Easter egg hunts, Earth Day, Vail’s closing day and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 4/18/19
Celebrate Easter and closing day on Vail Mountain
Easter is a special time in the Vail Valley with plenty of area churches opening their doors to locals and visitors alike. One of the great things about being in a ski town is the mountain top sunrise service, bringing a unique experience to the holiday.
Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. inside Eagle’s Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open to the public at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead. Complimentary baked goods and beverages will be provided for attendees. In addition, there will be two afternoon Easter services outside at Eagle’s Nest, which are scheduled for 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Simonton Deck, also known as the Holy Cross observation deck.
For those planning to attend the Easter sunrise service, the Town of Vail will be offering free parking for vehicles that enter the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 10 a.m. Upon departure, attendees should inform the parking booth attendants they were at the service.
For the sunrise service, the gondola ride is complimentary and guests are not permitted to bring skis or snowboards. Following the service, guests will be asked to download the gondola. Guests will need a lift ticket or scenic ride ticket for the 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. service. For more information about Vail Mountain, call the Mountain Information Center at 970-754-8245.
It’s an early wake-up call, but being on the mountain and watching the sunrise after hearing the message about Easter Sunday is worth the lack of sleep.
Also, check the Vail Daily on Saturday for information about services at many area churches throughout the valley on Easter Sunday.
Easter Egg Hunts and Brunch
On Saturday, kids have two locations to choose from for Easter egg hunts. The Vail Rec District will host its annual egg hunt in Lionshead Village at 9:30 a.m. The event will begin with a visit from the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt will immediately follow at 10 a.m. sharp. Children ages two through 10 are invited to seek out eggs and redeem them for prizes. The event will be held rain, snow or shine so please dress children accordingly. Bring your own Easter basket or bag to carry eggs and prizes. For more information contact VRD Community Programming at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-479-2292.
Avon will also host a free Easter egg hunt on Saturday featuring 10,000 eggs filled with toys and candy at Nottingham Park. The actual hunting of eggs will be organized by height instead of age. Please check in at the town of Avon tent to have your child measured and receive a wristband to participate with other children of approximately the same height.
There will be three separate egg units in the egg hunt coral; two for each height group for which participants will be identified by colored wristbands. There will be a special area for children 3 years of age and under with their very own bouncy house and egg hunt.
Families are invited to participate in games, inflatable features, a balloon artist and a visit from the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. For more tips on how to enjoy this egg hunt visit http://www.avon.org.
Easter brunch specials are happening at area restaurants. Treat yourself to everything from seafood, sushi, a carving station, pasta and cotton candy treats at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail or a prime rib carving station, omelet station, eggs Benedict and short rib hash at Leonora in the Sebastian in Vail. Maya at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon will host a brunch featuring roasted Colorado leg of lamb, carved honey glazed ham and stuffed French toast.
Contact your favorite restaurant to see if they are doing an Easter brunch along with egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny.
Closing weekend at Vail
This weekend will mark the end of lift-accessed skiing and snowboarding in Eagle County. Vail’s closing day is on Sunday and there will be plenty of runs open due to the abundant amount of snowfall this season. The major front side lifts will remain open as well as High Noon Express in Sun Up Bowl. Blue Sky Basin did close for the season last Sunday. Other closures on Sunday included Game Creek, Sun Up Express, Sourdough, Orient Express, Teacup Express.
Given the variable spring snow conditions and limited egress routes off the mountain, Vail Mountain is suggesting downloading early at the end of the day to get ahead of the crowd. In anticipation of the need to better accommodate guests for downloading, lifts will close to uphill traffic at the following times:
- 2 p.m. – Ticket sales cease for daily access.
- 2:30 p.m. – Riva Bahn Express Lift close.
- 3 p.m. – Gondola One, Wildwood Express, Mountaintop Express, High Noon Express Lift and Northwoods Express Lift close.
- 4 p.m. – Avanti Express Lift, Little Eagle Lift and Eagle Bahn Gondola close.
In a press release, Vail Mountain reminded guests that Vail Resorts operates Vail Mountain under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service and has made the decision to close all operating lifts and decks for the season at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, a series of air horns will play to signal the end of the season and the time at which guests are asked to depart. U.S. Forest Service and local law enforcement officers will be on the mountain Sunday to help facilitate a safe end to the ski and snowboard season.
