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.
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.
This week, a decorated group of Paralympians will head to Vail to support the Adaptive Spirit 22nd Annual Event.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Vail Mountain will open for winter operations on Friday, November 18, 2016, and Vail Snow Daze will once again kick off the 2016-2017 winter season for the Town of Vail and for the resort. Taking place Dec. 9-10, Vail Snow Daze is the first of multiple events Vail will host during the early season this year.
The Michael Franti Trio and Lettuce will headline Vail Snow Daze, Vail Mountain’s signature early-season celebration, with two nights of free concerts. Bud Light presents The Michael Franti Trio on Friday, December 9, 2016, and Lettuce, on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
"Combining Whistler Blackcomb with Vail Resorts' portfolio of outstanding resorts provides Whistler Blackcomb with increased financial strength, marketing exposure, guest relationships and broadens the geographic diversity of our company with resorts across the United States, as well as in Australia and Canada. This relationship will bring greater resources to support our current operations and our ambitious growth plans, including the Renaissance project, the most exciting and transformative investment in Whistler Blackcomb's history," said Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's chief executive officer.
"Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most iconic mountain resorts in the world with an incredible history, passionate employees and a strong community," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "With our combined experience and expertise, together we will build upon the guest experience at Whistler Blackcomb while preserving the unique brand and character of the resort as an iconic Canadian destination for guests around the world. We are delighted to add such a renowned resort to Vail Resorts and look forward to expanding our relationships in the Sea-to-Sky community, British Columbia and Canada. We look forward to working with Dave and the entire Whistler Blackcomb team as we support their efforts to continue the great progress that has made Whistler Blackcomb the world-renowned resort it is today. We are excited about what this transaction means for guests and look forward to providing access to the resort for our season pass holders around the world."
Mr. Brownlie added, "As the number one ranked and most visited resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb has enjoyed tremendous success by delivering an exceptional mountain experience for our passionate and loyal guests — both locally and from around the world. That's going to continue as we work with our new colleagues at Vail Resorts as well as our employees, local businesses, community and government stakeholders to make Whistler Blackcomb better than ever. We will also continue our discussions with the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, on whose traditional lands we operate, regarding a business partnership that will benefit our communities, our province and our company for decades to come. Our board of directors has also been monitoring the unique challenges facing the broader ski industry due to the unpredictability of year-to-year regional weather patterns. Whistler Blackcomb, with its unprecedented acreage of high alpine terrain and Glacier bowls, is well positioned, but by no means immune to these challenges. Partnering with the geographically diversified Vail Resorts and extending its successful Epic Pass products to Whistler Blackcomb are customer-focused ways of securing the long-term future of our resort, our industry and our community."
Whistler Blackcomb will nominate one member of its board to the Vail Resorts board of directors, and Dave Brownlie will continue leading Whistler Blackcomb as the resort's chief operating officer and will become a member of the senior leadership team of Vail Resorts' mountain division.
Vail Resorts recognizes that Whistler Blackcomb is in the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations' traditional territories and will support and continue the ongoing efforts to negotiate the renewal of Whistler Blackcomb's Master Development Agreements with significant long-term benefits to the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Local leadership. Whistler Blackcomb will continue to have principally local Canadian leadership, with critical day-to-day mountain operations residing at the resort, including ongoing primary responsibility for relationships with the local community, governments and First Nations.
Vail Resorts will invest substantially in Whistler Blackcomb's mountain infrastructure and growth plans, including continuing to build community and stakeholder support for the recently announced Renaissance project, a transformational investment which will diversify the local tourism economy; provide new four-season, weather-independent activities; and elevate Whistler Blackcomb's core skiing, mountain biking and sightseeing experiences for decades to come.
For the full 2016-17 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will continue to honor the resort's existing season pass products. Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Whistler Blackcomb into its Epic Season Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season.
While summer is in full force and Epic Discovery, Vail’s new on-mountain summer experience, is fully operational, Vail Mountain is looking toward winter and the approaching 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season.