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Open for Business: The Salon at Spa Anjali

Name of business: Salon at Spa Anjali

Physical address: 126 Riverfront Lane Avon, CO 81620

Phone number: 970-790-3020

Email: info@spaanjali.com

Website: www.spaanjali.com    

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Located inside The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, the Salon at Spa Anjali is now open and offering haircuts, color treatments and highlights. Manicures and pedicures will be available starting the week of May 11.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

The Salon at Spa Anjali has implemented several new precautions for the safety of our staff and clients. Both stylists and clients are required to wear masks. The mask must loop behind the ears and not behind the head. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. We will have fresh capes and linens for each guest and each station will be disinfected between clients. There will be no more than two stylists and three clients in the salon at once and we ask that you arrive solo to your appointment. Please be advised there will not be a blow-dry included with your service at this time.

How can the community support you?

Spa Anjali is currently offering a gift certificate sale, good for both salon and spa treatments once Spa Anjali reopens. Buy a $125 gift certificate for just $100 or a $200 gift certificate for $175 by visiting this website: https://shop.spaanjali.com/vouchers/category/

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website: www.spaanjali.com

What’s the response been?

Our stylists are excited to get back to work and to reconnect with their clients.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

We look forward to safely welcoming clients both old and new. A fresh haircut or color treatment can make anyone feel a little bit better right now!

Open for Business: The Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront

Name of Business: The Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa             

Physical Address: 126 Riverfront Lane, Avon

Phone Number: 970-790-2052

Email: club@athleticclubwestin.com

Website: athleticclubwestin.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

The Athletic Club at The Westin is reopening to members Friday. Daily operations will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Athletic Club at The Westin is a state-of-the-art fitness center offering extensive cardio and weightlifting equipment plus more than 60 group exercise classes weekly, including yoga, Pilates, cycling and movement. All-inclusive memberships and daily drop-in rates are available.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

We launched a new virtual gym during Colorado’s stay-at-home order, and we will continue to offer our on-demand library of virtual fitness classes to our members.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website, athleticclubwestin.com.

What’s the response been?

Many of our members have been enjoying our virtual classes, and we are thrilled to welcome everyone back into the Athletic Club in a safe manner because we understand that exercise is extremely important for physical and mental wellbeing.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

The health and safety of our members and associates is our top priority, and we are following the advice and guidelines of Eagle County, the Centers for Disease Control and Marriott International. To help prevent the spread of the virus, the Athletic Club is requiring all associates to wear masks, adding new gym wipe stations throughout the facility, increasing the housekeeping presence and using hospital-grade cleaning agents and electrostatic spraying.

To follow social distancing guidelines, the Athletic Club has staged all weight and cardio equipment to be at least 6 feet apart and will be limiting gym usage and fitness class sizes. The hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas and pools will remain closed in accordance with Eagle County regulations.

Open for Business: Wishes the Toy Store

Name of Business: Wishes the Toy Store

Physical Address: 240 Chapel Place Avon, CO 81620

Phone Number: 970-845-0456

Email: asyouwishkids@gmail.com           

Website: www.wisheskids.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Games, puzzles, toys, new spring kid’s clothing, and fun outdoor activities for curbside pickup. And as always, free, fun wrapping!

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We are doing personal shopping by sending photo boards of ideas for categories requested by our customers. We also have a form you can fill out online. After choosing what you would like, we offer curbside pickup the same day!

How can the community support you?

Buy all your new outdoor toys, games, puzzles, and birthday presents from us here at Wishes. We also offer gift certificates that can be used over the phone if you don’t know what to get.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Follow us @wishestoystore on Facebook and Instagram or go to our website: www.wisheskids.com

What’s the response been?

Everyone’s excited to get new fun indoor activities and outdoor toys to keep their kids busy while at home.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We are taking it day by day as the recommendations seem to constantly change. To keep our customers and staff safe, we plan on doing curbside pickup only for the next couple of weeks.

Open for Business: Ein Prosit

Name: Ein Prosit Fine Beers and Sausages

Physical Address: 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. Unit 108 Avon, CO 81620

Phone: (970) 949-7300

Website: www.einprosit.net

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are offering curbside pickup and takeout.  We are open 12-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We are offering our amazing selection of draft beer to go. Buy a growler or bring in your own. We are offering 25% takeout beer and wine and 10% off all food orders. Try our new “Take Home and Cook Party Pack” for four (four sausages, rolls, two sides and a pretzel for $23.50). We are adding specials all the time. 

How can the community support you?

The community can support us by ordering curbside, takeout or buying gift certificates.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our most current information is available on our Facebook page: Prosit-Avon (https://www.facebook.com/einprositavon/)

What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees? 

People are excited to have access to our European draft beers to go. They have been asking for years.

 What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We look forward to hosting our guests on our outdoor biergarden as soon as restrictions allow.

Local yoga, cardio, barre, spin classes all online: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/20/2020

Earlier this week, the weather was nice enough to get outside and walk, run, hike and bike but it is still winter outside and the colder temperatures and precipitation will come and go. Don’t let the weather deter you from keeping a fitness routine going during the coronavirus crisis. To help you stay active, local gyms and fitness centers are helping you take the workouts home. Here’s a look at what area gyms are doing:

Revolution Power Yoga – Avon

Philosophy:

“We’re all in this together!” said Julie Kiddoo, owner of Revolution Power Yoga in Avon. “Offering online classes is a great opportunity to stay in the work, practice alongside your global yoga community and experience the power of comm-UNITY and connection.”

Offering:

Right now, we are offering daily one-hour Power classes. This is an energizing, challenging and powerful class based on Baptiste Yoga’s ‘Journey Into Power’ sequence and suitable for all levels that will leave you feeling rinsed and revitalized. Expect to move, sweat and be transformed!

