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World Cup ski racing, ice skating shows, tree lighting and holiday parade, film fest and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 12/2/22

Birds of Prey ski race

While the rest of the world is watching FIFA World Cup Soccer, the World Cup that is happening this weekend in Beaver Creek is the alpine ski racing kind.

The annual Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to in Beaver Creek with the men’s speed events this weekend. There will be not one, but two Downhill races on Friday and Saturday and a Super G race on Sunday. The fastest racers from around the world look forward to this challenging and intimidating course on the Golden Eagle trail.

A few things to note, the races are early, 10:15 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, so allow extra time to get to the Red Tail Stadium, which is the finish area venue near the Talons restaurant. Bleachers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and you can also stand at the finish area and watch the action. A big screen television reveals top to bottom action on the course.

Park at the Elk or Bear lots below and then take the free shuttle bus up to Beaver Creek Village and then hop on the free shuttle bus that will take you to Red Tail Stadium. Once the bus drops you off at the race venue, you will need to climb a number of stairs and walk on snow, so wear appropriate footwear. Allow about an hour to get from your parked car to Red Tail Stadium and go early to avoid lines on the buses, this is a very popular event.

Back this season is slope access to Red Tail Stadium. This means you can use your Epic Pass or day lift ticket to go up Centennial Lift (No. 6) and ski or ride down the intermediate trail, Red Tail run to Red Tail Stadium. Since this terrain is also being used by racers to warm up, the Red Tail run will only be open to spectators on skis or snowboards from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Once again, keep in mind the races start at 10:15 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. So, if you really want to see the first few racers out of the start gate or get a good seat in the bleachers, you may want to take the bus to the venue instead.

The Birds of Prey lift (No. 9) will also be available to the public from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. to get out of the race finish area or Dally catwalk will be open to get skiers and snowboarders back to the base village.

In addition to the races, there are tons of other events going on each day, such as live music, DJs, free Bloody Mary’s early on Saturday, watch parties in the village, prize giveaways, champagne toasts with Korbel Champagne and autograph signings.

Don’t miss the Beers of Prey on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Taste seasonal beers and classic styles outdoors on the plaza at Beaver Creek. While most of the Birds of Prey activities are free, this is a ticketed event, go to BCWorldCup.com to purchase or buy them at the venue. Enjoy this huge après ski party and hopefully you will be saying “Cheers” to an American racer being on the podium.

Get the full schedule at BCWorldCup.com and head out to this amazing show of talent.   

Revely Vail

Ice skating shows will be held at Arrabelle Ice Rink this Saturday at 5 and 6 p.m.
Vail Skating Show/Courtesy photo

Revely Vail continues this weekend with festive activities to round out your day and night. Revely Vail celebrates the brilliance of winter and aims to get everyone excited about the season ahead. After the slopes close on Friday, head to Lionshead for some Silent Disco under the stars. Grab a pair of headphones, listen to the beat and seek out others who also are on that channel.

Headphones are complimentary and this event runs between 4 and 7 p.m. If you can’t make it this weekend, there are several more throughout the month in Lionshead and at Solaris in Vail Village.

Also part of Revely Vail are the ice skating shows. These are short but action-packed demonstrations of strength and grace on the ice. The talented skaters are from international, world and Team USA groups and bring their best to the rink each week. This week’s ice skating shows will be at the Arrabelle Ice Rink, the first show is at 5 p.m. and the second show is at 6 p.m. The shows are free and last about 20 minutes, so it is the perfect thing to do on the way home from après ski or on your way to dinner.

For a full schedule of Revely Vail events, go to DiscoverVail.com. Revely Vail goes until Dec. 17 and then Vail Holidays takes over from Dec. 17 through Jan. 1.

Holiday tree lightings and parade

Get into the holiday spirit with a traditional tree lighting in Minturn on Friday and Christmas on Broadway on Saturday.
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Beaver Creek and Lionshead hosted holiday tree lightings last weekend and this Friday marks the time to flip the switch and light the holiday tree in Minturn and roll the parade vehicles through Eagle.

