Ski-economics 101

Lift/lodging deal, stellar season pass and “baggage bailout” offer peak-season savings

Vail, Colorado – October 1, 2008 – Economic woes don’t have to mean foregoing Vail’s peak-season powder. The new economics of skiing have snow-hungry skiers encouraging lodges to provide value-boosting perks like fully equipped kitchens for eat-in savings, daily lift tickets, complimentary fitness club passes and free Internet access. Perhaps Vail’s best smart-money choice, the Antlers at Vail (www.antlersvail.com) offers all that and more with its “Value Vail” package. The five-night deal, available January 3 – 30, 2009, starts at $998 per person for four people in a two-bedroom condo—including four-day lift tickets for all four skiers—for a 25% savings

With advance sales of winter ski passes down as much as 10% from last year at some of its mountain resorts, Vail Resorts is also introducing value-oriented deals, including a $579 season pass for six mountains with no blackout dates. Skiers flying non-stop into Vail can ski free their day of arrival, and a new Baggage Bailout promotion offers a $50 credit to offset airline baggage check-in fees (see www.vail.com for details).

At the Antlers at Vail, condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms are available with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free heated indoor parking. Every room provides plenty of space to spread out and all the comforts of home, and the Antlers’ Vail-insider staff is on call to answer questions big or small (check out the attached “6 Smart Money Tips for Savvy Skiers” sidebar for après-ski savings ideas from the snow-savvy staff). Numerous restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

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6 Smart Money Tips for Savvy Skiers

Vail’s rep may be for glitter and glam, but smart skiers prefer champagne powder at draft beer prices—and with plenty of après-ski fun to boot. The Antlers at Vail hotel’s staff of savvy insiders offers 6 ideas for enjoying the snow scene without the sacrifice:

1) Cheap Eats: Savor a Coleman beef Lark burger with organic fixings plus a beer for under $20 at Larkspur at the base of Chair 6; bite into a Big Cheesy Calzone at Bagali’s funky Lava Lounge, West Vail; or order a slice and a beer at ski patrol hangout Vendetta’s on Bridge Street, Vail.

2) Get Fit: Guests at the Antlers receive complimentary passes to nearby Vail Athletic Club which boasts Vail’s only indoor climbing wall, plus LeMond spin bikes, fitness classes, free weights, cardiovascular equipment and steam/shower facilities.

3) Free Tunes: The Bud Light Street Beat Free Concert Series is offered Wednesday evenings mid-December through early April in Vail Village. www.vvf.org.

4) Night Light: The Back Bowl offers retro bowling in a high-tech facility, including Neon Nights’ glow-in-the-dark balls. (970) 328-BOWL, www.thebackbowl.com.

5) Board Story: View primitive gear and ski-world legends free at the Colorado Ski & Snow Museum, or take Vail’s new free Mountain Welcome tour—including museum ski history and an insider’s guide to the mountain—daily at 11 a.m. (970) 476-1876, www.skimuseum.net.

6) Breaking News: Vail Daily’s online events calendar tracks happenings around town, plus information on the area’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs; www.vaildaily.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335

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