The last year at Vail Resorts has been truly epic – we expanded our Epic Pass to four countries and 26 mountains. We took over operations of Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah and introduced our urban ski area strategy with the acquisition of Mt. Brighton and Afton Alps. We received approval for, and began construction on, Peak 6 at Breckenridge, the largest mountain terrain expansion in the past decade, we opened the first phase of Epic Discovery in Vail, we celebrated the 50th anniversary at Vail and the 40th anniversaries at Kirkwood and Northstar, and Keystone kicked off the successful Kids Ski Free program.

The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge #1 Top Resort and #3 Top Resort from Travel + Leisure readers (respectively), we acquired Hoigaard’s sporting goods store in Minneapolis, added EpicMix Racing and announced plans for EpicMix Academy. Additionally we announced resort capital expenditures to approach approximately $130-140 million in calendar year 2013 – demonstrating our commitment to deliver the Experience of a Lifetime across our mountain resorts more than ever before. And, all the while, Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) reached an all-time high stock price of $71.18 on August 26.

The news doesn’t stop there – beyond our mountain resorts Vail Resorts Hospitality owns and operates 30 properties and more than 5,000 hotel rooms, condos and private residences and is equally committed to elevating the guest experience with renovations, expansions and new programming across its portfolio.

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Three New Properties at Canyons Resort, Utah
With Vail Resorts’ acquisition of Canyons Resort in Utah, we welcomed Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge and The Silverado Lodge to our portfolio. These three properties are ideally located at the base of the mountain and offer approximately 650 rooms, a spa, and nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space with close access to the chairlift.  Within Grand Summit Hotel there are also several dining options including The Farm, Red Tail Grill and First Tracks café.
 
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort Pool Makeover
The first known pool built in Vail at Vail’s first hotel, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort, has undergone a nearly $1 million renovation and has reopened with the nickname “Pool One” to honor its historical significance and proximity to Gondola One. The renovation of The Lodge at Vail Pool One includes two large side-by-side, in-ground hot tubs with a gas fireplace between them; furnishings; stonework and landscaping; two additional gas fire pits; a sound system with the ability to cater music to guests’ needs; heating for year-round access; and a full-service bar and commercial kitchen.
 
The DoubleTree by Hilton, Breckenridge Renovations
The DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge, located at the base of one of the world’s most popular ski resorts, has undergone a complete renovation of all 208 guest rooms, meeting rooms, event space and public areas. Situated directly across the street from Peak 9 of Breckenridge Ski Resort, the full-service hotel offers spectacular mountain views within a short walk of the Quicksilver Super6 Chair and Beaver Run SuperChair, as well as historic Main Street Breckenridge and the Arts District.
 
More than 9,500 square feet of flexible meeting and event facilities, including the 4,500-square-foot Columbine Ballroom, one of the largest event venues in town accommodating up to 450 guests reception-style, has also undergone a complete renovation. The new design of the meeting space focuses on functionality, technology and sophistication, which is a perfect complement to Breckenridge’s outdoor spaces that lend to creative group activities as well as relaxation. The meeting space is flooded with natural light and is centrally located on the same floor so it’s easy for groups to move among the different spaces. The space also features upgraded house sound and lighting that can be controlled remotely from an iPad, so hotel staff can transform the atmosphere with a touch of a button.
 
St. James Place, Beaver Creek Renovation
St. James Place is boasting a whole new look this season after the hotel underwent a major renovation. Upon arrival the property has a fresh look including new exterior paint and a completely made over porte coucher. Inside the hotel, the lobby was completely redone, including opening walls to allow more natural light and open up a view of Beaver Creek Village and the valley below. A second fireplace and water feature were added to the lobby, as well as artwork by a local Colorado artist. The pool area also got a facelift, including a sleek black onyx pool bottom, new teak furniture and a new deck. New state of the art fitness equipment will be added in time for the holidays in December.
 
The Pines Lodge, A RockResort Renovations
Over the past two years the rooms at The Pines Lodge, A RockResort have received a complete makeover. Renovations included a fresh coat of paint, new bedding and window treatments, LED bedside lighting, new artwork and refinishing of all the pine wood. The transformation continues in the Aspen Room, which was recently converted from meeting space into a guest media and business center with all new furniture, guest computers, printer, LCD television, Wii and a Blu Ray player.
 
Grouse Mountain Grill, the modern American restaurant at The Pines Lodge has also just undergone a renovation and has an all new, mountain modern look. The restaurant has also been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for being in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor and consistently earning high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. At Grouse Mountain Grill, guests will enjoy panoramic views and contemporary cuisine with a local influence from Chef David Gutowski.
 
New Chef at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
David Sanchez has been appointed executive chef at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, a RockResort, Travel+Leisure’s #1 Top Resort in the Continental United States for 2012. Chef David will be charged with reimagining the culinary experience at the 47-room boutique hotel, including the tapas-style Osprey Lounge, which focuses on farm-to-table ingredients. Currently focusing on a full new menu to kick off the winter season, Chef David’s personal mission strongly aligns with that of the restaurant as he is an advocate for local sustainability. David also has an affinity for creating sensory cuisine, as he believes that food is a medium by which emotions can be received. He has always cooked under the mantra, “Cook with strength and love.” Bringing more than 25 years of culinary experience to The Osprey, Chef David is no stranger to Beaver Creek, as he previously served as the executive chef and general manager of Allie’s Cabin.
 
