Fall in Love with Winter at Vail Resorts this February

31 January 2011
Cupid aimed his arrow at skiers and snowboarders giving them record snowfall and epic ski and snowboard conditions in Colorado and California so far this season. In January, Breckenridge received 60 inches of snow in one week breaking an 18-year record and Vail hit its fourth best season-to-date in its 48-year history with 270 inches of snowfall as of mid-January

This February, fall in love with the deals, activities and events happening at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe resorts. Celebrate winter with a loved one and take advantage of all of the great conditions and fun to be had from ski and snowboard clinics and events to concerts, family activities and snowshoe tours.

February Featured Lodging Deals

Roses, Romance and Even a Ring at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail

For $29,000, treat your sweet to the peak of romance at Vail’s newest luxury property, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail. The Proposal Package includes two nights of luxury lodging, 2 first-class tickets on American Airlines, dinner for 2 at Centre V, a rose petal bath, a couples massage, a personal training session for two and even a $20,000 engagement ring. For more information or to book, call 877-525-9631.

Beaver Creek Fairytale in February Package

Perfection is being together in a snowy wonderland at prices that will make you wonder if it’s all make believe. With the Fairytale in February package, when you buy 2 days of lift tickets and 2 nights of lodging, we’ll wave a wand and make the 3rd day and night free. Prices from $138 per person for 3 nights/3 days skiing*. *Minimum length of stay required to get 1 free day/night varies throughout the month. Visit www.beavercreekresort.com for more information.

Keystone Resort Romantic Getaway Package

What’s more romantic than ice skating hand-in-hand or a scenic sleigh ride in the Colorado Rockies? Keystone's the spot for a romantic Getaway Package and the price is right. Studio Condos start at $112 for a stay through Feb. 17 and the package includes three free activities (yes, free). Choose free ice rink admission, a scenic sleigh ride and the free hot cocoa and beverage tasting to create your very own romantic getaway. www.keystoneresort.com or 877-204-7889

Breckenridge Resort February Package at Great Divide Lodge

This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart how much you care with a trip to Breckenridge.  Package includes lodging and two drinks at the 9600 Grill from only $109 per night at the Great Divide Lodge.  Based on availability.  Cannot be combined with any other offer. Featured rate based on double occupancy at the Great Divide Lodge 2/13/11-2/16/11. Visit www.breckenridge.com for more information.

February is Romance Month at Heavenly

Surprise your loved one with a romantic trip to Heavenly! Spend two nights at Harrah's Hotel & Casino, ski or ride one day, and indulge in a Couples Package at Body Essentials Spa in the Heavenly Village, starting at just $345 per person!  Or for the same price, you can choose to take a snowmobile tour with Zephyr Cove instead of skiing or riding!  Better yet, stay an extra day and do all three! Visit www.skiheavenly.com for more information.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Stay & Ski Free

Guests are encouraged to book their ski/ride getaway to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, with Stay & Ski Free packages starting at just $115 per person, per night (based on double occupancy and a two night minimum stay). This offer includes two lift tickets per room, per night. Some restrictions apply. For more information or reservations, visit www.NorthstarAtTahoe.comor call 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).

Events and Activities

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar Resorts are a one-stop-shop for winter fun for everyone this February: 

Ski and Snowboard Clinics

Breckenridge Women’s Ski Fest Feb. 9-13

Get out of your world and in to ours. Breckenridge’s best female instructors will both encourage and teach you to ski terrain appropriate for your skill and comfort level. First hit the slopes with your group for a supportive, fun day of instruction and then enjoy après ski activities with the rest of the women in the program. Prices include lunches, a welcome reception on February 9th, a spa treatment, a cocktail party, a take home gift and a celebration dinner. Open to intermediate through advanced skiers. Space is limited and registrations must be booked in advance. Visit www.breckenridge.com for more information

Breckenridge Women’s Snowboard Fest Feb. 24-26

Take your riding to a new level! Breckenridge’s best female snowboard instructors will help you attain your goals in a ladies-only environment. Hit the slopes or session the park and then hit Breckenridge’s après ski scene. With three different options, all mountain, park and pipe or both, bring your skills to a whole new level. The program includes: lunches, cocktail parties, and a take-home gift!! Space is limited and registrations must be booked in advance. Visit www.breckenridge.com for more information. 

