Vail introduces free spring skiing

Nearly 381 cm of snow fell at Lake Tahoe during the month of March and to celebrate Vail Resorts is offering anyone who purchases or has purchased a 2012-13 Epic Pass, Epic 7-Day, Tahoe Value Pass or the new Tahoe Local Pass in full free access to Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the rest of the spring season. The Epic Pass, Tahoe Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass give holders access to more than 10,000 total skiable acres between Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, marking the most combined terrain in Tahoe. Heavenly was originally slated to close April 15, but will open two additional weekends, April 20-22 and April 27-29. Kirkwood is scheduled to close on April 22, but will continue on a Friday-through-Sunday spring operating schedule as long as weather and snow conditions allow. Skiers and riders who purchase the Tahoe Value Pass or the new Tahoe Local Pass before April 15 will receive an added benefit of six buddy tickets for family and friends next ski season, and anyone who purchases their pass this spring will also receive special benefits for summer 2012, including access for sightseeing and gondola rides. All season pass holders receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season. (