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Gore Range Gravity Alliance hosts Backcountry Ball Thursday

Ready to get a little merry and dress in your best for a night on the town this holiday season? Exchange the flannel for festive threads and head to the Backcountry Ball hosted by the Gore Range Gravity Alliance this Thursday night at Shakedown Bar.

Gore Range Gravity Alliance provides educational opportunities on topics such as navigation, safety, avalanche awareness, gear maintenance and more. This new nonprofit in Eagle County aims to foster the community of women who recreate in the backcountry and on local trails with summer and winter programming.

Although Gore Range Gravity Alliance has hosted events such as yoga socials, women’s panel discussions, ski and bike movie premieres, hut trips and beacon hunts, this will be their first big fundraiser and they are going big on Thursday night.

“We definitely hope to see everyone 21 years of age and older, of course, out in full force in their fanciest duds at this event,” said Gore Range Gravity Alliance founder, Amanda Marchiani. “We really think this is going to be a great event for the community to get out and start the winter off right and let loose before the holiday madness begins.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and live music will be provided by the Rednor Eaton Duo, followed by DJ P-Rock. The evening also includes bites to eat by award-winning chef Taylor Frankel, formerly of Sweet Basil, who’s now started Taylor Made Chef Co. To capture the moment, Vail Photo Booths and Alpenglow Law will sponsor a photo booth. It’s worth it to show up because there will be many giveaways from sponsors including Brooklyn Bell skis from Weston Backcountry.

In the short time this nonprofit has been around, Gore Range Gravity Alliance has weaved its way into the hearts of the community and has developed relationships with area businesses. From Wine ‘n’ Wax Nights and Cripple Creek Backcountry to events just across from the popular uphill skinning spot, Meadow Mountain in Minturn, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company Roastery Café, the Gore Range Gravity Alliance has reached out to many businesses to help grow its community.

Other local bike and ski shops like Kind Bikes and Skis, Venture Sports, as well as businesses like the Agora in Minturn, Vail Brewing Company and Lakota Guides have shown support in various ways from lending their space to supplying products and gear for giveaways.

“Sometimes I pinch myself because I’m sort of still in awe of how we’ve grown in less than a year and the amount of support we get, but I think it just goes to show how important fostering community really is and that what we’re doing really is making an impact,” Marchiani said.

Doors will open at the Shakedown Bar at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to The Backcountry Ball, visit GiveButter.com/BCBALL. For more information about the GRGA nonprofit organization visit GoreRangeGravityAlliance.com and find them on Instagram @gorerangegravityalliance.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

More terrain on Vail Mountain, Restaurant Week, pet photos with Santa, author meet-and-greets and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 11/18/22

Watch Tricia’s Weekend Picks to find out what is going on this weekend.

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

No fasting or dieting prior to Thanksgiving this year, there are too many good deals out there you won’t want to miss during Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant week. This meal deal, foodie-friendly promotion was typically held in the fall and organizers are trying it during the early part of the ski season instead this year. The event has not only changed dates, but it is also longer than a week. It started on Vail’s Opening Day, Nov. 11 and goes until Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving.

To see a list of the deals, go to DiningAtAltitude.com. It gets sort of overwhelming to keep track of all the deals, so maybe choose by category, for example, find a place to go for breakfast, like Leonora in The Sebastian in Vail Village and order any item off the breakfast menu and a Bloody Mary for $20.22. Lunch could be at Big Bear Bistro where you can order two sandwiches and chips and a drink for $20.22. Los Amigos has select tacos for $2.22 or step into Sweet Basil for their deal, which is during lunch only and is for two people. Take your pick of one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert all for $60, in honor of Vail’s 60th anniversary.

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week offers up dining specials through Nov. 23. Gessner at the Grand Hyatt Vail is doing a two-course meal for $20.22.
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Dinner offerings range from burgers and beers for $20.22, to sushi and oyster deals, two-course meals and wine pairings. In addition to the $20.22 pricing, restaurants may have other deals so inquire about it with your server when you are seated. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, go do DiningAtAltitude.com. Reservations are a good idea since many schools are out for the Thanksgiving holiday week and its best to the let the restaurant prepare for the dinners coming in each night.

Vail Mountain adds terrain

Skiers and riders make turns on Vail’s Opening Day on Nov. 11. The resort has already added more terrain and lift access during its first week of the 2022-2023 season.
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With the help of Mother Nature and sophisticated snow-making equipment, Vail Mountain has been able to open up more terrain and lifts during its first week of operations for the 2022-2023 season. Vail Mountain opened on Nov. 11 with about 100 acres and now has more lifts and more runs as the holiday visitors come to Vail for the Thanksgiving break.

A winter snowstorm that dropped nine inches of snow in the high country last Monday night into Tuesday offered those with flexible schedules an early-season powder day. Vail’s Mountain Operations department is working hard to get more terrain open as conditions allow.

Please remember to follow signs and stay out of closed areas otherwise you’re in jeopardy of getting your pass pulled. Also, ski and ride on terrain that is appropriate for your ability level. The only true beginner area is at the top of Eagle’s Nest, serviced by the Little Eagle Lift (No. 15). Even though runs like Swingsville may be marked with a green circle on the map, signifying that it is a beginner run, true beginners should work on their skills around the top of Eagle’s Nest before attempting something more advanced.

On-mountain dining options include Express Lift Cafe at the base of Gondola One (No. 1) Mid Vail, Buffalo’s at the top of Mountain Top Express (No. 4) and Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19).

If you don’t have your Epic Pass yet, do keep in mind that pass prices do go up on Nov. 20. Go to EpicPass.com to see which pass is right for how you plan to visit Vail Mountain and other resorts on the Epic Pass.

