Registration Opens for Annual Talons Challenge and First Annual Talons Kids at Beaver Creek March 3 & 4

27 February 2012

For Immediate Release

Registration Opens for Annual Talons Challenge and First Annual Talons Kids at Beaver Creek March 3 & 4

Beaver Creek, Colo. – Feb. 2, 2012 –Beaver Creek presents the ultimate challenge for skiers and snowboarders at the ninth annual Talons Challenge, slated for Saturday, March 3, 2012 and the first annual Talons Kids challenge on Sunday, March 4. Participants test their mettle and attempt to tackle all 13 of the resort’s steepest and bumpiest black diamond and double black diamond runs on the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup downhill course on Golden Eagle, Grouse Mountain, and on the flanks of Larkspur Bowl. In total, the event includes skiing or riding nearly 24,000 vertical feet in one day.

Those who successfully complete the Talons Challenge will receive a Talons Challenge Beanie, Commemorative Talons Challenge Pin and earn a spot on the electronic Talons Wall-of-Fame at Red Tail Camp. Participants should plan to stay around for the famous Talons Après Party and raffle at Red Tail Camp from 3:30-4pm on Saturday. Registration for the Challenge includes a Talons Challenge Lanyard and Credential, and a free Bratwurst and either a Bud Light or soft drink at the party. Talons Challenge is recommended for ages 13 and up. On Sunday, March 4, kids age 5-12 will have a challenge all their own with the new Talons Kids. Designed to give younger skiers and snowboarders their very own day to tackle the Talons Challenge, Talons Kids participants can ski and ride at their own pace, amongst others in the same age group and with similar experience levels, all in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. All participants will receive an official Talons Kids Beanie, Commemorative Talons Kids Pin, and the opportunity to win prizes at the Après Party and raffle at Red Tail Camp from 3:30-4pm on Sunday. Registration for Talons Kids includes a Talons Kids Lanyard and Credential, and a free Hotdog and a Pepsi soft drink at the party. The event is limited to children ages 5-12 and participants must be at a minimum a level four skier or snowboarder. .

There will also be two spots to pick up credentials for the Talons Kids on Sunday, March 4.

Registration for the Talons Challenge and Talons Kids is now open and information is online at www.talonschallenge.com. Participants must supply their own ski pass or lift ticket for this event. Lift ticket discounts are available if pre-purchased online at www.beavercreek.com at least seven days in advance.Advance online registration for the adult Talons Challenge is only $35 ($40 day-of entry, cash only); space is limited to the first 1,500 people who sign up. For Talons Kids, advance online registration is only $25 ($30 day-of entry, cash only); space is limited to the first 500 entries. 

Lodging
Ski Free Stay Free at Beaver Creek. Buy three nights of lodging and three days of skiing, get the fourth night and day for free. Rates vary according to dates and timeframe. Offer is based on availability and is valid all season. Taxes, surcharge and gratuity not included. Book online at www.beavercreek.comor call 877.204.7883.

 A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to SOS Outreach. SOS Outreach provides 5,500 kids with an adventure based youth development curriculum. More information is available at www.sosoutreach.org. Come out for a great day on the mountain and help make a difference in the lives of youth.
                                                                                      
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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 mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California 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 property and 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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