Fulfill New Year’s Resolutions at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly Ski Resorts This January

VAIL, Colo., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — This New Year’s, make three resolutions that can be fulfilled in one winter vacation at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly mountain resorts.

Resolution #1: Have fun while shedding those unwanted holiday pounds.

Forget the treadmill and spin class, take a break from sweating indoors and become a lean, mean skiing machine. Skiing and snowboarding offer fun, exhilarating ways to shed pounds and stay in shape during the winter months. Alpine skiing and snowboarding can burn 250-700 calories per hour, while snowshoeing and Nordic skiing burn 450-900 calories per hour, according to the Snowsports Industries America. With nearly 17,000 total acres of groomed trails, bump runs, terrain parks, bowls and gladed terrain, Vail Resorts’ five world-class mountain resorts offer the perfect playground for burning off thousands of calories.

January also is a great time to learn to ski or ride or fine-tune skills for less. Vail’s Ski & Snowboard School, features the 3-D Series — three consecutive days of beginner, intermediate or advanced group lessons for $189 (lessons only) or $354 (lesson and lift ticket combined), ages 15 and older. Offer is valid Jan. 6 – Feb. 15, 2006. Lessons are subject to availability. Rentals not included. Visit www.vail.com for information and reservations.

Learn-to-Ski is easy as 1-2-3 at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The instructors of the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard School will take never-ever skiers and snowboarders through the fundamentals of walking, sliding, turning, slowing down, stopping and linking turns in this three-day package. They guarantee it, or the next lesson is free. The package is $356 and includes three days of lessons, lift tickets and rental equipment. No reservations are required. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for information.

Those who crave a high-altitude adventure can try The Breckenridge Big Mountain Experience. Join one of the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School’s elite instructors for an all-day clinic focused on the resort’s steep double-black terrain. Experience the new Imperial Express SuperChair — the highest chairlift in North America at 12,840 feet, accessing 400 acres of famed expert terrain. The clinic is $160 per adult, begins at 9 a.m., ends at 3:45 p.m., and includes lunch with the instructor. Limit four participants per instructor; reservations required. Call (888) LRN-2SKI or visit www.breckenridge.com for information and reservations.

Want to burn more calories? Try 13 runs and 24,000 vertical feet in one day at Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek’s most advanced trails comprise the terrain that stretches from the world-renowned “Birds of Prey” men’s downhill racecourse across Grouse Mountain to Larkspur Bowl. The most experienced skiers and riders can take The Talons Challenge with a private instructor or as part of a group lesson through the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. Call (970) 845-5300 or visit www.beavercreek.com for information and reservations.

Resolution #2: Spend more time with family.

Skiing and snowboarding are two forms of recreation that transcend generations. The entire family can ski or ride together, and Vail Resorts makes it even easier with attractive family vacation packages, programs and a wide array of activities on and off the slopes. There’s no better time to start than January.

With the Vail Resorts and American Airlines Kids Fly, Stay and Ski Free package, for example, kids between the ages of 2 and 12 are eligible for a complimentary companion ticket on American Airlines when accompanied by a paying adult. Each child, with a paying adult, will receive a complimentary lift ticket for up to seven days and a free stay in the same hotel room or condominium, based on double occupancy, at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone. The Kids Fly, Stay & Ski Free package is available from all cities served by American or American Eagle within the lower 48 states into the Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE). Travel is valid between Jan. 2 – Feb. 16, 2006, with travel to the ski destination occurring on Sunday – Thursday and return travel on Monday-Friday. Other restrictions may apply. For more information or reservations, visit www.snow.com or call (800) 404-3535.

Each of the five resorts also offers programs specifically designed for families. Keystone Resort, for example, offers a Mom, Dad & Me program through its Ski & Ride School. For one hour, mom, dad and the kids take a ski or snowboard class together. Tuition is $80 and the classes take place 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. daily. Reservations are required, visit www.keystoneresort.com or call (800) 255-3715.

Resolution #3: Save money on a world-class ski vacation.

Visit www.snow.com or www.rockresorts.com for the greatest savings on a winter mountain vacation. January affords skiers and snowboarders significant savings on airfare, lodging and lift tickets.

Make tracks to Vail with the Skier’s January Escape package that includes a three-day lift ticket, three nights at The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort, and daily breakfast for two, starting at $499 per person. This package is valid Jan. 2 – Feb. 1, 2006. A three-night minimum stay is required; based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply. For reservations, visit www.rockresorts.com or call (877) LAV-ROCK.

Buy four nights of lodging and receive the fifth night free at Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, a RockResort, located near Beaver Creek. Lodging rates start at $279 per night in this luxury resort retreat from Jan. 2 – Feb. 16, 2006. A five-night minimum stay is required.

Breckenridge Resort is offering January Value Weeks for four- and six-night stays. Stay four nights and ski four days in a two-bedroom Tannhauser condominium from $309 per person, or stay six nights and ski six days starting at $409. The four-night option is valid Jan. 2-18 and the six-night, Jan. 2-20, 2006.

January Value Weeks at Keystone Resort includes four nights of lodging in a two-bedroom condominium in Soda Ridge, four days of skiing for $316 per person. Based on quad occupancy; four-night minimum stay is required. Six-night stays also are available. The offer is valid for travel between Jan. 2-15, 2006. Also, save hundreds of dollars on other activities at Keystone with the Adventure Passport. With each lodging reservation, guests receive an Adventure Passport featuring complimentary activities such as ice skating, wine tasting, snow biking and more.

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Ski & A Show package includes three nights at Harvey’s or Harrah’s, three days of skiing, and two-for-one tickets to “Dancin’ in the Streets,” Harvey’s hot new show, starting at $263 per person. A three-night minimum stay is required and rates for longer stays are available. The package is valid from Jan. 2-12 and Jan. 16-26, 2006.

For more information about any of these packages or to search other specials, visit www.snow.com or call (800) 404-3535.

About Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. 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 in California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States. 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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