Lindsey Vonn To Go "Where Epic Begins" In Minnesota at Afton Alps

30 September 2013
Vonn Returning Home Strong and Ready to Ski 
WHO: Minnesota-born Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated ski racer in American history and representative for Vail Resorts (which now includes Afton Alps) and its Epic Pass™. Vonn is making a strong comeback after a devastating injury, surgery and months of rehab and physical training.
“It’s always a treat to return to my roots in Minnesota and meet my youngest fans who remind me so much of myself when I was just starting out,” said Vonn. “I’m thrilled that Afton Alps is now part of the Vail Resorts family and can’t wait for skiers here to experience all that the Epic program has to offer at its resorts around the world. It’s truly a resort where epic begins.”
Known as the most decorated female ski racer in American history - and quickly gaining on "all time" status - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. She has since captured a U.S. record 59 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.
WHAT: Vonn is returning to her home state of Minnesota and Afton Alps Ski Area to greet fans and aspiring ski racers, sign autographs, and talk about Minnesota being where her “Epic” beginning started and any of the kids in the audience can also grow their talent to epic proportions with hard work and dedication.
Her visit comes during Afton’s annual Fall Fair and Swap, Minnesota’s unofficial kick-off to the ski season. Family fun includes hay rides, chairlift rides and a ski and snowboard swap. The public is invited to attend this free outdoors event that will also include other family activities and refreshments.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
5 – 5:30 p.m. - Vonn to visit with 50 young skiers from Afton Alps’ development teams
5:30 p.m. - Media interviews available by RSVP
6:00 p.m. - Public event – Vonn to speak to her fans on stage and sign autographs
WHERE: Afton Alps - 6600 Peller Ave. S. in Hastings, Minnesota
MORE: Afton Alps is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., a leading mountain resort operator in the U.S. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Afton Alps is the largest ski area near a major city in the Midwest with 48 trails on nearly 300 acres, 18 lifts, four base areas, night skiing and riding, tubing and an 18-hole golf course. For more information on Afton Alps, visit
Vonn represents all of Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts, including Afton Alps, as well as the revolutionary Epic Pass™ which 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; 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 free days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France. For more information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit
EpicMix Racing will also be launched at Afton Alps this winter, a social application that enables skiers and riders of all abilities to track their vertical feet, earn digital pins for on-slope accomplishments and even race against Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn using their NASTAR race time to earn gold, silver and bronze medals. Race times, digital medals, overall leaderboards and leaderboards with just family and friends will all be available on both the EpicMix website and mobile application.
CONTACT: A limited number of media credentials are available for interviews and exclusive access to the celebration. Contact Molly Steinke at or 612-309-1677 for details.

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 and consumer website is
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