There is no better way to plan and enjoy your vacation at a location that you might not be perfectly familiar with than having a local guide that you can ask for suggestions. The IT guys at Vail Resorts have recognized that need and next season they are giving you their best attempt of developing an AI local ski buddy/travel agent/personal Butler - Emma.
Emma is your Epic Mountain Assistant, the world’s first digital mountain assistant to help guide guests while on their ski and snowboard vacation at nine of the Company’s resorts. Emma is an interactive mountain assistant who uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to answer a wide range of guests’ questions about their ski vacation. Emma will debut for the 2018-19 winter season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.
Spring Back to Vail will return to Vail Mountain for two weekends of celebration this year. The first weekend will kick off on Saturday, March 31 with a live concert at Solaris presented by Bud Light. The World Pond Skimming Championships will commence on Sunday, April 15 for the second weekend of celebration with on-mountain and après events as well.
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The 2018-19 ski and snowboard season marks the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass. The pass responsible for reshaping the ski industry is introducing new perks, more ski resort options and some of the lowest prices. See the details below on prices, pass options and new programs:
Spring in the mountains is magical with plenty of sunshine, powder and great activities for the whole family. Mark your calendar and make sure you don't miss on any of the fun happenings in Beaver Creek.
There is no better feeling than grabbing a cold drink and relaxing on a sunny patio after a fun day of skiing. Next time you are in Beaver Creek check out the four spots from our spring break après-ski list and you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Located in the base of Arrow Head, Broken Arrow restaurant is a great place to take a break from skiing and enjoy the spring. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and après-ski from 7:30 to the late afternoon. The outside deck gets the warm spring sun during mid-day, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a cold beer. Starting March 1st, the Broken Arrow will also feature live music on Sunday. Don't miss the opportunity to try the signature Beaver Creek’s Best Bloody Mary.
“Vail Resorts’ pioneering spirit and our core value of serving others can be traced back to our founders, including Pete Seibert, who served in the U.S. Army’s famed 10 th Mountain Division during World War II, and Earl Eaton, who served as an army engineer during the war,” says Vail CEO Rob Katz.
In 1957, Vail founders and veterans Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton climbed to the top of Vail Mountain and saw what would become one of the most celebrated resorts in the world. They said the founding of Vail Mountain was driven by a strong desire to live their passion and share that passion and access to the mountains with others.
- The Military Epic Pass for all U.S., Canadian and Australian active and retired military personnel and their dependents will be priced at USD$99, an almost 90-percent discount off the regular price of the Epic Pass. It also represents a groundbreaking value not found anywhere in the industry, especially combined with unlimited and unrestricted access to the Company’s 14 owned and operated resorts for the 2018-19 ski season: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Stowe in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Perisher in New South Wales, Australia for the 2019 ski season.
- The Military Epic Pass for all other U.S., Canadian and Australian veterans and their dependents will be priced at USD$499 for adults (USD$269 for a child pass), a more than 40-percent discount off the regular price of the Epic Pass and the first in the mountain resort industry to expand its season pass discount program to include all who served in the Armed Forces.
- The existing Liberty Pass will be expanded to include all U.S. veterans and their dependents and to eliminate any restrictions. Priced at USD$269 for adults and USD$199 for children (ages 5-12), the Liberty Pass provides unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with no blackout dates.
- Vail Resorts will donate USD$1 for each 2018-19 season pass sold to Wounded Warrior Project. Based on last year’s pass sales, the donation would exceed USD$750,000.
- Vail Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz will personally donate USD$750,000 to Operation Homefront.
“The generosity of our supporters enables Wounded Warrior Project to provide life-changing programs at no cost to the warriors we serve,” said Gary Corless, Wounded Warrior Project chief development officer. “The needs of wounded veterans are great and growing, but partners like Vail Resorts provide us with critical resources that allow us to meet those challenges head-on. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”
“Operation Homefront is extremely grateful for Mr. Katz and Ms. Amsterdam’s extraordinary commitment to helping us serve our nation’s military families in their time of need,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., Operation Homefront president and chief executive officer. “This significant donation will allow us to fulfill hundreds of requests for financial assistance, to provide caseworker support for those military families participating in our transitional and permanent housing programs, and to host Back-to-School Brigade events for military children across the country. With 92 percent of our expenditures going towards these and other valued programs, we are confident we are having the life-changing impact we seek to provide to this very special group of our fellow citizens.”
Spring is many people's favorite time to visit the mountains - warm sun, great snow and a ton of festivities on and off the mountain. Here in Vail we especially love the month of March as it turns the town into an event-packed spring break destination. With some new festivals mixed in with the annual favorites this March will not disappoint.
The days are getting longer, the sun is out and there's no better way to get some exercise than a snowshoe trek. Below are some of our favorite snowshoe hikes.