The town of Minturn’s annual tree lighting will take place on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. To get you into the holiday mood, the town of Minturn has enlisted the help of Mountain Harmony to do some caroling and hot cocoa will be served to keep your hands warm. For the kids, there will be Christmas-themed holiday trivia and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The Minturn Community Fund will be once again organizing The Giving Tree at the event. To participate, you pick from a number of ornaments hanging on the lighted tree. Each ornament will include a holiday wish list. By helping out you will be enriching the holiday season for many of your neighbors. You may be able to help out a Minturn kid, the needs of a senior citizen in Minturn or help purchase a holiday dinner for Minturn’s veterans. More details will be available at the tree lighting. ‘Tis the season to give back.

New this year is the holiday shopping hour that will follow the tree lighting at Antique Accents, Minturn Mercantile, The Scarab and Wild Mountain Cellars. Collect a token at the tree lighting and take it to participating retailers for a special offer. Some things to look forward to if you are sticking around to shop, Minturn Mercantile is offering 20% off the entire store and will be serving hot cider. Wild Mountain Cellars will be open and will offer wine specials on bottles and wine by the glass.

Christmas on Broadway will take place on Saturday between 5 and 8 p.m. right there on Broadway Street in downtown Eagle. The street will literally be shut down to allow for the parade and all the festivities to happen outdoors in one location.

Come early and experience the Peppermint Station with cotton candy from Sweet Mustache and sweets from Mini Donuts, hot chocolate from area businesses and Lucky Mary’s food trucks. Then settle in and get a good spot to watch the parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. This has become quite the tradition in Eagle, and this season marks its 32nd Christmas on Broadway Parade. See your friends and neighbors, area businesses and nonprofit groups cruise down Broadway with their holiday-themed floats.

Afterward, stick around and get your holiday shopping done at area stores, grab some dinner and visit with Santa Claus, who will be available for photos between 6 and 8 p.m. and will be located next to Wishes toy Store.

Vail Film Festival

The Vail Film Festival is virtual again this year.
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For 19 years, the Vail Film Festival has wowed audiences with amazing stories that inspire and entertain. The event is virtual again this year and is being offered in December for the first time, so cozy up with the daylight hours shorter this time of year and check out some of the amazing films between now and 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Since 2016, the Vail Film Festival has spotlighted female filmmakers and continues to do so this year. Selecting the films is quite a process. The film program is a hybrid of films selected through a submission process and films that the Vail Film Festival selects and curates from film festivals. This year’s film program includes:

  • Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winner, “Our Father, The Devil”
  • Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner, “Hannah Haha”
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival Best Film nominee, “We Burn Like This”
  • Lisa Hurwitz’s acclaimed documentary, “The Automat,” with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mel Brooks and Colin Powell
  • Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary winner, “The Cave Of Adullam”

Read more about the various films and fit them into your at-home watching schedule. Passes and the full film program of narrative features, documentaries and short films can be found online at VailFilmFestival.Eventive.org. An All-Access Pass is available for $35, or you can purchase an individual film ticket for $10 for any film or short block.

Vail Yeti Hockey

The Vail Yeti Hockey kicks off its 2022-2023 season this weekend.
Madison Rahhal/Courtesy photo

The Vail Yeti Hockey season begins this weekend with two nights of action against the Jackson Hole Moose. Head to the Dobson Ice Arena and get ready for the puck to drop at 7:45 p.m. on both nights.

The team features athletes who played in college and in other talented leagues and is classified as a Senior-A hockey team. The Vail Yeti play other mountain town teams like the Breckenridge Vipers and Front Range team, the Boulder Bison. They also play teams throughout the nation like the Phoenix Desert Dogs and New York Fire Department.

The atmosphere in Dobson Ice Arean rivals that of an NHL Hockey game, just on a smaller scale. Drinks and concessions are available for purchase and Vail Yeti merchandise is on sale as well in case you want to show your support by wearing a Vail Yeti beanie, sweatshirt or jersey.

