Vail Resorts will invest approximately US$100 million in resort improvements for the upcoming winter, bringing its six-year resort investment total to more than US$600 million. Scheduled improvements include building a new, 490-seat restaurant at the top of the Peak 7 chairlift in Breckenridge, an area not currently served with a major food and beverage venue.
The Sun Up chairlift at Vail Mountain (#17), will also be replaced and upgraded from a fixed grip triple to a high-speed four-passenger chairlift, making every major chairlift on Vail Mountain a high-speed chairlift.
The Pines Lodge at Beaver Creek, A RockResort will receive a significant renovation of its hotel rooms. The new mountain modern design will be the perfect complement to the property’s European charm.
The Company’s capital plan also includes the beginning of a two-year process to revamp its primary websites to a single 'responsive‘ desktop/mobile platform which will be integrated with data-based and personalized marketing technology making it more user friendly. Vail Resorts will also be further upgrading its customer database and call center technology.
Vail Resorts and Whistler Blackcomb Agree To Strategic Combination
Vail Resorts, Inc. and Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, Inc. announced that they have entered into a strategic business combination joining Whistler Blackcomb with Vail Resorts. Under the transaction, Vail Resorts would acquire 100 percent of the stock of Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler Blackcomb is the largest resort in North America (8,100 acres; 3,278 hectares) and one of the most iconic mountain resorts in the world with an incredible history, passionate employees and a strong community. The mountain resort is located 75 miles (121 km) north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
Upon completion of this transaction, Vail Resorts is committed to continuing Whistler Blackcomb’s success and building on its strengths, including further investment in the resort and the community.
For the full 2016-17 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will continue to honor the resort’s existing season pass products. Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Whistler Blackcomb into its Epic Season Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season.
Introduced in 2012, Epic Discovery is a comprehensive summer activities plan designed to connect kids and adults with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Vail Resorts will bring scientific content to content to the eco-discovery experiences at Vail Mountain, Breckenridge and Heavenly; and will contribute one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects. Epic Discovery activities include mountain coasters, canopy tours and summer tubing at Vail, kids’ activity infrastructure at Breckenridge and an alpine coaster, canopy tour, rock climbing wall, kids’ activities and mountain tours at Heavenly.
Vail Resorts is investing approximately US$14 million in calendar year 2016 for Epic Discovery summer activities. This capital is focused on additional canopy tours, zip lines, climbing walls, hiking trails and nature education programming primarily at Breckenridge, with more modest spending at Vail and Heavenly.
Europe is Epic!
How do you pack more value into a ski pass which already includes world-class destinations like Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City and Heavenly? Make it the only multi-resort pass to offer significant access to European skiing and snowboarding. This season, Vail Resorts announced it will add Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere in France, Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy, 4 Vallees in Switzerland, and Arlberg in Austria to the 2016-2017 lineup of the Epic Pass, which is already the world’s most popular ski pass due to the unlimited, unrestricted skiing access and the versatility to visit 13 iconic resorts in the U.S. and Australia.
The Epic Pass was the first multi-resort pass to offer European access and now it offers the most expansive experience to four of Europe’s most iconic destinations. Access includes six (6) days with two (2) days of skiing at each resort area in France (Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere); three (3) days of free skiing at Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy; five (5) consecutive days of free skiing at 4 Vallees (including Verbier) in Switzerland; and three (3) days of free skiing at Arlberg in Austria. Epic Pass holders now have access to the best skiing in six countries. Certain restrictions apply. Read more here.
The Epic Pass: Ski as much as much as you want, whenever you want.
Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass continues to be the best value and most popular lift product, offering guests access to 13 resorts in two countries. The Epic Pass provides skiers and riders with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Afton Alps near Minneapolis, Mt. Brighton near Detroit, Wilmot Mountain near Chicago and the 2017 Perisher season in Australia. Vail Resorts announced it will also add Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere in France, Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy, 4 Vallees in Switzerland, and Arlberg in Austria to the 2016-2017 lineup of the Epic Pass.
