Vail Daily column: Vail sending the season out like a lion |

Vail Daily column: Vail sending the season out like a lion

Often at this time of year we reference the old saying, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” However, this year, Vail’s last remaining days of the 2015-’16 winter season will experience quite the opposite. An up-swell of occupancy has and will continue to occur with new snowfall, families visiting on spring break, Semana Santa and Easter falling the last full weekend of the month. In addition to the flurry of activity we can expect with an increased volume of valued guests, owners and locals around town and on the slopes, Vail will once again host a series of premier events in a concentrated three-week period closing out another exciting winter season.

Taste of Vail returns

March 30 through April 2, Taste of Vail returns. Be sure not to miss this year’s highlights: The kick-off of the weekend at the rose event occurring in Lionshead on March 30, March 31’s American Lamb Cook-Off, or April 1’s Mountaintop Tasting as all offer Vail’s very best of local and national cuisine with the indelible backdrop of the Gore Range.

Help Conquer Cancer at Pink Vail

While your tempting those taste buds, don’t forget that Pink Vail returns April 2. Entering its fifth year as a fundraiser for cancer awareness, “the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer” is truly a unifying and colorful experience. Young and old gather wearing costumes and every shade of pink to raise proceeds “benefiting patient care and survivorship” Vail-style. All of the proceeds raised support the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Spring Back to Vail

Not to be outdone, Spring Back to Vail returns April 8-10. Providing a fitting end of another great ski season, the town of Vail and Vail Resorts’ traditional year-end blowout intends to please. Including a Friday night concert featuring The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the Vail Film Fest throughout and of course Sunday’s World Pond Skimming Championships on Golden Peak, Spring Back shines as our traditional seasonal send-off.

Triple R Rewards

With all these fantastic events seemingly occurring at once, Vail and the valley in general are prime to experience a roar of activity. Keep a look out throughout and lasting well into the spring, as our local restaurateurs, businesses and lodging base join in the festivities, offering bargains and discounts to end the season on a high note. Specifically, Triple R Rewards promotions representing restaurants, retail, and relaxation will appear in many of your favorite merchant’s windows as a thank you for another great ski season and reminder that Vail is open for business year round. Seeking out last minute deals on lodging, gear, libations or revelry, there is no better time than spring time in the mountains to visit Lionshead and Vail villages.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, then call 970-477-0075 or email Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top level of the Vail Transportation Center, so stop by and say “hello.”

Ryan Kelsey is director of sales and revenue for the Antlers at Vail in Lionshead Village. He is a board member of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.

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