Tickets are $10 online in advance and $15 at the door, so plan ahead to save a few bucks. On Saturdays throughout the season, the Vail Yeti will host Family Night and Nonprofit Night, teaming with different local nonprofits and allowing those ages 12 and younger to get in for free. So take advantage of that. For more information, go to VailYetiHockey.com.

Tree lightings, live music, star gazing, ice skating shows, visits with Santa and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 11/25/22

Beaver Creek Tree Lighting

After a busy week, the activities are still going strong at Beaver Creek. Not only did the resort open early, greeting skiers and snowboarders on Monday, two days ahead of its original opening date, but it also hosted its annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition on Wednesday, serving up 5,000 cookies. This Friday, the traditions continue with the annual Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Spectacular.

The tree near the ice rink on the plaza level will be lit at 5 p.m. but come early for all sorts of festivities beforehand. There will be free ice skating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and skates will be rented from the booth next to Base Mountain Sports.

It’s been rumored that Santa will make an appearance as well. Meet the man in red, explain to him how nice you have been this year and give him your list of presents you wish to receive on the eve of Dec. 24. Santa will be available for a meet-and-greet and photos from noon to 2 p.m. The Alpine Arts Center will set up a crafts workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday as well, so ski or ride in the morning and plan on taking in some of the fun in the afternoon.

If you are just coming up for the tree lighting, come early as it is a popular tradition that has been going on for over 40 years. Parking is limited, so allow extra time to park at either the Bear Lot or the Elk Lot and take the free shuttle bus up to the village.

Before the tree is lit, watch the ice skating performers and listen to two musical groups, the Brothers of Brass and On the Rocks. Brothers of Brass will fill the plaza with New Orleans-style brass sounds. The Denver-based band has quite a few members playing horns, saxophones and drums. Dancing may be in order since the sounds will be irresistible and it will be a way to stay warm!

The annual Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Spectacular takes place on Friday.
Daily file photo

On the Rocks has been called Denver’s modern-day Rat Pack trio, so expect to hear songs reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and some holiday jingles, of course.

Beaver Creek is known to have fireworks not just on the Fourth of July, but all throughout the winter season, so after the tree lights up the plaza, the night sky will be filled with sparkling fireworks.  

Plan to do a little holiday shopping on both Friday and Saturday. A holiday market featuring local artisans from Eagle County will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the village. Here, you’re sure to find unique gifts for those on your holiday shopping list.

For more information, go to BeaverCreek.com and check out the Signature Events calendar.

Revely Vail

Revely Vail is back for the early part of the season and invites you to come celebrate the brilliance of winter with fun, family-friendly and oftentimes free events and activities. This series of events fills the early season with vibrancy and gets you excited for the winter ahead.

Vail Astronomy Nights allows you to look into the night sky and see planets and more.
Vail Astronomy Nights/Courtesy photo

Vail Astronomy Nights

After seeing the fireworks at Beaver Creek’s Tree Lighting Spectacular on Friday, head over to Vail and check out the beautiful show Mother Nature provides in the night sky. Vail Astronomy Nights returns with state-of-the-art and museum-grade telescopes. The professional astronomer will guide you through the constellations, planets and moon. This is an awe-inspiring event for all ages. Stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lionshead.

Silent Disco

Get your groove on with a Silent Disco offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lionshead. If Silent Disco is a new thing to you, the concept is simple, different headphones will be set on different channels playing different kinds of music. Dance to the rhythm of your own beat and find others who are dancing to the same beat as you. It’s a lot of fun and a great family activity.

Vail Après Village Concerts

The streets of Vail Village will be filled with free live music throughout the winter. On Friday, Andrew McConathy and Friends will take the stage at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. On Saturday, the Johnny Schleper Band will play from 3 to 5 p.m. and Float Like a Buffalo will play from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Johnny Schleper Band will take the stage at Checkpoint Charlie as part of Revely’s Vail Après Village Concerts.
Johnny Schleper/Courtesy photo

Outdoor Ice Skating Shows

The free outdoor ice skating shows are back for the holiday season. The Vail Skating Festival’s Exhibition of Elite Skating shows alternate between the ice rink at the Arrabelle in Lionshead and at Solaris in Vail Village. The shows are short, just a little over 15 minutes – so you don’t have to stand outside in the winter air for too long. Many of the performances are set to holiday-themed music to get you into the holiday spirit.

