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Super Bowl parties, ski racing, snowskate rail jams and more: Tricia’s weekend picks for 2/01/19

Where to watch the 2019 Super Bowl

This Sunday marks the 2019 Super Bowl and if you’re wondering where to catch the action, there are plenty of places that will be airing it. The big game will start at 4:30 p.m., which is fortunate because you can still get a good amount of skiing and riding in before kick off. One thing you’ll notice, the slopes tend to empty out during the afternoon with many people leaving to get ready for super bowl parties at their homes or elsewhere.

Here are a few places to watch the game, or at least the commercials if your team isn’t in this weekend’s match up.

Vail:

  • Bol – Vail’s premiere bowling alley will be switching from bowling balls to footballs for its watch party on Sunday with doors opening at 3 p.m. Seating ranges from $60 for reserved seating to $20-$40 for walk ins the day of the game. Food and drink specials, squares and giveaways will be a part of the event. Reservations recommended.
  • Red Lion – step off the slopes and walk down Bridge Street for the game at the Red Lion. With over 20 TVs there’s not a bad seat in the house. After the game, continue the Super Bowl revelry with live music by Johnny Schleper. They don’t take reservations, so please have your whole party present in order to be seated.
  • Vail Ale House – watch the game on one of their 17 flat screens plus its projector screen while enjoying their regular Sunday Night Football menu consisting of $3 Coors and Coors Lights and game favorites. Vail Ale House is taking reservations for the high top tables ($800 minimum), the rest of the tables are first come, first served.
  • Remedy – please note that as of press time, Remedy’s Super Bowl viewing party was sold out.

Beaver Creek:

  • Coyote Cafe – hang with the locals at the ‘Yote. They’ll have the games on every TV including a 14-foot screen so you won’t miss a play. The regular happy hour menu will be offered with discounts from 3 to 6 p.m. including draft beer and taqueria platter specials. Seating is first come, first served.
  • Dusty Boot – nearly a dozen TVs will be playing the big game and happy hour will be going on from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy an $8 beer and appetizer special as well as discounted draft beers, house wine and well drinks. Seating is first come, first served.
  • Beaver Creek Chophouse & C Bar – the full dinner menu will be available as well as specials on flatbreads, prime rib sliders, nachos and lolli chops. Seating will begin at 3:30 p.m. and all 8 TVs will be on the game. All seats are $40 regardless of age, reservations only. Bar top seats are open on a first come, first served basis. Come by and play their square game throughout the weekend in the C Bar. It’s $10 a square and cash only.

Avon:

  • Bob’s Place – for decades Bob’s Place has been the place to watch the game. Bob’s will have 30 TVs showing the game and will offer some regional favorites for each team. In honor of the New England Patriots, Bob’s Place will serve up New England clam chowder and fish and chips. Fish tacos will represent the Los Angeles Rams. Come early, Bob’s Place reaches capacity well before kick off.
  • The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa – game day specials can be found from Maya and The Lookout Bar. A build-your-own nacho and hot dog bar will be available for $20, football team specials for $10 and drink specials for $10. Complimentary parking will be available on Sunday based on availability.
  • Southside Benderz – a dozen TVs will be showing all the action. You can order from their regular menu and take advantage of Colorado Native beer specials. There will also be a raffle for a free pair of skis. They are not taking reservations so please arrive early to get a seat.

Edwards:

  • e|town – Watch the game on one of the 16 TVs at e|town while enjoying regular happy hour specials between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. like $2.75 Coors and Coors Light draughts, $4 Pacifico beers, $1 off seasonal pints, $5 well drinks and $5 house wines. Select appetizers will be offered for $4.95. Between the third and fourth quarter of the game they will be giving away a pair of skis.
  • Gore Range Brewery – with over a dozen TVs the Gore Range Brewery will be showing the game while offering the regular happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy $1.50 off of pints of beer, $5 well drinks and $6 house wines.
  • Woody’s Bar and Grill – stop in throughout the weekend to buy a square for $10 cash at Woody’s and then plan to watch the game in their cozy pub atmosphere on Sunday. Woody’s will be offering happy hour pricing from 4 to 6 p.m. Food specials such as mozzarella sticks, beef or pork sliders and ground beef tacos will be served up along with drink specials on beer, wine and well drinks.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at the Vilar

Country legend and five-time Grammy award winner Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Expect a little hillbilly rock, honky-tonk and even some bluegrass from Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, a group he formed in 2002. But Stuart has been around for a lot longer. This singer, songwriter and musician joined Johnny Cash’s backing band in the early 80s. He was featured on the “Class of ‘55” album, which also featured Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.

