Vail Resorts offers slew of spring ski deals, events from Colorado to California

By Real Vail
February 25, 2011

With epic snow conditions in Colorado and California, now is the time to book your spring ski vacation. January snowfall in Colorado proved to be one for the record books. Snowfall totals for Vail and Breckenridge Resorts were 60 percent and 50 percent above 10-year averages, respectively and Keystone also has the highest snowfall to-date in the past 10 years. Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoeare also getting pounded with snow and over the past week snow totals were in excess of 100 inches at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

This March check out the events and special deals on the ski slopes at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe:

Don't Miss March Festivals and Events at Vail Resorts

The deals at Vail Resorts mountains are as plentiful as the snow this spring.
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Keystone Winter Culinary Festival March 4-6
Savor the flavors at the Grand Tasting event, sip red wines from around the world or indulge your palate with a chocolate class lead by our award winning executive pastry chef. In support of Keystone and Vail Resorts' Appetite for Life Program, chefs will be serving sustainable and organic ingredients all weekend. For a detailed schedule and additional information please visit

Breckenridge Mardi Gras Meets the Mountains March 5-8
Celebrate carnival season with a twist of skiing, sunshine and Fat Tuesday revelry when Mardi Gras meets the mountains in Breckenridge with a masquerade ball, live music and Main Street parade. Mix it up this carnival season with outstanding ski conditions, incredible lodging deals and a weekend-long mountain town celebration. For more information visit

Keystone Resort River Run Rocks Concert ­March 8
River Run is ready to rock! Come ski Keystone for a day then stay for a free concert celebrating Mardi Gras, with music from Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Beverages, alcohol and food sold á la carte in River Run Village in the Events Plaza. Free parking is available at the River Run Village's Montezuma lot, located off of Highway 6 East on Gondola Road. Keystone has tons of amazing lodging and lift deals! Browse our vacation packages to find the perfect one for you.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Mardi Gras Celebration March 5-8
The resort will celebrate Mardi Gras in the Village at Northstar and on the mountain with food and drink specials, live music and more. Fat Tuesday, March 8 will feature live music by STC on the Village stage from 3pm-6pm and free Mardi Gras mask face painting from 4pm-7pm by the skating rink. For more information visit

CarniVail March 6-11
The sights and sounds of New Orleans invade Vail for three days of Mardi Gras celebration in the mountains. Chow down on crawfish at the World's Highest Low Country Crawfish Boil at Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain, collect bundles of beads at the Fat Tuesday parade through Vail Village and sway to the sounds of the World Famous Buckwheat Zydeco and Frogs Gone Fishin' at free live concerts in Vail Village. Visit for more information

Heavenly Mountain Resort Tahoe Winter Snow Blast Concert Series, March 18
Heavenly Mountain Resort and Harrah's Lake Tahoe are presenting winter concert series combining on-mountain festivities with world-class, nighttime entertainment in a package that only Lake Tahoe South Shore can provide. On March 18 come checkout Ghostland Observatory. For more information visit

Keystone KIDTOPIA March 12-20
Keystone KIDTOPIA—Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend. Visit for more information.

Beaver Creek Family Fun Nights, Friday & Saturdays in March
Kick-off the weekend at Beaver Creek with Family Fun Nights featuring Friday's Cowboy and Cowgirl Night and Saturday Night Fever. Guests can break out their cowboy boots and disco dancing shoes and celebrate from 4-6 p.m. In addition to complimentary activities, guests can slide and glide their way down the Haymaker Tubing Hill both nights until 5:30 p.m. For more information visit

Spring Lodging Deals

Spring Break on Us
Get a jump on spring break without breaking the bank. RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality, are offering the “Spring Break on Us” package. Book now and there's a free night of lodging waiting for you.Package is valid for travel from February 1 through April 30, 2011. Rates start from $75 per night in Keystone and Breckenridge. Package must be booked by April 15, 2011 and is based on availability. Blackout dates apply. *Minimum length-of-stay restrictions apply and vary per property. Visit or call 1-866-513-ROCK (7625)

1-2-3 Spa at RockResorts
RockResorts is now offering the 1-2-3 Spa package at seven iconic RockResort locations from the snowy slopes to the Caribbean Sea. This offer includes ONE spa welcome amenity, TWO spa treatments and THREE nights of lodging. Package is valid for travel through December 2011. Nightly rates vary per property starting at $299 at the Tempo Miami. *Minimum length-of-stay restrictions apply and vary per RockResort location. Spa appointments subject to availability and require advanced appointment reservation. Visit or call 1-866-513-ROCK (7625)

Stay & Ski FREE at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
On-site lodging begins at $115 per person, per night and is available throughout the season. This offer is based on double occupancy in a studio condominium (other unit types available), and includes two lift tickets per room, per night (two night minimum required). Some restrictions apply. For more information or reservations, visit or call 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).

