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Hiking the Fancy Pass-Missouri Lakes Loop Trail

Hiking has been more popular than ever with people looking for something to do during the pandemic, and it’s considered one of the safest activities. If you are ready for a longer hike and something a bit more off the beaten path, try the Fancy Pass-Missouri Lakes Loop Trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness.

During the summer, I typically like to hike up Overlook Trail on Beaver Creek Mountain; Berry Picker near Vail; or the Minturn Mile Trail up to Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain — and then take the gondola down (to help save my knees). But, after a summer of getting a lot of hiking in, I thought I’d venture away from my usual treks and try a new trail. I have always heard of Missouri Lakes and Fancy Pass, and a friend who had done the loop before invited me to go along. I love it when I can go with someone who knows the territory.

The Fancy Pass-Missouri Lakes Loop trailhead is near Homestake, just south of Minturn on your way to Camp Hale and Tennessee Pass. Even though my friend knew the area, I like to see the map and descriptions so I enlisted the help of the “Vail Hiker” by Mary Ellen Gilliland, “The Best Hikes of Colorado” by Christina Williams and the All Trails app to make sure we were going in the right direction.

We brought the “Vail Hiker” book with us since it is a lightweight spiral-bound book that fits easily into your backpack. It’s good to have the map and description on hand just in case cell phone batteries die or there’s a lack of a cell phone signal on the hike.

After following directions to the parking area, off we went. We started at 10 a.m. on a nice sunny fall day, but we were prepared with layers for changing weather and temperature variances due to altitude. Keep in mind, for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain, the temperature can drop 3-4 degrees. The elevation gain on this hike is 2,550 feet and the starting elevation is above 10,000 feet. We dressed in layers also knowing we’d work up a sweat going uphill.

We decided to do Fancy Pass first. According to the “Vail Hiker,” Fancy Pass was named after Joe Fancy’s bustling mining camp in the early 1880s. It’s hard to believe there were once 20 cabins and a water-powered stamp mill to process local ores. Down the road was Holy Cross City, which was home to two ore mills during the boom-bust era. We had plenty of time on the hike to marvel about how they got the ore from the mines down Homestake Road to the Denver & Rio Grande rail line to deliver the goods to Denver. Those miners were tough, and we let that be an inspiration to keep going on this trail when our energy waned.

After winding through the trees on the lower portion of Fancy Pass, we reached Fancy Creek about a mile in. This was a good spot to shed a layer and take a few photos. Then, onward to Fancy Lake, where many more photo opportunities followed. At this point, we consulted “Vail Hiker” again to make sure we were heading toward the lake. Luckily, we weren’t too far behind a group of women, who actually were from Vail, and could hear their hoots and hollers once they reached the lake, so we knew we were close and followed their sounds of excitement.

Fancy Lake is a great place to take a rest, grab a bite to eat from the backpack and roam around on some of the side hikes to Mulhall Lakes, Holy Cross City or Cleveland Lake. After taking a few photos, we opted to keep going upward to stay on schedule.

After Fancy Lake, we psyched ourselves up for what the “Vail Hiker” calls a “dizzying climb” to Fancy Pass, which lies at 12,380 feet above sea level. We pulled out the “Vail Hiker” book at this point to make sure we were going in the right direction after the stop at Fancy Lake. We followed the directions to the “rock-paved” Fancy Pass road, which would take the miners and their loads down to Holy Cross City. This “road” was about as wide as a sidewalk and once again, I wondered just how the miners survived with such primitive equipment and passageways.

The climb to Fancy Pass from this point is short, about one-half of a mile, but that “dizzying” description fit the bill when my friend said she felt a bit dizzy, so we sat for a bit to catch our breath. The trail is almost non-existent at this point. We were scaling over rocks and some scree was underfoot. We took it slowly and watched our foot placement. The thought that we were so close to the top was inspiration enough to keep going. And, we again thought about those resilient miners who worked day-in and day-out in the mines in these conditions.

The huffing and puffing was worth it once we arrived at the top of Fancy Pass. From here we could see the Ten Mile Range, Mosquito Range and Missouri Pass, which was the next climb. But before we went on, we enjoyed lunch at the top of Fancy Pass. We ate quickly because it was really windy at the top, so we tried to huddle behind some rocks. The sun was warm but the breeze was cold. We did see a lone mountain goat high up on a point to the south of us, his white furry body framed by the dramatic dark blue sky.

