Discover the Secret Season of Vail Resorts Mountains

01 February 2016
  • Up to 25 feet of snow across Vail Resorts’ mountains this season
  • Off-peak visits give skiers and snowboarders the best lodging rates and the mountains to themselves
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Feb. 1, 2016 — El Nino has dropped up to 25 feet of fresh snow this season across the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Sierra Nevada range in Lake Tahoe and the Wasatch Range in Utah, and insiders know that off-peak times in February and into March can be the best time to visit Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California and Nevada.
Skiers and snowboarders who visit during off-peak periods can take advantage of some of the season’s best lodging rates along with excellent snow surface conditions, short lift lines and more space on the mountain. These traditionally quieter time frames also offer fantastic events, and easier reservations at the most popular restaurants and spas.
In January alone, Vail Mountain received nearly six feet of snow, meaning the resort will have stellar snow conditions long into the season and right up until its April 10 scheduled closing date. Mother Nature’s bounty has boded well for the upcoming 34th Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, scheduled to take place Feb. 29 through March 5, 2016, bringing the world’s best snowboarders to Vail for a chance to claim the title in the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. After watching Olympic-level competitors, enjoy free live concerts in Vail.
Take advantage of mid-season mountain conditions and mid-season pricing on lodging with Secret Season Savings at Vail, valid on stays through March 11. With savings up to 30 percent and rates starting at $375 per night, guests can save a bundle during these traditionally quieter time frames. 
Beaver Creek
With more than 14 feet of snowfall this season, Beaver Creek Resort lavishes guests with flawless conditions as well as with the White Glove Winter Package.  The $50,000 package, which includes a luxury collection of accommodations, services and amenities, offers added value of more than 20 percent.  Thoughtful details – such as first-class, round-trip airfare to Eagle Airport (EGE) followed by private helicopter transportation to Beaver Creek Mountain – are included for up to four guests, for four days.
Snowshoe enthusiasts and first-timers hike or run in the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Race and Festival Sunday, Feb. 28. The all-ages race features 5- and 10-kilometer course options in Beaver Creek’s majestic McCoy Park Nordic area – followed by a family-friendly celebration in the Beaver Creek Village’s Dusty Boot restaurant.  The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Race series become one of the largest and longest-running snowshoe traditions in the country.
It’s a fab February for women at Breckenridge during Women’s Ski Week, Feb. 14-20, 2016, which includes Ski and Snowboard School programs like the Ladies First Ultimate 4 lessons, the popular Women & Wine program, as well as free daily yoga and First Tracks access. This week is part of the resort’s focus on getting more women on the mountain. Of course, women, men and children are always welcome year-round at the world-class, Breckenridge Ski and Ride School.  
Take advantage of more than 14 feet of snow this season in Breckenridge! Visitors this February can save 25 percent on stays of four nights or more. Rates start at $280 per night.
Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Experience from Feb. 19-21, offering a family experience that’s uniquely Keystone. Enjoy a free outdoor concert from Grammy Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers on Saturday, Feb. 20 in River Run Village, in addition to all of Keystone’s free daily Kidtopia activities throughout the weekend, including Cookie Time, Fireworks and Bigfoot Adventure. Lodging starts at just $199 for a family-friendly one-bedroom condo, and Kids 12 and Under Ski FREE with any two or more night stay. Enjoy Keystone’s more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, the longest ski day in Colorado with night skiing under the stars, and our amazing ski and ride school, including new family private lessons. Round out your vacation experience with seemingly endless adventure opportunities like mountaintop tubing, the world’s largest snowfort, and dining options for every culinary taste.
Park City
Park City’s Ski Free Stay Free package, featuring lodging at Grand Summit Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Park City, Silverado Lodge, Sundial Lodge or Vintage on the Strand, lift tickets and breakfast, makes experiencing the largest ski resort in the country even more irresistible and affordable. For each night reserved in a managed property, guests will receive specially priced lift tickets, and a hearty breakfast buffet for two. With access to all the thrilling mountain adventures that Park City has to offer – zip line tours, snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, private guide services and more – this exclusive offer means the family getaway just got even better! Restrictions apply.
While in Park City, don’t miss the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix from Feb. 3 to 6, 2016, highlighting the world's best ski and snowboard athletes in Park City's award-winning Eagle Superpipe. Admission is free and there’s plenty of snow to enjoy with over six feet of snow in January alone!
Heavenly has seen more than 18 feet of snow this season. After going all-in on the mountain, keep the energy level high at Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Gondola. Unbuckle those boots and grab a drink and a bite to refuel while dancing with the Heavenly Angles and live DJs. As the party winds down up top, guests will enjoy the unique experience of riding the Gondola at night with the moonlit lake and sparkly lights of town below.
Wrap the night up with a solid night’s sleep so you can do it all again tomorrow and save with post-holiday lodging offers and rates starting as low as $205 a night for a two-bedroom condo through Lake Tahoe Lodging Company.
Northstar California Resort
While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying Northstar’s “secret season” and more than 300 inches of total snowfall this season, they can also take advantage of 15 percent off lodging during off-peak periods. And what better time to visit than during the Mountain Table Dinner Series? These elegant events showcase the latest culinary trends and are prepared by Northstar’s mountain dining team with the freshest, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Each month guests are invited to enjoy a romantic, twilight gondola ride delivering them to the iconic Zephyr Lodge. Once inside, guests are welcomed by aromas of a five-course dinner, featuring a different brewery, winery or distillery at each monthly event. Northstar’s culinary team meticulously crafts each dish to highlight distinct flavor notes in each accompanying beverage, offering the ultimate pairing experience set to breathtaking views of the Pacific Sierra Crest through floor-to-ceiling windows. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor delectable flavors in one of the most gorgeous places in Lake Tahoe at one of the final three dinners of the 2015-16 season, hosted Friday, Feb. 5, 19, and March 11.
With more than 23 feet this season alone and snow nearly every day in January, now is the best time to enjoy Kirkwood’s quieter season – the holiday crowds have scattered and Kirkwood can be enjoyed in all its glory with lodging rates up to 20 percent off.
While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the mountain to themselves, they can also partake in or watch Rahlves' Banzai Tour, back at Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the sixth season and showcasing the most pure form of ski and snowboard racing. This year the tour will be dropping in from "CLIF Drop" off the Wall into Kirkwood's wide open terrain where competitors will launch into Snow Snake Gully off the road aka "Down Deschutes" flying past spectators on top of Chair 11. The natural terrain at Kirkwood is the perfect fit for Banzai fun and top-to-bottom battles.
Already thinking about next season? Vail Resorts is planning season pass products for the 2016-2017 season pass sales period, which will begin in March 2016.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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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Photo & B-Roll Alert: Photos of January snow and conditions can be found on the Vail Resorts’ box site, under the snow alert folder.  Please credit Vail Resorts. 
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