Right now through March 22 classes are free and open to everyone via Zoom. We will be re-evaluating this the week of March 23. Stay connected daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages, as class times and teachers will change every day.

Take Away:

“At Revolution Power Yoga, our purpose is to elevate, transform, and empower the community to live in possibility, connection, and discovery.” Kiddoo said. “We will come out of this stronger together.”

PeloDog Studio – Avon

Philosophy:

“The main reason we did this is simple, we wanted to offer a free, easy and effective way to keep people moving and fit in the comfort of their own home,” said Jen Kaplan, owner of PeloDog Studio in Avon. “The community at my studio is so important to me and I wanted to offer some, albeit small, means to stay connected to each other and the studio.”

Offering:

I am certified in a variety of fitness modalities and will be offering a variety of classes including Pilates, sculpt, core & roll, equipment-free cardio, and rides for those who do have in-home bikes. My goal is to offer variety, to keep things simple and safe, and to make workouts accessible to all levels.

All of my sessions, except for rides, will either require no props, or I will offer creative substitutes for gym equipment. For example, instead of using dumbbells for sculpt class, you can use water bottles or soup cans. 

Classes are free right now on www.vimeo.com/pelodog and you do not need to be a member to participate. All updates will be on the PeloDog’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Take Away:

“Working out is one of the best ways to relieve stress and produce positive endorphins,” Kaplan said. “Simple workouts will do wonders to maintain physical and mental strength during this unprecedented and strange time.”

Dogma Athletica – Edwards

Philosophy:

“Humans are designed to move. It relieves stress, bolsters the immune system, and calms the mind. We are inundated with information that will create anxiety,” said Rod Connolly, owner of Dogma Athletica in Edwards. “Moving also gets your creative juices flowing so you can think outside of the box to move forward during this uncertain time.”

Offering:

We are offering Live it Lean which is metabolic conditioning, Live It Strong for functional strength and Live It Loose for active mobility. Using mindfulness, high-intensity movement and decompression to put yourself in the best place physically, mentally and emotionally.

We have both paid and complimentary offerings. You do not need to be a member but to get set up for the paid classes email Dogma Athletica general manager Jessica Moser at jessicadogma@gmail.com. To access our free “Twenty Minutes to a Better Day” class, follow Dogma Athletica on Facebook and Instagram.

Take Away:

“Look for opportunity in change. Utilize this as an impetus to practice healthy habits and self-care you may have been putting off. Get clear on what’s most important to you and focus your energies,” Connolly said. “Notice what you have in your life, not what feels missing.”

Barre Forte Vail Valley – Edwards

Philosophy:

“Community is so important. We are in this together and by supporting us, we can support you,” said Jessica Denton, co-owner of Barre Forte in Edwards with Beth Robinson. “Fitness isn’t just about burning calories it’s about having a strong mind and body.”

Offering:

We’ll be offering Barre Express, a 45-minute barre class, Sculpt class, which is a low impact total-body workout, Oula, which is a fun dance fitness class, Sculpt Yoga and Pilates Barre. We’re lucky to be able to stream classes that provide almost the same experience as a studio experience.

All current Barre Forte Vail Valley members have access. New clients will be able to purchase a drop-in, 8-class pack, or unlimited streaming. Our full schedule is on the Mindbody app or follow us on Instagram @barrefortevailvalley.

Take Away:

“Staying active and healthy is important all the time, but especially right now. The amazing thing about Barre workouts is that it truly changes your body, by using “almost” only your body.” Denton said. “Movement is really important. We all need movement mentally and emotionally.”

Endorphin – Eagle Ranch

Philosophy:

Endorphin’s mission is to deliver the best experience by the best instructors to the happiest community. “We are all about providing movement experiences and making people feel welcomed and supported,” said Corina Lindley, owner of Endorphin in Eagle Ranch. “During this COVID-19 timeframe, we want to keep that feeling going virtually by providing online classes.”

Offering:

We will be offering up to three classes a day, free of charge to anyone. If you are already a member or want to join with our introductory rate you can do that. But, if you are experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19, we still want you to participate and we want to support you.

As for classes, we’ll have HIIT, Barre, Yoga, Metabolic Conditioning and other group classes where little or no weights or other equipment is necessary. Access classes through Zoom once you create an account at www.myendorphin.com.

We have also allowed our members to take two to three pieces of equipment to their home, including stationary bikes, to use to stay active in addition to going outside.

Take Away:

“The energy and endorphins you get from working out will help sustain you and keep your stress levels down to keep you well. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends at least 30 minutes a day of exercise for adults and to 60 minutes a day for kids,” Lindley said. “If you are creative, you can still get your exercise in during these trying times.”

These are just a few gyms in the area that are providing online access to workouts. Check with your favorite gym to see if they are offering anything online at this time.

Tequila tasting with Chef Richard Sandoval at Maya: varieties to drink and some authentic apps to pair it with

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What do you like to pair with tequila? If you said lime and salt, chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval would like to expand your palate and introduce you to a different way of enjoying the blue agave-based spirit.

Sandoval, whose Latin-based restaurant concepts span from Colorado to Tokyo, was in town on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to pair his culinary creations with Cantera Negra, a family-owned and operated tequila distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. Sandoval and his team at Maya at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa swapped out the typical multi-course dinner with small plates.

“Instead of having four courses you’re trying seven or eight different dishes with various tequilas and it’s a little more exciting, it allows you to engage more,” said Sandoval, who had just flown to Colorado after being at the Miami Food and Wine Festival.