Up next, some downhill trekking! Yay! But, it was short-lived. From Fancy Pass, the trail winds through a basin cut by tiny streams. Treasure Vault Lake and Blodgett Lake were below us. This area is a bit more protected from the wind and may make for a better place to stop for lunch instead of windy Fancy Pass. Here, we saw the ladies from Vail who had been ahead of us. They were having lunch and relaxing on a huge rock, out of the wind that plaques the summit.

We had one more uphill before going all downhill on the rest of this hike, which totals 10 miles. Missouri Pass is 11,986 feet above sea level and the trail is easy to follow and very attainable after summiting Fancy Pass. We kept our cameras handy to snap a few photos once we got to the top of Missouri Pass. Below were 14 turquoise-colored lakes and ponds in a basin of golden late-season vegetation.

We spent some time stopping and respectfully wandering around the lakes taking photos and having another snack before traveling approximately four miles back to the parking lot. While we were relaxing, we took out the “Vail Hiker” book and read more about the wild times of the boom and bust days of the 1880s.

My feet were feeling it on the last mile or two at the end of the hike. Once again, I thought about those miners and told myself to toughen up. We got back to the car at 4:30 p.m., over six hours after we started. The guide books will give you time estimates and it all depends on how fast you go and how many rest stops you take. I’d suggest allowing the whole day so you can take things at your own pace and not rush back.

The Fancy Pass-Missouri Lakes Loop was a bucket list item for me and I’d do it again. Next time I’d like to do a trip in the middle of wildflower season. I felt pretty prepared with water, snacks and adequate clothing, but here’s a list of things I wish I’d had:

Hiking poles: Ideally, you want adjustable backcountry poles so you can change the height for uphill and downhill trekking. Ski poles will work if you don’t have adjustable poles. Sometimes you can find a walking stick on the trail if you’re lucky enough to find one that fits your height.

Arch support: I switched shoes on this trip and didn’t wear my hiking shoes that have arch support insoles. Make sure you are wearing hiking shoes that are broken in, fit well and offer support to your arches. It makes a big difference after all those miles on uneven terrain.

Hands-free hydration system: I had my water bottles with me when I should have taken my CamelBak. You want to have both hands free to scale some of the terrain on the east side of Fancy Pass near the top. You also want to keep your hands free to take plenty of photos.

Sunscreen: Sunscreen only works if you apply it. I left the house without it and thought, “I’ll be OK, it’s late in the season.” Wrong. My exposed skin on my neck and chest got sunburned and I felt so foolish for letting that happen since I promote wearing sunscreen all the time.

Hiking is a wonderful activity to do during the fall. It is a great way to get in shape for the upcoming ski and snowboard season and don’t forget, many of the trails we love to hike on during the summer become great snowshoe trails in the winter. See you out on the trail!

Hikes and bike rides for charity, ski movie premiers, live music, a local artisan’s market and more: Tricia’s Weekend picks 9/18/20

Hikes and races for charity

This weekend offers a few ways to get your heart pumping while also funding local charities. The 12th annual Hike, Wine and Dine will be a virtual event this Saturday and Sunday. Instead of a large group gathering on the trails of Beaver Creek, trekkers will be asked to share where they are and virtually participate to raise funds for Jack’s Place, the cancer caring house adjacent to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.

To take part, simply register at hikewinedine.com where you will get access to the special Strava, Facebook and Instagram groups where you can share your hike stats and photos. There will be some restaurant gift certificates given out for the hiker who posts the longest hike or the most elevation gain. Enter the prize raffle by posting a selfie on the Hike, Wine and Dine Facebook event page with a yellow Hike, Wine & Dine ribbon.

The money raised will help Jack’s Place, which provides affordable lodging for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Shaw Cancer Center. This year, in honor of Dr. Jack Eck’s retirement, a portion of the funds raised will go towards the initiative to keep Jack’s Place open on weekends over the winter season.

