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Spring Back to Vail

Spring Back to Vail is the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains! We end the season in style April 17 - 19 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!

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 13th 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 opens closer to the event. 

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail MountainPepsiBud LightAudiSmith, and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by GoPro, Helly Hansen, Liberty Skis, Vail Resorts Retail and Colorado Mountain Express.


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Portugal. The Man 
Presented by Pepsi
Friday, April 17
Solaris in Vail Village
Venue opens at 5 p.m.

Portland, Ore.-based band, Portugal. The Man to kick off Vail’s closing weekend and Spring Back to Vail celebration at Solaris in Vail Village, which will open at 5 p.m. Founded in 2000, Portugal. The Man has embodied all dimensions of the rock genre throughout its career. The band has created six full albums in six years, toured nonstop including a stint with The Black Keys, and made festival stops across the country at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.



Trampled by Turtles
Presented by Bud Light
Saturday, April 18 
Solaris in Vail Village
Venue opens at 5 p.m.

Trampled by Turtles is an alternative folk/bluegrass band hails from Duluth, Minn., and was initially formed as a side project in 2003. Taking inspiration from rock and roll, the group dropped its amplification and carved out an original, fast and frenetic sound and released its first record in 2004. More than ten years and seven studio albums later, the band has seen success on the Billboard charts and played live shows across the country, including stints at major festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach and Lollapalooza.



The Greyboy Allstars
Sunday, April 19 
Solaris in Vail Village
Venue opens at 4 p.m.

On closing day Sunday, April 19, jazz/funk band The Greyboy Allstars will cap off the 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season with a free live performance at Solaris in Vail Village following the World Pond Skimming Championships. The venue opens at 4 p.m. First formed nearly two decades ago, The Greyboy Allstars have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format and honing their on-stage performance. Over the years the band has worked together and refined the essence of their collaboration, attracting thousands to their legendary live shows across the country. Their performance at Spring Back to Vail this year will be sure to please audiences of all ages.


The legendary World Pond Skimming Championships returns to Lake Golden Peak at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area on April 19, 2015. Venue opens at 1:30 p.m., Skimming gets under way at 3 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 2015-2016 season and a pair of Liberty Skis.


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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

9am-4pm Spring Back to Vail Expo Village Mountain Plaza

11am-3pm Free EpicMix Racing sponsored by Audi, Black Forest Race Course

2-5pm Bud Light Pub Crawl: Red Lion, Vendettas, Los Amigos, Bart & Yeti’s, Tavern on the Square and Garfinkel’s

5pm Solaris Concert venue opens

5:30pm OPENER: Bonfire Dub

7pm HEADLINER: Portugal. The Man. Presented by Pepsi

9pm Venue closes



9am-4pm Spring Back to Vail Expo Village Mountain Plaza

12pm-3pm Luau/Pig Roast at The Beach at MidVail presented by Bud Light

2–5pm: Bud Light Bar Party at Vendettas

5pm Solaris Concert venue opens 

5:30pm OPENER: Frogs Gone Fishin’

7pm HEADLINER: Trampled by Turtles presented by Bud Light

9pm Venue closes

Late Night Bud Light After Party @ Garfinkel’s 


SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

1:30 Golden Peak World Pond Skimming Championships venue opens

3pm World Pond Skimming Championships

4pm Solaris Concert venue opens

4:30pm OPENER: DJ Ramona

6pm HEADLINER: The Greyboy Allstars

7:30pm Venue closes

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail MountainPepsi, Bud LightAudi, Smith, and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by GoPro, Helly Hansen, Liberty Skis, Vail Resorts Retail and Colorado Mountain Express.

Presenting Sponsor for the Friday night Portugal. The Man concert
Solaris venue opens at 5 p.m., Bonfire Dub 5:30 p.m., Portugal. The Man 7 p.m.

Bud Light
Pub Crawl
Red Lion, Vendettas, Los Amigos, Bart & Yeti’s, Tavern on the Square and Garf’s 2 - 5 p.m.

Bud Light Blinky
Grab a Bud Light Blinky pin and wear it throughout the day - get spotted wearing your pin by a Bud Light rep and you could win a snowboard, t-shirt, fleece, skis, and even an Epic Pass.
Luau/Pig Roast at The Beach at Mid-Vail
Come join the party at Mid-Vail from 12 - 3 p.m. complete with live music, fire dancer, and a $10 pig roast.
Bar Party
Vendetta's 2 - 5 p.m.
Presenting Sponsor for the Saturday night Trampled By Turtles concert
Solaris venue opens at 5 p.m., Frogs Gone Fishin' 5:30 p.m., Trampled By Turtles 7 p.m.
Late Night After Party

Complimentary EpicMix Racing
Head to the EpicMix Black Forest Race Course on Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for racing compliments of Audi.

Friday - Sunday: 
Finders Keepers
Each morning of Spring Back to Vail, keep an eye on Smith and Vail's social accounts. We'll be posting a hint of where to find a voucher on mountain for FREE Smith sunglasses.


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