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

Circus acts and comedy at the Vilar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vail Yeti Hockey

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

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

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

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

Players to look out for:

Justin Elmore (leading goal scorer all 7 seasons) 

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

Brent Sands (professional Europe/SPHL) 

Andy Canzanello (11 years professional AHL/DEL) 

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

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

Spencer Gold (starting goalie)

Newcomers: 

Dom Panetta (Ferris State Division 1 college hockey)

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

Dave Ramsay (Williams College Division 3 college hockey)

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

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

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

First Tracks at Beaver Creek

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo race

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

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

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

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

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

BBQ at the Westin’s Gondola Plaza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vendetta’s is more than pizza

Have you tried the cioppino at Vendetta’s, complete with sautéed calamari, mussels, shrimp, pan-seared scallops, two crab legs and lobster claws? How about the slowly braised veal shank osso buco? Or the famous pork chop with smoked Gouda sauce?

If you are wondering if I am talking about the wrong Vendetta’s or thinking, “Tricia, don’t you mean the Snow Pig or Willie’s White Room pizza slices at Vendetta’s? They don’t serve pork chops,” then you haven’t spent time in the original Vendetta’s, which has been around since 1983.

Many people don’t realize that just underneath the pizza bar there is a large dining room that people have been coming to for decades. “I grew up here and I can’t tell you how many times we get people who have said that they’ve lived here for years and didn’t know that Vendetta’s had a full-service restaurant downstairs,” said Jennifer Riddle, general manager and events coordinator of Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar.

But, once they find out about it, they keep coming back again and again.

“I see the same people every year, a couple of times a year, from all over the country and the world. They make sure they make Vendetta’s Restaurant a part of their vacation experience every time,” said general manager Shawn Meineke.

Not only do the patrons look familiar, but that staff does as well. Longtime local John “Popeye” Brennen started Vendetta’s.

“Many people don’t even know Popeye’s real name,” said Riddle, who is Popeye’s daughter. And how about the mayor of Vail, Dave Chapin (also known as “Bone” — they love nicknames at Vendetta’s), he’s a part-owner as well.

Good people and good food are what Vendetta’s is all about. Although the menu contains Italian fare, sous chef Joe Fellenz (simply known as Chef Joe) likes to get creative with the dishes. 

After traveling to Costa Rica, where Chef Joe tried a breakfast crepe with smoked Gouda on it, he tried figuring out ways to incorporate the cheese into the pork chop entree.

“I started adding whiskey, bacon and honey and the dry rub I use has about 15 ingredients. It meshes well with the sweetness and the savory side of the dish,” Fellenz said.

Add a deep-fried, roasted garlic mashed potato and a little salad on the side and you have what the wait staff and longtime patrons will tell you is the best dish on the menu.

“You can’t find pork chops like this in our valley,” Fellenz said.

Vendetta’s Restaurant recently renovated its downstairs. It still can hold the same number of people (you won’t believe how much space is downstairs: It’s great for hosting a big gathering like a rehearsal dinner or corporate event.) Look for new tables and chairs with a modern feel, new artwork on the walls and a new hue to brighten things up.

So, if you are looking for a slice of pizza, yes, Vendetta’s can handle that upstairs, but if you want to experience the fine dining side of this local landmark, head downstairs to the spacious and delicious restaurant below the bar. For more information, visit www.vendettasvail.com.

Ice bumper cars, Oakley goggle week, forest bathing and more: Tricia’s weekend picks

New Ice Bumper Cars

Just when you thought there were enough activities to do in Eagle County, the Vail Recreation District has added one more: ice bumper cars.

The Vail Recreation District debuted the ice bumper cars at the Dobson Ice Arena over the holidays to rave reviews.

“It’s important for a world-class resort like Vail to constantly be innovating and bringing fresh new activities to the resort to keep guests coming back,” said Jessie Klehfoth, marketing and communications director at the Vail Recreation District. “It’s also important to offer new activities that are approachable and economical for locals to enjoy as well, to sustain a vibrant community.”

