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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

Biggest event in U.S. for Winter Paralympic Team hits Vail this week

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 26, 2017 11:22:48 PM

This week, a decorated group of Paralympians will head to Vail to support the Adaptive Spirit 22nd Annual Event.

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Topics: Family, snowboarding, Skiing, events

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

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

Vail gets snow, readies for Friday opening

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 20, 2016 11:04:27 PM

The snow came just in time for Vail to open this Friday, Nov. 25 with Born Free open and accessable from Lionshead Village and Chair 8. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open for scenic rides on Friday, as well. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers as well as other swag for the first groups who board the lifts.

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Topics: Vail, snow, snowshoe, snowboarding, 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

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