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Weekend Picks with Tricia Swenson

Beaver Creek ramps down the season with live music

1Beaver Creek will ramp down some of its terrain and lifts this weekend, even though their closing date isn’t until Sunday, April 15. This weekend is your last chance to hear live music at the following venues at Beaver Creek until the snow flies for the 2018-19 season.

On Friday, April 6, enjoy drink specials and the sounds of the Laughing Bones Trio at Mamie’s deck at the top of the Bachelor Gulch Express lift, No. 16. Grill your own Angus burger or Euro dog while overlooking McCoy Park. Laughing Bones will be playing from noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting.



This weekend will be the last weekend for the Westin Gondola operations. Maya restaurant at The Westin Riverfront is hosting a special Gondola Closing Weekend FAC celebration outdoors on the Gondola Plaza on Friday, April 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring live music by The Platonics. Guests can enjoy $3 tacos, $5 Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. beers and $6 margaritas. Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. is also holding a raffle for a chance to win a free Weston Snowboard.

On Saturday, April 7, take a few runs in the Talons area of Beaver Creek. The Birds of Prey (lift 9), Grouse Mountain Express (lift 10) and the Larkspur Express (lift 11) all converge at Talons Grill, where you’ll find plenty of good eats from their smokehouse-inspired menu. The expansive deck is a great place to imbibe in a brew and chat with friends about the past season while listening to Robby Wicks from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.



The Broken Arrow Cafe at Arrowhead will close down the season with Laughing Bones playing from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. The Broken Arrow is located at the base of the Arrowbahn Express (lift 17) and features a large outdoor deck, cozy dining room with great eats and full bar.

Warren Miller Day

2Warren Miller was the ultimate ski bum. He skied and was skilled at making ski movies and he actually made a living at doing it. His filmmaking was a passion, and if you asked him, then he’d probably tell you he never really worked a day in his life because it was never really “work”.



After 60 years, Miller’s legacy lives on as ski and snowboard enthusiasts flock to their hometown theaters to watch the latest Warren Miller movie each autumn. To celebrate this icon in the industry, head to Vail on Saturday, April 7, for Warren Miller Day.

At 3 p.m. there will be a commemorative ski down from the top of Mountain Top Express (Chair 4) to Mid-Vail. From there, the celebration continues at Sarge’s with Warren Miller films, guest speakers and live music.

“I have selected some classic film clips from 1945, 1962 and other eras that people haven’t seen in a while, so it will be a real treat for people to view these moments in ski history,” said Kurt Miller, Warren Miller’s son, who is organizing the event. After the slopes close, many bars will be hosting apres ski while showing Warren Miller films. Participating bars in Vail Village include: Bridge Street Bar, Pepi’s, Vendetta’s. Lionshead Village bars include: Tavern on the Square and the Vail Chophouse. Beaver Creek bars include: Coyote Cafe and the Beaver Creek Chophouse.

Miller always encouraged us to get out there and enjoy life with one of his famous quotes: “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be another year older when you do.” Join in the celebration this Saturday and ski a run for Miller and thank him for the encouragement throughout the years.

Western Colorado Outdoor & Sportsman Expo

3Get excited about other outdoor activities we love to do by attending the Western Colorado Outdoor & Sportsman Expo. This inaugural event takes place at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds and will showcase everything from elk hunting to how to tie flies for fly fishing as well as pack mules and mushroom foraging.

This two-day event helps the novice and the well-versed sports enthusiast with over 50 exhibitors and guest presenters at the event. Author, artist and renowned fly-fisherman Rick Takahasi will lead a fly tying seminar and casting demos. Brookside Gun Dogs will host demos displaying their dogs’ bird retrieving skills.

No need to travel all the way to Denver or Salt Lake City, Western Slope residents can take advantage of the offerings right in their own backyard. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8. For ticket information, please visit http://www.westcoexpo.com.

Taste of Vail

4The Taste of Vail kicked off on Wednesday, April 4, with the Debut of Rose event and Thursday featured the American Lamb Cook-off & Apres Ski Tasting, but there is still more to come throughout the rest of the weekend.

On Friday, April 6, the main event is the Mountain Top Tasting from noon to 2:30 p.m., hosted just west of Eagle’s Nest. This ski-in or gondola-in picnic is a culinary feat as wineries and restaurants bring in tasty bites and sips for hundreds of people who gather at 10,350 feet above sea level. Wear snow boots and dress warmer than you think, the temperature drops as you go up in elevation.

Seminars on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, will feature topics from South African wines, to climate change in Germany, to how they are boosting the image of Beaujolais. Learn tips and trends from experts at each seminar and let your taste buds try something new along the way. Save some money by purchasing the Seminar six-pack for $185 or four-pack for $150.

Saturday night, April 7, the Reserve Grand Tasting takes place at a new venue this year, the Sebastian from 6 to 9 p.m. Here is your chance to try it all since every winery and restaurant will be present. Come hungry, and use the event’s new app to keep track of who your favorites are. For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.tasteofvail.com.

Vail Film Festival: 15 years and counting

5In 2004, Sean and Scott Cross, co-founders of the Vail Film Festival, had no idea the impact this event would have on the filmmaking community and the film fans in Vail and across the country.

The festival is now internationally recognized and has helped launch the careers of hundreds of directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. It has also seen the advancement of new mediums and how it has changed the industry.

“Although the film and television industries are still highly competitive, there is an unparalleled demand for creative content, and far more room for new voices and undiscovered talent. The changes in technology over the years have had a significant impact on the Vail Film Festival, with the festival receiving far more submissions every year, raising the quality of our film program, and attracting stronger writers, actors and directors,” Sean Cross said.

View its website at http://www.vailfilmfestival.com and choose from nearly 50 films, workshops, panel discussions and more throughout the weekend. Movies will be shown at Cinebistro at Solaris and the Blue Starlight adjacent to Hotel Talisa.


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