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Vail Village’s Ore House closes its doors after 46 years

VAIL — A Vail Village staple, almost as old as the town itself, closed its doors at the end of April. Owners of the Ore House Restaurant on Bridge Street, known for its steaks and sunny deck, announced that it would not be renewing its lease and not re-opening in the current space. Management said that business was good, but that renewal of the lease did not work out for the business. "It's been a long history of great relationships born and long-lasting friendships with great stories and some unforgettable moments," said a note on the restaurant's website. "Apres ski will never be the same. Thanks again for the great times." The restaurant opened in 1968 in the village and moved to its Bridge Street location about 25 years ago, going on to become an apres ski favorite and a recognizable landmark with its flowery deck dotted with red umbrellas. End of an era Part owner Larry Anderson started at the restaurant as a bartender in the early '70s and worked his way up to waiter, manager and finally partner. He remembers the days when the steakhouse was a hot spot for everyone from the rich and famous to powder-crazed locals. "It was an era. It's been around for a long time and I'm sad to see it go," he said. "It was a staple around town for many years, and in the '70s it was the place to be." He describes people (gladly) waiting two hours for a dinner seating, cramming into the small space and bar area. "You couldn't wedge yourself in. It was the local happening place, so if you had to wait, all the better, because you wanted to be part of the action," Anderson remembered. "We had two huge guys working the door to keep things in order." The spot was always known for its apres offerings, steaks and, for a time, the salad bar, a novelty "that was new back then," Anderson said. It played host to the likes of a slew of American ski racers, who would celebrate post-race at the Ore House — President Ford's Secret Service crew, O.J. and Nicole Simpson and movie stars such as Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Anderson remembered once during the holiday rush when he was asked to go talk to Tom Cruise. The young actor had recently reached star status with the release of "Risky Business." "Here's this small little kid in a one-piece shell ski outfit. He wouldn't look me in the eye when we talked, and was mumbling, giving me this spiel I couldn't understand," laughed Anderson. "Finally turns out he was saying that he was Tom Cruise, and he didn't want to be amongst a crowd, and was wondering if there wasn't something we could do about it." Anderson handed Cruise over to the host and went back to the kitchen. A bit later, he went out to check on what had happened and didn't see Cruise anywhere. He asked the bartender if she'd seen him, and she responded that Cruise had tried to buy a drink, but had no ID, so she wouldn't serve him. "At this point I got worried and started looking for him," Anderson said. "I finally found him on the stairs of where Russell's is, reading a script. We took care of him, but we thought it was pretty funny that even Tom Cruise couldn't have dinner or even buy a drink." What's next? Signs of the restaurant's existence are already mostly gone as the space is renovated. Gorsuch, which owns the building, will expand its retail shop into the now-empty space. General manager Steve Shelman doesn't rule out the possibility of the Ore House re-opening in the future at a different location. "We would love to keep it. Business had been great, and it was growing," he said. "We've looked at a couple other places in town, but it has to be the right spot. We won't open a spot just to keep it open." Assistant Managing Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 and at mwong@vaildaily.com.

