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Celebrate the Season at Vail Resorts
‘Tis the season for skiing and snowboarding at Vail Resorts! Treat yourself and your family to the greatest gift of all this winter with a trip to one of six mountain resorts in Colorado, California and Nevada, and celebrate the holidays with seasonal events, snow and savings. And with more than 100 million dollars invested across all six resorts for the 2011-2012 season everyday is like Christmas with updated lifts to ride at Northstar and Beaver Creek, new restaurants to experience at Vail and Northstar, new terrain to explore at Northstar, an ice rink at Keystone and more!
Check out what’s happening for the holidays at VailBeaver CreekBreckenridgeKeystoneHeavenly and Northstar as we prepare to ring in the New Year!

Enjoy a Helping of Holiday Events and More

Noel Nights at Northstar, Beginning Dec. 1, 2011
The first three Thursdays in December, Northstar presents Noel Nights. The Village at Northstar will be festive with a 35-foot tree and holiday trees throughout the Village decorated by local school children. The event will feature ice skating (bring a can of food for a local food bank and skate rentals are free!), s’mores around the fire pits, carolers, one-horse sleigh rides, holiday shopping deals and much more!

Chocolate Village at Keystone Lodge & Spa – Dec. 15, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012
Be sure not to miss this delicious homemade creation from Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef Ned Archibald. This handcrafted holiday tradition features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. This mouth watering creation gets a special new addition every year; check in to see what this year’s addition will be!

