On a bluebird, powder morning, one of the most popular descents on Vail Mountain is not found on any of the trail maps- it’s not within the boundaries of the resort. But this iconic trail will see thousands of skiers and snowboarders each season, many of whol set off with nothing but a friend to guide them or carefully repeated instructions of how to reach the almost mystical start to the Minturn Mile. The Mile’s origins are unknown. It was most likely discovered by skiers with a penchant for ducking into slightly out-of-bounds places, lured by the sight of fresh powder and the promise of tree runs; it’s this sense of adventure that keeps skiers and snowboarders venturing to the Mile. After all, no two Minturn Mile experiences are the same. For many, it’s the first taste of a really satisfying powder run, says Margaret Ritz, a former ski instructor […]

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, […]

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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 | For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue Franciose at For information regarding sponsor levels and benefits, click here.

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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 […]

Activities, Beaver Creek, EVENTS

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]