Mountain Events in Full Bloom this Spring Plus New Snow in Lake Tahoe

03 April 2012
Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar California are celebrating snow, sun and the end of the 2011-12 ski season with fun events, concerts and great deals on season passes for next season. Don’t forget to buy your pass before April 15 to lock in the best rate.
 
Spring Back to Vail returns for 2012 with a week of free concerts, the World Pond Skimming Championships and more, April 9-15. Don’t miss Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Thievery Corporation, JJ Grey & Mofro and Iration, plus a full lineup of opening acts. The legendary World Pond Skimming Championships close out the season at Vail on Sunday, April 15 as competitors donning their best costumes launch themselves off a snow jump and onto the icy waters of Golden Peak in an attempt to successfully make it to the other side on both feet.
 
Spring skiing has hit the high country with gorgeous weather and warm temperatures making for enjoyable spring conditions, incredible après, outdoor events for the whole family and goggle tans galore. What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than heading out to Keystone Resort closing weekend, April 7 and 8,for unbeatable ticket and lodging discounts, amusing events and mountain-side live music. After cruising down the slopes kick off the weekend by stopping by the River Run Village Plaza Saturday, April 7 for an awesome FREE concert featuring Sam Bush. Stick around Sunday, April 8 for the Annual Keystone Slush Cup, showcasing people garbed in wild costumes, competing for awesome prizes by skimming across a pond strapped to a snowboard or clicked into skis. Plus, guests enjoying those final turns of the season can take advantage of great spring deals including 50 percent off lodging and Buy One, Get One Free on lift tickets, March 26 through April 8. For more information regarding events and pricing check out: www.keystoneresort.com
 
Spring Fever’s Easter Weekend, Breckenridge
With a gentle snow falling at Breckenridge Ski Resort this morning, it’s easy to remember why spring in Breck offers some of the best skiing and riding in Colorado this time of year. Breck has over 1,800 acres of terrain still open and plenty of Spring Fever Events to come.This weekend features two signature events, the Rockstar Throwback Throwdown and a 10,000 egg Easter egg hunt for guests of all ages. For all the weekend’s events, visit www.breckspringfever.com
 
Vintage SkiFest, Beaver Creek
Dust off your wooden skis, leather boots and vintage ski wear and head to Beaver Creek for the third annual Vintage SkiFest on Saturday, April 7. Featuring a celebration of ski history, racing and tradition, the event is a throwback to the early days of skiing and ski racing. Put on your woolies and knickers and put your vintage technique to the test in the slalom race or the classic bumps competition.  Vintage Ski World will be on site to provide vintage rental gear and outfits allowing participants to be eligible for costume prizes.  Reserve your vintage gear by calling 800-332-6323 or visit www.vintageskiworld.com. Live music from “Those Austrian guys” will entertain competitors and spectators. Registration is $20 per person and proceeds from the event will benefit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. Register at www.beavercreek.com/vintageskifest.
 
Spring It On, Northstar California
Celebrate the Easter holiday at Northstar with festive activities for all ages on Sunday, April 8. The Village at Northstar egg hunt will take place at 10:30 am, followed by live music on the village stage starting at 1:30 pm. Visitors can also have an EpicMix photo taken with the Easter Bunny while he's cruising around the rink in the Village or skiing on the mountain. Participate in Northstar's annual end of the season celebrations and Pond Skim on Sunday, April 15. The Pond Skim contest kicks things off at mid-mountain at 11:30 am, followed by face painting, live music, food and drink specials and more in the Village. Guests are also encouraged to put on their best 80’s-style ski gear and get ready to show off their back scratchers and spread eagles at Northstar's Retro Dress Day. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for a full list of scheduled events. As an added bonus, guests who purchase a 2012-13 Epic Pass, Tahoe Value Pass or New Tahoe Local Pass can take advantage of FREE Spring Skiing through April 15 at Northstar. Not only can skiers and riders enjoy the happenings at Northstar this spring, but with the arrival of recent snow the fresh mountain conditions make for an all around superb experience.
 
Spring Loaded, Heavenly
The 16th Annual Spring Loaded festival is underway at Heavenly, with concerts including the Gunbarrel 25 hosted by Glen Plake on April 7, Lake Tahoe Pond Skimming World Championship April 14-15 and the Heavenly Angels Helly Hansen Fashion Show as well as the Ski Patrol Fundraiser on April 14. To benefit the already festive spring time events, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 12-18” of fresh snow since March 31, improving Tahoe’s best snow surfaces and setting the resort up for weeks of great spring skiing conditions. During the month of March, Heavenly received 110” of new snow. B-roll from March 31 is available here. Heavenly announced last week that the resort will extend its operations to include the weekends of April 20-22 and April 27-29, weather and conditions permitting. The Heavenly Gondola, Tamarack Express and Dipper Express, with a limited expert-only operation at Gunbarrel Express, will all be open during those days.  
 
Time is Running Out to Get the Best Deal in the Ski Industry on Season Passes
Lock in the Best Rate Through April 15, 2012
 
Ski or snowboard eight world-class resorts across three states and 24,980 acres, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California/Nevada, more than five to six days in one season and all of the passes pay for themselves. All passes are available for purchase at www.epicpass.com. Buy before April 15, 2012, and Vail Resorts is giving guests the option to lock in these prices now with a $49 down payment, with the remainder of the balance due in mid-September 2012. Epic Local, Tahoe Local and Summit Value and Tahoe Value Passes purchased before 4/15 get six Buddy Tickets as an added benefit (after 4/15 passes will only come with two Buddy Tickets). For more information about 2012-13 season passes, visit www.epicpass.com.
 
·         The Epic Pass™, the best season pass deal in the ski industry, offers unlimited,
unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar,
Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin for $659. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than six days on the mountain.
 
·         Epic 7-Day™ pays for itself in less than five days and is ideal for people who don’t plan to ski more than seven days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers and snowboarders a total of seven unrestricted days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, and Northstar, plus Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $509.
 
·         The Epic Local Pass™, for $509, pays for itself in less than five days and is perfect for locals who can navigate a few more restrictions. The Epic Local Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. It also includes a total of 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. $50 pass holder tickets are also available for purchase during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.
 
·         Summit Value Pass™ pays for itself in less than four days and is a great option for people who only plan to ski Summit County. The Summit Value Pass is available for $419 and provides unlimited and unrestricted lift access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as access to Breckenridge with limited holiday restrictions. Pass holders can purchase access to Breckenridge on restricted days for $50 per day.
 
·         New for 2012-13, the Tahoe Local Pass™ offers skiing and riding seven days a week to Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood resorts for $419. The Tahoe Local Pass includes access on Saturdays at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions and $50 pass holder tickets available for purchase during blackout dates. Priced $80 less than last year’s Epic Local Pass, the Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.
 
·         The Tahoe Value Pass™, available for $379, includes skiing or riding seven days a week at Heavenly, and skiing or riding at Northstar and Kirkwood on Sunday-Friday, with all Saturdays blacked out at Northstar and Kirkwood. Holiday restrictions apply, but pass holders can purchase a $50 ticket to any of the three resorts on restricted dates. In less than four days of skiing or riding, the Tahoe Value Pass pays for itself.
 
When it comes to celebrating spring skiing or riding, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar California are the places to be, whether it’s hitting the slopes for one last day on the hill, basking in the sun while enjoying live music, or participating in an array of events both time-honored and new, Vail Resorts has something for everyone.
  
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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 California 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 property and 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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