New Tennis Courts in Keystone
Open year-round, the new Keystone Tennis Center offers both indoor and outdoor courts for play and a variety of clinics, leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Located on Highway 6 across from the Keystone Lodge and Spa the new tennis club features two resurfaced indoor courts as well as four resurfaced outdoor courts. Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., guests can take advantage of this new amenity while visiting the mountains. Court time starts at $10 per hour and reservations can be made by calling (970) 496-4220.
 
Rebranding at Half Moon, a RockResort
As Half Moon, Jamaica nudges toward its diamond jubilee in 2014, a new website is scheduled to launch in December. The transformed site will welcome visitors with a visually led proposition that encapsulates the timeless lifestyle that the Half Moon represents. A complementary, striking creative approach will be introduced for all print and digital marketing. Capturing the sybaritic lifestyle that Half Moon represents together with its unique portfolio of activities, the campaign positions Half Moon as a destination with heritage, legacy and pedigree.
 
New Menu at 9600 Kitchen
The 9600 Kitchen is featuring an all new menu, which focuses on warm, hearty traditional dishes in a contemporary casual environment. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with après and a nightcap, 9600 Kitchen uses the best, local Colorado ingredients from Red Bird Farms chicken to in-state grass fed beef providing a uniquely Colorado dining experience. Menu items include a Cowboy Rib-Eye, Rocky Mountain Trout, Bison Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pie and Goat Cheese Mezzaluna.

NOTEWORTHY

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail – Home to Lindsey Vonn
One of the most decorated Olympic champion skiers and comeback hopeful for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Lindsey Vonn calls Vail her “hometown” as she and her family commuted to Vail for training for several years before finally moving there permanently in the late '90s to further her racing career. Lindsey spent her formative years on Vail Mountain, honing her racing skills in all alpine disciplines with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, then went on to achieve success in major U.S. and international events such as the Junior Olympics, Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup before entering the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup circuit. When she’s not rigorously training or garnering medals, Vonn makes her home at the The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail.
 
Kids Ski Free is Back
Keystone Resort has long been a place where kids rule; from specialty family-friendly après ski offerings to mountaintop snow forts, the resort is a winter wonderland that allows kids and parents alike to truly enjoy their well-earned vacation time together. This season the resort continues its dedication to providing great value to families of all sizes with the world’s simplest Kids Ski Free offer. Every day, all season, children 12 and under will ski/snowboard for free at Keystone. As simple as childhood itself, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program removes the red tape and fine print, has no blackout dates and is available on all weekends and holidays, a rarity in the ski industry. To qualify children must stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from luxury hotel rooms to cozy ski-in/ski-out condominiums. Last season the resort provided more than 25,000 Kids Ski Free tickets; proof that when it comes to family, Keystone is at the top of its game.
 
Half Moon, A RockResort’s Diamond Jubilee
Started when 17 entrepreneurial businessmen bought the land fronting a perfect crescent shaped beach at Rose Hall in Montego Bay in 1954, Half Moon, Jamaica will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. Celebrations to mark the diamond jubilee will begin in earnest at a black and white ball on Dec. 31. Throughout the seasons there will be unusual treasure hunts and the triumphant hunter will be handsomely awarded in an appropriate manner given “diamond jubilee” anniversary. There will be a summer package that reflects 1954, cocktails and menu items that recall the glamour of the era. And, in October of 2014 the resort will host spectacular party that will pay tribute to those who have loyally supported the hotel throughout the past six decades.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

In-Room Amenities
We are continuously looking for ways to make our operations more environmentally sustainable, and at the same time deliver exceptional service. To that end, our new shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap product line accomplishes both. This year we will use 1.5 million compostable amenities, including about 1 million biodegradable tubes for shampoo, conditioner and lotion, and 500,ooo biodegradable, recyclable  soap boxes. The packaging is made from 85 percent recycled materials and all printing is done in soy-based ink. None of the products have been tested on animals. And the best part, the quality of the bath products hasn’t been compromised – they are made with all-natural, essential oils and have a fresh lavender, lemongrass scent.
 
Guest Donations
Since 2006, Vail Resorts has supported the National Forest Foundation (NFF) Ski Conservation Fund, a voluntary guest donation program that includes our Colorado lodging properties including RockResorts– The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Osprey at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge and One Ski Hill Place, as well as golf courses and online lift ticket and pass sales. With an NFF match on each donation, this program raises $500,000 a year to fund conservation, habitat and trail projects in the forest that surround our resorts. Since 2007, we have been able to fund 48 projects in the White River National Forest.
 
Environmentally Engaged
With the Environmentally Engaged program, our Iconic Weddings team in partnership with Vail Resorts and RockResorts venues incorporates optional standard green elements in every event including local, organic menus; recycled décor and flowers; recycling and composting; and Water on the Rocks reusable water bottles in hotel rooms. In addition, Environmentally Engaged Iconic Weddings also offers an incentive program for clients who want to integrate additional environmentally sustainable efforts into their event. Couples can receive up to a three percent total credit on the master account for committing to a combination of program features  ranging from sending paperless invitations, using reused and recycled materials, opting for potted flowers instead of fresh cut flowers, having an outdoor reception that uses less energy, asking at least half of attendees to use shared shuttle transportation, partner with a local non-profit for the wedding party and guests to complete a community project, and making a donation to a designated non-profit.
 
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Lesli Carlson

Email: lcarlson@vailresorts.com
Phone: 303-404-6472
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