Enjoy Great Skiing and Snowboarding on Closing Day of Vail’s Extended 50th Anniversary Season on Sunday, April 21

19 April 2013
VAIL, Colo. – April 19, 2013 – After extending the season for one additional weekend due to fantastic snow conditions, Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, will celebrate its second closing day of the 50th anniversary season on Sunday, April 21. With nearly five feet of fresh snow reported in the past seven days, skiers and snowboarders can look forward to great conditions and more than 2,400 acres of terrain when making their final turns of the season at Vail.
 
“With so much snow having fallen since closing day we are thrilled to extend the 50th anniversary season and allow guests to enjoy one more weekend on the mountain,” said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing and sales at Vail Mountain. “It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate closing day for a second time this season and we hope that guests will respect this opportunity and focus the celebration on enjoying some great skiing and snowboarding at Vail.”
 
On the mountain, all operating lifts and decks will close for the season at 4 p.m. Unlike last Sunday, guests will be asked to leave the mountain promptly at that time.
 
Resort officials ask everyone for their continued cooperation with ski patrol and other Vail Mountain staff on closing day Sunday. For those picnicking on the mountain, trash and recycling containers will be provided. Skiers and riders are also reminded that variable late-spring conditions exist and are encouraged to descend or download early. Once Vail Ski Patrol sweeps the mountain, it will remain closed until summer operations resume in early June.
 
U.S. Forest Service and local law enforcement officers will be on the mountain Sunday to help facilitate a safe end to the ski and snowboard season. Guests are expected to abide by the laws and rules of skiing and snowboarding and risk fines or arrest for irresponsible behavior. Skiers and snowboarders must continue to abide by the Colorado Ski Safety Act and “Your Responsibility Code” and observe all posted signs and closures.
 
Guests are reminded that using any ski lift or trail while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act. Guests are also not permitted to ride lifts, ski or snowboard on Vail Mountain with open containers, coolers, suitcase-like carriers, barbeques or similar items. One daypack per person will be permitted on closing day, provided the bag fits in a five-gallon container.
 
Inappropriate behavior that may jeopardize the experience of other guests is not tolerated. As in recent years, violators who are ticketed or arrested or caught throwing snowballs will lose skiing and snowboarding privileges for the 2013-2014 season. Those who disobey posted signs and closures or engage in other inappropriate behavior could lose skiing and snowboarding privileges for up to the entire 2013-2014 season.
 
Vail Mountain staff thanks all guests, employees and the Vail community for a fantastic, extended 50th anniversary season.
 
For more information about Vail Mountain and closing day visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
 
About Vail Mountain
Celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 season and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth 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 resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; 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.

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Sara Lococo

Keystone Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-1493
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