Vail Mountain offers lots of skiing through April 20 with 24 feet of snow

Thanks to more than 24 feet of snow so far this season, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will continue to offer more than 4,800 acres of terrain through closing day, Sunday, April 20.

Terrain for all ability levels will remain open, including Blue Sky Basin as well as China, Tea Cup, Sun Down, Sun Up and Game Creek bowls, and virtually the entire front-side of Vail Mountain including the Golden Peak terrain park.

“Consistent snowfall has provided incredible conditions at Vail throughout the winter and will allow us to keep a large majority of terrain open through closing day,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Guests can look forward to great spring skiing and snowboarding to close out the 2013-2014 season.”

The majority of lifts on Vail’s front side will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back Bowls will close at 3:30 p.m.

Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts and guests are advised to check mountain terrain and lift status reports on www.vail.com or the mobile site,http://m.vail.com for most up-to-date information.

Vail heats up with special events for spring break

With 20 inches of new snow in the past week, Vail is a spring break skier’s dream. Add that fresh powder to late-season specials – including a 30-percent discount on April lodging at Antlers at Vail that brings its studio suite rate below $200 and a free Jimmy Cliff concert on closing day April 14.

1) Taste of Vail – the iconic spring food and wine festival turns 22 this year, showcasing the area’s finest chefs and nation’s top vintners plus a new Nordic Wine Tour kick-off. April 3 – 6. Event tickets start from $50.

2) Spring Back to Vail Celebration – the April 8-14 end-of-season bash in honor of Vail’s 50th features free live concerts including reggae legend and Grammy-winner Jimmy Cliff on April 14 at the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village.

3) 50th Anniversary Film Night – a look back at Vail’s 50 years in film from Roger Cotton Brown, who created the first ever Vail promotional film in the 60s. April 4 and 11 screenings are free with ticket available at Lionshead Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. on day of the show only. Film starts at 5:30 p.m.

4) Skiing Heritage Week – a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 13 is a highlight in a week that includes classic ski films and more. April 8 – 14. $350 for All-Access Pass.

5) Vail World Pond Skimming Championships – costumed skiers try to clear a 100-foot, ice cold pond in this wacky annual event. April 14 at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Base Area. Free to watch; $75 to participate.

Antlers at Vail’s April discount includes 30 percent off regular rates for the month, with a $285/night studio suite for $199. Check the Antlers at Vail website.