New Years Eve in Vail

New Years in Vail, Colorado

Planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vail? There are plenty of options for both families and 21+! A concert by Mix Master Mike and Special Guest DJ Logic at Dobson Arena may be the biggest party of the night, but there are plenty of other parties in town, and don’t miss the torchlight ski down Golden Peak and the fireworks show!

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Golden Peak 
6:15pm, Free

A Vail tradition on New Year’s Eve. Come watch skiers and boarders from the Vail Ski and Snowboard School form a glowing train as they ride down Golden Peak. Viewing for this spectacle will take place at the base of Golden Peak at approximately 6:15 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky directly after the parade.

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DINNER EVENTS
Many venues are still finalizing their details so come back to the blog for updates leading up to NYE 2014.

Elegant multi-course events at Vail’s finest restaurants.

Larkspur at Golden Peak: Fireworks Dinner!
9pm, $85
5 courses, champagne & patio viewing of the mountainside fireworks. Celebrate with the entire family! $150 Adults, $75 Children Shake Shimmer & SHINE! Larkspur is throwing a party starting at 9pm through the New Year, with a DJ, dance floor, and hors d’oeuvres, ticket price will include a signature cocktail upon arrival, a champagne toast at midnight and some favorite appetizers from Larkspur’s chefs!

Please contact Larkspur Group Sales Director, Nathalia at 970.754.8048 or nathalia@larkspurvail.com for more information and to make reservations for New Year’s Eve

PARTIES
Bars and restaurants around town will be packed with people and options – from RSVP only events to more laid-back bar parties with cover charges.

21 and up Mix Master Mike show! Special guest DJ Logic at Dobson Ice Arena
Vail NYE Mix Master Mike

9pm-1:30am

Dance the night away in Dobson Arena with a midnight balloon drop, confetti blizzard, champagne toast, and more! For more info and tickets, visitwww.vailnye.com and Larkspur.

Bol: New Years Eve with Z-Trip
10pm – 1:30am

Tickets include two cocktails and a champagne toast. There are VIP tables and bowling lanes available. Call for pricing: 970.476.5300

The Sebastian: Street Foods of the World New Year’s Eve Party
9pm – 1:45am, $250

Ring in 2014 in style at The Sebastian as we transform the ballroom into an elegant lounge. Evening includes: relaxed, fun and funky night club atmosphere with soft seating and casual high tops for great mix and mingle opportunities; DJ for great dancing and music from 9pm – 1:45am, party favors, Midnight Champagne toast, late night nibbles featuring a sampling of delectable street foods prepared by Chef Sergio, dessert bar, cash bar.

Four Seasons: New Year’s Eve Gala at Four Seasons Vail Pool
7:30pm – 12:30am, $250

Ring in 2013 with a SPLASH. What’s better than ringing in the New Year in Vail? Celebrating it on a dance floor in a heated tent on top of an outdoor pool. People will still be talking long into 2013 about our all-inclusive party, which features DJ entertainment, Veuve Clicquot VIP Lounge, gourmet food stations, and much more.

$250 per person; Open to the Public

Reservation Required. 970.477.8650

Shakedown Bar

Rock N Roll New Years Eve With Phil Long & Brothers Keeper
 $100.00 per ticket. Tickets on eventbrite.com link above
Phil Long & Brothers Keeper
Champagne Toast
Doors Open at 9 pm

Transportation and Parking

Please be safe! Use the free bus system in Vail. Buses will run as scheduled, except for between 10 pm and 12am. The last East Vail and ECO buses leave at 2am. If you need to leave your car in a Town of Vail structure overnight, you may do so free of charge provided you remove it before 10am the next day.

Snowmobiling Tour

If you live here or are just here to visit and want something fun to do…Sage Outdoor Adventures is the place to go for the day. 

Sage Outdoor Adventures hosted us on Thursday, December 5th with a fabulous snowmobiling tour that was so much fun and picture worthy that everyone will remember it. Everyone at Sage is so knowledgeable and friendly that you forget about the cold because you are just having so much fun! 

Sage’s motto is ‘Our activities are built by the guest, for the guest. Sage has taken the guide service industry to the next level of customer service and quality of experience. Our guides and equipment are the best in the business. Come enjoy the great outdoors with us. We can not wait to share an adventure with you!’ – and boy this is certainly true! 

As for how the tour went…well, their description is better than what I can do (I’m horrible at describing) “Perfect for experienced or beginner riders. The tour starts from their beautiful log cabin with running water and newly completed restrooms, set at 8000 feet in elevation, just west of Vail and Beaver Creek. From there your guide will lead you out on 6000 acres of untouched winter wonderland through aspen glades, dark timber forests, to high alpine meadows, and along ridges with massive views. Our trails are extremely entertaining and fun to ride as we have handcrafted them through the coolest areas of the ranch for your enjoyment. Singletrack trails are our favorite!!”

