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Spring Back to Vail wraps up

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VAIL, Colorado – Spring Back to Vail will wrap up Sunday with the World Pond Skimming Championships and a free concert from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, marking the end of one of the best ski and snowboard seasons in Vail’s history. Sunday will also see the Spring Back to Vail Expo Village and the Men’s Journal Lounge at the base of the Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16).

The World Pond Skimming Championships returns to the Golden Peak base area for the ninth year on Sunday afternoon. A closing day tradition in Vail, skimmers from around the world will gather in Vail to test their buoyancy on Lake Golden Peak in a spectacle that defies the laws of physics – and sometimes common sense. Competitors will be vying for the top prize – a 2011/’12 Epic Pass and the elusive title of Golden Skimmer. The venue will open at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon and the competition will get going promptly at 3 p.m.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars returns to Spring Back to Vail today for a free concert in Vail Village. The Refugee All Stars played at Spring Back to Vail in 2010, and due to the overwhelming positive response to their concert, Vail decided to bring them back for an encore performance. Formed of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War, this band’s uplifting message and beats make for a live show that is loved by audiences all around the world. The concert venue will open at 4 p.m., and singer/songwriter Chris Velan will open the show beginning at 5 p.m.

The Spring Back to Vail Expo and the Men’s Journal Lounge will be at the base of the Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the expo village, guests will find product demos and samples from many of Spring Back to Vail’s sponsors, like Maui Jim and Muscle Milk. The Men’s Journal Lounge, joined by Merrel, will be a place where guests can relax before or after hitting the slopes or even catch a game of foosball.

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