Come see top talent featuring World, International and Team USA skaters and other pros. Come to the ice rink at Arrabelle for either the 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. performance on Saturday. This week’s headline skater is Audrey Shin. Shin is a six-time U.S. National competitor and current member of Team USA. She is the 2022 Four Continents International pewter medalist, Skate America International medalist, and last month she won the 2022 International Cranberry Cub in Boston. Be amazed by Shin and the other skaters with their amazing jumps, spins and grace. 

The Vail Skating Festival’s Exhibition of Elite Skating shows alternate between the ice rink at the Arrabelle in Lionshead and at Solaris in Vail Village.
Vail Skating Festival/Courtesy photo

Revely Tree Lighting

It’s time to deck the halls and Revely Vail is hosting its first tree lighting this Saturday. Immediately after the 5 p.m. ice skating show at the rink at Arrabelle, turn your attention to Sunbird Park, just up the steps from the rink for live music, holiday cheer and a visit from Santa. The Fabulous Femmes will provide the festive music the crowd can sing along, too. You’ll hear from Vail notables as the tree is lit to signify the beginning of the holidays.

Revely Vail will host a tree lighting ceremony in Lionshead, complete with music by the Fabulous Femmes and a visit from Santa.
Tricia Swenson/Vail Daily

Community Winter Kick Off Party and Concert

It’s a holiday weekend, so why don’t we include Monday in this weekend’s picks as well? On Monday, Revely continues with a big Community Winter Kick Off Party and Concert from 4 to 8 p.m.

The start of the season is reason enough to party, but add Vail Mountain’s 60th anniversary in the mix and there are so many reasons to celebrate. This party invites all locals, employees and friends of Vail to get together and get psyched for upcoming season. Live music, free food and great prizes will all be a part of the afternoon celebration.

Live music will be on the stage at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. Golden will open for Maddy O’Neal. Register at DiscoverVail.com by searching the Community Kickoff Party and Concert in the Events section and get extra perks like free food and drink tickets and raffle prizes.

The party is open to everyone, guests and locals alike, but the prizes will be limited to those people who live and work in Vail. All sorts of goodies will be given away on Monday like E-bikes, clothing, gear, tickets to events and more. You do not need to be present to win, so sign up and who knows, you may get a prize to kick off the 60th season! Register before 3 p.m. on Nov. 28 to be entered into the drawing.  

For more details on what is going on with the entire Revely Vail schedule, go to DiscoverVail.com/Revely.

WATCH: Kris Kringle Holiday Market at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at the Revely Vail Kris Kringle Holiday Market, doing some early holiday shopping.

Jen Hartwick and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band are playing at Gondola One for Revely Vail

Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band will play at the base of Gondola One in Vail today as part of the first Revely Vail festivities, which took over the village this Thanksgiving holiday week.

The two band members will each play a duet with other musicians: Hartswick will play with Nick Cassarnio, and Cressman will play with Ian Faquini. The music runs from 3-6 p.m.

In the Trey Anastasio Band, which fans have dubbed TAB for short after the Phish frontman’s various side projects that remained nameless for years, Hartswick sings and plays trumpet and Cressman sings and plays trombone. They play alongside TAB mainstays including Russ Lawton on drums and Tony Markellis on bass. To round out the most recent lineup, TAB has added percussionist Cyro Baptista, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and saxophonist and vocalist James Casey.

Today marks the last day of Revely Vail’s celebrations. Revely Vail is a new event this year that brings fun events and holiday cheer to Vail Village the week of Thanksgiving. Also taking place are the Kris Kringle Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Explosion of Lights Walk from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The Kris Kringle Market will be a European-style holiday market in the streets of Vail Village. In true Bavarian fashion, shoppers will be able to drink beer and try gluhwein, a warm mulled wine typically served during Christmastime.

