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CANYONS RESORT TO PARTNER WITH EAST CANYON WATERSHED COMMITTEE FOR VAIL RESORTS ECHO DAY

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 15:30

Park City, Utah. – September 17, 2013 – Canyons Resort, through the Vail Resorts Echo program, will partner with the East Canyon Watershed Committee as the fourth annual Vail Resorts Echo Day makes its debut in Utah this Saturday, September 21. This community project will engage employee volunteers, along with their families and friends, to work together in the cooperative task of rehabilitating East Canyon Creek near Swaner EcoCenter.

“East Canyon Creek is a picturesque part of the Summit County landscape but over the past century, residential development, tree removal and livestock grazing have greatly impacted it,” said Jake Powell of the East Canyon Watershed Committee. “In one day, Canyons volunteers will do the equivalent of five years of restoration work for us.”

Close to 100 volunteers are expected to participate in up to four projects including:

•    Willow Planting: Installing native willow cuttings along the stream banks.
•    Tree Revetment Installation and Repair: Teams will anchor (or re-anchor) cut trees along the stream using anchors, cables, and hammers to minimize stream bank erosion.
•    Willow Wattle Fabrication: Teams will harvest willows, trim, roll and tie them into bundles to embed into the stream banks, reduce erosion and eventually sprout into thick willow stands.
•    Fence Removal: Removing a fence along Kimball Creek on the Swaner Nature Preserve that creates a barrier for wildlife.

Launched in August 2010, VR Echo Day is an annual, company-wide volunteer day for Vail Resorts employees and their families. Focused on projects that are meaningful in the local resort communities where the company operates, VR Echo Day will host seven events in four states. More than 1,500 Vail Resorts employees are expected to participate in this year’s events, which will take place near Park City, and in Lake Tahoe, Colorado’s Summit & Eagle counties, Jackson, Wyoming and Jamaica. To learn more about Vail Resorts Echo, the company’s corporate sustainability program, visit www.vailresortsecho.com.
 

About Vail Resorts Echo
Through its extensive environmental programs and partnerships with local non-profits, Vail Resorts Echo focuses on forest and habitat restoration, resource conservation as well as initiatives that support healthy kids and communities where the Company operates resorts. To learn more about the Company's environmental stewardship programs, how to apply for a VR Echo grant or ways to volunteer, visit www.vailresortsecho.com.

About Canyons Resort
With thrilling adventures across 4,000 acres and nine mountains of majestic terrain, Canyons Resort is Utah’s largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort. Located in stunning Park City, Canyons is ranked as a “Top 10 North American Resort” in SKI Magazine’s annual reader survey. Canyons’ lively resort village bustles with nine hotels including the Grand Summit Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Park City, and two dozen dining restaurants like the award-winning farm-to-table venue, Farm at Canyons. The Orange Bubble Express, North America’s only enclosed and heated chairlift; Ski Beach, a lively après ski gathering area; Iron Mountain, featuring 300 acres of new terrain; Utah’s only lift-served gravity bike park and the fast-paced Zip Tour make Canyons a must-visit year-round resort. With Salt Lake City International Airport just 35 minutes away, Canyons is conveniently accessible from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.canyonsresort.com.

About Vail Resorts
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) 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; Canyons in Park City, Utah; 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 Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Media Contacts:
Steve Pastorino
(435) 615-3308 | spastorino@vailresorts.com

Caitlin Martz
(435) 615-3308 | cmartz@vailresorts.com