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Art and Soul on the Slopes: Lamont Joseph White brings spirit of the National Brotherhood of Skiers history to life

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is in Vail this week to celebrate its 50th Anniversary Summit and in addition to all the skiing, snowboarding, racing, fundraising and parties, there is an artistic side to this event.

Stop by the Colorado Snowsports Museum and become familiar with the work of Lamont Joseph White, an artist who was tapped by the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Art in Public Places to curate fashion throughout the decades and create a painting commissioned by the town of Vail.

Inside the museum you’ll find a timeline that chronicles the first summit on snow in Aspen in 1973; photos of founders Ben Finley and Art Clay; patches from various summits; information on U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame inductees; other memorabilia from the ski association’s past. But the real showstopper is White’s painting, entitled “Towering.”

An oil painting in blue hues, “Towering” is a clever montage capturing Vail’s iconic clock tower, the majestic Gore Range and an array of beloved slopes on Vail Mountain.

“In just terms of the background, I obviously wanted it to be representative and emblematic of Vail, to be recognizable and feel like Vail. But, by putting the mountains and the tower together in the background the way that I did, I wanted it to feel sort of like it was all in one, then I incorporated the male and female figures, snowboarding and skiing and went for a youthful, all-inclusive representation on the slopes of Vail,” White said.

“The Town of Vail is thrilled to include this commissioned oil painting by Lamont Joseph White in the permanent public art collection for all to enjoy and a great way to celebrate the diversity of the National Brotherhood of Skiers 50th Anniversary Summit. Lamont’s artistic talents truly shine in this creative composition. Many thanks to the Colorado Snowsports Museum for displaying the work this season,” said Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator.

Lamont Joseph White incorporates fashion and inclusivity in his art and wants it to celebrate those who are on the mountain and invite those who aren’t yet.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

In addition to the oil painting on display, some of White’s works are available in poster form for purchase. He says what he wants to create on the slopes is a place of joy, strength and belonging.

“For me, in the artwork, I want to celebrate those who are on the mountain and invite those who aren’t yet. Let them know that, ‘hey, maybe you’ll want to give it a shot someday, give it a try.’ A lot of times, with all of us, it happens with an invite, so I want them to feel invited in a very modern way,” White said. “It’s celebratory and fun. We’re here for the joy, right?”

Artist Lamont Joseph White gives Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls a slopeside look.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

White has worked with the National Brotherhood of Skiers for the past few years and has helped them with marketing and design needs for their summits, worked with product manufacturers creating designs that partner with their nonprofit to help raise funds for their athletes and their programs.

“Where my art can be a tool for that, it’s always fun to be involved.,” White said.

White has a vast background in art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His works have a fashionable flair and that style sense is what the Colorado Snowsports Museum was looking for when they asked him to curate the “NBS Style Through the Decades” exhibit that showcases various looks from the past five decades of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

This photo of the Denver-based Slippers-N-Sliders ski club in the 1970s is on display in the National Brotherhood of Skiers “Style Through the Decades” exhibit at the Colorado Snowsports Museum.
National Brotherhood of skiers/Courtesy Photo

Through personal connections and connections made with the help of the members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, White was able to find actual photos and ski wear worn by members. On display is a yellow Descente ski jacket and ski pants and a red Roots hat worn by Henri Rivers, the current President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, with his name embroidered on the jacket.

“My friend, Lauren Samuels who skied for the University of Utah, lent me the purple Descente one-piece worn by her mother at the annual NBS summits. So, it’s great to have families involved and show how far back the generations go and we want to continue that as the years go on,” White said.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is also selling a women’s base layer by Krimson Klover that features White’s Artwork in case you’d like to buy yourself a piece of wearable art. Krimson Klover is based out of Boulder and its founder, Rhonda Swenson, is a part-time resident of Vail.

“I’d worked with Rhonda on several other pieces previous to this and for this one we wanted to have the women’s fashionable representation and pay homage to the 10th Mountain Division,” White said. The shirt has subtle nods to the winter warfare unit with white crossed skis, the emblem of the 10th, the peaks near Camp Hale and the group’s motto, “Climb to Glory” on the back.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is giving you a chance to meet White on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and check out his artwork and fashion exhibit. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and the works will be on display throughout the rest of the ski season. For more information, go to SnowsportsMuseum.org.

Soul on the Slopes, swing music, dancing for peace and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 2/3/23

National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit

This weekend kicks off the 50th anniversary of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, which is a nonprofit group that represents Black skiers, riders, and snow sport enthusiasts across the nation. The founders, Ben Finley and Art Clay, met in 1972 and had a vision to create a national Black summit for skiers. One year later, the historic first Black Ski Summit gathering took place in Aspen in 1973. The event comes to Vail Feb. 4-11.

Now, The National Brotherhood of Skiers has dozens of clubs. The nonprofit’s mission is to identify, develop and support athletes of color who will win international and Olympic winter sports competitions representing the United States and to increase participation in winter sports.

In addition to après ski, barbecues, a gospel fest, races and other activities on and off the snow for its members, there are events the public can attend. On Sunday, come to Solaris Plaza for the National Brotherhood of Skiers Opening Ceremony Parade with DJs Kutz, DSmooth, Bsharp and Ike T going on from 3:30 until 5 p.m.

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is celebrating its 50th anniversary Summit event Feb. 4-11 in Vail.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

Also on Sunday, plan to head over to the Colorado Snowsports Museum after the parade to hear guest speaker Col. Greg Gadson tell his amazing story of courage in the face of adversity. The National Brotherhood of Skiers has teamed up with the Vail Veterans Program and the Colorado Snowsports Museum to host this event. Col. Gadson is a 25-year career Army officer. In May of 2007, his life was forever changed when, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery in Iraq, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) caused him to lose both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand.

Col. Gadson has been a participant of the Vail Veterans Program and is also an ambassador of the nonprofit that brings out military injured and their families for healing treatments on the slopes and off that help build confidence and create lifelong connections. This inspiring talk will start at 5 p.m. and there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, go to SnowsportsMuseum.org.   

On Monday, go back to the Colorado Snowsports Museum and meet artist Lamont Joseph White, who was commissioned to do a piece of art for the town of Vail. His new oil painting, “Towering,” will be on display along with some of his other works and a display about fashion throughout the years with ski outwear from members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. The meet-and-greet is being held on Monday from 4 – 6 p.m. but the exhibit will be up through the end of the ski season. More works from White can be viewed throughout the month at the Vail Public Library in the Community Room during library hours.

On Tuesday, stay in your warm ski and snowboard clothes after the lifts stop spinning and head over to Golden Peak for Soul on Snow, a concert featuring music by DJ Logic, Mix Master Mike and Ne-Yo. Gates open at 5 p.m. with house music. Drinks and concessions will be on sale at the outdoor venue. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at EventBrite.

Music schedule:

  • DJ Logic: 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Mix Master Mike: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Ne-Yo: 8 – 9 p.m.

Winter Culinary Weekend

Wine from Outward Wines is poured at the Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend Guided Snowshoe Excursion And Gourmet Luncheon at Grouse Mountain Grill during the 2022 event.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

Foodies, rejoice! The Winter Culinary Weekend is upon us at Beaver Creek. Any city can host a culinary festival, but pair great food with skiing, snowshoeing and views of the Rockies and it brings it to a whole new level.

Celebrity chefs descend upon this idyllic resort and pair up with Beaver Creek’s talent chefs to create fantastic evenings of tasting and learning. During the day, you may find yourself snowshoeing to lunch or skiing all day before an après ski experience. Some events do sell out, so if something you see whets your appetite, jump on getting a ticket right away so you don’t miss out. Here’s just a sampling of the events going on throughout the weekend and a full schedule and chef bios can be viewed at BeaverCreek.com.  

