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Beaver Creek opens for summer on June 10

Posted by Polina LaConte on May 11, 2017 8:38:02 PM

Beaver Creek will open for summer on June 10 with an array of summer activities and events providing fun for all ages and all ability levels, on and off the mountain. With 50 miles of mountain bike and 62 miles of hiking trails, 4x4 tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, golfing, tennis, famous rodeos, live music, fine dining, culinary and wine festivals, summer in the Rocky Mountains is as restorative as it is invigorating.

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Topics: Beaver Creek

Vail, Beaver Creek announce 2017-18 operating dates

Posted by Polina LaConte on May 10, 2017 9:13:23 PM

Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort announced operating dates for the resorts’ 2017-2018 ski and snowboard season. Vail will be open from Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, through Sunday, April 15, 2018. Beaver Creek will operate from Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, through Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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Beaver Creek Golf Club opens May 5

Posted by Polina LaConte on May 3, 2017 8:52:49 PM

Two of the finest mountain golf courses are slated to open at the onset of May. Guests can begin enjoying awe-inspiring alpine backdrops, impeccably-maintained greens and fairways, opulent fine-dining establishments and first-class guest service starting on Friday, May 5, at Beaver Creek Golf Club, and Friday, May 12, at Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club.

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Topics: Beaver Creek, golf

Whitewater rafting / kayaking events taking place in Vail in May

Posted by Polina LaConte on May 1, 2017 7:13:53 PM

Returning this spring, the Vail Recreation District is again partnering with Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Vail Whitewater Race Series. In its fifth year, races will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning May 9. All races will be held at the Vail Whitewater Park where spectators will enjoy viewing the action from the banks of Gore Creek. Five races are scheduled and overall series prizes will be awarded following the final race on June 6.

The races will be divided between three categories including kayak (under 9'6"), two-person raft (R2) and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with different course challenges every week. The two-round format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, a head-to-head race.

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Vail Mountain Announces Kids Ride Free Gondola Rides

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 21, 2017 12:00:34 AM
• All kids ride the gondola free with an adult purchase
• At top of gondola families can enjoy zipline, mountain coaster, and new this summer a 36-foot climbing wall
• Resort now offers guests a-la-carte on-mountain activity options and online purchasing
New this summer, all kids can ride the Vail Mountain gondola free with the purchase of an adult ticket, allowing children 12-and-under to experience panoramic views of the Vail Valley and the legendary Gore Mountain Range through a scenic gondola ride. For each paying adult, one child, 12-and-under, will be given a complimentary ticket to access the mountain, where adventure awaits.

Once at the top of Vail Mountain, guests can purchase a ticket or a day pass to experience Vail’s signature summer experience - Epic Discovery. With one-of-a-kind thrill activities that include an alpine coaster, a three-hour-long zipline tour and interactive nature experiences, Epic Discovery is the ultimate summer playground for families.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to families so that more children can explore our national forests on Vail Mountain this summer,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer at Vail Mountain. “A key component of the launch of Epic Discovery last summer was the addition of our educational elements, such as the story stakes and animal abilities, on our hiking trails. We hope that families are able to really immerse themselves in nature and the wonder of summer at Vail.”
Also debuting at Vail this summer is a new 36-foot-high permanent rock climbing wall, the second-tallest, permanent outdoor climbing wall in Colorado. Guests can choose between 18 routes of varying difficulties to reach the top. The new rock climbing wall is the latest summer activity offered as part of Epic Discovery, which debuted in summer 2016 and includes activities such as an alpine coaster, ropes courses, ziplines, tubing, educational nature hikes and more. Epic Discovery connects both kids and adults with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way, offering guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories.
For ease of purchase, guests now have the ability to select summer products online, which includes the introduction of individual activity tickets. This effort provides guests with the flexibility and choice between unlimited access through pass products, or the option to try specific activities at an independent activity cost.
From an all-day unlimited Adventure Pass, which provides unlimited access to Epic Discovery activities such as the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, summer tubing, the climbing wall and more, to a-la-carte options, such as one ride on the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, guests have an array of options to fit their family’s needs. For specific product info, visit .
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Topics: Vail, Summer, Family, Outdoor Activity

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

As ski season ends, mountain biking season begins in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 9, 2017 11:37:04 PM
Vail Mountain closes on April 23, and the Vail mountain biking race series begins three days later on April 26. The series offers fun and exciting racing for mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels. Throughout the racing season, cyclists have the chance to win prizes, free beer and personal glory.