Even though Cantera Negra was founded more than 40 years ago, it’s only been in the United States for two years (check out how it finally got to the U.S. at www.canteranegra.com). “This time last year we were in four states and we’re now in 20 states. We started distributing to Colorado this past Labor Day,” said David Szydlik of Two Sons Imports.

Szydlik offered tastes of Cantera Negra’s silver, reposado, añejo and extra añejo tequila to Maya’s guests and was greeted with the same response he’s heard the last several months while promoting the product. 

“Usually I hear things like, ‘I can’t believe that’s tequila’ or ‘this is the smoothest and best tequila I’ve ever had,’ and I’ve been in the spirits business for almost 20 years and I’ve never seen reactions like this. It’s so consistent,” Szydlik said.

Cantera Negra also has a cafe liqueur, which has just exploded in the last four months. It’s made with Mexican espresso beans, 100% blue agave spirit and liqueur. “It’s only 40 proof, 20% alcohol but the flavor that comes out from the Mexican espresso beans is just amazing,” Szydlik said. 

The food received rave reviews as well. Sandoval paired the Acapulco-style shrimp ceviche, the guacamole and the tortilla soup with the silver tequila. The subtle flavor of the añejo paired well with the tuna tostada and the stone crab taco. The al pastor pork belly taco stood up to the reposado.

“There are over 2,000 different tequilas today. It’s amazing what different distilleries do to it, whether it’s aging it in French or American oak, they are very different,” Sandoval said. “If you compare them, each one has a different profile. It’s very interesting to see what they’ve done and it’s fun to match the flavor profile with the food.”

Burton US Open, Leap Day, sleigh ride dinners and more: Tricia’s Weekend picks 2/28/20

Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships return to Golden Peak in Vail for the eighth year, but the event itself has been held for 38 years. This iconic snowboarding competition brings in the sport’s best veteran riders as well as up-and-coming riders to the Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions.

The Slopestyle finals are Friday with the women’s competition beginning at 11 a.m. followed by the men’s finals at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the women will kick off the Halfpipe Finals at 11 a.m. followed by the men’s competition at 2 p.m.

This is typically the last competition of the season and attracts top-caliber riders like Red Gerard of Summit County and Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand returning to defend their Burton US Open Slopestyle titles. Scotty James of Australia and America Maddie Mastro took top honors at last year’s Halfpipe finals.

The competitions attract a crowd, so prepare for parking to fill up fast and if you want to watch the competitions along the halfpipe or slopestyle course, get there early and be prepared to trek up to the venue. You can also watch from the base areas on jumbo television screens.

Download the Burton US Open app to your phone to keep up on any schedule updates, photos and videos, a list of riders and results. Live coverage can be found on www.burtonusopen.com and on www.redbulltv.com. For the complete low down of events, go to www.burtonusopen.com.

Burton US Open – beyond the competitions

The Burton US Open base area has a festival-like atmosphere with an interactive sponsor village with fun swag and a Burton pop-up store and meet, greet and ride opportunities with the athletes.

Last fall, the snowboarding world and beyond lost Burton founder and snowboarding pioneer, Jake Burton Carpenter. To honor him, there will be a Ride with Jake and Fireworks for Jake events throughout the weekend.

For the Ride with Jake on Friday, meet at Gondola 1 at 8 a.m. and the group will go to Chair 4 and then reconvene at the top of Riva Glades for a group ride down one of Jake’s favorite runs. This is an open invitation to anyone who wants to honor him for what he did for the sport of snowboarding and the Burton US Open. On Saturday night, join the family and friends of Burton for a special fireworks display that can be viewed from the concert venue at Solaris.

Burton helps the youngest aspiring snowboarders get on the hill with Riglet Park. Strap the kids aged three to six on a tiny snowboard and watch them learn the basics of snowboarding in a fun environment at Golden Peak. This designated area features small berms, rollers and ground level features so kids can try tricks, too. Check out the free Burton demo equipment at Riglet Park as well.

Friday

Sponsor Village – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Golden Peak

Ride for Jake – 8 to 10 a.m. Meet at Gondola 1, Vail Village

Meet the Riders – 1 to 2 p.m. Burton Pop-Up Shop, Golden Peak

Free Burton Concert Series and Awards – 6 p.m. Solaris Concert Stage – Big Freedia and Arrested Development

Party at Bol – 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Solaris – music by Money 2 Burn

Saturday

Sponsor Village – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Golden Peak

Women’s Ride – 10-11:30 a.m. Burton Pop-Up Shop, Golden Peak

Ride with Burton Team – 1 to 2 p.m. Burton Pop-Up Shop, Golden Peak

Free Burton Concert Series and Awards – 6 p.m. Solaris Concert Stage – EVAN GIIA & Big Wild

Fireworks with the Carpenter Family – 7:45 p.m.  – Solaris Concert Stage


Burton US Open Closing Party – 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Dobson Ice Arena – DJ Cre8, 99 Neighbors & J Espinosa   

Party at Bol – 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Solaris – music by Gavlak  

Shut the Funk Up Silent Disco – 9 p.m. to midnight – Mountain Art Collective – 1310 Westhaven Drive, Vail.          

Leap Day

Did you notice that February has an extra day of the month this year? Saturday marks Leap Day, so take this extra day and do something special.

We use leap years to keep the calendar in sync with the seasons. It can get kind of complicated, but according to www.timeanddate.com, leap days keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in alignment with Earth’s revolutions around the sun. If we didn’t do this, over the centuries we’d be having a Fourth of July barbecue when the snow was flying – although, it can snow during any month in Colorado, I’ve been here when it snowed on July 3 – but you get the idea.

While researching leap year, I found all sorts of folklore and traditions that happen on this day around the world. According to Lonely Planet, women could propose marriage to men on this day. It’s believed that this tradition began in Ireland in the 5th century, with a deal brokered between St. Brigid of Kildare and St. Patrick, but the tradition spread across Europe and beyond.

