Vail Resorts Introduces Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain Adventure at Breckenridge Ski Resort

    Vail Resorts Introduces Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain Adventure at
                           Breckenridge Ski Resort

- Epic Discovery at Breckenridge Ski Resort is the second comprehensive new
summer activities plan proposal by Vail Resorts to U.S. Forest Service under
new legislation.

- Epic Discovery to encourage "learn through play", promoting environmental
education and forest stewardship with numerous activities across the mountain.

- Vail Resorts to work with The Nature Conservancy on environmental education
experiences for guests and will contribute 1 percent of summer lift ticket and
activity revenue toward forest restoration projects.

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 29, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:
MTN) announced that the Company has submitted another proposal to the U.S.
Forest Service for Epic Discovery, a comprehensive summer activities plan,
this time at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain
Adventure, is Vail Resorts' summer activity effort, the first proposed
initiative of its kind following last year's passage of the Ski Area
Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act. The Company launched the first
round of Epic Discovery plans in July 2012 for Vail Mountain.

The plans for Breckenridge will encourage "learn through play" by featuring
extensive environmental educational elements interspersed between numerous new
fun activities located in already developed areas of the mountain on Peaks 8
and 7. Vail Resorts will work with The Nature Conservancy to bring scientific
content to the eco-discovery experiences and will be contributing 1 percent of
all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration

Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with our national
forests in an active, fun and engaging way. This proposal includes a number of
new activities at Breckenridge, including an additional 14 miles of beginner,
intermediate and family oriented mountain biking trails across Peaks 7 & 8,
adventure hiking zones, plus additional activities including zip lines and
ropes courses, all with extensive environmental and interpretive programming.

"Epic Discovery offers guests the unique opportunity to try new outdoor
activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for
nature and create lasting family memories,"said Pat Campbell, senior vice
president and COO at Breckenridge Ski Resort. "The specific proposal for
Breckenridge will also expand our mountain biking and hiking offerings to
guests of all ages – enhancing Breck as a biking destination."

"Epic Discovery will provide guests from across the country and around the
world an experience of a lifetime in the summer. The program will make the
national forests accessible and engaging to people of all ages and abilities
and will help educate them on the unique ecosystem and wildlife on our
mountains," said Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division.
"By expanding Epic Discovery to Breckenridge, our Company has raised the bar
even further as we teach our kids about the spectacular natural environment
that serves as backdrops to our resorts."

Today's announcement also expands Vail Resorts' work with the leading
conservation non-profit organization, The Nature Conservancy, to assist with
the creation of environmental education programming and interpretation. The
"1% for the Forest" program, created last summer with the Vail announcement,
will now extend to Breckenridge operations once Epic Discovery is open to the
public. Breckenridge will contribute 1 percent of all summer lift ticket and
activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest health restoration
projects on national forest lands in the West.

"Our partnership with Vail Resorts, first with Vail Mountain and now with
Breckenridge Resort, is both an exciting and incredible opportunity to educate
youth and families about their public lands, its flora, fauna and heritage, by
way of interpretive play," said Tim Sullivan, executive director of the
Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "The 1% for the Forest initiative
will increase our funding for restoration projects in the West and provide yet
another tremendous opportunity to involve Vail's and Breckenridge's guests and
communities in land conservation efforts." 

If the U.S. Forest Service approves the proposal, Vail Resorts would begin
construction on Epic Discovery activities in the summer of 2015. If approved,
the resulting on-mountain, eco-conscious experience would generate new jobs
related to both the construction of the new facilities and the long-term
operation, and would help support a much healthier year-round economy for the
local resort community. Epic Discovery would also create a new iconic summer
destination for Colorado, attracting guests from around the world.

"I authored the bipartisan Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act
to drive job creation and tourism in Colorado's mountain communities. I am
thrilled this new law continues to benefit Colorado small businesses, resorts
and towns, such as Breckenridge, which are eager to introduce Colorado's
forests to more individuals, groups and families," said Senator Mark Udall, an
avid outdoor enthusiast. "Colorado has the best public lands, open spaces and
mountains in the world. I am glad my common-sense legislation will help our
resorts continue to boost our mountain communities' economies throughout the

Epic Discovery activities and environmental interpretive programming will be
designed to be compatible with the existing on-mountain infrastructure of
lifts and trails, blending into the natural environment in an unobtrusive
manner. Following are highlights of what guests will be able to experience,
discover and learn across Breckenridge Mountain:

  oMountain Biking: Approximately  14 miles of  family, beginner and
    intermediate mountain biking trails will be added to Breck's existing
    trail system across Peaks 7 & 8 along with a new biking headquarters at
    the base of Peak 7.
  oZip Line Thrill Ride: At 50 feet above ground, gliding at 45 mph, guest
    can ride on a zip line solo or race against family members and friends.
    Breck's thrill ride will feature four zip lines set up side by side.
  oLookout Tower/Platform: Welcome to the Horseshoe Bowl lookout tower, a
    panoramic viewing balcony nestled within the most awe-inspiring natural
    scenery in the world.
  oClimbing Wall: At this world class climbing wall and boulder area,
    climbers will pit themselves against nature with climbs for both beginners
    and experts, from single to multi pitch routes.
  oChallenge Course: You'll work with your family and friends to completea
    multi-stage tour combining zip lines, ropes swings, bridge components and
    other features.
  oDiscovery Tours: Ultimate outdoor experiences, these guided canopy zip
    line tours will immerse guests in the forest on an array of zip-lines and
    aerial bridges with breathtaking vistas of town and the Ten Mile Range as
    you work your way down Peak 7 of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Experienced
    guides will help guests navigate the course, and teach about the local
    flora and fauna.
  oDiscovery Hiking Zones: Breck is working with The Nature Conservancy to
    integrate fun with learning through Interpretive Discovery Zones across
    the mountain and enrich every adventure experience for the entire family.
    Imagine learning about a moose's habitat, while walking the same trails
    the animals do.
  oAdventure Parks: A playground to introduce young children to the wonders
    of the forest, the Kids' Adventure Zone at Breck will feature bungee
    trampolines, alpine slide, gem panning, a human maze and mountain bike
  oOff Road Mountaintop Tours: A two-hour adventure to highlight Breck's
    legendary views in a vehicle just as iconic: an off-roading SUV.

Breckenridge Ski Resort has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service
that includes the above activities and vision for Epic Discovery. Following
acceptance of the proposal, the agency will begin its comprehensive
environmental review. Epic Discovery at Breckenridge is the second Colorado
installment of summer mountain adventure plans that Vail Resorts has for each
of its seven world-class resorts. Plans for Beaver Creek, Keystone, Heavenly,
Northstar and Kirkwood will be announced and submitted at later dates.

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About Breckenridge Ski Resort
With four huge peaks, 2,358 acres, five terrain parks, two halfpipes, eight
bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain, and a
world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town
with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why "Breck" is one of the
most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere.Renowned for the welcoming
spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants,
bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities & events, Breck embodies
more than just a destination, inspiring a way of life.

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
resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado;
Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and
Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand
Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary,
RockResorts, a luxury resort 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
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