Keystone Friday Afternoon Ski Club – Fridays in February

Discover Keystone's newest event - Friday Afternoon Ski Club. Take advantage of Colorado's longest ski day at Keystone on Friday nights with lifts running til 8pm, live music and specials at the Summit House.
Adults $11 with a voucher for a hot coco and children 12 and under are free. Dates and time subject to change depending on weather. Please call 970-496-4386

Keystone Betty Fest , Feb. 26-27

Betty Fest brings together women for two days of skiing and riding in a fun, non-intimidating environment. This program includes extensive on-hill training on Keystone’s Ski and Ride School’s trails, video analysis and discussions about nutrition, women’s specific concerns and equipment.  All women’s programs are taught by PSIA – certified, women instructors, including Annie Black – Colorado’s Ski Instructor of the year – and each group is small and supportive. For more information visit www.keystoneresort.com

Adventure Month at Beaver Creek

Intermediate to advanced skiers and riders can take their technique to the next level during Adventure Month at Beaver Creek. During February, participate in skill improvement workshops each afternoon and refine your ability in the bumps, trees or powder with a top pro from the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School. Tune Up for Talons Weekend, Feb. 12-13, features afternoon bumps workshops where participants learn to conserve energy, refine lines and receive tips on conquering Talons Challenge, skiing or riding more than 24,000 vertical in one day during the annual event Feb. 26. The Talons Tune Up Clinic and Skill Improvement Workshops are $125 per person. Book now at 970.754.5300.

Vail Adventure Sessions, Daily 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Adventure Sessions returns to Vail Mountain for its second season, offering guests an entirely new way to explore more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and maximize their experience on the slopes with an expert guide. The sessions are designed to help skiers and snowboarders get the most out of their day on the mountain taking guests to places they may have never been before and picking up tips and technical information along the way. Guests will be teamed in small groups with other like-minded ski or ride enthusiasts and will receive special access to move to the front of the lift lines all while enjoying the best terrain and conditions available. For more information visit vail.com or call (800) 475-4543 or visit www.vail.com.

Ultimate Four

Also returning for its second season, Ultimate Four is a premium group lesson program for children ages 3–12 years with only four children per instructor. Kids will be able to explore the mountain while fine tuning their skills in a small group setting with a friendly professional instructor. $249 Lesson Only, $269 Lesson & Lift Ticket.  Book online at www.snow.com.

Family Activities

Keystone KIDTOPIA – Feb. 18 - 21

Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend. Fore more information please visit: www.keystonekidtopia.com.

Beaver Creek Loves Kids!, Feb. 27 - March 11

Enjoy the ultimate in family friendliness with great discounts on lift tickets, rentals, restaurants and retail during this event that highlights all the resort has to offer its younger guests, with deals and activities just for kids! For information call (970) 754-4636 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

Beaver Creek Disco Skate Night, now- March 28

Every Monday from 6-8 p.m. A throwback to the 1970’s featuring a music and light show and FREE ice skating at the Black Family Ice rink. Rent skates or bring your own. For information call (970) 845-5293 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

Beaver Creek On-Hill Story Time, now- March 28

Every Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. Join the wild west characters of the Buckaroo Bonanza Bunch for story time on the hill, located at the top of the Buckaroo Express Gondola. FREE. For information call (970) 926-5855 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

Buy-One-Get-One at Adventure Ridge at Vail and Weeknight Specials at Bistro Fourteen

Play all day and well into the night at Adventure Ridge with tubing, kids’ snowmobiling, ski biking and rebound trampoline. From Feb. 1-17, buy one activity at Adventure Ridge and get one free! This high-mountain attraction located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest provides outdoor fun for the whole family. Additional tubing lanes and an upgraded, enclosed conveyor lift which provide guests with an easier tubing experience and faster lift times, allowing for more laps and more fun. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Bistro Fourteen where kids of all ages can enjoy fine dining with a casual, family-friendly twist, including a $10 multi-course children’s menu. Also from Feb. 1-17, enjoy Two-for-One Tuesdays, 50 percent of bottles of wine with the purchase of food on Wine Wednesdays and draft beer specials on Thirsty Thursdays. For information call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245) or visit www.vail.com.

