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ACTIVITIES, Summer Activites

THE JOY OF HIKING

photography by brent bingham Anyone who has ever ventured on a hike, be it a flat trail or a 14er, has experienced the instant feeling of peace and contentment that takes hold. Even on the most stressful day, nature’s chorus has a way of taking over. And that might be the best part of hiking: allowing nature to sing. In fact, a Stanford University study found that time spent in nature calms the portion of the brain that reduces your mind’s tendency toward negative thought patterns. That outdoor exercise — particularly hiking — has a direct correlation to a greater feeling of positivity and energy. Buddhist monk Ryojun Shionuma scaled Japan’s Mt. Omine (5,640 feet), almost 30 miles round-trip, every day for 30 consecutive days for nine consecutive years. He completed the journey 1,000 times in an ancient ritual that promised pain, suffering and, if completed, enlightenment. His incredible feat, […]

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RUN ONE, RUN ALL

THE BEST RUNS FOR YOUR MIXED GROUP Navigating ski resorts like Vail and Beaver Creek can be a bit tricky when you’re with a group. Honestly, navigating just about everything (including dinner) can be tricky with a group but finding options to suit a range of skiers and riders on the slopes doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Nor does it mean waving goodbye to each other only to reconnoiter for lunch or apr.s. Whether you’re enjoying a day at Vail or Beaver Creek, here are some great runs for mixed-level groups to enjoy together.   VAIL   Now that you’ve navigated Beaver Creek, you’re up for the Vail challenge. With 195 runs and 5,289 skiable acres, there are plenty of areas to choose from. When skiing with a group of varying abilities, Chair 7 should be your first destination.   Chair 7 (technically the Game Creek Express Lift) accesses a playground for almost […]

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BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

Head out and discover the magical world of snowshoeing by moonlight By Katie Coakley Photograph by Brent Bingham It was blissfully quiet as I gathered up my pack, strapped on my snowshoes and made my way to the trailhead. A group of five women were waiting; with minimal conversation we turned on our headlamps and tromped onto the trail. It wasn’t long before our headlamps were switched off: The full moon cast enough light to suffuse our surroundings with a blueish glow. Though the snow gathered in pillow-like humps in some areas, there was a faint crunching that set a cadence as we walked.  There was little conversation until we stopped for a break, to regroup and sip hot beverages from our packs. The silence wasn’t imposed; it was simply a response to the almost ethereal nature of our surroundings. But laughter floated over the snow as various threads of […]

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SAVE THE LAST CHAIR

THE LAST WEEK OF THE SKI SEASON IS FULL OF MUSIC, COSTUMES, REVELRY — AND POND SKIMMING In those halcyon days of spring, there’s a unique feeling emanating from folks on the mountain. It’s a mix of joy and wistfulness, a desire to soak every last sensation out of the season while reveling in the memories of unforgettable skiing. It’s celebration and commemoration, all wrapped into a few fervent days.  The Vail Valley knows how to say farewell to the lift-served season in style. Accentuating the joy of sun-filled days and spring snow, the week (plus) of live music, contests and activities of Spring Back to Vail celebrates the end of the season. Add to that the costumed chicanery of closing day and inimitable exuberance of “one last run,” there’s no better place to say sayonara to ski season.  THERE’S NO BETTER TO TIME TO SPRING BACK…TO VAIL  After the […]

Activities, Vail

6th Annual Vail Summer Bluegrass Series Reveals Lineup, Venue Change

  (Vail, Colo.) March 18, 2019 – Mountain biking. Trout fishing. The Epic Discovery Course. Tubing (yes, summer tubing). The summer in Vail offers no shortage of entertainment and fun, on-mountain and in town. One of Town’s hidden gems for the past five summers has been the Bluegrass Series, which has hosted a number of world-class artists including the Travelin’ McCourys, Tyler Childers, Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Sarah Jarosz and more. 2019 Lineup For its sixth iteration, Vail Bluegrass is proud to reveal its complete music lineup featuring a number of bands who are Vail summer vets, as well as some new talent. The 2019 series kicks off on June 26 with a headlining performance by Trout Steak Revival with support from Denver’s Chain Station. On July 3, Jeremy Garrett (of the Infamous Stringdusters) will be joined by a soon-to-be-announced group of “friends” with support by Meadow Mountain. Appalachian bluegrassers, the Hackensaw Boys stop in Vail in part of their 20th anniversary […]

