Colorado Ski Resorts Celebrate Winter Solstice and Holidays with Up to 5 Inches of Fresh Snow

22 December 2011

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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Dec. 22, 2011 – Skiers and snowboarders welcomed the first official day of winter at the Colorado ski resorts of Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone with 5 inches of powder and at Vail with 4 inches of fresh snow. With only three more days until Christmas, the new snow is the perfect way to start the holiday weekend festivities that will feature visits by Santa, ice skating, the mountaintop Kidtopia Snow Fort at Keystone, Vail’s Holidaze events, torchlight ski parades that are part of Beaver Creek’s first-ever Winterfest, the 2,500-pound Keystone Chocolate Village, alpine coaster rides at Breckenridge and more holiday events.
Thursday, Dec. 22 at Keystone Resort, Colo.

Looking for a reason to ring in 2012 in the mountains? Here are the top five New Year’s Eve events from Vail Resorts’
1. Keystone’s Icestravaganza Celebration
2. Vail’s Largest New Year’s Party at Dobson Ice Arena
3. Breckenridge’s New Year’s Torchlight parade and fireworks
4. Beaver Creek’s Kids Winter Wonder Parade
5. And two Tahoe celebrations: The Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve celebration at Northstar California on the North Shore. Or Heavenly’s Ball Drop and Fireworks in the Heavenly Village on the South Shore.

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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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