Take it easy, go green and don’t forget the margaritas

Not all of us can or, more importantly, want to be a guy named Hans glamorously swoshing his way down a 60-degree face of fresh powder. In fact, there are a few of us who would rather skip the skiing and proceed directly to apres. The good news is, there’s plenty of room for everybody at Beaver Creek and Vail. Nearly a third of the Beav and the front side of Vail is beginner-friendly green. So for the novice visiting for the holiday or for people who just want to point the ski tips to the side and have a mellow day, here’s where to go. Start with Beaver Creek. The beautiful thing here is that if you can get down Haymeadow, the bunny slope served by Lift 1, you can easily ski all the way from top to the mountain’s base. Take Centennial (Lift 6) followed by the Birds of Prey (Lift 8) to the summit. Once you’re up there, you’ve got a wide variety of laid-back greens from which to choose. When you get off the lift, take a left turn and there are fun runs like Red Buffalo, Powell, Piney, Booth Gardens and Mystic Island. A favorite of mine is Powell to Booth Gardens and then down to Spruce Saddle via Cinch. The green portion of Centennial as well as Flat Tops makes for good cruising. At the end of you day, all you need to to do is take Cinch all the way down to the base. Our recommendation for apres is a margarita at your favorite establishment. For an even more mellow apres, try two margaritas. Your mileage may vary. For more leisurely skiing check out Bachelor Gulch, which opened Thursday. If you’re staying in Beaver Creek, take Strawberry Park (Lift 12) and ride Primrose into Bachelor Gulch. There, you can cruise on runs like Sawbuck, Second Chance and Maverick. Getting back to Beaver Creek is now easier with the construction of a green version of Intertwine last year. That also means that when Arrowhead opens Dec. 15, beginner skiers will be able to cruise from Arrowhead all the way to Beaver Creek and back. Arrowhead is easily the best-kept secret when it comes to local’s knowledge. You can park close to the Arrow Bahn Express Lift. Piece of Cake and Little Brave (formerly known as Smooth Moss, if you have an old map) is the tranquil way down. From Arrowhead, you can also cut over on Bear Paw, Roughlock or Everkrisp to Bachelor Gulch. Two other things about the Arrowhead/Bachelor Gulch strategy. While Beaver Creek can be packed on weekends, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch are generally much, more wide-open. Also, if you’re thinking about making the jump to blues, the intermediate runs here are the place to do it. Vail’s front side has plenty of fun greens as well. Check out the practice area near Eagle’s Nest by taking the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Owl’s Roost, Practice Parkway and Ledges are nice rides. After a little time on Minnie’s Lift (No. 9), take Cub’s Way over to the Avanti Lift (No. 2). From there, The Meadows or Overeasy are good ways to get to Mid-Vail. Off of the Mountaintop Express, Ramshorn and Swingsville are mellow options. Swingsville is regularly picked by the Yellow Jackets as a go-slow zone, if you want to get away from those choosing to turn Vail into the their own version of a Warren Miller flick. Venturing further east, if you’re at Patrol Headquarters, take the Timberline Catwalk down to Sourdough Lift (No. 14). There, you’ve got Sourdough, Boomer, Tin Pants and Flap Jack. Vail has plenty of catwalks to get you down at the end of the day. And, yes, do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Bring on the margaritas at apres. Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.

New Broken Arrow restaurant at Beaver Creek open

BEAVER CREEK – Hungry skiers and riders can refuel with homemade cuisine at the new Broken Arrow restaurant at Beaver Creek Resort. The 4,000 square-foot slopeside restaurant is located at the base of the Arrowbahn Express Lift (No. 17). “This is our most significant on-mountain dining addition in recent years,” said Beth Howard, director of mountain dining for Beaver Creek. “We’re very excited to offer fresh and healthy food choices for skiers in Arrowhead, enhancing Beaver Creek’s village-to-village ski and dining experience.”Broken Arrow is located in the new One Arrowhead Place building with indoor seating for approximately 95 and outdoor seating for up to 180 on a heated patio. Watch skiers cruise by while eating a famous Blinky Burger from the indoor/ outdoor grill named after long-time grill master Robert “Blinky” Blunk. Warm up with house-made soups prepared using signature recipes from Executive Chef Curtis Cooper.Cooper’s other menu items include the shrimp and oven baked tomato brick-oven pizza, a white pie with house-made dough, extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, tomatoes, rock shrimp, goat cheese and basil pesto , and fresh-tossed salads, house-made soups and toasted flat bread sandwiches including The Cresta, with roasted eggplant and red pepper hummus, tomato, cucumber, feta and baby arugula with oil and vinegar. Apres-ski selections are moderately priced and include Tall Timber Nachos, Tomahawk Wings, Crossbow Calamari with dusted corn flower and herbs with a chipotle tartar sauce and more.Broken Arrow serves breakfast, lunch and apres-ski fare from 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily throughout the winter season. The eatery will host live music on the heated patio in the Spring. The old Broken Arrow Café in Arrowhead was torn down in April 2005.For more information, call Broken Arrow at (970) 845-6750.Vail, Colorado

