U.S. Ski Team Gets First Tracks at Vail

02 November 2011
  • Team Announcement Saturday, Nov. 5 at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village

Vail, Colo. - Nov. 2, 2011 - Olympic gold medalist and three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will grabbed first tracks on Vail's Golden Peak Wednesday with a group of young racers. Two lanes over were World Champions Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and the full men's technical team.

"Being at home at Vail and having perfect training everyday is such a great opportunity. I'm so thankful that I have such a supportive community behind me in Vail," said Vonn after winning the first race of the 2012 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season in Soelden, Austria to become the first American woman to win in all five World Cup disciplines.

Training at Vail's Golden Peak is officially open and serves as the perfect preview for the Saturday, Nov. 5 First Tracks event – the U.S. Ski Team Announcement – presented by Nature Valley.

After crushing gates from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, the entire U.S. Ski Team, including Vonn, Miller, Ligety and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) will head to Mountain Plaza in Vail Village for a free First Tracks elebration to officially introduce the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team.

The venue opens at 4 p.m. with hot cocoa and cookies before the entire event goes live on www.UniversalSports.com at 4:30 p.m. Following the interactive program, fans will be invited to get autographs and take pictures with the U.S. Ski Team stars.

"I'm really excited for the U.S. Ski Team Announcement, last season so many kids came out and it was such a cool scene," added Vonn. "There was even a family from New Hampshire that flew all the way out to Vail just to meet our Team. This year should be even bigger."

True to form, a family from New Hampshire will again make the trek to Vail for First Tracks, though this time it will be for free after the Connor family from Bartlett won a nationwide Facebook contest for a VIP weekend in Vail with the U.S. Ski Team.

"I have three nieces I taught to ski several years ago who are beyond excited to get sweatshirts signed by the U.S. Ski Team," said Anne Connor, whose son Mac is going to be surprised with the trip for his sixth birthday.

"It's almost Friday! We're packing the bags Wednesday night so we can hide them in the car. Mac still doesn't have a clue what's going on," added Ian Connor, who won the First Tracks contest that drew over 2,000 entries.

If you'd like to attend the First Tracks celebration with the U.S. Ski Team, check out lodging information and rates at www.marriott.com/ussa and for more information about Vail Mountain, visit www.vail.com or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

Vail Mountain opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 18 and is immediately followed by the annual American swing of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, which opens with Vonn and Mancuso in action on Thanksgiving weekend during the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational in Aspen. The following weekend, Miller and Ligety tackle the treacherous Audi Birds of Prey races Dec. 2-4 in nearby Beaver Creek.

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-at-Tahoe Resort 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 across the United States and in 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 consumer website is www.snow.com.


Liz Biebl

Director, Brand Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (303) 404-1831
Doug Haney, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, dhaney@ussa.org
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