For more information on Vail Snow Daze, including the full schedule of events, visit www.vail.com/snowdaze. For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.comor 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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Vail Ski & Snowboard School

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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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Vail Resorts Announces New Live-Look on Snow Reporting

Thanksgiving at Vail Village, Vail Colorado.

Thanksgiving at Vail Village, Vail Colorado. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

Vail Resorts Announces New Live-Look on Snow Reporting

                 

Vail Resorts Announces new Live Look on Snow Reporting

  • Vail Resorts Install live, on-mountain Snow Stake Cameras

With snow falling and our Colorado resorts open or only days away from opening,Vail Resorts todayannounced the launch of a live-look snow stake camera now available to the public for its four Colorado resorts. This marks the first time guests can see the resort’s snow stake for themselves, offering a transparent update on snowfall at any time. Starting this season, snow stake cameras will be available at seven of Vail Resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

The new snow stake system re-imagines the way guests receive snow report information and allows them to see mountain conditions in real-time. This innovative system has been developed internally by Keystone ski patroller and features an electrical system that automatically flips the snow stake at the scheduled time every day.

Keystone successfully piloted the snow stake system in the 2012-13 winter season, and the system is now being extended to six new resorts this year. Canyons in Park City, Utah, is planning to join the program in the 2014-15 winter season. Each mountain will have access links to a time lapse video and static images on designated mountain website pages.

To access Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone snow stake please visit resort specific websites. The Colorado resorts encourage guests to share their snow photos using #vailsnow, #beavercreeksnow, #breckenridgesnow. or #keystonesnow.

Each resort will also have a daily GoPro snow report produced by an on-mountain experience reporter who will capture daily on-mountain GoPro photos and/or videos that will give guests a raw, real-time view of conditions on the slopes.

To view the snow stakes, visit the snow report page or the web campage on snow.com or on each resort site. Direct links to the Colorado Snow Stakes can be found here:

Vail Snow Stake

Beaver Creek Snow Stake

Breckenridge Snow Stake

Keystone Snow Stake

2013/14 WINTER SEASON PASSES

Vail Resorts’ season pass lineup offers the best value for the 2013-2014 winter season. All current prices on Vail Resorts season passes are guaranteed for a limited time only. Formore information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

About Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. 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.comand consumer website is www.snow.com

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Helicopter Flies In Towers for Vail’s New Mountain Top Express Lift

A Helicopter Flies In Towers for Vail’s New Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)

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VAIL, Colo. – Aug. 29, 2013 – The towers for Vail Mountain’s new, six-passenger chairlift to replace the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4) were flown in and set early Wednesday morning with the help of Timberline Helicopters’ Kaman K-Max helicopter. In total, 14 towers, crossarms and sheave assemblies were installed in a matter of hours as construction continues on the new lift in preparation for the 2013-2014 winter season. The upper and lower terminals will be constructed over the next few weeks.

The new high-speed, six-passenger Doppelmayr chairlift will result in a 33 percent increase in uphill capacity for the lift, or 3,600 people per hour, which is the same capacity as Vail’s new Gondola One. It will feature loading gates with a right angle loading conveyor system, which has been shown to reduce the number of lift stops and slows, thereby increasing the efficiency of the lift. The old Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) was installed in 1985 and provides access to Patrol Headquarters and a number of surrounding areas including Vail’s legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.

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

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Boneless Brings the Funk to Vail’s Friday Afternoon Club Aug. 16

Boneless Brings the Funk to Vail’s Friday Afternoon Club Aug. 16

 

  • Food and drink specials at Eagle’s Nest from 4-9 p.m.
  • Free activities including horseshoes, bean bag toss and the slackline park

    Eagle Bahn

    Eagle Bahn (Photo credit: paulswansen)

VAIL, Colo. – Boneless brings the funk to Vail Mountain’s Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) at Eagle’s Nest this Friday, Aug. 16 beginning at 4 p.m. Guests can look forward to an entertaining mix of disco, funk and jazz when the group takes the stage.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer on Talon’s Deck Grill. Guests and locals alike can kick off the weekend with free live music and activities, food and drink specials, and more all while enjoying amazing sunsets and the best views in the valley. Guests can also enter for a chance to win Shock Top’s free giveaway, a Yeti mountain bike. Register each week at FAC for the drawing on Aug. 23.

