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Trail running, dance performances and free kids fun this weekend in Tricia’s Picks 7/31/20

Vail Dance Festival: Virtual Edition

The 32nd annual Vail Dance Festival runs from July 31 to Aug. 7. Opening Night on Friday sets the tone for the week with a look back at highlights from the Vail Dance Festival on the big screen at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and on your screens at home or elsewhere. See familiar dancers like Tyler Peck, Lauren Lovette, Herman Cornejo, Lil’ Buck and Michelle Dorrance in performances from past years. The Vail Dance Festival’s artistic director, Damian Woetzel will virtually welcome viewers to this new way of experiencing the dancers we love and the performances that make the Vail Dance Festival so special.

You will be able to view these performances on Vail Dance’s Facebook and YouTube channel until Aug. 15. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will also be opening up its doors on Friday to allow viewers to share the experience while watching the videos on the Amp lawn in front of the big screen. Per Public Health orders, the Amp is allowed to have 175 people in the venue.

“We are grateful for the support of our Vail Dance Festival team, near and far, for the creation of an incredible digital festival revisiting iconic Vail Dance Festival pieces and showcasing new work created during this difficult time,” said Sarah Johnson, senior vice president of education and the arts for the Vail Valley Foundation, who puts on the Vail Dance Festival.  

“In addition to the guests coming to the Amp, we are looking forward to welcoming small, social-distanced groups in venues throughout the Valley to enjoy watching the digital festival together,” Johnson said. So, even though we can’t all gather at the Amp for shows, consider gathering with friends in your neighborhood and prop up an iPad and put on the Vail Dance Festival video. Watch it anywhere you have connectivity. You could even be out camping and fire up your laptop or tablet and enjoy the digital edition while sitting near your campfire. I can just see it: s’ mores, Sauv Blanc and “The Swan” with Lil’ Buck and Yo-Yo Ma.

Learn about the schedule, tickets, donating, the matching fund and an Artist Relief Fund by going to vaildance.org.

Berry Picker Trail Run

The Dynafit Running Series put on by the Vail Rec District continues this weekend with the Berry Picker Trail Run up Vail Mountain. Runners will start at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village and head uphill for 4.5 miles to Mid Vail. It may not sound like it’s very far, but keep in mind that the average grade is 14%. But, c’mon, you took up running during the quarantine this spring so get out there and don’t let all that hard work this spring go unnoticed.

Due to COVID-19, the Dynafit Trail Running Series will operate a little differently. All of the new rules and guidelines are on vailrec.com, but the biggest differences are that they will be limiting the number of racers to 175 per race and there is no day-of registration. There is no gondola access for spectators but they can hike up to view the racers. Racers will be allowed to download Gondola One after running to the finish line. There will be no after party but you can still grab your donut from Northside Coffee & Kitchen and your race t-shirt at Gondola One when you leave.

If this race is full, there are a few for races: Camp Hale Half Marathon on Aug. 29, Evergold Run at Beaver Creek on Sept. 12 and the Boneyard Boogie on Sept. 26. For more info, go to vailrec.com.

Minturn Market

The Minturn Market was the original market in the Vail Valley and is still going strong 22 years later. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have changed the market a bit this year, you can still find plenty of farm-fresh produce in this charming town that was incorporated in 1904 and was a popular stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.

In addition to produce, the Minturn Market features Village Bagel, Mountain Minis Donut Truck, Sundae Artisan Ice Cream, Eagle Smoked Salmon, Climax Jerky, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey and more.

Make a day of it in Minturn. In addition to the Minturn Market, there are plenty of cute boutiques to browse and restaurants where you can dine inside or on a nice patio. Maybe even hike up Lionshead Rock trail or bike up the new Everkrisp Trail and then come back to the Minturn Market and buy some produce and products to make a delicious and healthy meal over the weekend.

Free parking is available in town and the market happens rain or shine from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 5. For more information, visit minturn.org.

Vail Family Fun Fest

What are we going to do with the kids today? Take them to the Vail Family Fun Fest. For over 20 years, this zany and interactive event has been entertaining and engaging families who live in and visit Vail Valley.

The Vail Family Fun Fest brings old-fashioned fun to the streets of Lionshead. The event has been scaled down due to COVID-19 rules and regulations and they will be controlling capacity in the area, but the fun will still be a big factor.

 “We still have our incredible outdoor challenge stadium with games like Ultimate Simon Says,  Hoola Hoop-palooza and our world-famous Water Balloon Toss of Chaos, all done with appropriate social distancing,” said event director Brian Hall of Blue Creek Productions.  

STEM-themed activities like the Paper Airplane Building Factory and Pipe Cleaner Sculpture Studio will be back in Lionshead this Saturday. Plus, Nature’s Educators Foundation will bring up their birds of prey exhibit to the science tent so kids can see these incredible birds up close.

This free event is taking place on August 1 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the Arrabelle Hotel and Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead. Masks are a must to enter the area and please work with your kids to ensure social distancing. For more information go to vailfamilyfunfest.com or call Blue Creek Productions at 970-328-5855.

Open for Business: Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea – Roastery Cafe

Name of business: Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea – Roastery Cafe

Physical address: Meadow Mountain Business Park, 23698 US Hwy 24 Minturn, CO 81645        

Phone number: 970-827-4008

Email: sales@vailcoffee.com

Website: vailcoffee.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are offering all coffee and tea drinks to go along with our freshly baked sweet and savory treats. We are still offering all seven brewing options along with a full flight of espresso drinks. All of our coffees are available in our standard retail package and 5-pound bulk bags start at $39.95. For the tea drinker, we are offering a 20% discount on all loose-leaf teas.

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

We are offering pick up of our bulk items in a drop box outside the front door and the opportunity to pre-order drinks for take-out. We have hand sanitizing stations at the front door and adjacent to the espresso bar. We are also following all social distancing protocols laid out by Eagle County Health.

We just started offering free delivery on all retail orders placed online at vailcoffee.com from Edwards to East Vail. We have 65 whole-leaf teas and 35 coffees to bring to your doorstep. Place your order each week for Thursday delivery.

How can the community support you?

The community has been amazing by purchasing 5-pound bags of freshly roasted coffee directly from us. We had a parent from Red Sandstone Elementary School order coffee to be shipped as gifts to all 29 teachers as a thank you for their extra efforts. Also, we offer free shipping on our website and many people have been placing orders to ship home to friends and family as a “stay-at-home gift”. This has helped us maintain our staff for the past six weeks.