The band is currently on its “Way Out West Tour”, named after their latest album. Tickets for the show are $45 and can be purchased at the box office or by calling 970-845-TIXS or online at www.vilarpac.org.

Pro Ski Racing in Beaver Creek

The Bear Trap trail will play host to some of the world’s fastest skiers this weekend as the World Pro Ski Tour makes its first stop of the season at Beaver Creek for the Rocky Mountain Pro Ski Classic today through Saturday.

The World Pro Ski Tour is a nationwide tour of events featuring the popular dual format of alpine ski racing. By placing two athletes side-by-side, spectators on-site and TV viewers (the event is covered by CBS Sports Network) will experience an event that provides an exciting competition in an easy to understand format in alpine ski racing.

Who will be racing at these events? Olympic, World Cup and NCAA competitors from around the world. This is the first of five-stops on the tour, which includes other ski areas like Steamboat Springs and Sunday River, Maine.

Qualifying rounds take place today and the final rounds will be held on Saturday followed by the awards ceremony. To learn more, visit the website at www.worldskitour.com.

Get artsy at the Alpine Arts Center

On Saturday night the Alpine Arts Center will open the doors for its Cocktails and Canvas series, but this week the technique taught will be etching on glass instead of painting on canvas.

Alpine Arts Center likes to mix it up and regularly offers classes not only using paints, canvases and glass etching, but also clay in their Cocktails and Clay series (projects can be shipped in case you are visiting), Wax and Wine (vibrant encaustic wax paintings and cards) and Paintings and Pints (who knew that a beer growler could become functional art?).

Even if you don’t feel like you have a creative bone in your body, you can still learn the skills needed to release your creative side. Instruction and all the materials are provided, including adult beverages. They offer wine and beer by the glass for $6 each. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be available as well. The event goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Advance reservations are required so they can plan for the group’s size. Alpine Arts Center is located in the Riverwalk, Edwards and don’t forget, they offer all kinds of kid classes. Please visit www.alpineartscenter.org for more info.

Snowskate Saturday Pro/Am Rail Jam in Minturn

On Saturday the Little Beach Park in Minturn will play host to the Snowskate Saturday Rail Jam, sponsored by Hovland Snowskates, Crazy Mountain Brewery, Transition Sports and The Stash. A snowskate is basically a hybrid of a snowboard and a skateboard, allowing the rider to do skateboarding tricks on the snow. Watch for them on the slopes, as they are becoming increasingly popular.

This Pro/Am Rail Jam invites snowskate enthusiasts to come out and compete or just watch the competition while enjoying music, demos, games and prizes.

Registration opens at 2 p.m. and the contest begins at 4 p.m. After the awards, continue the fun at an after party at Kirby Cosmos at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the www.minturn.org.

Lindsey Vonn on ski roster for Worlds, paves way for possible return

Lindsey Vonn was named to the U.S. ski team roster for the world championships, paving the way for a possible return to the starting gate despite her aching knees.

Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the 13-athlete American squad for the event that begins next week in Are, Sweden.

The 34-year-old Vonn was planning to step away in December. But the all-time winningest female World Cup racer contemplated retiring effective immediately after struggling to finish a super-G in Italy earlier this month because of the severe pain in both knees. Vonn later announced on social media the pain was due to a nerve issue.

Vonn skipped the World Cup races in Germany over the weekend to heal up.

Shiffrin will be chasing after her fourth straight world championship slalom title. Her first World Cup win was at a slalom race in Are in 2012.

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The women’s roster: Alice Merryweather, Paula Moltzan, Nina O’Brien, Laurenne Ross, Shiffrin and Vonn.

