Second annual EverBank America’s Winter Opening remains on track |

Second annual EverBank America’s Winter Opening remains on track

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BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek will celebrate the arrival of winter at the second annual EverBank America's Winter Opening. The event begins Thursday and continues through the weekend with concerts, kettle curling, sponsor expos, on-site giveaways, restaurant deals, fireworks and the all-new Beers of Prey beer tasting event at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

"This time of year, there's a lot of excitement for the winter ahead. Locals and visitors are ready to break out their skis and snowboards and jump into the season," said Duncan Horner, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. "EverBank America's Winter Opening is a great way to enjoy the winter conditions in the daytime and activities in Beaver Creek Village in the afternoon and evening."

Tickets are on sale now for a series of events, including the Beers of Prey winter seasonal beer tastings, performances from Strange Americans and Bonfire Dub and Friends and a showing of "The Fourth Phase," the new movie from Red Bull Media House.

Beers of Prey

The Beers of Prey craft beer tasting session will take place at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 1. The event will bring 10 craft breweries to the Vilar Center for a sampling featuring winter seasonals. Special passes are also available to three special-release tasting sessions in the May Gallery.

Patrons can pair the tasting with the Bonfire Dub concert, which also takes place at the Vilar Center on Friday night, or purchase tickets solely for the tasting. Friday night tickets are available at for $35, and the special tasting sessions are $10 each. Combine the concert and the tasting for $40.

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Birds of Prey Way festivities

As part of the EverBank America's Winter Opening, Birds of Prey Way festivities are also set to take place in Beaver Creek village Friday and Saturday. The Pumphouse Bar will open at 3 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday with specials on Lagunitas beer, Korbel California Champaign, and other winter libations.

The WinterWonderGrass All-Stars play live music Friday afternoon in the village, and

Town Cavalry, followed by the Williams Brothers Band, play Saturday afternoon in the village, alongside the kettle curling tournament, demos and sponsor booths, prizes and giveaways.

The Raptor Education Foundation, which brings real birds of prey to Beaver Creek each year, is expecting to bring its golden eagle, screech owl and other birds of prey to Beaver Creek Village on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsor expos will feature games, prizes and giveaways in the village on Friday and Saturday, with activations from Cirque Mountain Apparel, EverBank, HiDow, BevPaw, Tipsy Elves, Noosa Yoghurt and more.

"We'll be having a good time, celebrating the season and giving away some great prizes, including GoPro cameras and more," said Dave Dressman, vice president of sponsorship for the Vail Valley Foundation. "It's going to be a fun and very entertaining weekend in Beaver Creek."

For more information about the EverBank America's Winter Opening visit or call the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-777-2015.