Mediterranean Meets the California Coast Dinner at Citrea – Sat., 6:30-10 p.m.

Menu design by guest chef Gavin Kaysen and host chef Ryan Little. Featuring craft wines from Purlieu Wines, Napa Valley and Cobb Wines, Sonoma Coast with Bryan Lipa.

Fire and Wine Dinner at Crooked Hearth, Park Hyatt – Sat., 6:30-10 p.m.

The Crooked Hearth private dining room will provide the backdrop for an amazing dinner that will delight all your senses with the artistry of host chef Santosh Koradi, guest chef Andrew Zimmern, and winemaker Adam Mariani of Scribe Winery.

Master Wine Class: Nebbiolo at Saddleridge – Fri., 4-5:30 p.m.

You’ll enjoy this type of homework in Friday’s tasting class with six wines featuring the Nebbiolo grape from the Piedmont Wine Region of Italy. 

Pop-Up Après events at Citrea and Hooked – Fri. and Sat., 4 to 5 p.m.

One ticket, one hour, two venues. Guests will enjoy a demo and tasting with chef Ryan Little at Citrea and chef Riley Romanin at Hooked and try a cocktail from the pouring partner that day.

Wolfe Cutlery Demo Tent: Soups Samples with C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) – Fri., 3 – 5 p.m.: 

Scholarship winners, Shelbi Johnson by Cristal Torres, will let guests taste their gumbo and Elote.  

Wolfe Cutlery Demo Tent: Chopping Competition – Sat., 3-5 p.m.: 

Hosted by chef Brother Luck, competitors are asked to cut four different veggies: onion, celery, mushrooms and potatoes and the winner will get $1,000 and a custom handmade David Yellowhorse cleaver.

Concerts at Vilar

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday.
Andy Rowley/Courtesy photo

It’s a big weekend for concerts at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will play on Sunday and then Sarah Jarosz will take the stage on Sunday. Both shows will be very different – the nine-piece swing and jazz band getting people up and out of their seats dancing on Friday and then the audience will enjoy a more subdued performance with singer-songwriter Jarosz playing with one other musician accompanying her on Sunday. The two shows will spotlight the versatility of the venue.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been around for over 30 years and has played venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl and speaking of bowls, they played the halftime show at the XXXIII Super Bowl in 1999, when John Elway and the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-19. The band has played on “Dancing with the Stars” and were featured in Vince Vaughn’s “Swingers,” and in tons of other movies and television shows. Give them a listen on Spotify and you’ll remember hits like, “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” and “Big and Bad.” The tunes will be enough to get you in the mood to put on your pinstripe suit and dancing shoes and go out on Friday night.

Saxophones, trumpets, clarinets, drums, guitar, bass, piano and tons of vocal harmonies will inspire you to get out of your seat and do a little swing dancing. In fact, the orchestra pit at the Vilar Performing Arts Center will be open for those who want to move to the music.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $45 or $28 for children and students. Visit VilarPAC.org for more information.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz performs on Sunday night. In contrast to the big band that will be on stage Friday, Jarosz will appear with one other musician, bassist Jeff Picker, and give an intimate performance. The four-time Grammy Award winner will showcase her talents and music from recent albums and collaborations. She is currently touring with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn, but taking a break from that tour and doing a stint in the Rockies with shows in Beaver Creek, Aspen and Park City. Give some of her songs a listen on the VilarPAC.org website and book tickets. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

Music around town

Terry Armistead and Joe Bianchi of the Turntable Review Duo will play at Remedy Bar Saturday night.
Zach Mahone/Courtesy photo

The ski day isn’t complete without some live music at après ski or into the evening. We’re fortunate to have so many talented performers up and down the valley. Here’s a sampling of who is playing where this weekend.

Red Lion: Nick Steingart – Fri. and Sat., 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

Vail Chophouse: Phil Long – Fri. and Sat., 3-6 p.m.

Tavern on the Square: Kevin, Casey and Peter – Sat., 3-6 p.m.

King’s Club at Sonnenalp: Kevin Danzig – Fri., 7-10 p.m.

Brass Bear Bar Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Brendan McKinney – Fri., 4:30-7:30 p.m.  

The Hythe: Matt Garth – Sat., 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Remedy Bar at Four Seasons Resort Vail: Turntable Review Duo – Sat., 6-9 p.m.

Bridge Street Bar: Jessica Paige and Lucas Parker – Fri., 7:30 p.m.

Shakedown Bar: Jukebox Zero – Fri., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Lucky Fridays at Chasing Rabbits: Rotating DJs on Fridays from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

To find more entertainment, go to the Vail Daily’s Events Calendar on VailDaily.com.

Agave is bringing in electronic music veterans Break Science on Saturday night. Break Science is comprised of Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch. Lee is a keyboardist/producer/jazz pianist and has been a part of Pretty Lights’ live band. Deitch is known for his funky, hip-hop drumming in the band Lettuce. Together, they have been pioneers of the electronic music genre and will bring classic hip-hop, dub, drum n’ bass, dancehall, jazz, funk and other elements to Agave on Saturday night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show starts at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Go to AgaveAvon.com for more information.

Snowshoe and dance for a cause

The 10th annual Snowshoe for Peru happens this Saturday at Sylvan Lake State Park.
Corozon de Esperanza/Courtesy photo

There are a few charity events going on this weekend that will get you moving. Snowshoe for Peru happens on Saturday morning and the Dance for Universal Peace is Saturday night.

This winter marks the 10th anniversary of Snowshoe for Peru, a fundraiser for Corazón de Esperanza, a nonprofit that assists orphans, at-risk youth and women in Peru with resources, education, nutrition and hope for a future.

The cost is $35 per racer. The 5k run or walk starts at 10 a.m. Packet pick up and on-site registration the day of the event begins at 9:15 a.m.

Please note – no dogs are allowed on the course due to state park regulations. Only snowshoes are allowed, no skis or sleds. 

Registration includes a cooling towel, retro t-shirt, prizes for top finishers, the State Park entrance fee (during the event) and a raffle ticket. Go to SnowshoeForPeru.com to register or learn more about the event and the option to support this event from afar and do it virtually.

The Dances of Universal Peace will start monthly events this Friday in Eagle at 228 Broadway, Unit C. William Day, founder of the group says their intention is simple: raise consciousness and promote peace between diverse groups thru dance. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to dance alongside other community members.

Throughout the evening the dances include a wide variety of circle dances and songs from different cultures around the world. The acoustic guitar will accompany some easy-to-learn lyrics and movements. 

This weekend’s dance starts with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and the dances start at 6:30 p.m. It’s a bring-your-own type of event, so be prepared to bring your own beverage and eating utensils and plates since they are trying to make it a no-waste event. A donation of $10 per person is appreciated. Kids are invited to join for the first dance on Saturday. If you have any questions, call William Day at (540) 905-3342 or email him at wsdayjr@gmail.com.

Grammy award winner Sarah Jarosz comes to the Vilar in Beaver Creek

Even at a young age, Sarah Jarosz knew she’d have a career in music.

“There was never a time where I considered doing anything else with my life because it was just what I loved for as long as I can remember. I’m very grateful for everything that has happened so far,” Jarosz said.

So far, the 31-year-old Texas native who was born in Austin and grew up in the small town of Wimberly, Texas has won four Grammy Awards and has collaborated with some of her idols on the musical stage. She is currently on tour with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.

“There are lots of “pinch me” moments, it feels like its come full circle because their albums inspired me to do what I do, so it is really special to get to share the stage with them,” Jarosz said.

Jarosz will take a break from the tour with Colvin and Cohn to come to the Rockies for shows in Park City, Utah, Aspen, Colorado and Beaver Creek. The Vilar Performing Arts Center will be the backdrop for her and bassist Jeff Picker this Sunday night.

