Two-Time World Cup Overall Champion Lindsey Vonn Begins Training on Vail Mountain's Golden Peak Today

03 November 2009
  • Vonn training alongside Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes
  • Vail Mountain scheduled to open to the public on Friday, Nov. 20
VAIL, COLO – Nov. 3, 2009 – Vail Mountain today announced that with the recent completion of the automated snowmaking system on Golden Peak, two-time World Cup Overall champion and Vail resident Lindsey Vonn has begun training at the resort alongside Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes. The Golden Peak portion of Vail Mountain is only open to scheduled ski teams and clubs. Vail Mountain is slated to open to the public on Friday, Nov. 20.

Earlier this spring the U.S. Forest Service approved the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail-funded installation of automatic snowmaking equipment on Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak. The snowmaking upgrade allows Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes and other athletes from around the world the opportunity to train on Vail Mountain during the early-season. Teams from Austria, Germany Australia and members from both the men’s and women’s U.S. Ski Teams among others will also be training on Vail Mountain in the coming weeks.

“The partnership with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has allowed us to explore new technologies in snowmaking and to host some of the best athletes in the world on Vail Mountain, including Vail’s own Lindsey Vonn,” said Chris Jarnot, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain and senior vice president of Vail Resorts. “The snowmaking upgrade will also put Vail Mountain in great shape for the 2009-2010 season and we’re looking forward to providing an earlier-than-normal terrain park experience for our guests in Golden Peak, keeping with our commitment to providing a premier ski and snowboard experience for our guests.”

The snowmaking upgrade will also provide Vail Mountain with snow to build and open the Golden Peak terrain park to the public as early as mid-December in addition to normal snowmaking priorities on the western side of the mountain.

Vail Mountain continues to seek out ways to enhance its ski and snowboard terrain to offer guests a premier mountain experience. The new snowmaking system in Golden Peak is the latest example of this. In addition, Vail is committed to having a terrain park experience available to guests on opening day. Additional details on opening day will be made available closer to Nov. 20.

Vail Snow Daze 2009
Grammy-nominated Barenaked Ladies will take the stage for a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Vail Snow Daze, the resort’s annual winter kick-off bash, scheduled for Dec. 7-13, 2009. Also included in the free concert lineup presented by Bud Light are Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eve 6 and Pete Kilpatrick Band. Vail Snow Daze celebrates the start of the winter ski and snowboard season in Vail with a weeklong schedule of contests, parties, giveaways and on-mountain events including the annual Dummy Demolition Derby under the lights at Golden Peak. For more information, visit www.vailsnowdaze.com.  

Epic Season Pass
There’s still time to take advantage of one of the best deals in the ski industry - the $599 unlimited, unrestricted Epic Season Pass for skiing at six resorts - Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Arapahoe Basin - all season long. The Epic Season Pass is on sale through Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. Visit www.epicpass.com for more information.

For more information about Vail Mountain, including opening day, events and lodging and vacation offers, visit www.vail.com.

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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, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. 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 the consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001
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