Where to go and what to order at aprés in Eagle County

Spend enough time at the base of Vail or Beaver Creek and you will bear witness to one of the more awesome sights in this ski town — men and women tearing up the dance floor in ski boots, eating dinner with goggles around their necks or lugging their gear to the parking structure long after dark. It all starts with apres ski. Apres has become so rooted in ski culture that it has even found itself a place on Wikipedia, which describes the activity as having originated in the Alps with skiers getting together, drinking, swapping stories and celebrating their day on the mountain. Sitting down to the apres options in Vail and Beaver Creek, one thing becomes clear — getting loose and celebrating any kind of day on the hill with your friends is too fun to refuse. Just take it from the locals. When asked where they would go and what they would order: "Vendetta's," Maria Scully said. "I would probably go for their Bloody Mary and a slice of pizza." "Toss up," Kenzie Grant said. "The Alpenrose for beer or hot chocolate and a cheese plate; or Vendetta's for beer and pizza." "Vendetta's," Sylvan Ellefson said. "Either a whiskey ginger or a Budweiser bottle." "Los Amigos," Bjorn Bauer said. "For their Sangria." From $3 PBR tall boys and shots of Jamo (read: Jameson) to mixologists crafting complicated cocktails for every occasion, apres-ski bars are serving up something for everyone and every occasion. FROM BROOKLYN TO THE REMEDY One such hot spot is clearly Vendetta's — a longtime restaurant where Vail Ski Patrol, regular locals and visitors from all corners of the earth gather for apres. Bar manager and 20-year bartender for Vendetta's Michael Hannigan is kicking up the dust on the drink menu this winter to cater to the crowd coming in off the hill. "We turned it over and have more winter-style drinks," Hannigan said. "Warmer beers, heavier beers and a list of eight or so mixed drinks." One mixed drink to look out for at the Bridge Street establishment is the "Brooklyn": lemon juice, muddled orange, a sugar cube, grenadine and Maker's Mark, served on the rocks. On a bitter cold day, honorable mention goes to the "Wonder Snug," a warm drink made from Wondermint Schnapps — a more flavorful schnapps with hints of almond, rosewater and wormwood — mixed with hot cocoa and topped with whipped cream. Shots-wise, Vendetta's bartenders can pour just about anything, from cheap well tequila for that friend that stole your fresh tracks, to custom shots like a "Mind Eraser" for your buddy who needs to forget about his or her yard sale under the chairlift. Down the street from Vendetta's is La Tour, a popular spot for a more upscale apres experience. Behind the bar at La Tour are bartenders Ben Moss and Harold Mikkelson. Both have been mixing and pouring at La Tour for five years, according to the restaurant's front of house manager, Abbie Minton. "Just ask one of those two what they recommend," Minton said. "We do a lot of wine during apres, but Ben (Moss) has crafted a very unique drink menu." For instance, for the friend that was complaining about their boots all day — and there is always that person — there is "The Remedy." The drink is a play on a Cosmopolitan and features Grey Goose, fresh squeezed lime, St-Germaine Edlerflower Liqueur and cranberry, all garnished with a lemon twist. MONDO MARG To celebrate a good day in the terrain park, you and your buddies can channel your inner "dude" and cruise over to Garfinkel's for the signature "Crushian" — a take on the Big Lebowski's favorite, the White Russian. Or, say the day included deep, fresh, light snow that kept your group pinned to Grouse Mountain and ignoring lunch all day at Beaver Creek. Both the Coyote Cafe and the Dusty Boot pair beers with food on the cheap, making a brew a good way to make up those lost calories. Kevin Gray, in his 16th year at the Dusty Boot, also recommends you at least try their margarita on any apres-occasion. The margarita is available in a standard size or an astonishing 46-ounce size and features a double barrel Reposado Herradura tequila hand picked by Gray at the Herradura tequila plantation. Off the top of the head and in no particular order, bars like (dare you to try it in one breath) Vendettas, La Tour, Garfinkel's, Los Amigos, Pepi's, Loaded Joe's, the Chophouse, Blue Moose, Coyote Cafe, The George, Bol, Bart and Yeti's, Altitude, The Red Lion, Frost, Moe's, the Bully Ranch, Larkspur, Yeti's Grind, the Alpenrose, Up The Creek, Flame and the Minturn Saloon (just to name a few) each offer a unique twist on how to celebrate the day. Like taking every run or riding every lift, the only difficulty in enjoying all Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer when it comes to apres is simply trying everything available — just be sure you apres responsibly.

Looking for live music post-skiing in Vail or Avon?