For the Explosion of Lights Walk, guests will start in Lionshead Plaza and stroll through the village, looking at the twinkling lights, hot chocolate in hand. Guests are the invited to walk from Lionshead to Vail, ending at Slifer Square for the tree lighting, an annual tradition in the village. Vail Mayor Dave Chapin and Sheika Gramshammer, a local celebrity who runs Pepi’s in Vail, will light the tree this year.

For more information about Revely Vail, visit reneventproductions.com/event/revelyvail/.

Santa visits, tree lighting ceremonies, Revely Vail and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/29/19

Beaver Creek Tree Lighting ceremony

Beaver Creek kicks off its 39th year with a Tree Lighting ceremony that has been happening for the same amount of time. It’s a tradition that families have grown up with to help welcome the holidays. Head to the Plaza level of Beaver Creek Village and help flip the switch of the seasons.  

New this year is the Holiday Market which will feature a variety of vendors on the Plaza level and beyond from 1-5 p.m. Vendors include:

  • Beaver Creek Sports
  • Craniology
  • Cowboys & Daisies
  • Rimini Gelato
  • Vilar Performing Arts Center
  • Avalon Clothing
  • Base Mountain Sports
  • Paderewski Fine Art
  • Qinti – The Peruvian Shop
  • LA Antler Company
  • Emmy Stained Glass
  • Belden Witch
  • Rocky Mountain Raclette

Santa will travel to Beaver Creek on Friday to visit with guests and stop by the Santa’s Workshop located at Powder 8 Kitchen and Tap from 3 to 5 p.m. Santa will also visit the Fountain Stage from 6:15-7:15 p.m. He will be available for photos at both locations.

At Santa’s Workshop, you can get crafty by decorating ornaments and cookies and making buttons and bows. Face painting will also be available.

The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place from 5-7 p.m. The ice skating show will feature live performances by the Denver Dolls, Helmut Ficker and an appearance from Santa.

Plan to spend the day up at Beaver Creek and ski or snowboard before the festivities begin. Bring some boots to change into after the slopes and wear your layers to stay warm once the sun goes down. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

The Celtic Gift

Right after the tree lighting in Beaver Creek on Friday night, continue getting into the holiday spirit by heading down the escalator to the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the Celtic Gift, presented by Irish Dance Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.

Open a magical world this Christmas with Irish Dance Theatre’s fourth annual holiday production. Irish Dance Theatre is based out of Denver and they strive to tell stories through Irish dance.  Riverdance and Lord of the Dance alumni Martin Percival and Ciara Sexton direct the Irish Dance Theatre Company for this spirited holiday dance show. 

“Irish Dance Theatre seeks to establish a foothold for professional Irish Dance in North America,” said Percival. “Through its fourth annual seasonal production, the Celtic Gift tells a holiday fairytale with a unique Celtic twist. It’s fun for all the family and is sure to become a new holiday tradition.”

The performance combines the powerful Irish dance form with stunningly beautiful music. Hear many of your holiday favorites while watching these amazing dancers on stage.

Tickets are still available and there is a 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more and for students, veterans, and seniors 65 and older. For more information, go to www.vilarPAC.org.

Revely Vail

New this year is Revely Vail, a weeklong event that kicks off the ski season and winter during Thanksgiving week.

Many schools across the nation have the entire week of Thanksgiving off and families have picked the Vail Valley as their holiday destination. Revely Vail offers family-friendly activities throughout Vail. Learn more at www.revelyvail.com. Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events:

Friday

Kris Kringle Market 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Come to this European-style market to find your special something for the holiday season
  • Shop local and enjoy gluhwein and beer in Vail during the market

Explosion of Lights Walk 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Walk begins at Lionshead Plaza and ends at Slifer Square
  • View the brilliant lights businesses have on display
  • Grab a hot chocolate at the Hot Chocolate and More tent

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Fun with Grilled Cheese and Mac Attack Mac N Cheese
  • Join executive chef David Sanchez Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Kids will be hands-on in the kitchen making their favorite cheese-filled meals
  • Adults welcome

Ice Skating Celebration – Solaris 3:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Enjoy skating exhibitions from the Vail Ice Skating Club at the Solaris outdoor skating rink.