With the Epic Pass, guests can ski as much as they want, whenever they want at all of Vail Resorts destinations plus the best of Europe in 2016-17 and and unlimited, unrestricted at Perisher in 2017.
With over a 40% savings on single-day lift tickets, it pays for itself in just over 5 days! On sale now at EpicPass.com.
*For the full 2016-17 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will continue to honor the resort’s existing season pass products. Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Whistler Blackcomb into its Epic Season Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season.
NEW: Four-Passenger Sun Up Express
Vail Mountain's ninth new chairlift in the last 10 years will be the replacement of the Sun Up Lift (#17) with a four-passenger lift to debut this winter. The new Sun Up Express (#9) will be a primary lift on the Back Bowls of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders into the legendary Back Bowls.
The new lift will reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation. The current lift – a Doppelmayr fixed-grip triple– was installed in 1979 at Beaver Creek and relocated to Vail in 1992. The new lift will increase capacity by 65 percent and reduce the average ride time from 8.2 minutes to 3.9 minutes. The increase will relieve pressure from the High Noon Express (#5) with more guests using the new lift rather than cycling back to the bottom of the Back Bowls. The new lift is the ninth lift replacement in the last 10 years at Vail and will make all major lifts at Vail high-speed.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort Receives a Refresh
The location of The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, just steps from The Eagle Bahn Gondola, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service, have made it a favorite among visitors since opening in 2008. The property debuted an updated look and feel to several aspects of the property in June 2016, including updates to soft seating and carpeting in 36 hotel rooms, a fully renovated workout facility including, new and expanded cardio equipment, HD television integration, high impact flooring, and a separate core/stretch zone and new hydrotherapy facial machine at the RockResorts Spa and much more. www.arrabelle.rockresorts.com
Vail Mountain Ski and Snowboard School Honors
After a grueling four-day competition and selection process held last spring in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) announced the names of the PSIA-AASI members selected from 81 total candidates to serve on the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI team. The new PSIA-AASI team comprises 30 men and women selected from among the best instructors in the country. Ten ski and snowboard instructors from Vail Resorts were named to the team.
An On-Mountain Culinary Experience
On Oct. 15, 2016, Vail Mountain’s Executive Chef of Game Creek Club Restaurant Steve Topple will represent the resort and Game Creek Restaurant in New York as the feature chef at the James Beard House. Chef Topple’s custom menu for the evening will feature local Colorado items, such as a Smoked Colorado Trout Corn Fritter with Chive Cream Sauce, Colorado Lamb Tartare with Quail Egg and Lemon Caper Chutney, and Rocky Mountain Elk Tenderloin with Foie Gras Potato Puree, Smoked Morel Mushrooms and Huckleberry Sauce. This marks Chef Topple’s third dinner at the James Beard House and is a reflection of the culinary excellency of Vail Mountain and its on-mountain fine dining establishments.
Experience Signature Winter Events at Vail
Vail Snow Daze – Dec. 9-11, 2016
Celebrate the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze. Spend the day on the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with live music. www.vail.com/snowdaze.
Vail Holidaze – Dec. 16-18 and 31, 2016
Vail Holidaze is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during the month of December. Embrace the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony and lantern walk. On New Year’s Eve torchlight ski down and fireworks, ring in the New Year Vail style with theTorchlight Parade, followed by fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display.
CarniVail – Feb. 25-28, 2017
Bourbon Street meets Bridge Street in Vail with the revival of CarniVail, a tribute to traditional Mardi Gras events with a Rocky Mountain twist. The New Orleans-style fun includes a Fat Tuesday parade, an on-mountain crawfish boil at Eagle’s Nest, Cajun-themed après and after-dark parties, and more.
The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships – Feb. 27– March 4, 2017
Catch Olympic-level slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding competitions in Golden Peak by day, and enjoy free live concerts from headliner acts and more by night. Stay tuned for more info at Vail.com/Burton or Burton.com/USO.