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

Our website, vailcoffee.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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

Our customers are very happy that we have stayed open. People, in general, are concerned about our local economy and what recovery will look like but on the whole, there is a fair amount of optimism. I believe that our employees are very happy that we have created a situation that we are still able to do business and they have been able to stay employed.

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

We will continue to build on our bulk sales for people to enjoy our coffee and tea brewed in their homes. When we move to dining in, we have a big area that we will be able to create a welcoming environment with great social distancing. Also, as our restaurant and lodging community reopens its doors, we will be ready to service all of their wholesale needs.

Barstool races, ski joring, spring celebrations for kids and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/6/20

10th Mountain Legacy Parade

To honor Vail’s heritage, Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail will host the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade along with fireworks. Friday at 6 p.m. guests are invited to watch skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division ski trooper uniforms as they weave down the hill in a torchlight ski down to the base of Gondola One.

Following the torchlight ski down, a parade of military veterans, also in traditional uniforms, will march from Gondola One down Bridge Street, across the Covered Bridge and will finish at the 10th Mountain statue along Gore Creek.

From there, guests are welcomed to the recently renovated Colorado Snowsports Museum, which will stay open after the parade for guests to visit and learn about Colorado’s ski history through the 10th Mountain Division exhibit.

The 10th Mountain Division is the winter warfare unit created by the United States Army during World War II that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale. Pete Seibert, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, along with Earl Eaton, who worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Glenwood Springs, first climbed Vail Mountain during the winter of 1957 and looked down at the future Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls and the rest is history.

This is the last Legacy parade of the season. For more information, please visit www.vail.com.

Bring to kids to Bloom

March is here and that means that many schools are out around the country and families are flocking to Beaver Creek. After the slopes close, let the kids enjoy Bloom, a spring festival that celebrates the change of seasons. This outdoor event runs from now until March 28. Here’s a look at what’s going on near the ice rink at Beaver Creek this weekend and part of next week:

Saturday: Family Fun Fest – 4-5:30 p.m. – Kids go from game tent to game tent earning tokens that can go toward Beaver Creek themed prizes.

Sunday: Color & Flower Festival – 3 to 6 p.m. – Crafts, coloring stations and some fun surprises

Monday: Movie Night with “The Greatest Showman” – Circus performers at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7:20 p.m.

Tuesday: Fresh Picked Spring  – 3 to 6 p.m. – Flowerpot decorating and lemonade that guests can top with fresh herbs and seasonings

Wednesday: Spring on the Mountain – 3 to 6 p.m. – Face painters, balloon twisters and animal education

For a full schedule, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Barstool races in Minturn

There are a lot of competitions held in Eagle County. From the World Cup alpine ski races to the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, a lot of athletic talent comes through the valley. The Minturn Barstool Races may not have the type of athletic prowess and prestige that those other competitions have, but it probably is the competition that has the most fun.

Quirky and crafty are two words to describe the Minturn Barstool races. Teams design their own device that is able to withstand a descent down the hill at the Little Beach Park in Minturn. The teams also get to come up with quirky names and themes that go with their rig.

The contest is a double-elimination style contest and teams can compete in the Bustling Barstool or Anything Goes categories. In the Bustling Barstool category, teams need to attach a barstool that is at least 27 inches high to a pair of skis or a snowboard. In the Anything Goes category, teams can get creative with what they weld or nail together in hopes of it getting down the hill with a rider on top of it. There’s not a lot of rules or regulations, but each rider is required to wear a helmet while going down the course.

This goofy event is fun to participate in and it’s also fun to watch. Spectators can line the course at Little Beach Park this Saturday and the races happen between noon and 3 p.m. The Minturn Barstool races raise money for the Minturn Community Fund, which works to enrich the culture and lifestyle of the historic mining town by putting on events like the Barstool Races, as well as the free summer concert series and more.

The Minturn Saloon will host an after-race party with Vail Brewing Company from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.minturncommunityfund.org.

Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend

For three days, the town of Leadville hosts all sorts of winter sporting events, a mountain film festival and even dancing. It’s all part of the Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend that runs through Sunday.

Ski Joring is a fast-paced sport consisting of a horse pulling a skier through obstacles and jumps. You can get involved by riding a horse, skiing behind a horse, bid on a team during the Calcutta or spectate the event which is on Harrison Avenue in Leadville. Kids can also get a taste of ski joring by being pulled by a snowmobile. Ski joring happens between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Before the ski joring happens, Nordic skiers are invited to hit the snow on Leadville’s main street before the horses and skiers do the next day. Lights will brighten up the sky when the Nordic skiers hit the street at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Besides ski joring, winter mountain biking also takes place during this annual festival. The Leadville Mountain Bike Series will conduct a night ride called Mineral Belt Mayhem. Bring your fat bike out and ride the 11-mile Mineral Belt loop after dark on Saturday.

In addition to those events, don’t miss the opportunity to see films at the Backcountry Film Festival at Periodic Brewing, an open house at the historic Tabor Opera House, dancing at the Elks and a paintball biathlon at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. For a full schedule, visit www.leadvilletwinlakes.com.

Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition

This Sunday marks the final event of the Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition. Distances include a 10k and a 5k course and draws everyone from the first-time snowshoer to the veteran runner. You don’t have to run in snowshoes, you can easily stroll while enjoying the scenery of Beaver Creek.

Sunday’s event will take place up at McCoy Park, which is at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. After the event, head back down to Beaver Creek Village for the post-race party and awards presentation for top male and female in each age bracket for the 5k and 10k as well as the overall male and female competitors. A post-race meal is also offered as well as raffle prizes.

Registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. next to Beaver Creek Sports in Beaver Creek Village and the race will begin at 10:00 a.m. Sign up for this race by going to www.beavercreek.com.

Vertical challenges, history hikes, live music and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 2/21/20

Talons Challenge at Beaver Creek

For 17 years, skiers and snowboarders have taken to the Talons area of Beaver Creek to conquer 14 of the resort’s toughest black and double black diamond runs in order to have bragging rights and a sense of satisfaction after conquering over 26,000 vertical feet in one day. Are you ready for the Talons Challenge?

This Saturday, competitors of all ages will tackle the steep terrain on Grouse Mountain, Birds of Prey and Larkspur Bowl. In between runs you can always stop and rest at the Talons restaurant, nestled at the base of the three lifts that service this area. The Talons restaurant will also play host to the Talons Challenge après-ski party from 12 to 4 p.m. The celebration will continue down in Beaver Creek Village from 4 to 6 p.m. with additional entertainment and giveaways.

