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Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival

12th Annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival Returns Aug. 9-12   Beaver Creek, Colo., July 18, 2018 — The much anticipated wine, spirits and culinary event of the summer, the 12th Annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival returns August 9-12, nestled in the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains of Beaver Creek, Colorado. This event incorporates culinary excellence with Beaver Creek’s longstanding traditions of outdoor adventures, health and wellness. Each event has a specialized theme and a location that pairs perfectly.   Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival Schedule:   Thursday, August 9, 2018   Whiskey Wranglers at the Beaver Creek Rodeo 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Put on your boots and kick off Wine & Spirits weekend at the Beaver Creek Rodeo while sampling a variety of fine whiskeys from Laws Whiskey House (Denver, CO), Peach Street Distillers (Palisade, CO) and barbeque from Moe’s Original Bar B […]

ACTIVITIES, DINING, Golf

Eat, Drink & Golf

After a robust day of skiing the steep and deep, challenging those double-black diamonds in powder up to your waist, it’s time to relax and savor a much deserved cocktail in the crisp mountain air–it’s après ski time! Oops–no, wait a minute–wrong season. OK, let’s begin again. It’s summer: birds are chirping, the grass is green and golfers are gleeful. And those golfers seem to have taken a cue from their winter sports-loving counterparts because now, when the actual playing of golf concludes, those outings are being followed by après golf time. In the past, short of getting drinks on the 19 th hole or grabbing a pre-packaged snack off a cart as it rolled around the greens, this experience didn’t quite have the rich tradition that skiers have enjoyed for years. But golfers refused to be denied just because there’s no snow on the ground. Today most golf courses […]

ACTIVITIES, Activities, Blog

The local pickleball scene is picking up at breakneck pace

On any given day on Vail’s pickleball courts, it’s not unusual to come across either a longtime local celebrity or a 12-year old on vacation with his family. There are international tourists. There are former tennis pros. Some players are in their 20s, some in their 80s. They have all discovered a common ground – rather, a precise square of silica court – and a common soundtrack of laughter along with a chorus of that distinctive “thock” noise when pickle meets paddle. “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country,” says Vail Pickleball guru Jerry Stevens. “It’s such an easy game to pick up.” What is pickleball, exactly? According to the sport’s governing body – the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) – the origin of the game traces back only to 1965, when Washington State congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell spontaneously came up with a ramshackle afternoon pastime for […]

ACTIVITIES, Activities, Blog

Mountain Biking Madness

Mountain biking has gone from a fringe sport back in the late 1970s with jerry rigged bikes and puffy tires to a favorite past time for almost anyone wanting to get a little outdoor adventure. Take a look at some of the trails: they are shared with spandex-clad pros, groups of pals out for a lung-burning cruise and young kids. It’s a sport that not only has come into its own, but it welcomes newcomers. Eagle is quickly becoming renowned for its network of trails -from easy, short, flowing trails like the Haymaekr to arduous singletrack climbs that end up at 11,000 feet. Vail Mountain in recent years created trails that swirl down the moundain with s-curves smooth dirt. Vail also has a few downhill-only trails. These riders are well protected with full-face helmets, leg, arm and chest protectors and they bomb down the technical singletrack. There are trails at […]

ACTIVITIES, Activities, Blog

Open Road Calls

Nearly 66 million athletes pedaled their way to fitness in 2017. The numbers are increasing, which is why it’s so important to know the rules of the road. Yes, road bikes have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists in Colorado. Road bike riding provides a great workout—and can cause great consternation between cyclists and drivers. For some reason, the sight of a spandex clad road biker gets some motorists riled up. A Colorado law allows for bikers to ride two abreast when it doesn’t impede traffic. However, one person’s view of impeding traffic is often different than another person’s. It only makes sense on narrow roads, those with little or no shoulder or twisting canyon-type roads, to ride single file. Motorists often wonder why a cyclist would choose to ride on a road instead a nearby bike path. The answer is that often a road feels more safe: the […]

