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The Session begins Jan. 12

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ContributedKatherine Schell will perform at the Samana Lounge in Vail Village at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12.
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Pro snowboarders will put their best tricks forward at The Session slopestyle contest at Vail Mountains Golden Peak. The celebration begins Thursday, Jan. 12, with the first competition on Friday, Jan. 13. Pro riders will compete in a jam session format on Jan. 13 on a unique rail course built exclusively for Vails contest. Competitors will session the course, hitting a variety of rails as they compete to be one of the top five riders that will be awarded prize money every 15 minutes. Both men and women will compete under the same-scaled prize system that will have six payouts over the one-and-a-half-hour session for the men and four payouts over the one-hour session for the women. An additional $1,500 prize this year, named for the late pro snowboarder, Josh Malay, will be awarded for both the men’s and women’s best trick. The womens competition begins at 4:30 p.m. and the mens begins at 6:30 p.m.The men will face off again on Saturday, Jan. 14. Riders will be looking for a perfect run. The top five men from last years finals will automatically be entered into this years final, as well as an additional 10 riders from the qualification run. The mens purse is worth $82,500. The qualification run begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 4:30 p.m. The finals start at 6:15 p.m. and are scheduled to last until 7:45 p.m.Amateurs get their chance to compete session-style on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Salomon Public Pro Clinic. The event is open to riders of abilities, but space is limited. Those hoping to compete can register at the tent at the base of Golden Peak Jan. 12 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration the day of the event is 8 9 a.m.

Knuckle-draggers need not apply. The 2006 U.S. Freeskiing Open will be Thursday, Jan. 19 Sunday, Jan. 21 on Vail Mountain. More than 350 of freeskiings top and up-and-coming athletes are slated to compete in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air competitions, vying for a total event purse of $60,000. Registration for mens halfpipe and slopestyle competitions took place on Dec. 1, filling in less than 20 minutes, setting a record for the event. Womens superpipe and slopestyle divisions have limited spaces available. The Jeep U.S. Freeskiing Open has served as a launch pad for countless new school skiers, including notable winners such as Tanner Hall and Michael Olenick. The Jeep U.S. Freeskiing Open is a marquee event in Vail and each season we anticipate its return to see what new heights the athletes have attained as the freeskiing movement only continues to dominate, said Ian Arthur, vice president of marketing and sales for Vail Mountain. For more information, visit freeskiingopen.com.

Blinky Burgers are back. The newly rebuilt Broken Arrow restaurant, best known for its Blinky Burgers, is open for business again. Located at the base of the Arrowbahn Express Lift in Arrowhead, the restaurant features a heated outdoor patio so resting skiers and riders can watch others bite it as they come down the slopes. Broken Arrow serves breakfast, lunch and apres-ski fare from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily throughout the winter season. Watch for live music on the heated patio in the spring. For more information, call Broken Arrow at (970) 845-6750.

The Vail International Dance Festival will once again be on the cutting edge of the art form as the festival recently announced its 2006 line-up, highlighted by a unique pairing of opera and dance. The 2006 edition of the festival, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 13, will open with a bang on July 30 as legendary opera star Jessye Norman joins forces with choreographer Trey McIntyre for an unforgettable evening entitled The Diva, The Duke and The Dance, featuring the music of Duke Ellington in song and dance, along with the world premier of McIntyres Go Out.The opening weekend will be highlighted by the popular International Evenings of Dance, Aug. 4 and 5, featuring principal couples from around the globe, performing classical and contemporary pas de deuxs.Tickets for the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival went on sale Dec. 19. Patrons purchasing reserved tickets for any performance before Dec. 31 will also receive a pair of complementary general admission lawn tickets to any 2006 festival performance. Tickets are priced from $14 to $85 and may be purchased online at vaildance.org or by calling either (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787). For additional information on the festival lineup or the Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit vvf.org.

Santas reindeer are still in town, apparently on a post-Christmas vacation.They will be at the Golden Peak base area from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. Kids and parents can stop by to take photos and pet the reindeer.On Saturday, Dec. 31, Vail Mountains annual torchlight parade and fireworks take place at Golden Peak beginning at 6 p.m. The torchlight parade includes participants from the local DEVO program, Vail Ski & Snowboard School, Vail Mountain staff and a special appearance by the world champion Vail Synchronized Demo Team. Fireworks will take place immediately following the torchlight parade at Golden Peak. A limited supply of glow sticks will be distributed to children to help light up the night and ring in the New Year. For more information contact the Resort Information and Activities Center at (970) 476-9090.

Think you were busy in college? You havent met Katherine Schell, a Chicago singer/songwriter and college student who is on a Colorado High Country tour. She will perform at the Samana Lounge in Vail Village at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12.Schell, a Loyola University junior, plays soulful alternative rock with a classical sensibility. She will play original tracks from her CD, Emptier Streets, which is due for a full launch in March. For more information, check out her website at katherineschell.com.


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