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January 14, 2013

Vail Opens New 22-Foot Superpipe Designed for the Upcoming Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail

VAIL, Colo. – Jan. 14, 2013 – Vail Mountain, the largest ski resortin the United States, has officially opened the new 22-foot Golden Peak Superpipe designed specifically for this year’s Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships taking place at Vail Feb. 25 – March 2.
 
Vail Mountain, in partnership with Snow Park Technologies (SPT), the industry’s leading terrain park design company, designed and built Vail’s new 22-foot superpipe in Golden Peak, the site of the 2013 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Measuring 600 feet long from top to bottom, Vail’s new 22-foot superpipe is the longest that SPT has built in the U.S. this season and one of the longest in North America.
 
“It's awesome for all of us at SPT to be partnering with Vail and Burton to create the best snow features ever for this year’s Burton U.S. Open,” said Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, SPT president. “Already our team has been working at Vail to build the longest superpipe on the competition circuit this season. At 600 feet, the riders should be able to add on an extra trick to their runs during the competition.”
 
SPT is also designing the slopestyle course for the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, which is coming to Vail for the first time since its debut in 1982. The event is now the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world, attracting the world’s top competitors.
 
In addition to the Golden Peak Superpipe, guests have access to more than 5,000 acres of terrain open at Vail as well as approximately 30 features in the Golden Peak terrain park including seven jumps and a 13-foot mini pipe, and the Bwana and Pride terrain parks are open with more than 30 features.
 
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

About Vail Mountain
Celebrating its 50thanniversary throughout the 2012-2013 season and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth www.vail.com.  
 

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Contact(s):
Liz Biebl
phone: (970) 754-3001
Sara Lococo
phone: (970) 754-4528


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 resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; 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.
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