The physical challenge is also a fundraiser for SOS Outreach, an organization that uses adventure sports to teach underserved youth core values and leadership development. At the base of each lift, kids from SOS Outreach programs and volunteers will be there to keep you honest by marking your lanyard after each run. The kids have also been known to give you plenty of words of encouragement to keep your energy levels and spirits up.

A $40 registration includes your access to the Talons Challenge, a lanyard and credential for tracking your runs, special 17th Edition Talons Challenge swag and food. Please note that your lift ticket is not included in registration.

From $160, the Ultimate Talon limited edition package gets you additional perks beyond the standard Talons Challenge registration. If you go the Ultimate route you will get a commemorative Talons Challenge Vanir backpack from Helly Hansen (a $130 value) as well as a $40 donation to SOS Outreach and discounted drinks at the village après-ski event. The Ultimate Talon packages tend to sell out. To learn more go to www.beavercreek.com and search for Signature Events. 

Ski with Jonny Moseley

Vail Mountain also has a ski benefit on Saturday. Can Do MS is calling it “powder with a purpose” and wants everyone to come out for its annual Ski for MS event, which brings teams from all over the region to Vail to participate in amateur races, a costume contest and an après-ski party to help fund its programs for those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  

The locally-based Can Do MS organization was formerly known as The Jimmy Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Jimmy Heuga was an Olympic bronze medalist in alpine skiing. He and teammate Billy Kidd made America proud when Kidd finished second and Heuga finished third on the podium in Innsbruck, Austria at the 1964 Olympic Games.

Heuga was diagnosed with MS early in his career and he revolutionized treatment with a whole-body approach. He wanted to focus on the things that those with MS can do versus the things they can’t do.

Can Do MS hosts seven ski events from California to New Hampshire, inviting people to participate in a day of fun while also raising funds to help those living with MS. This year the teams will be joined by Olympic skier Jonny Moseley.

The Express Lift at the bottom of Gondola One in Vail Village will serve as the home base for registration on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. During the day there will be amateur ski races at the Epic Mix racecourse near the Avanti Express lift. A Celebration Ski Down to honor Can Do MS Founder, Jimmy Heuga will be held at the bottom of the Epic Mix race arena at 3 p.m. and the group will return to the Express Lift bar at Mountain Plaza for the après ski awards party and raffle from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music by Jonny Mogambo, free beer thanks to Bonfire Brewing, appetizers, musical chairs and raffles.

There is no cause or cure for MS but Can Do MS provides hope and a pathway to take charge of the disease. To find out more please visit www.cando-ms.org.

A country music queen and music fit for a king

Country music singer Sara Evans will grace the Vilar Performing Arts Center with her beautiful voice and soulful lyrics on Friday at 7 p.m.

She’s had five No. 1 singles, sold millions of albums worldwide, won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her signature song, “Born To Fly.”

Evans grew up singing and was a part of her family’s band in has been in and out of Nashville recording songs and albums as a solo artist. You may remember hits such as “A Little Bit Stronger,” “I Could Not Ask For More,” “Born to Fly,” “Suds In The Bucket,” “No Place That Far,” “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” and more.

Enjoy a little storytelling at this intimate venue with this award-winning county music star. Tickets are $78 and you can find out more by visiting www.vilarpac.org.

Also performing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this weekend is the King’s Singers on Sunday at 7 p.m. This British a cappella group has been around for over 50 years and it still features the same vocal formation of two countertenors, one tenor, two baritones and a bass singer.

The King’s Singers will perform “Royal Blood,” a program that investigates the life and legacy of 16th century King Henry VIII. From London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall, take advantage of the King’s Singers sharing their vocal qualities in Beaver Creek.

Tickets start at $48 for adults and are $10 for students. Or, buy three tickets to this show and get the fourth ticket free. This show is also part of the VPAC ticket package: Pick three shows for $90, pick five shows for $175 or pick eight shows for $240. The show is also part of the Pay Your Age (18-30 years old) ticket program. Go to www.vilarpac.org for more details.

Après ski with Vail Jazz

We don’t hear a lot about Vail Jazz in the wintertime. For 26 years the sounds of jazz have dominated outdoor venues from the Vail Farmers Market to the Ford Amphitheater. But this Friday, Vail Jazz will host a special pop-up après ski party at the Minturn Saloon with the sounds of the Burnsville Band.

Head over to this iconic Minturn bar and restaurant and enjoy the free live music as well as free drinks and appetizers from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Every local knows that the Minturn Saloon is one of the valley’s most boisterous, under-the-radar venues for a celebratory drink after a day on the slopes. We want to ramp that up a notch,” said Vail Jazz executive director James Kenly in a press release. “It makes sense to add après ski to our wheelhouse with this pop-up event and also provide a glimpse of the musical energy to come this summer.”

The Burnsville Band is lead by Steve Burns, who has been playing the guitar since he was 11 and will be guiding the audience with some deep, soul searching blues music. The Burnsville Band has developed a regional following as well as a reputation for bringing a joyful buzz to any party.

Head to Minturn, which is a close drive from Vail or Beaver Creek ski areas, or leave work a little early this Friday to take part in this winter celebration with Vail Jazz. For more information, visit www.vailjazz.org.

Historical hike

In addition to the daily snowshoe hikes, evening snowshoe tours, full moon snowshoe tours and backcountry snowshoe hikes, Walking Mountains Science Center also hosts history trips on snowshoes.

Walking Mountains’ mission is “to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.” They take that one step further by adding historical tidbits of Eagle County’s legacy with the addition of the Hiking Through History tours.

Walking Mountains has teamed up with the Eagle County Historical Society for the snowshoe history treks. Saturday’s hike takes place in East Brush Creek outside of Eagle. Local historian Kathy Heicher will share stories about Ranger Brown, who tended the forest from 1920-1935.

Ranger Brown handled tasks including managing grazing allotments for local ranchers, building key trails and roads, building Forest Service cabins and offices throughout Eagle County. He also handled predator control issues involving wolves. Brown also managed the Civilian Conservation Corps camp established in 1940. Learn about this fascinating character who helped shape many of the trails and forest resources in our valley.

“Kathy Heicher and the Eagle County Historical Society always do an amazing job with us for Hiking Through History,” said Paul Abling, marketing and communications director for Walking Mountains. We’ve explored the history of many areas together including Camp Hale, Red Cliff, Fulford, and the Sweetwater Cave. We are excited to learn all about the history of another area, East Brush Creek, on this fun snowshoe history trek.”

The tour is set up to be a half-day excursion with the hike itself about 2.5 miles in distance. Snowshoes and poles are provided. Bring your own lunch for a post-tour picnic at Yeoman Park Campground. The program meets at Walking Mountains Science Center at 9 a.m. Register online in advance: www.walkingmountains.org.