Winter Dew Tour Nike Open
Winter Dew Tour featuring a 22-foot Olympic size Halfpipe, Dec. 16 – 19, 2011
For the fourth consecutive year, the Winter Dew Tour kicks off the season at Breckenridge! Punctuating the resort’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Winter Dew Tour will bring excitement and action from the world’s top athletes to Peak 8 this December. The event will air live on NBC for the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour. Making stops throughout the US, the Winter Dew Tour consists of three major, multi-sport events, each featuring snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle) and freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle). The Tour has a cumulative points system and a $1.5 million competitive purse, and at season’s end crowns the overall point’s leader in each discipline, awarding them the prestigious Dew Cup.
Vail Family Holidaze, Dec. 17 – 25 and 31, 2011
Vail Family Holidaze is the perfect time and place for families to celebrate the season as the resort comes alive with lights, sounds, events and the cheer of the holiday season during December. From holiday concerts, world-class ice skating shows with world champion and Olympic skaters like Patrick Chan, Kids Zone activities and New Year’s Eve entertainment, there’s no more festive atmosphere in which to spend quality time with the family than Vail. Visit for the full schedule of events.
Beaver Creek Loves Kids and 1st Annual Winterfest – Dec. 18, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012
Beaver Creek Resort presents the 1st annual Winterfest celebration this holiday season as part of the popular family program, Beaver Creek Loves Kids. Winterfest will take place from Dec. 18, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012 and will be a grand celebration of all that is magical about the holidays and winter in the mountains. The two week event will feature theatrical elements and decoration, and interactive family events and activities that are designed to animate Beaver Creek Village and bring the winter and holiday spirit to life. Beaver Creek Loves Kids Winterfest also will feature a great lineup of family events and activities including daily appearances from Santa, a Kids Winter Wonder parade, Disco Skate Nights, figure skating performances, an Animals of Winter presentation by the Denver Zoo, torchlight ski downs, fireworks and more. In addition to Winterfest, Beaver Creek Loves Kids will take place during other holidays throughout the season including President’s Week Feb. 18-25, 2012, Spring Break March 10-31, 2012 and Easter week April 1-7, 2012.
Heavenly Holidays Features 13 Days of Festive Events, Dec. 19 –31, 2011
For 13 days, Heavenly Village will be teeming with the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays as Heavenly Holidays 2011 from Dec. 19-31 treats guests to a variety of festive events from ice skating and sculpting to a uniquely Heavenly countdown to the New Year. From 2:00-7:00 p.m. on Dec. 19-24, children can have their photos taken with jolly old St. Nick inside Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe, a 16-foot interactive snow globe complete with an on-site disc jockey playing holiday music. A four-day concert series from Dec. 26-29 will showcase a different band daily, and professional ice skaters will perform at the Heavenly Village Ice Rink on Dec. 29-30. On Dec. 30, “Fear No Ice” will perform a thrilling ice sculpting show. It all leads up to A Heavenly New Year Celebration on Dec. 31 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. that will conclude with a Gondola Ball Drop and spectacular fireworks show. For specific times, visit  
Kidtopia Family Weekends at Keystone, Dec. 27, 2011 – Jan. 3, 2012
During peak family vacation periods throughout the winter, Keystone Resort is offering family activities throughout the week or weekend with special activities designed just for families including, movie night in the village, live entertainment, interactive arts and crafts, family dining and more. Please go to
Ring in the New Year On and Off the Slopes Dec. 31, 2011
Keystone’s New Year’s Eve Lakeside Village Icestravaganza Celebration
Join Keystone for an Icestravaganza on their five acre outdoor ice rink. Skate the night away under the starry Colorado skies with Frosty the Snowman. Ohh and ahh at the fireworks display over the Lake at 8 p.m. Stop by the Champagne ice bars to toast the New Year, or warm up with a s’mores kit around one of the above ground fireplaces. Participate in the interactive light show projected on the Keystone ice rink. The Adventure Center will be selling hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, popcorn, sodas, hot chocolate & spirits. Edgewater Café in the Keystone Lodge & Spa will be serving a Family Dinner Buffet and complimentary skate rentals are included with the purchase of dinner. For more details and a schedule of events visit
Breck Celebrates the New Year with Fireworks and Live Music
Yamn, formerly of Breckenridge, is bringing their annual New Year's Eve show to the Riverwalk Center for an all ages show.  Ring in the New Year in the heart of Breckenridge listening to great music- 3 sets of Yamn.  The Town of Breckenridge New Year's Eve fireworks will be visible from right outside the venue at 9 p.m. and the band will take a quick break to enjoy the fireworks.  Tickets are available at all Yamn Performances, as well as online by clicking here.  
Beaver Creek New Year’s Eve Glow Worm Ski Down & Fireworks
Be a part of the tradition as you ski down Beaver Creek Mountain illuminating the snow with glow sticks on New Year’s Eve. After the ski down guests can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the entire Village. The ski down event is intended for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders and registration begins at 6:15 p.m. at Children’s Ski School at the base of Beaver Creek. For more information visit
Vail Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Join the New Year’s Eve celebration at Vail with a torchlight parade and fireworks display in Golden Peak beginning at 6:15 p.m. High atop the mountain at Adventure Ridge guests can also enjoy a First Night Party from 7-10 p.m. Fireworks will welcome 2012 beginning at 12 a.m. Visit for a schedule of events.
Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration at Northstar California
Ring in the New Year at Northstar during the annual Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration with guaranteed fun for all ages! Enjoy a DJ on the Village Stage, live music by Led Zeppelin 2 – The Live Experience, a spectacular fireworks show, s’mores, drink specials, shopping, dining, ice skating and more! Visit for the complete schedule of events.
A Heavenly New Year Celebration
Welcome in 2012 with a Heavenly New Year Celebration that includes interactive games and experiences such as snowboard simulators, one-of-a-kind photo experiences, and face and body painting from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Loaded with music, lights, pyrotechnic effects and crowd interaction, the “Fear No Ice – Rock N Roll Show” will be an exciting show unlike any ordinary ice sculpting exhibition. “Band X” will play, and “Firegroove” perform a New Year’s Eve fire show. A beacon in the dark sky, a brightly-lit Heavenly Gondola car will descend from the top of the mountain until a stopping-point above the Village crowd at 9:00 p.m., coinciding with midnight on the East Coast and signaling the beginning of a dramatic New Year’s fireworks show. For more info, visit
Unbuckle at Tamarack, Tahoe’s Ultimate Après Party
Located inside Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Heavenly Gondola, Unbuckle at Tamarack will start daily at 3:30 p.m. on December 16-23 and 26-31 and will feature half-price on all drinks and a specialty food menu. A live DJ and dancers will set the tone for the party, as the Heavenly Angels pass out prizes and giveaway items, mingle with guests, and pose for photos. EpicMix Photo will also be on-hand. At 5:30 p.m., the party ends, but the fun still continues, as guests have the unique opportunity to ride Heavenly Gondola down after-dark, when the lights of South Lake Tahoe illuminate the sky. After the New Year, Unbuckle at Tamarack will be daily from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with dancers being featured exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit for more info.
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Enjoy First Tracks at Vail this Holiday
Dreaming of your own winter playground this holiday season? Stay five nights or more in Vail at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Lodge at Vail, or Legendary Lodging at The Ritz Carlton Residences, Vail and enjoy First Tracks on the mountain, plus a private on-mountain breakfast at Two Elk restaurant. Arrive by Dec. 25, 2011 and you’ll get exclusive access to the chair lifts one hour prior to the public on Dec. 26, a great way to enjoy the holidays! Visit for more information or to book.

Fly In Ski Free at Vail and Beaver Creek
Guests flying into the Eagle Airport on flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Miami and Newark may enjoy a free day of skiing at Beaver Creek or Vail on the afternoon of their arrival through the Fly In Ski Free program. Passengers may ski for free the same day of arrival by showing a valid boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation. This offer is valid Nov. 18, 2011- April 15, 2012 and additional restrictions may apply. Visit for information and the latest schedules and available flights.

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, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and 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 and consumer website is

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