VAIL, Colorado – Eagle County is home to some of the best apres skiing and snowboarding in the world. After a day on the hill, consider making the rounds to check out the performers lighting up the local pubs.If you’re looking for the classic ski-bar experience, complete with the smell of stale beer, or a swankier scene, there’s something for everybody just steps from the base of the hill. Taylor at the TivoliPianist Taylor Kundolf is performing from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at the Tivoli Lodge in Vail throughout the winter season. Kundolf is known as a very versatile performer, playing everything from tunes from “Phantom of the Opera,” to hits from Elton John and Billy Joel on his 10-foot concert piano. “He plays it all and sings lots of songs too,” said his wife, Rayla Kundolf. “He’s a crooner and does everything from classical to contemporary.”Kundolf performed at Splendido for 10 years and most recently was a showcase entertainer on Norweigen Cruise Lines. For more information, call 970-476-5615.Two cool cats at AvondaleIf you’re looking for a break from the acoustic-rock scene, look no further than Avondale in the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at the base of the gondola in Avon. Tony Gulizia and Brian Loftus (a.k.a. BLT) are the newest apres-ski show in the valley.With piano and drums, the duo will be playing contemporary and standard jazz for a nice, mellow vibe every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.They will be playing tunes from artists such as Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra, which is definitely a sound you won’t find at too many other places around town. Check out the show every weekend through April from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 970-790-6000.R-rated apresSteve Meyer, the Good Times Man, has been living up to his nickname for years at The Club in Vail Village. If you’re looking for a show that is not suited for the entire family, rather, for people who like to party – a show that encourages a healthy amount of drinking, raunchy jokes and good times – check out Steve Meyer. He will be playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the month of December and will add a Wednesday show in the New Year. The party goes from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 970-479-0556.Music everyday at Tavern on the SquareLongtime local musician Peter Fontanese has assembled an A-list cast of performers for the winter season at Tavern on the Square in Lionshead. They will be mixing things up with the schedule from week to week.Among the performers are Fontanese, Donny Z, Don Watson, Beth Swearingen and Kevin Danzig. The show will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. everyday. For more information, call 970-754-7777.A Roy-al guitar player Guitarist Roy Bloomfield, whos performs at the Avalanche Club in the Vail Marriot, says his show walks a fine line between kicking back and high energy. “It’s mostly covers. I do some of my own stuff too. But the show is anything from Sinatra to Green Day,” Bloomfield said. “It’s a pretty wide range of music, from blues to classic rock ‘n’ roll.”Check out the show every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this season from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 970-949-9400.30 years of Rod PowellAnother mainstay of the aprs music scene in Vail Village is Rod Powell, who has been playing Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant for 27 of the last 30 years. Located minutes from the Vista Bahn, he plays 99.9 percent covers, mostly of the “sing-along” variety, because that’s what the people want to hear, Powell says. Powell plays every Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. with Jonny Mogambo filling in on the off days. For more information, call 970-476-4671.A classic American apres barThe Red Lion in Vail Village might just be the quintessential apres-ski bar in America. Located steps from the Vista Bahn in Vail Village and featuring live apres tunes seven days per week, a quick beer at The Red Lion can turn into a long night.The bar has two great acoustic acts, with Phil Long (Wednesday through Saturday) and Brendan McKinney (Sunday through Tuesday). Long has been a musical fixture at The Red Lion for 23 years.Long said he likes playing the classics, such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Tiny Dancer,” but he will also try and keep things current by playing tunes from bands such as Coldplay or Train. McKinney, who recently released an album out of Nashville, has been playing The Red Lion for about eight years, and he is by no means a “B night” musician. Check out both of their acts from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 970-476-7676.

Vail planes and buses were busy this weekend

VAIL VALLEYY, Colorado ” A combination of big snow, bargain airfares and deal-seeking skiers put almost as many skiers through Eagle County Regional Airport in December of 2008 as the year before. Passenger numbers were down about 10 percent for December of 2008 from 2007. Given the state of the national economy, that’s not too bad, said airport operations manager Chris Anderson. “I know we’re down less than other airports,” Anderson said. The surprise this year is the number of locals using the airport ” a number estimated by the availability of airport parking. “We added 112 spaces last summer,” Anderson said. “Over Christmas we ended up using all our parking, and we have to park another 113 cars inside the airfield.” That, Anderson said, is almost surely a byproduct of some great airfares available now. Round-trip, nonstop flights from Eagle County to New York City, Los Angeles and Minneapolis are all available for around $250 right now, and a smart Internet shopper can get a round-trip ticket to Jackson Hole for $150. “I think a lot of locals are using those fares in reverse,” said Mark Cervantes of VailSkiVacations.com. “I just booked a quick weekend in San Diego.” While locals are parking at the airport, a lot of tourists flying in are using the county’s ECO bus system. A bus ride to Vail is $3 per person, about the cheapest way to get up-valley short of hitchhiking. Transit system manager Harry Taylor said his agency hasn’t yet run numbers specific to the airport, but said there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that indicates more tourists are taking the bus. “We’ve had a lot more e-mail inquiries about routes and times,” Taylor said. Like airfares, that could be an indication of people looking, and waiting, for deals. “We’re getting people booking two or three weeks out,” Cervantes said. “That’s very unusual.” VailSkiVacations.com is barely more than a year old, and Cervantes said the company is doing better now than it was a year ago. But the long-range bookings dropped just as hard for that lodging-booking company as others. “In October of 2007, we’d be getting 30, 40 or 50 leads a day,” he said. “Last October, we’d get maybe five or 10 a day. It stayed that way until maybe Nov. 15, and then the last-minute bookings started. “People are saying, ‘We need a great deal,’” Cervantes added. “They’re saying ‘We need a platinum condo over Presidents Day weekend for $300 a night,’ and they’re playing it real close to their arrival date to get it.” smiller@vaildaily.com

