Vail Extends its 50th Anniversary Season for One More Weekend

16 April 2013
Media Note: Photos and broll from the recent snowfall can be downloaded from Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wcvr41spvmcas0g/pFNa94MfuH/Vail/Vail%20Extends%2050th%20anniversary%20season%21
 
VAIL, Colo. – April 16, 2013 – Even after a spectacular closing day on Sunday at Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, Mother Nature continued to gift the mountain with heaps of powder snow, allowing the resort to extend its 50th anniversary season for one more weekend. With two feet of new snow since closing day, and more than three feet over the past three days, Vail will reopen for skiing and snowboarding Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.
 
“We’ve received some of the best snow we’ve seen in years at Vail over the last few days,” Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “With the tremendous conditions we felt this was a great opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary season for one more weekend at Vail and to thank our loyal guests and local partners.”
 
As of today, Vail plans to provide skiers and snowboarders access to more than 2,400 acres of terrain and the following lifts this weekend:
 
  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (# 3);
  • Mountaintop Express Lift (# 4);
  • High Noon Express Lift (#5);
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola
 
Lifts will open at 9 a.m. There will be no beginner terrain available.
 
Skiing and snowboarding at Vail this weekend will be free for 2012-2013 season pass holders. Lift tickets will be available for purchase at the Lionshead Children’s Ski School office and at the ticket office in Mountain Plaza for $50. A special $25 ticket will be available for guests who hold season passes from non-Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts. Guests will have the opportunity to apply their weekend ticket purchase towards the purchase of a Vail Resorts 2013-2014 season pass. For more information on tickets, visit Vail.com.
 
Vail Ski & Snowboard School
The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will be open for private lessons only based out of Lionshead and Vail Village.
 
On-Mountain Dining
Dining will be available at Mid-Vail, Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Buffalo’s.
 
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

2013-2014 Season Passes now on Sale!!
Vail’s extended season is just one of many reasons to purchase one of Vail Resorts’ popular ski and snowboard season passes, including the Epic Pass at $689 for adults, now on sale for the 2013-2014 winter season. Ski or snowboard eight world-class resorts across three states and 24,980 acres, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe, more than five to six days in one season and all of the passes pay for themselves. Visit www.epicpass.comfor more information.
 
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.

Contact(s)

Sara Lococo

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