Vacation like a local: visit off-peak
Savvy travelers can make the most out of their trip to Vail this winter by visiting during early season and other off-peak periods when benefits include better deals on lodging and lift tickets, fantastic events, easier reservations at the most popular resort restaurants, and more of the mountain to yourself. Traditional off-peak periods fall between Opening Day and Christmas; after New Year’s Day and before the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday; between the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday and the Presidents’ Day holiday; after the Presidents’ Day holiday and into early-March; and in mid-April until Closing Day on April 23, 2017. Visit vail.com/ lodging to see the best vacation deals being offered.
Significant Renovation of The Pines Lodge, A RockResort
This fall, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort in Beaver Creek, will undergo a significant renovation of its 60 hotel rooms, keeping the unique European charm that the hotel has always offered while introducing a mountain modern luxury theme enhancing the guest’s experience and comfort. In addition to the room renovations, the second and third floor corridors will receive an update with all new hard goods, trim and doors. The property will also boast technology upgrades, with the addition of 55” televisions and USB ports in every room. The new mountain modern design will be the perfect complement to the property’s other recent renovations and upgrades of soft goods, the lobby area, meeting space, and on-property restaurant, Grouse Mountain Grill, all while maintaining the property’s European charm.
Introducing the White Glove Collection
White Glove Winter Package
Travel in style with first-class airfare to Vail/Beaver Creek’s Eagle Airport (EGE), private helicopter transportation to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain and private car to the exclusive Trappers Cabin. Nestled among the aspen groves at 9,500 feet (2,900m), Trappers Cabin is a luxurious, modern mountain property complete with your own gourmet-chef and private Ski School Ambassador, Epic Passes, Helly Hansen gear and other lux perks. Valued at US$50,000. BeaverCreek.com/WhiteGlove
White Carpet Club
Beaver Creek’s White Carpet Club – the exclusive, private retreat within the heart of Beaver Creek Village – welcomes resort guests to join for the duration of a vacation. Located steps from the escalator leading to Centennial Express Lift, the White Carpet Club hosts spacious lockers for storing apparel and accessories; boot dryers; a continental service island offering coffees, teas, cocoa, and decadent morsels; private restroom facilities and an intimate lounge adorned with soft, cozy seating. The dedicated on-site concierge offers instant assistance with lift ticket and pass purchases, as well as dinner and activity guidance and reservations. Priority access to SaddleRidge Restaurant – renowned for ski-in fine dining during lunch and dinner – is also a distinct benefit. Other benefits include preferred parking and slope side equipment-check.
White Glove First Tracks
Beaver Creek’s White Glove First Tracks experience invites guests to cherish unrivaled scenic beauty at sunrise, delight over premier access to flawless snow surface conditions, and savor a five-star gourmet breakfast on the mountain at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin. Guests board the Centennial Express Lift at 7:30 a.m., enjoy a private, guided tour of the mountain’s flawlessly curated slopes and relax over breakfast – all before the resort opens for the day. This season, White Glove First Tracks are offered: Dec. 24, 27, 29 and 31, 2016; Jan. 2, 4, 6, and 15, 2017; and Feb. 19, 21, and 24, 2017. Guests are invited to reserve White Glove First Tracks by dialing +1-866.250.1679 or +1.970.754.5310.
Allie’s Cabin Features Wine Dinners and Family Dinners via Open Sleigh
Allie’s Cabin, a fine dining retreat atop a peaceful aspen grove on Beaver Creek Mountain, welcomes guests for featured Wine Dinners with a celebrated group of wineries, accompanied by a stunning fireworks display over Beaver Creek Village. On select Thursday evenings December, 2016 through March, 2017, guests arrive via open-air sleigh for a gourmet culinary experience in the cozy cabin. While savoring exquisite food and wine pairings, guests enjoy a warm fireplace and sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village, illuminated by Thursday Night Lights Fireworks. Classic contemporary regional fare has been crafted to offer the perfect pairing for the featured wines of the evening.
New this winter and offered during select weekends, Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners welcome guests to savor gourmet fare which caters exclusively to children and families. Families dine aside the glowing floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; enjoy sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village below, as well as time together in the intimate space of one of Beaver Creek’s three private on-mountain restaurants.
Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures and Wine Tasting
Beaver Creek Resort invites guests to enjoy three varieties of Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures – each of which combine wellness-promoting outdoor activity and scenic splendor with après-snowshoe gourmet decadence found only at Beaver Creek. The adventure begins at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center, situated steps from both the Beaver Creek Village and The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort. Guests of all ability levels enjoy a guided snowshoe tour amidst forested scenery throughout the Beaver Creek base area, as well as a scenic ride aboard the Buckaroo Express gondola. Following each 90-minute tour, The Osprey Fireside Grill welcomes guests into its slope-side, mountain-modern elegance – where Executive Chef Conor Shedor presents decedent culinary and wine pairings befitting of a post-snowshoe hike. Offered December through April, guests choose among the Women’s Wednesday Walk + Wine, Winter Wine Excursions each Thursday or the Fondue + Shoe offered Fridays.
Experience Signature Winter Events at Beaver Creek
13th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition – Nov. 23
In a nod to Beaver Creek’s iconic 3pm Cookie Time, the 13th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition features five carefully-vetted finalists serving their signature recipes. Tasting and judging begins at 2 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Village, during which 5,000 gourmet chocolate chip cookies will be served in one hour. Participation is complimentary and all guests are invited to taste and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Set for Opening Day, Nov. 23, 2016.
The Audi Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup and EverBank America’s Winter Opening – Nov. 29 – Dec. 7
The world’s fastest men descend on Beaver Creek for the annual Audi Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup Weekend. Surrounding the event will be EverBank America’s Winter Opening, bringing headliner concerts, cuisine and excitement to Beaver Creek Village. Hosting Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom competitions, Birds of Prey kicks off the entire 2016-17 World Cup campaign. 2016 Birds of Prey champion Ted Ligety looks to claim his seventh consecutive Beaver Creek podium, while Austria’s Hannes Reichelt returns for another medal. The Birds of Prey Downhill will get things started on Dec. 5, with Super-G on tap for Dec. 6 and Giant Slalom bringing down the curtain on Dec. 7.
Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend, Presented by Audi – Jan. 19-22
The Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend offers interactive cooking demonstrations, innovative wine and spirits events, gourmet wine pairing dinners and endless hours of phenomenal skiing. Featuring world-renowned guest chefs working alongside outstanding Beaver Creek culinary talent. Events and tasting are held throughout the weekend.
NEW Restaurant, Big Views
Breckenridge Ski Resort will add a brand new, 490-seat restaurant atop the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7, one of the resort’s five iconic peaks. The new restaurant will offer a variety of house made options like fresh made salads to order and a Mediterranean station, all coupled with dramatic views of beautiful Summit County, Colorado. The restaurant is set to open December 2016 and will highlight the mining history of Breckenridge’s past, as well as cater to skiers who like to play and stay in the terrain on the north side of the resort, including Peak 6.
The Classic Peak 9 Village Base Area Gets a Facelift
Many of the millions of visitors who have skied Breckenridge since the 1970s have entered the resort through the Village base area on Peak 9. Perfectly situated near the south end of Main Street, adjacent to the Village Hotel the QuickSilver SuperChair, the plaza area will see a new snowmelt system and brick pavers replacing the dated cement surface, making for a more inviting and smoother transition to the snow. The new space will also accommodate signature Breck events throughout the year.
NEW Restaurant at Breckenridge Distillery to open for 2016-2017 winter season
Chef Daniel O’Brien (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry) is leading the way on the intimate and modern farm-to-table experience at the Breckenridge Distillery. Using spent grains for feed, they’re dedicated to a whole animal process. Expect bold flavors paired with spirit flights and, of course, a killer cocktail menu. The 8,000-square-foot expansion also includes a large barrel house and event space. New (2016 release) products include gin, pear flavored vodka and espresso flavored vodka.