Guests are reminded that using any ski lift or trail while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances such as marijuana is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act. One daypack per person will be permitted on closing day, provided the bag fits in a five-gallon container. Bags that do not meet the requirement are subject to search and will only be allowed if they contain no alcohol or controlled substances.
As in recent years, those who disobey posted signs and closures or engage in other inappropriate behavior could lose skiing and snowboarding privileges through the upcoming ski season. For more information about Vail Mountain’s closing day operations stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead or call 970-754-8245.
Celebrate this amazing season this weekend and remember that hiking, biking, all the river sports and golf are just around the corner, so play it safe out there.
Closing weekend parties
Closing weekend also means closing weekend parties around town. It’s a time to share a story from the season with friends before the off-season begins and everyone heads out of town for warmer weather. I liken it to the last week of school before summer break. Stop by your favorite hang out or head to some of these local establishments for closing weekend parties:
King’s Club at the Sonnenalp Vail: The lobby bar of the Sonnenalp is one of the best-kept secrets for dancing. Don’t let the carpet fool you, it doesn’t take long for folks to get up and dance around the piano while listening to the tunes of various performers throughout the winter. On Saturday night, join Kevin Danzig and Friends from 8 until 11 p.m. Some of Danzig’s talented friends include Beth Swearingen, Peter Fontanese and Sam Bee, but you never know who will show up, so expect some surprise guests.
Shakedown Bar: Scott Rednor and the gang will be closing down the season with some fun jams throughout closing weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Scott and Rob Eaton, Jr. will host their regular apres-ski show from 5-8 p.m. along with late night shows each evening. On Friday it’s the Shakedown Family Jam starting at 9:30 p.m. featuring Mark Levy, Ross James, Todd Stoops, Jeff Franca, Rob Eaton, Jr., Scott Rednor and Johnny Schleper. Saturday night you’ll find Brothers Keeper taking the stage at 9:30 p.m. with special guests Todd Stoops (of Raq and Electric Beethoven) and Jeff Franca (of Thievery Corporation).
Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant: On Sunday, head to one of Vail’s original drinking establishments since 1964, Pepi’s at Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer on Bridge Street in Vail for it’s 7th annual “Let’s get Gramshammered” party. Enjoy drink specials and free live music from the Highway 50 band, comprised of members of The Samples and Big Head Todd, two Colorado bands who are no strangers to the Vail Valley. Expect to hear everything from rock, reggae, ska and maybe a little splash of pop and R&B.
Two Arrows Cafe: You can also get the party started early at the Two Arrows Cafe in Vail Village. Mimosas and Carajillos will be served starting at 7 a.m. Two Arrows Cafe will also announce its breakfast booze menu for the summer.
Earth day is coming up on Monday and in an effort to support the Climate Action Collaborative, ECO Transit will offer free bus service for all routes during Earth Week, between Monday, April 22 and Sunday, April 28 so valley locals can see what it’s like to not drive every day and how convenient it can be.
Get some work done on the bus or catch up on things via your mobile device with the free WiFi that’s available. Employers, ECO offers discounts to businesses that want to buy passes for their employees. Learn more by going to http://www.eaglecounty.us/transit.
Earth Day also means recycling and Walking Mountains will be offering a tour of the Eagle County Materials Recovery and Household Hazardous Waste Facilities on Friday at 9:00 a.m. Once you see where your garbage goes, you may be inspired to do a better job of preparing your trash and recyclables each week.
Groups are brought to the Household Hazardous Waste facility where they learn the most common disposal or treatment methods for household chemicals and materials like paint and vehicle batteries.
The tour also takes people to the Materials Recovery Facility where recyclables are separated from each other in a highly technical manner. With the use of staff, optic, and magnetic mechanisms items are sorted into the correct bins. A puff of air blasts out plastics and a series of magnets pulls out the different metals.
Several times a year Walking Mountains teams up with the county to offer tours of the facility to educate residents about how their trash is disposed of in the proper way. If you can’t make this tour, the next one will be held on Aug. 9. For more information, go to http://www.walkingmountains.org.
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