ACTIVITIES, Activities, Blog

In Search of Outer Peace

Yoga is often practiced in a studio, but during the summer months, the Vail Valley’s beautiful mountain atmosphere entices locals and visitors to bring their mats outside under the bright Colorado blue sky. Karen Anderson, yoga studio director and teacher for the Vail Vitality Center, says yoga is a practice to bring us back to our nature state of peace and connectedness. “Nature has been proven to be healing on all levels,” she explains. “By practicing yoga in nature, we drop our sense of boundary with the world and feel that we are an integral part of our environment.” Many local studios and programs host open-air yoga classes in the summer. These sessions not only stretch, strengthen and energize the body, but the fresh air and sunshine paired with a friendly and fun atmosphere can be very invigorating to the spirit. Guests of all levels are invited to practice with […]

ACTIVITIES, Music, Summer Activites

5th Annual VAIL BLUEGRASS: Two Weeks Away!

Hello! Summer is officially in high (or is it hot?!) gear, and we here at Vail Bluegrass are so excited to kick off our 5th annual series in two short weeks. Below is a quick snapshot of what to expect across the four weeks. The free Wednesday night, Lionshead Village-based series kicks off June 27 with Asheville, NC’s River Whyless. Fresh on the heels of their new record, Kindness, A Rebel, River Whyless brings to Vail their traditional yet eclectic sounds of folk and bluegrass. Support by Steamboat Springs’ Buffalo Commons. As we turn the corner into July, Vail Bluegrass is pleased to present a free, day-long July 4 event. Kicking things off at noon, as soon as the Vail America Days parade winds down, is the Vail Mountain School’s CJM Jazz Trio followed by Denver up-and-comers Boot Gun, Chain Station and the Drunken Hearts. The evening will top off […]

Summer Activites, Vail

Vail Mountain to Open for Summer Operations on Friday

  VAIL, Colo. – May 30, 2018 – Vail Mountain will open for summer scenic rides and dining on Friday, June 1, 2018 with access to Gondola One out of Vail Village during the weekend. Operations will expand to daily mountain access via Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village on Friday, June 8, 2018. Epic Discovery will open for the third summer at Vail Mountain on Friday, June 8, 2018. New this summer, The Scout Sampler Pass will give children access to the Kid’s Play Area, a structure specifically for Vail’s youngest guests. The play area includes a log balance beam, log crawl tunnel, log steppers, and a rock climbing boulder. Also new this summer is the Family Adventure Pack; buy three Adventure Passes and receive the lowest-priced fourth for free. The Kids Ride Free Program, which provides kids ages 12 and younger free access up the […]

Activities, Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Summer Events

May 26 – 27                                         Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Celebrate the start of summer in the mountains at Beaver Creek! Blues, Brews & BBQ has become a Colorado tradition, designed with the whole family in mind. Enjoy the ambiance of our intimate alpine village as you sample BBQ-inspired small plates from some of the Vail Valley’s best chefs. Grammy-nominated blues acts including ZZ Ward and Otis Taylor take the stage for free, live music throughout the weekend. Other event highlights – such as the Backyard Barbecue Competition, People’s Choice Awards Celebration and the Kids’ Fun Zone – deem Blues, Brews & Barbecue an annual tradition not to miss. Access to the Beaver Creek Village is complimentary. For a full, two-day event schedule and further details for ticketed events and competition entry, please visit BeaverCreek.com/BBB.  Event Photos   May 26                                                  Beaver Creek Craft Beer Festival A part of our iconic Memorial Day celebration; […]

Activities, Blog

Snowdays! 2017

Vail Snow Days, otherwise known as the signature kick-off event to the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season, returns this December 8 – 10, 2017. Over the course of three days, Vail welcomes guests and locals alike to revel in free live music, wellness and transformation opportunities, family-friendly happenings, a sponsor expo village and so much more. Free Concert Saturday, December 9th, presented by Bud Light Solaris in Vail Village The Greyboy Allstars Eminence Ensemble FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8: Free Mountaintop Yoga Eagle’s Nest at top of Eagle Bahn Gondola 9am upload Eagle Bahn Gondola 9:30am class start time (1-hour class) Free to participate. Must have a valid lift ticket.   Bring your yoga mat and bottle of water Session takes place on 3rd level of Eagle’s Nest Going straight to ski/board after yoga? Lockers available for $6/day Michelob Ultra to provide swag and free beer voucher for The Tavern at the Arrabelle […]