Beaver Creek Spring Break Eternal
Soak up sun and savings this spring at Beaver Creek with up to 30% off of lodging between March 19 and April 17. Rates start at just $62 per person, per night based upon quad occupancy when guests book a minimum of three nights stay in a two-bedroom Creekside Condominium at Beaver Creek Resort. Book online at or by calling 800-404-3535.

Catch Spring Fever this April in Breckenridge: Rooms from $99
This April catch Spring Fever along with Breckenridge Ski Resort when the town and the mountain will welcome visitors to one of the best times of the year for skiing! What a better way to send off an incredible season than Spring Fever! Stay at the Great Divide Lodge from $99 per night and enjoy live music every weekend, restaurant discounts, extended hours in the terrain park and more Valid: 3/27-4/24 Featured rate based on double occupancy in standard rooms at the Great Divide Lodge 3/27-4/24. For the full schedule and how to scratch your Spring Fever itch, check out

On Mountain and Resort Activities

Vail Mike Wiegele Prep Program, March 1-3
Take your skiing and riding to the next level with this unique three day program that explores the legendary Back Bowls of Vail while preparing you for a thrilling helicopter skiing vacation with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in Blue River, British Columbia. This in-bounds experience will refine your powder skiing technique and introduce you to snow science and backcountry skiing – all while gaining the necessary fitness to maximize your helicopter skiing experience. At the end of the program you'll walk away with valuable feedback on your skiing performance, a better understanding of your fitness level, knowledge of backcountry skiing safety protocols, information on helicopter safety, ability to adapt to terrain and a renewed passion for skiing or snowboarding. The program is open to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders and costs $450 per person for the three days (not including lift tickets). Interested participants must register one week prior to start. Visit for more information.

Beaver Creek Resort Disco Skate Night, Now- March 28
Monday's through March 28 the resort hosts Disco Skate Night at the Village Ice Rink from 6-8 p.m. Trade in those disco shoes for disco skates and boogie to the beats of the 1970s during this free, family event. Wigs and costumes are welcome, and rental skates are available at a charge. For information call (970) 845-5293 or visit

Beaver Creek Resort Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats March 5
The performers of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are widely considered the best Chinese acrobats touring today. Their performance style mixes award winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary theatre and live music to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Shows at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, located beneath the Ice Rink in Beaver Creek Plaza. For tickets and information for this event as well as other events happening at VPAC call 1-888-920-2787 or visit

BeaverCreek Resort Nature ValleyNASTAR Family Challenge March 5-6
Families are invited to race down Beaver Creek's NASTAR course as teams of two or three and larger families can opt to race as two teams. Festivities go beyond racing and include on-site activities and entertainment including Cuties Clementine sampling, games, activities and giveaways for families and kids, plus an exclusive Cuties Kids Ski Film, produced by Warren Miller Entertainment.

Beaver Creek Resort Prevention on the Slopes March 5-6
Join Prevention magazine this weekend with sampling tents, fashion shows, giveaways and much more all geared towards health, wellness and the outdoor lifestyle. For information call (970) 754-4636 or visit

Keystone Resort $5 Value Meal
New this year we will be offering an incredible new meal deal; Keystone's $5 value meal. This will be offered at all on mountain cafeterias at Keystone Resort. This meal will vary by location, but may include a hot dog and fries to macaroni and cheese. 5 bucks also gets you a coupon for a small soft drink refill.

Northstar Resort Value Season Vouchers
Also, starting March 15 through the end of the season, Value Season Vouchers are valid at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Guests are invited to visit participating partner shops in the Bay Area, Sacramento or Reno (a complete list of partner shops can be found here:, pick up a free voucher, and turn it in at any ticket window at the resort to purchase a $61 discounted lift ticket.

Northstar Resort Breakfast with Marty the Martian
On Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. families can enjoy a delicious assortment of breakfast items at TC's Pub with Northstar Resort's Kid's Ski + Board School mascot, Marty the Martian. Fun and smiles are always on the menu when Marty makes the rounds and says "hello." Offered Saturdays and Sundays through April 16, 2011.

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