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Spring Back to Vail



Spring Back to Vail is the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains!  We're ending the season in style with some serious fun under the sun, including free live concerts, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, Bud Light après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and so much more!

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse will headline the Spring Back to Vail concert series, wrapping up the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season. All concerts are free and open to the public as part of Spring Back to Vail.

A limited number of Spring Back to Vail Private Reserve passes are available for the concert at Ford Park in Vail, Colo., on Saturday, April 12. The Private Reserve area includes preferred viewing, private venue entrance, complimentary food and beverage (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a rocking party. Non-transferable Private Reserve Passes are available for $100.00 per concert. Private Reserve passes are available for purchase by clicking here.

The closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 12th annual World Pond Skimming Championships. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. Registration is now open. Register online here.

Adding to Spring Back festivities will be the Great Race 2.0, presented by Red Bull. The event will challenge 35 teams of two people through an on-mountain obstacle course. Winners will be determined by overall time and their performance on the course. Registration is just $20 per team and is available on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Mountain Plaza; and on Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in Mountain Plaza and noon to 1 p.m. in Golden Peak. The contest will be held at Golden Peak from 1pm-3pm.

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail Mountain, Pepsi, Bud Light, Sprint, Helly Hansen, GoPro, SmartWool, and Town of Vail and brought to you in part by Liberty Skis, Gatorade and Colorado Mountain Express.



Karl Denson's Tiny Universe 
with opener Dirty Dozen Brass Band Presented by Pepsi
Friday, April 11 
Solaris in Vail Village
Venue opens at 6 p.m.

Legendary funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson and his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, will take the stage at Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. Doors open at 6 p.m. Denson was a former member of Lenny Kravitz’s band and co-founded The Greyboy Allstars. He has also recorded with artists including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Slightly Stoopid, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blackalicious, Stanton Moore, and Jon Foreman of the rock band Switchfoot. Opener Dirty Dozen Brass Band will kick things off at Friday night’s concert.

 


 

STS9
With opener Polish Ambassador Presented by Bud Light
Saturday, April 12 
Ford Park
Venue opens at 6 p.m.

Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has risen to the forefront of the jamtronic music scene, headlining festivals such as Moogfest, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Regeneration, Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest Festival. The group has raised significant amounts of money towards activism efforts, including more $150,000 for The Make it Right Foundation, which has paved the way in the redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Polish Ambassador will open for STS9 that evening. 

A limited number of Spring Back to Vail Private Reserve passes are available for the concert at Ford Park in Vail, Colo., on Saturday, April 12. The Private Reserve area includes preferred viewing, private venue entrance, complimentary food and beverage (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a rocking party.

NON-TRANSFERRABLE Private Reserve Passes are available for $100.00 per concert. Private Reserve passes are available for purchase by clicking HERE.

Saturday night’s concert at Ford Park is expected to reach capacity very quickly. The venue will be closed to the public after 7,500 attendees have been permitted, so please plan accordingly. Doors open at 6pm and music begins at 6:30pm sharp. Parking is only available at the main Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. For a full list of what CAN and CANNOT be brought into the venue, see the ‘FAQ’ tab. 

 


 

Steel Pulse
With opener Bonfire Dub
Sunday, April 20 
Solaris in Vail Village
Venue opens at 4 p.m.

Formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham, England, the group is the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for its 1985 album Babylon the Bandit and has also received Grammy nominations for Victims (1991) and Rastafari Centennial (1992). In 1989, the group contributed I Can't Stand it to the soundtrack of Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing. The band continues to tour, support causes such as relief efforts in Haiti, and has released 11 studio albums. Check out local band Bonfire Dub before Steel Pulse takes the stage. 

 

The legendary World Pond Skimming Championships returns to Lake Golden Peak at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area on April 20, 2014. The venue will open at 1:30 p.m. with expos and giveaways from event sponsors, and the competition will get going at 3:00 p.m.

The annual competition entails floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes launching themselves off an on-snow jump onto an icy pond in attempt to successfully exit the pond on both feet. Competitors will vie for both fame and glory in a showing that defies the laws of physics – and perhaps even common sense.

