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Vail prepares for Vonn's homecoming

VAIL, Colo. – Vail Resorts already gave Lindsey Vonn her own ski run (“Lindsey’s” on the front side of Vail Mountain, formerly known as International) but also wants to give the double Olympic medalist and triple World Cup overall winner a proper homecoming celebration following another – as Vail would say – “epic” season.

The homecoming festivities will kick off this Wednesday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Vail Square, located in Lionshead. Supporters will be greeted with Lindsey Vonn commemorative pins and memorabilia as well as complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment including a DJ and jumbo screen videos of Vonn’s racing career highlights to date. Guest speakers including Co-President of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division John Garnsey, Ski&Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Aldo Radamus, and Town of Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland. Former Olympian Chad Fleischer will take the stage and introduce Vonn at approximately 4 p.m. followed by a special children’s press conference with the ski racing champion.

“We could not be more proud to welcome Lindsey home to Vail after a season of unprecedented success on both the World Cup and Olympic stages,” Garnsey said. “Lindsey’s unwavering work ethic and poised representation of our country, our community and alpine skiing continues to be an inspiration to all of us at Vail Resorts and particularly to the next generation of young athletes following in her tracks.”

Guests who ride one of several exclusive “Welcome Home Lindsey” cars on the Eagle Bahn Gondola throughout the day on Wednesday can register to win one of five 2010-2011 Epic 7-Pack Passes. Winners will be announced by Vonn at the conclusion of the homecoming celebration in Vail Square.

Vail Mountain has supported Vonn throughout her ski racing career and Vonn now represents all five of Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts–Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as the Epic Pass, back for its third season providing unlimited, unrestricted access to all five Vail Resorts mountains as well as Arapahoe Basin for just $599 for adults and $299 for children ages 5 to 12.

In addition to the homecoming on March 31, Vail will recognize Vail’s own 2010 Winter Olympians including four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper, Olympian Chris Del Bosco and Paralympian Ralph Green during Spring Back to Vail (Vail’s closing weekend celebration) between free concert performances by Robert Earl Keen and Wyclef Jean on Saturday, April 17. Robert Earl Keen is scheduled to take the stage at approximately 5 p.m.

Photo by GEPA

Shauna Farnell

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