Down in Eagle, the Mountain Rats race returns with a weekend full of races for trail runners and mountain bikers. The half marathon, marathon and 55k races on Saturday are sold out, but spots are still available for the 5k run and 50k mountain bike race on Sunday. The 5k run will be on the paths around Eagle Ranch.

The 50k mountain bike race will showcase some of Eagle’s challenging mountain bike trails and will be a true test of the training you’ve been doing all summer long. Proceeds from the 50k bike race will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.

There are still a few spots left for the family-friendly Amazing Race, which is a 5-mile long team treasure hunt. There will be 10 stops along the paths of Eagle Ranch and you can only use human power (biking, walking, running) to find each clue before going to the next stop. Text a team photo to the Amazing Race Headquarters before solving the next clue and moving to the next stop. To register for any of these races, go to mountainrats.com.

Free live music

There is a vast array of live music this weekend. Some of these performances are outdoors, so keep in mind that the cooler days and nights mean you’ll need to dress appropriately for outdoor seating. It’s a perfect excuse to get out those cute leather boots, scarves and fleece jackets or buy something to keep you cozy at the local shops. 

Friday:

Pop-Up show with Brother’s Keeper – Lionshead – 2 to 7 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday:

Brother’s Keeper – Children’s Fountain in Vail – 2 to 7 p.m.

Zusamenn – Featuring the sounds of Spinphony – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special Sunset LIVE! with Frisco Funk Collective and very special guests – Avon Performance Pavilion (west side) – 5 to 8 p.m.

Rewind 80s cover band – outdoors under the Riverwalk Theater marquee – 6 to 9 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Local Designer Market

The valley is full of creative types and the Local Designer Market plans to showcase this talented bunch at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Edwards on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come shop locally designed goods like clothing for the outdoors, athleisure or streetwear as well as jewelry and art. Vendors include Moxy Evolution, Algorhythm Designs, Theo Rhodius Art, Ski Girl, Jennie Fancher Designs, Skye Design, Mountain Girl Creations, Mountain Wave Malas, Artspace Workshop, Rocky Mountain Resin and Kali Mala Jewelry Design.

There will be live music on the Riverwalk Amphitheater stage with Corrsound & Company playing from 12 to 3 p.m. and The Evolution from 3 to 6 p.m.        

“I created this event to show my support for all of our local designers, musicians and artists of all genres and creative entrepreneurs in the Vail Valley,” said event organizer Missy Erickson of Moxy Evolution. “I envision the Vail Valley becoming a Colorado certified creative district.”

Ski movie premiere

Vail’s opening day for the 2020-2021 snow sports season is about two months away and Matchstick Productions wants you to get psyched for winter with its latest film “Huck Yeah.”

“Huck Yeah” takes athletes to the high peaks of Alaska, British Columbia, Switzerland, Japan and iconic locations throughout the U.S. View the trailer here.  

Catch this action-packed flick at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Friday night at 7 p.m. or at the Blue Starlite Drive-In in Minturn on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. The Riverwalk Theater will be doing food and drink specials (don’t forget about Smokin’ J’s BBQ and an expanded concessions area that includes alcoholic beverages) before and during the show.

“Hosting ski movies in the fall before ski season is what the Riverwalk is all about. It’s about providing the opportunity to get together and share the stoke for the upcoming winter season with friends and your community,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater.

The Blue Starlite Drive-In lets you watch “Huck Yeah” from the comfort of your own vehicle at its location just south of the town of Minturn. If you purchase concessions when you buy your tickets online, your concessions will be given to you as you drive into the venue. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. show.

For ticket info and information on COVID-19 restrictions go to riverwalktheater.com or bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Oktoberfest at Antlers at Vail

Normally, the Vail Valley hosts several weekends of oompah fun with Oktoberfest celebrations spanning from Vail Village to Gypsum. This year, COVID-19 cramped the style of the usual festivals, but there is one Oktoberfest celebration that is happening this weekend.

The Antlers at Vail is throwing an Oktoberfest party for its hotel guests. This exclusive offering features lodging, vouchers to Oktoberfest, music by Vail resident and German native Helmut Fricker, Bavarian fare, hotel amenities like the hot tub, pool and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event.

