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The Truth about Vail's Snow - it's finally very good! (see video from today!)

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Jan 14, 2018 5:15:03 PM

OK - We finally have excellent snow conditions.  It's been a lean year up until now, but finally the snow gods have come through.  The Back Bowls and Blue Sky basin are open - here's a video from this weekend - with a lot more snow on the way.  If you've not already planned your trip to Vail/Beaver Creek - do it now, as the pent up demand is about to explode.   If watching the video from this weekend doesn't get you excited for skiing - nothing will!

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Topics: back bowls open in vail

Aspen Ski Company & KSL Purchase Steamboat and many other ski areas....

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Apr 10, 2017 12:56:48 PM
The mountain resort community woke up this morning with very exciting news - the Aspen Ski Company and KSL Capital are purchasing Intrawest Holdings - the owner/operator of several ski areas including Steamboat and  Winter Park in Colorado. The company also has several resorts in the East, including Snowshoe, WV, Stratton Mountain, VT, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Blue Mountain, Ontario.  The combined company includes Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, in Colorado, and  Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in the Lake Tahoe area.  This move is clearly in response to Vail Resorts successes in acquiring and running multiple ski areas throughout North America.
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Topics: Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, Skiing

The Epic Pass is the 3rd best innovation in skiing history....

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Nov 9, 2016 2:35:53 PM
I received a phone call in the spring of 2008 with news that I didn't believe. "Did I hear that Vail Resorts had a new season pass for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for only a few hundred dollars - less than half the price of a previous season pass to Vail?". I rushed to the office, checked online - the Epic Pass was real. I purchased my Epic Pass right away, and have had one every year. Vail Resort's goal was to get as many people to purchase Epic Passes, and get them to come to one of their resorts more than once per year. There would be no incremental cost for skiing for additional days, or for visits to other destinations where Vail Resorts operates. Vail Resorts continued to increase the cost of a daily lift ticket - incentivizing people to purchase the Epic Pass. For the first time ever, the cost of skiing was GOING DOWN!

The Epic Pass is arguably one of the best innovations in skiing in the past 60 years - right up there with safety bindings, high-speed chairlifts, and the neck gator. It's been so successful, that there are about 500,000 Epic Pass holders around the world. And every year, Vail Resorts makes it better by adding new destinations, and pricing options. You can get a full Epic Pass that now includes unlimited skiing at the Colorado destinations of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin - plus Park City Resort in Utah, Heavenly Valley, Northstar, Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area plus for the first time ever, FIVE days in Whistler, British Columbia - as Vail Resorts just purchased the Whistler Blackcomb. And if you live in the midwest of the USA - you can enjoy the Mt. Brighton and Wilmot ski areas close to your home.

There are also Epic Passes for lower prices with fewer benefits, including the 4-Day Epic Pass that gives you the best lift ticket prices of the season.

You can purchase your Epic Pass here for the lowest price available right here - but there are only a couple of weeks left to purchase. Once the ski season starts - the Epic Passes won't be available.  If you need help with your purchase, or have any questions - call us at 970-292-6627.
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Topics: Vail, Skiing

Watch the great video from a teenage video producer on his recent trip to Vail

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Jan 26, 2016 6:41:00 PM

I was riding Chair 5 in the back bowls of Vail over Martin Luther King weekend, when I started chatting with a couple of teenagers from Toronto who were visiting Vail.  I noticed the multiple GoPro cameras and it was quite apparent that these young men knew what they were talking about.  Well, we sure you've heard of the great conditions in Vail this winter.  This video was shot by a 14 year old teenager.  Take a look!  

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Topics: Vail, Video

Moose on the Loose in Vail

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Oct 6, 2015 4:53:36 PM

Moose have been a bit more common in Vail over the recent decade - but usually hanging around Gore Creek in town.   This past weekend, I discovered three moose (cow and two calves) hanging out on the front lawn of a multi-million home at the top of Potato Patch.  When we drove up the driveway to take a closer look, the owner of the home "busted us" and asked us to leave "his moose" alone.

After more than 34 years in Vail and experiencing all sorts of wildlife, I was treated to this face-to-face.  It's completely different experience than elk (which for those of you who don't live in Colorado will think is special).  These animals are truly beautiful and gigantic.

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Favorite Places for Your Just Desserts

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Sep 24, 2015 11:26:00 PM

The town of Vail is divided into two main sections: Lionshead and Vail Village. These are pretty much pedestrian-only plazas that offer dozens of shops, lodgings, and restaurants to suit every budget and every taste.

So if you’re in the mood for a great dessert, just where should you go?

It all depends on your palate, of course. If you go to a Mexican restaurant, the dessert you’ll find on offer will be deep fried ice cream, sopapillas, flan or churros. At a Japanese restaurant, you’ll be offered fruit plates or fruit flavored shaved ice. An eatery offering American cuisine will have chocolate cake or brownies.

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Topics: Vail, Dining & Nightlife

Must-Do - Family Friendly Winter Activities in Vail & Beaver Creek

Posted by Larry Hoffer on Sep 24, 2015 11:16:00 PM

Vail is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world, but it isn’t just for adults. There are plenty of family friendly activities which will make a visit to this beautiful area a memorable one for your children as well.

1. Holidaze.

What could be better than taking your kids to Vail for the Christmas season?

Festivities start with the Holidaze, a two day event which takes place on the Winter Solstice. It features a Christmas tree lighting ceremony that adults and kids will find breathtaking, and then there’s the new tradition of the Lantern Walk. Everyone gets to make paper lanterns, and then walk with them up Bridge Street to Mountain Plaza.

Afterwards, kids will enjoy hot chocolate and ice skating!

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Topics: Vail, Family, Beaver Creek

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