Vail Resorts January Story Ideas
This January Get Outside, Get Fit and Have Fun at Vail Resorts
Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get outside and enjoy the mountains in January with friends and family. Snowmakers have been working around the clock to give skiers and snowboarders quality conditions at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar at Lake Tahoe. Skiers and snowboarders can ski and ride more than 100 trails at Vail and Beaver Creek respectively and 100 percent of intermediate terrain at Breckenridge and 80 percent of intermediate terrain is open at Keystone Resort. Additionally, Northstar has 25 open trails, and Heavenly has 25 – with each resort featuring more open trails than any other resort in Tahoe, and together offering more open terrain than all of the other Lake Tahoe resorts combined.
Vail Resorts also offers many other world-class activities and events when the ski day is done, including great après-ski and dining, ice skating, cross country skiing, snow tubing and much more. Plus there are plenty of events and special deals on the ski slopes this month.
Festivals and Events
The Bud Light Street Beat Free Concert Series – White Water Ramble, Solaris, Jan. 19,
The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series is back and presented by the Vail Valley Foundation for the 13th year. On select Thursday evenings throughout the season Vail Valley residents and guests alike can enjoy free music in the streets of Vail. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Triumph Winterfest, Through Feb. 23
Visit Karl Krueger's Snow Polar Bears sculpture exhibit in Vail Village, sponsored by Triumph Development and Vail Art in Public Places. www.artinvail.com
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Jan. 5-7
Join us for a weekend of specialty and craft beer at one of the most highly regarded festivals in the nation. Experience beer pairing dinners hosted by celebrity brewmasters, seminars led by brewmasters and industry leaders, a commercial tasting of over 200 big, Belgian and experimental beers and enjoy specialty beers in the Fireside Lounge at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. Tickets vary in price, depending on event. www.bigbeersfestival.com
Breckenridge Resort Bring the Viking horns! Ullr Fest, Jan. 9 – Jan. 15
Ullr Fest, the annual week-long celebration of Ullr (pronounced Ooh-ler), the mythical Norse god of snow, brings the raucous Breckenridge Main Street parade, live entertainment and bar series, the Ullr Dating Game, a Nordic party, Ullympics and a family ice skating party to Breckenridge. This is an event like no other, and is worth experiencing in person!
Beaver Creek FOOD & WINE Weekend, Jan. 26 –Jan. 28
Beaver Creek ResortIndividual event tickets to exclusive VIP Packages are available.
and FOOD & WINE
have teamed up for a three-day winter culinary celebration on the slopes: the Beaver Creek FOOD & WINE Weekend, Jan. 26-28, 2012. Chef’s John Besh, Tim Love, Marc Murphy, Stephanie Izard, Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson and Richard Sandoval will join local host chefs to produce a palate-pleasing culinary extravaganza featuring casual, yet interactive and fun events from après-ski to First Tracks on the slopes to exclusive dinners with menus meticulously prepared by celebrity chefs.
Vilar Performing Arts Center, The von Trapps, Jan. 12
“The Sound of Music” captured the hearts of millions in 1965. More than 45 years later, The von Trapp’s family legacy is born anew. Meet The von Trapps: Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin. They are the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp, father of the famous singing family whose true story captivated the world in the musical film. The children have grown up in the tradition of the family’s exceptional musical gift by sharing songs and heart-warming stories of life before and after coming to America. See them in Beaver Creek. Tickets:$32/child, $46/adult, www.vilarpac.org
The Second City “Laugh Out Loud” Tour, Jan. 31
America's famed comedy troupe, The Second City, is coming to Beaver Creek with its one-of-a-kind sketch comedy and trademark improvisation. From the company that launched the careers of comedy’s biggest stars including Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert, comes the next generation of the comedy world's best and brightest in an evening of laugh-out-loud hilarity. Tickets: $37, www.vilarpac.org
4th Annual Tahoe Snowcial, January 18-21
Connecting the connected snowsports enthusiasts since 2008, Snowcial is held every January at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. At Snowcial, the world’s most connected snowsports enthusiasts convene for three days and four nights of presentations, meetings, parties, live entertainment, and, of course, lots of skiing and snowboarding. This year’s lineup includes Joe Fernandez of Klout, Jonathan Crowley of Foursquare, Hope Frank of Webtrends, Porter Gale, Rob Katz of Vail Resorts, Mike Slone of Amadeus, Jon Burns of Discovery.com, Mark Ervin of IMG Worldwide and Ted Wright of WOMMA. Young The Giant is slated as the musical headliner on January 21. For more information, visit www.tahoesnowcial.com
3 For Free
This winter, stay at any of our luxurious RockResorts or at other participating lodging properties in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Northstar and receive a free night on us! Plus, get a $50 gift card and a free hydration backpack. Rates start from $80 per night at Keystone. Minimum length-of-stay restrictions apply and vary by property. Travel must be booked by 1/31/2012 and must be completed by 4/30/2012. Call 866-614-7625 (ROCK) or visit rockresorts.com/3forfree
to take advantage of this offer.