Also in Europe, superstition in Greece holds that marriages that take place during a leap year will end in divorce. Scottish farmers apparently worry about their livestock. There’s an old saying that states a “leap year was never a good sheep year.”

In the U.S., the city of Anthony, which straddles the borders of Texas and New Mexico, is now known as Leap Year Capital of the World. Since 1988, Anthony has hosted a celebration for leaplings (those born on Feb. 29) who travel there from all over the globe. The chance of being born on a leap day is 1 in 1,461.

Regardless of the science and folklore behind it, you get an extra day! If you say, “I wish I had more time to (fill in the blank),” do that thing with the extra 24 hours you get in 2020.

Friday Afternoon Club

Maya’s popular Winter Friday Afternoon Club returns for its second concert of the season Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with a special evening of live blues, rock and country music by Robby and the Peoples in The Westin Riverfront lobby.

The lobby at the Westin is hopping almost every night with live music filling the great room, but they let the party go a little longer and a little louder for FAC. Don’t be afraid to get up and do a little dancing if your legs aren’t too tired after a day on the slopes.

Winter FAC guests can enjoy $3 tacos, $5 beers and $7 margaritas as well as the full menu of handcrafted cocktails, Colorado microbrews and bites served at The Lookout lobby bar. Or venture into Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequilaria and choose from more than 150 agave-based spirits and house-infused tequilas and modern Mexican fare curated by chef Richard Sandoval.

Enjoy après ski music with a stunning view of Beaver Creek. There are no reservations taken for the couches or tables throughout the lobby, so get there early to get a seat. The Westin Riverfront offers complimentary on-site valet parking for Maya diners and bar patrons, based on availability.

Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners

There are many places to have dinner in the Vail Valley, but how about traveling via an open-air sleigh to that dining destination with the whole family? Allie’s Cabin in Beaver Creek is hosting family dinners on select nights throughout the season with special pricing for adults and children.

The snowcat-driven sleigh departs from Beaver Creek Village at 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. On the ride, view the stars and slopes at a time when no one is on the mountain. Once you arrive at Allie’s Cabin, exchange your boots for cozy slippers and enjoy the large fireplace and views before sitting down to either a three-course dinner for adults or a buffet for the kids.

A few tasty items to note on the three-course menu include Colorado rack of lamb, pan-fried ruby trout and elk filet mignon. The kids’ appetite will be satisfied with crowd-pleasers like white cheddar mac and cheese, roasted Boulder natural chicken and a sundae bar.

Reservations are required for the Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners, which are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights through April 4. For more information, please visit www.beavercreek.com or call 970.754.5545.

Valentine’s Day, Vail Legacy Days, President’s Day events and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 2/14/20

Valentine’s Day options

Valentine’s Day is here and there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate love in the Vail Valley. Here are just a few options, from pampering and outdoor adventures to family-friendly activities.

Dinner for two

This is one of the busiest nights for two-tops all year, so if you haven’t made a reservation yet, you may have a hard time getting into area restaurants. If that is the case, you can always try to find two seats at the bar and order a meal from there. You could also make it an early night and get a spot at après-ski and enjoy some live music, a few beers, nachos and other appetizers to make it a meal. Or, spend some quality time at home and make dinner together while listening to some of your favorite tunes. Pull out that pasta maker you got for your wedding years ago and make some homemade noodles and sauce. This is a more affordable way and comfortable way (put on a pair of sweats instead of stilettos) to do Valentine’s Day dinner.

If your kitchen skills aren’t up to par, order dinner from a food delivery service such as Orderfood Vail by à la Car, a restaurant delivery service that has been serving the valley since 1993. Go online or use their app and order early, because they could be busy during the Valentine’s Day holiday. They deliver from several restaurants between Vail and Edwards from 5 to 10 p.m.

Pampering possibilities

It’s not only Valentine’s Day weekend, it’s also Presidents Day weekend, so local spas may be busier due to those taking advantage of having a long weekend to come and visit the Vail Valley. If you can’t book an appointment, you can always say how much you care by buying your loved one a gift card for a massage appointment made at a later date.

Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa is offering $25 off gift cards through Valentine’s Day if you order online before midnight. Go to www.spaanjali.com for more details.

A manicure and pedicure can put you in a whole different mindset and with so many nail salons to choose from, you shouldn’t have a problem getting an appointment this weekend. Grab a seat in the massage chair and drift off into a blissful state while treating your nails to some love. Add a paraffin hand wax to take care of those dry hands this time of year. And guys, if you haven’t had a pedicure before, you don’t know what you’re missing. Treat your feet, they deserve it!

Or, be a bit more adventurous and try a service that isn’t as traditional as massage. How about floatation therapy? The Lodge at Vail has the float pod tank complete with music and subtle lighting with colors of the seven chakras in the RockResort Spa (www.lodgeatvail.com). You can also try the Dream & Dreams Float Spa in Avon (www.dreamsfloat.com) where they have two private float rooms. Flotation therapy has been helping people reach a relaxed state in a warm-water, gravity-free atmosphere. Give either place a call and try a new way of pampering yourself.

Outdoorsy options

Want to get outdoors with you sweetie? Get some exercise before enjoying the box of chocolates with these activities you can do with the one you adore.

It’s been said that if you can walk, you can snowshoe, so there isn’t any extra skill required to get out on the snow and enjoy a different side of the mountain. Stop by the Vail Nordic Center at the Vail Golf Club or the Beaver Creek Nordic center and rent a pair of snowshoes, grab the trail map and head out for an adventure. Pack a picnic if you will be out there for a while.