Authors in Autumn

Author Laura Thompson will be just one of many local authors featured at the Authors in Autumn event at the Eagle Public Library on Saturday.
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Looking for some good reads for yourself or a gift for a book lover on your holiday shopping list? Shop local and meet local authors at the Eagle Public Library’s Authors in Autumn event. This free expo will be held at the Eagle Public Library at 600 Broadway Street in downtown Eagle from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You may not realize that the valley is home to several authors who write everything from fiction to historical accounts of our valley. The local author lineup includes:

  • Jennifer Alsever – several young adult novels, most recent is “Burying Eva Flores”
  • John Dunn – “Learning to be a Lawyer in Leadville, Colorado”
  • Kathy Heicher – several books on Eagle County history, newest is “Gypsum Days: Pioneers, the Poor Farm & Progress”
  • Helen Hiebert – several paper crafting books, newest is “The Art of Paper Craft”
  • Judi Kirby – “The Book of Lena: A Time Before” and “Eartha’s Name”
  • Dan Matney – “Final Wishes”
  • Laura Thompson – “Beaver Creek, a pictorial history from 1883-2015”

Refreshments will be provided during this open house-style event, so make a plan to stop by the Eagle Library this weekend and meet the faces and minds behind the book covers. For more information, go to EVLD.org and go to the events page.

Santa Paws

Bring your pet and camera to Castle Peak Veterinary Services and take your picture with Santa.
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The holidays are just around the corner and if you want to get your holiday greeting cards mailed out sooner than later, bring your pet to Santa Paws on Saturday. Castle Peak Veterinary Service in Eagle is hosting Santa Paws on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Dress your dog, cat or other well-behaved pet up in holiday sparkle and cheer and get a photo with the man in red.

No appointment is necessary and although it is a free event for the community, donations are welcome and all proceeds go to Eagle County Animal Shelter. The Eagle County Animal Shelter and Animal Services does good things in our community. They provide care and shelter to stray animals in need while maintaining a safe community where they promote responsible pet ownership through outreach, education and enforcement. Animal Services Officers respond to calls of animals at large, aggressive animals or animal bites, excessive barking, or other animal control issues.

Bring your own camera, they’ll provide Santa. Castle Peak Veterinary Services is happy to bring back this tradition after a few seasons off due to COVID-19. Castle Peak Veterinary Services is located at 734 Chambers Ave. in Eagle. For more information, dial 970-328-5444.

Cocktails and Clay

Cocktails and Clay will be the featured art class this Saturday at Alpine Arts Center.
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Looking for gift ideas for that certain someone who is hard to shop for? Create a wonderful and hand-crafted present from Alpine Arts Center’s Cocktails and Clay this Saturday in Edwards. This week’s art project is clay aspen vases, which you can personalize, adding that extra touch if this does become a gift for someone. Or, if you end up keeping it, each time you use the vase, you’ll remember the fun that went into making it.

Alpine Arts Center draws out the artistic abilities in everyone and no prior experience is needed. The instructor will walk you through the process and all the materials and supplies will be provided. The class is $49 per person and advanced registration is required.

The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., so make a night of it. Wine and beer are just $6 per glass. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the Alpine Arts Center’s bar and there are some non-alcoholic options and snacks available, too. Advanced registration is required. Go to AlpineArtsCenter.org to get signed up. Cocktails and Clay alternates with Cocktails and Canvas and they also offer Wax and Wine, Painting and Pints and more.

Vail’s Opening Day, Veterans Day, Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, Nordic ski gear swap and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 11/11/22

Vail Mountain opens

Get ready to enjoy the first day of skiing and snowboarding in Eagle County on Friday as Vail Mountain opens for the 2022-2023 season. The first day of the season is always exciting with plenty of costume-clad enthusiasts on the snow. There will also be people camped out at the base to claim first chair bragging rights and it’s a reason to go to work a little bit later just to make a few turns.

On Wednesday, Vail Resorts sent out a press release stating that Vail Mountain would open with at least 75 acres of terrain. Vail Mountain plans to open Gondola One (No. 1) out of Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) in Lionshead. The gondolas and lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Mountain Top Express (No. 4) will give skiers and riders access to Swingsville and Ramshorn runs in the Mid Vail area. The Little Eagle Lift (No. 15) will access beginner terrain at Eagle’s Nest. All skiers and snowboarders must download at the end of the day, there is no top-to-bottom skiing or riding at this time.

If you get hungry, on-mountain dining will be available at the following locations:

  • Express Lift Après Bar in Vail Village Mountain Plaza 
  • Mid Vail at the top of Gondola One (No. 1)
  • Buffalo’s at the top of Mountaintop Express (No. 4)   
  • Eagle’s Nest Market Place at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19)

This year, Vail Mountain celebrates its 60th anniversary and will kick off the season with a ceremony celebrating key partners in sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, youth access and adaptive sports. Come early for the Opening Day ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. with representatives from Vail’s key sustainability and environmental partner, The United States Forest Service, as well as the National Brotherhood of Skiers, SOS Outreach, Small Champions and Vail Veterans.

Vail Mountain opens for the season on Nov. 11.
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In 1962, Vail Mountain opened on Dec. 15. It was the realization of a dream of Pete Seibert, a 10th Mountain Division veteran who came back after WW II to find a place to start a ski resort. With the help of Earl Eaton, he found that place, and they had grand visions for building a ski area here. With its ties to the Army’s winter warfare unit, the 10th Mountain Division, it’s fitting that Vail’s Opening Day falls on Veterans Day. Stop by the Express Lift Après Café at the base of Gondola One (No. 1) for free tastings of 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Company products and toast the season ahead and those who served our country.

