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

Vail Dance Festival: Virtual Edition

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

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

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

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

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

Berry Picker Trail Run

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

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

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

Minturn Market

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

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

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

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

Vail Family Fun Fest

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

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

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

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

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

Live music, farmers markets, virtual biking events and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 7/24/20

Vail Jazz in the Park

COVID-19 times are bringing some creative ideas to the musical landscape. This summer, Vail Jazz’s schedule has been reduced quite a bit but they are still keeping people moving to the smooth jazz sounds at the “lower bench” at Ford Park. This large, flat, grassy area between Gore Creek and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and just west of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides a great backdrop and allows for social distancing while enjoying the Vail Jazz line up.  

The lawn is sectioned off into pods where you and your group can sit and enjoy a performance on Friday nights through Sept. 4. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items – chairs (legs must be no more than four inches), blankets, snacks, beverages, and alcohol is allowed. There will be no food or beverage vendors on-site, so let’s see how creative those picnic spreads can be! 

For all July performances, the venue will open at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-7:30 p.m. For August and September performances, the venue opens at 4 p.m., music is from 5-6:30 p.m.

Vail Jazz is bringing in a variety of artists for these free shows, but you do need advanced reservations. Vail Jazz will also stream the shows live from their Facebook page. For more information and the line up of musicians, visit vailjazz.org.

Edwards Corner Farmers Market

We are pleased to have a few farmers markets this year, one being held on Saturday mornings is the Edwards Corner Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 19. Each week, the Edwards Corner Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, stylish offerings from Wild Heart Clothing, Eye Pieces of Vail and more.

Grab breakfast and a coffee or a golden root ginger turmeric latte from Hovey & Harrison, which is located in the middle of the venue and become inspired by the goods being sold to make a delicious meal over the weekend.

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market does require market-goers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and wear a mask, stay six-feet apart, shop in as small of groups as possible and follow the one-way traffic through the market.

Support local and regional farmers and businesses and get your shopping done for the week in the open-air setting of the Edwards Corner parking lot, at the corner of Highway 6 and Edwards Village Blvd. For more information, go to edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com.

GoPro Mountain Games Elements

The GoPro Mountain Games did not go on as planned this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Vail Valley Foundation, the nonprofit organization that puts this event on each summer, has set up some cool and socially-distant ways for you to still stay active and feel like you are a part of something bigger. The GoPro Mountain Games Elements is a series of events that showcase some of the sports the GoPro Games embraces. On Saturday, mountain bike enthusiasts can take part in the first virtual ride.

All levels of bikers are able to participate in this virtual ride on your favorite trail with family and friends. Do the classic XC Mountain Bike route or keep it casual with a fun ride around your neighborhood trails.

Free event registration (with a suggested donation). Riders will have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 to complete their ride and upload their activity tracker (Strava, Garmin, FitBit, etc.) link to the Mountain Games Registration system and/or share their ride on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MTNGamesElements, if they would like to receive $5 off their 2021 event registration.

You can also participate in the Bike Ride and a Movie portion of this, which is a $10 event registration fee that includes one ticket to “Teton Gravity Research: Accomplice,” showing at The Amp in Vail on Saturday evening and a pair of Smartwool socks. Socks are only redeemable in-person at The Amp the night of the movie. Please note, registration for the bike and movie category closes Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, check out mountaingames.com.

SunsetLIVE! In Avon

Close down the weekend with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! Is a weekly offering that showcases local musical acts every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 6 on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion, barring any new public health orders that may place new restrictions on holding events.

“SunsetLIVE! was designed to provide ambient entertainment to those enjoying Nottingham Lake this summer,” said Danita Dempsey, Culture, Arts & Special Events Manager for the town of Avon. “Who and a doesn’t want to enjoy music and a sunset from a paddleboard?”

Listen to the live music from the lake or from the shore, grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own chairs are seating is limited.

The town of Avon did have to cancel the AvonLIVE! and Special Edition AvonLIVE! concerts due in part to multiple groups of 175 people no longer being allowed per the public health orders. Visit avon.org to see the musical line up for the next several Sundays.

