Keystone Resort Opens Friday, Nov. 4 with Fresh Snow, Top-to-Bottom Skiing and One of the Largest Early Season Terrain Parks

02 November 2011
• New Snow Creates Excitement for Upcoming Opening Days at Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek

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Keystone, Colo. — Nov. 2, 2011 — With last week’s storm that delivered more than seven inches at Keystone and a fresh coating of new snow today, Keystone Resort is ready to roll out the white carpet to welcome guests to the start of the 2011-2012 season on Friday, Nov. 4. Today’s storm delivered up to eight inches of snow to Beaver Creek, Vail and Breckenridge, which will help resort crews prepare for their November opening days.

Thanks to the new snow and the round-the-clock efforts of Keystone’s snowmaking, grooming and mountain operations team, Keystone Resort will be opening on Friday with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Spring Dipper and River Run trails, all serviced by the River Run Gondola. For beginners, the resort is offering two learning areas, one at the top of the mountain and one at the Gondola mid-station. In addition, Keystone is debuting one the best and biggest early season terrain parks with 25 new features, all accessed by its own chairlift.

To commemorate Keystone’s co-founders, Max and Edna Dercum, the resort is renaming opening day, “Dercum Day,” and has a series of events planned, as well as a special dedication.

With more snow forecasted for this weekend, why not stay overnight? Keystone is offering special lodging deals for season pass holders from $79 per night. The room also comes with a free cookie when you check in to Keystone lodging. The free cookie program will be extended throughout the season at Keystone for all lodging guests. Kids at Keystone will be treated with a new Keystone Kidtopia Treasure Chest chock full of sunglasses, silly bands, stickers and other “treasures” when they check in to their Keystone lodging all season.

Visit www.keystoneresort.com or call 877.204.7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek Opening Days

Breckenridge Ski Resort kicks off its 50th Anniversary season on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11)! From a free cupcake breakfast to free Breckenridge Tattoos, Breck’s opening day should be one for the ages. Get the latest on season-long events, the Breck “50 Wishes” campaign and get 50 percent off two or more room nights at The Village at Breckenridge through Dec. 15 at www.Breckenridge.com. Follow the resort at www.Facebook.com/Breckenridge or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

Catch “First Tracks,” the announcement of the 2012 U.S. Ski Team, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety live in Vail on Saturday, Nov. 5. Vail Mountain opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 and the renaissance continues with the addition of a highly-anticipated new 13,000-square-foot table-service restaurant, The 10th, opening Thursday, Dec. 1.
 
Beaver Creek opens on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. Celebrate opening day on the slopes and then be ready to gobble up 5,000 warm chocolate chip cookies at the eighth annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition at 2 p.m. Nearly 400,000 Cookie Time cookies are served annually. Also don’t miss the debut of the new high speed Rose Bowl quad this season. Visit www.beavercreek.com or call 877.204.7883.  
 
Not too late to Get your Epic Season Pass

Enjoy the best mountains in Colorado and California this season with one Epic Season Pass. The Epic Pass, available now for $669 for adults, is the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Arapahoe Basin. This season guests can also choose the new Epic Local Pass, available now at $519 for adults, the perfect option for locals offering unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek.
 
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, 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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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, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and 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.

Contact(s)

Liz Biebl

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001

Kristen Petitt Stewart

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: kpetitt@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970)453-3210
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