These bumper cars are fun for all ages and abilities. There is little skill involved, as long as the guest is tall enough to reach both steering handles. Typically, kids should be 5 years old or older and be at least 42 inches tall. It’s an easy and affordable option to enhance a day in Vail, and a great activity during après-ski hours in the winter. The Vail Rec District also plans to offer the ice bumper cars year-round, providing a fun activity for people who want to come in out of the sun and cool off in the summer.

Have an event, office party or birthday celebration coming up? The Vail Recreation District can customize an outing for you complete with treats and eats from their food and beverage department and a conference room you can use as a party space. With 12 cars available, the time needed for a party will depend on how many people attend and how long of a ride each person gets. “We think 15-30 minutes per guest is just right, they get a nice long ride, but it’s not too long,” Klehfoth said.

The cost is $10 for a 15-minute ride. Schedule varies by day, so check www.vailrec.com for the weekly schedule and to reserve a time slot online.

Films and live blues at the Vilar

The Vilar Performing Arts Center shows its diverse schedule by hosting ski movies and a blues legend this weekend. On Friday, view two epic Teton Gravity Research films in one night and on Sunday, see Chris Smither play blues-based folk tunes during two shows at the recently remodeled May Gallery adjacent to the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Teton Gravity Research is an action sports media company whose films have amazed and inspired us since it began in Jackson Hole, WY in 1996. Teton Gravity Research will show two of its 2019 releases, “Winterland” and “Fire on the Mountain,” which was a collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

Earlier this year, I interviewed professional skier Chris Benchetler about the collaboration between the Grateful Dead, Atomic Skis and the artwork of Benchetler and fellow artist Skye Walker on the Bent Chetler powder ski. 

“With the Grateful Dead, no show was ever the same and that’s how I approach the mountain, it’s never the same line, it’s all improvisation,” Benchetler said.

The short film features the music of the Grateful Dead and is narrated by Hall of Fame basketball player and television sportscaster Bill Walton. Athletes in the film include skiers Benchetler and Michelle Parker and snowboarders Jeremy Jones, Danny Davis and Kimmy Fasani.

“Nothing beats watching these amazing athletes ski and ride to the perfect soundtrack. Add in the sound system and acoustics of our theatre and the audience is in for a real treat,” said Kim Hannold, programming director at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Sunday’s performance features Chris Smither, who was born in Miami, FL, but raised in New Orleans, LA where he was surrounded by music and was inspired by Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. He started releasing albums in the ‘70s and released his 18th album in 2018. He has toured with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and more.

“This will be a truly up close and intimate listening experience, unlike any concert we’ve had before. It’s a chance to get to know the artist on a much more personal level, hear their stories and provides more of a lounge-style experience,” said Ruthie Hamrick, marketing manager at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. There will be two shows at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Sunday to accommodate the audiences who take advantage of the opportunity to see this blues legend in a cozy venue.

For more information on the Teton Gravity Research films and the Chris Smither concert, visit www.vilarpac.org.

Oakley Week coming to Vail

Oakley Week is coming to Vail this weekend for the first time since the traveling event started back in 2016. The Oakley team has traveled to ski areas like Mammoth, Whistler Blackcomb and iconic locations in Europe. Oakley Week offers a goggle demo where you can try out Oakley’s latest offerings and test Oakley Prizm lenses at the Oakley Village, located at Golden Peak. The demo is first come, first served and guests just need to provide a driver’s license.

One of the most frustrating things about being on the hill is not being able to see properly out of your goggles. The Prizm goggle line is engineered to dramatically enhance detail and help improve performance by providing ultra-precise color tuning for specific environments.

The goal of Prizm Technology is to provide increased contrast and boosted color in your environment. Take advantage of this free opportunity to try the Prizm goggles and see if you notice the difference out on the mountain.

Come ride with Oakley team athletes, Sammy Carlson and Logan Pehota. They will be riding the mountain throughout the event and will lead the Oakley Prizm Run at 2 p.m. on Friday. Meet at the bottom of Golden Peak at 2 p.m. and each participant gets a drink coupon to use at the après-ski party at Larkspur. Larkspur will host après-ski parties on Friday and Saturday. There will be plenty of prizes given away throughout the weekend as well.

