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Chris Robinson Brotherhood to headline Spring Back to Vail

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VAIL — Springtime at Vail Mountain will soon be upon us. Along with the bluebird days, warm weather and spring skiing and snowboarding comes Spring Back to Vail. The season-ending festival, April 8 to 10, includes a free live concert, the World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways and more.

"Spring in Vail is something to look forward to every year," said Jim Kellen, director of marketing for Vail Mountain. "Spring Back to Vail once again promises to be a great time, with free live music and a host of other events to celebrate the close of another incredible winter season."

On Friday, April 8, Chris Robinson Brotherhood will kick off Vail's closing weekend and Spring Back to Vail celebration in Vail Village with a free concert presented by the town of Vail. The venue will open at 5 p.m., with music starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a psychedelic rock 'n' roll band from California, is celebrating its latest release, "Phosphorescent Harvest." The band debuted in early 2011 and released its first two studio albums in 2012: "Big Moon Ritual" (June 2012) and "The Magic Door" (September 2012). Band members include Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam Macdougall (keys, vocals), Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) and Tony Leone (drums).

Friday's free Spring Back to Vail concert will take place at Solaris on East Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road in Vail Village. The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail will also once again include the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One on Saturday, April 9, and at the base of Golden Peak on Sunday, April 10.

The closing day 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 14th annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, April 10.

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A panel of highly skilled judges will score each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance, and the top male and female competitors will each be awarded the grand prize of a 2016-17 Vail Resorts Epic Pass and a pair of Liberty skis. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m., and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Registration details are coming soon.

For more information on closing weekend at Vail Mountain, including updates on apres after-dark parties, visit

Spring Back to Vail schedule

Friday, April 8

5:30 p.m. — The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Solaris Plaza, E. Meadow Drive and Will Bridge Road, Vail Village, free (venue opens at 5 p.m.)

Sunday, April 10

3 p.m. — World Pond Skimming Championships, Golden Peak, free (venue opens at 1:30 p.m.)

Visit for more details and après party schedules as they are released.