Roller derby, garage sales, highway cleanups and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 4/26/19
Keep yourself busy this weekend by volunteering for the Highway Cleanup or searching for deals at the annual Garage Sale at VMS
Community Pride Highway Cleanup
After a long winter of plentiful snow, the warmer weather has revealed quite a bit of garbage that has found it’s way to the roadsides of Eagle County. This Saturday presents an opportunity to help spruce up our surroundings during the Eagle River Watershed Council’s 19th Annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise.
By donating your time and energy for just a few hours on Saturday morning you will help prevent the trash from entering into our rivers and streams. The Eagle River Watershed Council estimates that over 10 tons of trash collects along our roadsides every year. Our waterways are our lifeblood of our community and the health of our valley is preserved through the dedication of volunteers that come out year after year.
The Highway Cleanup spans 140 miles of Eagle County roadways including Interstate 70 and Highways 6, 24 and 131. Many local businesses and organizations use this as a team building activity while families and friends use it as a way to give back and come together for the community. Teams are each responsible for cleaning a one- or two-mile stretch of road.
After the morning of fun and hard work, volunteers and their families are invited to a free Thank You BBQ at the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead from noon to 2 pm. The party will feature live music, free food, and local beer. In addition to the great food, beer and entertainment, volunteers are thanked with free gifts and the chance to win raffle prizes. The highlight of the party is the Golden Toilet Seat Award given to the team that collects the most unusual piece of trash.
If you want to help out, contact the Eagle River Watershed Council at 970-827-5406 or email Kate Isaacson at firstname.lastname@example.org to join a team or become a team leader.
Post-season gear care
Lift-accessed skiing and riding ended last Sunday as Vail Mountain closed for the season. You can still enjoy the slopes on Breckenridge Mountain until Memorial Day and at Arapahoe Basin until early June, but if have decided to hang up the boards, here are a few things you should do to keep your gear in good shape throughout the offseason.
When was the last time you washed your coat or ski and snowboard pants? Now would be a great time to wash them to get off any dirt from a long season (or some of that ketchup that spilled at an end-of-season barbecue). Follow the instructions on the label, but keep in mind that waterproofing and weatherproofing on some fabrics require special care. Matt Carroll, general manager and hard goods buyer at Double Diamond Ski Shop in Lionshead recommends using a special detergent like Nikwax.
“You invest a lot of money into clothing that helps you do your sport, so you want to protect it. Using a product specifically designed for the types of fabrics used in outerwear helps retain the weatherproofing and breathability of the fabrics,” Carroll said.
If you are using regular detergent, Carroll suggests you use liquid versus a powder detergent. “Powder detergents tend to leave a residue. Allow the liquid detergent to become diluted before putting the clothing into the washer,” suggests Carroll.
Your skis and snowboards deserve a little love post-season as well. “The biggest concern is you don’t want your bases to dry out,” Carroll said. Many people will have a storage wax, which is a universal wax, put on the base of the skis over the summer. You also want to store equipment in a cool, dry place. Humidity isn’t a big concern here, but if you live in a climate that has a lot of moisture, that moisture can lead to rust.
“If anything, just wipe down the base of your skis or snowboard completely at the end of the season to get the dirt off,” Carroll said.
Don’t forget about the ski boots. “Buckle your ski boots on the loosest setting. If you don’t, they may not line up correctly next season. Also, don’t store them anywhere they may get too hot, like an attic,” Carroll said. Place the boots in a sealed container like a plastic storage bin to keep the mice out as well. “We see all kinds of things involving mice such as holes chewed through liners and nests. Do what you can to keep mice out of your boots,” Carroll said.
The last tip Carroll mentioned was to get your bindings checked in the fall before the season begins to make sure you are safe to get back on the hill. Skiing and snowboarding equipment is an investment, so make sure you take care of your gear to ensure it will last.
