Colorado Resorts Blanketed With Nearly Three Feet of Snow in the Past Week, Setting the Stage for Great Spring Skiing

22 February 2010
  • Nearly three feet of snow has fallen at Beaver Creek and Vail while Breckenridge received 28 inches and Keystone was walloped with nearly 20 inches in the past week.
VAIL, Colo. – Feb 22, 2010 – Mother Nature continues to show Colorado the love in February with 10 straight days of snowfall. The cold temperatures and frequency of snow in the past week have made for great skiing and riding conditions. February snowstorms have historically set the stage for an epic spring and the ski resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are offering mountains of ways to save money and enjoy a spring vacation on the slopes. Plan now to ski well into April. Here are some great deals and events this spring:

Spring Break on Us! 33 percent Off Your Stay of 3 Nights or More at Keystone Resort
Ski & Board in the blue bird skies and epic snow of Keystone Resort starting at $159 per person when you stay for 3 or more nights. Book by March 31, 2010 and valid from Feb. 16 through April 10.  

Ski Free, Stay Free and Rent Gear Free
Visit Beaver Creek from Feb. 22 to March 12, 2010 and when you buy three nights of lodging and days of skiing, receive a complimentary fourth night of lodging and fourth day of skiing plus one day of rentals on the house. Lodging rates start at $536 per person for four nights/ days total based upon double occupancy in a one bedroom condo and ski rentals start at $147 per adult/ $84 per child for four days.  

Upcoming Events

Ice Music at the Crystal Grotto
Visit North America’s only on-mountain igloo music hall and experience the enchanting sounds musical notes from ice instruments. Beaver Creek’s Crystal Grotto offers weekly concerts every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. plus select Fridays. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased on a cash-only basis in resort; a lift ticket or valid ski pass is required and foot passes are $14 per adult or $4 per child. The 3 p.m. Saturday performance is free for kids 12 and under each week.

Vail Bud Light Street Beat Concert Series
"Off your seat and into the street" is the winter rallying cry of Vail Valley locals and guests alike as the Bud Light Street Beat free concert series continues in 2010 to chase away both the chill of winter and the hump-day blues. The show this Wednesday, Feb. 24 gets under way at Solaris in Vail Village at 6 p.m. with jam rock band Stockholm Syndrome, featuring Widespread Panic bass player Dave Schools and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph of the Jackmormons. In addition to free music, locals and guests can enter to win great prizes and enjoy a variety of food an beverage on the streets of Vail.

Hope on the Slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort
Hope on the Slopes returns to Breckenridge Ski Resort for a second year! This event provides avid skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to make their day of skiing or riding more meaningful by raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society, the nation’s #1 non-profit contributor of funds for cancer research. Participants of Hope on the Slopes will be raising awareness across our Breckenridge slopes either as teams or individuals in a competitive family atmosphere with opportunities to win prizes. Feb. 27, 2010.

The Keystone Winter Culinary Festival
After a successful first year, the culinary festival returns. Guests will experience a sampling of local specialties from Keystone’s award-winning restaurants including the Keystone Ranch, Ski Tip Lodge, Alpenglow Stube and more! Wine tastings, food-related classes, chocolate tastings, and a grand tasting event are some of the culinary festivities throughout the weekend. Also, chefs will be serving sustainable and organic ingredients in several dishes and the event is a zero-waste event where all trash will be recycled and/or composted. March 5-7, 2010.

Upcoming Ski and Ride Clinics

Vail Mountain She Skis
A Women-Only Testing Clinic is organized by SKI Magazine’s former women’s ski test director Krista Crabtree for intermediate and advanced female skiers. Aimed at enhancing equipment knowledge and technique through testing of next season’s women’s-specific skis, participants in the three-day clinic team up in small groups with top female pros. Atomic, Dynastar, Fischer, K2, Nordica, Rossignol and Volkl brands are all included in the testing, covering Vail’s extensive and diverse terrain. Feb. 26-28, 2010.  

Breckenridge Resort Women’s Ski and Snowboard Camp
Play hooky for a few days and join the ladies for a special getaway. Spend three full days on the slopes as you advance your skiing techniques and learn in this supportive, female-only environment. Prices include lunches, a welcome reception, a cocktail party, a free gift and a celebration dinner. Open to intermediate through advanced skiers and snowboarders. Space is limited and registrations must be booked in advance. March 5-7, 2010.

Breckenridge Ascent Series

Take on a different kind of challenge this winter with the NEW Breckenridge Ascent Series, presented by Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Breckenridge Recreation Department. Join us for three evening hillclimb events, all starting at the bottom of Peak 8 and finishing at the Vista Haus. Use any kind of way to get up the mountain, but skis or a snowboard are required to come back down! All events take place on Wednesdays, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Race #1 – Wednesday, March 24 – Springmeier
Race #2 – Wednesday, March 31 – Claimjumper
Race #3 – Wednesday, April 7 – Dukes

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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, Heavenly Mountain 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 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 and the consumer website is


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