WATCH: What it’s like going to the Amp this summer

We are LiVE at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater learning about performances and movies you can see at the Amp! Coming soon: Teton Gravity Research's latest mountain biking film on July 25, Grant Farm on July 28th and Toystory4 and The Big Lebowski on Aug. 1. https://live4.io/ #LIVE4GoPro

Posted by Vail Daily on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater has plenty of space to social distance during these COVID-19 times. The venue that typically seats over 2,500 people is limited to 175 right now due to the most recent Public Health order, but even with the place all to yourself, the magic of seeing live music or even a movie at this venue is a treat this summer.

Watch today’s video to learn about how to get tickets for upcoming concerts and movies like “The Big Lebowski” on Aug. 1 and what you can and cannot bring into the Amp.

Open for Business: Altitude Bar and Grill

Name of business: Altitude Bar and Grill

Physical address: Evergreen Lodge 250 S. Frontage Rd. W. Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-306-2619

Email: daver@evergreenvail.com

Website: www.evergreevail.com/dining

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are currently offering dining, patio and takeout service.

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

We have adjusted by practicing social distancing, employees face masks, frequent hand washing, sanitizing stations, frequent cleaning of common areas

How can the community support you?

They can support us by dining at our restaurant and ordering takeout.

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

Facebook is the best way to stay up to date

What’s the response been?

The response from locals and hotel guests have been great and we appreciate their support

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

The plans going to forward is to continue social distancing and sanitation as we protect our customers and hotel guests

Open for Business: Avalon Clothing Company

Name of business: Avalon Clothing Company

Physical address: Vail: 675 Lionshead Place, Vail CO 91657, Beaver Creek: 61 Avondale Lane C-2, Beaver Creek, CO 81620

Phone number: Vail 970-476-4112, Beaver Creek 970-845-9700

Email: info@avalonclothingcompany.com

 Website: www.avalonclothingcompany.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We have fresh spring collections available for both men and women in the store and online. Father’s Day is right around the corner and we have tons of great gift ideas ranging from colognes and handmade bracelets to shirts for every occasion. We also offer gift cards and now through June 21, we have a special deal for Father’s Day. We are offering a $500 gift card discounted to a purchase price of $450. Call us to purchase one now!

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

We have added numerous shopping options, including no obligation shop at home gift baskets, free online delivery, curbside pickup, and contact-free local delivery to your doorstep. We are offering returns on all merchandise within our return window so that customers have the ease of trying on at home and deciding what they like. In addition to the above, we are happy to offer private shopping appointments. All you need to do is call or email us. Both our Vail and Beaver Creek locations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and avalonclothingcompany.com is available 24/7. 

We offer a safe shopping environment and strictly follow all state and county guidelines. If you don’t have a mask to wear, we will provide you one for free. 

How can the community support you?

The community can help support us by shopping online, in store, and spreading the word about Avalon being open for business. In addition to the above we are offering discounted gift cards that do not expire for 12 months and can be used online or in store! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be eligible to win a $500 gift card at the end of each month. 

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

The best way to stay up to date with Avalon is to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and to subscribe to our website.

What has the response been?

The response has been extremely positive from customers and employees. Everyone is ready to be out, enjoying our beautiful valley. Locals have started trickling in and shopping now that we are open full time. As we have been reaching out to our clients during the lockdown, we have had unbelievable support as we have expanded our website and elevated our presence on social media. We expect many of our regular clients to be visiting the valley soon. We are grateful for everyone who has shown us such tremendous support.

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

We are now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through the summer and will continue to offer the Vail Valley’s best shopping experience while keeping our customers and staff safe. We expect Facebook and Instagram to be an extra tool to stay connected with our clients near and far as we experience the new normal together.   

Open for Business: Pepi Sports

Name of business: Pepi Sports

Physical address: 231 Bridge St. Vail, CO 81657 

Phone number: 970-476-5202

Email: pepisports@pepisports.comskishop@pepisports.com

What goods and services are you offering at this time? 

Pepi Sports is open downstairs offering all 2019-20 skis marked down 50%, as well as 40% off all ski boots, goggles and helmets. We have temporarily moved clothing, jewelry and furniture displays into Pepi’s Bar while our main showroom is renovated. In the bar, you can find 50-70% off all men’s and ladies’ skiwear. Bikes and e-bikes are available for half-day and full-day rentals. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

We are taking advantage of the bar location to offer a more open-air shopping experience in addition to social distancing practices. We also use a spray hand sanitizer to ensure bikes and other rental equipment is clean after each use.

How can the community support you?