There are many things to celebrate this season, including two new chairlifts set to open later this season, a new six-passenger lift, Game Creek Express (No. 7) in Game Creek Bowl that replaced the four-person lift and a brand new lift in Sun Down Bowl, called the Sun Down Express (No. 17). There will also be ice bars on the slopes and snow bungalows, giving you a place to retreat to during the ski day at the top of Eagle’s Nest.

So, get the boards ready, take inventory and make sure you have all your gear and get out there and enjoy Vail Mountain’s Opening Day this Friday. For more information, go to Vail.com and if you still need your Epic Pass, visit EpicPass.com. Prices go up on Nov. 20.

Veterans Day

A crowd gathers at Flag Pole Plaza at Freedom Park in Edwards to honor veterans. There will be a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday for Veterans Day.
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This Friday is also Veterans Day, which is recognized on Nov. 11 each year. To jog your memory from high school history class, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I when at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the fighting ended with the signing of an armistice.

This holiday is often confused with Memorial Day, held on the last Monday of May each year. According to Military.com, Memorial Day honors military personnel who died in service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day honors everyone who has served in the military, whether or not they served in wartime or died in battle.

To honor veterans locally, head to the Flag Pole Plaza in Freedom Park in Edwards, next to Battle Mountain High School and Colorado Mountain College.

The 17th annual Eagle County Veterans Day ceremony honoring veterans of the United States Armed Forces and those currently serving on active duty is presented by the Freedom Park Memorial Committee, VFW Post 10721 and Eagle County. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Captain Peter Thompson, a Vietnam veteran. The National Anthem will be sung by Michelle Cohn Levy, the cantor at B’nai Vail. The event starts at 4 p.m.

Thanks to the talented students at Eagle Valley High School, you can learn more about our local veterans by watching the videos they have put together. Dr. Joy Hamilton and her award-winning media team at Eagle Valley High School have been interviewing veterans so teachers can bring vets from the local VFW Post into the classroom virtually. These videos will all be sent to the Library of Congress to be saved for posterity. They are also now available to the public, so check out your friends and neighbors and learn about their time while they served our country. The videos from this year and past years can be found on YouTube.

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

From date nights to family dining, take advantage of the savings during Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, which runs from Nov. 11 to 23.
Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

Hit the slopes and then grab lunch, après ski or dinner at a discount at restaurants that are participating in Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week. The annual event, which began in 2013, usually happens in the fall but this year it coincides with the early part of the season. And although it says it lasts a week, this year it is extending beyond one week and is actually going on from Nov. 11 to Nov. 23, so you have plenty of time to check out the deals at your favorite restaurant or try someplace new.

The pricing usually follows a theme of the current year, so this year prices will be $20.22 for dinner deals, or even $2.22 for a fresh drip coffee and cookie at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Beaver Creek or $2.22 for a draft beer or house wine at Blue Moose Pizza between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Lionshead and Beaver Creek locations. Some restaurants are paying homage to Vail’s 60th anniversary and doing deals for $60. For example, Sweet Basil is doing a $60 lunch special for two people that includes one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert. Here are a few other deals that may grab your attention.

  • Moe’s Original BBQ – Double Wide Family Pack (Pork): One pound pulled pork, two sides, corn bread or buns
  • Stoke & Rye – Small plate and glass of wine for $20.22. Your choice of select fine wines and for the small plates you can choose from bacon-wrapped scallops, beef tartar, mushroom ravioli or smoked oysters.
  • Gessner at Grand Hyatt Vail – Choice of first and main course or main course and desserts. First course choices include onion soup or roasted vegetable salad and main course choices are chicken fried chicken or Colorado trout. For the dessert lovers, they will serve a limoncello ice cream flute or white chocolate croissant bread pudding.

Taco deals, sushi deals, burger deals, steak deals…is anyone hungry yet? Don’t buy groceries for the next 13 days because breakfast, lunch and dinner await you at Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week. Find a full list of participating restaurants and offerings at DiningAtAltitude.com.

Vail Nordic Swap

The Vail Nordic Swap takes place this Saturday and benefits the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Nordic Ski Team.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Courtesy photo

If you’re looking to get into some Nordic sports this winter, take advantage of the savings you’ll find at the annual Vail Nordic Swap on Saturday at the Vail Nordic Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Nordic Team, with 10% of the sales commissions going to the team.

There will be a selection of skate skis, touring and classic skis, telemark skis, alpine touring skis, snowshoes and related gear and clothing in good condition. There will also be deals on new gear.

If you have gear you’d like to sell, you can drop it off at the swap on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. before the swap at the Vail Nordic Center starts at 10 a.m. Unsold gear pick up is from 3 until 4:30 p.m. only on Saturday at the Vail Nordic Center. No alpine or snowboard gear allowed.

Admission is $5 per person and free after 12 noon. Children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, go to SkiClubVail.org.  

Eagle Art Walk

Emmy Stained Glass will be one of the artists exhibiting at ARTwalk on November 11.
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Get ahead of the holiday shopping rush and support local artisans and businesses at the same time by heading to the EagleARTS monthly Second Friday ARTwalk this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Stroll along Broadway visiting local shops, galleries and restaurants. Local artists will be exhibiting handmade works of art inside participating businesses, including ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery, Antlers & Rosé, Everyday Outfitters, Food Smith/Mountain Flour, Nurture Skin & Body, Mountain Lifestyle Properties, QuietKat, ROAM restaurant and Yoga Off Broadway.

EagleARTS has really turned the ARTwalk into the place to be on Friday nights. In addition to the artists and businesses, they will have food trucks, live entertainment from Joe Hanley and Jen Mack, plus a performance by the Battle Mountain High School Drumline making for a festive night out.