The men’s roster: Bryce Bennett, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Tommy Ford, Travis Ganong, Ted Ligety, Brian McLaughlin, and Steven Nyman.

Snow in forecast for Vail, other Colorado mountains

Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow.com, is forecasting some snow Saturday through Thursday, mainly hitting the southern mountains of Colorado possibly Sunday and again Tuesday.

Each storm is expected to drop about 6-12 inches at resorts in the southern part of the state, including Wolf Creek, Purgatory and Telluride.

Central mountains such as Crested Butte, Aspen and Sunlight are expected to get half of what the southern mountains get, and the northern mountains — which include Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone — will see light snow with the best chance of deeper accumulations around Wednesday, according to Gratz.

Keep up with Gratz and OpenSnow online, and for $19, upgrade to the all-access pass and receive hourly forecasts for three days, daily forecasts for 10 days, time lapse cams, customer forecast alerts and more.

Vail’s Colorado Snowsports Museum’s new theater a great place to learn

VAIL — The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum was a buzz of activity and anticipation recently as a pair of sold-out audiences experienced the new ski documentary “Abandoned.”

A part of the organization’s new Through the Lens winter presentation series, moviegoers not only learned about the fate of three of Colorado’s lost resorts, but also discovered Vail’s newest presentation venue, surrounded by 180 years of the state’s ski and snowboard history.

Through the Lens marks the first major public undertaking for the museum since its $2.5 million transformation. The renovated facility now features a main presentation area, along with a small theater.

“One of our primary goals following the transformation was to provide unique opportunities and ways for the public to experience the new museum,” museum Executive Director Jen Mason said. “Through the Lens is just our first effort but it is only the beginning. There is a great deal that can be learned at the museum, both through the exhibits and our programming.”

The primary role of museums is to help people remember and learn. They are in a place to help broaden the scope of knowledge of other peoples and cultures. The screenings of “Abandoned” were both sentimental for those who had skied one or more of the areas, and informative — there are over 140 ski areas in Colorado that no longer are in operation.

Interactive components

The museum is able to complement the movie’s message through one of its new interactive components, the Ski Resort Table, which provides information on all 26 of Colorado’s current active resorts, along with a selection of 30 of the state’s lost resorts.

In addition, the inaugural presentation of Through the Lens featured Vail local Chris Anthony’s presentation on the exploits of the 10th Mountain Division following the end of World War II. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum also features the most comprehensive 10th Mountain exhibit in the nation. Learning opportunities can indeed go hand-in-hand.

We encourage you to continue to visit the museum, continue to remain curious and allow yourself to wonder. Only by valuing and preserving the historical remnants of where we have come from will we be able to chart a course for where we are going.

Through the Lens features presentations by notable scientists, athletes and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s ski heritage. Tickets are currently available for the remaining Through the Lens individual programs, which are hosted in the museum from 5 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month from December through March.

Anthony will hold an encore presentation on the 10th Mountain Division Feb. 16. For more information on the new program series, go to www.snowsportsmuseum.org or call 970-476-1876.

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International Snow Sculpture Championship returns to Breckenridge for the 29th time

Sixteen teams from across the world are turning 20-ton blocks of snow into gravity-defying sculptures this week in Breckenridge.

The 29th Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships began Monday with teams from China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia and Turkey, along with American snow-carving squads from Breckenridge, Colorado and Wisconsin.

They each have 96 hours over five days to use their creativity, inspiration and hand tools to craft a masterpiece out of 12-foot blocks of packed snow. Sculpting ends at 9 a.m., Jan. 25, and that’s when the judging begins.

The awards ceremony will commence at 6 p.m., Jan. 25, in which the top three teams will take the podium for gold, silver and bronze medals while the picks for Artist’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will be announced.

The sculptures will be judged on technical skill, creativity, expressive impact and adherence to the original submission. To vote for the People’s Choice, spectators can text their favorite to 213-465-7985.

Following the awards ceremony, an acrobatic cirque show will be at 7 p.m., Jan. 25, followed by a grand illumination of the sculptures at 7:30.

