Top 5 things to do around the Vail Valley this weekend
November 8, 2018
Breckenridge and Keystone open for the season
Even though the title of this article refers to the top 5 things to do in the Vail Valley, we’re going to take it up and over Vail Pass because there are two more ski areas open for the 2018-19 winter season nearby in Summit County. After a series of snowstorms, Breck and Keystone opened under sunny skies on Wednesday, Nov. 7, two days earlier than regularly scheduled.
Breckenridge has seen more than six feet of snow fall on the slopes since mid-October, four feet of which has fallen in the last week. Breck anticipates continuing to open new terrain and chairlifts heading into the weekend, including terrain accessed by Rip's Ride and the Rocky Mountain SuperChair. In addition, ski patrol and mountain operations are working hard to get new terrain ready to open as soon as possible.
Additional opening weekend celebrations will continue at Breck on Friday morning, Nov. 9, with DJ DC, and the Brothers of Brass band set to join the festivities, bringing the sounds of New Orleans street music to the slopes of Peak 8. The resort will also honor a local Veteran and the Summit County High School choir will perform the National Anthem prior to first chair.
Keystone, with nearly 2 feet of new in the past week, will officially open North Peak this Friday, Nov. 9 to provide skiers and riders access to intermediate terrain and two peaks. On North Peak, the intermediate trail Prospector via the Outpost Gondola and Santiago Express will be open. Opening weekend celebrations continue on Friday, with raffles and prizes, including Helly Hansen hats and backpacks and Starbucks gift packs, music and expanded terrain welcoming everyone back to the slopes. Anyone who is in the lift line prior to 8:45 a.m. is eligible for the raffle via the raffle tickets.
Meet Jonny Moseley
On Friday, Nov. 9 you'll have the opportunity to raise a glass and toast the upcoming winter season with Olympic gold medalist, Jonny Moseley. Moseley will be in Vail promoting Mount Gay Rum along with the new Warren Miller movie, "Face of Winter".
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Stop by the White Bison from 3-4 p.m. for a complimentary Mount Gay drink when you arrive. Passed appetizers will be available while they last and then enjoy drink specials the White Bison will be offering. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you miss Moseley at White Bison, then stop by the bar at Elway's from 6-7 p.m. Chat it up with the US Open Slopestyle gold and X Games silver medalist about his original trick, the Dinner Roll or some of the work he's done on television like hosting "Saturday Night Live" or "American Ninja Warrior" on NBC.
These meet and greet opportunities will be a great time to get an autograph, shoot a selfie and speak to the 1998 gold medalist about some of his hidden talents he mentions on http://www.warrenmiller.com such as celebrity spotting, karaoke and dancing. Learn about his long-standing involvement with the iconic Warren Miller films. This year marks the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment, and "Faces of Winter" will be showing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 30.
Veteran's Day events
The Freedom Park Memorial Committee and VFW Post 10721 will be conducting its 13th annual ceremony in honor of all Veterans of the Armed Forces who have served our country, those from Eagle County who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and those on active duty serving their country at this time.
The keynote speaker will be Doyle Cooper, US Navy, Lead Education Volunteer at The Center for American Values which honors Medal of Honor Recipients. The program will include the National Anthem sung by Ivette Solis from Eagle Valley High School, Boy Scout Troop 231 & Cub Scout Pack 231, recognition of Eagle County veterans, DAR presentation of poppy pins, recognition of active duty service members and their families and TAPS played by Gary Thornton, Ret. US Coast Guard.
There will also be a bell ringing program designed to honor Americans who served 100 years ago during WWI, especially the 116,516 who died. The war ended by an armistice agreement at 11 a.m. on Nov 11, 1918. "Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance" encourages citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11 a.m. local time on November 11th.
The ceremony will be held at the Freedom Park Memorial American Flag Pole Plaza in Edwards at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day. In addition to the program on Veteran’s Day, the vets from VFW Post 10721 have been busy visiting many local schools.
Eagle Climbing and Fitness Grand Opening
There's a brand new workout space coming to Eagle County. Eagle Climbing and Fitness is hosting their grand opening this Saturday, November 10. The celebration will begin at 12 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. There will be free climbing and facility tours, raffle prizes, food, entertainment, yoga, and the last chance to sign up for early bird pricing on memberships.
Eagle Climbing and Fitness will offer a multitude of ways to reach your fitness goals. Inside you'll find a general fitness center, yoga studio, physical therapy area, children's learning area and community space in addition to the abundance of climbing.
Yoga Off Broadway will operate the yoga studio, the fitness center won't offer many machines, focusing instead on functional fitness and conditioning, meaning more free weight-style equipment will be housed there. Parents will enjoy the children's area complete with a jungle gym and low bouldering wall. Fitness for all ages can be found with specific classes for teens as well as senior citizens.
Take a tour of this amazing state of the art facility on Saturday, Nov. 10 and if you do want to climb during their grand opening, go to http://www.eagleclimbing.com to sign a waiver before Saturday to speed up the process. Eagle Climbing and Fitness is located at 700 Chambers Avenue in Eagle.
Art Walk on Broadway
Artspace workshop+gallery is collaborating with the Vail Valley Art Guild and Red Canyon Cafe to host the first Eagle Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 9. All three spaces will be open to the public for gallery viewing, musical entertainment and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m.
Artspace workshop+gallery will be celebrating three years of Art on Broadway while the Vail Valley Art Guild will be celebrating the grand opening of their Pop-Up gallery. Red Canyon Cafe provides not only great coffee, but also a place where local artists can showcase their works.
"We hope this will be a fun new type of cultural event for our community and inspire more of our great local artists and art lovers to come out and be a part of Arts on Broadway," said Tara Novack, of Artspace workshop+gallery. "We will now have a revolving exhibition of local artwork on Broadway, with the second Friday of the month being show nights. We hope this will be a fun new type of cultural event for our community and inspire more of our great local artists and art lovers to come out and be a part of Arts on Broadway," Novak said.
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