Melee in the Mountains Roller Derby Tournament
The 7th annual Melee in the Mountains Roller Derby Tournament returns this weekend and will feature four teams from Colorado and beyond in a bracketed style tournament on Saturday at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
Hometown team, the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls, will welcome teams from as far away as California and Chicago to the flat, oval track in Eagle.
If you aren’t familiar with the sport, here’s a quick tutorial. Play is broken up into two 30-minute periods, and within those periods, into units of play called jams, which last up to two minutes. There are 30 seconds between each jam.
During a jam, each team fields up to five skaters. Four of these skaters are called blockers (together, the blockers are called the pack), and one is called a jammer. The jammer wears a helmet cover with a star on it, so keep your eye on the star.
The two jammers start each jam behind the pack and score a point for every opponent they lap, each lap. Because they start behind the pack, they must get through the pack, then all the way around the track to be ready to score points on opposing blockers. How do you determine the champion? The team with the most points at the end of the bout wins.
The event kicks of on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a Mix Up Bout followed by the Chicago Outfit vs. the Boulder County All-Stars at noon and the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls vs. The SoCal Roller Derby team, The Kracken, at 2 p.m. The teams will then advance to the runner-up bout at 4 p.m. and the championship bout at 6 p.m.
There will also be a silent auction and a Chuck-A-Duck competition, which involves fan participation. After the action at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink head to the after-party at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.10thmountainfollerdolls.com.
Vail Mountain School Garage Sale
This time of year means spring cleaning and clearing out the closets. The families of the Vail Mountain School along with community members and a number of local stores have brought their best items to the Vail Mountain School gymnasium for its annual garage sale this Friday and Saturday.
This huge garage sale houses all sorts of items within the 9,000 square feet of the Gore Rangers’ gym and features everything from clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, housewares, lines, artwork, toys, tools, baby items, sporting goods, bikes, skis and much more.
Local stores like Nest, Ritzy Recalls, Wishes Toy Store, Skipper & Scout and Grey Salt will have various items on sale, too.
Early bird shopping is Friday, 3:45-7:00 p.m. for $5/adult, with children admitted free. Admission is free on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fill a bag at noon on Saturday for $20. In addition, all shoppers get to choose a free book and paid admission on Friday includes a $5 voucher that can be spent on Saturday.
The sale takes place at Vail Mountain School located at 3000 Booth Falls Road in East Vail and is organized by VMS Parent Partners, the school’s parent organization. Proceeds benefit Vail Mountain School. For more information, go to http://www.vms.edu.
Nominate your mom for a Mother’s Day contest
Wondering what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? Why not nominate your mom for a chance to win a fabulous Mother’s Day stay-and-spa package at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon.
Nominate that special mother of yours by sharing her story with The Westin Riverfront in the Tell Us About Your Special Mom contest. One lucky mom will win the chance to enjoy:
- An overnight stay at The Westin Riverfront on Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Breakfast in bed on Sunday, May 12, 2019
- One relaxing 50-minute Massage at Spa Anjali
- One 50-minute Facial at Spa Anjali
- A complimentary yoga class at the Athletic Club at The Westin
- A 20% discount on Mother’s Day at The Westin Riverfront’s new White Sage Boutique.
To enter, simply submit an essay of 300 words or less to email@example.com by Monday, April 29. The winner will be selected by The Westin Riverfront’s executive committee and will be announced on Friday, May 3.
If you don’t win, you can still get a deal on relaxation by purchasing your mom a $100 Spa Anjali Mother’s Day gift card and the Westin Riverfront will upgrade it to a $125 gift card. Want to join your mom during her day of R and R? Everyone can enjoy Spa Anjali’s spring spa special, which is $99 for a 50-minute massage or facial or $139 for a 75-minute massage or facial. For more information or to purchase a gift card online, go to http://www.spaanjali.com.
The Vail Valley is kicking off the summer season with everything from barbecues and restaurant deals, white water rafting and ceremonies honoring those who fought for our freedoms.