The Vail Recreation District will kick off the season with the Spring MTB Short Track Series beginning on April 26 in Eagle. With three races in total, the Short Track Series is a great opportunity to get geared up for the season.

Next up is the main event, the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series. Featuring seven cross-country races at locations around the valley, the series begins May 31 and continues throughout the summer until Aug. 30.

Finally, the action wraps up in the fall with two cyclocross races. During the cyclocross races, riders will compete on a condensed loop, completing as many laps as possible in the allotted time. Youth riders will race for 15 minutes and adult racers will compete for 20-40 minutes.

The Youth MTB Race Series showcases younger riders ages eight to 17, who are invited to participate in every race in the Town Series, with the exception of the Lost Lake race on July 12, which is limited to adults only. The Minturn Mini Kids Race on Aug. 30 is for kids only and lets young riders be the stars!

VRD Town Series Race Director Beth Pappas is looking forward to the racing season.

"We anticipate a great season with lots of new and returning racers," said Pappas. "Every year we seem to have a bigger and better series, and we can't wait get started. Adult racers can look forward to the return of the Lost Lake Loop, a course we have not had access to in almost a decade due to logging operations. We are especially excited to build on the success of the Larkburger Youth MTB Race Series, which had over 300 kids racing in 2016, by adding the Minturn Mini Back to School Bash so they can enjoy a kid-specific season finale race and celebration."

The following are the dates and locations of the 2017 VRD Mountain Bike Town Series. Details for individual events can be found at, and registration is available at

Spring MTB Short Track Series
April 26: Short Track #1 (Eagle)
May 3: Short Track #2 (4 Eagle Ranch)
May 10: Short Track #3 (Edwards)

Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Series
May 31: Eagle Ranch Classic
June 14: Berry Creek Bash
June 28: Battle at Bellyache
July 12: Lost Lake (adults only)
July 26: Camp Hale
Aug. 2: Davos Dash
Aug. 23: Beaver Creek Blast
Aug. 30: Minturn Mini Kids Race

Fall Cyclocross Races
Sept. 6: Cyclocross #1 (Minturn)
Sept. 13: Cyclocross #2 (Eagle)

Short track races cost $15 for preregistered adults and $20 on race day. Youth short track racers can preregister for $5 per race or $7 on race day.

For the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series, individual adult races cost $26 for preregistration or $37 on race day. Racers can also register for this entire race series for $155 until May 12 or $170 after May 12. For youth, the cost is $60 for the entire series, $10 to preregister for individual races or $15 on race day.

Cyclocross races cost $20 for preregistered adults and $25 on race day. Youth pay $10 preregistered and $15 on race day.

To register for all races, go online to For more information, call 970-479-2280 or email

In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Destination Hospitality, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and The Dusty Boot, sponsors of the 2017 race series include Howard Head Sports Medicine, Town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Company, POC, Avon Liquor, 808 Distillery, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yellowbelly, Yeti's Grind, Vail Honeywagon, Altitude Bar & Grill, Maxxis Tires, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The 2017 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger, KidSPORT and the Town of Minturn.

To become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or visit
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Topics: Vail, mountain biking, Outdoor Activity

Vail Mountain Celebrates End of Winter with Spring Back to Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 9, 2017 11:28:25 PM

Vail’s closing day for the 2016-17 season is Sunday, April 23, and the resort is preparing to say goodbye to winter with the annual Spring Back to Vail celebration. The event takes place April 14-16 and features a free live concert, the famous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and much more.

