Heavenly and Kirkwood Revamp Bijou Community Park as Part of Vail Resorts Echo Day

23 September 2013
312 Heavenly and Kirkwood employees, friends and family planted new shrubs, laid sod, painted signs and picnic tables, laid wood chips, and cleaned-up Bijou Community Park
Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts, through the Vail Resorts Echo program, partnered with the City of South Lake Tahoe for the fourth annual Vail Resorts Echo Day on Saturday, September 21, 2013. 312 resort employees, friends and family volunteered to revamp Bijou Community Park, putting in a combined effort of 936 volunteer hours Saturday. Volunteers laid sod to build a family picnic area, painted signs and picnic tables, planted shrubs, cleared bushes, redistributed wood chips, resurfaced the skatepark, raked the volleyball courts, picked up trash, and cleaned up the bicycle path on Al Tahoe Blvd.
“I am proud that our Heavenly and Kirkwood employees positively impact our community in a big way every year on Echo Day,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly general manager. “Our goal is to better the communities that we all live and work in, and the massive turnout of volunteers shows how dedicated our employees are to making a difference.”
Vail Resorts Echo Day is an annual, company-wide volunteer day for Vail Resorts employees and their families. VR Echo Day hosted eight events for employees and their family and friends this past weekend, including projects on Tahoe’s North and South Shores, in Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Wyoming and VR Caribbean properties. Launched in August 2010, VR Echo Day focuses on projects that are meaningful in the local resort communities where the company operates.
“Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts provided an astonishing number of volunteers to work on Bijou Community Park. The park looks fantastic, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Bruce Scholes with the City of South Lake Tahoe. “The hard work done by the volunteers has really helped enhance the qualities that make this a true community park for residents and visitors alike.”

To learn more about Vail Resorts Echo, the company’s corporate sustainability program, visit www.vailresortsecho.com.
About Vail Resorts Echo
Through its extensive environmental programs and partnerships with local non-profits, Vail Resorts Echo focuses on forest and habitat restoration, resource conservation as well as initiatives that support healthy kids and communities where the Company operates resorts. To learn more about the Company's environmental stewardship programs, how to apply for a VR Echo grant or ways to volunteer, visit www.vailresortsecho.com.
About Heavenly Mountain Resort
High above the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique mountain resorts on the planet. Combining 4,800 acres of off-the-grid terrain and incredible views of Lake Tahoe with high-octane, non-stop nightlife, Heavenly offers a high-energy resort experience like no other. Visitors to Heavenly come prepared to go “all-in” because Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong after last call. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. Visit www.skiheavenly.comor call 800-HEAVENLY to learn more.
About Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety and is a true skier’s destination. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit www.kirkwood.comor call 209.258.6000.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
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; Canyons in Park City, Utah; 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.
Bijou Community Park
To learn more about Bijou Community Park, visit http://www.cityofslt.us/index.aspx?NID=298.


Sally Gunter

Senior Communications Manager
Email: sgunter@vailresorts.com
Phone: 9707543001
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