Hot Deals and Cool Events Headline Springtime at Keystone Resort

19 March 2014

The official start of Spring will be marked on March 20, and along with longer days and warmer temperatures, Spring means on-snow events, après traditions and fantastic conditions in the High Country. With that in mind, Keystone Resort gives you the Top 10 Reasons to visit this Spring:
 
1.    You Can Leave the Additional Layers at Home
While March and April can bring some of the best snow of the season—20 inches and counting in the first 18 days of March—they are also known for warming temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Leave those extra layers and bulky jackets at home; less gear means more room for friends in the car! Plus, without the need to take warm-up breaks throughout the day, you’ll rack up that vertical in no time, leading to….
 
2.    Longer Days Mean More Time for Après
There’s nothing like enjoying a cold beer and a plate of nachos post-skiing. Come on, you’ve earned it, and already burned off twice those calories (right?!)! Longer spring days mean afternoons lounging on the deck at Kickapoo, the patio at 9280’ Taphouse and in Adirondack chairs at Labonte’s Beach. Soak up those late afternoon rays and work on your goggle tan and be sure to take a “selfie” that will truly make everyone at home jealous.
 
3.    Binging on Mashed Potatoes
Spring sun and powder equal the skiers delight known as “mashed potatoes.” The soft, not-yet-slushy, texture of Spring snow is perfect for fun laps all over the mountain. Once you start, you won’t want to stop, just like when you attack that bowl at the Thanksgiving table.
 
4.    Watching Costumed Skiers and Riders Faceplant
Don’t worry; this one isn’t as cruel as it sounds. Closing Weekend will be celebrated with Keystone’s fourth-annual Slush Cupevent, Sunday, April 20th. Wearing outrageous costumes, skiers and riders will compete for great prizes as they try to make their way across a man-made pond. The best part? Prime viewing from the Mountain House Last Lift Bar and BBQ. Hey, they signed up for it, you’re just there to enjoy the show!
 
Can’t make it on the 20th? Keystone has a backup plan with the second-annual Red Bull Schlittentag, Saturday, April 5. Schlittentag is the German word for “sledding day” that translates to daredevils willing to propel themselves on a hand-built sled down a snow-covered hill. It’s as good as it sounds, with high entertainment value and once again, easy viewing from the Mountain House base area.
 
5.    Great Lodging Deals
Skip the traffic, extend your après gathering and enjoy a second day on the mountain, all made possible by fantastic Spring offers. With plenty of rooms available for less than $150/night, you’ll be saving that hard earned cash, which you’ll need for summer adventures and wedding season. Save up to 50% on Keystone lodging through April 20.
 
6.    The Mountain is All Yours
The Holidays are long over, the Spring Break crowds have dispersed, and the mountain is now all yours for the taking. Empty groomers, seemingly endless powder stashes and no lines at lunch; you can shout for joy, but only your crew will be around to hear.
 
7.    Catch Live Music, Before Festival Season
You have your tickets for the summer’s hottest shows, but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy some great live acts. Keystone just announced DJ Logic will open for Arrested Development, live from the River Run stage, Saturday, April 12. Stake out a seat on the 9280’ Taphouse patio and enjoy the show!
 
8.    $79 Lift Tickets All Day, Every Day
We know, you like to procrastinate. You’re choosing between golf in the Front Range, heading to Moab or getting in those last few turns of the season with a weekend in the mountains. The “correct” answer is obviously the latter, and we’ve made it easier than ever to make those last-minute decisions to head to the mountains with keystonetickets.com. Every day, through April 20, you can purchase lift tickets for just $79, a savings of 25% or more off window rates. Best of all, you can purchase up to the night before! Making a Friday excursion? Purchase online at keystonetickets.com until 11:59 p.m. Thursday and you’re good to go.
 
9.    Two-for-Ones at Top Restaurants
April is deal season across Keystone, and during your Spring stay you can enjoy two of Summit County’s best restaurants with two-for-one specials. The Keystone Ranchis situated on the Ranch golf course with sweeping views of mountaintop vistas and spectacular sunsets. You can enjoy the five-course menu for just $75 for two, April 8-12. Or, toast to the end of the season, April 17-20, in the quaint Ski Tipdining room where you can enjoy an exquisite four-course meal from Executive Chef Brian Baker for just $72 for two people, complete with dessert served fireside.
 
10.  Celebrate Keystone’s Longest Season in 12 Years
It has been more than a decade since Keystone was open as late as April 20; toast to an incredible season with late Spring turns, amazing events and general mountain fun during the resort’s Closing Weekend celebration, April 19-20. Keystone continues to be 100% open with more than 3,100 acres of skiable terrain. Find late-season powder stashes in the trees on the Outback, cruise groomers on North Peak or visit the famed A51 Terrain Park; it’s been nearly six months since the 2013-14 Opening Day on Nov. 1, but time is running out to enjoy one of the best seasons in recent history.
 
 
Don’t Forget 2014-15 Vail Resorts’ Season Passes are Now on Sale
Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass is still unmatched in terms of popularity, access and value, offering unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding at VailBeaver CreekBreckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; HeavenlyNorthstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan for the 2014-15 winter season. New this year, the Epic Pass also offers five free consecutive days at Niseko United in Japan, as well as the continued partnership with Verbier, Switzerland and Les 3 Vallées, France. Passes can now be purchased at epicpass.com.
 
The Epic Pass is $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12) and pays for itself in just over five days of skiing or riding. Guests can pay just $49 by April 13, 2014 to lock-in the guaranteed lowest price. Value-conscious skiers and riders can also choose from a variety of pass products, including the Keystone-ABasin pass, reintroduced for the 2013-14 season and returning for the 2014-15 season. For just $289 snow-enthusiasts can enjoy access to two amazing resorts with only limited Holiday restrictions. Find your perfect pass product at epicpass.com.
 
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, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
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; Canyons in Park City, Utah; 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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