Bumper cars in Vail, live music, mountaintop services and more: Ross’ weekend picks 01/31/20

Editor’s note: Tricia Swenson is off this week, enjoying some time in Europe. The Vail Daily’s Ross Leonhart fills in, offering 5 things to do this weekend:

Friday, Jan. 31

Listen to some live music

The valley has some impressive musicians performing throughout the winter, and Fridays are a great day (and evening) to check out some tunes. Here’s a couple of the musicians taking to stages on Friday. (Call or visit your favorite establishment if not listed.)

Slopeside après: Shannon Tanner and the Wingman perform outdoors slopeside at Beaver Creek’s Powder 8 Kitchen & Tap from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. He performs acoustic guitar and has been known to create a lively atmosphere, as well as some memorable performances — such as the time Toby Keith joined him to perform “Red Solo Cup.” Food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar inside.

Authentic Bavarian music: Local legend Helmut Fricker will perform an evening of authentic Bavarian fun with his alpine horn and accordion at the Christiania at Vail. He performs every Friday.

Winter Friday Afternoon Club: The Westin in Avon celebrates FAC in the winter with live music, drink specials and food deals. On Friday, Jan. 31, The Platonics, Robby and the Peoples, and KT and the Modulators perform.

Tony G. brings the jazz for dinner: Local jazz legend Tony Gulizia performs at Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. to accompany quality food and a special dining experience. Gulizia, a longtime member of the local Vail Jazz organization, is an award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist.

Kathy Morrow is splendid at Splendido at the Chateau: Longtime local singer-pianist Kathy Morrow performs Great American Songbook standards, R&B, rock, jazz and blues at Splendido at the Chateau at Beaver Creek starting at 7 p.m. Splendido is an elegant mountainside restaurant that pairs well with Morrow’s piano.

Whiskey (and spirits) and tunes: Bahr Bq Mike and Friends perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. in Vail. The group performs blues, country, rock and soul.

Be a king in the King’s Club: Kevin Danzig performs across the high country and frequents the King’s Club in Vail, located inside the Sonnenalp Hotel. The singer-songwriter performs a mix of rock, folk and soulful sounds.

Back-to-backs at Agave: Jam band and electronic music intersect with rhythm-driven funk when Sunsquabi performs two nights at Agave in Avon, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $26-$31. Recess joins Sunsquabi in Avon. Shows start at 9:30 p.m.

Do it yourself: Loaded Joe’s in Avon hosts Karaoke with Sandman every Friday.

Music of Minturn: Jen Mack plays soulful, uplifting acoustic at Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar in Minturn on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Her vocal inspirations are Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday and Susan Tedeschi.

Downvalley tunes: Whiskey Stomp performs at Brush Creek Saloon in Eagle on Friday at 9 p.m. The band performs rock, jam, reggae and more.

Visit https://everythingvailvalley.com/ for more live music listings and things to do around the valley.

Have you tried the Ice Bumper Cars at Dobson yet?

Ice bumper cars are the newest attraction in Vail. Great for all ages and abilities, end your day while bumping around the Dobson Ice Arena.
Photo courtesy of Vail Recreation District

New to Dobson Ice Arena in Vail this year, Ice Bumper Cars offer an opportunity for both kids and adults to zoom around, spin and go at it on the skating rink in Vail. Presented by the Vail Recreation District, participants must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall to drive. Rides are $10 per person and include a 15-minute bumper car experience.

Pre-registration is highly recommended, as walk-ins will be based on availability. Register online at www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2271 to make reservations for larger groups.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Minturn Snowskate Open

Vail Daily reporter John LaConte tries out a Hovland Ram snowskate in 2017. A snowskate is a hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard.
Zach Griffin | Daily file photo

Joining skis and snowboards on local mountains, a snowskate is a hybrid of skateboard and snowboard, allowing for skateboard-style tricks on snow. The second annual Snowskate Open Pro/Am Rail Jam presented by Hovland Snowskates and the town of Minturn takes place at Little Beach Park and includes prizes, food, music, a raffle, demos and an after-party at the Minturn Saloon.

Registration begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1. The contest starts at 4 p.m. and is spectator friendly with free entry. The after-party at the Saloon starts at 7 p.m. and features Scotty Kabel.

With a cash prize, expect unique snowskate tricks, and wipeouts, at Little Beach Park in Minturn at the Snowskate Open.

For more information, visit www.minturn.org.

Do something to help others

Project Funway benefits the Education Foundation of Eagle County and features a runway competition featuring anything but fabric.
Juan Pena | Photo courtesy of Project Funway
  • Project Funway: The annual Project Funway runway show benefits the Education Foundation of Eagle County, on a mission to support education as well as intellectual and emotional needs of students. Project Funway is a fun competition with three age categories competing for title of top designer with creations made from anything but fabric. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, with the runway competition at 7 p.m. For more information and to help the Education Foundation of Eagle County, visit www.efec.org.
  • Snowshoe for Peru 5K: The seventh annual Snowshoe for Peru 5K takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle. The family community event helps provide safety, education and hope to youth in Peru. All running and walking fitness levels and ages are welcome. (https://corazondeesperanza.org/snowshoe5k/)

Sunday

Attend a Mountaintop Worship Service

Mountaintop services take place at both Beaver Creek and Vail on Sunday.
Daily file photo

From 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Alpine Resort Ministries of Eagle County offers Christian services at Spruce Saddle on Beaver Creek Mountain as well as Two Elk and Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain. Spruce Saddle is located atop the Centennial Express at Beaver Creek, accessed via chair or gondola. Eagle’s Nest is located atop the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village in Vail, while Two Elk is perched at the top of China Bowl in Vail.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Free concerts, ugly sweater 5K, free ski demos and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 12/13/19

Vail Snow Days

Vail Snow Days is the official kickoff to winter with free live music, fun après-ski and after-dark parties, gear demos and more. Here’s a look at the weekend’s events and activities:

Friday

Festival Village (Mountain Plaza, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Ski demos from Liberty Skis, gear demos from Oakley, samplings from Nature Valley, Pepsi, Ripple Foods and Kicking Horse Coffee and partner integrations from Audi, Helly Hansen and GoPro

Block Party (International Bridge, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  • This will be the place to gather swag and try products like Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and Babe Wine among other brands.

Snow Days Live (4 p.m.)

  • Live music around town and on the mountain

Free Concert (Ford Park parking lot concert venue, 6 p.m.)

  • 5:30 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. music starts
  • Opening band: The Rad Trads
  • Headliner: Modest Mouse

Snow Days Live (10 p.m.)