For the kids, there will be a s’mores and a popcorn station. Kids can showcase their creative side at the coloring station where they can draw on a goggle strap that Oakley will plan to share with their development team for product inspiration for the following year. How cool would it be if your kid’s art ended up as a part of next year’s goggle line?

For more information, go to www.vail.com and check out the events calendar.

Full moon snowshoe and forest bathing

This Friday, enjoy a full moon backcountry experience and some forest bathing. What is forest bathing? In Japan, they practice something called forest bathing, where they “bathe” in the forest atmosphere, or take in the forest through the senses. This is not exercise hiking or jogging, but rather slowing down and getting yourself into a quiet, mindful headspace to make it easier to connect to the forest, mountains and sky and in this case, a night sky with a full moon. The first full moon of 2020 is also called the wolf moon.

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

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

To connect with our mountain environment in a whole new way in a guided forest bathing experience sign up at www.walkingmountains.org. Space is limited, but if you miss this tour, there will be another one on February 8 and March 8.

Post-holiday recycling event

Walking Mountains, Vail Honeywagon, the town of Avon and the Climate Action Collaborative are working hard to clean up Eagle County’s dirty recycling habits in 2020. To help you jump on this bandwagon, there will be a post-holiday recycling event happening on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The type of materials they will be collecting on Saturday include many of the things that people need to get rid of after the holidays but these items cannot go in the recycling bin. These items include textiles, Styrofoam, plastic packaging, electronics, old Christmas lights, even Hasbro toys and games.

There is a charge for electronics, batteries and paper shredding but everything else is free. There will also be an LED light bulb swap during the event. Bring two non-LED light bulbs and swap them for energy-efficient LEDs.

“This is our third year offering this event and it’s really important that we offer this outlet for recycling these items responsibly because when people put these things in the curbside bin it contaminates our recycling stream and has the potential to negate all of the efforts we put into recycling correctly,” Shawn Bruckman, compost operations manager at Vail Honeywagon.

This recycling event will be held at the Old Town Hall parking lot at 1 Lake Street in Avon. For large loads, give them a call: 970-476-3511. A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Climate Action Collaborative.

Stargazing, snowshoe races, rock and roll and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 1/03/20

Rock and roll at the Vilar

Composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg returns to the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage with lots of rock and roll on Friday. “Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll” will take you down a musical memory lane with music from the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s and up until the early ’80s.

Berg is the creator and co-producer of the number one Broadway touring concert in America, “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway,” as well as “Neil Berg’s Pianomen,” “Neil Berg’s The Beatles,” and “Neil Berg’s Songs of the ’60s & ’70s.”

“It’s the perfect way to round out the holiday series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with a good old rock and roll celebration,” said Kim Hannold, programming director at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “It’s fun for all ages, whether you’re new to the music or a savvy rock and roll fan, you’re in for a fantastic evening spanning 50 years of songs.”

Enjoy listening to tributes to such important and iconic rock stars and genres like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey and more.

“One thing I love about each Neil Berg show is that he’s great at telling the oftentimes unknown stories and history behind the music,” said Ruthie Hamrick, marketing manager at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “After each production of his I not only got to listen to some of my favorite songs, but I also feel like I learned something.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $68. Visit www.vilarpac.org for more information or call the box office at 970-845-8497. 

Vail Astronomy Nights

Turn your eyes to the sky during Vail Astronomy Nights this Friday. Learn about constellations and view stars that are millions or even billions of years old during this complimentary event.

Long-time local, Brian Hall of Blue Creek Productions has teamed up with the town of Vail and the Arrabelle to bring in an astronomy expert, a huge telescope and an educational tent. Astronomer Bryan Rich White will guide those curious about the night sky and help explain the science behind stars in a fun and interactive way. Stop by the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village between 6 and 8 p.m. and learn about which constellations are prominent in the sky right now.

Museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes will be available for observing the crescent moon, planets like Jupiter and constellations. Looking straight up you can see the constellation Pegasus which contains the large asterism called the “Great Square.” Just to the northeast of Pegasus is Andromeda. This constellation contains our galactic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. From a dark site, this galaxy can be seen with the naked eye, which is amazing since it is 2.5 million light-years away. And we can’t forget about the very recognizable Orion constellation.  It can be easily identified by its three “belt stars.” 

Take advantage of very little light pollution in the mountains and gaze into the sky with wonder and awe. For more information visit www.bluecreek.com.

Kids activities in Beaver Creek

With many kids not returning to school until next week, the holiday spirit is still shining throughout the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Cheer, which is a celebration of the holiday season with a variety of family-friendly activities in the village.

After the slopes close on Friday, head to the plaza level and ice rink to enjoy Sounds of the Season, featuring live music by Por La Paz on the Fountain Stage. Based in Denver, this trio has traveled the globe and will bring world beats to Beaver Creek with performances between 4 and 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Beaver Creek hosts the weekly FunFest, where kids can earn tokens to redeem prizes after running from one game tent to the next. Kids can also work off some energy as they run around and do various activities.

The complimentary event begins at 4 p.m. and last call to exchange tokens for prizes is at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

10th Mountain Legacy Parade

If you haven’t experienced the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade yet, head to the base of Gondola One on Friday night to pay tribute to Vail’s heritage. Vail Mountain and the town of Vail created the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade last season and they’ve been a hit ever since.

At dusk on select Fridays throughout the winter, 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. The slopes near the base will be illuminated with a 10th Mountain Division logo and a film about this famed military group will be shown at Mountain Plaza along with fireworks.

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 new 10th Mountain Division exhibit, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.

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. Comprised of mountaineers and expert skiers, the soldiers of the 10th fought in the northern Italian Alps. After the war, these outdoor enthusiasts became involved with the ski industry, which was quickly growing in America.

Before the parade, stop by the Colorado Snowsports Museum at 4 p.m. for Tales of the 10th. This week’s speaker will be local professional skier and filmmaker, Chris Anthony, who will be talking about the legends and stories of the women of Camp Hale. A $5 to $10 donation is suggested per person. For more information, please visit www.vail.com and www.snowsportsmuseum.org.

Snowshoe race at Beaver Creek

Snowshoeing has been long used to help maintain fitness levels during the colder months of the year. One way to motivate yourself to get in shape and burn off some of those holiday calories is by participating in the annual snowshoe races around the area.

This Sunday marks the kick-off 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.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female athletes overall and the top male and female athletes in each age bracket for the 5K and 10k races. All athletes will be entered into the raffle at the post-party where all race participants will also receive a post-race meal. Registration is at 8:30-9:30 a.m. next to Beaver Creek Sports in Beaver Creek Village and the race will start promptly at 10 a.m.

The race will start and finish at Creekside Park. Sign up for this race or commit to the whole series by going to www.beavercreek.com. There will also be races on Feb. 2 and March 8.

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Kids activities in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Cheer, which is a celebration of the holiday season with a variety of family-friendly activities in the village near the Black Family Ice Rink.

After the slopes close Friday, head to the plaza level and ice rink to enjoy Sounds of the Season, featuring live music by Por La Paz on the Fountain Stage. Based in Denver, this trio has traveled the globe and will bring world beats to Beaver Creek from 4 to 7 p.m.

Beaver Creek hosts the weekly FunFest on Saturday, where kids can earn tokens to redeem prizes after running from one game tent to the next. The complimentary event begins at 4 p.m. and last call to exchange tokens for prizes is at 5:30 p.m.

See how snow and ice can be used as a medium for art. An ice carving demonstration will allow you to see these creations come to life in a short period of time. The Snow Creations event will happen between 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

On Monday, fans of the movie “Frozen” will be treated to a special event that features a visit from characters Anna and Elsa at 4:30 p.m. The film will be shown on a huge screen next to the ice rink. Blankets and snacks will be provided. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. with the movie starting at 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

10th Mountain Division Parade

To honor Vail’s heritage, Vail Mountain and the town of Vail will host the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade. On Friday at dusk, 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. The slopes near the base will be illuminated with a 10th Mountain Division logo and a film about this famed military group will be shown at Mountain Plaza along with fireworks.

