Man of the Cliff, Teton Gravity Research ski movie, a Día de Muertos musical and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/14/22

Lumberjack games, movies that will stoke the ski season and more on tap this fall weekend

Man of the Cliff

The annual lumberjack competition returns on Oct. 15-16.
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What better way to celebrate fall than wearing flannel, throwing axes and drinking beer. Avon will be filled with people clad in plaid this weekend for Man of the Cliff, a fundraiser for Can Do MS.

This event brings different types of competitions to the Vail Valley. Instead of mountain biking or trail running, participants get to show their skills at keg tossing, speed chopping, spear throwing and other lumberjack games. Man of the Cliff isn’t just for the guys; ladies do pretty well during the competitions, also. Some of the tasks are more about finesse than pure strength.

Sign up as an individual competitor or as a team. The Flannel Panel is where everyone completes individually, but the scores are added up to see which team wins.

This event started out as an idea that Amanda Williams and her husband, Adam, came up with while they were enjoying time with friends around a campfire in Red Cliff. The concept grew and became a reality and was hosted in Red Cliff for many years before moving to Avon. 

This event not only draws locals who first remember enjoying this event when it started in Red Cliff in 2009, but also participants who now return year after year from the Front Range and across the U.S. Folks will be flocking to Avon’s Nottingham Park on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the Man of the Cliff fundraiser that has raised more than $150,000 for local organizations.   

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Every year, Man of the Cliff puts money toward a nonprofit. This year Can Do Multiple Sclerosis will be the recipient of fundraising dollars. Can Do MS is a national nonprofit organization based in Avon that delivers health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management and motivation to help individuals with MS and their families thrive.

Food trucks, adult beverages and live music will also be a part of the event, so come hungry and thirsty.

To learn more about the event, see the schedule and to register, go to Slots fill up fast, so register in advance. Participation costs $88 in advance and $100 on the day of the event, but you can also come and watch. Spectating is free but they do ask that you donate $10 and the proceeds go to Can Do MS. It’s a great fall tradition that supports a worthy cause.

Teton Gravity Research: “Magic Hour”

Jim Ryan and Griffin Post enjoy the view in “Magic Hour” the new stoke movie by Teton Gravity Research showcasing some of the best skiing and riding in North America.
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Fall also means it’s time for the new ski and snowboard movies to be releasd and Teton Gravity Research has answered that yearly call by bringing its latest film, “Magic Hour” to screens all over the nation. This Sunday it will be shown at the Vail Mountain School. Sit back in awe while looking at some of the most scenic mountainscapes in North America, including Alaska’s Chugach and Coast Mountain Ranges, Montana, Jackson Hole and the Selkirk, Purcell, Valhalla and Kootenay ranges of British Columbia.

The title “Magic Hour” isn’t a specific time of day, but rather a feeling found during a moment when something extraordinary is experienced. Teton Gravity Research has been filming these experiences for 27 years with talented skiers and riders bringing the stories to life through the cinematography and angles that make you feel like you are right there with them. This year, look for athletes Parkin Costain, Amy Jane David, Tim Durtschi, Kai Jones, Jeremy Jones, Nick McNutt, Bode Merrill, Michelle Parker and others to grace the screen with their skiing and snowboarding and get inspired for the new season ahead.

To get stoked for “Magic Hour” check out the movie trailer:

Tickets and more information can be found at Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 16 and under. Doors at the Vail Mountain School will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7 p.m. There will be prize giveaways from Teton Gravity Research, YETI, Atomic, Volkl, Mammut and more and everyone in attendance will have a chance at the tour grand prizes, including a trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure

‘Sugar Skull! A Día De Los Muertos Musical Adventure’ plays Friday at Battle Mountain High School.
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Día de Muertos is just around the corner. The holiday is typically celebrated in Mexico and areas that observe Mexican heritage and culture on Nov. 1 and 2. This weekend, you can get a glimpse into the meaning behind this more festive event that brings humor and playfulness into remembering those family members who have passed by going to “Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure” at the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium.

