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Sgt. Pepper, Yeti Hockey, first tracks and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 1/18/19

Classic songs and comedy at the Vilar Performing Arts Center

Classic Albums Live presents The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center tonight in Beaver Creek. This will be a “note for note, cut for cut” performance the way it was heard 50 years ago. Sing along to songs like “When I’m Sixty Four” and “With a Little Help From My Friends”.

Classic Albums Live will have 16 of the world’s best musicians on stage to recreate the sounds made so famous by the British rock stars. Reminisce back to the first time you heard this album or introduce a new generation to this music by bringing the family to the Vilar tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The comedy of Howie Mandel will take the stage on Sunday. Mandel is a Canadian born comedian/actor/author/host who apparently got his big break while attending amateur night at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. According to Internet Movie Database, (, Mandel was egged on by his friends to get up on stage while there were all in California on vacation. A producer saw Mandel and hired him on the spot for a comedy game show called “Make Me Laugh”.

Since then, Mandel has appeared on stage and on screen doing everything from the voice of Gizmo in the movie “Gremlins” to playing Dr. Fiscus on the television series “St. Elsewhere”, plus “The Howie Mandel Show” when he still had hair.

Today, Mandel’s busy schedule includes CNBC’s game show series, “Deal or No Deal”, which started up again on Dec. 5 and “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” which premiered on Jan. 7. He still tours over 200 days a year, so catch him at the Vilar this Sunday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets for the Sgt. Pepper show and Mandel can be purchased on or call the box office at 970.845.TIXS.

10th Mountain Legacy Parade

New this season is the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade, which pays homage to Vail’s heritage. Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail will host the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade tonight at 6 p.m. Along with fireworks, guests will view skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division ski trooper uniforms weaving down the hill in a torchlight ski down to the base of Gondola One followed by a procession with more soldiers down Bridge Street.

The 10th Mountain Division is the winter warfare unit created by the United States Army during World War II that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hail. Comprised of mountaineers and expert skiers, the soldiers of the 10th fought in the northern Italian Alps. After the war, these outdoor enthusiasts became involved with the ski industry, which was quickly growing in America.

After the parade, everyone is welcome to visit the newly renovated Colorado Snowsports Museum to learn more about Colorado’s ski history through the new 10th Mountain Division exhibit, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. There will also be a showing of the film “Climb to Glory.”

Pete Seibert, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, along with Earl Eaton, who worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Glenwood Springs, first climbed Vail Mountain during the winter of 1957 and looked down at the future Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls and decided that this would be a great place to build a ski area.

The first of four parades was held on Jan. 4 and crowds in the hundreds showed up at the base of Vail Mountain and along Bridge Street, the Covered Bridge and the 10th Mountain Division Ski Trooper statue near Gore Creek to view the event. There are two more parades scheduled for this winter on Feb. 15 and March 8. For more information, please visit

First Tracks at Beaver Creek

Do you want to have the slopes all to yourself? You practically have that type of experience when you sign up for First Tracks at Beaver Creek. Held on select mornings throughout the winter season, guests are treated to an early upload on the Centennial Express lift at 7:30 a.m. Then they are lead by Beaver Creek’s top ski school professionals to untracked powder or corduroy, depending on the conditions.

This private, guided tour allows skiers and snowboarders a chance to feel like they have the slopes all to themselves. There’s just something special being out there before everyone else. The beauty of the sun coming up in the east and warming the face of Rose Bowl, the silence of the outdoors and perhaps spotting a critter or two out and about before hiding out for the rest of the day may all be a part of this experience.

After carving the only turns on Beaver Creek Mountain, your guides will lead you to a delicious breakfast at Allie’s Cabin, situated on the eastern hillside near the Assay run and the Cinch catwalk. Allie’s Cabin, which is usually reserved for private events, wine dinners and family dinners a few nights a week, opens its doors for those who got up early to experience solitude on the slopes. Exchange the ski boots for slippers and relax and enjoy some amazing breakfast dishes.

For more information about First Tracks at Beaver Creek or to make a reservation, please call 970.754.5310 or go to Adult tickets are priced at $150 per person and children 12 and under are priced at $75 per person.

Vail Yeti Hockey Games

Semi-pro hockey returns to Vail with the Vail Yeti hockey team hitting the ice once again this weekend. Dobson Ice Arena plays host to the home team as well as many top teams across the nation.

The Yeti’s success has attracted talented players from the American Hockey League, which is the direct feeder league to the NHL, professional leagues in Europe and Australia as well as top college teams.

The team is lead by Brent Sands and Bill Foster, who plays the dual role of Yeti player and coach. They both played for the Pensacola Ice Flyers after playing against each other in NCAA College Hockey.

Last weekend the Yeti played the Texas Titans and it was an exciting finish both nights. But in the end, the Yeti lost both games in overtime. The weekend before, the Yeti swept its rivals, the Breckenridge Vipers 11-1 and 3-2. This weekend they welcome the Colorado Nailers.

“This will be our first match up against the Nailers in our six-season history. Denver is a hockey hot bed for ex pro and Division 1 players, so we will not be underestimating them. We are looking for a fast, hard hitting competition,” Sands said.

The puck drops at 7:45 p.m. at Dobson Arena in Vail tonight and Saturday nigth. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. For more information, visit

Vail Nordic Citizens Race

Grab your skate skis or classic skis for the 2019 Vail Nordic Citizens Race at Maloit Park in Minturn on Saturday.

The race will be a 5K mass start with both skate and classic categories. After the activities outdoors, head to the warmth indoors at the post race party held at Kirby Cosmo’s in Minturn. A barbecue lunch will be provided for all participants and racers 21 and older can enjoy a free beer from Vail Brewing Company. The after-party will also include the awards presentation and a raffle drawing.

The Vail Nordic Citizens Race is the first race in the four-part Vail Grail Winter Race Series. The next race will be the Vail Derail Winter Bike Race held on Saturday, Feb. 9, followed by the Vail Mountain Winter Uphill race on Sunday, Feb. 17 and the Shamrock Shuffle on March 9. Learn more and register for the Nordic race or the whole series by going to

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