VAIL - Vail Mountain announced the lineup of entertainment for Vail Snow Daze 2012, the resort's annual festival to kick off the winter season. The lineup will include headliner concerts from Wilco on Dec. 15, Michael Franti & Spearhead on Dec. 14 and The Shins on Dec. 13. Vail Snow Daze takes place Dec. 10-16 and is part of Vail's 50th anniversary celebration.Founded in 1962, Vail will celebrate its golden anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 winter season and into the summer of 2013 with a series of events, parties, a film documenting the first 50 years, concerts and more. The celebrations will incorporate a 50th anniversary theme to recognize the resort's distinct past, present and future. As part of Vail's big birthday bash, Vail Snow Daze boasts the biggest lineup of entertainment in the event's history. Grammy-nominated indie rockers The Shins come to Ford Park in Vail on Dec. 13 to kick off the Vail Snow Daze festivities. Well known for their songs "New Slang" and their current hit single "Simple Song," The Shins have a melodic sound that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. For more than 20 years, Michael Franti has been mixing rock, rap, reggae and other musical styles into a singular sound that keeps the crowds groovin'. He's well known for massive hits "Say Hey (I Love You)," "The Sound of Sunshine" and "Hey Hey Hey." Michael Franti & Spearhead's show is Dec. 14.Grammy-winning alt rockers Wilco will headline Vail Snow Daze on Dec. 15. Known as a live music powerhouse, Wilco has released 10 studio albums to date.For those interested in early access to both General Admission and Private Reserve Festival Passes for Vail Snow Daze concerts, Vail Mountain is offering a presale in combination with the purchase of lodging for Vail Snow Daze. Beginning on Sept. 11, guests can call Vail/Beaver Creek Central Reservations at800-296-3450 and request to make reservations for Vail Snow Daze. When a reservation is made for three nights or more, guests will have the opportunity to purchase festival passes for Vail Snow Daze before they go on sale to the general public. Some restrictions apply. Visit the lodging tab atwww.vail.com/snowdaze for full details.In addition to the headliner concerts, Vail Snow Daze will feature events that celebrate Vail's 50th anniversary. On Dec. 14, guests are invited to attend the premiere of a full-length documentary film about Vail's rich history at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort. Tickets for the film premiere are free, but a limited quantity is available. Visit www.vail.com/snowdaze to reserve tickets for the film premiere, which will be available beginning on Sept. 17. On Dec. 15, Vail will officially celebrate its 50th year with a birthday party with appearances from Vail dignitaries and original founders, a fireworks show and more in Mountain Plaza. Admission is free and open to the public.Vail Snow Daze 2012 will include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of the brand new Gondola One Dec. 14-16 as well as aprs and after-dark parties in Vail throughout the week. All Snow Daze concert ticket prices will increase after Dec. 11. Visit www.vail.com/snowdaze to purchase tickets and get full details on Vail Snow Daze.
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