  • Live music around town

Saturday

Festival Village (Mountain Plaza, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Ski demos from Liberty Skis, gear demos from Oakley, samplings from Nature Valley, Pepsi, Ripple Foods and Kicking Horse Coffee and partner integrations from Audi, Helly Hansen and GoPro

Block Party (International Bridge, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  • This will be the place to gather swag and try products like Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and try Babe Wine among other brands.

Snow Days Live (4 p.m.)

  • Live music around town and on the mountain

Free Concert (Ford Park parking lot concert venue, 6 p.m.)

  • 5:30 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. music starts
  • Opening band: Rob Drabkin
  • Headliner: The Head and The Heart

Snow Days Live (10 p.m.)

  • Live music around town

Sunday

Bluegrass and Bloodies (The Tavern at Arrabelle, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Music by the Runaway Grooms

Festival Village (Mountain Plaza, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Ski demos from Liberty Skis, gear demos from Oakley, samplings from Nature Valley, Pepsi, Ripple Foods and Kicking Horse Coffee and partner integrations from Helly Hansen and GoPro

Block Party (International Bridge, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  • This will be the place to gather swag and try products like Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and try Babe Wine among other brands.

Snow Days Live (4 p.m.)

  • Live music around town and on the mountain

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.vailsnowdays.com.

Vail Holidays

Vail Holidays will ring in the season with a two-week celebration including ice skating shows, kids activities, cookie decorating, a lantern walk, tree lighting ceremony and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend:

Friday

Santa and the Babies (Vail Public Library, 11 a.m.)

  • Little tots ages 3 years old and under are invited to join Santa in a calm and casual setting during the daytime (and hopefully not during their nap time). Toys and snacks will be offered to make waiting for your turn with friends and family a playful experience.

Saturday

Vail Holiday Sweater Run (Bart and Yeti’s, 8 a.m.)

  • Here’s one more chance to wear that ugly holiday sweater during this 5K fun run.
  • Entry is free with a donation of toys or food to benefit Toys for Tots and the Eagle Valley Community Foundation’s Community Market.
  • The run starts and finishes at Bart and Yeti’s in Lionshead.
  • Pre-registration is required at sports@vailrec.com.

Sunday

Vail Après Ski Ceremonial Bell Ringing (El Sabor, 2:45-5 p.m.)

  • Join Vail dignitaries, guests and locals for the new bell-ringing tradition that kicks off après ski each day.
  • Complimentary tacos and beverages

Vail Village Tree Lighting Ceremony (Slifer Square in Vail Village, 5 p.m.)

  • Come hear holiday music from local entertainers like the Eagle Valley High School Jazz band, the Dickens Carolers. There will also be a visit from the town of Vail mayor and St. Nick.
  • The Faessler family of the Sonnenalp Hotel Vail will be honored. The Sonnenalp Hotel Vail is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the valley.
  • Free hot chocolate and cookies.

For a complete list of events, visit www.vailholidays.com.

15 Days of Minturn

The town of Minturn is recognizing its 115th anniversary by having a celebration that lasts for 15 days. Take part in the tail end of the event this weekend by enjoying an outdoor holiday market, a free concert, a community potluck dinner and more:

Friday

Revival Photographic is hosting a Tintype Portrait Party, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

  • Bring your best 1900s-inspired gear like top hats, snap caps, feather caps, think Prohibition era.

Saturday

Winter Holiday Market (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • Shop for unique and hand-crafted gifts, carolers, visits with Santa, food vendors, s’mores and more.

Historical walking tour (tours start at 10 a.m., last tour departs at 1 p.m.)

  • Hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society
  • Learn about this town that was incorporated on Nov. 15, 1904.

Self-care Saturdays

  • Two opportunities to practice self-care on your mat: 9 a.m. Solar Flow Yoga and 11 a.m. Lunar Flow Yoga.
  • All levels welcome at Anahata Yoga.

Free outdoor concert (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • Featuring The Blue Canyon Boys playing bluegrass
  • Beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery, wine from Monkshood Cellars, food by Baked and Loaded

Sunday

Send It Sundays (3 p.m. every Sunday at the Minturn Saloon)

  • Presented by Crazy Mountain Brewery and sponsored by Weston Snowboards
  • Raffle prizes each week including ski and snowboard giveaways each month

Community Potluck Dinner (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

  • Guests should bring their favorite holiday appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert to the Minturn Town Hall.
  • Entrée sponsored by Sunrise Minturn.

For a full list of events, visit www.minturn.org.

Holiday performances

The ‘Nutcracker’

The Vail Youth Ballet Co. will host the “Nutcracker” this weekend at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The Vail Youth Ballet Co. will be joined by guest artists from the Vail Valley Academy of Dance and community members.

Listen to the music of Tchaikovsky while watching the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and other characters dance across the stage. This holiday favorite is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages.

The show is produced by Vail Friends of Dance and presented in part by the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts Community Fund.

Performances will be held Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased online at www.vilarpac.org, at the box office or via phone by calling 970-845-8497.

‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.!’

It may not be holiday-themed, but check out the Homestake Peak School students in “Shrek the Musical, Jr.!” this weekend. Students in grades three through eight have been working hard practicing their lines, songs and stage presence to get ready for this weekend’s shows.

Follow the cast as they make their way across sunflower fields and dragon keeps and see familiar characters like Donkey and Shrek himself. “Shrek the Musical, Jr.!” is full of fun, laughter and surprises along with songs, dance and even a little bit of romance.

Head to the Homestake Peak School in EagleVail at 6:30 p.m. for performances on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com/events/16006 or at the door. For more information, visit www.hpsdrama.org

Free women’s ski demo day in Vail

Ladies, if it’s been a while since you’ve stepped into a new pair of skis, take advantage of the latest technology at the free women’s ski demo day in Vail on Saturday.

Lionshead will be the headquarters for new women’s specific equipment where you can try a variety of makes and models to see which pair of skis works best for you. Take them out for a lap off of the Born Free Express lift and then grab another pair. Need a bit longer to see what the ski has to offer? Go east over to Mid Vail or Northwoods and see how they zip around on that terrain. The best way to see if a ski feels right is to try before you buy.

Brands that are slated to be offered for test drives include Elan, Kastle, Head, Blizzard, Volkl, Black Crow and more. Outdoor Divas, a women’s specific sports shop in Lionshead, has teamed up with Vail Sports to offer hand-selected skis designed for women.

Take advantage of this free demo between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. If you miss this demo day, don’t worry, there will be one each month for the next three months. For more information, visit www.outdoordivas.com.