Sarah Jarosz will perform alongside bassist Jeff PIckler during Sunday’s performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Anthony Mulcahy/Courtesy photo

The evening’s musical lineup will include songs from many of her albums and projects, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “World on the Ground” and her Grammy-nominated album “Blue Heron Suite.”

The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist debuted her first full-length album, “Song Up in Her Head,” at the age of 18. She’s also worked on a side project with folk artists Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan and formed the band called I’m With Her.

One collaboration that is very special to Jarosz is with the late David Crosby of the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young). She first met Crosby backstage at one of her shows in Santa Monica, California about six years ago.

From a young age, Sarah Jarosz always knew she wanted to be a musician.
Kaitlyn Raitz/Courtesy photo

“He came to my show at the Lobero Theater and walked backstage and I didn’t even know he was there and he was just so complimentary and such a huge supporter of my music and he would come to my show every time I played there,” Jarosz said.

The two became friends and would consult over the phone and talk about music which eventually led Crosby asking Jarosz to sing on his last record. Crosby had Jarosz sing “For Free” by Joni Mitchell.

“I’m so grateful for being able to sing with him and I actually…it’s really heavy, but about a week before he passed away, I sang harmony and played octave mandolin on a new record he was in the midst of working on, so hopefully that will come out someday. But, yeah, he really went out of his way to champion artists he believed in and that he loved, and he was creating right up until the very end, so, it’s pretty inspiring.”

The singer from the Hill Country of Texas sat down for a remote interview with the Vail Valley Live show while she was in Medford, Oregon for a concert with Colvin and Cohn. The humble Grammy award-winner was gracious and kind and talked about how she would love to ski while she is out here but doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this point.

Sarah Jarosz is currently touring with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn but is taking a break from that to perform a few shows in the Rockies.
Kaitlyn Raitz/Courtesy photo

“I would love to, I did ski a lot when I was a kid, it’s probably been 20 years since I’ve skied,” Jarosz said. “I’m actually getting married this year and if it weren’t so close to my wedding I would definitely hit the slopes. I’m a little nervous to hit the slopes but I will definitely enjoy the winter weather.”

Watch the video to learn what else Jarosz thinks she’d be doing if she wasn’t a musician, the top picks on her Spotify list, what her superpower would be and who she would love to collaborate with next.

Sarah Jarosz and Jeff Picker will take the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday and reserved seating starts at $35. This show is part of the theater’s Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket package, where the more shows you buy, the more you save. Learn more at: VilarPAC.org/packages.

Alternative Wellness: Time to fly with acrosage

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily’s Tricia Swenson searched the valley for alterative wellness modalities that are lesser-known and have proven benefits. Follow along each Sunday in January and discovery other ways to work wellness into your life into your life in 2023.

Are you ready to fly? Sunshine Massage Studio in Lionshead is ready to take you on an anti-gravity, multi-dimensional and multi-sensory massage journey.  

“Flying” is a term used when one person is what’s called the “base” and they “fly” the other person and position them in all types of poses that help stretch and lengthen muscles and decompress the spine. Think of when you were a kid and you’d play “airplane” and someone was the base and you’d hop onto their feet and put your arms out like an airplane – it’s kind of like that. But to tell us more, let’s get the more scientific details from the expert, Sunshine Gray, owner of Sunshine Massage Studio.

Sunshine is a ray of sunshine, the petite blonde exudes positive energy and light and is passionate about acrosage, the term used to describe this type of modality that incorporates acrobatics into massage. Gray had a successful massage practice on the Big Island in Hawaii and met Benjamin Marantz, and ex-acrobat who incorporated massage into acrobatics.

“I’ve never met anyone who combined so much healing into 15 minutes. It was mind boggling, my jaw dropped watching the first acro session and after I experienced it, I’ve never felt healthier in my body than after the 15-minute acrosage. So, I just want to spread that awareness that you don’t need a 60 minute massage to transform your life,” Gray said.

Gray had grown up in Vail and decided to leave Hawaii and open a practice here that would incorporate acrosage.

“I felt passionate about bringing this niche to Vail because I know that it is not common, I know that this is something new to Vail. It takes the weight of the world off your body,” Gray said.

Getting inverted and reducing the weight on your spine can be achieved through acrosage with Sunshine Massage Studio.
Sunshine Massage Studio/Courtesy photo

Sunshine Massage Studio combines acrosage into other massage treatments for maximum benefit.

“We like to do the acrosage first because it builds trust between the massage therapist and the client,” Gray said. “The whole goal of this session is to allow the person to fully let go. It’s a complete mental rejuvenation. In terms of the deeper intention of acrosage, it’s rebirth.”

The time came for me to get inverted. I had seen the website and knew that Sunshine Massage Studio did this practice, and I had always been curious about what it would feel like. I’ve had back problems earlier in life and even had back surgery, so any kind of weightlessness or inversions are good for my spine.

The massage artists at Sunshine Massage Studio from left to right: Sunshine Gray, Amy Pizarro-Griffiths, Rollie Synder, Brigitte Brown, Nicole Luczkow, Ally Hallahan.
Sunshine Massage Studio/Courtesy photo

First off, some aromatherapy. Gray had me pick a few scents that spoke to me. I had peppermint, eucalyptus and a serenity relaxation blend.

“We want to get you to breathe, the foundation of massage is breath work,” Gray said.

The room is dark and I basically let Sunshine be my guide. At first, I was stiff and trying to maintain control. As a former high school and college cheerleader who did partner stunts, I was always taught to “stay tight” in order to help our partners hold the pose or stunt we were doing. Once I finally let go and trusted Sunshine to fly me, I relaxed and remembered to breathe.

It was so cool…I remember thinking ‘What day is it? Where do I live again?’ I was floating. I was upside down, I was sideways, I was weightless. And it felt great!

“People love this, they love being able to close their eyes and it feels like they are floating in water or outer space,” Gray said.

Yep, I had thoughts of those weightless astronauts and wondered if this is what it would feel like to be up near the stars.

“In this state, you lose complete control and knowledge of where your body is in time and space and what is up and what is down, what year is it. It can be a really mentally cleansing experience,” Gray said.

While I was flying, Sunshine was also saying positive affirmations and the energy in the room was palpable. When my session was done, I was all smiles, and I did remember what day it was and where I lived. Sunshine and I shared a smile and some laughter about my first “flight.”

“Let’s just celebrate the fact that you carved time out for this because there can be this pressure to give all of your energy to everything outside of your precious body vessel, but we can celebrate that the body is here, at the studio, you took the time to do this,” Gray said.

I was so curious as to how Gray and her staff have the strength to do this.

“I get asked all the time how much weight can I fly. I can fly someone up to 175 pounds,” Gray said. They have other staff members, Gray calls them massage artists, who can fly more weight. “All body types are welcome and we also have a spring-loaded padded yoga swing that can hold up to 300 pounds.”

No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to be open to the experience.

“Some of the postures look intense and I love to tell my clients that, no, you don’t have to have any experience with yoga or dance or be a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, everyone can learn how to surrender their spines.” Gray said.

The reason Gray and her staff are able to fly people in what seems like an effortless way is because of bone stacking.

Jasmine Aas acts as the base to fly Sunshine Gray at Sunshine Massage Studio in Lionshead.
Sunshine Massage Studio/Courtesy photo

“Acrobats work on bone stacking, not strength alone. Think about human pyramids and you may look at the person at the base and wonder how they can hold this position and it is because the bones are actually designed to take on strength and they actually love it, it builds bone density and the bones like the challenge. So, when I teach people how to do this, I tell them that as the base they stack the femur and stack all the bones so that the weight of the client just goes right through and it feels extremely stable,” Gray said.

