New Year Festivities and West Coast's Largest Snowmaking Systems Allow Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood to Welcome 2014

26 December 2013
  • Vail Resorts’ Mountains Offer Most Terrain in Tahoe, New Year Celebrations and Fireworks
  • Lowest Guaranteed Price on Lift Tickets On Sale Now Online
South Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif. /Nev. – Dec. 26, 2013 – The largest snowmaking systems on the West Coast have allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort to offer the most open terrain through the holidays and into the New Year; and the three resorts plan to ring in 2014 with a bevy of daytime and evening family activities, fireworks celebrations, and unprecedented nightlife. 
                                    
“The three resorts offer skiers and riders the region’s most terrain with the best conditions; and with the New Year fast approaching, guests will experience spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations at each mountain,” said Senior Vice President Bill Rock, who oversees all three Tahoe resorts. “With online advance lift ticket purchasing, our Tahoe guests get the guaranteed lowest price and can ski all three resorts from first chair to First Night – and into the New Year.”
 
Heavenly will kick off the festive mood early with the unveiling of the resort’s new DJ cat on Friday, December 27, at 1 p.m. at Tamarack Lodge. Partnering with Aaron Hagar, Heavenly retrofit a grooming machine into a state-of-the-art mobile DJ station.  The party will continue into the New Year, as the 12 days of Heavenly Holidays in the Heavenly Village concludes with an outdoor concert, ice sculpting performance by Fear No Ice, and a performance by Fire Groove fire dancers starting at 6 p.m.  At 9 p.m., in time for the midnight Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square, the world’s only Gondola Ball Drop will cross above the crowd and a world-class fireworks show will light up the night. The festivities will continue into the night at neighboring casino nightclub parties and at the final night of South Lake Tahoe’s famous SnowGlobe Music Fest, featuring performances by Snoop Dogg and Cut Copy
 
Northstar’s Fire & Ice celebration begins at noon New Year’s Eve with an on-stage DJ aside the ice skating rink from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; complimentary face painting and an electroluminescent puppet show from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the all-female Queen tribute band, the Killer Queens; and the Fireworks Spectacular commencing at 9 p.m. – all in the heart of The Village at Northstar.
 
Kirkwood will offer perhaps the most thrilling New Year’s Eve experience via a snow cat tour to the mountain’s top – offering an unrivaled view of the fireworks below.  Tours depart at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Skiers and riders can also opt to participate in the New Year Torchlight Parade, which commences at 7 p.m.  The Fireworks Celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. from the Mountain Village, followed by the Epic Mix New Year’s Celebration from 7:45 p.m. to midnight in the Cornice Grille, offering complimentary appetizers, DJ music, fire pits, and mountain revelry. 
 
Tickets and Info
The lowest-price guarantee on lift tickets is available through the3-Day Advance ticket when purchased at least three days in advance online at www.snow.com/lifttickets or through Vail Resorts Central Reservations and any of the three resort websites. With the 3-Day Advance, skiers and riders can save up to 25 percent off the window rate.
 
For more information and the latest snow conditions updates at all three resorts, visit www.skiheavenly.com, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com or www.kirkwood.com.
 
About Heavenly Mountain Resort
High above the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique mountain resorts on the planet. Combining 4,800 acres of off-the-grid terrain and incredible views of Lake Tahoe with high-octane, non-stop nightlife, Heavenly offers a high-energy resort experience like no other. Visitors to Heavenly come prepared to go “all-in” because Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong after last call. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. Visit www.skiheavenly.com or call 800-HEAVENLY to learn more.
 
About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.
 
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit
www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
 
About Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety and is a true skier’s destination. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit www.kirkwood.com or call 209.258.6000.
 
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 in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort 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 hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. 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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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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