No snowshoes? No problem. If you are staying on trails that are packed out already, you can easily use any of the traction devices that are popular now or just wear your hiking boots. Meadow Mountain in Minturn, Davos Trail in West Vail and the June Creek Trail in Singletree in Edwards are all well-traveled trails that you should be able to trek on easily. 

Head down toward Leadville and make a stop at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center and Cookhouse. Rent gear or bring your own cross-country ski equipment. Lessons are available or explore the 27 kilometers of set track and ski-in to lunch or dinner at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. Get away from the crowds and enjoy the peacefulness you can find at 10,000 feet above sea level. Get more information at www.tennesseepass.com.

Skip the lift lines and try snowcat skiing. Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is operated by Ski Cooper, also near Tennessee Pass and has 2,600 acres of open bowls, glades and timber in the San Isabel and White River National Forest. Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday from now until March 8. Go to www.skicooper.com/snowcat-skiing/ for more details.

We all know what Vail Pass looks like from I-70. View it from a different perspective –from a snowcat and the powdery terrain that Vail Powder Guides gives you access to. Vail Powder Guides is the only guided snowcat skiing outfitter permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to operate in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area. Most of the drop-offs are above timberline at 12,000 feet, granting lucky skiers and riders amazing 360-degree views on sunny days. It’s just a quick drive from Vail to their meeting spot at exit 190 on Vail Pass. For more information, go to www.vailpowderguides.com.

Family style

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, families can share the love with these family-friendly activities. From arts and crafts to ice cream, nothing says “I love you” like quality time spent with loved ones and sharing experiences.

The Alpine Arts Center is a perfect place to release your love for creativity and the arts, even if you are no Picasso. Stop by and make a heart-shaped box or a Valentine’s Day-themed plate. At Alpine Arts Center, you can truly make a gift that comes from the heart. Drop-in sessions are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. For a list of drop-in offerings, go to www.alpineartscenter.org.

It’s never too cold for ice cream. Head out to Sundae Artisan Ice Cream in Vail Village or the Corner at Edwards and share a scoop with someone you love. Sundae Artisan Ice Cream has a long list of curated flavors but they also create a specialty-themed flavor of the month all year long. Chocolate raspberry is February’s featured flavor. Sundae always starts out with the freshest ingredients and then adds unique flavors to create new concoctions each month. The chocolate raspberry features milk chocolate ice cream, homemade raspberry jam swirls and white chocolate chips. Grab or cone or take home a pint for the weekend. Learn more about Sundae at www.sundaeicecream.com.

Stop by the Avon Public Library for a friendship-themed storytime for children. Bring the preschool-aged kids to the Avon Public Library to take part in some crafts and a bilingual storytime talking about friendship at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.evld.org.  

Vail Heartbreakers

Does all this Valentine’s Day talk have you thinking about how you are single but ready to mingle? The Vail Daily is hosting the Vail Heartbreakers contest and wants to hear what you are looking for in a date. This online contest asks you to submit your best photo and answer the following questions in order to have a chance to win a prize package to make that first date extra special:

  • What’s your name and where do you live?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What’s your biggest turn-on?
  • What’s your biggest turn-off?
  • What makes a perfect date?

Go to www.vaildaily.com to enter. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. Enter between now and Feb. 21. Even if you don’t submit a photo and your information, anyone can vote on the entries starting on Feb. 22 until the contest ends on Feb. 28.

Spangled at Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek celebrates the Presidents Day holiday with Spangled, a weekend full of events that are inspired by American heritage and historical fun facts and music around the Beaver Creek Plaza.

Friday – Monumental Music – 3 to 6 p.m.

  • La Pompe Jazz Band – 3 to 4:30 and 4:50 to 6 p.m.
  • Dance lessons with Swingin’ Denver – 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Saturday – Ceremony of Lights from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Circus performers, a live DJ and red, white and blue sparklers for the kids – 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Family Fun Fest  – 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday – National Statesmen – 3 to 6 p.m.

  • Live ice carving – 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Make snow angels in the Snow Angel Park 3 to 6 p.m.
  • S’mores bar – 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Personalized ice bricks (while supplies last) – 5 to 6 p.m.

Monday – American Ski Culture – 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Hot chocolate and coffee cart – 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Displays of innovators of the sport, vintage posters and gear
  • Ice skating exhibition performances – 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Outdoor showing of the “Ice Princess” movie – 5:15 p.m.

Vail Legacy Days

This Monday marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Riva Ridge, a pivotal point in World War II and the event for which the Riva Ridge trail on Vail Mountain is named. All weekend long, Vail will be celebrating its heritage with special events that honor the famed Army winter-warfare unit, the 10th Mountain Division, which trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale. Events throughout the weekend include:

Friday

  • Tales from the 10th at the Colorado Snowsports Museum – 4 p.m. – acclaimed historians and authors tell fascinating stories of the 10th Mountain Division. A $5-$10 per person donation is suggested.
  • 10th Mountain Legacy Parade, torchlight ski down and parade down Bridge Street – 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Colorado Snowsports Museum will stay open until 8 p.m. for guests to learn more about Colorado’s ski history through the new 10th Mountain Division exhibit and a special guest speaker.

Saturday

  • Meet the Colorado National Guard – Base of Gondola One – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Blackhawk helicopter landing – top of Avanti Express Lift  – 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Ski with a Soldier historic mountain tour – 10:30 a.m. at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola

Sunday

  • Meet the Colorado National Guard – Base of Gondola One – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ski Trooper Race – watch as modern-day ski troopers from the Colorado Army National Guard compete in three-person teams on the black diamond runs at the base of Gondola One from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Ski with a Soldier historic mountain tour – 10:30 a.m. at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola

Monday

  • Meet the Colorado National Guard – Base of Gondola One – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ski with a Soldier historic mountain tour – 10:30 a.m. at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola
  • 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Riva Ridge – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – meet at the Mountain Safety Center at the top of Mountain Top Express lift at 11 a.m. to warm up with hot cocoa while learning about the 10th Mountain Division’s Battle of Riva Ridge, followed by a group ski down Riva Ridge to Vail Village. 

