Skate for free at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com
There’s loads to do at Vail ski resorts that have nothing to do with strapping boards onto your feet and shushing down a mountain:
10. Free nature nights and programs. Think bears hibernate? Think again. Learn the difference between torpor and hibernation and get the dirt on local vegetation and other animals through Beaver Creek’s Ski with a Ranger program (valid lift ticket required), a guided nature program on snow, or Vail’s fireside Nature at Night. They’re free and perfect for the whole family. www.beavercreek.com or www.vail.com
9. Free guided tours. All of our resorts offer free mountain welcome tours for intermediate to advanced levels. Check with a friendly guest service team member or call a concierge to get the details on where and when to meet (or visit www.snow.com). Typically, the tours meet in the morning at the base of the mountain or on top of the mountain (depending on the resort) and last anywhere from an hour to two, during which time you’ll get an overview of the mountain, pick up a few tips from the locals and even learn a bit of history about our resorts and towns.
8. Free rides. You can’t beat the price or the convenience. Plus the free in-town (or in-resort) shuttle systems at Vail, Heavenly, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge have an added bonus – they’re also good for Mother Nature. Leave the car at home and let our drivers navigate our alpine villages, resorts and roads. www.snow.com
7. Rock for free! Between Vail Snow Daze, Vail Holidaze, CarniVail and Spring Back to Vail, there are plenty of opportunities to catch free headline acts, great contests like the Dummy Gelunde and World Pond Skimming Championships, parties, giveaways and more…and great lodging offers. http://www.vail.com. Check out Spring Massive or the Dew Tour concert. www.vvf.org or www.breckenridge.com
6. Free postcard + free postage at Beaver Creek. “Wish you were here” was never so easy, convenient or … so, free. On a daily basis, the top-rated Beaver Creek guest services team hand outs free collector resort postcards to visitors that they will then actually mail for you – for free. Yep, postage is free for you, too.
5. Yummy free freshly baked cookies at Beaver Creek. Every afternoon, it’s Cookie Time at Beaver Creek. Reward yourself after a great day on the slopes (or a great day in the spa or shopping or relaxing off the slopes) with a freshly baked, warm, chewy and gooey chocolate chip cookie served daily in the slopeside Beaver Creek Village by Cookie Time chefs (near the escalators!). http://www.beavercreek.com
4. Free ice skating, yoga, snowshoeing and kids puppet shows at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more.
3. Fly in Ski Free. Ski free the day you arrive at Vail and Beaver Creek when you fly direct into the Eagle Airport, located 30 minutes from the slopes. Simply take your boarding pass and Vail or Beaver Creek lodging confirmation to any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window, and ski the same day with a complimentary lift ticket till the lifts close. Some restrictions apply. For more information visit www.flyvail.com
2. Free Holidays. Vail Resorts is giving travelers a free night of lodging on the season’s most popular holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Easter Sunday – in the Company’s managed ski resort condos and townhomes or the nine elegant RockResort properties in Vail, Aspen, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Santa Fe, St. Lucia and Jackson Hole. Book by October 31, 2010 and the package is restricted and the guest must stay five consecutive nights to receive the holiday night free. http://www.HolidaysOnUs.com
AND …one more EPIC deal for the ski season:
1. Vail Resorts also offers an array of season pass products that provide skiers and riders with the best value in the ski industry. At, $619 the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to six world-class resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as at Arapahoe Basin and the new Epic 7-Pack is a seven-day, unrestricted ticket that skiers and snowboarders can use at any one of Vail Resorts’ five mountain resorts and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $469—which works out to be $67 per day. The Epic 7-pack differs from a seven-day lift ticket because it can be used any time during the season, from beginning to end. For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.
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