Storm of the Century Leaves Colorado with Feet of Powder Snow and the Best Skiing and Snowboarding Conditions in North America

31 January 2014
For Immediate Release                   
                         

Storm of the Century Leaves Colorado with Feet of Powder Snow and the Best Skiing and Snowboarding Conditions in North America
 
·         More than 13,000 acres of skiable terrain open at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone

Video & Photo Alert: Broadcast-quality video and photos of today’s snow are available on Vail Resort’s Dropbox site, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wcvr41spvmcas0g/PFtjG2Sf6bunder the Snow Alert – January 2014 folder.  Please credit Vail Resorts.
 
All four Vail Resorts Colorado resorts today recorded the largest 24- and 48-hour snowfall totals since the 2000-2001 season, sending January out with a bang. More than two feet of snow has fallen in just two days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone offering the best ski and snowboarding conditions in North America. To view the official snow stake cam totals visit Snow.com.  
 
48-Hour Snowfall Totals as of Friday, Jan. 31 + Skiable Acres Open:
·         Vail:26” of snow and 5,289 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 31 lifts.
·         Beaver Creek:28” of snow with 1,832 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 24 lifts.
·         Breckenridge: 32” of snow with 2,907 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 35 lifts.
·         Keystone:27” of snow with 3,058 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 19 lifts.
 
Events Not to Be Missed
Vail and Beaver Creek will celebrate the one-year countdown to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 1. Beaver Creek’s “Countdown 2-15” activities will take place on the mountain to represent the 2015 racing component with 2015 bibs given to the first 215 people to arrive at the start of the new Raptor Women’s Downhill course, followed by a celebration at the new Talons Restaurant, complete with complimentary cocoa and cookies, podium photo opportunities and more. The festivities will later move to Vail’s Solaris Plaza, which will be renamed “Championships Plaza,” which will host all of the official medals presentations during the 2015 World Championships, along with free nightly concerts. Tomorrow’s celebration will include the official debut of the 2015 World Championships mascots, the starting of the World Championships Countdown Clock, a costume contest that will reward those people decked out in the most 1989 or 1999 World Championships gear, and a spectacular fireworks display. www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.
 
At Breckenridge Ski Resortto celebrate January’s snowfall and the Denver Broncos’ big game this Sunday, Breck officials are offering an exclusive first tracks opportunity for skiers and riders decked out in Broncos gear on Sunday, Feb. 2. Any guest clearly wearing orange and blue will be able to access the mountain at 7:30 a.m. – one hour before it opens to the general public via the Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9. This will be the only chair open for first tracks. Guests who wish cheer on the powder and Colorado’s home team must hold a valid Breck lift ticket or season pass to access the chairlift.
Savor the Slopes” returns to Keystone Resortfor a second year, featuring a month-long rotating showcase of the resort’s signature and highly awarded restaurants. Each night, throughout the month of February, guests will enjoy an evening event highlighting a range of culinary delights, wine pairings, cocktail tastings and frothy beers. Weekly themes will showcase the best of food, Feb. 1-9, wine Feb. 10-16, spirits Feb. 17-23 and beer Feb. 24-28. All tastings begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. and cost a mere $25 per event. A complete schedule of events including nightly venues and topics is available at keystoneresort.com.
 
Lodging
Did you know…Epic Pass holders save an additional 20 percent off the lowest rates and existing promotional packages on lodging with Vail Resorts owned and operated properties at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and even at Grand Teton Lodge Company in Wyoming and Half Moon, Jamaica? It’s true! Epic Pass holders qualify for exclusive Vail Resorts Friends & Family Rates. Simply visit www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/season-pass-club.aspx#/allotherresortsto book your stay with a Vail Resorts Hospitality property at the lowest rates available.
 
Lift Tickets
For the lowest guaranteed price on lift tickets – up to 25 percent! – guests need only purchase seven days in advance for the Colorado resorts. Call (888) 216-8538 or visit www.snow.comto purchase.
Making a last minute decision to head to Keystone for the weekend? New this season, snow enthusiasts may purchase lift tickets at Keystonetickets.comjust one day before hitting the slopes. One-Day Peaks Advanced tickets will be available every day, all season long, offering up to 25% savings off window-rate tickets.
 
 
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 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.comand consumer website is www.snow.com
 

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Media Note
More information photos and broadcast-quality video footage of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone are also available at http://news.vailresorts.com/. Please credit the photographer listed on the file and Vail Resorts. For the latest snow photos please visit Vail Resorts’ Dropbox “Snow Alert”folder.
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort 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.

Contact(s)

Sara Lococo

Keystone Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-1493

Ashley L. Smith

Sr. Communications Specialist
Email: alsmith@vailresorts.com
Phone: 970 496 7402
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