We are lucky to have an amazing community around us that can still call the store for personal shopping and questions on equipment and rentals. Our website is up to date with the latest discounts and super deals for at-home shopping. Pepi Sports Upstairs Ladies Boutique will be available for shopping on June 1.

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

Visit Pepisports.com, find us on Instagram or call the shop at 970-476-5202. The ski shop can be reached at 970-576-5206.

What’s the response been?

Everyone has been thrilled that we have been able to assist them with their Alpine touring gear as they try to get their last turns in before the snow melts.

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

As things evolve, we will continue to evolve and adjust to the times so we can continue to serve the valley with the same great service they have become accustomed to over the last 50 years. As always, our goal is to keep the customers safe and healthy in both their adventures and beyond.

Open for Business: Well & Being Spa at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

Name of business: Well & Being Spa at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

Physical address: 715 W. Lio​nshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-479-5004

Email: reservations@wbvail.com

Website: www.wbvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are selling e-gift cards and have a limited time offer: Purchase an e-gift card for a 50-minute service and receive an instant upgrade to an 80-minute and a complimentary spa gift upon arrival when we open back up. Get something for mom for Mother’s Day and the e-gift card will be sent right to her inbox.  

How can the community support you?

Purchasing e-gift cards for a future spa appointment once the spa reopens. e-gift cards can be purchased here. (https://vmmr1657.na.book4time.com/spagift/)

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

www.Wbvail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellandbeingvail

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellandbeingvail/

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

Our spa will be taking an enhanced approach to safety and wellness to ensure every employee and guest feels safe. Stay tuned to our social media channels and www.wbvail.com for the full list of action items our team will be making.

Open for Business: Squash Blossom

Name of business: Squash Blossom 

Physical address: 198 Gore Creek Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-476-3129

Email: shop@sbvail.com

Website: www.squashblossomvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are able to offer the same product before the pandemic and have added some new products called the Hope bracelet and bead kits.

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

We have been focused on giving hope to our customers and the community. We created the Hope bracelet and have been hand-making them and directly shipping them to customers or providing local drop-off service at their house. You can also purchase online or call. We want to give everyone a sense of hope and support our community by giving a percentage of the sales to the Eagle Valley Community Fund.

How can the community support you?

Purchase Hope bracelets to give everyone a sense of hope during these times. Visit our store and support local businesses. Buy gift cards.

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

Our Instagram and Facebook accounts: @squashblossomvail or squash blossom on Facebook.

What’s the response been?

We have mostly been selling our Hope bracelets. I think everyone is nervous and unsure of the next steps. Just taking things one day at a time. 

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? We are planning on opening later this week. All of our products will be available to purchase online or anyone can call and schedule a private appointment if they don’t feel comfortable getting out of the house yet.

Illusions, silent disco, a shamrock shuffle and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/13/20

Magic and music at the Vilar

Update at 7:28 p.m.: Vail Valley Foundation’s Director of Public Relations and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Director Tom Boyd confirmed to the Vail Daily in an email at 7:28 p.m. that events at the Vilar Performing Arts Center will be canceled through the end of the winter season.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center has been busy with all types of shows this spring. Friday brings in the wonder of illusionist Rick Thomas and on Sunday Colin Hay, former frontman of 80s Australian hit makers Men at Work takes the stage in a solo performance.

Illusionist Rick Thomas has been performing mind-blowing illusions in Las Vegas for the last 15 years and has performed over 600 shows per year. Thomas has earned several awards including “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and magic’s highest recognition “Illusionist of the World” by the World Magic Awards. He’s traveled to over 50 countries across the globe and will set foot on the Vilar stage on Friday night at 7 p.m.

View Thomas’ outstanding showmanship and stage presence up close as he blends magic, music, comedy and dance into an intriguing and innovative show. Here’s praise for Thomas:

“Fabulous Entertainment for the Entire Family!” – Chicago Tribune

“Best Magician, Period!” – Showbiz Magazine

“Stunning!” – L.A. Times

“EPIC!” – New York Times

“The Most Amazing Show…Brilliant!” – TripAdvisor

Tickets are $48 for adults, $29 for kids or a Family 4-Pack is $150. This show is also included in the Vilar’s ticket package: Pick 3 Shows for $90; Pick 5 Shows for $175; Pick 8 Shows for $240. For more information, visit www.vilarpac.org.