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 new 10th Mountain Division exhibit, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.

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. Comprised of mountaineers and expert skiers, the soldiers of the 10th fought in the northern Italian Alps. After the war, these outdoor enthusiasts became involved with the ski industry, which was quickly growing in America.

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.

EpicMix Photographers will be available to take pictures of guests with the soldiers and hot chocolate and commemorative Legacy of Vail pins will be offered while they last. For more information, please visit www.vail.com.

Vail Winterfest

The most photographed place in Vail Village is typically the Covered Bridge on Bridge Street or the 10th Mountain Division soldier statue near Gore Creek, but right now I bet that the Vail Winterfest Ice and Light Installation is the biggest draw for Instagram-worthy photos.

After the sun goes down, head to the Gore Creek Promenade and view the spectacular ice art creations from ice sculptor Paul Wertin. The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places debuted his work last Sunday with a lantern walk procession to reveal celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow, and light at this season’s 13th annual Vail Winterfest. In addition to the ice sculptures, the trees along Gore Creek and pedestrian bridge will be illuminated with programmed LED lighting due to a new collaboration between Art in Public Places and Alt Ethos, an innovative company out of Denver that fuses art with technology creating unforgettable immersive experiences.

The illumination begins daily at dusk and runs until 10:00 p.m. through January 20, 2020. For more information, visit www.artinvail.com.

Holiday shows at the Vilar

The Masters of Illusion will bring their wizardry to the stage of the Vilar Performing Arts Center for two shows on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. but as of press time, the shows were nearly sold out, so give the box office a call at 970-845-8497 or check www.vilarpac.org to see if there are any tickets left for this amazing show that will leave you mesmerized.

Country music star Clay Walker will take the stage at the Vilar on Sunday night. His tunes have been topping the country music charts since the early 90s and since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including such additional chart-toppers as “Dreaming with my Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make Living,” “This Woman and This Man,” and “Rumor Has It.” He’s scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.

See him in the intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center’s venue. The tickets start at $65 and the show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.vilarpac.org.

Skating Club of Vail Winter Ice Show

A valley tradition, the Winter Ice Show at Dobson Arena invites families and those who just want to be entertained to the Skating Club Vail’s annual performance this weekend.

Charli Kennedy, the ice show’s director and a skating star from Disney on Ice, has been working hard with the kids to get ready for this year’s show. Held between Christmas and New Year’s Eve every year, the program for 2019 is called “Center Stage” and will feature hits from Broadway and West End shows.

Music from “Hamilton,” Newsies,” Cats,” and “Annie” are in the lineup. The skaters have been working on the show for weeks and have put in long hours on the ice. Skate Club Vail will be joined by top skaters from Disney on Ice and other touring shows.

The skaters’ ages run the gamut between tiny and teen and they will perform numbers specifically for the different age groups and also have combined numbers with all the skaters.

Showtime is at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available at the Lionshead parking structure after 3 p.m. and the Dobson Ice Arena is also on the free town bus route. Tickets are available at the door and you can purchase them in advance. Adult (ages 15 and up) tickets are $20 and tickets for children are $15. Kids two years old and younger are free. Go to www.skateclubvail.com for more information.

Visits with Santa, holiday tunes, ice sculptures and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 12/20/19

Boulder Philharmonic playing Handel’s “Messiah”

This year’s Winter Holiday Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek kicks off with a show sure to put you in the holiday spirit on Saturday at 7 p.m. A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic features a full orchestra and a choir. Four soloists will perform, including a soprano, an alto, tenor and a bass, all under the direction of conductor Gary Lewis. Feel the holiday spirit while listening to “Archangel Corelli: Concerto grosso, op. 6, no. 8” (Christmas Concerto); Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia” on “Greensleeves”; Antonio Vivaldi’s “Autumn and Winter” from the “Four Seasons”; and the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of the top freelance musicians from Colorado’s Front Range and beyond. The Boulder Phil was voted “Best of Boulder” for the past six years in a row. Today, under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, the Boulder Phil is bucking national trends with growing, enthusiastic audiences.

