Stay close to home or explore the rest of the state during the offseason
September 10, 2016
The slower pace of offseason makes for an ideal time to explore a little more. The Vail Valley has a number of events coming up in September and October, as all the leaves start to shimmer gold.
• The Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark in Lionshead Village, now open every day, dawn until 11 p.m. — Before the snow falls, get your riding fix at Vail's brand new, $1.9-million skate park, now open in the Lionshead Village parking structure. The park has a halfpipe and mini bowl, rails and more.
California Skateparks designed the park, and it showcases mosaic murals by artist Valerie Theberge. It's named for Zeke Pierce, an avid local skateboarder who lost his life in a mountain-bike accident at age 15. Bring a helmet, as it's required, and kneepads; wrist guards are also recommended. For more information, visit http://www.vailrec.com.
• Epic Discovery on Vail Mountain, Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 2 — It's not too late to check out Vail Mountain's new Epic Discovery, which encourages kids and adults to learn through play on ziplines, canopy tours and alpine coasters, as well as with wildlife trail exploration and interactive activities.
The Game Creek Canopy Tour flies riders through the forest with a system of ziplines and aerial bridges as high as 300 feet above the earth, and the Forest Flyer is a gravity-based alpine coaster where you can sit on your own sled and control your speed.
Head to the top of the Eagle's Nest gondola to find Epic Discovery — fall hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Sunday, Oct. 2. Unlimited, all-day access is $89, which includes a scenic gondola ride to the top. Visit http://www.vail.com to learn more.
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• Lake Street Union in Avon, Saturday, Sept. 17 — The inaugural Lake Street Union will be held at Harry A. Nottingham Park and Avon Performance Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a new yoga event featuring workshops with local teachers, stand-up paddleboard yoga, meditation and even "doga" — yoga with your dog.
"Doga is about having fun with your dog through yoga," said Kristen Burns, local yoga teacher who will be leading the doga class at Lake Street Union. "Yoga, to me, is about connection, to myself, to others and to our community, which includes our furry friends."
Burns said the festival's ultimate focus is enjoying our mountain community in this vibrant season.
"We are so blessed here in the Vail Valley to have so many yoga teachers, all unique in their own way," she said.
Day passes to the event are $50, and individual class tickets are available, as well. Visit http://www.lakestreetunion.com to learn more.
• Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 9 — The fourth annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week spans 10 days and begins Friday, Sept. 30. The week will feature a variety of $20.16 specials in restaurants across the Vail Valley, as well as lodging deals for those who are coming from out of town or locals who want to take a mini fall staycation.
The Top Shelf Harvest event will be returning for its third year on Saturday, Oct. 1, with a happy hour celebration held in Lionshead Village from 3 to 6 p.m.
"We are thrilled to overlap once again with Top Shelf Harvest," said Sarah Franke, of Group970 Restaurants. "The event is a great pair for Restaurant Week and provides our guests with a fun afternoon of activity that fits as a perfect lead in to a great night out in Vail, enjoying the $20.16 restaurant week offers."
• Man of the Cliff in Avon, Saturday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 16 — Man of the Cliff is where you'll likely see the most flannels and beards in one place this fall. Now in Avon at Nottingham Park, the lumberjack (and Jill) competition benefits First Descents, and spectators are asked to give a $5 donation to the organization.
Participants of all skill levels can compete in events such as ax throwing, hammer toss, archery, speed toss, keg toss, tug of war and more. Online registration is $80 in advance, or $100 per person at the event. Please visit http://www.manofthecliff.com to learn more.
• Eagle Yoga Fest, Friday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 16 — The crisp days of fall can also call for a slightly slower pace. Yvonne Schwartz, owner Yoga Off Broadway, founded Eagle Yoga Fest, with the vision to create a yoga festival that allows you to leave feeling relaxed, renewed and restored.
"The focus of the festival is to celebrate mindful movement and the slower side of yoga," Schwartz said.
The weekend gathering will feature more restorative yoga styles, along with educational lectures and live music. Visit http://www.eagle yogafest.com.