Celebrate the (snow) season in the Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – Rejoice! Offseason is officially over. Vail Mountain opens 550 acres of snow-covered runs Friday to the delight of skiers and snowboarders, many who’ve been jonesin’ to get on the mountain since it closed in April. To celebrate, locals bars and restaurants are hosting opening day celebrations today through Saturday. From live DJ’s, to new (and old) ski and snowboard films, and even a comedy show with Denver-based comedians, there’s plenty to choose from. Read on to find out where to ring in the ski season.
Yamn it up
Trance fusion band Yamn will perform in Vail for the first time at Samana Lounge Thursday at 10 p.m.
“Yamn is able to tastefully blend the jam and electronic worlds while paying respect to both styles,” said Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge. “They impress by their quick changing sound styles and enthusiastic stage vibe.”
The four-piece band is from Breckenridge. The guys – Brian Hamilton (guitar, vocals), Adam Ebensberger (drums, vocals), David Duart (bass, vocals) and Ryan Ebarb (keys, guitar, vocals) – got together in 2007 and have been touring regularly since.
The show is free before 10 p.m. and $3 after. For more information call 970-476-3433 or log onto http://www.samanalounge.com.
‘Light The Wick’ at Sandbar
Teton Gravity Research (TGR) newest ski film, “Light The Wick,” will screen at the Sandbar in West Vail Thursday at 9 p.m. A free keg of Colorado Native will be tapped at 9 p.m. A Never Summer snowboard, a pair of Liberty Ski’s and a Loki Jacket will be raffled off.
For this year’s film, “Light The Wick” cinematographers and athletes traveled around the world to uncharted destinations, as well as some of their favorite stomping grounds. Follow the crew as they discover the previously unskied big mountain playground of Petersburg, AK, find the best snow Croatia has seen in 50 years, ski deep pillows in undiscovered Italy, hit full throttle riding in British Columbia, and experience epic free-riding at Ripley Creek and North Cascades Heli. Sammy Carlson stars in the Stevens Pass 3D experiment, the first-ever three-dimensional ski segment. Athletes in the film include: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Kye Petersen, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Dylan Hood, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Rachael Burks, Callum Pettit, Wiley Miller, Erik Roner, Cody Townsend, Todd Ligare, Chris Benchetler, Shroder Baker, Daron Rahlves, Byron Wells and John Spriggs.
Tickets for the evening are $5.
Visit http://www.tetongravity.com to learn more about the film. Call the Sandbar at 970-476-4314.
’80s ski movie night at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards will host three consecutive movie nights featuring cheesy ski movies from the 1980s beginning tonight and continuing Friday and Saturday. “The Blizzard of Ahhhhs” is tonight’s film; “Aspen Extreme” is set for Friday and “Hot Dog: The Movie” will play Saturday. The movies will start on the large screen projector at 6 p.m. nightly. Along with homemade spicy popcorn, the brewery will offer $1 beers all night to people who come wearing ’80s ski attire.
Opening day party at Loaded Joes
Denver-based trio The Foot. will peform at Loaded Joe’s in Avon Thursday. The music, and a free keg, will start around 9 p.m. There is no cover charge.
The Foot., formed in 2008, includes Jeff McCollister (bass, vocals, synths), Phil Barrett (guitar, vocals) and Noah Shomberg (drums, percussion, vocals). The band’s sound is inspired by a love of classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and The Who as well as modern rock pioneers such as Muse, The Raconteurs and Incubus.
The band has shared stages with bands like The Swollen Members, The Flobots and Colorado standouts like Kinetix and The Epilogues. The Foot. released their debut album, “Primary Colors” in March of 2010. They are fresh off of the CMJ Music Festival in NYC and have a slew of headlining Denver shows lined up.
Burton movie premier at Arrabelle
The Burton Store in Arrabelle at Vail is kicking off the ski season with a movie premier Thursday. “In-Color,” a film by Transworld, and “Cheers,” a film by People, will start at 7 p.m. Moe’s BBQ will serve free food, and there will be a chance to win free goodies, like a Burton snowboard and a heli trip from H20 Heli. Bol (141 E. Meadow Drive) is hosting an after party beginning at 9 p.m. Call 970-477-5741.
Big Gigantic in Lionshead
Vail Resorts is celebrating Opening Day morning with $1 breakfast burritos, hot cocoa, free giveaways and more. Front Range electronic duo Big Gigantic (producer Dominic Lalli on sax and Jeremy Salken on drums) will peform a free concert outside in Lionshead from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Visit http://www.vail.com.
Garfinkel’s opening day bash
Garfinkel’s in Lionshead is hosting an opening day party in Vail. There will be plenty of food and drink specials. The party goes from 1 to 3 p.m. before the free concert in Lionshead. DJ P-Rock will be spinning. Call 970-476-3789.
Mr. Anonymous performs at Samana
Mr. Anonymous, aka Jeep MacNichol, will perform at Samana Lounge in Vail Friday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the first DJ of the evening will go on at 9:30 p.m. MacNichol was a founding member and drummer for The Samples. He calls his newest project, Mr. Anonymous, “psychadelic electro tribal dub dancehall …. it’s melodic, it’s moody, it’s psychedelic, it’s danceable and it gives you good vibes.” For his live shows, MacNichol plays drums live while two DJ’s spin and a videographer shows films.
The show is free before 11 p.m. and $5 after. Call 970-476-3433.
Comedy Tour at Sandbar in West Vail
Kick off the ski season with comedy night at the Sandbar. Denver comedian Elliot Woolsey headlines a star-studded line-up of some the state’s best comics. Woolsey is one of Denver’s top “A-list” comedians and performs all around the country. He will be joined by former valley residents Jordan Doll and Brett Hiker, as well as a handful of other comics to round out the night. The show starts at 8 p.m. There’s no cover charge and drink specials for all who attend. Call 970-476-4314.
Dead Phish Orchestra at Agave
On Saturday Dead Phish Orchestra will perform at Agave in Avon. The band, which features members of Phix and Great American Taxi, blends the music of Phish and The Grateful Dead. Advance tickets are $8 and available for purchase at Agave and online at http://www.rmentertainment.com. On Saturday tickets will be available at the door for $10. Call 970-748-8666.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or email@example.com.
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