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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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World's Biggest Ski Day for Cancer Hits Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 8, 2017 2:55:02 PM
Don't miss on one of Vail's most anticipated events of the season! Pink Vail is the only event of its kind in the world. It is not only an excuse to wear a pink tutu and dress your male ski partner in pink spandex but also a great opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Similar to a run or walk to support cancer, Pink Vail participants register at the event's website and ask their friends and family to make a donation on their behalf. Participants range in age from 1 to 85 years old, and many of them don't even ski on the day of the event. Since 2012, Pink Vail has raised over $2.4 million to benefit all patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center through enhancements to patient care and underwriting the Spirit of Survival program, which provides complimentary services that can dramatically impact quality of life but are not typically covered by insurance.
 
Scheduled for Saturday, March 25
 
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Topics: Vail, ski, events

Fat Tuesday on the mountain: Scenes from CarniVail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 28, 2017 10:16:12 PM

Vail was hit with a spicy taste of New-Orleans-style fun with the return of CarniVail Fat Tuesday celebrations today. Guests enjoyed Mardi Gras merriment and all the Cajun fixin’s from a legendary crawfish boil to live music and après parties galore. 

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Topics: Vail, ski, things to do in vail co

Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 21, 2017 10:02:07 PM

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that on Feb. 17, 2017, it entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

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Top 6 Spring Events in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 7, 2017 2:23:43 PM
It has been an amazing winter! Even though half of  the ski season is already behind us there are plenty of exciting events still to happen in Vail. Here is a list of the 6 most fun events this spring:
 
Carnivail – Feb. 25-26
Vail gets hit with a spicy taste of New-Orleans-style fun when CarniVail returns to Vail this February. Guests will enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all the Cajun fixin’s from a legendary crawfish boil to live music and après parties galore. CarniVail is certain to be the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150’.
 
 
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Topics: Vail, Music, ski, food, events

Beaver Creek to upgrade Drink of Water lift to a high speed quad

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 29, 2017 10:05:50 PM
Beaver Creek Resort announced that it intends to upgrade Drink of Water Lift (#5) from a two-person fixed grip to a new high-speed quad to debut as Red Buffalo Express (#5) during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new Red Buffalo Express will be named after the signature, beginner Red Buffalo trail, which provides incredible views of the Gore Range and is named after two signature peaks of the Gore Range, the Red peak and Buffalo peak. The new lift will reduce ride time by 50 percent, from 8.6 minutes to 4.3 minutes, and will increase uphill capacity by 75 percent. With the upgrade, all primary lifts on Beaver Creek will be high-speed. This plan is subject to U.S. Forest Service approval.

“Upgrading this essential beginner lift will provide high-speed lift access to the amazing beginner and intermediate terrain at the top of Beaver Creek, increasing capacity and making for a seamless lift experience for our guests on the hill,” said Beth Howard, chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. “We expect this improvement to take significant volume off Cinch Express, Beaver Creek’s second most-popular lift, and it really is an improvement befitting of Beaver Creek’s luxury, family experience, as it enhances a key beginner and family area of our mountain.”

Vail Resorts continues to raise the bar for skiers and riders as the Company invested approximately $100 million in the guest experience for this current winter season across its resorts, bringing its five-year, industry-leading resort investment total to more than $500 million across the Company. The most significant recent improvements included the upgrade of Sun Up Express (#9) at Vail, a new restaurant on Peak 7 at Breckenridge, significant renovations to the guest rooms of The Pines Lodge, A RockResort at Beaver Creek, and $13 million to completely re-imagine the guest experience at Wilmot Mountain, located near Chicago.

Plans for capital improvements at Beaver Creek Resort are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval. Additional details on the design and approval of these proposed improvements will be available in the coming months.

Renowned for legendary attention to detail, World-Cup mountain pedigree, intimate alpine village, and reputation as one the world’s top luxury destinations, Beaver Creek Resort represents incomparable elegance and Rocky Mountain leisure which spoils guests for anywhere else with an unparalleled level of world-class service. Just 30 minutes east of Eagle Airport (EGE) and 2.5 hours west of Denver International Airport (DIA), Beaver Creek offers more than 40 in-resort and slope-side restaurants, elegant village boutiques, cherished daily traditions and activities such as world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding spanning 1832 acres with 3340 vertical feet of descent, snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, and ice skating in the Beaver Creek village.
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Chair 17 is Gone, Welcome Chair 9!

Posted by Jessica Milloy on Jan 20, 2017 9:50:00 AM

Vail's legendary back bowls got a little easier to access this season with the replacement of chair 17 with the new high speed quad lift, chair 9. Now, you can shred the pow on Yonder and Over Yonder all morning, and still make it to Two Elk for some chili without having to wait in the line at the either the Teacup Express or High Noon Express.

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Topics: Vail, Winter, snow, ski, Skiing

Notable locals: Vicki and Kent Logan

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 29, 2016 11:46:55 PM

When you visit the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater on the Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village this winter, take a moment to thank Kent and Vicki Logan. The Outdoor Ice Theater, with its king and queen sized chairs made of ice, offers

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, ski

Vail to upgrade Northwoods Express (#11) to a new six-passenger chairlift

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 28, 2016 9:36:36 PM

Vail Resorts continues its wave of tremendous investments at Vail Mountain with the replacement of the Northwoods Express Lift (#11) with a six-passenger lift to debut during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift marks the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail. This plan is subject to U.S. Forest Service approval.

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Topics: Vail, ski, Skiing

Beaver Creek gets 18 inches in 24 hours

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 18, 2016 10:05:21 PM

Winter is in full force at Vail Resorts, and Vail Mountain received 10” of snow overnight while Beaver Creek Resort received 18” of new snow in the last 24 hours! Vail has more than 4,000 acres open – the most open terrain in the U.S., and after receiving more than two feet of new snow in the last seven days, Beaver Creek opened additional terrain today and has more than 60 percent of the mountain’s terrain open. Check out this photo from Vail, taken Dec. 17:

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Topics: Vail, Beaver Creek, snow, ski, snowboarding

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