Local musician to set sail – Don Watson

Don Watson’s hoping to warm his way on to a guest spot on Live with Regis and Kelly.”At the very least I’d like to shake hands with Kelly Rippa. She’s just talented and funny, really a neat person,” Watson said.The Vail-based singer/guitarist, who has been entertaining apres skiers for 40-odd years, boards the Pride of America cruise ship next week for its inaugural voyage. The first brand-new U.S.-flagged cruise ship in nearly 50 years has been designed to reflect America’s favorite places on board, and Watson has been chosen as the premier entertainer in the Gold Rush Saloon lounge where he’ll play classics such as “American Pie” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” The vessel will host Live with Regis and Kelly when it harbors in New York Thursday, June 16-24, and Watson is determined to get his five minutes of fame. The same week the boat will host thousands of families gathering for various reunions.”It should just be one hell of a party,” Watson said. “It’s a beautiful ship, and the who’s who of New York is gonna be there.” For the past five years, Watson has been drawing crowds to the upscale King’s Club at the Sonnenalp in Vail Village. “He’s fantastic,” said Annegret Kramer, who has been the bar manager at the King’s Club for 16 years. “He knows all the songs from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The guy must know 5,000 songs. The crowd loves it. They never leave until he quits playing. In the winter on a Friday night, you can’t even find a chair. People are dancing around the piano bar, and it’s just a lot of fun.”Watson travels the world entertaining. He just got back from London. However, he hasn’t done much work aboard cruise ships. The opportunity came about when the agent of friend and fellow valley apres performer Shannon Tanner approached him. Watson saw the opportunity as an adventure. The fact that the voyage is short made it even more appealing to Watson. That way he can get back to the Sonnenalp Watson classifies himself as a ski bum gone legit. When he’s not performing, he’s busy writing songs and musicals, and recording. The rest of the time, he works as the artist in residence at Vail Mountain School. Watson said it affords him to give his children the kind of education they deserve. “Survival is a noble fight,” Watson said. “It’s great to be able to make a living performing. I’m really blessed to do what I’m doing.”Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or laball@vaildaily.com.

Apres Ski

There are literally dozens of spots to kick off your ski boots, hoist a warm drink and enjoy some live music after a day on the slopes: the best known of the bunch is Bridge Street’s Red Lion, Vail’s oldest bar and home to perennial singalong musical favorite Phil Long. A few steps away, the Club features a rowdy apres party every night with Atlanta’s Scott Munns; you can also hear your favorites and enjoy a shot of Jagemeister with longtime village musical regular Rod Powell and his daily shows at Pepi’s. For a slightly more sophisticated take on the apres scene, dig out your furry boots and head to Mickey’s, located in the Lodge at Vail, where you can sip a cocktail and enjoy the piano stylings of Mickey Poage. At the Kings Club, located in the Sonnenalp, sit by the fire and soak up the piano sounds of Gene Johnson or guitarist Don Watson. Beaver Creek also features a wide variety of apres options. Right off the slopes, guitarist Shannon Tanner plays daily at McCoy’s. The infinitely cool and elegant Tony Gulizia offers jazz tunes every night at the Grouse Mountain Grill; longtime entertainer Taylor Kundolf trades off with Dave Kemmerly for apres gigs at Whiskey Elk, the fireside lounge in the lobby of Beaver Creek’s Park Hyatt.

