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April 5, 2013
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Vail to keep 4,600 acres open for final week

VAIL, Colorado - Due to great spring conditions, Vail Mountain will keep more terrain open than originally planned for the final week of its 50th anniversary ski and snowboard season. Terrain and operations are usually streamlined significantly for the final week of the season due to snow conditions and limited guest volumes. This year, more than 4,600 acres of skiable terrain will remain available, including Blue Sky Basin as well as China, Tea Cup, Sun Down, Sun Up and Game Creek bowls and virtually the entire front-side of Vail Mountain through April 14."After the conditions we experienced last season and the first half of this one, we felt it would be a shame to close down terrain as we typically would with the great snow we still have on the mountain," said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. "Keeping virtually the entire mountain open is an enormous thank you to our passholders for a great season."The majority of lifts on Vail's front side will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back Bowls will close at 3:30 p.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts and guests are advised to check mountain terrain and lift status reports on www.vail.com for most up-to-date information.Beginning Monday, the following lifts are expected to operate for the remainder of the season:• Gondola One.• Eagle Bahn Gondola.• Avanti Express Lift (No. 2).• Wildwood Express Lift (No. 3).• Mountaintop Express Lift (No. 4).• High Noon Express Lift (No. 5).• Riva Bahn Express Lift (No. 6).• Game Creek Express Lift (No. 7).• Born Free Express Lift (No. 8).• Highline Express Lift (No. 10).• Northwoods Express Lift (No. 11).• Gopher Hill Lift (No. 12).• Sourdough Express Lift (No. 14).• Little Eagle Lift (No. 15).• Sun Up Lift (No. 17).• Orient Express Lift (No. 21).• Tea Cup Express Lift (No. 36).• Skyline Express Lift (No. 37).• Pete's Express Lift (No. 39).The Cascade Lift (No. 20) out of Cascade Village, the Pride Express Lift (No. 26) in Lionshead, the Mongolia Lift (No. 22) and the Earl's Express (No. 38) will be closed beginning Monday.Adventure Ridge will be open for afternoon and evening operations through today via the Eagle Bahn Gondola; Adventure Ridge will be closed for the season beginning Sunday. EpicMix Racing will be offered through Sunday.Spring conditions exist and skiers and snowboarders must continue to obey posted closures and observe the Colorado Ski Safety Act and Your Responsibility Code for their safety and the safety of other guests. All on-mountain closures and schedule modifications are subject to change based on snow and weather conditions.The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will continue to operate from its Vail Village and Lionshead locations through April 14. The Golden Peak Children's and Adults School will be open through Sunday; the Small World Nursery in Golden Peak will remain open through April 14.The 10th, Game Creek Restaurant and Bistro Fourteen will offer dinner service through today. The Dawg Haus and Belle's Camp in Blue Sky Basin, Wildwood, the Terrace level of Mid-Vail, the Golden Peak Grill and the Grand Press at Eagle's Nest will be open for normal operations through Sunday before closing for the season.Daytime dining at The 10th, Two Elk, Buffalo's, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle's Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza will be available to skiers and snowboarders through closing day, April 14.Spring Back to Vail returns Monday through April 14 with free concerts from national headliners, on-snow events, street parties and more. Don't miss performances by O.A.R, Sublime with Rome, and Jimmy Cliff. The annual World Pond Skimming Championships also returns on April 14 in Golden Peak. For the complete schedule of events and pond skimming registration, visit www.vail.com/springback.For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).Beaver Creek to keep 850 acres openBEAVER CREEK - Beaver Creek Resort will be offering skiing and snowboarding on 850 acres of terrain across the main mountain during the final week of the season, Monday through April 14. In total there will be 60 trails open accessed by five main lifts and four beginner surface lifts. Terrain in and around the Birds of Prey area will be closed after Sunday due to the construction of a new restaurant at Red Tail Camp. Skiers and riders will find terrain variety on the main mountain for all ability levels, including Stone Creek Chutes which will remain open as long as conditions permit.The following main lifts will be open through April 14:• Buckaroo Gondola (No. 1).• Rose Bowl Express (No. 4).• Drink of Water Lift (No. 5).• Centennial Express Lift (No. 6).• Cinch Express Lift (No. 8).Rose Bowl Lift and Drink of Water Lifts close at 3 p.m., Cinch Express Lift closes at 3:30 p.m. and Centennial Express Lift and the Buckaroo Gondola close at 4 p.m. Several beginner surface lifts will also be operating at the Ranch.Spruce Saddle Restaurant at the top of Centennial Express Lift will provide hungry skiers and riders with a variety of healthy lunch options for the final week of ski season including selections from their Asian noodle station. The Ski and Snowboard School will be offering group and private instruction for adults and kids through closing day. The Small World Playschool Nursery also will be open providing daycare for kids from 2 months to 6 years. Beaver Creek's Cookie Time will take place through closing day.In advance of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships being held in February 2015, this summer Beaver Creek is building a new 500 seat restaurant at Red Tail Camp located at the finish of the men's and women's downhill courses. The new restaurant will more than double the existing restaurant's seating capacity and will offer gourmet dining options in an upscale cafeteria setting. It will open for the 2013-2014 ski season. For more information visit www.beavercreek.com.


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