10th Mountain Division Parade 6 p.m. at Gondola One

  • Torchlight Ski Down with skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division Ski Trooper uniforms
  •  Parade of military veterans, also in traditional uniform, marching from Gondola One down Bridge Street to the 10th Mountain Division soldier statue

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

  • A professional astronomer will lead guests through a fun exploration of the night sky using museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes for observing the universe.
  • International Bridge in Vail Village

Saturday

Kris Kringle Market 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Come to this European-style market to find your special something for the holiday season
  • Shop local and enjoy gluhwein and beer in Vail during the market

Musical Duets at Express Lift at Gondola One 3 to 6 p.m.

  • Enjoy the music of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and Ian Faquini

Explosion of Lights Walk 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Walk begins at Lionshead Plaza and ends at Slifer Square
  • View the brilliant lights businesses have on display
  • Grab a hot chocolate at the Hot Chocolate and More tent

Revely Vail Tree Lighting 6- 7 p.m.

  • Join longtime local Sheika Gramshammer, who will light the tree accompanied by the Town of Vail mayor
  • Music by The Turn Table Revue and other performers

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Santa will be busy this weekend. Not only will he be at Beaver Creek on Friday, but rumor has it he will be starting a tour of Mountain Rec facilities starting Saturday in Gypsum.

Mountain Rec will host a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus along with Neighborhood Navigators and the Gypsum Fire Protection District. Santa will be joined by Ralph, The World’s Tallest Elf. Bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

Along with the pancakes, there will be holiday crafts for the entire family, including card decorating to pay tribute to the local first responders by making a card just for them. After the pancakes, settle in and get comfortable by bringing blankets, lawn chairs and pillows to use during the movie.

Schedule

810 a.m. – “Polar Express” movie on a giant inflatable screen (Spanish)
8 a.m.-12 p.m.– Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m.– Santa & Ralph “the World’s Tallest Elf” appearance
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – “Polar Express” movie on a giant inflatable screen (English)

If you miss this holiday event, Mountain Rec will host an Open House with Santa on Dec. 8 in Edwards and a Winter Extravaganza on Dec. 15 at its Eagle location. For more information, visit www.mountainrec.org.

15 Days of Minturn

While Vail Mountain celebrates its 57th season this year and Beaver Creek its 39th, Minturn turns 115 years. To help celebrate, the town is kicking off the 15 Days of Minturn on Sunday.

Well before Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas were even a thought, Minturn was a bustling railroad town in the late 1800s. Early settlers farmed the land surrounding the town, mined silver in the mountains above the town or worked in the railroad industry in the heart of town. Minturn became incorporated on Nov. 15, 1904.

Today, Minturn still retains that character from its early days with architecture old and new reminiscent of the past. It’s such a gem in the Rockies and it’s appropriate that we recognize its history with a 15-day celebration.

On Sunday, ring in the holidays with the town of Minturn and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company and the Vail Jazz Foundation, two businesses whose headquarters are in Minturn. The Kathy Morrow Trio will play while Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company provides the treats. Local art by the Vail Valley Art Guild will be on display, also.

That’s just the beginning. The town will host an array of activities like exploring Meadow Mountain and Maloit Park, caroling, holiday tree lighting, a community dinner and the signature Winter Holiday Market throughout the first 15 days of December.

For a full schedule and to learn a bit more about this town that is well over 100 years old, visit www.minturn.org.

WATCH: Gingerbread House competition at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at the Gingerbread House competition at Revely Vail, learning about some of the other activities going on this holiday week!

WATCH: Cooking classes at Revely Vail

Tricia Swenson was live at Revely Vail’s Cooking Classes with David Sanchez, executive chef at Grill on the Gore at the Vail Golf and Nordic Club. Watch her and David make braised short ribs and winter vegetables!

