Vail Today: Thursday Night Lights illuminate Beaver Creek (video) |

Vail Today: Thursday Night Lights illuminate Beaver Creek (video)

CJ Rusin, left, with Beaver Creek guest services, and Vail Today's Tricia Swenson discuss Thursday Night Lights, a weekly glow stick parade down the mountain followed by fireworks.
Andrew Taylor | Special to the Daily |

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BEAVER CREEK — We don’t necessarily have night skiing in Eagle County, but Thursday Night Lights is the closest thing to it. Most Thursday nights throughout the season, you’ll find this fun and free family activity near the base of Beaver Creek Mountain.

Skiers and snowboarders intermediate level or higher are invited to join ski instructors and other staff as they make their way down the Hay Meadow run while holding onto brightly colored glow sticks. High-energy music is pumped out of the speakers, and the evening ends with a bang — literally. A fireworks display that would rival most Fourth of July celebrations rounds out each evening.

To participate, sign up at the Children’s Ski and Snowboard School office adjacent to the slopes. Then get ready to load the Buckaroo Gondola after being handed one of the colorful glow sticks. At the top, you’ll be separated into skier and snowboarder groups and given instructions on how to cruise down the mountain in a safe and timely manner while making a serpentine formation.

Although the participants are mainly guests of Beaver Creek resort, many locals bring up family and friends. It really is a must-do, whether you have lived her for years or it’s your first time here. The kids love it, and adults find it pretty fun, too. Once again, it’s so different to ski when it’s dark out, so just try it for the experience.

You can still enjoy Thursday Night Lights, even if you don’t have your gear on. Spectators are encouraged to watch from the base. If you happen to be strolling around or dining at one of the restaurants in the village, then you have a good chance of seeing the glow stick ski down and the magnificent fireworks that follow.

To learn more, go to Load times for the gondola vary based on daylight hours and the time of year.

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