Breckenridge Theater reopens with additional 3,000 square feet and Backstage’s 42nd season
The Breckenridge Theater, home to the Backstage Theatre Company, recently underwent a $2.5 million renovation including the addition of a larger lobby that doubles as an art gallery, larger bar area, additional seating and back-of-house improvements that allow for bigger performances. The Backstage’s 42nd season kicked off with the musical Chicago in conjunction with the theater’s grand opening this summer. The overhaul is the final piece in the town’s major Arts District expansion.
Experience Signature Winter Events at Breck
Lighting of Breckenridge – Dec. 3
Breck officially transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 3 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas. Runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education enter. The Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District offers locally-made artisan gifts. Holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of December.
Dew Tour returns to Breck– Dec. 8-11
The Reimagined Dew Tour is Coming Back to Breckenridge for its 10 Year Anniversary. The second stop of this year’s Dew Tour brings a reimagined vision of action sports competition to the resort and town with world-class winter athletes competing in both men’s and women’s individual competitions and a new team challenge. The competition will take place on progressive new slopestyle and pipe courses built by renowned Snow Park Technologies (SPT), with support from Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Ullr Fest – Jan. 11-14
For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide Ullr Fest, which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski and more.
27th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships – Jan. 24-28
Decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. The Breckenridge Fire Arts Festival runs the same weekend as a fiery contrast of burning sculptures, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions takes place.
By the numbers: Teams of four artists are allowed 65 hours to sculpt across five days of competition. Only 16 teams are selected from the pool of 250 that are invited to compete each year. The competition requires more than 320 tons of snow, all made by the Breckenridge Ski Resort to create the perfect sculpting medium. Read More.
Happy 5th Birthday to Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program!
Keystone has long been the place where kids rule, and this year the resort’s unmatched Kids Ski Free program turns 5 (which just so happens to be the same age that kids can officially become a part of this awesome program). With more than 100,000 free kids’ lift tickets provided to families since the inception of the program in 2012, there is a whole lot to celebrate as Kids Ski Free enters its fifth year. This year guests can look forward to free Kidtopia events and parties, including a special weekly birthday bash with Ripperoo, plus free skiing of course! Every day, all season long kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when parents book just two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. When it comes to family, no one does it better than Keystone!
Keystone’s Mountain House is Base Camp for Families
Having served as the original base area when Keystone’s founders, Max and Edna Dercum, first brought their family to the resort, this winter the Mountain House base area is ready to welcome a new generation of ski families to Keystone. Centrally located, the Mountain House base area offers an oasis for ski families and the perfect base camp for any ski day, offering smaller crowds, free and convenient family parking and an updated family restaurant concept. Plus, with free preferred parking just for families at Mountain House, it’s easy to get from the lots to the lifts, providing direct access to the resort’s family ski and ride zone, The Schoolyard. Families can also take advantage of conveniently located lift tickets, rentals and Camp Keystone – the resort’s kid-centric Ski and Ride School experience, where interactive displays, game-aided learning and a 24-foot slide that propels kids into their adventure on the snow will have little rippers begging to go back to “school.” When you’re ready to hang up the skis and boards for the day, relax fireside or continue the fun with Kidtopia activities that take place twice-a-week at Mountain House during Sunday’s Ice Cream Birthday party with Ripperoo and Wednesday’s Giant Snowball Launch.
NEW Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016
This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the mountaintop with bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend. The Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular offers families an entirely new, and uniquely Keystone, mountain experience.
Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Very Own “Willy Wonka”
Keystone Resort’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald welcomes guests for a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into his world of decadent desserts and chocolate making at the resort. Take a break from the slopes one morning to experience these can’t-miss tours designed for kids (and parents), and meet the man himself, tour his chef’s workshop and make delicious treats of your own to take home. No golden ticket required; these Chocolate Tours are free to attend. Offered on select dates throughout the season. Schedule TBD.
The Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, 2017
Kids rule at Keystone every day of the year but families won’t want to miss this week-long celebration off all things Kidtopia with special parades, fireworks displays, face painting, crafts and live outdoor music. Start your family spring break early and be a part of all the kid-centric festivities at the Kidtopia Experience, March 5-11. Schedule of events coming soon!