The Boulder Philharmonic performance is part of a brand-new VPAC program this year where you can Pay Your Age (18-30 years). “We are really hoping to be accessible to the young heart-and-soul of our community,” said Kim Hannold, Vilar programming director. “With the new Pay Your Age program the goal is to provide a way for locals who have a passion for the performing arts to experience a fantastic show.”  To purchase a Pay Your Age ticket, you must do so in person at the Vilar box office with valid proof of identification. For more information, visit www.vilarpac.org.

Vail Winterfest

Vail Winterfest returns for its 13th season this weekend with a number of events and activities to kick-off winter. The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is pleased to announce its signature events celebrating the celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow, and light.

Ice sculptor Paul Wertin’s illuminated ice installation will be reminiscent of stargazing around a campfire. The interactive ice sculptures will allow for seating and enjoying the views both day and night. The combination of illuminated ice sculptures, snow, light, and the reflections upon the Gore Creek will create a radiant experience.

New this year, Art in Public Places enlisted the help of Art Ethos out of Denver to create an immersive experience that uses art and technology. The installation will include programmed LED lighting on the adjacent trees and pedestrian bridge illuminating the entire Gore Creek Promenade. Here’s a look at the schedule of events:

Friday:

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center-4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Vail Recreation District Community Programming – 2nd Floor Lionshead Welcome Center
  • Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on how to paint paper lanterns. This lively evening will include holiday music, complimentary light snacks, and wine and beer available for purchase 21 + years old.
  • Join to create your unique lantern to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk on Sunday.
    RSVP: www.alpineartscenter.org or 970-926-2732. Please indicate the number in your party – space is limited. $10 per person.

Sunday:

Lantern Making Workshop with Alpine Arts Center–Noon to 3:30 p.m.

  • Create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library.
  • Allow yourself 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. The last entry is at 3:00 p.m. Following the workshop, join in the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village.
  • RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate the number in your party.
  • Vail Public Library Community Room
  • Free and family-friendly


 Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village

  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Music by “Grown Men in Lederhosen,” authentic family-friendly entertainment
  • 4:30 p.m. Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf arrive to mingle with guests
    5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village
  • Complimentary LED lights & hot chocolate distributed before the walk.
  • Gather in Slifer Square before the walk. A short jolly procession led by Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf through Vail Village winds its way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the grand opening of the 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.

Grand Opening Celebration-5:15 p.m.

  • 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice & Light Installation
  • Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village
    The illumination begins daily at dusk and runs until 10:00 p.m. through January 20, 2020.

Santa at Riverwalk

If your kids haven’t paid a visit to Old St. Nick, there is still time before Christmas to do so. As the song goes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and that town is Edwards, and more specifically, Riverwalk.

Riverwalk is putting together a full schedule of activities on Saturday to get you into the holiday spirit. Santa and Ralph, the World’s Tallest Elf, will be at the Riverwalk Theater from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Then, the pair will travel a few blocks down to the Bookworm of Edwards where there will be a Santa Story Time at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to visiting Santa, visitors can view live reindeer on Main Street in Riverwalk and listen to the Calvary Chapel Vail Valley Carolers who will be singing holiday tunes while strolling along Main Street.

There will also be the Famous Kitchen Collage Cookie Contest at the store starting at 3:30 p.m. Speaking of food, dip into one of the many restaurants in Riverwalk if you need a bite to eat or feel a little chilly. With the variety of shops at Riverwalk, you can finish up your Christmas shopping on Saturday, too.

If parking is full on the ground level in front of the shops, don’t forget there is parking also available in the underground parking garage.

Vail Skating Festival

The Vail Skating Festival returns to Vail with shows indoors and outside. Get a glimpse of the talented skaters on Friday with two shows on the in-town ice rinks. At 5 p.m. the skaters will take to the ice rink at Solaris in Vail Village and then move over to Lionshead for a short skating exhibition at the ice rink next to the Arrabelle. These two outdoors shows are free and will feature U.S. national and international medalists. The shows are about 15 minutes in length, so you won’t spend too much time out in the cold but dress accordingly for the temperatures for that time of night.

