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Burton US Open brings best in snowboarding to Vail March 5-10

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 5, 2018 9:35:37 PM

Burton Snowboards announces the return of the 36th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships to Vail Mountain March 5-10, 2018. As the final event of the competitive snowboarding season, following the excitement of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, the Burton U.S. Open is positioned to showcase the world's top athletes and most progressive riders, including 2018 Olympians, competing at the top of their game in perfectly sculpted slopestyle and halfpipe venues.

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Topics: Vail, snowboarding, events

6 ski myths debunked 

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 19, 2018 10:04:48 PM

1) Your boots should hurt

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Topics: snowboarding, Skiing, ski myths

Notable locals: 2018 Olympian snowboarder Jake Pates

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 17, 2018 10:50:06 PM

Shaun White led three American snowboarders to the 2018 Olympics on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen-Snowmass with all three clinching Olympic berths. Among them was 19-year-old Jake Pates of Eagle, Colorado, who grew up riding Vail and won Youth Olympic Games gold two years ago.

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Topics: Notable Locals, snowboarding

Vail's debuts new 6-pack Northwoods Chair 11

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 29, 2017 11:52:12 PM
Vail Mountain debuted the new Northwoods Express (Chair 11) on Dec. 26, 2017, to powdery conditions. The lift is a new incarnation of the detachable quad that was installed in 1985, and is similar with one exception:
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Topics: Vail, snowboarding, Skiing

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

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 www.SpringBackToVail.com 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, www.SpringBackToVail.com.

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, www.SpringBackToVail.com.

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

Biggest event in snowboarding coming to Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 23, 2017 11:09:23 PM

An absolutely packed field of the world’s best snowboarders are slated to compete next week at the 35th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, the longest-running snowboard competition and one of the last major contests ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. From February 27th – March 4th at Vail, Olympic medalists scheduled to compete in the U.S. Open halfpipe and slopestyle competitions include two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White (USA) and three-time Olympic Medalist Kelly Clark (USA); 2014 Olympic Slopestyle Medalists Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN); plus the entire 2014 Men’s Olympic Halfpipe podium of Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Ayumu Hirano (JPN), and Taku Hiraoka (JPN) are confirmed.

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Topics: Vail, Music, snowboarding, events

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

Sun Up, Sun Down Bowls; new Chair 9; most of front side now open at Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 4, 2016 10:23:04 PM

Vail opened some of the legendary Back Bowls on Saturday, including the much-anticipated new high-speed quad chairlift known as the Sun Up Express. The chair used to be known as Chair 17 but is now called Chair 9.

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Topics: Vail, ski, snowboarding

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