Kidtopia: Unmatched Family Programming
Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family resort experience with free activities and animation on and off the snow every day of the week. This year guests can look forward to some brand new activities that will join the Kidtopia lineup, in addition to family favorites like the Saturday parade and fireworks, when programming kicks off Thanksgiving weekend. Test your aim at the Giant Snowball Launch, hunt for the elusive sasquatch during the Bigfoot Adventure Walk, march in the village parade and experience the world’s largest Snow Fort anticipated to open Dec. 10. Whether you’re looking for a high-energy adventure or some down time off the mountain, Kidtopia is a one-stop shop for family fun. With the majority of Kidtopia events free of charge for all participants, creative daily programming is just another way Keystone continues to add value to the family mountain experience. Be a part of all the kid-centric festivities at the Kidtopia Experience, March 5-11.
On-Mountain Family Adventures, Minus the Skis and Boards
With Keystone’s enclosed River Run Gondola, mountaintop adventures like snowcat tours, snow tubing and fondue dinners are accessible to the whole family regardless of skiing ability. The Mountaintop Snowcat Tour is a must-do family activity that provides an exclusive glimpse of Keystone’s high-alpine bowls and breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and surrounding mountain ranges. Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. To cap off an evening of mountaintop adventure, guests can enjoy two gondola rides en route to Keystone’s North Peak, where Der Fondue Chessel offers an exciting and interactive dining experience for the whole family, complete with accordion-wielding musicians in lederhosen, all at 11,640-feet elevation.
Largest Resort in the United States
Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort combined in the summer of 2015, creating the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States. A new eight passenger Quicksilver Gondola connection, along with a brand new restaurant (Miners Camp) and the new King Con Express six-pack and Motherlode Express Quad made up just some of the improvements totaling over US$50 million for the 2015-16 season. With 7,300 acres (3,000 hectares), over 300 trails, 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks, one super pipe and one mini pipe, Park City Mountain offers endless adventures for every level of skier or snowboarder to enjoy.
EpicMix Time comes to Park City
EpicMix™ Time – an expansion of the award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix –will debut at Park City Mountain during the 2016-17 season and allow guests to access real-time lift line wait times enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. Leveraging recently developed technology, EpicMix Time will calculate and display up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 7,300 acres (3,000 hectares) of skiable terrain.
Park City’s Signature Winter Events
The Holiday Season kicks off on December 17 with Park City Mountain’s annual DecemberFest Celebration, a 16-day festival including morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, the annual torchlight parade and a special visit from Santa on Town Lift. Park City Mountain’s annual Spring Grüv Celebration will return in March with 16 days of free concerts and the famous Pond Skimming Contest.
Ski and Snowboard School – Your Personal Guide to 7,300 Acres of Terrain
No matter your skill level, a lesson with Park City’s Ski and Snowboard School is the perfect way to experience the largest ski resort in the United States. Our world class ski and snowboard instructors will transform your day on the slopes into a real adventure as they guide you across 7,300 acres (3,000 hectares) of pristine ski and snowboard terrain. With children’s lessons, private lessons, group lessons and specialty products all available, you will develop skills and learn those little adjustments that make all the difference in opening doors to slopes you never imagined.
World Class Mountain Dining
With more than 16 restaurants across 7,300 acres (3,000 hectares), each with their own signature menus and executive chefs, Park City is elevating the mountain dining experience. Enjoy fine dining at the award-winning Farm Restaurant at Canyons Village which debuts seasonal menus that celebrate locally sourced, sustainable cuisine. Check out the made-to-order Mediterranean station at Miners Camp, the newest addition to the mountain. Indulge in fresh, homemade donuts, made-to-order items, and unparalleled views at 9,200’ (2,800m) at Cloud Dine. Or, reserve a table at Lookout Cabin and savor the views along with the chef’s homemade cheese or chocolate fondue.
T?st: Bubbles on the Slopes. Every Day.