Where to go in Eagle County to hear local live music

It's that time of year again. No, we're not talking about ski season or watching the snow fall. It's time for apres-ski. For those of you who don't know, the French phrase "apres-ski" simply translates to "after-skiing," and it's the time when one can keep the fun from the slopes rolling by having a hot beverage or two and listening to some great live music at one of the many restaurants, eateries and lounges around town. Most apres-ski musicians are as familiar to locals and visitors as their favorite run, but there are a few new players on the scene this year. Teddy Robb is a guitarist and vocalist who just moved to the area this season. Robb is fresh off a stint at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee, which is considered one of the most famous honky-tonks in the world. Along with fellow musician Andy Cyphert, he will be playing at Pepi's Restaurant & Bar Mondays through Wednesdays throughout the winter season. Pepi's will be the place to go when you want to hear come classic country tunes sung in Robb's signature twang. Robb plans on being a showstopper instead of a background snooze. "I don't want to be the goldfish in the room," Robb said. "I want to break the glass and get everybody involved and feeling like they're a part of the show." For some Johnny Cash and even Cyphert and Robb's version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," pop into Pepi's during apres-ski or in the evening. In addition to this, here's a list of your apres-ski music options this winter season: VAIL ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ The Fitz at Manor Vail Singer and guitarist Scotty Kabel enjoys his weekly apres gig because it gives him the opportunity to play "in my own backyard," he said. Starting mid-December, Kabel will play Thursdays through Saturdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 970-476-4353 for more information. Four Seasons Resort Vail Starting Dec. 18, The Four Seasons will have live music in the Fireside Lounge every Thursdays through Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. King's Club at Sonnenalp Resort King's Club has live music every night from 8 to 11 p.m. Playing nightly this winter will be a rotation between acoustic guitarist Donny Z, vocalist and pianist Kathy Morrow and folk-rock musician Kevin Danzig. Morrow's jazzy tunes soothe you after a day on the hill, while both Donny Z and Danzig play everything from country to American contemporary classics. Call 970-476-5656 for more information. Pepi's Restaurant & bar Nightly music has been happening at Pepi's long before people even knew the meaning of the term "apres." At Pepi's, acoustic singer Dave Tucker plays Thursdays through Sundays and newbies Cyphert and Robb strut their stuff onstage Mondays through Wednesdays. Both play two sets, one from 4 to 6 p.m. and one from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 970-476-4671 for more information. Red Lion An apres-ski staple for decades, The Red Lion is mixing the music up a bit this year with Brendan McKinney playing Wednesday through Saturday and relative newcomer Texas Brendan performing Sunday through Tuesday. Everyday there will be two music sets, one from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 until 11 p.m. Call 970-476-7676 for more information. Shakedown Bar For apres, longtime favorite Phil Long will play with friends Wednesdays through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Shakedown will also have a different band or musician every night of the week at 10 p.m. On Sundays, bar owner Scott Rednor strums an acoustic solo set. Mondays Dave Tucker plays and locals can enjoy $1 beers. On Tuesdays, Johnny Schleper plays solo, and on Wednesdays, Rob Eaton Jr. joins Schleper in a duo. Five-piece band In The Realm jams on Thursdays, and Town Cavalry rocks out on Fridays. On Saturdays, Brother's Keeper, Rednor's group with Michael Jude and John Michel, of The John Oates Band, play the night away. Although Shakedown isn't exactly spacious, Rednor doesn't let that stop him from bringing in the biggest acts he can find. "You've never seen a band this good in a bar this small," Rednor said. "I've got some of the best players in the country playing (at Shakedown)." Call 970-479-0556 for more information on cover charges and food specials. Vail Underground This Bridge Street club will have live music Sundays through Tuesdays beginning at 5 p.m. Longtime apres musician and classic showman Steve Meyer, also known as the "Good Times Man," will begin his run starting