This socially distanced Oktoberfest celebration will be limited to guests of the Antlers at Vail. The package starts from $295 plus tax per night for an Antlers studio suite and includes two Oktoberfest event vouchers, valued at $40 each. Locals, listen up, you could do a staycation this weekend right in Vail. A special discount is available to Eagle County residents with rates starting at only $199 plus tax per night. Just show your Eagle County ID at check-in. That rate also includes the two $40 vouchers and you can buy additional vouchers if necessary.

The Antlers at Vail Oktoberfest package requires a two-night minimum stay and is subject to availability. Keep in mind, the Antlers charges no resort fees. For more information, go to antlersvail.com.

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Eagle Outside Festival

If you are wondering what to do this Labor Day weekend, head to Eagle for some fun on the trails and in town. The Eagle Outside Festival is returning with gear demos, races, group bike rides, skills clinics and contests. As event organizer Mike McCormack puts it, it’s a ‘full weekend of she-nanigan-izing.”

If you are looking for the latest in bike technology, demo gear from 9 to 5 on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the bike-oriented events, there is also an Eagle’s Got Talent contest and a Colorado Karaoke Contest. The kids will have fun with the Stryder races as well. For a full schedule, visit eofestival.wpengine.com.

The weekend will kick off with First Fridays in Eagle Ranch, an event that happens from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Look for fun activities, food and drink specials, live music, unique vendors, yoga and more. Check out some of the fun themes First Friday is hosting like “Magnum P.I. Night” at new restaurant The Assembly: magnums of wine, island cocktails, Hawaiian shirts and maybe a Tom Selleck mustache. Or try your hand at ax throwing at Boneyard and yoga in the park at Brush Creek Park.

Virtually Vail Jazz

For 26 years, the annual Vail Jazz Party has been swinging all weekend long with performances at the Vail Marriott, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Lionshead and beyond. Since they aren’t able to host large crowds this year, the Vail Jazz Foundation decided to present Virtually Vail Jazz: A Labor Day Weekend Celebration. The Foundation will be sharing jazz virtually, via its Facebook page, all weekend long.

“We have been so fortunate to present Jazz in the Park. But it doesn’t seem like the end of summer without the Vail Jazz Party. Virtually Vail Jazz is our way of bringing music to the people. We all need it right now,” Said Meghan Scallen, marketing manager for Vail Jazz Foundation.

The virtual celebration on Friday will bring a live stream of the final Jazz in the Park show (which is already sold out for in-person seating), a screening of the Foundation’s new documentary film and the finale of the 25th anniversary of the Vail Jazz Workshop. Saturday and Sunday will have Jazz Interludes plus additional surprise performances from some of the Vail Jazz artists. On Labor Day, the party doesn’t stop. Crank up the volume as the organization celebrates its 2020 Vail Jazz Party line-up with videos of some past performances. 

Schedule (Schedule subject to change) Check vailjazz.org for full schedule and updates.

Friday
5 p.m. –  Livestream of Jazz in the Park with Media Noche Hornado
7 p.m. – Documentary
7:30 p.m. – Workshop Finale

Saturday
5 p.m. – Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere with Diego Figueiredo
6 p.m. – Surprise Performance!
7 p.m. – Diego Figueiredo – Concert from Brazil

Sunday

10 a.m. Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere Gospel with Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd
11 a.m. – Howard University Gospel Choir – Rebroadcast from the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage Sept. 25, 2016

Monday

9 a.m.- 5 p.m. – Rebroadcast of performances from the 2020 Vail Jazz Party Line-up

Avon Art Festival

The Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon will be bustling with activity this weekend, but in addition to the paddleboats, sand volleyball and picnicking, the visual arts with be showcased during the Avon Art Festival.

Join other art lovers in this Labor Day Weekend celebration of fine visual arts and handcrafted goods in a beautiful setting. This show is a juried show, so you are seeing some of the finest art from more than 80 artists around the nation. These artists represent a wide variety of mediums from oil paintings to watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, woodworking and more. 

This free art and craft festival runs through the core downtown area on the Main Street Mall in Avon from Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit avon.org/events.

Speaking of art, the Vail Valley Art Guild is hosting a First Friday event at its gallery in Minturn on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Soodi Kick, a fine art painter and Scott Pope, a photographer, will have works on display. Kick’s images are very dream-like in appearance with magical animals and human figures floating through the landscape.  Soodi employs bright colors and textures to give an ethereal effect. Pope starting getting hooked on photography in college at the University of Oklahoma and he stretches his creativity beyond film and creates works that have more of a “painterly” look to them.