All performances are free and the Eagle Bahn Gondola is free to 2013-2014 pass holders. Guests who have not yet secured the best season pass deal in the ski industry for next winter can purchase one at www.epicpass.com. Twilight gondola tickets can be purchased after 4 p.m. and include a $10 credit voucher valid for the purchase of on-mountain food and beverage at Talon’s Deck Grill and Bistro Fourteen, or Adventure Ridge activities. Or, grab a complimentary shuttle to Game Creek and use the voucher towards sunset appetizers and drinks on Game Creek Restaurant’s deck overlooking the Vail Valley. The last ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola during evening operations is at 9 p.m.

The 2013 summer FAC band lineup includes:

  • Aug. 23                        Bluzilla
  • Aug. 30                        Bob Masters Trio

For more information about Vail Mountain, visit www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead open daily from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

About Vail Mountain

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

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Vail Mountain Hosts World’s largest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer: Pink Vail 2014

VAIL MOUNTAIN HOSTS WORLD’S LARGEST SKI DAY TO CONQUER CANCER: PINK VAIL 2014

Third annual fundraiser benefits cancer patients from Colorado and across the U.S.

VAIL, Colo. – On April 5, 2014, Vail Mountain will become a sea of pink when everyday skiers and snowboarders

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gather in Vail for the return of a one-day event to raise awareness and funds to support cancer fighters. Pink Vail, the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer has proven to be one of the most fun and colorful ski days of the year including live music, a celebration ski down, pink costumes and more.

Pink Vail is a participation-based fundraising event similar to a run or walk to support cancer. Participants receive pledges, or sponsorships, to ski Vail Mountain during the one-day event. Skiers and riders may participate as individuals or as members of a team, and registration and fundraising efforts are tracked through the event website at www.pinkvail.com.

“Pink Vail is a true celebration of our united fight against cancer. We rarely get to ski for a cause, and this day not only raises money but also celebrates the courage and strength it takes to fight cancer,” said Peggy Carey, vice president of Shaw Regional Cancer Center. “In 2013, we hosted over 1,300 skiers and riders and raised over $330,000, nearly double from our inaugural year. We hope to have even more skiers and riders from across the state, and country to join us in support of cancer fighters and survivors everywhere.”

On April 5, participants will meet at Vail Mountain’s Lionshead base area where the event is headquartered. They may choose to explore Vail Mountain on their own, or they can participate in the Checkpoint Challenge, which involves finding five famous Vail Mountain decks and earning prizes along the way. The day on Vail Mountain concludes with the “Celebration Ski Down”, a pink ski parade celebrating cancer fighters. The ski down ends in the Lionshead base area with a toast, and the festivities continue into the evening in Arrabelle Square with a Pink Aprés Party, awards ceremony and free concert.

“In just its first two years, Pink Vail has become one of the best, most fun events of the year on Vail Mountain, said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “All of us at Vail Resorts are excited to work with the VVMC team to bring it back and make it even bigger and better for year three. Everyone should plan to come out to join a great event for an even better cause!

Benefiting Cancer Patients and Survivors

Proceeds from Pink Vail benefit the “Spirit of Survival” program at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards, Colo. This new program includes a variety of complementary fitness and wellness classes, nutrition coaching, peer support and emotional counseling, a number of First Descents camp sponsorships and holistic healing options.

Shaw Regional Cancer Center, a service of the nonprofit Vail Valley Medical Center, is an intimate cancer care facility that provides exceptional, compassionate treatment and survivorship programming for patients from across the U.S. who are looking for individualized care in a unique healing environment. Shaw is renowned for its holistic, personalized approach to cancer treatment and recovery. One of the country’s premiere boutique cancer treatment facilities, Shaw Regional Cancer Center has been recognized and accredited by some of the top cancer organizations in the country, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation®, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Registration for Pink Vail 2014 will open on December 1, 2013 on www.pinkvail.com. There are no age limits or ability requirements to register. The minimum pledge amount needed to register for the event is $25 and a Vail Mountain ski pass or lift ticket is required for mountain access. Lodging specials will be available for those traveling from out of town or just looking for a fun and worthwhile escape in Vail.

Why pink? Pink Vail was started as a fundraising event to support breast cancer, specifically, and has grown and expanded to include all cancers and anyone touched by the disease. Pink Vail was presented a Gold Leaf Award by Colorado Healthcare Communicators for the best event in the state.

For information visit www.pinkvail.com.

About Vail Mountain

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

See Pink Vail by clicking HEREand watching the Pink Vail 2014 video.

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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