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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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LARKSPUR EVENTS & DINING ANNOUNCES WHOLE30 DINNER EXPERIENCE WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND CO-CREATOR MELISSA HARTWIG

Fine-dining restaurant will play host and curator for collective dinner   Vail, Colo. (May 2018) – As a part of the GoPro Mountain Games, Larkspur Events & Dining will host the Whole30 Dinner Experience; a collaboration between Whole30 Co-Founder and CEO, Melissa Hartwig and the Larkspur team, next month on Thursday, June 7. The culinary event commences at 6p.m. It will feature a mocktail hour meet & greet that brings together a combination of talent and education followed by a four-course Whole30 approved dinner, and a fun interactive dessert station, all prepared by owner Thomas Salamunovich of Larkspur and Larkburger. The Whole30 event celebrates healthy mountain living and is a highlight to the GoPro Mountain Games, which hosts athletic competitions, free concerts, and mountain lifestyle events each year in Vail. Together, Thomas and Melissa will emcee the evening as they talk through the program and each course presented. Following dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Thomas […]

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; […]

Ski

Everybody Loves a Ski Film!

The Faction Collective Announces Public Release of THIS IS HOME Ski Film Film Release Comes with Dream Trip Opportunity: All Expenses Paid Trip to Faction’s Home in Verbier, Switzerland, and Faction Gear Setup Faction Skis, designer and manufacturer of performance skis for the most demanding freeskiers, today announced the public release of its first feature-length ski film, THIS IS HOME, now available for anyone to view for free at www.thisishome.film. To continue the THIS IS HOME theme, Faction also announced the Faction This Is Our Home competition, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two people to win an all-expenses-paid ski adventure to the brand’s home in Verbier, Switzerland. Read more Candide Thovex and Henry Sildaru Tim McChesney – Finland Antti Ollila – Finland Duncan Adams Adam Delorme – Montana Sam and Johnny – Switzerland Giulia Tanno – Czech Republic Tim McChesney – Montana Antti Ollila – Czech Republic Tim McChesney – Switzerland Johnny […]

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Bright nights at bōl

Usually, bowling alleys echo with lofted balls and crashing pins. But at bol, classy purple hues illuminate icy-looking limestones walls in the sleek, white dining room which transforms into a high-energy dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights. A 60-foot-long bar snakes its way along several big-screen televisions, airing big games and huge air captured in ski and snowboard flicks while Djs spin tunes. You’d hardly know a 10-lane bowling alley exists in the back, because there’s so much entertainment “up front”. As it turns out bōl is much more than just a bowling alley or upscale bar and restaurant; it’s the hottest DJ-ed nightclub, and that has drawn the likes of DJ Craze, Cut Chemist and Z-Trip – Who are used to spinning in metropoles like Miami and Los Angeles. Cut Chemist originally put together a crew with a member of Ozomatli; Z-Trip pioneered the mashup movement and won […]