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

Beaver Creek Tree Lighting ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Celtic Gift

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

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

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

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

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

Revely Vail

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

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

Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

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

Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revely Vail Tree Lighting 6- 7 p.m.

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

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

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

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

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

Schedule

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

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

15 Days of Minturn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ski swap, Halloween fun, Loveland opens and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/25/19

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Ski Swap

For 50 years, outdoor enthusiasts have looked forward to the annual Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Swap held each fall in Vail. From Oct. 25 to 27, the Dobson Arena is converted into a department store-type of setting with gear like skis, snowboards, boots, poles, helmets, outwear and bindings taking over the entire place.

This is the spot to go if you just moved to town and need equipment in order to participate in outdoor activities this season. It’s also the place to go if your kids have outgrown their jackets and snow pants since last year. If you lost a pair of gloves at the end of the season those can be found here, too. Want to try a new sport? Get geared up at a discount while helping out a good cause.

A percentage of sales from the swap benefit Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, helping the organization fulfill its mission to inspire character growth and excellence in young athletes throughout the Vail community.

New and used gear is up for sale and you never know what you are going to find. There will be helpful and knowledgeable staff and volunteers on hand to answer questions about gear or accessories you are looking for.

Here’s how it works, on Friday there is a $15 admission fee for adults and teenagers from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids 12 and under are free. At 7 p.m. on Friday, the fee drops to $5. Shoppers can also get $5 off admission with a student ID. The venue will close at 10 p.m. The Swap will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. There is no entry fee on those days, but keep in mind that the best selection and sizes will be available on Friday. Visit www.vailskiswap.com for more information.

Halloween happenings for kids

Halloween isn’t until next Thursday, but there are many events and activities that will get kids into the spooky spirit this weekend. 

13th annual Halloween lock-in at Gypsum Rec Center

  • Kids get the whole facility for one night and also get a haunted house, costume contest, Halloween movie, swimming, gymnastics and more.
  • Drop off kids by 6 p.m. Friday and pick up by 11:30 p.m. Friday or 8 a.m. on Saturday
  • Kids should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, Halloween costume and swimsuit
  • Boys and girls 5 to 12 years old, tickets are $45
  • www.mountainrec.org

Village Market Pumpkin Fest for Mountain Youth–Riverwalk-Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Trick-or-Treat Street at the various stores, face painting and $5 pumpkins courtesy of Village Market
  • Alpine Arts Center crafts and painting
  • www.mountainyouth.org

Fright at the Museum-Walking Mountains-Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Pumpkin chuckin’, petting zoo, pop-up corn maze
  • Apple cider demos and tastings, seasonal beer and wines for adults
  • Freaky farm haunted trail, pumpkin patch and carving
  • Learn about compost and freaky food and herbs
  • Snacks will be available
  • Please bring a reusable bottle for water and plan to carpool to the Elk Lot and take the free shuttle to Walking Mountains
  • Tickets are $15 and children 3-years-old and younger are free
  • www.walkingmountains.org

Alpine Arts Center-Halloween arts and crafts

  • Pumpkin carving event on Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Bring a pumpkin and snacks, stencils and tools to carve or paint a pumpkin will be available. The cost is $15 per person and all ages are welcome
  • Drop-in pumpkin carving during Pumpkin Fest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cocktails and Canvas guided painting event on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • www.alpineartscenter.org

Beaver Creek Spooktacular – Sunday 4 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Spooky Stroll around Beaver Creek Village and the woods near the base area of Beaver Creek 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Trick or Treating in Beaver Creek Village, games and more 4 to 7 p.m.
  • “Hocus Pocus” movie showing outdoors in Beaver Creek Village 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • www.beavercreek.com/events

Halloween fun for adults

Kids aren’t the only ones having fun, adults can take part in the Halloween-themed events as well. Here are a few parties going on this weekend:

Maya Day of the Dead – Friday 5 to 10 p.m. 

  • Tickets are $20 in advance and that includes the all-you-can-eat taco bar and one margarita or $25 at the door includes an all-you-can-eat taco bar
  • Costume contest
  • Grateful Dead cover band
  • Pumpkin painting, s’mores station and more
  • Call Maya for tickets: 970-790-5500

Tricks for Treats Parents Night Out–Friday 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Drop the kids off at the Vail Gymnastics Center and go out and enjoy a date night
  • Activities for kids include a haunted house, costume contest, games and movie
  • Pizza will be served to the kids
  • $20 per child, for ages 5 years and older
  • www.vailrec.com

Dramaween- Friday at Route 6 Cafe at 7 p.m. to close

Halloween at the MAC-Mountain Art Collective–Friday from 9 p.m. to close

  • Music by Austin Gavlak and Chris Calderon, visuals by Mtn Man Lasers
  • $10 tickets at the door, $5 drinks, free keg from 9 to 10 p.m.
  • Costume contest
  • Visit Mountain Art Collective’s Facebook page for more info

Minturn Saloon – Saturday 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

  • Live music by Turntable Review
  • A free Coors Light to the first 100 people
  • $20 donation to the Minturn Community Fund
  • Theme: American horror story
  • Costume contest
  • www.minturncommunityfund.org

Opening day at Loveland Ski Area

We now have not one, not two, but three ski areas to choose from in Colorado. Loveland Ski Area announced earlier this week that opening day will be Friday. Other ski areas that are open include Arapahoe Basin, which opened last Friday and Keystone, which opened last Saturday.

The Chet’s Dream lift will start spinning at 9 a.m. on Friday and will offer access to one full top-to-bottom run. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this run on opening day, which is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.

“Our snowmaking team has been working around the clock to get the mountain ready and all of their hard work is about to pay off,” said COO Rob Goodell in a press release. “Mother Nature chipped in with almost a foot of snow during this last storm cycle and that was the boost we needed. Winter is officially here and we can’t wait to celebrate the start of another season.”

Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until early May. Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends and designated holidays. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.

Muscles for Mills fundraiser

Crosstraining Fitness of Vail is hosting an autumn fundraiser on Saturday and this year the proceeds will go toward Noah Mills, a 5-year-old who has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Typically Crosstraining Fitness of Vail does Barbells for Boobs, a breast cancer fundraiser held annually during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They switched up the focus this year in order to help the Mills family as they go through this ordeal. Vail Brewing Company is also involved and will provide the beer for the after-party.

Muscles for Mills invites teams consisting of families and friends to come out to participate in the Fun Fitness Challenge. It’s geared toward all fitness levels and ages in order to welcome as many people as possible. Don’t have a team and want to participate? Don’t worry, they will be grouping people together that day to ensure that as many people who want to sweat for a cause can do so.