Beaver Creek opens early, Revely Vail kicks off the holidays, disco returns to the ice rink and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/22/19

Beaver Creek opens early

Beaver Creek Resort announced early Tuesday morning that they would open four days ahead of schedule. Get your skis and boards and head up for Opening Day on Saturday. This is the second year in a row that Beaver Creek Resort will open early for the season, thanks to the dedication and hard work of its snowmaking and mountain operations teams.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy shushing down the hill with more than 70 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain accessible via Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) and Haymeadow Express Gondola (No. 1). The resort will offer beginner terrain on Haymeadow and intermediate terrain on Gold Dust. Opening day festivities will include a special Cookie Time in the morning, so get there early before the cookies are gone.

What about the annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition that typically happens on Opening Day? It will be held on the resort’s original Opening Day, Nov. 27. At 2 p.m., guests are invited to taste and vote for which cookie they like best. Five finalists will bake 1,000 cookies each in hopes of earning the winning vote. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced at 3 p.m.

But back to Opening Day this Saturday, if cookies don’t fill you up Spruce Saddle and the Ice Cream Parlour will be open as well. Beaver Creek’s Ski and Snowboard School is open for lessons also.

Paid parking starts on Opening Day in the parking structures in the village and in the Bear and Elk Lots in Avon. Parking is $10 per day in the lots and is complimentary after 1 p.m. From the parking lots you can hop on the free shuttle to Beaver Creek Village. Rates for covered parking at the parking garages in Beaver Creek Village can be found as you drive into the parking garages or at www.beavercreekvillageexperience.com/parking.

For more information about Beaver Creek’s Opening Day, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Revely Vail

New this year is Revely Vail, a weeklong event that kicks off the ski season and winter during Thanksgiving week.

Many schools across the nation have the entire week of Thanksgiving off and families are flocking to the Vail Valley for the holiday. Revely Vail will offer family-friendly activities throughout Vail.

Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events this weekend:

Saturday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create ceviche with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Ice Skating Celebration – Solaris 3:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Enjoy skating exhibitions from the Vail Ice Skating Club at the Solaris outdoor skating rink.

Sunday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create gnocchi and pumpkin soup with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Create buffalo chili with executive chef David Sanchez of Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Vail Golf Club

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

  • A professional astronomer will lead guests through a fun exploration of the night sky using museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes for observing the universe.
  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 

The activities will continue through next Saturday, so look for the Explosion of Lights walk, which includes Gluwhein and beer, a gingerbread contest, tree lighting, music in Vail and the Kris Kringle Market. Learn more at www.reneventproductions.com.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Holiday Event

Winter is being celebrated all over the High Country and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is getting into the spirit of things this Saturday by lighting up the Alpine Coaster and most of the mountainside for that matter – over 750,000 holiday lights will illuminate the adventure park, which stands high above the city of Glenwood Springs at 7,100 feet above sea level.

Now in its fifth season, Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings families up the gondola to festivities that include trips to the caves, (which remain at a comfortable temperature of 54 degrees year-round) s’mores by the fire pit, visits with Santa, and a giant musical tree.

The musical Christmas tree plays holiday tunes to a synchronized light show. The tree itself has 80,000 lights. Renewable energy will power the three-quarters of a million holiday lights after Glenwood Springs became the seventh city in the U.S. to rely entirely on renewable energy earlier this year.

The adventure park is known for popular attractions such as the haunted mine drop, which plunges riders 110 feet inside Iron Mountain and the alpine coaster that takes riders down 3,400 feet of track. The park’s 4D motion theater and laser tag will also be available this winter. The Friday Afternoon Club features live music and food and drink specials from 5-8:30 p.m. in the adventure park’s Lookout Grille.

If you can’t make it this weekend, you have plenty of time to check it out. Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park runs from now until Feb. 29, 2020. For more information, visit www.glenwoodcaverns.com.

Disco Ice Skate Nights

What happens when “Saturday Night Fever” collides with ice skating? Disco Ice Skate Nights at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, of course!