A “Blizzard” at the Vilar

After a multi-day winter storm dropped over three feet of snow on the slopes last weekend, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek is bringing the blizzard indoors for Cirque FLIP Fabrique. This entertaining family-friendly show will hit the stage on Sunday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Cirque FLIP Fabrique, a contemporary circus from Canada founded in 2011, has performed more than 1,000 shows in more than 15 countries. They have worked with the prestigious Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize and have taken part in many international circus festivals.

What can you expect on Sunday? Amazing acrobatics, huge and complex group stunts, aerial dance, leaps, bounds, tons of somersaults and a bit of comedy. The athleticism will be impressive, but so will the scenery, as the stage will be set to depict a snow day. This will all be set to a score that will be played live on stage. 

Tickets are $60 for adults and $45 for kids. A family four-pack is available for $180. Reach out to the Vilar Performing Arts Center by calling 970-845-8497 or go to www.vilarPAC.org.

Comedy, doo-wop music, full moon snowshoe tours and more: Tricia’s weekend picks

The Doo Wop Project

This weekend, get your musical entertainment fix with the nostalgic music of The Doo Wop Project on Friday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Did you realize that doo-wop music got its start about 80 years ago? Standing the tests of time, the classic sounds are still loved today. If you like the music of Frankie Valli, The Drifters and Dion, take a trip down a musical memory lane with The Doo Wop Project.

“The interesting thing about this production is that it was conceptualized backstage during a Broadway show among the show’s stars,” said Ruthie Hamrick, senior marketing manager for the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

“The show features Broadway stars who have been performing in hits including “Jersey Boys,” “Motown: The Musical,” “A Bronx Tale” and more.  So, while it’s not technically a Broadway production, it has the talent and caliber of a hit Broadway show,” Hamrick said.

“The Doo Wop Project will cover a range of eras during the evening, not solely doo wop-style of tunes. “There will be music in there for a wide range of audiences to enjoy, including songs by Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson all the way to Jason Mraz,” Hamrick said.

Get ready to sing along to The Doo Wop Project when they croon their way into the Vilar Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45.The show is also part of the ticket package Pick 3 Shows for $90; Pick 5 shows for $175, or Pick 8 Shows for $240. The performance is also part of the Pay Your Age ticket program (for ages 18-30 years old; purchase in person at the box office with a valid ID). Tickets are available at the box office at 970-845-8497or www.vilarpac.org.

Comedy in the Valley

Also performing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center is comedian Brian Regan on Sunday night. Vanity Fair called Regan, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbed him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.”

“Brian Regan has been here 3 times before 2012, 2013, 2014 – so we are pumped to have him back! He’s definitely a house favorite when it comes to stand-up. He’s also just been named by Westword as a ‘10 best comedy shows of February’, so we are looking forward to a great turn out on Sunday,” said Ruthie Hamrick of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Over his 30-plus year career, Regan has built his reputation on the strength of his material alone. He’s proof you can be funny without being crude or vulgar.  He visits close to 100 cities each year and has performed in some storied venues like Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall Over the years, Regan has released numerous comedy specials on Netflix, including 2017’s “Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers.”

Tickets to the show are $88, check the information above in how to reach the Vilar Performing Arts Center to get your tickets.

Speaking of comedy, the Vail Comedy Show provides an opportunity to laugh monthly by bringing in some of the best comedians in the region. The Vail Brewing Company in Eagle-Vail plays host to this free offering with the next installment happening on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Since last year, the Vail Comedy Show has drawn crowds and the word has gotten out about this local offering. Mark Masters is a Denver-based comedian who hosts and produces the show. He has a podcast and web series, creatively named “Mark Masters”, and a book about the story of his comedy journey “Not Good Yet” is available, too. Here’s a quick look at the performers slated to appear on Saturday:


ShaNae Ross: ShaNae Ross is a comedian based out of Denver and is a 2017 and 2019 finalist at Comedy Works’ New Faces Competition. Her engaging charm, a snazzy fashion sense, and personable storytelling ability have earned her the honor of performing at festivals such as High Plains Comedy Festival (2018, 2019) and 50 First Jokes (2018).

Mo Vida: Mo Vida tours the country bringing her brand of cougar comedy and truth-telling to stages all over. She began her comedy career in NYC before returning home to Colorado. She can be seen on Comics Watching Comics (Amazon Prime) and heard on 103.1 Denver’s Comedy Station.

Salma Zaky: Salma Zaky started stand-up at UCLA where she was lucky enough to perform alongside stellar comedians including Maria Bamford, Ali Wong, Nikki Glaser, and Nicole Byer. Salma has been featured in Wisconsin’s Lady Laughs Comedy Festival in 2016, Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival in 2017, and SF Sketchfest in 2019.

BK Sharad: BK Sharad is a stand-up comedian based in Denver and Boulder Colorado. Born Sharad Ravichandran, he changed his name to BK Sharad after realizing no one could say or spell the name he was born with. Originally from Dallas, BK moved to Colorado and began his journey in comedy. BK Sharad is the president of and runs the CU Comedy Club at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Arrive early to the Vail Brewing Company for good seats to this free show (tips given to the performers are welcomed) For more information, go to wwwvailcomedyshow.com.

