Get free ice cream in Vail Sept. 25 |

Get free ice cream in Vail Sept. 25

VAIL, Colorado – For the past few years, Haagen-Dasz ice cream stores have held customer appreciation events in May. That’s left Vail out of the fun, until now.

Rick Almas, who’s owned the local Haagen-Dasz store for more than 20 years, closes the shop in May, so local customers can’t take advantage of the company’s free-scoop promotions. This year, though, Almas has permission from the company to let him do a promotion in the early fall. So, to mark the end of the summer season at the Lionshead Gondola, the local Haagen-Dasz store will provide a free scoop – in a cup or a sugar cone – on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. until about 7 p.m.

“We’re glad to be able to do it,” Almas said.

The Haagen-Dasz store used to be in the old Crossroads building in Vail Village, but for the last three years has been near the Arrabelle at Vail Square. It’s been a good move, especially this year, Almas said.

“People ask why our July was so incredible this year,” Almas said. “We had five full weekends and it was warm.”

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And, of course, warm weather and ice cream go together like, well, warm weather and ice cream.

Almas, who splits time between his stores in Florida and Vail, is making the trip to Colorado for this weekend’s event.

“I hope it goes well,” he said. “A lot depends on the weather.”

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