EagleARTS wants to show off some of its community art projects, so be sure to check out the community mural at 2nd Street and Broadway and take a seat on EagleARTS’ latest public art project which are two benches painted by local artists located at 120 Broadway and 225 Broadway.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is a part of the evening as well. This month’s exhibit is called Small Gems and features the artwork of Elaine Kuntz. Stop by their gallery at 108 West 2nd Street in Eagle.

For more information, visit the EagleART’s website at EagleArts.org or search for the EagleARTS Holiday 2nd Friday ARTwalks event on Facebook.

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week runs through Nov. 23

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take advantage of the valley’s exceptional food and drink, without paying premium prices, as participating restaurants offer specials on everything from soft shell crab or oysters to filet mignon.

Originally launched to increase business during the slow shoulder seasons in May and September, Restaurant Week has moved later and later into the fall, because September — and even the first couple weeks of October — are now a part of the high season, said Alison Wadey, executive director of Vail Chamber and Business Association. And, as Denise Cheng, marketing specialist for the Vail Chamber pointed out, restaurants had “a great shoulder season in October.”

This year, the name is a bit of a misnomer; Restaurant Week started Nov. 11 and stretches into Nov. 23. The dates capture the opening day of Vail Mountain and the first day of the season at Beaver Creek.

After discussing the best dates with restaurant owners, Restaurant Week moved to align with Vail Mountain’s opening.

“It’s not typically the busy season yet, and we thought it was a good time to encourage people to come out and provide them with something to do if snow conditions aren’t ideal yet,” Wadey said.

But not everyone agreed on the exact date. Drew Riley, owner of Russell’s and Los Amigos preferred the week after Thanksgiving, so his staff doesn’t have to hit the ground running. He admits the date of Restaurant Week is “never going to appease 100 percent of people,” and he sees it as an evolving learning process. Wadey said the chamber and business owners “might work with a slightly different date” next year, particularly since many of Beaver Creek’s restaurants haven’t opened ahead of its winter season, and some maintenance work is going on in the village.

Still, Beaver Creek’s Blue Moose Pizza and Vail Coffee and Tea are participating, as is Stoke & Rye in Avon. The village also is supporting Eagle County Gives during Restaurant Week by accommodating table tents with information on how to donate to, or get involved with, nonprofits.

Blue Moose Pizza, with locations in Beaver Creek and Lionshead Village in Vail, will be offering pizza specials during Restaurant Week.
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“Restaurant Week is a great event,” said Krista DeHerrera, director of events at Beaver Creek Resort Company. “It’s an opportunity to encourage locals to eat and drink and enjoy what our restaurants have to offer. Vail Coffee and Tea has a super amazing staff that’s very friendly and very welcoming, and Blue Moose Pizza is just top-notch and very fun and lively — kids love that restaurant. Both are staples in Beaver Creek.”

Every restaurant chose its own specials to highlight. For example, Russel’s wanted to showcase its new chef and upgraded menu items, so it’s offering a three-course meal so guests “can try as much food as possible,” Riley said, for $40.44.

“We still have all the classics; we just enhanced the menu to make it more contemporary, but we want to stress that most of what makes Russel’s Russel’s is still three — all the staples and classics,” Riley said, adding that the new menu features items like a Wagyu 4-ounce portion steak with scalloped potatoes and different vegetables and sides “to create more offerings.”

Meanwhile, Gessner is offering a main course with either an appetizer or dessert for $20.22, and diners can add the third course for a mere $8. Choose from onion soup or roasted vegetable salad for the first course; chicken fried chicken with potatoes and green beans or Boulder Colorado trout with Marcona almond, piquillo peppers, spinach and potato cake for the second course; and a limoncello ice cream flute with raspberry coulis and fresh berries or white chocolate croissant bread pudding with rum raisins, salted caramel and cheesecake ice-cream.

The smoked oysters are a great way to start off the meal at Stoke & Rye.
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Other establishments offer everything from a serving of family-sized pulled pork with sides to tacos, burgers, pad Thai chicken and bacon-wrapped scallops.

“We wanted to include every restaurant with no restrictions,” Cheng said. “Locals appreciate the fact that they can try restaurants we don’t typically go to and experience what our guests experience.”

Restaurant Week Specials

Beaver Creek:

Vail Coffee and Tea: Fresh drip coffee and a cookie for $2.22. vailcoffee.com

Blue Moose Pizza (Vail and Beaver Creek): 18” pizza for $20.22; any 12” house pizza with two draft beers or glasses of house wine $20.22; or draft beers and house wines for $22.22 (this latter offer is only good from 3-5 p.m.). BlueMoosePizza.com

(Avon): Stoke & Rye: Small plate and glass of wine for $20.22. Choose from three specific wines and pan-seared bacon-wrapped scallop; beef tartar with cured quail egg yok; mushroom ravioli; or smoked oysters. StokeAndRye.com

Vail:

8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill: $20.22 specials. Hyatt.com

Big Bear Bistro: Specials for $20.22. BigBearBistro.com

Moe’s Original BBQ: Double-wide family pack with 1 pound of pulled pork, two side pints and choice of bread. MoesOriginalBBQ.com

Russell’s: Three-course meal for $40.44 and select bottles of wine for $20.22. RussellsVail.com

Los Amigos: Select tacos for $2.20, select entrees for $20.22 and select half liters of margaritas and pitchers of beer for $20.22. LosAmigosVail.com

