Breckenridge Grants 50th Wish, Extends Ski Season

14 March 2012
Extended season will include:
o   Two extra weekends of skiing
o   All 2011/12 season passes will continue to be valid during the extended season
o   $50 lift tickets also available
o   Free parking
 
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — March 14, 2012 — Breckenridge Ski Resort announced today it will extend its ski season two additional weekends in April as a culmination of its 50 Wishes campaign. The resort has been granting wishes all season to celebrate the ski area’s 50th anniversary season, fulfilling experiences of a lifetime submitted by guests from around the world.
 
“We had one wish left to grant, and asked our guests and fans via our social media channels what they wanted us to grant for our final 50th wish,” said Pat Campbell, Breck’s SVP & COO. “We heard loud and clear from many fans like Lisa Doane and Jason Brooke that they’d love to see us wrap up this season-long promotion in the best way possible…by extending the season.”
 
This is the first time Breck has extended its season since merging with Vail Resorts in 1996. Breck is the only ski resort in Colorado who has announced plans to extend their season so far this year.
 
Breckenridge will open lifts and terrain at Peak 8 only, including the Imperial Express SuperChair, two additional weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22 and April 27-29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. In addition, the resort will have a special 50th season extension day ticket price of $50 for those without passes and free parking in the gondola lots.
 
“This is a great way to end our 50th anniversary season,” continued Campbell. “April is typically one of the snowiest months of the season and we have excellent conditions which we expect to last through the end of April. This is an opportunity for our season pass holders and skiers from around the world to take advantage of a few extra days, and enjoy more of the spring skiing we all love here in Breck.”
 
Additional services for Breck’s guests during the extension include special lesson prices, with half-day adult lessons starting at $59 and full-day children’s lessons for $99.
 
Some restrictions to regular season promotions, season lesson passes and discounts may apply. A full list of services for the extended weekends is up online now and will continue to be updated at http://www.breckenridge.com/info/extended-season.
 
Extended Lodging Deals
The good news continues with special lodging deals just for these extended weekends. Stay right at the base of Peak 8 for all the extra fun and amenities at One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort™ starting at $210/night. Additional rates and lodging deals are available at www.breckresorts.com
 
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Spring Fever Starts Saturday
Of course, no one needs to wait to enjoy Breck’s legendary spring conditions as the resort’s month-long Spring Fever festival starts this Saturday with a town-wide St. Patrick’s Day party and happy hour specials around the mountain including at The Maggie deck on Peak 9 from 3-6:30 p.m. Sunday includes the Spring Fever  Chili Cook-off at the Ski Hill Grill Patio as our top chefs from Breck face off to see whose chili recipe will be used during the 2012-2013 season.  Ride down and indulge in all the chili you can handle, enjoy a free beverage and vote for your favorite recipe.
 
Spring Fever presented by Cadillac, will run through April 15 throughout Breck as the town and mountain welcome visitors to one of the best times of the year for skiing and riding with more than 40 scheduled events in the 30-day festival. Signature events include the BudLight Concert series, KSMT’s Spring Beer Festival, Ripperoo’s Mascot Olympics, the Breck 5 Peaks Mountaineering Race, the 16th Annual Imperial Challenge bike and ski race, and more!  Visit www.breckspringfever.com for the complete event schedule and more information. 
2012-13 Season Passes now on Sale!
Spring Fever and Breck’s extended season are just two reasons to have one of Vail Resorts’ popular ski and snowboard season passes, now on sale for the 2012-2013 winter season, with the best prices in the industry. Ski or snowboard eight world-class resorts across three states and 24,980 acres, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California/Nevada, more than five to six days in one season and all of the passes pay for themselves. Visit www.epicpass.com to find the right pass for you.
Skiers and riders should purchase their pass for next year now as these prices and spring benefits are only guaranteed through April 15, 2012. Vail Resorts is giving guests the option to lock in these prices with a $49 down payment now and the remainder of the balance due in mid-September 2012. All passes are available for purchase on www.epicpass.com and at Breckenridge Ski Resort season pass offices.
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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 resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and 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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