Stop by the galley space, which was generously donated to the Vail Valley Art Guild by The Minturn Community Fund. It is located at 291 Main Street next to Rocky Mountain Taco. For more information, visit vailvalleyartguild.org.

Beaver Creek Happenings

While we won’t have the omp-ah music this weekend during the annual Oktoberfest celebration, we will still have a festive vibe up at Beaver Creek with live music and restaurant deals, kid’s activities and more. And if you are craving omp-ah music, Helmut Fricker will be bringing out his accordion, alpenhorn and lederhosen for his regular time slot on Sunday. Here’s how the weekend will be shaping up:

Friday

3 to 5 p.m. – FAC Live music from with Twang Box

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Saturday

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Sunday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

1 to 3 p.m. – Helmut Fricker

The Centennial lift is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations through Labor Day. Then it goes to a Saturday and Sunday schedule through Sept. 27. For more information, go to beavercreek.com.

SunsetLIVE! in Avon

Keep the holiday weekend going with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! has been a fun, weekly showcase of local musical acts on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. The free concerts take place on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Saucy Bees will be playing the tunes on the lake.

Listen to live music from the lake or from the shore, or from a paddleboard. Grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own lawn chairs as seating is limited. For more information, go to avon.org.

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Primal Fest

Creativity and collaboration come together this weekend to create Primal Fest, a free, all-day music festival happening in downtown Eagle. To help allow more people to enjoy live music, The Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Company are teaming up to host bands on two stages for an outdoor show that can be heard from both restaurants in Eagle Ranch.

With the Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Company being across Capital Street from each other, multiple bands can play by alternating stages. While one band plays, the other band sets up, and the crowd gets to benefit by having continuous music.

2 p.m. – Jen Mack – 7 Hermits stage

3 p.m. – Who’s Drivin’ Now? – Boneyard stage

4 p.m. – Jake Wolf and the Wolfpack – 7 Hermits stage

5:30 p.m. – The Pinheads – Boneyard stage

7 p.m. – El Paso Lasso – 7 Hermits stage

8:30 p.m. – Primal J and the Neanderthals – Boneyard stage

Enjoy the music all day or stop in for a late lunch, drink, dinner or a snack after hiking or biking in the area. Please respect the six-foot space between parties and wear your masks when entering the establishments.

“It’s just awesome to play, especially that area. The sunset is behind you. It’s beautiful, it’s just amazing. We’re really grateful that we get to play, and that people are enjoying it,” said Dan Renner in an article with the Vail Daily’s Casey Russell earlier this week. Renner is one of the five bandmates in Primal J and also a band member in the Pinheads. For more information, search for Primal Fest on Facebook.

Camp Hale Half Marathon

If you’ve been to Camp Hale, you know that its beauty is breathtaking. It will be more than the beauty that takes your breath away during the 5th annual Camp Hale Half Marathon and 5k race this Saturday. The good news is that there is minimal elevation gain – the race starts at 9,200 feet above sea level and tops out at 9,500 feet above sea level.

The half marathon course takes runners out on well-maintained gravel roads, the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail. The 5k race will be an out-and-back route utilizing the gravel roads.

If you need some inspiration along the route, just know that this is the same terrain that the troops of the 10th Mountain Division used for training prior to World War II.

Like all of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series races this year, there will be all sorts of safety protocols in place to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Pre-race bib pickup is available on August 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ford Park Tennis Center and onsite at the race starting at 7 a.m. The races begin at 8 a.m. with a series of waves to comply with social distancing. There will be no day-of registration for this race and participation is limited to 175 runners. For more information, to register and learn about safety protocols, visit vailrec.com.

Movies at Riverwalk Theater

It’s been a weird summer, made even weirder by not having first-run movie releases out until the season is almost over. But, fear not, the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards has some first-run flicks playing this weekend.