Daily throughout the winter season, Northstar hosts t?st, a celebratory culinary tradition that redefines the art of the daily toast. Celebrating the mountains, Lake Tahoe and the tradition of toasting to friends and family, Northstar invites guests to raise their flutes and sip bubbles each day on East Ridge run at 2 p.m. Luxurious, whimsical and an ode to fun in the mountains, t?st is reflective of the authentic atmosphere of “California laid-back luxury” found only at Northstar. New for 2016-2017 every aspect of the daily tradition will be enhanced from the employee uniforms to the décor. Select dates will also feature live music.
Primo – Carte Blanche Access to Premier Services, Amenities, Adventure and Experiences
With the Primo Private Lesson, guests automatically have distinct privileges including exclusive on-mountain dining, detailed amenities and preferred access to Northstar’s recognized echelon of world-class instructors and guides. The Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center sets the tone for the day as equipment experts fit the guest with top-of-the-line skis, snowboards and protective equipment and are available for in-room fittings at the guest’s convenience. Concierge experts handle requests from guided tours, lessons, lunch reservations, spa appointments, childcare and beyond. Guests receive first-class ski lift priority, slope access, dining privileges and preferential introduction to Northstar’s select team of world-class mountain guides and instructors.
Culinary Excellence is Heightened with the Mountain Table Dinner series
Epicureans are invited to discover the essence of Northstar’s laid-back California luxury through Mountain Table, the mountaintop culinary experience at Northstar’s iconic Zephyr Lodge, which features an entire menu of California-sourced ingredients. Offered on four separate occasions from December through March, each mountaintop dinner presents a feast for the senses, celebrating the best of California’s freshly-sourced produce, meats and seasonal ingredients – masterfully paired with regional artisan wines, craft beers, and distilled spirits. Dinner is served in The Zephyr Lodge, which is renowned for its refined mountain elegance and unmistakable, panoramic view of the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific Crest through floor-to-ceiling windows and each dinner donates proceeds to one of North Lake Tahoe’s non-profit foundations.
Celebrate the Holidays at Northstar
Northstar California will usher in the spirit of the holidays commencing with the celebratory Tree Lighting Ceremony during the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. The celebrated and much anticipated family tradition invites guests to The Village at Northstar for kid-friendly activities, S’mores, sleigh rides, holiday music and the piece de resistance – the official lighting of the Holiday Tree. The month of December is packed full of events and activities geared toward families. The village is something straight out of a fairy, and Noel Nights are held each Thursday, bringing various local talent to Northstar to spread cheer and entertain families after a fun day chasing powder turns and indulging in everyone’s favorite gooey treat – the S’more.
Unbuckle at Tamarack
Unbuckle at Tamarack, the No. 1 après ski party in North America by Forbes and confirmed by CNN Travel, is Lake Tahoe's highest elevation après ski party featuring music, drinking, dancing and the lovely Heavenly Angels – ripping skiers by day and go-go dancers when the sun dips below the Sierras. Après takes place daily from 3:30-5:30p.m. with half-priced drinks and food specials - exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays, a guest DJ, the Heavenly Angels, giveaways, and lots and lots of dancing, both inside and outdoors. New this season, check out the themed party weeks surrounding key holidays, like Mardi Gras, Spring Break and many more.
Experience Signature Winter Events at Heavenly
Winter Ignite – Dec. 2-10
Heavenly’s season opening two-week celebration includes live music, pop-up DJ Cat parties and Unbuckle après parties, as well as concerts and entertainment at the nearby casinos. The event will culminate Dec. 10 with a free headliner concert in Heavenly Village.
Heavenly Holidays – Dec. 17-31
Heavenly Village transforms into a holiday winter wonderland with lights, decorations, carolers, ice sculpting, a parade and more. It all cumulates on New Year’s Eve, with a live band and brightly-lit Gondola that descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the New Year with a festive fireworks show.
The Gunbarrel 25 – April 1
If endurance is your pursuit, don’t miss out on the 12th Annual Gunbarrel 25 on April 1st, Heavenly’s famous mogul run.
