April 8, 2004 —
Due to the overwhelming response to its salute to troops returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vail Resorts has stopped accepting reservations for the 1,000 free night promotion.
In just two weeks, Vail Resorts in Colorado received reservations for 1,800 nights, nearly doubling their initial offer of 1,000 complimentary nights. “After graciously accepting all 1,800 requests for accommodations, Vail Resorts regrets they had to stop accepting reservations sent at 4 p.m. April 6,” said Michael Perini, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Director of Public Affairs.
“We would like to thank you for helping spread the word on the Vail Resorts ‘Operation Freedom Lodging’ offer,” said a senior Vail Resort official.
Under the ‘Operation Freedom Lodging’ program, service members from any branch of service who served for 30 or more days in Iraq and Afghanistan were eligible for up to three consecutive free nights of lodging at Vail Resorts owned and operated hotels in Breckenridge and Keystone.
“Vail Resorts has a relationship with the military through the Rocky Mountain Blue program,” said Perini. “So it was a natural for them to contact us.”