Keystone Resort Ends the 12/13 Ski Season with a Full Line-Up of On and Off Snow Events

26 March 2013

KEYSTONE, Colo. — March 25, 2013 —As Spring approaches, Keystone Resort announces a closing weekend schedule of events that celebrates the end of a great 2012-2013 season. Closing weekend, April 6-7, will kick-off Saturday with the last installment in the A51 River Run Rail Series: The Last Grind followed by a free concert in River Run Plaza featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Closing day, Sunday, April 7, will begin with the third annual Slush Cup and end with a new event, the Red Bull Schlittentag. Skiers and riders can also enjoy great late-season conditions, with 18” of new snow falling in the last seven days alone.
 
Keystone’s closing weekend events line-up begins Saturday, April 6 with the third and final A51 River Run Rail Series event, The Last Grind. The rail jam set-up will be at the base of the River Run slope right next to the Summit Express Chairlift and steps from River Run Village, allowing spectators to come out and watch local athletes display their skills on a multi-rail feature. The event will also feature music and giveaways for the crowd. Check-in and registration will begin at 10:30a.m., followed by qualifying runs beginning at Noon and finals at 2:00p.m.. Awards will follow, crowning the top female and male skiers and snowboarders with great prizes.
 
In tradition with Keystone’s closing weekend, River Run Plaza will feature a concert, this year headlined by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Saturday, April 6 at 4:15 p.m. The concert is free, and will kick off at 3:00p.m. with the opening act, following by the headlining show. The plaza will include prime viewing spots at 9280’ Tap House, with plenty of outdoor seating and delicious Happy Hour specials. All of the restaurants and bars surrounding the Plaza will offer terrific food and beverage specials, making it the perfect way to send a Saturday of Spring skiing.
 
Kicking-off Keystone’s official last day of the season, Sunday, April 7, the third annual Slush Cup at the Mountain House Base Area will begin with a splash at 10:30 a.m. Participants will have the chance to pond-skim their way to great prizes including three Summit Value Passes in categories including best costume, best crash and best overall. Spectators can watch pond-skimmers glide, crash, dance and ski to a possible victory while listening to music and enjoying a cold beverage from The Last Lift Bar.
 
In farewell to an excellent 2012-13 ski season, Keystone Resort will host a new event, Red Bull Schlittentag, Sunday, April 7 at 2:00p.m.. Schlittentag is the German word for “sledding day” and translates to daredevils willing to propel themselves on a hand-built sled down a snow-covered hill. Teams will consist of three people with free range to create the wildest, fastest sled this side of the Alps. The Schlittentag will take place at the Mountain House Base Area on the Discovery Hill where spectators can watch the gallant “sledders” propel themselves down the hill while enjoying great Spring conditions. Registration is free and more information is available at www.keystoneresort.com/events.

For those focused on getting in the last turns of the season, Keystone continues to offer fabulous conditions, with March bringing plenty of new snow and great lodging deals. The resort currently boasts more than 3,000 acres of available terrain, offering skiers and riders everything from great long groomers to steeps, bumps and tree skiing. For the latest conditions report, please visit Keystoneresort.com. Goggle tans should be in full swing in April, with plenty of sunshine to soak up at the Labonte’s Cabin beach at the base of Dercum and North Peaks. Fresh bar-b-que and cold beer and cocktails are the perfect complement to the Adirondack chairs overlooking the slopes.
 
Already looking ahead to the 2013-2014 ski season, season passes are available at the lowest guaranteed rate when purchased before April 14. Passholders can lock in those low rates with just $49 down, and will receive six buddy tickets to ski with friends next season. The industry’s most popular pass, The Epic Pass™, is available for just $689 ($359 for children five to 12 years old), granting skiers and riders unlimited access to nine world-class resorts across three states. That includes 25,080 acres, 35 bowls and 33 terrain parks at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California and Nevada. Also, new this year, ski and ride Keystone and Arapahoe Basin all season long on the Keystone A-Basin Pass for only $279—the best value in Colorado. Visit http://www.snow.com/epic-pass.aspx for more information.
 
Media Note
More info and photos of Keystone Resort are also available at http://news.keystone.vailresorts.com.
 
For high-res photos and broadcast-quality video footage, please visit our Dropbox folder at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wcvr41spvmcas0g/PFtjG2Sf6b. Click the Keystone Folder for an array of photo and video options.
 
Media Contacts
Laura Parquette, (970) 496-4107, (970) 333-3437, lparquette@vailresorts.com
Tucker Vest Burton, (970) 496-4065, (970) 485-2444, tburton@vailresorts.com

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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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