Free women’s ski demo day

It doesn’t get any easier to try to new skis than demoing equipment at the Second Saturday Women’s Ski Demo Day at the base of Lionshead. Next to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the Born Free Express lift you’ll find tents featuring skis from Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Elan, Head, K2, Kastle, Legend, Line, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Stockli and Volkl.

Ladies, if it’s been a while since you’ve stepped into a new pair of skis, take advantage of the latest technology at this free event in Vail this Saturday from 9 a.m until 2:30 p.m.

Take the skis out for a lap on Born Free and then grab another pair. Need a bit longer to see what the ski has to offer? Go up the Eagle Bahn Gondola and hop back into Game Creek Bowl or even into Sun Down Bowl. The best way to see if a ski feels right is to try before you buy.

Outdoor Divas, a women’s specific sports shop in Lionshead, has teamed up with Vail Resorts to offer hand-selected skis designed for women. For more information, please visit www.outdoordivas.com.

Harry Potter Book Day

Please note: The Vail Daily received an update from the Vail Public Library at 11:30 a.m. on Friday that they have postponed tonight’s Harry Potter Book Day party due to the inclement weather. Please contact the Vail Public Library for updates as to when they will reschedule the event by visiting www.vaillibrary.com or by calling 970-479-2184.

The Harry Potter books have been around for over two decades and to celebrate, the Vail Public Library is hosting a party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday including an evening of wizardry, themed arts and crafts and a little Harry Potter trivia.

“We’re excited to be hosting another party celebrating Harry Potter Book Day 2020,” said Cricket Pylman, head of children’s programming at the Vail Public Library.

Wizards are invited to wander down Diagon Alley to make a wand at Ollivanders before heading to Hogwarts for a potions class and on to Honeydukes to brave the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean guessing game. 

The Vail Public Library will be showing the first Harry Potter movie as the backdrop of the party. Partygoers will enjoy pizza generously provided by Blue Moose of Lionshead and butterbeer made in-house will round out this after-hours library party. 

Participants are encouraged (but not required) to dress up as their favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. For more information on this free event, contact Pylman at 970-479-2179 or email cpylman@vailgov.com. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. The Vail Public Library is a short walk from the Lionshead parking garage and is also on the town of Vail bus route, across from Dobson Arena.

Full Moon Tours

This Saturday, enjoy a full moon backcountry experience with the guides from Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon for a snowshoe hike and some forest bathing.

What is forest bathing? In Japan, they practice something called forest bathing, where they “bathe” in the forest atmosphere, or take in the forest through the senses. This is not exercise, hiking or jogging, but rather slowing down and getting yourself into a quiet, mindful headspace to make it easier to connect with the forest, mountains and sky and in this case, a night sky with a full moon.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, February’s full moon is called the Snow Moon due to more snowfall typically in February than in January.

When you get to the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, which has a beautiful campus just off of Buck Creek Road, you’ll be welcomed with hot cocoa, cider and tea (alcohol will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own). After a half an hour of meeting your fellow snowshoers and guide, you will head about one mile up the Buck Creek Trail next to the Walking Mountains campus.

Once you get to an open meadow, gather around the fire that will be lit and ready for you to soak in the sights and sounds of the night and you’ll be lead through a 30-minute forest bathing experience.

To connect with our mountain environment in a whole new way in a guided forest bathing experience sign up at http://www.walkingmountains.org. Space is limited, but if you miss this tour, there will be another one on March 8. The event goes from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Circus tricks, comedy, hockey, BBQ and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 1/17/20

Circus acts and comedy at the Vilar

This week brings thrilling acrobatics and comedy to the stage of the Vilar Performing Arts Center with Cirque Mechanics and Tom Papa.

Cirque Mechanics returns to the Vilar on Saturday at 7 p.m. with its newest production, “42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels.” The number 42 signifies the size of the ring in this one-ring circus filled with amazing acrobats, aerialists and strongmen. Chris Lashua created Cirque Mechanics in 2004 after collaborating with the Circus Center of San Francisco on the show “Birdhouse Factory.” After its success, Lashua created this company that has since produced shows like “Boomtown” and “Pedal Punk.”

The Vilar Performing Arts Center provides the perfect venue to see the aerials and acrobatic feats up close. Tickets are $68 for adults and $48 for children. The show is part of the Pay Your Age ticket program (18-30 years old) and also included in the ticket package Pick 3 Shows for $90, Pick 5 Shows for $175 or Pick 8 Shows for $240. Tickets are available now at the Vilar box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or by going online to the website: www.vilarpac.org.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., enjoy the comedy of Tom Papa. Based out of Los Angeles, Papa travels to perform stand up comedy across the nation when he’s not busy on the airwaves. Papa contributes to NPR’s “Live from Here” and “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and also hosts podcasts including SiriusXM’s “Come to Papa,” featuring guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld.

“If you don’t know Tom Papa, he’s got an awesome, smart and clean sense of humor, a lot like Jim Gaffigan,” said Ruthie Hamrick, senior marketing manager for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “I’m super excited about this show.”

Tickets are $48 and can be purchased at the box office, website or by calling the box office.

Vail Yeti Hockey

Semi-pro hockey returns to Vail with the Vail Yeti hockey team hitting the ice once again this weekend. Dobson Ice Arena plays host to the home team as well as many top teams across the nation.

Last weekend, the Yeti were matched up against the New York Fire Department hockey team and squeezed out a win on Friday during an exciting third period and lost to FDNY on Saturday. This weekend is rivalry weekend, with the Yeti taking on the Breckenridge Vipers.

In their seventh season, the Yeti has grown in popularity among loyal fans and as a destination for quality hockey teams from out of town. Regionally, the Yeti not only compete against Breckenridge but also teams from Aspen, Boulder and Denver.

