Spring Back to Vail starts Wednesday
VAIL – Spring Back to Vail, Vail Mountain’s iconic, high-energy, end-of-season bash returns this week, through Sunday. Vail will be alive and kicking with four free outdoor concerts from Wyclef Jean, Guster, Robert Earl Keen and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. The World Pond Skimming Championships will be held Sunday and iinclude a free barbecue, courtesy of Vail Mountain. New for 2010, the Men’s Journal Lounge, Reverb Eco Village and Sony Cierge Experience will be located at the base of the Vista Bahn Friday through Sunday. “Vail again wishes to use this awesome event and its free concerts as an opportunity to thank our guests for another incredible ski and snowboard season and express our gratitude for their continued loyalty,” said Adam Sutner, director of sales and marketing for Vail Mountain. Spring Back to Vail kicks off today with an aprs party at Los Amigos from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and post party at The George from 8 to 10 p.m. Also located in the Vista Bahn base area Friday through Sunday will be the Sony Cierge Experience. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter a Chair 5 promotion to win a chair from the High Noon Lift as well as a gift from Sony. The weekend of music starts on Friday with an international flare. Sierra Leone’s Refuge All Stars, who formed in a refugee camp during the Sierra Leone’s civil war, will kick off Spring Back’s three-night concert series by sharing their story through their reggae-style sound. The concert will be held in front of Solaris in Vail Village and will include a viewing of the band’s award-winning documentary. The event starts at 6 p.m. The weekend will continue with singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen bringing his alternative country music to Ford Park on Saturday. Keen has been performing since 1984 and is best known for favorites like “Merry Christmas from the Family,” “Feelin’ Good Again,” “Jesse with the Long Hair,” “The Road Goes on Forever,” “I’m Comin’ Home,” and “Gringo Honeymoon.” Keen will take the stage at 5 p.m.; gates will open at 4 p.m.Following Keen’s performance, Haitian-American multi-platinum musician, rapper and record producer Wyclef Jean will take center stage. Wyclef broke through the musical scene in the mid-’90s as a member of The Refugee Camp (The Fugees), a three-member group that included Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel “Pras” Michel. Blending hip-hop, reggae, R&B and folk, Jean broke off on his own in 1997. His show at Spring Back will give a sneak peek into his upcoming self-titled album, to be released in June. Wyclef’s performance will contain explicit content.Private reserve passes to the Wyclef Jean and Robert Earl Keen are available for $100 at the Loaded Joes locations in Avon and Vail Village. The pass includes preferred stage viewing, food and beverages. On Sunday, all on-mountain guests will have the opportunity to take a commemorative photo sitting on a chairlift chair located next to Chair 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photos will be available for instant printing outside of Buffalo’s Restaurant until 2 p.m. and also available for viewing on Vail Mountain’s Flickr page. Also on Sunday, the World Pond Skimming Championships will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area. Skimmers from around the world will test their buoyancy in hopes of becoming the 2010 World Pond Skimming Champion and be awarded two 2010-’11 Epic Passes. American alternative rock band Guster will perform at Checkpoint Charlie from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Sunday. With 12 albums and 13 singles, Guster offers a one-of-a-kind sound through the combination of bongos, cymbals and other drums. For more detailed information including the week’s schedule check out http://www.springbacktovail.com.