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Topics: Vail, Family, Music, snowboarding, Skiing, events

Vail Film Festival returns this weekend

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 26, 2017 11:45:50 PM
As the end of the ski season is approaching Vail is getting ready to host one of the most anticipated events of the spring - the Vail Film Festival. This year the festival celebrates women in film.   Among the celebrities coming to town are  two of Hollywood's leading female filmmakers and actors Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci.  As a tribute to her outstanding achievement in film, both in front of and behind the camera  actor, writer, director, and two-time Oscar nominee  Julie Delpy  will be presented with the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award. Golden Globe®, SAG®, and Emmy® nominee Christina Ricci will be honored with the 2017 Vail Film Festival Renegade Award for her great contributions to the film industry.  The 2017 Film Festival will screen an impressive array of 51 films, including narrative and documentary feature films as well as short and student films. A list with the titles included in each category is included below and the schedule of events for each day can be found here.
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Topics: ski, Vail Activity Guide, events, snowboard

Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam to play Spring Back to Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 26, 2017 11:36:16 PM
Springtime at Vail Mountain is upon us. With the bluebird days, warm temperatures, and soft snow brings one of Vail’s many premiere events, Spring Back to Vail. The event takes place April 14-16 and features a free live concert, the famous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and much more.

“Spring in Vail is one of the best times of the season. The snow is soft, the sun is out, and there are so many exciting events happening,” said Phil Metz, director of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek. “Vail is excited to celebrate the close of another incredible winter season.”

On Saturday, April 15th, the 123GO! Project will headline the Spring Back to Vail celebration at Ford Park with a free concert event presented by Bud Light. The venue will open at 5:30PM with music starting at 6:00PM.

The 123GO! Project started in 2011 during the Sundance Film Festival where Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam were working together on the sound track for the film Horrible Bosses. Stefan and Mike called their friend Brett Scallions, lead singer from FUEL, who quickly joined them and brought in heavy hitting drummer Kenneth Schalk to round out the band.

Spring Back to Vail will mark the first free outdoor performance for the 123GO! Project. Dave Matthews Band is taking 2017 off from touring and Mike McCready and Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. To celebrate all of this fun energy the band is working with partners JBL Professional and Martin Lighting to use the latest technology to help craft a great concert experience in Vail.

Toronto-bred, Los Angeles-based quartet MAGIC! is Nasri Atweh (lead vocals), Mark Pelli (guitar), Ben Spivak (bass), and Alex Tanas (drums). In 2014, MAGIC! scored the song of the summer with their debut single “Rude” — a buoyant reggae-pop tune that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. This week MAGIC! released 2017’s song of the summer, Girl At Coachella with Matoma ft. D.R.A.M.

Saturday’s Spring Back to Vail concert is free and will take place at Ford Park. Visit for more details.

The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail 2017 will once again include the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One in Mountain Plaza, April 14-15, and at the base of Golden Peak, April 16.

The Spring tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as participants will ski themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 15th Annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, April 16. The top male and female in the contest will each be awarded the grand prize of a 2017-2018 Vail Resorts Epic Pass and a pair of Liberty skis. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3:00 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 12:00 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Check out the variety of lodging deals and register for the event at,

Back by popular demand, the second annual Bud Light Bags Tournament will kick off at Mid-Vail on Saturday alongside of the Tikis and Tunes Luau. The fun begins at high noon and includes a pig roast, drink specials, live music, bags, giveaways, and more. Registration will be available at,

Spring Back to Vail also welcomes back the ‘Triple R Rewards,’ where guests and locals alike can enjoy special deals from participating restaurant, retail and relaxation entities throughout the week.

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi, Verizon, Helly Hansen, Vibram and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by Nature Valley, Audi, Liberty Skis, Vail Resorts Retail, Colorado Mountain Express, Antlers at Vail and Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.

Vail’s closing day for the 2016-17 season is Sunday, April 23.
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Topics: Family, snowboarding, Vail Activity Guide, Skiing, events

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