El Segundo: Any two tacos and a house margarita for $20.22. ElSegundoVail.com

Deca + Bol: DECA Burger for $20.22. DecaBolVail.com

Garfinkel’s: $20.22 specials. GarfsVail.com

Montauk Seafood Grill: A half-dozen freshly shucked oysters and glass of Champagne for $20.22. MontaukVail.com

Leonora at the Sebastian: Any breakfast and a bloody Mary for $20.22. TheSebastianVail.com

Frost at the Sebastian: 7X Colorado Wagyu Burger and a draft beer for $20.22. TheSebastianVail.com

Elway’s Steakhouse: Smash burger and a beer for $20.22. Elways.com/vail-home

Mountain Standard: One sandwich and one beer at lunch for $20.22, or two beers and the pimento cheese appetizer for $20.22 all day. MtnStandard.com

Sweet Basil: Lunch for two (choice of one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert) for $60, lunch only, or choice of any dessert with select dessert wine pairing for $20.22, all day. SweetBasilVail.com

The Hythe Vail – Revel Lounge: Signature bison poutine and Revel old fashioned for $20.22. TheHytheVail.com/Revel

Bully Ranch Sonnenalp: Chef Jesse’s Burger: double patty burger with white cheddar, bacon onion jam, crispy onions and a peppercorn aioli served with a draft beer. Sonnenalp.com/dining/bully-ranch

Treff Café: Two hugo sprintz cocktails for $20.22. Sonnenalp.com/dining/treff-café

Sushi Thai at Lionshead: Salt and pepper soft shell crab for $22, pad Thai chicken for $18 or Thai ginger chicken for $19. BeyondSushiThai.com

The Tavern on the Square: Half off all food between noon and 8:30 p.m. daily. VailResorts.com

Gessner: Choice of first and main course or main course and desserts for $20.22 (add $8 for third course). GrandHyatt.com

Yoshimi Pop-up @ Grand Hyatt: $20.22 daily sushi roll and draft Sapporo beer. GrandHyattVail.com

The George: $20.22 filet mignon, sirloin steak or plum duck. TheGeorgeVail.com

Vail Performing Arts Academy presents ‘Rock This Town Revue’

Are you ready to rock? Come and listen to your favorite rock ‘n’ roll songs and tunes made famous by many musicals when the Vail Performing Arts Academy presents “Rock This Town Revue” on Saturday and Sunday.

“Rock This Town Review” will take you on a musical journey through the decades with the Vail Performing Arts Academy singers performing songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which debuted on Broadway in 1971, The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy,” which the band first performed in 1969 and was translated to the theatrical stage in London in 1979. (I’m betting on them singing “Pinball Wizard.”)

Songs from a more recent musical will be featured as well. “Spring Awakening” is a coming-of-age musical that debuted on Broadway in 2006. In addition to Broadway hits, there will be plenty of songs you can sing along to from the ’80s like “Eye of the Tiger,” of “Rocky III” movie fame from the band, Survivor, Foreigner’s hard driving “Juke Box Hero,” and of course, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

While the performances will be held at the Battle Mountain High School auditorium, the Vail Performing Arts Academy involves kids in grade school as well as high school in a collaborative effort to bring great entertainment to the stage. This weekend, over 60 talented kids will take the spotlight. The costumes, props, choreography and fun make this an entertaining way to spend your evening.

The Vail Performing Arts Academy has been around since 1995. Founded by executive director Annah Scully, the Vail Performing Arts Academy gives kids an outlet to express themselves and show off their talents.

“After enduring the pandemic, our casts and audiences have rebounded. Now, more than ever children need the opportunity to self-express and revel in the camaraderie of performing,” Scully said. “We’ve been blessed all these years with a supportive and appreciative community who fill the seats, cheer, donate and agree that the Vail Performing Arts Academy is, indeed, the most important stage in a child’s life.”

Scully has been putting on these shows for 28 years and has great help from artistic director and choreographer Colin Meiring, vocal instructor Melinda Carlson, and Val Watts, who is in charge of the costumes. These leaders have been rehearsing with the cast on Sundays since September and are putting the finishing touches on the shows this week.

“It is truly astounding what these young actors accomplish in our intensive rehearsals. We have so much enthusiasm and talent, and each student finds a way to shine, no matter their experience. We work hard but we also have so much fun, that’s the key,” Scully said.

Tickets are general admission and can be bought online with a credit card for $18 or at the box office with a check or cash for $15. Visit VPAA.org to purchase and for more information. Also, sign-up has begun for Vail Performing Arts Academy’s Spring Revue which will be “Broadway Showtime,” and the summer musical will be “Into The Woods, Jr.,” for ages 8 to 16. Space is limited so get your kids to commit early so they can have fun and grow their skills on stage.

Tuesday’s Trivia Night at Route 6 Café benefits Ukraine

What does the yellow and blue mean on the Ukrainian flag? What year did the country appear in the World Cup and reach the quarterfinals?

While the questions at Tuesday’s Trivia Night at Route 6 Café and Lounge won’t predominantly be about Ukraine (but rather, about Vail and Beaver Creek history), the benefit will be all for Ukraine. Limbs for Liberty, a local nonprofit that provides free prosthetics to Ukrainians who have lost limbs during the war, is hosting the game night to remind people about the power of community.

Though it is a fundraiser (and a pretty darn good one, with two free drinks, appetizers and prizes), organizers are focusing more on creating community rather than asking for donations. The evening includes two separate trivia games, with a very brief presentation on Ukraine in between rounds.

“We are a community; the world is a community. We’re all connected, and this is a way for you to get connected,” said Limbs for Liberty cofounder Kelli Rohrig, explaining that people have tired of nonprofits asking for money. “Rather than money, let’s create a culture that recognizes when people need help and have more of a group-think on how to help.”