Nature at Night

Meet at the Nature Discovery Center – a partnership between Vail Resorts, Walking Mountains and the U.S. Forest Service – for a family-friendly program full of engaging activities and fascinating information about night creatures at the ski area. Programs may include: Colorado Cats, Wily Weasels, Eyes on Owls, and Howling at the Moon. No reservations required.  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information call (970) 754-4675 or visit www.vail.com.

Snowshoeing from the Nature Discovery Center

From animal tracks to the mountain pine bark beetle, the Nature Discovery Center is your source for all things wild - including guided snowshoe tours with an expert naturalist. See and learn about the wild side of Vail in the most pristine of settings. No reservations required. Tours depart daily at 3 p.m. through April 10. For more information call (970) 754-4675 or visit www.vail.com.

Mountain Events and Activities

Keystone Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle, Feb. 26

Helly Hansen's Big Mountain Battle is going into its 3rd exciting season and we want to invite you to join in the fun and excitement of a little adventure on the mountain you thought you already knew. We want to take you to corners of the mountain you may not have been to for years, send you hiking up a climb you would have never thought to do, go searching in the woods for a checkpoint, get tracked in real time by our friends at Flaik GPS and you get to do it all with your buddy. Please go to http://www.bigmountainbattle.com  for registration.

Beaver Creek Talons Challenge, Feb. 26

The 8th annual Talons Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 26 is the ultimate challenge for skiers and snowboarders. Participants test their mettle and attempt to tackle all 13 of the resort’s steepest and bumpiest black diamond and double black diamond runs on the legendary World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and on the flanks of Larkspur Bowl. In total, the event includes skiing or riding more than 24,000 vertical in one day.  Registration is available online at www.talonschallenge.com and is limited to 1,500 participants. The Talons lodging special features room rates beginning at $93 per person. Visit www.beavercreek.om or call 800-404-3535. 

Hope on the Slopes – American Cancer Society, Feb. 26

In its 3rd year at Breckenridge, Hope on the Slopes 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 while competing and celebrating their fundraising efforts in a family friendly atmosphere. Please visit www.breckhots.com for registration and details.

Keystone KAT Skiing

Let our experienced Keystone Adventure Tour guides make your first run down Independence Bowl, Keystone's newest expert-only terrain, a memorable one. During the season, we'll offer two guided tours daily through this exhilarating bowl. Each tour comes complete with lunch at the Independence Bowl Hut catered by Peak Provisions – which you're certain to need after making laps in this powder. Please note that, while highly trained, our KAT guides are not ski instructors; these tours are for expert skiers and riders who are accustomed to and adept in powder and trees. If you'd like to learn the art of powder skiing – or hone your skills before striking out in this territory – we recommend a lesson with our Ski & Ride School, which has instructors for every level (not just beginners). If you're in doubt of your abilities, feel free to take a Mountain-Top Snowcat Tour first to scope out the terrain, and talk with our staff about your skill level and comfort in deep powder.Included in your guided tour is a lunch experience at the Independence Hut. Call 970-496-4FUN (4386) to book your tour.

Northstar Valentine's Day Couples Race, Feb. 14

Are you tired of listening to a loved one talk about who's the faster skier or rider?  Well now's your chance to get to the bottom of it!  Join us on Valentine's Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for our free Valentine's Day Dual Slalom Fun Race.  The course will be set up on Lower Pioneer Ski Trail for anyone interested.  It will accommodate intermediate and advanced skier and all participants will walk away with a rose for completing it. Visit www.northstarattahoe.com for more information.
Northstar Biathlon Certification Class
This year, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is offering Biathlon Certification Classes to review Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort specific rifle and range safety protocol and to certify each participant with a US Biathlon Certification/Red Book Certification.  The class will take place at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center located at mid-mountain. February Dates: February 11 and February 25. Visit www.northstarattahoe.com for more information.
Heavenly Resort Amateur Slopestyle Ski and Snowboard Event on the new Ante Up Terrain Park, Feb. 25
Located under the Tamarack Express Chairlift, Ante Up is a true slopestyle park comprised entirely of recycled features including tractor tires, water tanks, corrugated and snowmaking pipes. Heavenly will also have live music at the new Tamarack Lodge at the top of Heavenly’s Gondola. For the most current information on upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, visit www.ltsnowblasts.com, or download the free “Lake Tahoe Life” ski and nightlife app for the iPhone or Android mobile devices.