Acrosage is a great treatment to get before you get one of the many styles of massage on the menu at Sunshine Massage Studio. You are relaxed, stretched out and ready to receive the benefits of a massage treatment, and the weightless feeling is addicting, so you may find yourself working this into your wellness routine more and more. To learn more, go to SunshineMassageStudio.com.

Oakley demos, skimo, saunas and puck drops: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 1/27/23

Oakley Community Days

Oakley will be bringing goggles and the stoke to Vail Mountain this weekend for Oakley Community Days, an event that features product demos, athlete appearances, live DJs, barbecues, parties, mini golf, X-Games viewing at the booth and more now through Sunday.

Friday through Sunday see what you’ve been missing by trying out the latest Oakley goggles featuring Prizm Lens Technology. These demos will be at both base areas, so look for the Oakley booth near Gondola One (No. 1) in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) in Lionshead.

On Saturday, the Oakley Store in Vail Village will have a DJ curating tunes throughout the day. Feel free to stop by to enjoy music and shop. Be on the lookout for Oakley athlete appearances with professional skier, Logan Pehota, professional snowboarder Torstein Hogmo and former NBA player turned-golfer JR Smith throughout the weekend.

Oakley Community Days combines product demos and education with a barbecue, party at Chasing Rabbits and more.
Oakley/Courtesy photo

Oakley will host a barbecue and community event with the Chill Foundation taking place on Saturday. The Chill Foundation is a nonprofit group focused on inspiring young people through board sports by teaching and helping kids and young adults build confidence and learn new skills. 

Oakley will be bringing golf to the mountain with mini golf that will be open to the public. Stop by Lionshead Village to participate. Later on, come see the hottest new nightclub in Vail when Oakley hosts a party at Chasing Rabbits in Solaris in Vail Village on Saturday night. For more information, go to Vail.com and select Signature Events under the Explore the Resort tab

Friday – Sunday

  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Community Village at Gondola One
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Goggle Demos at Gondola One (No. 1) in Vail Village and Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) in Lionshead
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Oakley Store giveaway with purchase and live DJ Saturday at Solaris Plaza

Saturday and Sunday

  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Winter Mini Golf Challenge @ Lionshead


  • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Park Ride Day & Grub (all levels welcome) at Golden Peak Park
  • 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Oakley Community Party at Chasing Rabbits in Vail Village

3D Art Installations at The Hythe

Highline Wood Art will be showcased at The Hythe Vail as part of Vail’s 60th Anniversary celebration.
Highline Wood Art/Courtesy photo

If you haven’t been to The Hythe, formerly known as Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, stop by on Friday to view the recent remodel and see some local art on display. The Hythe rotates the artwork of artists from Vail and beyond throughout the season in its lobby and to mark Vail’s 60th anniversary, Highline Wood Art will debut its latest works highlighting Vail’s iconic landscape.

Highline Wood Art is the creation of husband-wife team and Vail Valley locals Neil and Caroline Stewart. Their custom-made and creative designs are very eye-catching and alluring. They work with wood and design, manufacture and install pieces in the home, workspace or in this case, hotels.

On display at The Hythe will be seven beautiful 3D art pieces portraying Vail Mountain’s natural topography, including several of its familiar ski runs. Trail run names like Prima, Pronto, Ramshorn and Whippersnapper take on a life on the wall in wooden, 3D colorful displays with whimsical lines. Photos don’t do it justice, you need to see it in person, especially “Vail Mountain” which takes inspiration from a 3D topographic map of Vail Mountain from the East Vail chutes to Lionshead. There are 64 pieces of walnut veneer that are each over 60 inches tall in this work.

Celebrate Vail’s 60th anniversary and meet this artistic couple and enjoy a little Colorado-crafted whiskey and appetizers available for purchase at 10th Mountain, the resort’s lobby bar in partnership with local distillery 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. For more information on the hotel, go to TheHytheVail.com. To learn more about the artists, visit HighlineWoodArt.com

Sauna Saturdays at Hygge Life

Hygge Life is offering Sauna Saturdays in EagleVail. Heat up in the sauna and then take a cold plunge.
Hygge Life/Courtesy photo

The weekend forecast is calling for chilly temperatures, so why not warm up with the help of a sauna? Sauna Saturdays are a thing at Hygge Life Shop & Café and it is fitting to have such a Scandinavian ritual take place at a shop that has deep roots in Scandinavian traditions. The Danish word, “Hygge,” can be an adjective, verb or noun and the word itself means coziness, comfort and conviviality. Hygge Life’s products showcase Scandinavian housewares and furnishings, so it is fitting that a sauna is now a part of the experience.

Hygge Life kicked off this idea this winter and how you can take part in it is to rent space for you and up to five other people on Saturdays. One-hour sessions can be booked on the website. Heat up and sweat out the stress of the day, week, month, year in the sauna and then, if you dare, take a dip in the cold plunge and hop back in the sauna again, or just step outside into the chilly winter air and cool down that way before repeating the process back in the sauna.

Also part of the package is a drink from the Hygge Life Café, allowing you to “fike,” which is a Swedish custom where you take a break to gather with friends and family to enjoy a coffee, eat cakes and catch up.

The Hygge Life Shop and Café is conveniently located between Vail and Beaver Creek resorts and the Minturn Mile, so elevate your après ski scene by packing your swimsuit and scheduling a time for a sauna on the way home. For pricing and to schedule a time, go to HyggeLife.com.  

Uphill and Skimo Race

The Uphill and Skimo races will begin at 7 a.m. at Arrowhead on Saturday.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy photo

Get up and at ‘em on Saturday morning and take part in the Vail Recreation District’s fourth annual Arrowhead Uphill and Skimo Race on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. The event features an uphill competition where you only are timed during the uphill portion and a skimo competition where you are timed for the uphill and the downhill portion. Skimo is short for ski mountaineering and has risen in popularity and will be an Olympic sport in the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

You pick your mode of transport, and the Vail Recreation District picks the route.

Race categories:

  • Uphill ski
  • Uphill split board
  • Uphill non-ski/splitboard
  • Skimo (up and down)


  • Uphill: Cresta and Pow Wow
  • Downhill: Golden Bear

Racers will ascend about 1,700 vertical feet in just under 2 miles from the base of Arrowhead to the top of the Arrow Bahn Express (No. 17). It’s no walk in the park, but if you feel up to the challenge, go for it. It’s great exercise and it is a beautiful time of day to be out on the mountain when the sun is coming up.

Since no uphill travel is allowed during operating hours at Vail or Beaver Creek, this race will start early, 7 a.m. to be exact. You can sleep in a little if you register in advance and save some money, too. Register online before 3 p.m. on Friday. Pre-race bib pick-up will be at Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Racers will be rewarded with a post-race breakfast at the base area restaurant, Broken Arrow Café. Awards will be given out to the top finishers and there will also be a raffle. If you miss this event, there will be two more: Meadow Mountain Skimo on Feb. 11 and Vail Mountain Winter Uphill on Feb. 19. For more information, go to vailrec.com.

Vail Yeti Hockey

Vail Yeti Hockey will take on the Breckenridge Vipers on Saturday at Dobson Arena.
Vail Yeti Hockey/Courtesy photo

If you are visiting the area or new to town, did you realize that Vail has a hockey team? Vail Yeti Hockey is the valley’s senior-A hockey team, featuring players who excelled at the sport in college and on semi-pro teams and are continuing the passion in Vail. These home games at Dobson Arena have proven to be a fun and affordable night of sports entertainment in the Vail Valley.

The Vail Yeti have had many home games already this season, most recently welcoming teams from Michigan and the New York Fire Department the past few weekends. This weekend, the Yeti will be playing a team closer to home, the Breckenridge Vipers. The rivalry is strong between these two teams and they split the weekend with home games in each of the team’s hometowns. On Friday, the team will travel to the Stephen C. West Arena in Breckenridge for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. The next night, expect the crowd to “fill the barn” as the Dobson Arena is called, for a 7:45 p.m. puck drop.

