Weekly Update from Vail Resorts News: Celebrate Mardis Gras in the Mountains, Vail Turns Pink and Dine at 11,444 feet

17 February 2012
Weekly Update from Vail Resorts News: Celebrate Mardis Gras in the Mountains, Vail Turns Pink and Dine at 11,444 feet

Don’t Miss This Weekend:

CarniVail: Mardi-Gras, Mountain Style February 19 –21
Pass on N'Awlins and head to Vail for the largest annual Mardi Gras celebration and the world's highest low-country crawfish boil at 10,350 feet above sea level www.vail.com/carnivail  

Breckenridge Mardi Gras February 18-21
Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the carnival season. Breckenridge Mardi Gras will kick off in style from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, with its annual Bacchus Ball.  To learn more, visit www.breckenridge.com

Heavenly Winter Snow Blast 2012, February 25
Four big weekends of on-mountain concerts and après ski entertainment, followed by nights of live music. The second Winter Snow Blast is on Saturday, February 25, with a live on-mountain concert at Heavenly’s Adventure Peak. Then catch G. Love & Special Sauce at 7:00 p.m. in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. To book your Heavenly Winter Snow Blast weekend or to purchase show tickets, www.ltsnowblast.com. 

Events to Plan Ahead for Early March….

Keystone Culinary Festival March 3
Experience Keystone’s award-winning cuisine at this resort-wide culinary festival. Let two gondolas transport you to the Grant Tasting Event at the Keystone Outpost where guests can savor the flavors of Keystone’s award winning restaurants including the Alpenglow Stube, Keystone Ranch, Ski Tip Lodge and more. Visit www.keystoneresort.com for more information.

Pink Vail, March 3 and Free Concert by Gomez
Participants will ski/ride down a "pink-ified" Vail Mountain in support of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Hunt down five famous Vail decks, grab a Pink Vail coin at each checkpoint and bring it to registration to be entered into a drawing for incredible prizes. An après party in Vail Square will be open to the public with food, drink, prizes, and a FREE concert by Gomez. www.pinkvail.com    

9th Annual Talons Challenge and First Annual Talons Kids at Beaver Creek March 3 & 4
Beaver Creek presents the ultimate challenge for skiers and snowboarders at the ninth annual Talons Challenge, slated for Saturday, March 3 and the first annual Talons Kids challenge on Sunday, March 4. Participants test their mettle and attempt to tackle all 13 of the resort’s steepest and bumpiest black diamond and double black diamond. In total, the event includes skiing or riding nearly 24,000 vertical feet in one day. Visit www.talonschallenge.com.


Vail Resorts Lodging and Transportation Deals

Escape to Beaver Creek this spring and save up to 50 percent off between now and April 15, 2012. Hotel room rates start at $105 per person per night at the Pines Lodge, A RockResort. Spring is the perfect time to visit to take advantage of the best weather of the season. From powdery slopes to sun-drenched aprés patios, skiing in March and April provide some of the most festive and fun getaways on the slopes. Call (877) 204-7883 for more information.

Colorado Mountain Express Kids Ride Free!
Kids 12 and under ride free on Colorado Mountain Express shared ride shuttle door-to-door services from Eagle County Airport to Vail Valley locations when traveling with an adult. Please use code KIDSFREE when booking to receive discount. Visit www.coloradomountainexpress.com for more information.

Videos of the Week:

Breckenridge Imperial Bowl Opening

Keystone: It’s been a good week at Keystone and things are only getting better!


Media Contacts:

Kate Lessman, Vail Resorts Corporate PR, Mountain Division klessman@vailresorts.com
Susan Darch, Vail Resorts Corporate PR, Hospitality, sdarch@vailresorts.com
Liz Biebl, Vail Mountain PR, ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Jen Brown, Beaver Creek PR, jbrown@vailresorts.com
Kristen Petitt Stewart, Breckenridge PR, kpetitt@vailresorts.com
Laura Parquette, Keystone PR, lparquette@vailresorts.com
Russ Pecoraro, Heavenly PR, rpecoraro@vailresorts.com
Jess VanPernis, Northstar PR, jvanpernis@vailresorts.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 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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