Vail 2015

Frozen Freedom

Painstaking anticipation

Trees offer their vibrant golden treasure to Ullr

Days grow increasingly shorter….

Shred time playlists are created based on your favorite ski movie

You watch those movies religiously, while visions of pow dance through your dreams

First flakes descendfrom heaven

The sound of the snowplow alarm clock that sends the butterflies coursing through your tummy…

As you gear up, and shop early season sales, you can hardly contain your excitement

Lifts begin to turn,

You make your ascent as the adrenaline nearly seeps from your pores

Earn your turns

Earn your turns

It’s finally here, you strap in, pull your goggles down, as you skim atop the snow

Freedom is found once again

What feelings do you get out there in your own personal heaven?


Vail’s European ambiance compliments the upcoming Oktoberfest events with Bavarian fare, oom-pah music, European architecture, and mountainous backdrops. This all out celebration pays homage to the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music, and autumn, which originated in Munich, Germany. So raise up your stein and say Prost!

Oktoberfest in Vail kicks off in Lionshead on Friday September 11th at noon. This year the event will honor all active, inactive, and retired military with one complimentary beer. From Bratwurst eating contests, kids activities, and live music, the
celebration has events for all ages.



With Labor Day approaching rapidly and all the kiddies going back to school it seems summer is winding down. But it isn’t over yet! The valley is still rockin’ with fun and festivities for all.

Gourmet on Gore is open to the public and features an array of culinary talent. The event runs Friday September 4th – gourmet on the goreMonday September 7th.  Featured events include the Open Air Tasting on Saturday and Sunday from 11-6 on Gore Creek Drive in Vail. The finale will be the Brunch on Bridge Street on Labor Day Monday, September 7th.

The annual Vail Jazz Party is not just about music, but about having fun! It is also the grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival that has enchanted our valley all summvail jazzer. Vail Spa Condominiums and Vail Jazz have teamed up to offer our best summer rates and a complimentary bottle of wine when you stay two or more nights in a 2 or 3 bedroom residence, just be sure to mention the Vail Jazz Party when completing your reservation

Vail Jazz strives to promote jazz by reaching out to young musicians and young audiences in an effort to keep this American genre alive.  The Vail Jazz Party creates a unique ambiance with a fusion of multi-artist jam sessions and tributes to jazz legends. With over 35 hours of jazz music, The Vail Jazz Party is a shindig you don’t want to miss.

The Annual Vail Rotary Duck Race is also held in Vail Village on Sunday, September 6th. Rotary members sell “duck adoption Sunsetpapers” prior to the race. Adopt your duck online for a chance to win a million dollars! The yellow rubber ducks will race down Gore Creek to the finish line under International Bridge. Prizes are awarded for those holding the “adoption papers” for the winning ducks. The event funds local scholarships for young adults in the Vail Valley. You may also buy your ducks at the Vail Farmers Market  and Art show.

Don’t fret summer is still hanging on in the High Country.

Get your Hike on


The Walking Mountain Science Center offers many free activities that continue through the beginning of September. Listed below are some of these free events. Events are also offered at their Avon location. Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer with some fresh air and beautiful views.

013Nature Hikes

7 Days a Week, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 7-8pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Nature Discovery Center

Top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Vail, Co (970) 754.4675

Meadow Mountain Hikes

Mondays & Fridays, 10am-12pm.  Ages 10 and up, FREE.

Holy Cross Ranger Station

24747 US-24. Minturn, Co (970) 827.5715

Nature at Night: Campground Programs

Saturdays, 7-8pm.  All ages, FREE.

Gore Creek, Teoman Park & Sylvan Lake Campgrounds

Creekside Nature Tours

Sundays, 11am-12pm.  All ages, Donations accepted.

Meet at Walking Mountains Farmers Market Booth.

Vail Mountain Evening Hikes

Enjoy an evening hike on Vail Mountain as the sun starts to set and wildlife become more active. Learn about the habits of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals who make the mountains their home. Take in beautiful mountain views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges at dusk. Most ages and abilities, FREE. No reservation required, just show up!

Nature Discovery Center 

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountains

Schedule: Thursdays. Fridays & Saturdays | 7:00pm-8:00pm | June 25th through September 5th

Gore Lake July 2015

Trail Treasures

There are many things people seek when embarking on an adventure in nature.

As John Muir said,” In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Gore Lake July 2015

Gore Lake July 2015

Most of us seek simple things; vivid memories of expansive views, beautiful wildflowers, unique vegetation and the privilege to catch a of glimpse of wildlife. And that is really what it is all about, the simple things.

What if we as humans experience something more on a hike? What if you became smarter after spending a certain amount of time in nature? All the distractions of modern life can really add up and lead to a number of undesirable side effects, such as stress and fatigue.

Most people are aware that adventures in nature leave you feeling refreshed, less stressed and much happier. Backpacker magazine published an article by Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan based on research conducted by Dr. David Strayer that supports this theory.  Hikers had an increase in mental abilities of up to 45 percent after being on the trail for three days.”This is a way of showing that interacting with nature has real, measurable benefits to creative problem-solving that really hadn’t been formally demonstrated before,” says David Strayer, co-author of the study and psychology professor.  Basically what it come down to is simplified thoughts and removal of toadstoolwildflowertechnological distraction, It’s no secret that society at large has become addicted to technology and electronics. So do yourself a favor and get outside and unplug. Connect with your natural surroundings and you will surely become more connected with yourself.

Salute to the USA

Vail America Days kicks off this July 4th weekend in our enchanting mountain town. Built on the American dream, Vail truly signifies a monumental moment in American History. This Valley was forged on hard work, perseverance, and most of all  the necessity for freedom and adventure.



Come celebrate our country’s independence with these entertaining events:

Parade– “Celebrate the USA! Great Moments in American History,” is the theme for this year’s parade. The parade runs from 10am-12pm on Saturday, July 4th. Click here for a map of the parade and more information about Vail America Days. Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer will be the parade marshals. 60 floats will be on display this year. For a good view arrive at your favorite parade crossing by 9:30 am.

Music-The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2pm at Gerald Ford Amphitheater Condoctor Jeff Tyzik will be celebrating his 16th 4th of July concert here in Vail.

Fireworks- and music at Golden Peak starting at dusk appx 9:30 pm synchronized with a dynamic music soundtrack

Vail Libray is hosting a Bake and Book Sale July 3rd-5th at the Vail Public Library across from Dobson Arena.

Something For Everyone

farmers market

The Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show is coming into it’s 11th Summer season. What once was just a few vendors and artists has grown to over 135 local vendors of food and artisans. From free tunes, the freshest produce, and local artisans, this unique weekly event has something for everyone.  The market runs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October 4th on East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Produce stands will open a bit earlier at 9:30 a.m. The event is a pet friendly environment. Also be sure to be kind to our lovely Mountain environment by bringing your own reusable bag and refillable water bottle.

This week Ghost Pepper plays in front of A Secret Garden at Village in Plaza from 11:30-3:30. This trio brings unique style and energy to covers and originals with a mix of rock, funk, blues, pop, and folk, something for everyone!

For more information click here.