This year, two Champions will be crowned – the top male and top female competitor – who will each take home an Epic Pass for the 2014-2015 season and a pair of Liberty Skis.

Registration is now open! Registration is $75 and is limited to a field of 75 participants. Register online here.

World Pond Skimming Championships Rules:

  • All competitors are required to wear a CE certified ski/snowboard helmet.
  • Competitors who are legally intoxicated will not be allowed to take their run and will be disqualified.
  • Competitors may only use a single pair of snow skis or a single snowboard as a means to cross the pond.  No additional equipment or aid may be used (i.e. no water skis).  Zero points will be given in the distance category for using any skis wider than 11.5cm at mid-ski (waist).
  • No poles of any kind may be used.
  • Absolutely no inverted aerials into the pond.  You will be immediately disqualified.
  • Absolutely no diving. You will be immediately disqualified.
  • No starting above the start line.
  • Only one participant may attempt crossing the pond at a time.
  • Competitors may only attempt a crossing when the pond is clear of all people, equipment, debris, etc. The starter will signal when the pond and course are clear and a participant may attempt a crossing.  The starter has the absolute final say.
  • Do not try to ski/ride out the side of the pool.
  • Please exit only at the end of the pool.
  • If a competitor crashes before reaching the pond, they will be disqualified immediately (there will be no reruns).
  • All competitors may use the participant hot tub after their run.  Once full, as a new person gets in, the first person in gets out.
  • Each registrant who participates in the event on April 20th will receive a layer from Helly Hansen.

35 teams of 2 people will be challenged to the Great Race 2.0 presented by Red Bull. on Sunday, April 13th. Teams will take to the on-mountain course and adventure through obstacles that include: snowblade cross, a snow wall, the snake pit, tire run, plinko, and more. The winning team will be determined based on overall time and bonus points earned for plinko and costume score. Spectators are encouraged to show their support for the teams during the contest and to stay for the live music following the awards ceremony.

Registration is just $20 per team and is available on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Mountain Plaza; and on Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in Mountain Plaza and noon to 1 p.m. in Golden Peak.

Event Schedule: Sunday, April 13th
Registration: $20 per team. 
Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mountain Plaza
Sunday, April 13: 10 a.m to noon at Mountain Plaza; noon to 1 p.m. at Golden Peak

Competition: 1pm-3pm at Golden Peak

Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Spring Back to Vail 2014

Thursday, April 10
Bud Light Après Party
    Vendetta’s, Vail Village
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, April 11
Spring Back to Vail Expo Village
    Mountain Plaza Base Area
    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bud Light Après Party
    Los Amigos
    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Free Concert
    Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
    With opener Dirty Dozen Brass Band Presented by Pepsi
    Solaris
    Venue opens at 6 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Bud Light After-dark Party
    Samana
    10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 12
Spring Back to Vail Expo Village
    Mountain Plaza Base Area
    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Free Concert 
    STS9
    With opener Polish Ambassador Presented by Bud Light
    Ford Park
    Venue opens at 6 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Bud Light After-dark Party
    Vendetta’s
    10:30 p.m. – Midnight

Sunday, April 13
Spring Back to Vail Expo Village
    Mountain Plaza Base Area
    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Great Race 2.0 presented by Red Bull
    Lez Zeppelin Free Concert presented by Red Bull 
    Free Spectator Event
    Race 1-3pm | Concert 3-5pm 
    Registration is available on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Mountain Plaza; and on Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in Mountain Plaza and noon to 1 p.m. in Golden Peak.

Friday, April 18
Bud Light Après Party
    Los Amigos
    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Bud Light Après Party
    Vendetta’s
    4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 19
Bud Light After-dark Party
    Samana
    10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 20
Spring Back to Vail Expo Village
    Golden Peak Base Area
    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

World Pond Skimming Championships
    Free Spectator Event
    Golden Peak 
    Venue opens at 1:30 p.m. with sponsor expos and giveaways
    Competition at 3 p.m.
    To compete, register online here

Free Concert 
    Steel Pulse
    With opener Bonfire Dub 
    Solaris Plaza
     Venue opens at 4 p.m. Music begins at 4:30 p.m.