Limbs for Liberty and Ukrainians for Colorado saw strong support for Ukrainians when the war began, but now that’s starting to wane, as the shock, outrage and initial aid is wearing off, after nearly eight months, she said.

“In February and March (when the war started), everyone, every time, would ask me about Ukraine,” said Andrew Iwashko, who grew up in Ukraine, moved to Colorado in 2011 and will be supplying coffee as one of the prizes during Trivia Night, adding that people don’t say as much to him these days. “I understand it’s hard for people to comment, but there really isn’t anything wrong to say. We don’t want to feel like the world has forgotten about it. I don’t smile as much as I used to. The cloud of the Ukraine war, it’s tough. It’s just good to feel the support of your community — just remind us ‘we’re thinking of you.’ You don’t have to extend the conversation … Putting your Ukrainian flag up has made a difference in (Ukrainians’) lives and in my life. This community cares, and those people need to continue to be thanked because their efforts go a long way.”

Ukrainians haven’t had the luxury of putting the war on the back burner of their minds; Iwashko’s cousin, who lives in Kyiv, steps outside only to see smoke plumes from drones dropping bombs.

“The war is still in full scale,” Iwashko said. “Nothing has died down except the shock of it.”

In fact, just as some Ukrainians in Kyiv began to return to some semblance of normality — for example, his relatives got back to their salon business in late summer and early fall — as of a couple weeks ago, they’re now facing electrical blackouts and water shutoffs.

“The Russians are switching methods, using drones and cruise missiles to attack the energy system, to bring the effects of war to every citizen,” he said. “The sense of normality has dwindled a little — that blanket of safety is a lot thinner than we want to tell ourselves. They want to bring the war to every citizen. They want to raise terror.”

Rohrig wakes up at 4 a.m. every day to read the latest from her contacts in Ukraine. Sunday, she read about 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war locked in a small room and thrown a couple loaves of bread to eat every two days. A surgeon she will meet when she flies back to Ukraine this Friday, talked about the number of elderly people without family and how it was doubtful they’ll survive.

That’s why Rohrig and her husband, Kreston, are traveling to Ukraine for about 10 days on their own dime (all the money they raise for Limbs of Liberty goes directly to Ukrainians receiving prosthetics). They’re delivering winter coats and base layers donated by the community to help Ukrainians living with power outages, which means no heat.

Limbs for Liberty has partnered with doctors in Florida and Minnesota to provide about 20 Ukrainians with prosthetics, and now the team plans to bring its first Ukrainian, Andrey Chersak, to Colorado by the end of the year. Chersak lost both his legs while defending his country; before the war, he was a fitness instructor, and he still has “an unstoppable desire to go,” he wrote in a message. He and his wife have a 2-year-old son.

While hearing details like this about the war’s horrendous causalities is heavy, Tuesday’s trivia games aim to be a light night out, focused on community. All of the prizes are either from Ukraine or Ukraine-focused, so exercise your brain a bit for a great cause.

If you go…

What: Trivia Night

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Route 6 Café and Lounge, 40801 Route 6, Avon

Tickets: $25, includes two free drinks (including a Kyiv mule) and appetizers

Benefits: Limbs for Liberty, a local nonprofit that helps Ukrainians who have lost limbs due to the war receive prosthetics

More info: LimbsForLiberty.com

“Wizard of Oz” coming to Homestake Peak School

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City with the students at Homestake Peak School in EagleVail as their theater department presents the “Wizard of Oz” Thursday through Saturday.   

The “Wizard of Oz” may be familiar to adults, but to the third-through-eighth-grade students at Homestake Peak School, the storyline isn’t as well known.

“Many of the adults grew up watching the Wizard of Oz on TV at least once a year but this generation has seen a lot of Disney animated musicals but weren’t very familiar with this show,” said Deb Swain with the Homestake Peak School Drama Club.

The Homestake Peak Drama Club performs “Shrek The Musical Junior” in December of 2019.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

Adults of a certain age remember this story since it was so popular and aired on television first in 1956 and then every year from 1956 to 1991, with the exception of 1963 according to IMDb.com. The award-winning motion picture, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, debuted in 1939 and was directed by Victor Fleming. With this movie airing only once a year on television, people gathered around the living room to watch it year after year.

The “Wizard of Oz” was selected at this year’s fall production because it was important to find a show with lots of speaking parts and an expandable cast.  

“The ‘Wizard of Oz’ allowed us, with 45 students in our drama club, to give every child at least one line or a featured special part. We were also able to give up-and-coming actors opportunities to understudy many diverse roles,” Swain said.

This year’s production of the “Wizard of Oz” involves about 45 Homestake Peak School students. Pictured here is the cast from “Frozen KIDS” which was performed in May 2022.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

The roles range from leads Dorothy and her new friends, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion, to the Wicked Witch of the West to supporting cast members like the Munchkins.    

“The students have grown into the characters and some of the kids have really surprised me. Some of our understudies will be prime candidates for major roles in the next couple of years,” Swain said.

A certain amount of discipline is required from each student and that builds life skills.

“We require the actors to show respect for their cast members, staff, the facility as well as all the props, costumes and sets,” Swain said. “And since I hear a fair amount of laughter throughout rehearsals and see lots of smiles, I know they are having fun.”  

The characters and storyline are endearing. The Tin Man wishes for a heart, the Scarecrow wants a brain and the Lion wants courage. What they learn throughout their trek to the Emerald City is that they already have these qualities, they just need to look within. Dorothy realizes, even after all of her adventures on the Yellow Brick Road, that there really is no place like home and is happy to return to her family and friends.  

The production is a family affair at Homestake Peak School, with parents helping out in various ways.