On Saturday, come see the Ice Spectacular at Dobson Ice Arena. 2018 Olympic medalists Mirai Nagasu and Chris and Alexa Knierim will be performing as well as national and international medalists and world competitors. The Knierims are a husband-wife team who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Nagasu was the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel and the third woman in the world to do the feat. She was also featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

The Vail Skating Festival is also offering two half-day clinics and seminars featuring Olympic and world coach Christy Krall. For more information and to get tickets to the Dobson Ice Arena show, go to www.vailskifest.com. Tickets are $40 for on-ice seating and $20 for bleacher seating.

KidZone School’s Out Camp

If you are wondering what to do with the kids once school is out for the holiday break, check out the programs offered at the KidZone School’s Out Camp at the Vail Recreation Center. Operated by the Vail Recreation District’s community programming department, KidZone is fully licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care.

The goal is the KidZone School’s Out Program is to give children ages 5 (and in kindergarten) through fifth grade a fun and structured program that fosters social, physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Check out www.vailrec.org for more details and how to pre-register your child for these day camps that are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on various dates throughout the holiday break.

Executive chef Marco Fossati welcomes you to Four Seasons Vail

Most hotels have a lobby bar where you can gather before going out to dinner or wait for the rest of your party to come down before heading out and about. But at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, the lobby bar is more of a destination. Even people who aren’t even staying at the hotel flock to enjoy the views, libations and delicious food at The Remedy Bar.

The Remedy Bar, the Four Seasons Vail’s lobby bar, has become a Vail favorite. Its big-screen televisions are a draw for sports enthusiasts looking for the big game. The drinks draw in those looking for a creative concoction and foodies love the diverse items on the menu. And everyone loves the views, including the Four Seasons Vail’s new executive chef, Marco Fossati.

“After spending 10 wonderful years in California, I think it was time to come to the mountains. When you sit in Remedy and that is the view, it’s just fantastic,” Fossati said while gesturing to the large windows that face the ski slopes of Vail Mountain.

Fossati was with the Four Seasons properties in Palo Alto and Santa Barbara, CA and the Four Seasons Hotel Milano in Italy. He also has spent his early years working at various establishments including luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and private clubs. He’s worked at amazing locations such as Tuscany, Milano, Sardinia, Paris, Hamburg and London.

Fossati’s energy is contagious. His warmth, spirit, Italian accent and desire to make you feel welcome give you the feeling that you are in his own home rather than at a restaurant. Fossati likes to share the experience with the guests and Remedy’s new open-air kitchen puts its culinary artistry on display.

He likes to pay attention to the small details as well. The honey drizzled over the signature grilled cheese comes from Knapp Ranch in Edwards. The micro herbs that top off the beetroot hummus are also from Knapp Ranch. Much of the bread that is on the menu comes from Hovey and Harrison in Edwards. “One of the owners at Hovey and Harrison is my neighbor, so sometimes we meet for coffee and chat about products we can use,” Fossati said.

Fossati said he’s excited to change the menu often and get creative by using local and regional ingredients. But first, he wants to hit the slopes. “It’s been over 20 years since I’ve skied, so on my next day off I am going to go up 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.

Beaver Creek opens early, Revely Vail kicks off the holidays, disco returns to the ice rink and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/22/19

Beaver Creek opens early

Beaver Creek Resort announced early Tuesday morning that they would open four days ahead of schedule. Get your skis and boards and head up for Opening Day on Saturday. This is the second year in a row that Beaver Creek Resort will open early for the season, thanks to the dedication and hard work of its snowmaking and mountain operations teams.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy shushing down the hill with more than 70 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain accessible via Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) and Haymeadow Express Gondola (No. 1). The resort will offer beginner terrain on Haymeadow and intermediate terrain on Gold Dust. Opening day festivities will include a special Cookie Time in the morning, so get there early before the cookies are gone.