Last year, Team Mongolia won gold with Secret, a sculpture that depicted a representation of a secret keeper’s chest. One of the two teams from Wisconsin competing last year went for an intricate, delicate depiction of a ballerina, head arched back, twirling a paper-thin ribbon and framed inside of a ring. The sculpture fell victim to gravity hours before judging, though, and didn’t get scored.

What masterpieces will arise this year? Will Wisconsin raise the stakes this year? Can the local team from Breckenridge outperform the international competition? Is this going be the year one of the American teams returns the title to the Old Glory? Only time will tell.

The temporary outdoor art gallery won’t last long. After the five build days, public viewing will run from Jan. 25-30. On the last day, the site will close at 7 pm. and the sculptures will come down.

All snow sculpture events are free. For more info, go to GoBreck.com, scroll down to “Upcoming Events” and click on the “International Snow Sculpture Championships.”

Meet James Niehues, the Colorado native who defined the ski map genre for 30 years

PARKER — He paints exquisite mountain panoramas rich in detail, with hundreds of tiny trees painstakingly rendered. Then the images that took him weeks to create are printed on cheap paper and distributed by the thousands for free, only to be crumpled up, stuffed in pockets and ultimately thrown away in tatters.

It might seem like a forlorn fate for art so carefully conceived, but the artist doesn’t think so at all.

“That’s the best part of it,” said James Niehues of Parker, America’s foremost ski-trail map artist. “It’s used. Not many artists can say they have a piece of art that’s used like a trail map is. And what’s so nice about it is that they gather around at the end of the day and have a beer, pull out the trail maps and talk about where they’ve been.”

Having been treated as throwaway art for 30 years at ski areas across the country — including such Colorado favorites as Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Winter Park — Niehues’ work is now being accorded deep respect.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

X Games returns to Aspen this week with new medals, new snowboarding event

In the past, X Games medals have been created in house. The group from ESPN would get together to “throw up some ideas on the white board and see what shakes out,” according to Brian Kerr, the associate director of competition for X Games.

This winter, beginning with X Games Aspen 2019, they opted to see what others in the neighborhood could do instead.

“For the first time, we decided to collaborate with this amazing Portland-based artist. His name is Spencer Keeton Cunningham,” Kerr told The Aspen Times on Monday. “X Games being the convergence of action sports, art and music, we chose one of his pieces and incorporated it into our medal design.”

Each X Games event has its own medals. In Aspen, which is set to host X Games this week for the 18th consecutive year, the medals have been inspired by the Maroon Bells, the Silver Queen Gondola and Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo’s badge, among other things.

This year, Cunningham’s medals have gone back to Colorado’s mountainous roots. With an eagle spreading its wings at the top, the medals depict Colorado’s natural beauty and wildlife, with some subtle questions hidden within.

“It’s like a puzzle piece,” Cunningham said in a video piece released by X Games earlier this winter. “The full answer isn’t there, but I’m kind of asking you to look at, why is that tree cut in half? There is some type of meaning in there.”

There are 20 disciplines at X Games Aspen this winter, with most receiving the traditional gold, silver and bronze awards. And like each of the previous competitions, the podium finishers will receive a one-of-a-kind medal to take home.

“With any art piece, it makes you think,” Kerr said. “These are the best action-sports athletes in the world. They get these medals put over their heads. They take their pictures and they put them up on the mantlepiece, essentially forever. They are not going anywhere.”

However, there is one competition this week that won’t receive one of Cunningham’s nature-inspired medals, and that is snowboard knuckle huck. New to X Games, athletes will go off the “knuckle” of the big air jump, looking to impress the judges. The winner — and only the winner — will receive a special “knuckle ring” and chain, exclusive to the event.

Knuckle huck, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, just before the men’s ski big air final and the women’s snowboard superpipe final, will feature an all-star field. Athletes include reigning Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, seven-time X Games gold medalist Mark McMorris and the return of 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, among others.

“It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be fun. It’s something different,” Kerr said. “They drop in off that big air start and they come cruising down. They can either go left or right around our big air takeoff and just do a little trick over the knuckle.”

As is usual, X Games Aspen will get underway Thursday with the Special Olympics unified snowboarding competition at 11 a.m. Spectating for the general public is free at the base of Buttermilk throughout the four-day event.

acolbert@aspentimes.com

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