Love in the air, fun on the ground in Vail
Things may be kind of slow in the U.S. economy these days, but things are off the hook in the Vail Valley this week. First, Bode Miller is in the house, setting the tone for the opening of the 2008 Birds of Prey Beaver Creek World Cup race week with his first-place finish in Tuesdays training run. If you havent had the chance to watch these spectacular athletes do their heart-pounding thing, make sure you catch them on a super combined, downhill, super-G or giant slalom race this week. The Vail Valley Foundation, the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) and more than 25 sponsors have put together an unforgettable event and between the races themselves, The Black Diamond Ball and the Thursday Night Lights and fireworks, it will provide memories for a lifetime.On the heels of this triumph is Snow Daze. From Dec. 8-14, youll enjoy a multi-faceted music stew from Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Leftover Salmon, the weirdly entertaining Dummy Gelunde World Championships and the Snow Jam under the lights. This party will be capped off by an open-air Ford Park concert by The Fray on Saturday night, Dec. 13. The rest of the town is going partying, too, with great events, restaurant deals, tree lightings and holiday celebrations from Vail to the Vilar Center. This is exciting stuff and youll need to make a calendar to have any chance of catching it all.If thats not mind-bending enough, the big town of Vail and Vail Resorts-funded marketing campaign themed All the Love is breaking today. The program is design to supplement the valleys winter marketing efforts and will focus on our best customers in Denver and nearby drive markets by presenting great deals for lodging, on-mountain activities, in-town shopping and restaurant offers throughout the season. Tell your friends to check it out at http://www.VailAlltheLove.com.I dont know what the rest of the country is doing to generate interest in commerce but here, its apparent that were pulling out the stops to make this a great season for our guests and locals using fun as the hook at all price ranges and at every imaginable venue. I suggest you get out and get some. See you at the next fun thing. Whatever you decide it will be.Event update: Dec. 9, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Nonprofit executive meeting, Vail Valley Partnership offices. Dec. 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Business After Hours Mixer at Ruggs Benedict Carpet One Floor & Home, Avon. Free to Vail Valley Partnership members.Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.