Vail Snow Daze begins today, goes through Sunday |

Vail Snow Daze begins today, goes through Sunday

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VAIL – Vail Snow Daze, the annual festival that celebrates the start of the winter season, begins today and will continue throughout the week with a full schedule of events that includes free concerts, apres and after-dark parties, brand expos and more.

Vail Snow Daze 2011 begins this afternoon with “Apres … Skiing Magazine Style” from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tap Room in Vail Village. The magazine’s editors will be behind the bar serving up Skiing Mag inspired signature cocktails, including drinks featuring Tequila Don Julio, along with delicious food specials. All attendees will have the chance to enter to win a VIP package from Skiing that includes a day of skiing with the editors and VIP passes to the Yukon Kornelius concert on Saturday. Additional prizes will be given away throughout the evening, making this a party not to be missed.

Snow Daze has become known for outstanding music lineups, and once again this year’s event boasts a fantastic schedule of free headliner concerts. Kicking off the Vail Snow Daze concerts on Thursday at Solaris in Vail Village will be alternative rock band Guster, with opener The White Buffalo. Jakob Dylan and Band, with opener Zach Heckendorf, will take the stage at Solaris on Friday. Yukon Kornelius will rock Ford Park on Saturday, with opener Lit. Closing up on Sunday at Checkpoint Charlie will be The Polish Ambassador with opener DJ Mo:Rockin.

Private Reserve passes are available for the Yukon Kornelius show in Ford Park. While admission to all Vail Snow Daze concerts and events is free, Private Reserve passes give holders access to preferred viewing of the stage in Ford Park as well as complimentary food and beverages. The Private Reserve pass is the ultimate Vail Snow Daze concert experience, providing access to an exclusive area of the venue complete with outdoor heaters and close-in viewing of the main stage. Passes are $95 each and can be purchased through the Vail Box Office by calling 970-845-8497.

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A full schedule of apres and after dark parties are on the agenda for the week, including the Yukon Kornelius Pub Crawl presented by Bud Light on Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The Yukon Kornelius Pub Crawl, happening at The Club, The George and Vendetta’s, will give attendees the chance to earn a free Bud Light at the Guster concert by stopping by all three of the pub crawl locations and collecting all of the Yukon Kornelius themed gear. All redeemed Yukon Kornelius Pub Crawl beer vouchers will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Liberty skis at the Guster concert at Solaris, which will happen before 8 p.m. that evening. For full details on the Yukon Kornelius Pub Crawl and drawing, visit the FAQ page at

In addition to the Yukon Kornelius Pub Crawl apres and after-dark parties will take place throughout the week, complete with drink specials and giveaways:

o Tuesday, 8-10 p.m. – Bud Light After Dark Party at The Sandbar, West Vail

o Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m. – Bud Light Party at The Red Lion, Vail Village

o Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Bud Light Apres Party at Bob’s Place, Avon

o Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Bud Light Apres Party at The Red Lion, Vail Village

o Friday, following the concert – Bud Light Post Party at Samana, Vail Village

o Saturday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Bud Light Apres Party at The George, Vail Village

o Saturday, following the concert – Bud Light Post Party at The Club, Vendetta’s, Whiskey Jack’s, Vail Village

The Reverb Eco Village and Demo Daze will return to the base of the Vista Bahn Friday – Sunday, with expos from brands like Sprint, Maui Jim, Rockstar, Muscle Milk, Rustic Crust, Stonyfield Farms, Evol Burritos and MATADOR Beef Jerky and gear demos from Burton, Nordica and Ramp Sports. The Cadillac Experience will take place in Solaris Plaza on Friday – Sunday as well.

For more information on Vail Snow Daze, visit

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