Birds of Prey
After the women’s alpine ski racing teams wrapped up race action at the Stifel Killington Cup in Killington, Vermont last weekend (way to go, Mikaela, getting your 90th World Cup win!) it’s the men’s turn to race on American soil with the annual Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Beaver Creek. This stop on the World Cup tour features the men’s speed events and there will be not one, but two Downhill races on Friday and Saturday and a Super G race on Sunday. The fastest racers from around the world look forward to this challenging and intimidating course on the Golden Eagle run in what’s called The Talons area of Beaver Creek Mountain.
Take advantage of being able to view the race in person — and for free. The races will begin at 10:45 a.m. each day, which is prime viewing time in Europe where ski racing is a major sport. There are big screens to catch the top-to-bottom action of the racers flying down the course at unimaginable speeds, but there’s nothing better than seeing these racers come across the Red Tail Jump and practically land in your lap as they come into the finish area.
Head up to Red Tail Stadium and grab a seat for all the action. You can also watch it from the base of the bleachers, grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle in for the action. Park at the base area parking lots and take the free shuttle buses to Beaver Creek Village where you will hop on another free bus that takes you to Red Tail Stadium. Allow about an hour for this. From there, you will take a series of staircases to the venue, so wear the right footwear for walking on snow for a bit and then stairs.
After the races, head back down to Beaver Creek Village for all the post-race fun. Bird of Prey Way will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be watch parties each day on the plaza in case you can’t make it all the way up to Red Tail Stadium. Enjoy a mix of DJs and live bands playing at the Stranahan’s Whiskey stage and at Red Tail Stadium and on Saturday at Red Tail Stadium there are free Bloody Mary drinks starting at 9:15 until 9:45 a.m. On Saturday, don’t miss autograph signings with Eagle County’s River Radamus at the Celsius booth from 2 to 3 p.m., the U.S. Ski Team from 3 to 4 p.m. in the village, and Ted Ligety will be signing autographs at the Kjus store from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Keep the party going at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. On Friday, check out Teton Gravity Research’s latest ski film, “Legend Has It” with two showings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Saturday night, Grateful Shred will perform at 7 p.m. For a full schedule and more information, go to BCWorldCup.com.
After the slopes close on Friday, head to Lionshead for some Silent Disco under the stars. Grab a pair of headphones, listen to the beat and seek out others who also are on that channel. Headphones are complimentary and this event runs between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Sunbird Playground Park, up the steps from the ice rink at Arrabelle.
Speaking of the ice rink, Revely Vail host more ice skating shows on Saturday. These are short but action-packed demonstrations of strength and grace on the ice. The talented skaters are from international, world and Team USA groups and bring their best to the rink each week. This week’s ice skating shows will feature the following figure skaters:
- Jordan Moeller: Former Team USA, U.S. National medalist, and International medalist, watch for an amazing backflip that he performs three-times in the outdoor shows
- Joseph Klein: Team USA, U.S. National medalist, and International medalist
- Naomi Williams and Lochlan Lewer (Pair Team): Team USA, U.S. National and International medalists. She is from Boston and he is from Brisbane, Australia.
- Michelle Lee: U.S. Nationals competitor, sectional medalist, watch for her beautiful solo to “O Holy Night”.
- Grace and Luke Fischer: This brother/sister duo currently competes as U.S. National Champions at the Intermediate level. They will perform part of their free dance which is a top hat and cane type of number.
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The first show at 5 p.m. and the second show at 6 p.m. The shows are free and last about 15 minutes, so it is the perfect thing to do on the way home from après ski or on your way to dinner.
New this year is Kringle Crossing, featuring eight chalets that look like they are straight out of the North Pole. There aren’t any elves inhabiting these abodes, but Santa is scheduled to pay a visit on Sunday between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Smile with Santa is part of Revely Vail and free photos with Santa will be available and they can be shared digitally or printed out right at Kringle Crossing. For more information on Revely Vail, go to Discovervail.com.
Minturn Tree Lighting
The town of Minturn’s annual tree lighting will take place on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. on the corner of Main Street and Toledo Avenue. To get you into the holiday mood, the town of Minturn has enlisted the help of Mountain Harmony to do some caroling and hot cocoa will be served to keep your hands warm. For the kids, there will be Christmas-themed holiday trivia and a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
The Minturn Community Fund will once again be organizing The Giving Tree at the event. To participate, you pick from a number of ornaments hanging on lighted tree. Each ornament will include a holiday wish list. By helping out you will be enriching the holiday season of many of your neighbors. You may be able to help out a Minturn kid, the needs of a senior citizen in Minturn, or help purchase a holiday dinner for one of Minturn’s veterans. More details we be available at the tree lighting. ‘Tis the season to give back, so help out a neighbor.
Holy Toledo, a boutique clothing consignment shop right next to the holiday tree, will stay open later for your shopping enjoyment. For more information, go to Minturn.org.
Christmas on Broadway
Christmas on Broadway will take place on Saturday with a parade at 5 p.m. right there on Broadway Street in downtown Eagle. This has become quite the tradition in Eagle, and this season marks its 33rd Christmas on Broadway Parade. The street will literally be shut down to allow for the parade and all the festivities to happen outdoors in one location.
See your friends and neighbors, area businesses and nonprofit groups cruise down Broadway with their holiday-themed floats. And … wait until the end, rumor has it Santa will exchange his sleigh for a ride on a float.
Come early and browse the booths at the Artist Market. EagleARTS has teamed up with the Downtown Business Alliance and the town of Eagle and is bringing in artists selling a wide range of artwork and there will also be food trucks on Second Street between Broadway and Grand Avenue. For more information, go to EagleOutside.com.
Barbie in the Nutcracker
The Vail Friends of Dance and Vail Youth Ballet present a free screening of “Barbie in the Nutcracker” at Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Sunday.
Long before the “Barbie” movie came out this summer, Barbie starred in a different movie called “Barbie in the Nutcracker” which came out in 2001. This animated film follows Barbie and the adventures of the the Nutcracker, Mouse King, Sugarplum Princess and more.
This event will really come to life when you get to meet and take photos with your favorite Nutcracker characters from the Vail Youth Ballet Company starting at 2:30 p.m. The movie starts at 3:30 p.m. The “Nutcracker Ballet” presented by the Vail Friends of Dance will take to the stage on Dec. 15, 16 and 17. At this free, family friendly event, there will also be a drawing for two tickets to the live “Nutcracker Ballet” at the Vail Performing Arts Center.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make your holiday season truly magical. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Although the event is free, reserve your spot in advance by going to RiverwalkTheater.com/Showtimes.
Alpine Art Center’s Holiday Market
The Alpine Art Center’s Holiday Market will give you more opportunities to shop local and to shop for local art. Alpine Arts Center, located in Riverwalk in Edwards, hopes its annual market promotes giving handmade gifts in favor of big-box items with less sentimental value.
With about 35 artists showing their wares, you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Pottery, painting, knitted products, wood works, jewelry, furniture made out of skis and snowboards, photography, housewares and even homemade play dough can be found at the Holiday Market.
The market will be held in the Alpine Arts Center studio at Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cider while you shop to get into the holiday spirit. For more information, go to AlpineArtsCenter.org.