Kids and Adults Telemark Workshops at the Vail Nordic Snowsports School

The Vail Nordic Snowsports School offers telemark workshops geared towards adults and kids ages 5-14. All ability levels are invited to participate in the workshops which take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $93 per lesson, or $153 for a lesson and lift ticket combination. Participants who pre-register will receive $10 off. The adult telemark workshop will take place Saturday, Feb. 12; the kids telemark workshop is slated for Sunday, Feb. 6. 

Free Heel Betties Workshop at Vail

Ladies are encouraged to participate in the “Free Heel Betties” workshop, specifically tailored towards the intermediate female telemark skiers who are hitting the blues and ready to move to the blacks. The three-day workshop, scheduled for three consecutive Wednesdays – Feb. 9, 16 and 23 – is $270 and is a progressive clinic for women, taught by women. The registration deadline for the “Free Heel Betties” workshop is Monday, Feb. 7. For more information visit www.vail.com or call (970) 754-3200.

Concerts and Entertainment

Valley Foundation Bud Light StreetBeat Concert Series, February 24
Presented by Bud Light and Volvo; Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village at 6:30 p.m.; FREE music featuring Earl Wear & Haywire. www.vvf.org/streetbeat.

Heavenly Resort Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast, Feb. 25 -26

Tahoe South Winter Snow Blasts feature cutting-edge music acts at the Harrah’s South Shore Room, which is celebrating over 50 years of entertaining visitors to Lake Tahoe. February events include:
The Dan Band on Feb. 25 and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on February 26.
For the most current information on upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, visit www.ltsnowblasts.com, or download the free “Lake Tahoe Life” ski and nightlife app for the iPhone or Android mobile devices.

Moonlight Snowshoe Events

Vail Moonlight Snowshoe Tour

Journey into the night under the captivating glow of the full moon. Learn about astronomy and the habits of nocturnal animals while you snowshoe through the pristine silence of the moonlit mountains. Feb. 15 from 7- 8:30 p.m. For more information call (970) 754-4675 or visit www.vail.com.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Stargazing Snowshoe Tour, Feb 14

New this year to our snowshoe offerings are three nights with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen during Star Gazing Snowshoe Tours. Every tour is as different as the starry skies above however each will include a poem reading, a fun space quiz, a laser tour of the stars and constellations and a telescopic viewing using top of the line Celestron telescopes.  All tours will begin at 5pm and will depart from the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center. For more information visit www.northstartattahoe.com  
Northstar Moonlight Snowshoe Tours, Feb 17-18 Basque in the moonlight while enjoying the peaceful, serene mountain setting - all while getting some great exercise - by joining us on Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort's Moonlight Snowshoe Tours. There will be two to three different routes ranging in difficulty and distance so you can choose the group you’re most comfortable with. After conquering the terrain you’ll return to the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center for live acoustic music, s'mores and hot chocolate around one of our fire pits and a bonfire.  For more information visit www.northstartattahoe.com  
Heavenly Resort Gourmet Snow Picnic: Romance on the Snow
There’s no better way to take your romantic ski or snowboard vacation to the next level than by booking Heavenly’s Gourmet Snow Picnic. We break out the fine china, the champagne and a lavish, three-course spread that’s topped off with chocolate fondue and is all served on a table cut out of the snow on a secluded hillside overlooking Lake Tahoe. No pressure, but the success rate for wedding proposals is 100 percent. Just $275 per couple, book at heavenlycatering@vailresorts.com, or by calling (530) 542-5153.

Beaver Creek Twilight Snowshoe Tours, now- March 29
Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. Take a stroll in the starlit snowfields with one of our guides. Atlas snowshoes and headlamps are provided, while hot cocoa and cookies await your return. Tours depart from the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center located at the base of Strawberry Park Express Lift #12. For explorers aged 6 and up. FREE event limited to the first 50 guests.  For information call the Nordic Center at (970) 754-5313 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

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  Kate Lessman, (303) 404-1871, klessman@vailresorts.com
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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-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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