The show is recommended for ages 5 and up and the whole family will become engaged in the dynamic set and fabulous costumes on stage. The storyline follows Vita Flores, who is a ‘tween that is questioning why her family is so excited to throw a party for the dead. But, through meeting a candy skeleton, Vita is transformed to a magical place where she learns more about her ancestors and the meaning behind Día de Muertos.

The whole production is pulled off by three musicians, two dancers and three actors. The audience is called upon to conjure up the ancestors. It’s an enlightening tale that brings about more understanding of the holiday and a different way to view the somberness of death by celebrating lives with “ofrendas” or offerings like the deceased’s favorite foods, photos and flowers.

General admission tickets for this production are $10 for adults and kids 12 and younger are free, but a reservation is required by going to Please note that even though the Vilar Performing Arts Center is presenting this as part of its STARS Program (Support The Arts Reaching Students) the event is at the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium and parking is available on site, but concessions will not be available, so grab a bite to eat before or after you get there. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Vail Valley Art Guild Jazz Kickoff Party

Clay Vessel, a ceramic work by Willow Murphy is one of the works featured at the Vail Valley Art Guild Fine Arts Show and Jazz reception on Oct. 14 at CMC Vail Valley campus in Edwards.
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The Vail Valley Fine Arts Show and Jazz Reception kicks off the 9th annual event at Colorado Mountain College this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s mission is to enrich lives by fostering and promoting artistic growth and building awareness of the visual arts in Eagle County. Come celebrate the arts and meet the artists behind the work of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramicists and photography on display.

The Kathy Morrow Trio will be playing the jazz tunes that will accompany works showcasing local scenes like Piney Lake and the Gore Range, cityscapes, sunsets and more during the reception. Accompanying Morrow in the trio will be Sean Flanigan and CMC’s own Larry Dutmer, a college counselor at CMC’s Vail Valley campus since 1996.

The show will feature over 160 pieces of art by nearly 40 local artists. View the walls of art while sipping free wine, beer and tasting delicious appetizers.

The event, presented by Colorado Mountain College, the Vail Valley Art Guild and the El Pomar Foundation, will be on display from now until early December. Mix and mingle with the artists and even purchase new art for your home. For more information and to find out about other Vail Valley Art Guild events, go to

Clay Vessel, ceramics, by Willow Murphy

The bRUNch Trail Run at Beaver Creek

Sweet swag like a strawberry scented finisher’s award along YETI drinkware and Goodr sunglasses are available at the finish line at The bRUNch Run at Beaver Creek on Saturday.
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Anyone can host a trial run, but when the main focus is on the brunch afterward, the miles logged get just a bit sweeter. Brunch Running of Denver, a social running club, and World Playground, will host a 15k and 5k trail run and a kids run followed by a brunch this Saturday at Beaver Creek.

The trail run will take runners and hikers through the beautiful aspens that are turning the trails golden this time of year. At the finish line, everyone will be presented with a strawberry scented finisher’s medal and other great swag like commemorative YETI drinkware and Goodr sunglasses. Bites will be provided by Mush, ready-to-eat oats made with clean ingredients to give you natural energy.

All participants will receive a drink token to redeem at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company good for one coffee, a boozy coffee, Bloody Mary or Montucky Cold Snack. Plus, unlimited sips of Gruvi, Polar Selzers, NOCO, Liquid Death water and more.

The folks at bRUNch Run team up with World Playground, an adventure travel community led by retired NHL athlete, Brooks Laich, who has been to Vail before for the GoPro Mountain Games with his dog, Koda. World Playground gives you a chance to go on adventures around the world from trips to an ultimate safari in Tanzania to shark diving in Guadalupe Island. 

The bRUNch Trail Run is a fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad. The organization offers freedom and healing to survivors of human trafficking and exploitation through direct intervention and aftercare. 

This is the first event hosted up in Beaver Creek. The bRUNch Run has an annual race in Denver and has popped-up in Snowmass in the past. The run club side of the community hosts run clubs in Silverthorne, Denver and Phoenix. If you can’t make the event on Saturday but want to join the next one, head to the Bluebird Market in Silverthorne on Oct. 23.

Tickets for this fundraiser are $100 for the 5k and 15k and $29 for the kids fun run. For more information, go to

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