A Cornucopia of Powder for Skiers and Snowboarders This Thanksgiving in Colorado and California

24 November 2010
Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe are all now Open with Great Conditions and Epic Early Season Terrain
VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 24, 2010 – Skiers and snowboarders can thank Mother Nature for a feast of powder and record-setting terrain openings in both Colorado and California this Thanksgiving. Vail Resorts six world-class resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe are all now open with epic snow conditions. More snow is expected this weekend for Colorado and California as well so skiers may want to change their Black Friday into a White Friday and head up to the slopes.
Vail Mountain: Plenty to be Thankful for with Nearly 3,000 skiable acres
Just days after opening for the season, continued snowfall, cold temperatures and hours of hard work from Vail's operations teams allowed the resort to open more lifts and expand its skiable terrain to 2,743 acres, including China and Tea Cup bowls. Opening for the first time this season at 9 a.m., the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6) and Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak; the Cascade Village Lift (#20) and the Sourdough Express Lift (#14) all kicked into gear this morning. China Bowl and Tea Cup Bowl, served by the Orient Express Lift (#21) and Tea Cup Express Lift (#36) opened at mid-day today. For more information about Vail Mountain, including opening day, terrain updates, snow reports, events and lodging and holiday values, visit www.vail.com.
Powder Pilgrims Flock to Breckenridge for New Terrain Openings
Breckenridge Ski Resort also announced significant terrain expansion today, with Peak 9 and its base services complimenting existing skiing and riding on peak 8. Thanks to huge November snowfalls, Breckenridge will also offer expanded terrain on Peak 8, with the Imperial Express lift joining the Colorado Superchair, Rocky Mountain Superchair, Rip's Ride and Chairs 5 and 6. This culminates in approximately 1,200 acres of skiing and riding for our guests. Visit www.breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, events and more.
Heavenly and Northstar Serve Up Hefty Helpings of Early Season Snowfall
Lake Tahoe Resorts, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe have seen a whopping 58 inches and 93 inches of snow respectively in the last five days, allowing the California side of Heavenly resort to open to skiers and riders today and is operating 14 lifts and 22 trails in California and Nevada. Northstar-at-Tahoe currently boasts a 51 inch base at the summit and 37 inch mid-mountain base. Visit www.skiheavenly.com and www.northstarattahoe.com for more information.
Beaver Creek Resort Opens Today with Plenty to Be Thankful for Including Great Snow Conditions and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Beaver Creek Resort’s 30th season kicked off today at 9 a.m. offering skiers and snowboarders 426 acres of terrain, 11 lifts and a mix of beginner, intermediate and expert trails. Before noon, the resort dropped the ropes on Rose Bowl and increased its terrain to 530 acres on an opening powder day. Skiers and riders will refuel and consume 5,000 chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon for the annual Beaver Creek Cookie competition. Weather forecasters are calling for another round of snow and plunging temperatures through Wednesday evening in the Beaver Creek area, which will enable snowmaking and mountain operations crews to continue working on other areas of the mountain. Looking forward, the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup takes place Dec. 3-5 featuring live ski racing action and plenty of spectator-friendly activities. For more information visit  www.beavercreek.com.
Keystone Resort Gives Skiers and Riders a Feast of New Terrain and Activities
Keystone Resort is opening North Peak today and Bergman Bowl tomorrow giving skiers and riders a total of 1748 acres of skiing across three mountains by tomorrow. Additionally, Keystone Resort begins its lift-served snow tubing operations today and will be open for night skiing throughout the holiday weekend. Also, Keystone Resort’s snow cat operations begin for the season tomorrow. For more information visit www.keystoneresort.com
Don’t Wait…..Plan Your Ski and Snowboard Trip Now! 
Free Night On Us
Stay at a RockResort and receive a FREE night on us, a complimentary $50 gift card and a free hydration backpack. From powdery Rocky Mountain slopes to sun-drenched Caribbean beaches, RockResorts offers elegant luxury in spectacular destinations. Travel must be booked by Jan. 31 and be completed by April 3. Free night is calculated into displayed nightly rate. Visit www.freenightonus.com for more information.
Lowest Price Guarantee on Lift Tickets
It’s simple! When you purchase your lift tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Heavenly in advance through one of the Vail Resorts Official Ticket Outlets (this website or by calling a Vail Resorts reservation center) you are guaranteed the best price on our lift tickets. Visit www.snow.com for more information.
EpicMix at Vail Resorts and the Chance to Win and Epic Holiday Gift
Also new this year, Vail Resorts is launching EpicMix™, the revolutionary new online and mobile application that will allow skiers and snowboarders to digitally capture and share their ski and ride experience at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.
Vail Resorts is currently offering a contest based on the total vertical feet skied at its resorts, in which one lucky guest can win up to $100,000 in a cash prize. The contest began on Friday, Nov. 5, on Keystone Resort’s opening day, the EpicMix scanners are capturing guests’ lift rides, calculating vertical feet and days skied. The scanners are continuing to capture guests’ lift rides with each of the other resort openings
For additional details and contest rules, visit www.epicmix.com
There's never been a better time to visit Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar! Visit www.snow.com/bignsow for the latest deals and information.

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, Wyo. 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.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.


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