Spring Back to Vail
Spring Back to Vail is arguably the most fun week to be here in Vail, Colorado. We celebrate the countdown to the end of the season with parties, free concerts, the world famous Closing Day Pond Skim and – of course – days spent savoring the last turns until next season.
THE WORLD POND SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The long-held Vail Closing Day tradition returns! You can choose to either participate as a pond skimming athlete (register here!) or just watch the bedlam from the sidelines. Participants get to cracks at the Pond Skim with the opportunity to warm up in a hot tub at the base between runs. Venue opens at Golden Peak at 1:30 p.m., Pond Skimming gets going at 3 p.m.
Whether you’re an athlete or in the crowd, costumes are highly encouraged…speaking of costumes:
CLOSING DAY COSTUMES!
One of the most entertaining parts of Closing Day are the creative costumes that people pull out of their closets to celebrate the end of the season. Over the years we’ve seen cows, waddles of penguins, Mario Kart characters, Superman and much more. We encourage you to have fun but, of course, be safe, considerate and tasteful in your costume choices!
WAYS TO WIN AMAZING SWAG
There are tons of ways to win everything from an Epic Pass to skis to VIP tickets to the concerts at Spring Back to Vail this year! Here’s a summary:
Bud Light “Get Spotted” contest
Prizes: 200 prizes awarded each day, including passes to the Bud Light Platinum Lounge, Peruvian and Bomber hats, water bottles, a Bud Light Platinum hat and even Atomic skis! 1 lucky winner will even get an Epic Pass for the 2013/14 season.
What/when: April 12th and 13th get a Bud Light Blinky Button between 10am and 3pm at the Bud Light Tent at Mountain Plaza at the base of the One gondola, the Look Ma Bar at Mid-Vail, the Tavern on the Square, Red Lion, Vendetta’s or Los Amigos. “Get Spotted” wearing your pin by Bud Light ambassadors to win a prize! Click here for more details.
Sprint Hashtag Contest
Prizes: A pair of VIP tickets to the Spring Back to Vail concert that night. Includes 2 swag bags, preferred viewing at the concert and complimentary snacks and beverages.
What/when: April 12th and 13th tag your Instagram and Twitter photos with #SpringBackToVail and #Sprint by 3pm to enter. We will select a winner and notify you by replying to your photo! Get to the Sprint tent at Mountain Plaza by 5pm to collect your tickets and swag bags.
Pepsi Photo Booth Contest
Prize: 10 people will each win a VIP ticket to the OAR concert Friday night.
What/when: April 12th between 9am and 3pm, you alone or you and a friend can take a creative/enthusiastic picture at the Pepsi Photo Booth at Mid-Vail. The craziest photos of the day will be contacted by 5pm that they’ve won a VIP ticket to the OAR concert that night.
FREE CONCERTS FRIDAY-SUNDAY
The free concert line-up is always a highlight of Spring Back. Here are the details of this year’s lineup:
With opener Patrick Dethlefs
Friday, April 12
Venue opens at 6 p.m., opener at 6:30 p.m.
Short for Of a Revolution, O.A.R. is an alternative rock band well-known for rocking the stage at their live performances and extensive summer touring. The five-member band, formed in 1996, found popularity on the college campus at Ohio State University and gained a following as a popular live act on other college campuses before gaining mainstream exposure and reaching the top of the Billboard charts over the course of their long career. Together the jam band-influenced group has released seven studio albums, including their latest CD/DVD release Live on Red Rocks & King, and will take the stage at Spring Back to Vail on Friday, April 12 in Ford Park.
With opener Air Dubai
Saturday, April 13
Venue opens at 6 p.m., opener at 6:30 p.m.
Sublime with Rome brings a blend of reggae, ska, punk and surf-rock. The band is a collaboration between Eric Wilson of Sublime, celebrated drummer Josh Freese and lead vocalist and guitarist Rome Ramirez. Together the trio treats fans to Sublime favorites as well as original material from the 2011 album, Yours Truly.
With opener Eminence Ensemble
Sunday, April 14
Venue opens and music starts at 4:00 p.m.
Grammy-winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff, is also set to take the Spring Back to Vail stage with his reggae style on Sunday, April 14 – Vail Mountain’s closing day – at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village.