New to Heavenly last season, Tamarack Live is an all new après experience at Tamarack Lodge featuring the region’s hottest bands for live music sets Monday-Wednesday from 3:30-5:30p.m. Kick back with drink and food specials starting at 3:30p.m.
Tamarack Tailgate Parties
Don’t be afraid of missing your favorite NFL or basketball teams play because you’re up on the hill skiing/riding. The Tamarack Tailgate Parties on Sunday afternoons at Tamarack Lodge will feature drink specials, large TVs showing the games, and the Heavenly Angels. Now there’s no reason to choose between two of your favorite sports.
Heavenly Concert Series
Starting in January Heavenly will host a series of outdoor concerts at the top of the Gondola, outside Tamarack Lodge. Featuring regional headliners, the Heavenly Concert Series will be from 1:00-3:00p.m. on select Saturdays throughout the season.
Heavenly upped the ante in December 2013 by partnering with Aaron Hagar to retrofit a retired grooming machine into a custom-built mobile DJ station, complete with 52 high-output speakers, provided by Kicker Audio, and 1,200 watts of power. The DJ cat will be bringing the party to the mountain in various locations all season long.
Aimed at the avid adventurer looking to explore Kirkwood on a more intimate level, our unique terrain offers lift access to backcountry opportunities within our resort boundaries providing the perfect backdrop for our range of specialty clinics, private guides and backcountry awareness offerings. Beyond Kirkwood’s boundaries, you’ll find infamous terrain that has been featured in many ski and snowboard flicks. Backcountry, inbound or out of bounds, Kirkwood's terrain is in a class of its own! Expedition:Kirkwood’s unique offerings include Avalanche Certification Courses, Women's Programs, E:K Cat Tours, private guides and specialty ski clinics & board clinics and progressions sessions. Our Junior Expedition Team (JETS) nurtures shredders in-the-making. Led by some of the best coaches in the Lake Tahoe Basin – these kids rip!
Playstation Leichardt Terrain Park Extension
Perisher’s award winning Terrain Parks are renowned for being the best in Australia and some of the most innovative parks worldwide. The Playstation Leichardt Terrain Park is the leading park in Australia for intermediate riders to be able to build confidence and learn new tricks. This summer the park has seen major improvements through earthwork that will see the park width and length increase by 20%, providing better jumps and features as well as allowing the park to open earlier and remain open later through the winter.
New and improved Perisher Dashboard
Perisher’s innovative Dashboard and Dashboard Pics application has undergone a major revamp with improvements including:
- Installation of new access gates on 7 lifts across allowing guests to track their skiing across more terrain
- Guests can now search for friends within Dashboard and create their own leaderboards
- Easy login and effortless sharing through Facebook and Gmail
- Introduction of the Dashboard Jump Cam, located at the top of Goat’s Gully. The cam will automatically capture riders in action as they launch into the air off one of the jumps located in the course, and upload the picture directly to Dashboard
Signature events and new partnerships
The Mile High event and Australian Junior Series will continue to run at Perisher’s PlayStation Slopestyle Terrain Park for the 2016 season bringing the youngest and most promising talents in the country together with the biggest international names in the sport.
Perisher has recently signed new agreements with both PepsiCo Australia and Red Bull Australia; and is working with these new partners on a range of exciting events to be launched in early winter. Both companies are also key partners with Vail Resorts.
Early season snowmaking
In recent years Perisher has invested over AUD $25 million in snowmaking upgrades to cover 53.4 hectares across the resort.
The recent upgrades have seen much of the snowmaking system become automated allowing Perisher to make even more snow across the resort and Tube Town, confirming Perisher’s reputation as having the most reliable snow in Australia. It also ensures that Perisher continues to make snow more efficiently.
On the heels of Guthega’s 2014 chairlift upgrades, this summer saw significant work around the top station of the Freedom Chairlift improving access in all directions to the great skiing and boarding in Parachute, Woodpecker and Wombats.
The Blue Cow way will be vastly improved for the 2016 winter with work to widen and level this major trail back to the Blue Cow Terminal. The work undertaken in this area will mean it requires far less snow to open and improve the experience here for all standards of skiers and boarders.