One thing fans of the Vilar Performing Arts Center rave about is the intimacy of the performances they get to see. Colin Hay’s performance should be no different. Here, learn more about the stories behind his days as the frontman of Men At Work, his tour with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and his stints on television shows like “Scrubs.”

At Sunday’s show, which will start at 7 p.m., Hay’s set will include songs that span his career, including songs from his upcoming album for Compass Records, Men at Work hit songs including “Who Can It Be Now?,” “Down Under” and other crowd-pleasers. Expect to hear some stories behind the songs and other artistic pursuits Hay has been on during his amazing career. Tickets are $45. Visit www.vilarpac.org for more information.

Bloom and a Silent Disco for kids

Spring break is here and families from across the nation are enjoying spring skiing and all the activities that surround it. Here are a few fun things for kids to do this weekend at Beaver Creek as they celebrate spring with an event called Bloom:

Friday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 3 – 6 p.m.

Sounds of the Season with live music with the La Pompe Jazz Band from 4:50 until 6:00 p.m. and dance lessons from Swingin’ Denver at 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Saturday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Silent Disco – dance to your own beat while wearing wireless headphones, often with different musical themes depending on the channel each person is tuned in to. Pick up your complimentary headphones near the ice rink –5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 3 to 6 p.m.

Color & Flower Festival – Crafts, coloring stations and some fun surprises. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Shamrock Shuffle

Update at 8:03 p.m. from the Vail Recreation District: This weekend’s Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle will no longer take place in person at the Vail Nordic Center and has been modified to a virtual event, please visit www.vailrec.com on Friday for more details.

Don your green gear and head out to the Vail Nordic Center for the 9th annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday. This shuffle is a fun walk or run and has become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition whether you are Irish or not. Participate in the 5k or 10k race and bring the kids for the 1k fun run. The Vail Nordic Center’s trails still have plenty of snow for those wearing snowshoes or Yaktrax, as well those wearing running shoes, which is a non-prize-eligible category.

Prizes will be given out to the top three women and top three men in both the snowshoe and Yaktrax 10K race categories. A free raffle for all racers will complete the fun with great prizes from local businesses as well as nationally-known brands. he Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle is the final race in the three-part Vail Grail winter race series. A limited number of snowshoes will be available at the Vail Nordic Center.

The race starts at 4 p.m. followed by an after-race party at the Vail Nordic Center. For more information, go to www.vailrec.com.

“Animation Stars” takes the stage at Battle Mountain

Over 50 local students ages 8 to 18 have been working hard learning the music and the dance moves for the spring production of “Animation Stars.” This performance is a high-energy revue featuring songs and scenes from the best recent animation movies. Hear songs from “Brave,” “Moana,” “Jungle Book,” “Tangled,” “Despicable Me,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Pocahontas” and plenty more.

Annah Scully, the founder and executive director of the Vail Performing Arts Academy and her team of talented professionals molds these kids into stage masters and always puts on an inspiring show.

“Our young cast has been meeting each Sunday afternoon since January, and thanks to the amazing talents of our Artistic Director, Colin Meiring; our Assistant Choreographer, Maria Barry; our Vocal Coach, Melinda Carlson and Costumer, Val Watts these young performers have learned 19 numbers in ten intensive-but-super-fun rehearsals,” Scully said.

Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Battle Mountain High School. Tickets are general admission and cost $15 if you pay via cash or check and $17 if you use a credit card and can be purchased at the door. Go to www.vpaa.org for more information.

Women’s Ski Demo Day

With all the sales on equipment, springtime is the time to try out a new pair of skis and get in on the savings. Several brands of skis will be available to test out this weekend at the Second Saturday Free Ski Demo Day at the base of Lionshead from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  

Outdoor Divas and Vail Sports will have tents set up with demo skis from Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Elan, Head, K2, Kastle, Legend, Line, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Stockli and Volkl. Take a pair out and make a lap on the Eagle Bahn Gondola, or hop into the Back Bowls and see how they perform.

To enhance your experience and help you dial in your selection even more, there will be instructors from Vail Ski And Snowboard School available to take a run or two with you. The female coach will help you decide if the ski you try is a good fit for you.

It doesn’t get any easier to try skis before you buy. With tons of brands to choose from, experts there to dial in the bindings to fit your boots and get you on your way in no time and professional ski instructors to help you make the right decision, take advantage of this demo day and find a new pair of skis you love. For more information, go to www.outdoordivas.com.

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.