Keystone Resort Free Kid’s Ski & Ride Lesson When You Stay With Keystone - Two Bedroom Condos Starting From $150.
Stay 3 or more nights & receive a free group children’s lesson. Lessons include lift, lesson & lunch. Equipment rental available for an additional fee. Featured lodging rate is per night, standard occupancy in a 2 bedroom Forest condo.
Stay & Ski Free at Northstar
Weekend (Friday & Saturday) pricing starts at $125 per person, per night from January 6 - February 11, 2012. Must book by January 10, 2012. Weekday (Sunday - Thursday) pricing starts at $115 per person, per night through April 5, 2012.
Daily pricing starts at $115 per person, per night from April 8 - 15, 2012.
Excludes Holiday Periods: January 13 - 16 and February 17 - 25, 2012.
Complimentary lift tickets are valid during your stay (Monday - Friday, non-holiday) and are exchangeable for a cross-country trail pass or a $25 resort gift card per ticket valid throughout the resort (some restrictions apply).
On Mountain and Resort Activities
Beaver Creek Epic Mix Scavenger Hunt, Jan. 7
Beaver Creek’s EpicMix Scavenger Hunt one-of-a-kind mountain event combines elements of a traditional scavenger hunt with the power of EpicMix and EpicMix Photo for a fun, interactive experience! The concept is simple: Solve riddles to unlock limited edition EpicMix virtual pins and earn points. Compete against your friends, get cool swag and have a chance to win awesome prizes at the après party raffle. The main event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by an après party. Registration: $10 for a solo entry/ $30 for a group of three to five people. Register online at www.beavercreek.com/scavengerhunt
or in person the day of the event. Participants can activate an EpicMix account at www.epicmix.com
Keystone Kidtopia, Jan. 13-16
Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort* at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend. Visit www.kidtopia.com for more details
KIDTOPIA Weeks: Dec 27-Jan 3. Jan 13-16. Feb 4-5. Feb 17-20. SPRING March 10- 14. March 18-21
*Snowfort – Kidtopia has a massive Snowfort ready for you to explore complete with a maze, a slide, and a lookout tower this snowfort will be the highlight of your trip!
When: Opens daily at 11am.
Where: Top of Dercum Mountain
Cost: Free with lift ticket or pass product
Breckenridge Rocky Mountain Park & Pipe Camp
Don’t miss this opportunity to receive instruction from our top-certified and in-house verified instructors! This Park & Pipe Camp will give you the chance to experience and improve your skills in one of the most highly rated and well known parks and pipes in the country.
Prices include lunch. Open to intermediate through advanced skiers and snowboarders. Two age divisions: ages 7-13; 14 and above. Space is limited and registrations must be booked in advance.
To get more information about this program, including registration information, please add yourself to the email distribution list by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
and please put “Rocky Mountain Camp” as the subject of the email. (Email addresses will not be shared or distributed and will only be used for the purposes of this program.) All program and lift ticket prices are subject to change. Participants are not eligible for Peaks Points with this program.