The Riverwalk is playing “Unhinged,” the action thriller starring Russell Crowe and “The New Mutants” the action, sci-fi horror flick about five young mutants being held against their will. If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, never fear, Bill and Ted are here.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is the third installment of the story of these two “Wyld Stallyns” and time travel. Find out how they plan to save the world with the help of their daughters in this new movie whose release date was delayed due to COVID-19.

It’s hard to believe that “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” came out in 1989 and the sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” hit theaters in 1991. Since then, Keanu Reeves (Ted) has become an action movie star in such blockbusters as “The Matrix” and “John Wick” and Alex Winter (Bill) has been busy directing.

Let yourself get lost for an hour and 28 minutes in a time where we all need a little break. And remember the wise words of Bill and Ted: “Be excellent to each other.”

On Friday night only, the Riverwalk Theater will feature “Stop Making Sense,” which Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater, calls “one of the greatest live filmed concerts of all time.” It was filmed during four shows at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles in 1984. It starts out with Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne singing “Psycho Killer” solo and other band members join him throughout the performance. With the lack of big concerts this year, this may be just the ticket to quench that thirst for live music in an arena setting.

Showtimes, tickets and more information about the expanded concession stand selections as well as barbecue from Smokin’ J BBQ can be found at riverwalktheater.com. The website also details all the COVID-19 rules and protocols regarding masks, social distancing and seating availability that the Riverwalk Theater is following.

Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster

Even though Epic Discovery at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain isn’t offering its full list of activities this season, you can still hop on the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster and see the sights and catch some thrills along the way. The Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster is perched above 10,000 feet and takes you through the woods at the top of Eagle’s Nest while also granting you views of the Gore Range and the valley below.

To get to the top, you can either hike up or ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village. The Berry Picker Trail is a popular trail rated as moderate and covers a distance of 3.2 miles. Please note, in my opinion, Berry Picker is steep near the base of Lionshead, which can sometimes discourage people from continuing on. Just stop for a bit, take some deep breaths and forge on. The views and sense of accomplishment are worth it when you make it to the top.

You can always ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola up to the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, too. The Eagle Bahn Gondola operates between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Purchase a scenic gondola ticket at the base of Lionshead at the ticket office and for each paying adult, kids 12 and under ride free. If you are an Epic Passholder for the 2020/2021 season, you can use your pass to access the gondola. Don’t forget to purchase your Epic Discovery Activity Ticket to ride the coaster at the base of Lionshead before you head up.

Once you get to the top, it’s a short walk to the west to the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. A few things to note:

  • Height – must be 38-54 inches tall to ride along and 54-84 inches tall to be a driver
  • Weight – 330 pounds combined weight of rider and driver
  • Age – 3 years old and over for riders and 16 and older for drivers
  • Other requirements – Enclosed footwear and no loose or personal items

After a few instructions and safety talk, you’re ready to head 3,400 feet down the mountain. You control how fast you go by controlling the breaks and the coaster will be brought back up on its own power, so after a thrilling ride down you can sit back and enjoy the views on the way back up to the top where you started.

For more information about the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster and to get tickets, visit vail.com.

Outdoor Yoga

Take your yoga workout outdoors this summer with a yoga class on the lawn of Solaris in Vail Village or the Little Beach Park in Minturn. Both classes are offered on Saturday mornings.

From 9 to 10 a.m. stretch out in the centrally-located Solaris Plaza and place your mat (six feet apart from others) and get ready to be led by the instructors from Vail Athletic Club in the Vail Haus. This is a free offering presented by Gravity Haus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get set up and bring your own yoga mat and any other props, sunscreen and water. Parking is free in the Vail Village parking structure. For more information, go to eventbrite.com and search “outdoor yoga at 8,150’ in Vail.”

Yoga in the Park in Minturn is held at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Bring your own mat, props and some water and enjoy the views while placing your mat six feet away from your fellow yogis. This class is for all levels and is donation-based (suggested donation is $10). The money raised goes toward the Minturn Community Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that helps out the people and the culture of the town of Minturn. For more information, visit minturncommunityfund.org.

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Beaver Creek Weekend Happs

Head on up to Beaver Creek for some live music, a silent disco and an a la carte menu at Zusamenn this weekend. The Beav’ has music every day of the week from 2 to 8 p.m. but on Fridays check out F.A.C. (Friday Afternoon Club) from 3 to 5 p.m. on the plaza. Families can not only enjoy live music but also bites from local restaurants, refreshing beverages, shopping, games and more.