Activities, Crowd Pleaser

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

It’s breathtaking to catch a glimpse of a snowshoe hare, elk or mule deer while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snapping that money shot of wildlife in the forest. But it can be just as exciting to see footprints and be able to identify what large or small animal walked before you. In fact, you’ll probably see plenty of animal tracks from the chairlift on a freshly blanketed powder morning, and it’s always entertaining to point out the difference between a mule deer and an elk’s pattern to friends and family. There are those who are experts at identifying scat, aka the poop of wild animals, but that can be—let’s just say—a smelly, mushy business, depending on how many berries animals have eaten and how long their droppings have been exposed to the elements. Fortunately, there’s a cleaner way to identify mountain animals, particularly in the winter: They each leave distinct […]

Activities, Vail

Vail Mountain Opens Blue Sky Basin

VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 29, 2018 – After receiving an additional four inches of snow overnight and more in the forecast through the weekend, Vail Mountain opened Blue Sky Basin today. This is the second-earliest opening for Blue Sky Basin in history, behind only the Nov. 25, 2002 opening. Vail is now offering 4,200 skiable acres of terrain, the most currently open in North America.   “There is no doubt that Vail is the place to be for the holidays. We have almost 80 percent of the resort’s terrain open, and it is still November,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “This is the strongest start to a season that we’ve seen in decades, and it is only looking to improve with more snow expected over the weekend. This is going to be a legendary season.”   Belle’s Camp in Blue Sky Basin is now open for daily operations, […]

Activities, Vail

Vail Resorts Opens China and Tea Cup Bowls!

Vail Mountain Offering Most Open Terrain in North America Resort Opens China and Tea Cup Bowls VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 26, 2018 – Continuing its legendary start to the 2018-2019 season, Vail Mountain opened China Bowl and Tea Cup Bowl today, with plans to open terrain in Siberia Bowl on Tuesday. This expansion increases the resort’s open skiable acreage to 3,348, the most in North America.   “To have the most skiable terrain in North America right now is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our mountain operations teams, as well as the help we’ve seen from Mother Nature this season,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “There is more snow in the forecast, and we anticipate opening additional terrain in the coming week. As we look forward, Vail is definitely the place to be this December.”   This weekend, when Vail opened its legendary Back […]

Activities, Beaver Creek

Hike, Wine & Dine

  SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 | 9:30 AM – BASE OF CENTENNIAL LIFT #6 Hike, Wine & Dine is just around the corner. Get your tickets before they sell out!   Now in its tenth year, Hike, Wine & Dine is a family-friendly, moderate five-mile hike in Beaver Creek at the peak of the aspen viewing season. Enjoy gourmet tastings along the way from several of the valley’s finest restaurants, finishing with dessert and drinks—all to benefit Shaw Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, a cancer caring house.   Adults:$100 | Teens (13-18):$50 | 12 & Under: Free  Make a Donation Purchase Tickets     CONTACT US   (970) 569-7705 | HikeWineDine.com For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue Franciose at slfranciose@comcast.net For information regarding sponsor levels and benefits, click here.

Activities, Blog, EVENTS, Giving Back

Art, a Matter of Mind

  Monday Aug. 13, 2018   Quick Links   About the Organization Donate! Follow Us Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the most up-to-date information on the Symposium. Upcoming Events:   August 8.15.18 Art, a Matter of Mind 8.20.18 “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker” Pulling Together the Exhibition September   9.6.18  Cyberwarfare: How Disruption Becomes Destruction   9.11.18  Rocky Roads or Smooth Sailing? A Discussion on the State of Transportation in Colorado   9.13.18  Russian Attacks on Democracy: What’s Next? 9.20.18  Enviromedics: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health   9.27.18  What’s Next for North Korea Policy? The Vail Symposium Raffle is back! Do you love Vail? Purchase a raffle ticket and you’re entered to win a unique prize package that gives you the opportunity to explore and enjoy one of the most spectacular destinations in the country. Buy your tickets today! (Tickets are $25 apiece or […]