Tickets for the home games are $10 if you buy online in advance or $15 at the door and the games do sell out, so make plans accordingly. Kids 12 years of age and younger are free. There’s a concessions stand with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and Vail Yeti Hockey merchandise is available for sale as well.

If you miss this game, there are still plenty of home games left:

  • Feb. 10 and 11: St. Louis
  • Feb. 17 and 18: Denver Leafs
  • Mar. 11: New York Fire Department
  • Mar. 17 and 18: Phoenix Desert Dogs
  • Mar. 24: Breckenridge Vipers

For more information, go to VailYetiHockey.com.

Alternative Wellness: Soak it in with Float Tank Therapy

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily’s Tricia Swenson searched the valley for alterative wellness modalities that are lesser-known and have proven benefits. Follow along each Sunday in January and discovery other ways to work wellness into your life in 2023.

Would you like to take a load off and feel totally weightless for an hour? You can experience this sensation by trying the float tank at Dreams Float Spa in Avon. Dreams Float Spa was started by Dimitar Minkov and Ivaylo Stoyanov four years ago.

“I was just a fan of floating, so that is why I decided to open this with my business partner. Ivaylo is one of the best massage therapists in town, so, we combined our skills to create a wellness spa,” Minkov said

Minkov had heard about float therapy from a podcast and decided to try it for the first time.

“The first time I stepped in Colorado I came right off the airplane and went straight to the float center in Boulder,” said Minkov, who is from Bulgaria originally. “I had my first float session and it was amazing and ever since then I’ve been floating regularly. I was going to Boulder every now and then because we did not have one here.”

Minkov took Stoyanov to try the float tanks and he loved it. The next day they found the space in Avon and started working on opening up a wellness spa. In addition to two float tanks, they have three massage rooms, two zero gravity massage chairs, esthetic services and ashiatsu massage. The spa is centrally located in Avon and they provide all types of massages with local massage therapists that are very experienced, anything from deep tissue massage, reflexology, hot stone, sports massage and cupping to CBD, couples massage, to Reiki, PEMF Therapy, facials, make up and tanning.

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which promotes sleep.
Dreams Float Spa/Courtesy photo

But the float tank draws the most questions: How does it work? What makes me float? Will I get cold? Will I feel claustrophobic?

In the float tank, they use 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt in 100 gallons of water and that is why you are able to float effortlessly. Their tanks are eight feet long by four-and-a-half feet wide and there are 10 inches of water to float in, so you have room to sprawl out while you are weightless.

Why salt?

“There are many benefits, it’s great for the nervous system, for the skin and hair and muscle recovery,” Minkov said. “People usually soak in a couple of pounds of Epsom salt in their own bathtub, but here you’re soaking in 1,000 pounds of it, which is amazing.”

Minkov said that Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, so it promotes sleep and many physicians usually recommend supplementing with magnesium because it is one of the most important minerals for us as humans.

“We can be deficient in it, so we absorb a lot of it through the skin during the float because the skin is the largest organ. That is why the benefits last for days afterward,” Minkov said. “It also promotes muscle recovery and releases stress.”

Once you are in the tank you can decide if you want the lights and/or music on or off.
Dreams Float Spa/Courtesy photo

How do you keep warm?

“The water stays warm because there is a thermostat and we usually keep it at 95 or 96 degrees, your body temperature is around 98 degrees so if we keep it at body temperature, that is too hot, so we keep it at skin temperature,” Minkov said.

Cleanliness is key at Dreams Float Spa, too.

“We have an ultraviolet disinfection system filter so before and after a person uses the tank, we filter the water at least three times. Everything goes through the ultraviolet disinfection system and it is the safest, cleanest water facility available, it cannot be compared to any hot tub or swimming pool because we don’t use any chemicals,” Minkov said.

With all of those questions answered, it was time to travel into the tub. They have everything there for you, you rinse off in your private room with the float tank right there, hop in and close the door if you want and you can keep things quiet or listen to meditative music. At first, it took me a while to relax. I really didn’t want my face to “sink,” so I used the foam float ring provided to keep my head a bit higher. After you let go and let yourself relax, that’s when you really start to feel the sensation of being weightless. I experimented with arms above my head and along my sides in more of a shavasana pose. Once you let your mind relax, time flies and I was able to get into a meditative state, which was nice to take a little break from life’s busy schedule.

Afterward, my skin felt so soft, my hair felt so soft also. Even though you take a shower after the treatment, the benefits of the salt stay with you. I felt well-rested and clear-headed. Now, this was just one time, but, just like weight loss, you don’t see results after one day at the gym, so I could see how repetitive sessions could make a difference over time.

“We do recommend floating regularly, maybe people with sleep disorders or people under a lot of stress, they like to float every week, otherwise at least once a month is what we recommend,” Minkov said.

Float tank therapy can be beneficial for pregnant women who are looking to take pressure off of their backs and joints from the weight of pregnancy.
Dreams Float Spa/Courtesy photo

I’m not claustrophobic, but for those who are, Minkov is here to help you.

“There are many people who are claustrophobic and for most of them, 99.9% of them, I manage to convince them to try it and I usually leave the music on, leave the light on and if this is not enough, they can leave the door to the tank open, so this is what usually helps,” Minkov said.

“I’m quite experienced now after almost four years where I’ve seen many, many people with all kinds of nervousness and worries about this, so I know what to say and do to make them feel comfortable,” Minkov said. “Maybe I’ll suggest they have a massage first to feel more relaxed, then go in the float tank. It depends on the person but usually I can read the person and their expectations and what they think about it, and that helps me make a decision on how to treat them and chart their course.”

Vail Daily reporter Tricia Swenson hung out in the zero-gravity massage chair after her float tank session at Dreams Float Spa in Avon.
Tricia Swenson/Vail Daily

Plan to spend some time at Dreams Float Spa. Their lounge is cozy and provides a sense of calm and you could pair a float session with another treatment and be ready to hit the hill the next day. They also have monthly programs for locals and those staying for a while to gain the full benefits of the float tank.

“It is just the most relaxing wellness treatment you can ever experience because of the uniqueness of the environment that you are in,” Minkov said.

For more information, go to DreamsFloatSpa.com.

Joe Nichols to play unplugged show Saturday

See Joe Nichols’ full interview with Tricia Swenson on “Vail Valley Live” here

A lot of odd jobs and sticking to his country roots are a few things that got Joe Nichols where he is today. The award-winning and Grammy-nominated country music star got his start over 20 years ago and is still going strong. Nichols takes the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday night for an unplugged show, so expect to hear a lot of stories.

“Or bad jokes,” Nichols said.

Nichols sat down with Tricia Swenson for an interview on “Vail Valley Live” earlier this week to talk about his new album, where he sees himself in the next 20 years and any New Year’s resolutions.

Nichols grew up in Arkansas and listened to county music at a young age and liked the sounds of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and George Strait. That style of music left and imprint on Nichols.

“I was a disc jockey in Springdale, Arkansas at Beaver 105 – Today’s New Hot Country. I got fired because I played a lot of the old stuff and I wasn’t too great at following the program log with today’s hot new country, so that was my first kind of push back against ‘the man’ of current country music.” Nichols recalls.

Joe Nichols has been on tour for most of 2022 after the release of the album “Good Day for Living” with his band. Nichols will be playing an acoustic show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Vilar Performing Arts Center/Courtesy photo

He moved to Nashville to try to break into the music business in 1997 and, like everyone else who’s waiting to make it, Nichols had a lot of odd jobs. He worked as a UPS driver for a few months during the holidays and said that was a “really good job” and he also said he was a cable guy “for a minute” and moved furniture, worked construction and concrete and said that working with concrete was “brutal.” He also was a steak salesman for one day.

