Vail’s 2014 closing weekend festivities confirmed |

Vail’s 2014 closing weekend festivities confirmed

VAIL — Vail Mountain has announced who will headline the Spring Back to Vail concert series. All concerts are free and open to the public as part of Spring Back to Vail, the largest end-of-season party which includes spring skiing, apres parties and giveaways throughout the villages.

“With the close of every season comes the excitement and celebration of Spring Back to Vail,” said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing for Vail Mountain. “This season’s lineup is spread out over two weekends, including Closing Day. Spring Back to Vail is a reflection of Vail’s continued commitment to our loyal guests and a way to thank everyone for an outstanding ski and snowboard season.”

On Friday, April 11, funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson and his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, will take the stage at Solaris in Vail Village. The doors will open at 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 12, STS9 will come on after Polish Ambassador’s opening set at Ford Park, just east of Vail Village. Doors also open at 6 p.m. On April 20, Closing Day of Vail Mountain, Steel Pulse will cap off the celebration with its roots reggae sounds, also at Solaris in Vail Village. The doors open at 4 p.m.

The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail 2014 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One, April 11-13, and at the base of Golden Peak, April 20, as well as apres and after-dark parties in the town of Vail throughout the week.

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Closing Day Tradition

The Closing Day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as 75 participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 12th annual World Pond Skimming Championships on April 20. The top male and female in the contest will each be awarded the grand prize of at 2014-2015 Vail Resorts Epic Pass. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Registration opens soon. Visit http://www.spring for more details.

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