“The production staff is headed up by two parents, costuming is under the direction of the grandmother of two of our actors and then almost every parent is involved either in creating sets, costumes, props or handling front-of-the-house duties during the run of the show,” Swain said.  

In addition to the 45 actors, there is a student handling the music system, two former students helping with makeup and backstage management, and another Battle Mountain High School student handling the microphone and sound system.  

Homestake Peak School’s Drama Club is comprised of third-through-eighth-grade students. The club performed “High School Musical” in the spring of 2022.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

It’s a true labor of love to put all this work in in addition to school work and other responsibilities but Swain says it is worth it.

“Friendships blossom among so many of these kids. They all come together, along with their parents, to create something that can’t be done as an individual. It takes an incredible number of hours and commitment to put a show of this size on,” Swain said.

The “Wizard of Oz” is playing at the Homestake Peak auditorium Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a bake sale each night at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults/$10 for students and are available at HPSDrama.org/ticket-Sales/ and at the door.

“In a time when our world seems besieged with bad news, this is an opportunity to enjoy the magic of live theater and a story with wonderful life lessons,” Swain said. “Join us in an exciting trip to the Emerald City.”

Skiing and riding options in Colorado, a holiday craft fair, casino night, homemade chili and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 11/4/22

Slopes open in Colorado

Although there isn’t skiing in Eagle County yet (Vail opens on Nov. 11 and Beaver Creek on Nov. 23) there are a few ski areas open if you want to get out and make some turns. The yearly race to see who opens trails first was won by Arapahoe Basin, which opened on Oct. 23, followed by Keystone on Oct. 28 and Loveland on Nov. 3. In a surprise move, Winter Park squeezed in an opening date in the month of October, spinning its lifts on Oct. 31, welcoming back costume-clad skiers and snowboarders to the slopes.

Mother nature has helped by blanketing the resorts with some natural snow in October and with snow earlier this week. The resorts will open more terrain as conditions allow and it’s best to check each ski area’s social media channels to learn the latest. Keystone Ski Resort announced earlier this week that it will open Dercum’s Dash and River Run so intermediate skiers and riders will now be able to ski directly to River Run Village instead of downloading the River Run Gondola.

If you can get out of work or school early, take advantage of Arapahoe Basin’s Friday Afternoon Club. On Fridays through Nov. 18 you can get $39 lift tickets to ski between 2 and 4 p.m. After skiing or riding, enjoy beer and appetizer specials in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

A few tips to remember during early season:

  • Be prepared for longer lift lines over the weekend when the demands are higher because there isn’t a ton of terrain open.
  • Follow signs for closed areas and be aware that early season conditions exist. Each resort has limited terrain open and seek out information on each ski area’s website for terrain status as it may change due to snow totals and conditions.
  • Beginner terrain may be limited at this time, too, so know your ability level and decide if the terrain open is appropriate for your skill level.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel tired, take a break or call it a day and download if that’s easier. Save your season.

Family Food Fest

Enjoy some homemade chili, a petting zoo and learn about sourcing your food locally at the Family Food Fest on Saturday.
Stephanie Monfrette for Unsplash

A new event is coming to the Eagle River Center, promoting locally and regionally sourced food and celebrating fall, the Family Food Fest will be the place to be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event is being hosted by New Roots and their mission is to support local, sustainable food systems. Saturday’s event gives New Roots an opportunity to do that by providing fun, informative and effective opportunities for everyone across Eagle County to learn about and contribute to their food system. Come enjoy some locally produced and prepared beef chili along with options with plenty of vegetables and drinks will be available.

Bring the kids so they can enjoy the petting zoo and help New Roots by bidding on silent auction items. New Roots is doing a lot of work behind the scenes, especially at the community gardens. They took over the management of the community garden at the Colorado Mountain College Edwards campus last year and have since installed a new irrigation system and a native plant garden. They have also provided free gardening classes for Colorado Mountain College students and community members.

New Roots has also contributed over 6,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to The Community Market over the past three years.

Help New Roots and their partners, All the Good Stuff and Rustic Farm to Fork celebrate fall and learn how you can get involved. The Eagle River Center is located at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle. For tickets and more information, go to NewRootsCO.org.

Rejuvenate Fall Retreat

Revitalize your body with the Vitality Collective and Spa Anjali’s retreat this weekend in Avon.
Marc Piscotty/Courtesy photo

The Vitality Collective & Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon are hosting a three-day retreat for those who want to feel revived and rejuvenated before we ramp for the ski and snowboard season, the holidays and the new year. The goal of this retreat, happening Friday through Sunday, is to help quiet the mind, with a focus on regulating the nervous system, hydrating the connective tissue and building new relationships.

Head to the Westin Riverfront on Friday for a Welcome Workshop and then get ready to dive deep on Saturday into the program The Vitality Collective and Spa Anjali have developed programs to help you slow down, go inward and rejuvenate after the fast-paced summer season.

Saturday and Sunday’s sessions will include nutritious meals at the Riverfront Market along with classes and activities like Daioyin flow, restorative yoga and sound bath meditation, meditative breathwork and MELT Method workshop, which is a breakthrough self-treatment system that restores the supportiveness of the body’s connective tissue to eliminate chronic pain, improve performance and decrease accumulated stress caused by repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. Think about how you sit at your desk, or how you hold and stare at your phone … yep, your body needs the MELT method.

The Rejuvenate Fall Retreat will be led by Sofia Lindroth and Hannah Knauer of The Vitality Collective in Eagle. Lindroth is a hands-on myofascial release therapist and a MELT method instructor. Knauer is a breathwork facilitator and yoga teacher. Together, they will help you learn more about your body and your mind, allowing you to identify what causes you distress and how to address it.