“That was an adventure in itself. I am a terrible salesman because I can’t lie that well, or at least my poker face is not that great. So, with being a steak salesman, it’s all about the pitch and I’m more of ‘hey, if you like steak, I’ve got steak, otherwise I’m not going to sell you anything.”

That honesty and authenticity has helped Nichols stay true to his roots and is what makes him so endearing to country music fans – traditional and contemporary. Nichols was signed to Giant records in 1999 and he spent a couple of years there developing his sound and writing. Then Giant got absorbed by Warner Brothers and soon they wanted Nichols to become more of a pop country artist and conform to the times, but Nichols stuck to his traditional country sounds and asked if he could bow out of the contract.

“They did a very cool thing, and you don’t have many labels that do this for people, but they let me out of my deal, free, with music, and they let me go seek a label that was more interested in the kind of music I did. And, finding that label, which was Universal South, I realized that having the nerve to say ‘no’ in the face of ‘hey, we’ll make you a star, but it just has to be our kind of star,’ I was like, ‘no thanks, I want to do it my way,’ and that’s when I believed in myself enough where I was on to something that people would like,” Nichols said.  

And people do like Nichols’ music. He has six number one hits and eight Top 10 singles including “Sunny and 75,” “Gimme That Girl,” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” He is also an award-winning artist, receiving the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award, the CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award as well as the prestigious “Horizon Award” from the Country Music Association and has been nominated for a Grammy three times.

“As I look back on 20 years, it will be 21 years in March, it seems like it was yesterday and, my goodness, the amount of luck, fortune or blessing or whatever you want to call it, I have been the benefactor of a lot of blessings and a lot of stuff I didn’t deserve and a lot of hard working people around me that fought for me and did some amazing things,” Nichols said.

Country music artist Joe Nichols plays at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Vilar Performing Arts Center/Courtesy photo

Nichols has been busy touring the country with his band after the release of his latest album “Good Day for Living” in February. He also found time before that to play a bit role in a movie called “Murder at Yellowstone City” that was released in 2021.

“I think I’m in the trailer for two or three seconds and I think I’m in the movie for about 20 seconds,” Nichols said. “I found out it is all about the editing. I had the director say to me, ‘I’m so sorry, we had to cut this down and I know you worked really hard on this’ and I told him, ‘no worries, as long as the movie is good and the way you want it, you don’t have to make me a star, I’ve got a side gig.’”

Like most country musicians trying to make it in Nashville, Joe Nichols had a string of odd jobs before making it big.
Vilar Performing Arts Center/Courtesy photo

When asked if he skis or snowboards, Nichols said he tried snowboarding in his 20s but it messed up his back, so he skis when he can.

“My girls, who are 8 and 10 years old, they like to ski if we make a trip to the mountains. We like to ski, but mama, not so much,” Nichols said.

Nichols’ wife and kids live in Tyler, Texas, where his wife is from. With him being on the road a lot, they wanted their daughters to be close to relatives. Family is a big priority for Nichols and spending more time with them is one of his New Year’s resolutions.

“One of my goals for next year is to get all of the work done before December so I can take the month of December off. With the kids being at their age, I want to be there the full Christmas season,” Nichols said.

Watch the entire interview to find out a few more things about Joe Nichols, like what he’d be doing if he didn’t make it in the music industry, the shows he is binge watching and how he left his wallet in the dressing room after a concert at Red Rocks.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $48 and this concert is eligible for the Ticket 4-Pack where you can buy tickets in a group of four at a discount. The 4-Pack is $144 total so gather some friends and save a few bucks. This show is also part of the Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket pages where the more shows you buy, the more you save, so look at the website to see the line up through the rest of the season. Free parking is available at the Villa Montane and Ford Hall parking garages in Beaver Creek Village with a valid Vilar Performing Arts Center ticket for that same night’s show. For more information, go to VilarPAC.org.

John Popper to play benefit at Shakedown in Vail

Treat yourself to a night of music while also propelling the next generation of musicians forward at Shakedown Bar this Thursday in Vail Village. John Popper joins Brothers Keeper at MAPS in Motion II, a fundraiser that benefits Mr. Anonymous Philanthropic Society (MAPS).

Scott Rednor, musician and owner of Shakedown Bar came up with the idea for MAPS to foster artists and their pursuits. MAPS is a nonprofit 501.c.3 organization inspired by connection, collaboration and integrity in the music it produces and the relationships it builds. MAPS teams up with Shakedown Presents to pair experienced musicians with those just starting out and those seeking to grow their musical careers.

Rednor spent 15 years traveling the world playing guitar with many bands like Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz and Blues Traveler before landing in Vail.

“Blues Traveler management picked up our band, Dear Liza, in 1995 and put us on tour with Blues Traveler and the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, which was quite a rush for kids in their 20s,” Rednor recalls. Brothers Keeper and Popper also did a record together in 2014 titled “Todd Meadows” and toured nationally together.

John Popper, the frontman of Blues Traveler and harmonica virtuoso has played with Brothers Keeper many times at Shakedown Bar and at shows like the one held in Ford Park in August of 2020. The Grammy-winning artist just wrapped up the Blues Traveler tour this fall marking the band’s 35th anniversary and was happy to share his passion for music with Rednor and Brothers Keeper at this week’s fundraiser.

“I love being a part of whatever these guys have going on. I know it’s always coming from the right place and they are now leaders in this industry. They also force me to do things at times,” Popper said.

Rednor leverages his connections with talented artists to produce live community performances, recording sessions, mobile music, mentoring and professional resources for artists. MAPS now has a record label as well.

In addition to Popper being on the stage, special guests include three-time Grammy-nominated slide guitarist Roosevelt Collier who has played alongside the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks and Los Lobos. Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds will also hop on stage.

When asked, Rednor said guests can expect to hear music from “a whole bunch of MAPS original artists like Kory Montgomery, Taylor Frederick, Brendan McKinney combined with John Popper, Roosevelt Collier and Brothers Keeper performing a whole lot of rock and roll.”

Brothers Keeper is a staple at Shakedown Bar and although they welcome many guest artists to perform with them, the main characters are Rednor, Michael Jude, Rob Eaton, Jr., and John Michel.

The main four members of Brothers Keeper from left to right: John Michel, Scott Rednor, Michael Jude, Rob Eaton, Jr.
Jared Hooley/Courtesy photo

Portions of the proceeds raised on Thursday night will benefit the MAPS Institute of Modern Music, a mentoring program for emerging local musicians.

“We are currently planning our first lesson drop for local students. We are coordinating schedules with our artists and working to connect them with students prior to their night show. We are also in motion with our second annual GoMapsMusic Youth Showcase and will share details along the way,” Rednor said.  

Last summer, the GoMapsMusic Youth Showcase featured fourteen young musicians from throughout Colorado and Eagle County who were selected to attend a day-long event that featured mentoring workshops lead by industry professionals. The day culminated with a free public performance at Solaris Plaza.

“We are overwhelmed by the want and as well as the need for a serious music program in the community and are working diligently to make that happen,” Rednor said.

The Go MAPS Music Youth Showcase featured fourteen young musicians from throughout Colorado who were selected to attend a day-long event that featured mentoring workshops lead by industry professionals.
John-Ryan Lockman/Courtesy photo

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and various ticket prices are available. There is a livestream of the event for those unable to attend and donations are being accepted online. A silent auction is also being featured to raise money for the cause so check out the items that are ready to be viewed online from Squash Blossom, Luca Bruno, Axel’s and Drinking Vessels out of Minturn.  