Dec. 26, playing weekly Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5, but locals can get in free with a locals card from the bar. On weekends, Vail Underground hosts DJs such as DJ Freewater, DJ Droid, DJ P-Rock and DJ Alejandro Thursdays through Sundays starting at 10 p.m. and into the wee hours of the night. Call 970-476-0360 for more information. LIONSHEAD ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle Starting Dec. 11, the Tavern will have apres music daily from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring a rotating schedule of musicians, including Peter Fontanese and Don Watson, James Peiper, Nick Steingart, Ron Hardy, Donny Z, Andre Lemieux and pianist Dawn Poff. There will also be music in the evening from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 970-754-7700. Avalanche Pub, Vail Marriott Through the month of December, musicians Dave "Skip Dog" Anderson and Roy Bloomfield will play in rotation Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 4 p.m. Starting in late December, the Avalanche Pub will have live music everyday from 4 to 10 p.m. Call 970-476-4444 for more information. Garfinkel's Local favorite Jonny Mogambo plays at Garfinkel's Monday through Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. In an interview with the Vail Daily last year, Mogambo said he likes to bring "the old-school vibe" to his apres shows and will be "spinning the shot wheel and partying like we always have, apres-ski style with my solo acoustic rock show being the catalyst for the party." Call 970-476-3789 for more information. AVON ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Maya at the Westin Riverfront Resort Beginning at the end of November, jazz combo BLT will play every Friday and Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Riverfront Ramblers will follow them from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Fridays and Turntable Review on Saturdays at the same time. Starting Dec. 22, there will be live music in the lobby starting at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. or later most days. Living Being and Roy Bloomfield will join BLT, Turntable Review and Riverfront Ramblers in the rotation at this time. If you haven't witnessed the view of the peaks from the deck patio at Maya, apres-ski may be a perfect time. BEAVER CREEK ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Grouse Mountain Grill Back again this year is jazz player Tony Gulizia, also known as "Tony G," performing Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m. Gulizia has performed at Grouse Mountain Grill for almost 20 years and is a champion of the jazz scene here locally, playing at the Vail Jazz Festival every summer. For apres-ski, Gulizia likes to play "the very best of jazz, old and new, bop to swing with some groovy stuff in between," he said. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Dec. 19 through Jan. 2, there will be live music fireside from noon to 4 p.m. with guitarist Robert Ingman. Playing the Great Room from 6 to 10 p.m. daily will be James Pieper and playing in the Bachelor's Lounge from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be a nightly rotation between Brent Gordon, Dawn Poff and Steve Hopping. Music continues in both the Great Room and the Bachelor's Lounge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the winter season. Splendido at the Chateau Splendido showcases piano music nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. Classical pianist Peter Vavra will play Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and popular pianist Kathy Morrow will play Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 970-845-8808 for more information.  The Park Hyatt At Powder 8 in Ford Hall (formerly McCoy's), Shannon Tanner will play most days from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. In the hotel lobby, Dave Kemmerly will play from 4 to 7 p.m. most days. For more information call 970-949-1234. EDWARDS ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Balata Restaurant at Sonnenalp Golf Club Enjoy live music two Thursdays per month from 6 to 9 p.m. with acoustic rockers Faith Crawford and Kevin Danzig. For more information call 970-477-5353. Vista at Arrowhead Class-act apres entertainer Micky Poage returns to Vista with his Yamaha grand piano, playing Monday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 970-926-2111 for more information. We'll be running this apres entertainment listing throughout the season. Have an apres event you'd like to see included here? Email cschnell@vaildaily.com.

