Vail Daily column: Exciting summer season is around the corner |

Vail Daily column: Exciting summer season is around the corner

Another spring shoulder season is coming to an end. In my haste to put the ski season behind me and set out on my spring-time adventures, I am reminded about what a great community we have right here in Vail. For most of us spring is a great opportunity to hit the reset button and start the planning process for the next ski season. At the Vail Chamber & Business Association, we have been busy planning for next winter and executing our plans for this summer. We have successfully completed our merger with the Lionshead Merchant Association and are working hard to support the entire Vail business community.

While Memorial Day is the traditional soft opening of summer in my mind, the real shot out of the cannon is on June 9 with the GoPro Mountain Games. The events are fantastic to watch, and this year the Vail Chamber & Business Association was instrumental in getting Lionshead Village included in the festivities. Lionshead Village will feature the always popular Expo Village, along with kids’ activities as well as the start and finish of the cross-country mountain biking event.

A significant concert event, KAABOO, is currently being considered for August 2017 that could substantially impact our community. This is high profile multi-day concert event that promoters believe fits the Vail brand and demographics. The Vail Chamber & Business Association would like to ask everyone to learn more about it, and chime in your opinions to town of Vail council members. It successfully debuted last year in Del Mar, California, and information can be found online.

Epic Discovery Launch

On June 23, the Vail Chamber & Business Association will be hosting an important open Community Meeting at Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead Village, where Vail Resorts will disseminate detailed information about the launch of Epic Discovery, debuting on June 28. Representatives from the town of Vail will also be on hand to update us on town projects and finances as well as our tourism trends for the summer.

July and August are filled with iconic concerts and events too numerous to list here, but available online at As the summer events start to wrap up in Vail, don’t forget to put our charity golf tournament on your calendar for Sept. 15. We are collaboratively working with the Vail Recreation District to host this annual fundraising event for the Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports our local youth in participating in outdoor activities and sports leagues. We are hoping that this will be an inaugural event as Vail’s new clubhouse is due to be completed in time for our event.

Whew — then we make it to our next reset button — the fall shoulder season. Time to regroup and plan for next summer.

About the Chamber

Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the Vail Chamber & Business Association weekly e-newsletter, all you need to do is e-mail us at to start receiving it.

The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association and what we have to offer to business in and that do business in Vail, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or email Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top level of the Vail transportation center. Stop by and say “hello.”

Chris Cremer is the director of Vail operations for Intrawest, which includes Bridge Street Ski Haus in Vail Village. He is a Vail Chamber & Business Association board member.

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