What about the annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition that typically happens on Opening Day? It will be held on the resort’s original Opening Day, Nov. 27. At 2 p.m., guests are invited to taste and vote for which cookie they like best. Five finalists will bake 1,000 cookies each in hopes of earning the winning vote. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced at 3 p.m.

But back to Opening Day this Saturday, if cookies don’t fill you up Spruce Saddle and the Ice Cream Parlour will be open as well. Beaver Creek’s Ski and Snowboard School is open for lessons also.

Paid parking starts on Opening Day in the parking structures in the village and in the Bear and Elk Lots in Avon. Parking is $10 per day in the lots and is complimentary after 1 p.m. From the parking lots you can hop on the free shuttle to Beaver Creek Village. Rates for covered parking at the parking garages in Beaver Creek Village can be found as you drive into the parking garages or at www.beavercreekvillageexperience.com/parking.

For more information about Beaver Creek’s Opening Day, visit www.beavercreek.com.

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 are flocking to the Vail Valley for the holiday. Revely Vail will offer family-friendly activities throughout Vail.

Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events this weekend:

Saturday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create ceviche with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

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

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

Sunday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create gnocchi and pumpkin soup with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

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

  • Create buffalo chili with executive chef David Sanchez of Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Vail Golf Club

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.
  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 

The activities will continue through next Saturday, so look for the Explosion of Lights walk, which includes Gluwhein and beer, a gingerbread contest, tree lighting, music in Vail and the Kris Kringle Market. Learn more at www.reneventproductions.com.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Holiday Event

Winter is being celebrated all over the High Country and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is getting into the spirit of things this Saturday by lighting up the Alpine Coaster and most of the mountainside for that matter – over 750,000 holiday lights will illuminate the adventure park, which stands high above the city of Glenwood Springs at 7,100 feet above sea level.

Now in its fifth season, Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings families up the gondola to festivities that include trips to the caves, (which remain at a comfortable temperature of 54 degrees year-round) s’mores by the fire pit, visits with Santa, and a giant musical tree.

The musical Christmas tree plays holiday tunes to a synchronized light show. The tree itself has 80,000 lights. Renewable energy will power the three-quarters of a million holiday lights after Glenwood Springs became the seventh city in the U.S. to rely entirely on renewable energy earlier this year.

The adventure park is known for popular attractions such as the haunted mine drop, which plunges riders 110 feet inside Iron Mountain and the alpine coaster that takes riders down 3,400 feet of track. The park’s 4D motion theater and laser tag will also be available this winter. The Friday Afternoon Club features live music and food and drink specials from 5-8:30 p.m. in the adventure park’s Lookout Grille.

If you can’t make it this weekend, you have plenty of time to check it out. Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park runs from now until Feb. 29, 2020. For more information, visit www.glenwoodcaverns.com.

Disco Ice Skate Nights

What happens when “Saturday Night Fever” collides with ice skating? Disco Ice Skate Nights at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, of course!

This is a family-friendly event for all ages and feel free to dress the part by donning 70s disco-era-inspired clothing, wigs, sunglasses and flashy jewelry. The DJ will spin funky tunes from the past as ice skaters groove around the ice rink under the disco and laser lights from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This is a drop-in event with no advance registration required. The price is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, go to www.mountainrec.org.

“Frozen II” storytime and movie

No need to “Let It Go,” because “Frozen II” is hitting the big screen to continue the story of Elsa and Anna with the sequel to the original animated Disney movie. To celebrate the return of Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna who embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle, the Bookworm is hosting a storytime on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re so excited to have partnered up with the Riverwalk Theater for the release of “Frozen II” and have scheduled our storytime early enough so fans can get to the Riverwalk Theater for the 12:50 p.m. matinee,” said Makena Burner, events manager for the Bookworm of Edwards.

All storytime attendees will receive a coupon for popcorn at the Riverwalk Theater. There will also be a costume contest with the winner receiving a prize from the Bookworm and a ticket to the matinee at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverwalk Theater. It will be just like Halloween, but everyone will be dressed as characters from the movie like Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

This event is for kids and kids at heart and is free and open to the public. Visit the Bookworm of Edwards’ website to find out more details at www.bookwormofedwards.com.