Dates: 1st Camp:
Jan. 14 & 15, 2012 2nd Camp:
March 31 & April 1, 2012
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$240 per camp
Lift Tickets (All participants must have either a Season Pass or a Special Program Lift Ticket.):
To purchase a Season Pass, please contact (800) 842-8062 or visit http://www.snow.com/
Special Program Lift Ticket:
$24 2-day lift ticket (ages 7-13); $78 2-day ticket (ages 14+)
7-13 & 14+
Intermediate & Advanced Skiers & Snowboarders ONLY (No Park & Pipe Experience Necessary. However, NO availability for high-intermediate to advanced freestylers)
Beaver Creek Snowshoe Series, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 11, 2012
Beaver Creek ‘s Snowshoe Adventure Series draws first-time snowshoers to world class snowshoe athletes, kids of all ages and everyone in between. Compete in a 5K, 10K or the kids’ 1K on a course that winds its way through scenic Beaver Creek. Event includes slopeside sponsor expos and a post-event plaza party for all participants. Atlas Snowshoes demos are available as well as snowshoe rentals from the Beaver Creek Nordic Center. Entry: $30 per person pre-registration; $35 day-of; Kids’ 1K free for kids 12 and under with an adult
Beaver Creek Ski Race Series
For more information, call the Race Department at (970) 754-6210.Known as “the local’s World Cup”, the Race Series includes giant slalom and slalom races where competitors vie against the clock to top individual and team honors. Races take place Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 2012 and include a race party with great prizes and swag. Individual entries are $15.
Heavenly Ripperoo Parades, Jan. 3-March 24
Each Saturday, Ripperoo, Heavenly’s loveable mascot, will give children the chance to star in their own parade, as they play music, sing songs, and march through Heavenly Village. The Ripperoo Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the base of the Gondola and will end with hot chocolate and photos with Ripperoo.
Heavenly Stateline Showdown, Jan. 21
The first part of the Stateline Showdown, a three-part slopestyle competition series, will take place at Ante Up Terrain Park at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The entry fee is $20, and the other two dates for the series are February 18 and March 19. For more information, call the Heavenly Events Department at (530) 542-5133.
Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast Weekends, Jan. 28
Heavenly and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe team up to bring Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast 2012, four big weekends of on-mountain concerts and après ski entertainment, followed by nights of live music and a hot new club scene. On Saturday, Jan. 28, a live on-mountain concert at Heavenly’s Adventure Peak will be followed by Unbuckle at Tamarack, Tahoe’s Ultimate Après Party. Then Fitz & the Tantrums will perform live in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, with special guest Dale Earnhardt Junior Junior. To book a South Shore Winter Snow Blast weekend or to purchase show tickets, log on to LTSnowBlast.com or call (800) 786-8208.
Enroll in the ski industry's version of TOPGUN - the Ski & Ride School of Heavenly
Heavenly has an All-Star stable of pros, including three members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) National Demonstration Team, and nine members of the PSIA Western Demonstration Team. To have one member of these teams is an accomplishment, but to have 12 is a clear indication that they do something differently on Lake Tahoe's South Shore. And to match the world-class instruction, Heavenly has built a world-class facility of kids at the top of the resort's Gondola. The 2,022-square-foot Bear Cave will hold about 100 students per sitting and will serve fresh, wholesome food on site just for kids. The new ski school lodge will take safety, learning and fun to the next level.
Moonlight , Stargazing and Family Snowshoe Tours , January 7, 13, 15
A popular activity among resort guests of all ages, Northstar’s evening snowshoe tours have expanded to incorporate not only moonlit tours, but stargazing and family outings. Tours take place each month from January through March, depart from the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center and are suited to guests ages 10+. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).
U.S. Revolution Tour at Northstar, January 8-13
The Tour brings together ski and snowboard athletes across the country to identify the top juniors in halfpipe, slopestyle and cross events. The U.S. Revolution Tour is also used to qualify athletes for World Juniors, U.S. Open, U.S. World Cup, USASA Nationals and Project Gold camps. Northstar will host ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle events.