Noah Mills was recently diagnosed with late-stage bilateral renal (kidney) cancer, called Wilms tumor. The main goal of this fundraiser is to raise money for the Mills family as they go through this difficult time.

The big event happens on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. People can register teams for the Fun Fitness Challenge or donate items for the auction here: http://www.cfvcolorado.com/musclesformills2019.html

Avalanche Alumni hockey, Vail Oktoberfest, trail running races and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/13/19

Oktoberfest in Vail Village

Oktoberfest returns for its third weekend in the valley with festivities moving to Vail Village, where the Gore Range and the Bavarian-style architecture on Gore Creek Drive provide the perfect backdrop for this annual German holiday. By now you should know the drill: wear lederhosen or a dirndl if you have one, learn the words to “Roll Out the Barrel” and keep moving to the beat as the pace quickens during the chicken dance.

Vail may be miles away from the home of Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany – but the traditions are well represented at the local event.

The traditional blue and white checkered table cloths and flags line the streets and stage and authentic steins are shipped in along with authentic beer. Vail Oktoberfest will be proudly serving Spaten, one of the six breweries allowed to serve during festivities in Munich. Festival guests will enjoy classic Bavarian fare including brats, schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, pretzels and more.

The food and drink aren’t the only things that are authentic, the music is as well. Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band will play several sets throughout the weekend along with the Bavarian Schuhplatters. After the oompah music, Blu Krewe takes the stage on Friday and Boogie Machine will help you dance the night away on Saturday. Both bands play the late set from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun and games at Vail Oktoberfest. Enter the brat eating or stein lifting competitions, try keg bowling or see if your outfit is authentic enough to win top honors in the costume contest. Bring the kids to the Bavarian Kinder Club for games and crafts from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For the full schedule of events, please visit www.vailoktoberfest.com.

Avalanche Alumni vs. Vail Yeti Hockey

If you love hockey, casino games and helping out youth sports programs, you’re going to love this weekend. Those three elements could be described as the hat trick that happens off the ice as the Colorado Avalanche Alumni come to town to help raise money for the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club.

Throughout the weekend, Hockey greats such as Stephane Yelle, Peter Budaj, Cody McLeod, Pierre Turgeon, John-Michael Liles, Rick Barry, even Bernie, the team mascot will be around for meet and greet events, skills clinics, a Casino Night and the Avalanche Alumni will play the Vail Yeti Hockey team. Oh, and did we mention Joe Sakic? Yep, he will be here, too.

Dobson Ice Arena will be transformed into a casino setting for the Top Shelf Casino Night on Friday featuring a DJ, casino tables and a silent auction. Some of the auction items include VIP tickets to “The Voice”; tickets for the “The Bachelorette After the Final Rose” and “Women Tell All”; a VIP experience at Pepsi Center with Jake Schroeder, frequent national anthem singer at Avs games; lots of Avs memorabilia; gift cards to local businesses and more.

On Saturday, youth hockey clinics will be held with some of the Avalanche Alumni between noon and 3 p.m. There will also be a meet and greet with Avalanche Alumni from noon to 2 p.m. at Grey Salt. Grey Salt is a men’s clothing store in Solaris in Vail Village and 20% of proceeds from Grey Salt purchases on Saturday and Sunday will go to the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. when the Avalanche Alumni take on the Vail Yeti hockey team at Dobson Ice Arena on Saturday night.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend for hockey fans and it’s all for a good cause as the money raised from this event will help the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club offset about 40% of the fees each year to make the sport accessible to local youth. For more information on the weekend’s schedule and tickets, visit www.vailmountaineers.com

Zusammen Communal Dining

Gather around the table with friends and family in a celebration of food and community at Beaver Creek’s Zusammen celebration on Saturday night. Dine and drink at communal tables on the Plaza at Beaver Creek while enjoying free live music from Spinphony.

Restaurants and small plates include:

  • Golden Eagle Inn: Filet mignon slider with roasted tomato and poblano aioli, chocolate brownie with chilled berry compote.
  • Hooked: Colorado lamb chops with R Farms squash capponata, organic chicken miniature pot pie, zucchini bread with five-spice mascarpone frosting.
  • 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill: Buttermilk-cornmeal battered Rocky Mountain oyster tacos, crunchy slaw, and salsa de chicharron and chicken tinga tacos with crunchy slaw and salsa de chicharron.

Drinks will be available a la carte from the bar on the Plaza level near the ice rink. Guests over 21 years of age can also enjoy a complimentary pour of prosecco in a Beaver Creek-branded flute.

Spinphony is an all-female string quartet band based out of Denver. This group has been wowing fans with its unique arrangements of classical, rock and pop tunes and they absolutely rock. Spinphony has played venues throughout Colorado including Lindsey Vonn’s annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Vail. They also played on the streets of Vail over Labor Day weekend at the Gourmet on Gore Food Trucks al Fresco event in Vail Village.

Zusammen features open-air seating from 4 to 8 p.m. The pay-as-you-go system allows you to try the different small plates from the restaurants featured. Don’t forget, there is ice skating in the evenings and shopping surrounding the plaza level of Beaver Creek, so make a night of it. For more information, go to www.beavercreek.com.

Habitat for Humanity Diva Build Day

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley and Thrivent Financial are seeking volunteers for two special Diva Day build events on Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Habitat’s new Grace Avenue construction site in Gypsum.

Participants may volunteer on either or both of the build days and will be treated to snacks, beverages and a commemorative t-shirt. Suggested build day apparel is pants, hard-soled or closed-toes shoes and layers. No prior construction or home improvement experience is necessary.

On the build days, there will be plenty of ladies clad in pink t-shirts swinging hammers or operating the buzz saw alongside folks from Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley who will be guiding them on how to do all the tasks needed on the job site that day. The volunteers will also be working alongside the family members who will be moving into the house. Habitat requires 250 hours of sweat equity per adult family member. Sweat equity is a central principle in Habitat’s mission of building community and partnering with families to provide a hand up, not a handout.

In addition to the two build days, a Diva Days VIP reception will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hovey & Harrison in Edwards. Complimentary food and beverages will be served and happy hour pricing will be available throughout the event. Habitat will be collecting donations at the door to help fund its local homebuilding program.

To volunteer call Nick Mejia at 970-748-6718 ext. 127 or email volunteer@habitatvailvalley.org. For more information, visit www.habitatvailvalley.org.

MeadowGold 5k and 10k

Now is your chance to participate in the last race of the summer in the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. The Meadowgold 5k and 10k races will be this Saturday.