“The games are usually high intensity, high hitting and high scoring affairs. At $10 for a general admission ticket, its cheap entertainment in an expensive valley,” said Bill Foster, who is the Yeti coach and also a player on the team. Coach Foster gives us some info on the roster:

Players to look out for:

Justin Elmore (leading goal scorer all 7 seasons) 

Kirk Golden (Vail local, 7 seasons professional in Europe) 

Brent Sands (professional Europe/SPHL) 

Andy Canzanello (11 years professional AHL/DEL) 

Derrick Gerhardt (Vail local, 7th season with the Yeti) 

Matt Merritt (Vail local, Gustavus Adolphus Division 3 college hockey)

Spencer Gold (starting goalie)

Newcomers: 

Dom Panetta (Ferris State Division 1 college hockey)

Casey Kleisinger (Vail local, Air Force Academy Division 1 college hockey) 

Dave Ramsay (Williams College Division 3 college hockey)

The Yeti’s success has attracted talented players from the American Hockey League, which is the direct feeder league to the NHL, professional leagues in Europe and Australia as well as top college teams.

“W“We are taking this upcoming weekend to get prepared and really dialed in. We have a challenging five-week stretch approaching with teams from Texas, New England, New Jersey, Denver and Minnesota,” said six-year veteran of the Yeti team, Brent Sands. “These teams are stacked with hockey players, not just guys that play hockey. We need to be ready and we can’t take any team lightly.” 

The puck drops at 7:45 p.m. at Dobson Arena in Vail Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and younger. For more information, visit www.vailyetihockey.com.

First Tracks at Beaver Creek

You may have heard about people getting first tracks, which can either mean you were fortunate enough to get in line before everyone else to get some unforgettable turns, or first tracks is also an offering on Vail And Beaver Creek that is reserved for members of Vail Resorts Signature Clubs or donors to a particular group like the Vail Valley Foundation. Now, you can be a part of First Tracks at Beaver Creek on select dates throughout the season.

This Sunday, meet other early risers in your group at the Centennial Express lift at 7:15 a.m. Beaver Creek will have its top ski and snowboard professionals greeting you and letting you in on their top terrain recommendations for the morning excursion.

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll time your First Tracks experience on a powder day, but even if there’s no fresh snow, the feeling of being the only one out there, even on the corduroy, is an experience all its own.

After you’ve taken a few runs with your guides and have worked up an appetite, you’ll be led down to Allie’s Cabin. This on-mountain restaurant is on the eastern hillside, just off of the Gold Dust trail and above the Haymeadow Express Gondola. The Allie’s Cabin culinary team will welcome your group with an amazing breakfast spread.  

Adult tickets are priced at $160 per person with children 12 and under priced at $80 per person. You will still need a pass or a day lift ticket to access the mountain. Advanced reservations are required, please call 970-754-5310 or visit www.beavercreek.com. If you miss First Tracks this Sunday, you can still aim to get out there at the crack of dawn on Jan. 26 or Feb. 16 and 23.

Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo race

New for 2020, the Vail Recreation District brings their winter race series to Beaver Creek for the first time this season with an uphill and skimo competition at Arrowhead.

The Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo is the first event in the Vail Grail Winter Race Series. The Vail Grail is a championship series consisting of three winter events: the new Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo, an uphill at Vail Mountain and a snowshoe shuffle. Participants can sign up for one, two or all three races. Racers who complete all three races have a shot at winning the coveted Vail Grail, a permanent trophy that will bear the male and female division winners’ names for years to come. Athletes wishing to participate in all events and compete for the Vail Grail can sign up for the full series for a discounted rate of $85.

Competitors can choose the uphill or skimo (ascent and descent) option and can use any means to get up the mountain (snowshoes, skis, splitboards or winter running devices). Skis or a snowboard are required to compete in the skimo competition.

Participants will ascend approximately 1,700 vertical feet and just under two miles from the base of Arrowhead Village to the top of Arrow Bahn Express Lift. The event will conclude with breakfast and awards at Broken Arrow Restaurant at the base of Arrowhead. 

Online registration is available prior to race day at vailrec.com/register. Day-of registration and bib pick up will be available at Broken Arrow in Arrowhead Village prior to the race starting at 6 a.m. Race entry fees are $35 through Saturday and $45 on the day of the race. 

BBQ at the Westin’s Gondola Plaza

If you’re riding the Riverfront Express gondola toward the end of the day on Saturday and smell barbecue instead of the flavors of Mexican food from Maya, it’s because The Westin Riverfront is hosting a special après-ski barbecue next to the gondola on Saturday.

Held on The Westin Riverfront’s Gondola Plaza, the party will feature a delicious array of barbecue favorites including smoked pork, brisket and chicken all cooked up in a big smoker that will be outside for the event.

“We wanted to create a fun new event where both locals and Vail Valley guests can enjoy our delicious food and drinks after a great day on the mountain,” said Kevin Delonay, director of food and beverage at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa.

“While we are known for our delicious Mexican food, it is always nice to change things up and serve different dishes, and of course we all like to be outside to bask in our gorgeous Beaver Creek views,” Delonay said.

Wash down all the barbecue flavors with drink specials like $3 Colorado draft beers and $5 margaritas. Guests can enjoy live music by The Evolution, who play a wide variety of modern tunes, including rock & roll and Caribbean sounds. This weekend celebration will happen between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Don’t forget to Seize the Summit at Maya this ski season. Simply show that you reached 15,000 vertical feet during your day on the mountain and receive a free house margarita in Maya or a draft beer or house glass of wine in The Lift from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There will be tables and chairs outside and seating near the fire pits, but if you do get cold, hop into Maya, where they pour more than 150 agave-based spirits and house-infused tequilas. Maya offers complimentary valet parking for restaurant patrons. For more information, please visit www.westinriverfront.