There is a Tequila Tour ticket in addition to the admission tickets if you want to get the party started earlier. The tour is being held at various Vail Village retail locations, starting at 5 p.m. The Tequila Tour will meet at Shakedown Bar before heading to Squash Blossom, then Axel’s and Gorsuch Ski Café before heading back to Shakedown Bar for the final stop. Throughout the tour, mix and mingle with Rednor and other the MAPS artists and there will be a meet and greet session for tour goers once you return to Shakedown Bar. If you buy a ticket to the Tequila Tour, you will receive a handcrafted Drinking Vessel shot glass that is yours to keep.

KJ Evans from Denver plays alongside Scott Rednor at the Go MAPS Music Youth Music Showcase in Auguest. She was also awarded a recording contract with the Go MAPS Music label and released “Watch Who You Cross” in September 2022.
John-Ryan Lockman/Courtesy photo

The artists involved feel that giving back is important, too.

“It’s important to participate in getting instruments into kids’ hands to see if that child can find a place in music,” said Greg Glasson who played with Rednor in Dear Liza and is part of the collection of artists Rednor collaborates with.

“There’s nothing like the look in a kid’s eyes when they get it for the first time,” said Michael Jude of Brothers Keeper and the John Oates Band.

“There is a strong need to perpetuate rock and roll for the future generations,” Rednor said.

For more information and to buy tickets for the MAPS in Motion II Benefit Evening, visit GoMAPSMusic.org.

Alternative Wellness: Reset your body from the ground up with an ionic detox foot bath

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily’s Tricia Swenson searched the valley for alternative wellness modalities that are lesser-known and have proven benefits. Follow along each Sunday in January and discovery other ways to work wellness into your life in 2023.

New Year, new habits, right? At least that is what you tell yourself. But, one way to get on a healthier track is to reset your system to prepare for the changes you want to make habitual. The ionic detox foot bath at Vail Valley Wellness is a good place to start.

I’d heard about detoxification through the feet and how “black” the water can get, so I was very curious about the process and benefits behind putting your feet into a copper tub full of warm water with little red and black cables that remind me of what I jump my car with. Becky Burgess, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine and owner of Vail Valley Wellness in EagleVail, quickly put me at ease, explaining the scientific process and procedure.

“Basically, we all have this buildup of positive ions and that’s from stress and toxins such as environmental toxins, from being sick, from surgeries, poor diet, all of that. What we’re trying to do is remove free radicals from your system and remove cellular waste so that we can bring your body back into ideal balance,” Burgess said.

At Vail Valley Wellness, Ionic Detox Foot Baths have been done on kids as young as 5 and adults as old as 90.

“It’s really safe for nearly everyone and it’s great if you are trying to reset your body. If you’ve been sick for a while, this reset cleans your system. This is good if you are about to start a new habit, like eating healthier or just make a big change in your life,” Burgess said. “It is equal to a seven-day cleanse over a 35-minute period while you’re sitting down enjoying a cup of tea.”

I did get a cup of tea that I selected from a whole wall full of jars of loose-leaf tea. Then, it was time to dip my feet into the process, literally.

A copper foot tub is used to amplify the effects of the detoxification process.
Tricia Swenson/Vail Daily

“We have you in a copper foot tub because that is going to amplify the effects of this detox. The main unit in there is called the optimizer and then you have a positive and a negative electrode in there, then we connect it to our machine and we add some salt to the tub and the salt is going to be your connector, so right now we are creating a circuit,” explained Burgess.

“Your body is made up of mostly water so we are working via osmosis. We are trying to pull out the toxicity and refill your cells. When your cells get toxic and taxed, they start to shrivel up like raisins and we want them to be full like grapes. So, you can kind of think of this as if we are using clean water from the tub to refill your cells and then we’re pulling any free radicals and cellular waste out so we can optimize your pH,” Burgess said.

I must admit, I really wanted my water to look as clean as possible, almost like I was trying to pass the test, or be the “best” at the Ionic Detox Foot Bath challenge, but slowly and surely, my water turned many dark colors.

“Nearly everyone’s water looks pretty disgusting,” Burgess said. “The good news is that it is out of your body and not in your body.”

Burgess went on to explain the different colors we were seeing and what they mean. The lighter yellow in my tub referred to the digestive system, the orange can indicate oxidative stress on joints, the darker black areas indicate kidney function. Foam can highlight issues with your lymphatic system.

“Something like dry brushing is going to help relieve your lymphs and you just need to clean out your lymphs because they’re not going to move on their own,” Burgess said. “We’ll look at your foot bath, read your results and we’ll make some recommendations based on that. Everything from taking probiotics to doing a candida cleanse to dry brushing, so then you can take that information and use it not only to detox but also as a tool for diagnosis, so that you can help yourself moving forward.”

Throughout the 35-minute process, various colors appear and indicate different factors about your wellness.
Tricia Swenson/Vail Daily

Burgess said the benefits range from improving blood circulation and skin tone and texture, to decreasing swelling and easing chronic pain. She also said Vail Valley Wellness uses this a lot to help those who have lime disease and mold toxicity.

“Most people, after they do this, feel lighter, they feel more clear-headed, like their brains are just working a little bit better. Ideally, if they are starting to feel sick, they feel that congestion just break up and are able to heal much, much faster,” Burgess said.  

I will admit that I did feel lighter. I felt like I was ready to tackle some projects and was clear-headed. And, it was only 35 minutes. It was a time where I could relax and drink some delicious tea. I realized could get used to this. They even have a room where you can bring a few friends and you all do the Ionic Detox Foot Bath at the same time. It’s the ultimate catch-up session while doing something good for the group.

Some people will do just one ionic detox foot bath every now and then, just for a reset, but if you are really focused on what detoxing you can do for you, Burgess suggests you do one a week for five weeks.

“Ideally, you do see the bath get lighter and lighter each time, but it’s never going to be clear. That is something that the naysayers point out and say, ‘oh, well, you can do this without feet” and we’ve experimented where we have that (the tub) next to you and the water turns a light yellow but that is because our water is toxic, our air is toxic, we’re lining the copper tubs in plastic, things like that, so it will never be completely clear, but ideally you see a change. It’s going to pull where you need to detox, from where you need it most first, so when you are doing the series, you can get a little deeper,” Burgess said.  

After the ionic detox foot bath is over, your feet are rinsed and lotion with magnesium is applied.
Tricia Swenson/Vail Daily

The ionic detox foot bath is priced at $49 per 35-minute session or five sessions for $200.

“This is totally manageable, I feel like this is our “gateway drug” for holistic medicine. Especially for men coming in here and it might get minds thinking about what else I can do for their health. It’s a low-cost investment that doesn’t take much time and it’s a good way to get the wheels turning,” Burgess said.

So, grab a friend and take some time, 35 minutes at least, to reconnect, have some tea and reset your body for good things to come in the new year. For more information, go to VailValleyWellness.com.

Snowshoe tours, ice skating, Yeti Hockey, live music at the Beav and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 1/6/23

Snowshoe tours

New year, new moves. If being more active is on your New Year’s Resolutions list, get outside and snowshoe. Snowshoeing is a low-impact activity that is good for multi-generations. Snowshoes or even devices you attach to your snow boots or hiking boots are a great way to get around. Many of your favorite hiking trails in the summer make great snowshoeing trails in the winter.

Walking Mountains offers free, guided tours out of its Avon Campus six days a week. Mondays through Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. join one of the Walking Mountains naturalists and take a quick tour through aspens. Even though you are just a mile off Interstate 70, you feel like you are away from it all. Dress to be outside for an hour and snowshoes will be used if the snow levels allow, otherwise hiking boots or snow boots will do.

You can also take guided tours on top of Vail Mountain. The Nature Discovery Center is offering guided snowshoe tours Wednesdays through Saturdays. Follow along as your guide takes you in and out of the evergreen trees and aspens and shows you far-off vistas like Mount of the Holy Cross and teaches you about animal adaptations. Maybe you’ll see a little critter like an ermine or fox or at least its tracks.