So far, the races have been held in Eagle, Beaver Creek, Camp Hale and on Vail Mountain. This race takes place just outside of Minturn on Meadow Mountain. Runners will ascend technical single track on the beautiful West Grouse Trail. At the high point and nearly halfway through the 10k race, runners will begin the descent to the finish on double track with open views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Range.

The series wraps up with an awards ceremony following the finish of the MeadowGold races at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Minturn. All registered racers get a custom tech t-shirt. Word has it that this shirt contains some pretty cool artwork featuring a llama, so that alone might be reason enough to do this race. For more information please visit www.vailrec.com.

Vail Oktoberfest, Eagle River clean up, car shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/6/19

Oktoberfest in Lionshead

After kicking off Oktoberfest last weekend in Beaver Creek, the annual Bavarian holiday comes east. Vail Oktoberfest will be set up this Friday through Sunday in Lionshead, where the Arrabelle provides the perfect backdrop with its Bavarian-style architecture. 

Festival guests will enjoy classic Bavarian fare including brats, schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, pretzels and more. No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without authentic Oktoberfest beer and Vail Oktoberfest is proud to serve Spaten.

Come for the beer and brats, but stay for the entertainment. Each day offers an array of music from the traditional oompah-style bands like Helmut Fricker and the Rhinlanders Band to ‘80s cover tunes from local band Rewind. 

You’ll also notice that it is all fun and games at Vail Oktoberfest. Enter the brat eating or stein lifting competitions, try keg bowling or see if your outfit is authentic enough to win top honors in the costume contest. Bring the kids to the Bavarian Kinder Club for games and crafts from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For the full schedule of events, please visit www.vailoktoberfest.com.

Races in Eagle County

There will be plenty of opportunities to test your mettle against other athletes both up valley and down valley this weekend. Major League Triathlon returns to Avon and the Mountain Rats Trail running races are back in Eagle this weekend. 

Major League Triathlon isn’t just a competition, it’s a show that is spectator friendly where pro triathletes race a mixed-race relay format with abbreviated swimming, biking and running courses before tagging their teammate to race the next leg. But the event isn’t just for the pros, amateurs are welcome to come out and try it as well. There will be everything from the 5k to an IPA run to an Avon Beer Mile run and a splash and dash race for the kids. Bark in the Park allows you to bring your dog along while you run a little over 3 miles in Nottingham Park. 

On Saturday, qualifying rounds will be going on all day with the championships taking place starting at 5 p.m. Locals will get one more chance to see a super-sprint mixed-relay triathlon before the event makes it Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

Live free concerts by The Larry Keel Experience and Trout Steak Revival round out the festival with concerts each night. For more information, go to www.majorleaguetri.com

If trail running is more your thing, the Mountain Rats trail racing event down valley will offer a marathon, a 50k run and a “heavy half”, which is a little longer than the typical half marathon. There is also a 5k held on a relatively flat path that is paved where you can walk, jog, run or race for time. 

All events will start and end in Eagle Ranch. Color Coffee will serve as the kick-off and return point during the races and the after part will be at Boneyard (formerly the Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch). For a complete schedule and registration information, visit www.geminiadventures.com.

Vail Automotive Classic

If you like cars, you’ll love the opportunities to see some great classics or newer makes and models at this year’s Vail Automotive Classic in Vail.

Each year, the Vail Automotive Classic celebrates the art of the machine with a series of automotive events in the Vail Valley. Their largest event and fundraiser takes place every September and brings car collectors and admirers of all ages out to talk cars and raise a little money for charities.

On Saturday, bring your prized vehicle to Mountain Plaza at Gondola One from 9-11 a.m. for Cars and Coffee. View the vehicles and talk about everything from Bugattis to Bentleys and muscle cars to Maseratis. 

On Sunday, the vintage and new vehicles will be on display in Vail Village from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The marque brand for 2019 is BMW, so expect to see some old and new cars and motorcycles on display. There will be judged categories as well as a people’s choice award, so cast your vote for your favorite vehicle. For more information, call Mark Bergman at 518-232-6544.

Eagle River Cleanup

By donating just three hours of your time, you can help improve the watershed in Eagle County. Saturday marks the 25th annual Eagle River Cleanup, which goes beyond the Eagle River. Nearly 70 miles of banks along the Eagle River, Gore Creek, the upper Colorado River and tributaries are part of this countywide effort. 

The Eagle River Watershed Council organizes the event, which will see over 350 volunteers come out from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Eagle River Watershed Council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that the rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.

“The efforts of hundreds of volunteers are very evident throughout the valley after our cleanup events,” said Kate Isaacson with the Eagle River Watershed Council. “A lot of the trash found along our waterways contains plastics or other harmful chemicals which degrade and make their way into our water system.”

As a thank you to all the volunteers, presenting sponsor Vail Resorts Epic Promise will host a barbecue after the clean up from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Cafe in Arrowhead. There will also be live music with The Runaway Grooms and free beer from Bonfire Brewing. 

Each participant will also get a commemorative t-shirt and the teams are asked to bring in their most interesting piece of trash to the event for a chance to win the Most Unusual Trash Award. To learn more contact the Eagle River Watershed Council at www.erwc.org

First Fridays Art Exhibits 

The Vail Valley Art Guild will showcase the photography of a local high school student as part of its First Friday exhibit and reception series at the Guild’s studio at 291 Main Street in Minturn. 

Celia Barrie, a sophomore at Battle Mountain High School, will exhibit photos taken while on a recent safari in Africa. Accompanied by her Richmond, Virginia, grandparents, Celia traveled to Qatar, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and viewed a variety of landscapes and wild animals.

The event is free and open to the public on Friday between 5:30 and 8 p.m. and is made possible by the Vail Valley Art Guild’s Outreach program, which provides local venues for young artists and photographers to exhibit their work. The Vail Valley Art Guild also sponsors lectures, field trips and workshops throughout the year. For additional information, visit www.vailvalleyartguild.com.

Also on Friday, check out Gallery 8 Arts in Avon as they showcase the artwork of Shen, the original West Coast graffiti girl at their First Friday event. 

Shen used to call the Vail Valley home and now resides and Texas, but just came from South Dakota where she was painting a mural in a school at the Rosebud Indian Reservation. It’s all part of her new Street Art Evangelism program where Shen goes into areas that are depressed or hurting and strives to bring hope, light and love to those communities through her art. 

Shen is known for her portraits, especially portraits of musicians from pretty much every genre. Welcome Shen back to the Vail Valley at the reception between 4 and 7 p.m. Gallery 8 Arts is located at 150 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., between the UPS Store and Green Elephant Juicery. For more information, go to www.gallery8arts.com.