Vail gears up for 50th anniversary
VAIL, Colorado – Vail is getting ready for the season-long celebration of Vail Mountain’s 50th anniversary during the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season and into the summer of 2013.”We’re looking forward to a season-long celebration of our 50th anniversary this year, including the unveiling of our new, state-of-the-art gondola, the premiere of a 50th anniversary film and concerts and parties throughout the season,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “We’ll look back and celebrate our heritage and the heroes who launched and built Vail into the global destination that it has become, and we’ll look to the future and our commitment to continue to grow and improve for more generations of guests yet to visit.”On Nov. 15, the evening before the mountain opens for the 2012-2013 season, guests can get into the winter spirit with the third annual First Tracks with the U.S. Ski Team, a live, public celebration of the 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team. Fans can catch their favorite ski racers at Arrabelle Square in Lionshead, including Olympic gold medalists like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety, and cheer them on as they prepare to begin another World Cup season.The celebration continues on opening day, Nov. 16, when Vail Mountain unveils its new, state-of-the-art gondola in Vail Village, complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi. The new gondola will be designated as lift No. 1 to commemorate Vail’s original gondola, which was also located in Vail Village. The dedication begins at 8:30 a.m. and skiers and snowboarders can catch their first ride of the 50th anniversary season beginning at 9 a.m.In addition to the new gondola, Vail will host a series of events, parties, a film premiere and concerts, all complete with a 50th anniversary twist to celebrate the resort’s distinct past, present and future. Vail officially turns 50 on Dec. 15 but the festivities will be happening throughout the month of December and well into 2013.Event highlights include:• Vail 50th Anniversary Snow Daze – Dec. 10-16, 2012Leading up to and including Dec. 15, the day Vail opened in 1962, guests can enjoy a week of live entertainment beginning Dec. 10-16. This year, in honor of Vail’s 50th anniversary, the resort is taking Snow Daze up a notch with a stellar lineup of bands, including headline act Wilco, the Grammy Award-winning Chicago-based alternative rock band, along with The Shins and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Ticket information and details will be announced soon. http://www.vail.com/snowdaze• Vail 50th Anniversary Public Film Premiere – Dec. 14, 2012Walk the red carpet, grab a bucket of popcorn and witness the history of Vail and its founding unfold at the premiere of a 50th anniversary film by Roger Cotton Brown, Vail’s original filmmaker, at the Vail Marriot Resort & Spa. Information on tickets and show times will be announced soon. http://www.vail.com/50th• Vail’s 50th Birthday Celebration – Dec. 15, 2012Vail Mountain officially turns 50 on Dec. 15, 2012 and the resort is celebrating with a free, public, outdoor party to commemorate the resorts’ history and evolution into what it has become today. The celebration takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village and will be topped off with a culinary birthday treat of epic proportions and a large fireworks display on the mountain. http://www.vail.com/50th• Vail Family Holidaze – Dec. 16-25 and 31, 2012Vail Family Holidaze returns in December for its third season with activities and free events tailored towards both children and the young at heart. Vail Family Holidaze will feature the annual tree-lighting ceremony, ice-skating performances by world-champion ice skaters, kids’ and holiday concerts, the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Ski Down and Fireworks and much more. http://www.vail.com/holidaze.• Vail NYE 2013 – Dec. 31, 2012Ring in the New Year with a live concert at the Dobson Ice Arena. The headlining artist will be announced in October. Guests can expect a New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other in Vail. Details on this event will be available at ww.vail.com.The celebrations and fun will continue into 2013 with events like the Burton U.S. Snowboarding Open,Spring Back to Vail and much more.• Burton U.S. Open – Feb. 25-March 2, 2013• Ski Heritage Week, April 7-14, 2013• Spring Back To Vail, April 8-14, 2013For more information about Vail Mountain visit http://www.vail.com, or stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).