This is a family-friendly event for all ages and feel free to dress the part by donning 70s disco-era-inspired clothing, wigs, sunglasses and flashy jewelry. The DJ will spin funky tunes from the past as ice skaters groove around the ice rink under the disco and laser lights from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This is a drop-in event with no advance registration required. The price is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, go to www.mountainrec.org.

“Frozen II” storytime and movie

No need to “Let It Go,” because “Frozen II” is hitting the big screen to continue the story of Elsa and Anna with the sequel to the original animated Disney movie. To celebrate the return of Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna who embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle, the Bookworm is hosting a storytime on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re so excited to have partnered up with the Riverwalk Theater for the release of “Frozen II” and have scheduled our storytime early enough so fans can get to the Riverwalk Theater for the 12:50 p.m. matinee,” said Makena Burner, events manager for the Bookworm of Edwards.

All storytime attendees will receive a coupon for popcorn at the Riverwalk Theater. There will also be a costume contest with the winner receiving a prize from the Bookworm and a ticket to the matinee at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverwalk Theater. It will be just like Halloween, but everyone will be dressed as characters from the movie like Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

This event is for kids and kids at heart and is free and open to the public. Visit the Bookworm of Edwards’ website to find out more details at www.bookwormofedwards.com.

Vail aims to boost early-season visits; invents new word for town-wide apres

VAIL — Unless there’s heavy, sustained snow, there’s a week or so after Thanksgiving when the resort can be pretty quiet. To goose visitation, Vail this year will roll out “Thanksgiving Reimagined.”

Plans for the week or so between Nov. 22 and Nov. 30 include ice skating events in both Vail Village and Lionshead, as well as music and a sculpture lighting at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The featured performers haven’t been named yet, but Yann Benjamin, director of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek, said the group is a well-known bluegrass quartet.

Events will also include lighting up sculptures, trees and businesses in the days before the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The parade begun last season to honor the 10th Mountain Division will continue this season, and other events include cooking classes, a gingerbread house competition among local lodges and a European-style market.

A committee made up of representatives from the town, Vail Resorts and the Vail Chamber & Business Association has also been working on a season-long effort to put a spark into the town.

The biggest element in the early season activities is new and upgraded snowmaking on Vail Mountain. That work began this year. When complete, there will be snowmaking on much of the front side of Vail Mountain.

Benjamin noted that the new snowmaking system will move the resort’s early-season focus from Born Free at Lionshead to Mid-Vail. By Thanksgiving, there will be skiable conditions on all the portals to the mountain, Benjamin said.  

Vail Resorts will also support marketing efforts for something called “Revely Vail: Vail’s welcome to the brilliance of winter.”

“Revely” is a made-up word. Benjamin said the word was taken from a French word for “commencement” or “start,” adding that the real word might be a little hard to pronounce. Hence, the need to create a sort-of similar word. In this case, Revely refers to a new effort to get the town, its guests and some workers into après ski mode at 3 p.m. every day.

To do that, bells will ring at the Austria Haus, the Vail Interfaith Chapel and Arrabelle at Vail Square. Bells will ring at numerous other locations across the mountain and the town — more than 60 so far.

Organizers hope to get others involved, and there are brass bells for sale, ranging from hand-held to big table-mounted models. All have the Vail logo, of course.

Councilwoman Jenn Bruno asked if there would be one large bell to signal the start of the town-wide après ski celebrations. Benjamin said that won’t happen this year, but there have been discussions about bringing in a big bell in 2020. There could be a mobile brass bell, or one mounted on a pedestal or arch. And, he added, that bell would be automated and shielded so random guests won’t just ring the thing — something sleeping guests might not appreciate in the wee hours of the morning.

Mayor Dave Chapin said the idea for a town-wide après ski celebration brings “a lot of opportunity.” Chapin, an owner of Vendetta’s restaurant in Vail Village, noted that many of his employees work shifts that end at 3 p.m. Those people, and other employees around town, might appreciate a drink or food specials, he said.

“Let’s have some fun with this,” Chapin said, adding that the idea of a town-wide bell-ringing reminds him of being at European ski resorts.

“I love the idea,” he said.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2930.