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It’s always been a race to see which resort can be the first
to usher in the ski and snowboard season each fall. This year, Keystone thought
they would be the first resort in North America to spin its lifts and welcome
back skiers and riders on Oct. 12, but in a sneaky move, Arapahoe Basin opened
to the public from 3:30 to 5:30 on Oct. 11.
Regardless of who was first, there were plenty of happy
skiers and snowboarders enjoying some early season conditions with the help of
some snowmaking equipment and cooler temperatures provided by Mother Nature.
With Keystone’s new state-of-the-art, automated snowmaking system, the resort was well-positioned to offer guests one of its earliest openings in more than 20 years. Keystone will continue to make snow at every opportunity as weather and conditions permit, and looks to expand terrain as soon as possible.
Keystone will be celebrating the start
to the season with a Halloween costume contest, pancake breakfasts, live music,
a bags tournament and more in upcoming weeks.
After closing this past Fourth of July,
Arapahoe Basin didn’t have much of an off-season. In a surprise announcement at
1:45 p.m. last Friday, The Legend stated that it would be open less than two
hours later, at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Excited skiers and riders scrambled to
find their gear, get off work or drive the distance to the base area to get in
line and hold bragging rights for being present during opening day, well, maybe
not a full day, but opening “afternoon.”
A-Basin will also have a few events to
kick off the season including a Halloween concert and costume contest, so dress
up your friends, family and even the dog in order to win prizes.
Before you go to either resort, check www.keystoneresorts.com and www.arapahoebasin.com for current conditions and terrain updates.
Save the best for
last this weekend with a Sunday night show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center
in Beaver Creek. The Small Glories take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will treat
the listeners to some bluegrass and folk music. This marks the third concert
out of the seven-concert series dubbed “love for the locals” and the
Underground Sound pass is still available.
The Small Glories consists of JD Edwards and Cara Luft (Luft was also part of the Wailin’ Jennys). This folk singer-songwriter duo met by accident on the Canadian prairie when they played an anniversary show together at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre.
The wit and banter between Luft and Edwards are all part of the show, and sometimes the duo spends more time setting up the song than it takes to actually play the song. But the crowd loves it and the intimate setting of the Vilar will be a perfect place for the audience to feel like they are a part of the show.
Tickets are available for $28. You can still take advantage of the savings offered in the Underground Sound pass. For $125, the pass gives you entry to Sunday’s show and four more concerts in this series, which goes through Nov. 11. With the pass, you also get a drink at each show and it is transferable. I did the math and you still come out ahead financially if you purchase this pass. For more information, go to www.vilarpac.org.
The change of
seasons is upon us and your body may be craving a change as well. Spas
are offering specials this time of year on all sorts of treatments. Take a look
at these deals below. If you don’t see your spa of choice, give them a call and
see if they are running any specials.
The Spa at the Vail Athletic Club
- $99 for your choice of 50-minute massage, scrub
- $189 for your choice of two services: 50-minute
massage, scrub or facial
- 25% off all other services
The Sonnenalp Spa
- 50-minute signature massage or facial for $99
- 25% off all other treatments
- Upgrade to an 80-minute treatment for an
The Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
- Signature spa pedicure plus a glass of prosecco for $69
- 50-minute custom massage or 45-minute rose quartz facial for $105
- 80- minute custom massage for $149
- 75-minute oxygen facial for $165
Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa
- $99 for a 50-minute massage or facial
- $149 for a 75-minute massage or facial
- $179 for 100-minute massage or facial
The Spa at Four Seasons Vail
- 20% off massages, facials and body treatments during the month of October
- Bring your state-issued identification upon check-in for the discount to be valid
The Rock Resorts Spa at the Lodge at Vail
- $99 for a choice of a 50-minute massage, facial or body treatment
- $149 for a choice of an 80-minute body treatment (which includes a free gift)
- Book two treatments in one day and get a glass of champagne
- 20% off a full-price Float Tank session
- 20% off of a spray tan
October is Breast
Cancer Awareness Month and many businesses are honoring that with events and
deals through the end of the month. The Sonnenalp Breast Center in Edwards
reminds you that this is also a good time to schedule your mammogram if you
need one. They are even open on Saturdays throughout the month of October to
help you fit an appointment into your schedule.
Spa Anjali at the
Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon is raffling off two spa prizes with
100% of the proceeds going to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. The
four-hour Alpen Rejuvenation package valued at $370
- One spa
gift basket valued at $500
The raffle is going on between now and the end of the month and raffle tickets are priced at one ticket for $10 and three tickets for $20. Visit Spa Anjali to purchase your tickets and they are asking for cash only. Two winners will randomly be selected on Nov. 1. For more information, go to Spa Anjali’s Facebook page.
Barre Forte in
Edwards is also getting into the spirit of giving back and invites you to tuck,
hold and burn your way through a day of barre classes to raise money for the
Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. This Saturday, take one class, two classes
or as many as your muscles can handle during the Barre-A-Thon. Barre Forte is
asking for a $10 donation for each class. Classes start at 9 a.m. and will
continue each hour with 4 p.m. being the last class. Pink drinks will follow to
celebrate the sweat and success of this fun fundraiser. Sign up in advance to
secure your spot.
Barre Forte will also be donating a portion of all punch cards and pink merchandise sold during the month of October to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. For more information check out Barre Forte’s Facebook page.
The SKEA clothing
line, led by Vail local Diane Boyer, is going to donate 5% of all sales during
the month of October to the Shaw Cancer Center at Vail Health in Edwards. Proceeds
will directly benefit patients at Shaw through the Spirit of Survival program
where they receive free emotional and physical services to help them fight
their battle. If you need a cute ski jacket, new snow pants or some of their great
base layers or accessories buy them this month and help give back. Learn more
International Champagne Day
to the off-season! If you need an excuse to make a toast, the new Grand Hyatt
Vail is offering a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne and specials at the hotel, restaurant and spa all
Grand Hyatt Vail has partnered up with Moët & Chandon Champagne and is taking celebrations to a
new level. At 6 p.m. on Friday, celebrate International Champagne Day by
witnessing a Champagne sabering in the hotel’s Fireside Lounge. Complimentary
glasses of Moët Impérial will be
served and additional glasses available for $20.19 throughout the evening. Moët
& Chandon specialists will be on hand for the event to discuss champagne
and make pairing suggestions.
Grand Hyatt Vail will also offer $129 rooms
on Friday night. The room rate includes tokens for the state’s only champagne
vending machine, located in the lobby, that is filled with Moët & Chandon Champagne.
A Champagne brunch will be served on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Gessner, Grand Hyatt Vail’s signature restaurant for $20.19. The special bubbly brunch menu will include decadent champagne pancakes, live entertainment and $20.19 glasses of Moët Ice with a unique celebratory twist. The Spa at the Grand Hyatt Vail will offer seasonal specials including a choice of a 50-minute classic massage or signature facial for $119 or upgrade to an 80-minute treatment for $190.