Christmas Has Arrived Early at Vail Resorts with a Bounty of Snow and Celebrations Across Colorado and California

23 December 2010
  • Heavenly Resort Received More than 5 Feet of Snow in the Past Week
  • Breckenridge Boasts 16 Feet of Snow and Vail Mountain 14 Feet Since Opening Day
  • HD B-roll available: Santa Jibbing in Keystone's A-51 terrain park
Vail, Colo. – Dec. 23, 2010 – Christmas has arrived early at Vail Resorts with record-breaking  snowfall season-to-date in both Colorado and California - Vail and Breckenridge reporting 86% and 27% above average over the last decade, respectively. November was one to remember in the Colorado Rockies - Breckenridge and Keystone enjoying their best November in a decade - and equally wild weather on the west coast. Skiers and riders are enjoying their Christmas bounty and festive holiday activities at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe in California. 

Family Holidaze celebrations continue today and Friday with a schedule full of family-friendly entertainment and activities around town, including snowman decorating, Santa’s Workshop at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, a live concert from Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could on Thursday, December 23 at 4 p.m. and more. For the full schedule, visit or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

Beaver Creek
celebrates Learn to Ski Month in January with the Learn to Ski/Ride Package that includes four nights of lodging, three days of beginner lessons, lift tickets and rentals starting at $278 per person per night valid January 3-31, 2011. Some restrictions may apply. Book online at or call 800-404-3535. Families visiting Beaver Creek also enjoy daily complimentary activities including ice skating, rail jams, on-hill story time, snowshoe tour, tubing and more now through early April.

Santa’s in the house at Breckenridge! From today through New Year's Day, guests have the chance to hang with Kris Kringle at one of Breck's newest family-friendly attractions, the Gold Runner Coaster! Santa & Mrs. Claus will be greeting guests and posing for photos at the entrance to the Gold Runner Coaster at the base of Peak 8 from 2-4pm every day...stop by and bring the kids to say hello to Old Saint Nick!

On December 24, 2010 Keystone Resort’s Kidtopia Grand Snow Fort atop Dercum Mountain will be opening to the public. New this year the Snow Fort will feature cavernous rooms, lights and a kids slide. Keystone Aglow debuted last night with a display of holiday themed lights and music in the River Run Village - FREE for all through January 9, 2011. For the full schedule, visit or call (970) 496-4FUN (496-4386).

Ring in the New Year at Heavenly Mountain Resort with over 180 inches of season-to-date snowfall and the inaugural FREE, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in the Heavenly Village. The festivities start at 2 p.m. PST with a rail jam near the Gondola followed by a slate of activities from 6 - 9 p.m. PST: a snowboard simulator, an ice sled motion simulator, adventure film screenings; bands, ice skating and roaming performers. The evening climaxes at 9 p.m. PST (12 a.m. EST) when an illuminated Gondola car is "dropped" from the top of Heavenly's East Peak, and a fireworks show will end the night as the grand finale, welcoming 2011.

Want some lodging deals guaranteed to make you feel merry?
Get a FREE night – either on the ski slopes of Vail or Beaver Creek or the white sandy beaches of St. Lucia or the Dominican Republic. Plus, you’ll also get a $50 gift card and a free RockResorts backpack. Rates start at just $146 per night for The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort. Conditions apply.

Discover Keystone for less. Get a FREE night of lodging with Winter Vacations On Us including Christmas, New Year's & St. Patrick's Day. Nightly rates starting from just $119 per night.

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 for more information.

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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 Heavenly Mountain 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 and consumer website is


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