*Schedule subject to change. Check back for more details, event updates and the apres and after-dark party scheduled. 

Is there a cost to attend any of the Spring Back to Vail concerts and events?
No, all Spring Back to Vail concerts and events are offered to guests at no cost.

Where will the concerts and events take place?
All of the concerts and events will take place outdoors, so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately! All venues are standing room only. Please refer to the concert and event schedules for specific locations.

Saturday night’s concert at Ford Park is expected to reach capacity very quickly. The venue will be closed to the public after 7,500 attendees have been permitted, so please plan accordingly. Doors open at 6pm and music begins at 6:30pm sharp. Parking is only available at the main Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. For a full list of what CAN and CANNOT be brought into the venue, see the ‘FAQ’ tab. 

Where do I park for the events? 

You are highly encouraged to park in either the Vail Village or Lionshead parking structures on South Frontage Road. Street parking is not permitted until all public parking facilities are completely full. The Town of Vail also has an extensive public bus system. Please use it wisely and avoid drinking and driving at all costs. Vail PD, the Eagle County Sheriff and the CO State Patrol have zero tolerance and will enforce DUI laws to the fullest!

Is there handicap parking/access at the concert venues?
Yes, there will be a handicap section at all concert venues. These areas will be marked with signage. Handicap parking will be available at the Ford Park venue on the South Frontage Road, just across from the entrance to the venue. Handicap parking for the Vail Village concerts will be located in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures in designated spaces.

What am I allowed to bring into the concerts?
Spectator security and safety is one of our highest priorities. A number of security measures have been implemented for the safety and security of event attendees and employees. Event management appreciates concert attendees abiding by and understanding the need for the policies and procedures outlined below.

Please leave the following at home, as attendees will be denied entry should any attempt be made to bring them into event venues: large bags/backpacks, coolers, alcohol/drugs, bottles/glass containers, cans, dogs, chairs, weapons of any kind (including, but not limited to firearms and knives), laser pointers of any kind, signs attached to a stick or pole, recording devices, professional still cameras and video cameras.

Please note that event management retains the right to make the final decision on prohibited items. Furthermore, specific concert or event security policies may create additions to the list above. All guests entering the venues are subject to search by metal detecting wands and/or pat downs.

Additionally, all small bags and purses are subject to search at venue entrances. Attendees will see an increased security and police presence both inside and outside the concert venues.

What exactly is Pond Skimming?
The "sport" of Pond Skimming involves finely tuned athletes attempting to defy the laws of physics and slide completely across a pond of icy-cold water on skis or a snowboard donning creative costumes. 

How do I sign up for Pond Skimming?
Interested participants can sign up online by heading over to the Pond Skim tab and clicking the “Register Online Here” link when registration opens. Registration set to open mid-March.  Please note that the field of competitors is limited to a field of 75 participants ages 14 and older on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $75 per person. 

Do I need to bring any equipment for Pond Skimming?
You must bring your own skis or snowboard, depending on your preferred watercraft. Helmets are required. Costumes are definitely encouraged as a component of judging is based upon creativity. We will have lifeguards on duty for those who forget their water wings.

How will Pond Skimming be judged?
A select panel of celebrity judges will score each contestant on distance, style, creativity, overall impression and water solubility. The more outrageous the better! A full list of rules and judging criteria is available prior to the event.

Are ski bikes or mono skis allowed in Pond Skimming?
No. Ski bikes or mono skis are not allowed.

I'm interested in sponsoring or donating prizes/après and after-dark swag to Spring Back to Vail, who do I contact?
Please contact Missy Johnson at Highline (missy@gohighline.com or 970-476-6797 ext. 712) if you would like to be a valued sponsor of Spring Back to Vail.

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail MountainPepsi, Bud LightSprintHelly HansenRed BullGoProSmartWool, and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by Liberty Skis, Gatorade and Colorado Mountain Express.



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