These 90-minute tours depart from the Nature Discovery Center at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) and are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Come dressed for the outdoors with warm base layers, snow pants and jacket, hat and gloves. Snowshoes will be provided at the Nature Discovery Center. Please note that while the tour is complimentary, you must have a valid ski pass to get up to the top of the gondola or purchase a Vail Scenic Ride lift ticket to get to where the tour starts. After the tour, you will ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) back down to the base of Lionshead.

Snowshoeing is a great way to exercise in the outdoors this winter.
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Not all snowshoeing has to happen during the day. Snowshoeing at night is an awesome way to experience the outdoors and see things from a different perspective. Walking Mountains is offering its Lunar Snowshoe Experience this season, giving you a chance to get out either under a full moon or a new moon. The first full moon excursion is this Friday.

The program starts at the Walking Mountains Science Center’s campus in Avon, where hot drinks will be available (bring your own mug or water bottle) to stay warm as the group arrives. Once on the trail, you will follow your guide one mile up the Buck Creek trail to an open meadow where a backcountry campfire will be burning and waiting for you. After catching your breath from the climb and warming up around the fire, your guide will lead a half-hour campfire program before descending back down the trail to Walking Mountains Science Center.

For more information, to register and view event dates go to WalkingMountains.org to reserve your spot on a tour.

Ice Skating

There are many permanent and semi-permanent ice rinks throughout the Vail Valley.
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Ice skating is another way to get moving while enjoying the outdoors. There are a few ice skating rinks right at the resorts like the Solaris Ice Rink in Vail Village and the Alderhof Ice Rink at Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead that are open daily with skate rentals available. Beaver Creek has a rink right in the village, too, so if the kids aren’t tired from skiing or snowboarding, wear them out on the rink. At Beaver Creek there is a $5 admission fee with your own skates, $10 admission and rentals for ages 12 and younger and a $15 admission and rentals for ages 13 and older.

Dobson Ice Arena near Lionshead also hosts public skate sessions. The cost is $5 for ages 4 and younger, $7 for ages 5 through 12 and $8 for ages 13 and older. Skate rentals are $5 per pair. Check out the VailRec.com website to view the latest public skate schedule.

The colder temperatures have allowed Avon to provide ice skating on Nottingham Lake. Skate rentals are available at the Metcalf Cabin at Harry A. Nottingham Park. If you have your own skates, you can hop on the ice for free, but you need to go into the cabin and sign a waiver. Concessions will be available, too. Enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate and warm up by the fire pits before or after you skate.

The ice rink will be open daily from now until February, weather and conditions permitting. The hours are 3-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 12-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, go to Avon.org.

Free outdoor skating is also available in Edwards. Stop by Mountain Recreation’s fieldhouse in Edwards and skate around. Some gear has been donated, even some hockey gear from the Colorado Avalanche Alumni Association. For more details, go to MountainRec.org.

If you make your way to Eagle, check out the free ice skating at Eagle Town Park which is open from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily. Skates are available to “borrow” courtesy of donations. Fire pits and hockey sticks are available, too. For more information, visit EagleOutside.com.

Both the skating rinks in Edwards and in Eagle exist because of some caring, dedicated and die-hard skating fans, many of them parents and lovers of the sport, so if you are around and want to help maintain these rinks, you can always lend a hand to keep the ice in good condition.

Beaver Creek happenings

Helmut Fricker plays the Alpenhorn at Vail Mountain’s Opening Day on Nov. 11, 2022. Fricker is a regular fixture on the music scene at Beaver Creek as well.
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The fun doesn’t end once the slopes close at Beaver Creek. There are lots of entertainment options on the plaza in the afternoons. This Friday, listen to the songs, yodels and jokes from Helmut Fricker, who has been a fixture in the Vail Valley for over 50 years. He plays from 1 to 3 p.m. and again on Sunday at the same time. Just listen for the accordion or alpenhorn and you’ll find Helmut and his lovely wife, Charlotte, accompanying him.

This Saturday, look for Ken Carpenter doing complimentary caricatures from 4 to 6 p.m. Carpenter has been doing caricatures in Beaver Creek Village for decades and is now drawing the kids and grandkids of some of the people he drew years ago. It’s fun to see how you look through the eyes of an experienced caricaturist like Carpenter. Many families like to keep their caricatures year after year and see how they’ve changed.

Additionally, on Saturday, you won’t want to miss out on Fossil Posse. Kids (and parents), if you like dinosaurs or are just curious as to what types of creatures roamed Eagle County — yes, Eagle County, millions of years ago, head to the Fountain Stage near the ice rink between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and listen to Billy Doran explain what roamed where and when. Doran’s engaging stories and historical and scientific references are sure to captivate your entire group.

Saturday also means its carnival time in Beaver Creek Village. During Fun Fest, try your hand at classic carnival games and earn some fun prizes. It’s a great way to wind down the day and it can also be used as an incentive to get your kids to ski or ride all day with the promise of going to Fun Fest afterwards.

This weekend, live music returns to the slopes as the Mountain Music Series presents music at Talons Restaurant at the base of the Larkspur Express, (No. 11), Grouse Mountain Express (No. 10) and Birds of Prey Express (No. 9). Little Foot brings a high energy DJ set from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. so plan to ski the Birds of Prey area, take a few mogul runs and earn a beer while listening to tunes. For more information go to BeaverCreek.com.

Vail Yeti Hockey

The Vail Yeti Hockey team returns to home ice at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead this Friday and Saturday.
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The Vail Yeti Hockey are ready to start 2023 out with a hockey game against the Boulder Bison. The Vail Yeti, the valley’s senior-A hockey team, features players who excelled at the sport in college and on semi-pro teams and are continuing the passion in Vail. The Dobson Ice Arena plays host to the home games and locals and guests “fill the barn” each time the team plays.

Games are typically scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights and the Yeti have a stacked schedule in January and they play through March.

  • Jan. 6-7: Boulder Bison
  • Jan. 13-14: Calumet Wolverines
  • Jan. 20-21: New York Fire Department
  • Jan. 28: Breckenridge Vipers (Vail Yeti play in Breckenridge on Jan. 27)

Get your tickets in advance online and save a few bucks. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger are free. You can also purchase a season pass for $150 if you plan on becoming a super fan. The Dobson Ice Arena gets rockin’ at the home games with a good, consistent group of locals following the team and team spirit can be shown by buying some Vail Yeti gear. For more information and to get tickets, go to VailYetiHockey.com.

Dine with the Dogs

Original Vail Ski Patrol Avalanche Dog, Henry, was a staple on Vail Mountain. Henry’s Hut was named after him and that is where Dine with the Dogs happens every Sunday. Henry passed away earlier this year at the age of 15.
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Sundays have gone to the dogs, at least up on Vail Mountain. On Sunday mornings enjoy a special time with the canines that work for Vail Mountain. The public is invited to Henry’s Hut and Dogtown Deck, which is at the top of Mountain Top Express (No. 4), High Noon Express (No. 5) and Northwoods Express (No. 11) and Patrol Headquarters. Between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. the Vail Ski Patrol and the avalanche dogs will train and perform rescue drills and stick around to answer any questions you may have. It’s a great way to learn a bit more about what the dogs’ roles are and it’s a fun photo opportunity.

Bring a bite to eat on the deck or inside the yurt or grab something from Buffalo’s restaurant or Rocky’s Roadhouse Grill. Henry’s Hut is named after Vail Ski Patrol’s first avalanche dog. Rocky’s Roadhouse Grill is named after another veteran avalanche dog. The four-legged members of patrol are the unofficial ambassadors of Vail Ski Patrol and helped launch the avalanche dog programs at other resorts. Get to know the newer members of the Vail Ski Patrol weekly at Dine with the Dogs. For more information, go to Vail.com.