Follow F.A.C. is a family-friendly silent disco from 5 to 8 p.m. Complimentary pairs of headphones are handed out so you can dance to the rhythm of your own beat or pair up with someone who is also dancing to that frequency. If you miss the dancing on Friday or didn’t get enough, the silent disco is offered on Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m., too.

On Saturday, check out Zusamenn, which is a celebration of food and community. Loosely translated from its German roots, zusamenn means something collective or a gathering. The gatherings will be more socially-distanced this summer, but the live music will be performed by crowd favorites Spinphony on the rink stage between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Spinphony is an all-female electric string quartet out of Denver. They blend Bach with AC/DC for a unique, high energy sound.

The event is free to attend and you can purchase food and drinks along the way. This festival of flavors was created by Beaver Creek’s renowned chefs and restaurants. Visit village restaurants to select from delectable small plates and signature beverages and cocktails. For more information, please view beavercreek.com.

Drive-in Movies

Drive-in movies are a perfect way to see a flick during a pandemic. The Blue Starlite Drive-In returns to Minturn this summer with classic movies and safety measures in place to watch a movie on the big screen this weekend.

The 1985 adventure comedy “Goonies” will be showing on Friday night. Get tickets in advance online and read all of the COVID-19 safety protocols. You can even order concessions in advance and those items will be provided to you when you arrive as to limit the time people are out of their cars.

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is showing on Saturday night. This 1989 film is the last in the three-part series that starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Sean Connery plays Indian Jones’ father.

Both movies start at 8:50 p.m. and the gates open at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance online and learn more at bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition

The 32nd annual Vail Dance Festival kicked off last week and although the dancers weren’t able to gather physically on the stage in Vail, their on-screen presence has touched the Vail Valley and beyond. The Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition showcased world premieres that happened in Vail in recent years and really offered a “best of” look at what makes the Vail Dance Festival so special. The performances have been shown on Vail Dance Festival’s Facebook and YouTube accounts and all shows will be available until August 15.  

Opening night seemed to have the most comments on social media and the numbers show that there are around 63,000 views across Facebook and YouTube. Facebook provides a breakdown of where people are watching the videos and although most viewers are from the US, data showed that viewers were tuning in all over Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.

Closing night is Friday at 6 p.m. online. Damian Woetzel, the artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, hosts this digital show remotely. Woetzel will walk you through what performances you will see and highlight some of the artists involved. “Carolina Shout” will be shown first. This 2019 world premiere features dancers Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck along with music by jazz pianist Jason Moran.

The second part of the show will feature the 2017 premiere of “we seem to be more than one.” This performance was a collaboration between tap-dancing sensation, Michelle Dorrnance and various artists at the festival and brings in dance moves from tap, ballet, contemporary, jookin’, flamenco, and modern traditions.

Celebrate this summer tradition in Vail by watching the Vail Dance Festival and to learn more about how you can support the festival and the artists during these trying times, visit vaildance.org.

Nottingham Park activities

Please note that Nottingham Lake will be closed for the USA Swimming Open Water Championships but the Harry A. Nottingham Park will still be open and offers plenty of things to do without adding water.

Nottingham Lake will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This will include the beach and grass area on the north side of the lake. There will be no fishing, boating, SUPing or swimming allowed during this time, but there are still lots of amenities in the park to enjoy.

Tennis, anyone? The Harry A. Nottingham Park not only has three tennis courts, but it also has four pickleball courts, two basketball courts and two athletic fields for rent. The playground equipment will be open as well. The bike path around the lake and the park is perfect for the littlest bikers since there isn’t much of an incline to wear them out. It’s also great if you’ve fired up those rollerblades and want to cruise on a path that is smooth and flat.

Nottingham Park also has grills and picnic tables in case you want to have a cookout. Or, order meals from one of the many nearby restaurants and enjoy dining with a view. If you want to also enjoy an adult beverage, the Avon Town Council allows open containers and public consumption of alcohol at Nottingham Park and on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall between 11:30 a.m. and until 30 minutes after dusk. For more information, go to avon.org.

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.

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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.
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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.

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