Where to go in Eagle County to hear local live music

EAGLE COUNTY — For those of you who don't know, the French phrase "apres-ski" simply translates to "after-skiing," and it's the time when one can keep the fun from the slopes rolling by having a hot beverage or two and listening to live music at one of the many restaurants, eateries and lounges around town. Most apres-ski musicians are as familiar to locals and visitors as their favorite run, but there are a few new players on the scene this year. Teddy Robb is a guitarist and vocalist who just moved to the area this season. Robb is fresh off a stint at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee, which is considered one of the most famous honky-tonks in the world. Along with fellow musician Andy Cyphert, he will be playing at Pepi's Restaurant & Bar Mondays through Wednesdays throughout the winter season. Pepi's will be the place to go when you want to hear some classic country tunes sung in Robb's signature twang. Robb plans on being a showstopper instead of a background snooze. "I don't want to be the goldfish in the room," Robb said. "I want to break the glass and get everybody involved and feeling like they're a part of the show." For some Johnny Cash and even Cyphert and Robb's version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," pop into Pepi's during apres-ski or in the evening. In addition to this, here's a list of some of your apres-ski music options this winter season: VAIL ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ The Fitz at Manor Vail Singer and guitarist Scotty Kabel enjoys his weekly apres gig because it gives him the opportunity to play "in my own backyard," he said. Kabel plays Thursdays through Saturdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 970-476-4353 for more information. Four Seasons Resort Vail The Four Seasons has live music in the Fireside Lounge on Thursdays through Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. King's Club at Sonnenalp Resort King's Club has live music every night from 8 to 11 p.m. Playing nightly this winter will be a rotation between acoustic guitarist Donny Z, vocalist and pianist Kathy Morrow and folk-rock musician Kevin Danzig. Morrow's jazzy tunes soothe you after a day on the hill, while both Donny Z and Danzig play everything from country to American contemporary classics. Call 970-476-5656 for more information. Pepi's Restaurant & bar Nightly music has been happening at Pepi's long before people even knew the meaning of the term "apres." At Pepi's, acoustic singer Dave Tucker plays Thursdays through Sundays and newbies Cyphert and Robb strut their stuff on-stage Mondays through Wednesdays. Both play two sets, one from 4 to 6 p.m. and one from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 970-476-4671 for more information. The Red Lion An apres-ski staple for decades, The Red Lion is mixing the music up a bit this year with Brendan McKinney playing Wednesdays through Saturdays and newcomer Texas Brendan performing Sundays through Tuesdays. Every day there will be two music sets, one from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 until 11 p.m. Call 970-476-7676 for more information. Shakedown Bar For apres, longtime favorite Phil Long will play with friends Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Shakedown will also have a different band or musician every night of the week at 10 p.m. On Sundays, bar owner Scott Rednor strums an acoustic solo set. Mondays, Dave Tucker plays and locals can enjoy $1 beers. On Tuesdays, Johnny Schleper plays solo, and on Wednesdays, Rob Eaton Jr. joins Schleper in a duo. Five-piece band In The Realm jams on Thursdays, and Town Cavalry rocks out on Fridays. On Saturdays, Brother's Keeper, Rednor's group with Michael Jude and John Michel, of The John Oates Band, play the night away. Although Shakedown isn't exactly spacious, Rednor doesn't let that stop him from bringing in the biggest acts he can find. "You've never seen a band this good in a bar this small," Rednor said. "I've got some of the best players in the country playing (at Shakedown)." Call 970-479-0556 for more information on cover charges and food specials. Vail Underground This Bridge Street club will have live music Sundays through Tuesdays beginning at 5 p.m. Longtime apres musician and classic showman Steve Meyer, also known as the "Good Times Man," will begin his run starting Dec. 26, playing weekly Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5, but locals can get in free with a locals card from the bar. On weekends, Vail Underground hosts DJs such as DJ Freewater, DJ Droid, DJ P-Rock and DJ Alejandro on Thursdays through Sundays starting at 10 p.m. and into the wee hours of the night. Call 970-476-0360 for more information. LIONSHEAD ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle Tavern on the Square has apres music daily from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring a rotating schedule of musicians, including Peter Fontanese and Don Watson, James Peiper, Nick Steingart, Ron Hardy, Donny Z, Andre Lemieux and pianist Dawn Poff. There will also be music in the evening from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 970-754-7700. Avalanche Pub, Vail Marriott Through the month of December, musicians Dave "Skip Dog" Anderson and Roy Bloomfield will play in rotation Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 4 p.m. Starting in late December, the Avalanche Pub will have live music every day from 4 to 10 p.m. Call 970-476-4444 for more information. Garfinkel's Local favorite Jonny Mogambo plays at Garfinkel's Mondays through Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. In an interview with the Vail Daily last year, Mogambo said he likes to bring "the old-school vibe" to his apres shows and will be "spinning the shot wheel and partying like we always have, apres-ski style with my solo acoustic rock show being the catalyst for the party." Call 970-476-3789 for more information. AVON ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Maya at the Westin Riverfront Resort Jazz combo BLT play every Friday and Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Riverfront Ramblers follow them from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Fridays and Turntable Review on Saturdays at the same time. Starting Monday, there will be live music in the lobby starting at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. or later most days. Living Being and Roy Bloomfield will join BLT, Turntable Review and Riverfront Ramblers in the rotation at this time. If you haven't witnessed the view of the peaks from the deck patio at Maya, apres-ski may be a perfect time. BEAVER CREEK ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Grouse Mountain Grill Back again this year is jazz player Tony Gulizia, also known as "Tony G," performing Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m. Gulizia has performed at Grouse Mountain Grill for almost 20 years and is a champion of the jazz scene here locally, playing at the Vail Jazz Festival every summer. For apres-ski, Gulizia likes to play "the very best of jazz, old and new, bop to swing with some groovy stuff in between," he said. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Through Jan. 2, there will be live music fireside from noon to 4 p.m. with guitarist Robert Ingman. Playing in the Great Room from 6 to 10 p.m. daily will be James Pieper and playing in the Bachelor's Lounge from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be a nightly rotation between Brent Gordon, Dawn Poff and Steve Hopping. Music continues in both the Great Room and the Bachelor's Lounge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the winter season. Splendido at the Chateau Splendido showcases piano music nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. Classical pianist Peter Vavra will play Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and popular pianist Kathy Morrow will play Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 970-845-8808 for more information.  The Park Hyatt In the lobby of the Park Hyatt, Dave Kemmerly will play from 4 to 7 p.m. most days. For more information, call 970-949-1234. POWDER 8 At Powder 8 in Ford Hall (formerly McCoy's), Shannon Tanner will play most days from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 970-949-1234. EDWARDS ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ Balata Restaurant at Sonnenalp Golf Club Enjoy live music Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Acoustic rockers Faith Crawford and Kevin Danzig perform two Thursdays out of the month. For more information, call 970-477-5353. Vista at Arrowhead Class-act apres entertainer Micky Poage returns to Vista with his Yamaha grand piano, playing Mondays through Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 970-926-2111 for more information. We'll be running this apres entertainment listing throughout the season. Have an apres event you'd like to see included here? Email cschnell@vaildaily.com.