The retreat includes two nights at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, or if you don’t need lodging, you can just pay for the retreat and not the accommodations. For more information, go to SpaAnjali.com/Retreats or call 970-790-2051. The deadline to register for the retreat is at noon on Friday.

Holiday Artisan and Craft Fair

Get ahead of the holiday shopping madness by going to the Artisan and Craft Fair at Gypsum Creek Middle School this Saturday.
Gypsum Creek Middle School/Courtesy photo

Now that Halloween has come and gone, time to start thinking about holiday gifts. No joke, Santa will be on hand at the Gypsum Creek Middle School PTO Holiday Artisan and Craft Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so it’s never too early to get your holiday shopping started.

In addition to Santa being available for photo opportunities, nearly 50 local artisans and vendors will be on hand to sell wares and concessions while you do your holiday shopping. There will be kids activities in the Kids Korner, including games, coloring, origami and a movie. There is also babysitting at Kids Korner if you want to really get after it and shop kid-free for a bit.

The Gypsum Creek middle schoolers have been learning about entrepreneurship in their exploratory learning classes, so the students will have tables, too. Stop by and see some of their creations and ask them about their entrepreneurial spirit. You never know what ideas these sixth, seventh and eighth graders will come up with.

Proceeds from this holiday fair will go towards a field trip to an escape room and to cover academic competition travel costs. To learn more, go to the 2022 GCMS PTO Holiday Artisan and Craft Fair events page on Facebook.

Casino Night

Play some games and raise funds for Red Sandstone Elementary School’s Casino night on Saturday.
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Another school fundraiser is adults only. Casino Night is being hosted by Red Sandstone Elementary School, Vail’s only public school, on Saturday night from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Help support the Red Sandstone Elementary School Tigers build a new basketball court and possibly a greenhouse for the school by having a little fun at the casino tables that will be set up at Donovan Pavilion. All sorts of casino games will be offered along with a mystery game. Even if you don’t have kids, help support the community and have a night of fun without traveling to Las Vegas.

In addition to the casino setting, there will be live music by Minturn’s Turntable Review and the meal will be catered by Mr. G’s Cuisine. Drinks will be flowing, including a Snake Eyes specialty drink.

The Red Sandstone School’s PTO has teamed up with a lot of great sponsors and donors, so look for a variety of items in the silent auction. There will also be a paddle raise to help them reach their fundraising goal. Specialty Tiger t-shirts will be available for purchase, also.

The Grand Hyatt Vail is offering discounted rooms if you want to stay close to the party venue. Childcare options are also available through the Vail Recreation District. For more information and tickets, go to RSES.Ejoinme.org/Tickets.

Time to get stoked: Matchstick Productions presents ‘Anywhere From Here’

Just in time to pump up your adrenaline for Vail’s Nov. 11 opening, Matchstick Production’s “Anywhere From Here” explodes onto the big screen with plenty of face shots, big air and terrain park tricks.

One of the most exciting moments of pre-season involves sitting in a theater at the edge of your seat with likeminded snow lovers who cheer and audibly show their appreciation for standout footage during the film. Be it pounding big pillows of powder over huge boulders, getting big air in the park or floating through cascades of snow, “Anywhere From Here” has all that and more.

While some ski flicks resort to basic ski porn full of big mountain skiers and riders flying down impossible lines over and over again, Matchstick Productions adds story, along with a variety of athletes (gender, age and race-wise) and a variety of styles. It’s harsh to say it gets boring to watch top athletes scream down big mountains, outrunning avalanches, but … it does. Matchstick changes it up.

It begins by viewing the world of possibility through 12-year-old hotshot freestyler Walker “Shredz” Woodring contemplating the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s ultimately a no-brainer for the kid who skis year-round, now spending winters at Copper Mountain and summers in Mt. Hood or Europe and recently signed by Oakley: He wants to freely explore, stand on top of the world, fly and most of all NOT grow up, but rather surround himself with skiers and riders who never grow up either.

“All I know is that I’m a skier, and it feels like with this sport and these crazy magic shoes, I can pretty much go anywhere,” he says in the film.

And that he’s doing, along with a host of fellow athletes, including Sam Kuch, Tonje Kvivik, Eric Hjorleifson, Markus Eder, Emily Childs, Lucy Sackbauer and many more.

Caite Zeliff in Seward, Alaska with Third Edge Heli.
Eric Berger/Courtesy photo

As they travel through Alaska, British Columbia, Austria, Colorado and Oregon, captivating camera angles make audiences really feel the action, unlike some films, which rely predominantly on footage that makes you feel like you’re watching a relatively small dot race down the mountain. Matchstick footage begins viewing tips of skis as a skier launches into the steep terrain and follows that eyeball-point-of-view for a while, giving you a visceral feeling. Drones follow riders, providing yet another vantage point.

Cameras also capture the athletes tumbling through horrendous yard sales or outrunning an avalanche. You even hear the crack of a skier hitting a tree and witness the consequences of a little “too much stoke.”

And then there are the artistic shots, with large snowflakes drifting toward a skier’s upward-turned face, reflections of the mountains in goggles and sea lions and whales filling the frame.

Honestly, if this film doesn’t psyche you up for the season, it may be time to hang up the boards.

If you go…

What: ‘Anywhere From Here’

When: Friday, Nov. 4; 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Theater, Edwards

Tickets: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 kids

Pre-Show: Winter Stoke Happy Hour, with first 100 beers free, starts at 5:30 p.m. Benefits Gore Range Gravity Alliance, which encourages women doing rad things in the backcountry, supporting and learning from one another.

More info: RiverwalkTheater.com