Sage uses NEW SkiDoo Grand Touring Sport/ 600 ACE 4-stroke engine (60 HP) on all our guided tours (Very eco-friendly, clean burning, and quiet…no more exhaust odor!)

Transportation from your hotel in Beaver Creek, Vail, or Avon are provided. This experience for us was so easy and so much fun that we recommend you go with Sage and have a best time on your vacation here in Vail! We did take some photos to share so here are a few from the day:

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Vail Snow Daze: Dec 9-15, 2013

Winter has started and we have a major storm coming our way tonight with 1-3 feet of snow!!!

Kick off the ski & snowboard season with an action-packed week at Vail Snow Daze – the biggest early season party in North America December 9th-15th!!! 

  • VAIL SNOW DAZE SPONSOR EXPO VILLAGE: December 13-15, 2013
  • VAIL SNOW DAZE LIVE CONCERTS: December 13-14, 2013

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Vail Snow Daze Dec 9-15, 2013

 

CONCERT LINEUP**

Rebelution with opener MiM0SA presented by Pepsi
Friday, December 13
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Matisyahu presented by Bud Light
Saturday, December 14
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

**Free General Admission to all concerts. Private Reserve tickets on sale now by clicking HERE

Dec. 9-15, 2013

Friday, Dec. 13
Expo Village 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Mountain Plaza

Rebelution with opener MiM0SA presented by Pepsi
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

Saturday, Dec. 14
Expo Village
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.              
Mountain Plaza
                                        
Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Matisyahu presented by Bud Light
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park  

Sunday, Dec. 15
Expo Village
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.              
Mountain Plaza

Vail Terrain Conditions for Opening Day!

As everyone in the valley knows that Vail Mountain opens tomorrow and everyone is excited! This morning we got a couple inches of fresh powder for everyone to enjoy! The mountain’s operation crew was proud to announce today that both Vail Village and Lionshead Village base areas will be opened thanks to the cold temperatures and the most recent snow fall.

This is what Vail had to say regarding the terrain for tomorrow:

The majority of skiing and riding will be available on Born Free with connecting routes from the top of Gondola One and the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Beginner terrain will be available at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola around Little Eagle Lift (#15). We are very close to opening much more terrain on natural snow, we just need a little more snow and, more importantly, cold temperatures for our snowmakers and groomers to fill in the few gaps and ditches to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol is evaluating trails every day and once a run is safe and skiable, we will drop ropes immediately. 

Here’s what Vail’s COO, Chris Jarnot, had to say about openings: “We are very close to being able to open up much more additional terrain on mostly natural snow, and just need a bit more snow and, most importantly, cold temperatures to allow our snowmakers and groomers to fill in a few ditches, holes and gaps to connect everything together safely.  Ski Patrol will be evaluating trails every day, and we will open up as much additional terrain as we can, as soon as we can open it safely for all of our guests.  Keep your fingers crossed for continued snow and for cold temperatures, and we’ll get there soon.” 

Skiing and riding will be offered from Gondola One, Born Free Express Lift (#8), the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Little Eagle Lift (#15) beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22nd. Until more terrain opens, all of Vail Mountain is considered a slow zone. Please me in control and considerate of others.

Planning a visit to Vail?

This is the perfect time to talk about deals & when the best time to come to Vail is. Luckly, I was able to find this gem in Vail’s Blog, yes I copied them and wanted to share with you! I saw these awesome tips that you’ll want to follow and we all know how planning a visit to Vail can be stressful but that is what we are here for! And if we may suggest a time to come, is any date that doesn’t involve any holidays.

Holidays in Vail here are magical yet busy. So if you’d like to come when it is nice and quiet…follow these tips:

1. Before December 20th
Sneak in some early season turns on the surprisingly quiet slopes before the holiday vacationers come to town. This is a great time to get your ski legs under you while taking advantage of the widespread lodging deals – also keep an eye out for “book by Opening Day November 22nd” offers. Such as ours from November 15-December 25: BUY 3 NIGHTS, GET ONE FREE!

2. The middle weeks of January
In between the New Year’s Eve partiers and the Martin Luther King Day long weekenders lies two weeks of prime time vacation opportunity. With the mountain usually at its full 5,280 acres, grab a room within walking distance of the lifts and explore Vail’s legendary Back Bowls to your heart’s content.

3. Late January to Valentine’s Day
Another prime “off-peak” time sets in after MLK Day and before President’s Day. With the days growing longer and the mountain fully open, this is a great time to get your turns in and saddle up next to other savvy Vail-ites at your favorite restaurants and bars in town.

4. Late February to early March
Enjoy prime skiing and also catch one of the year’s most anticipated events: the Burton US Open March 3-8. While the top snowboarders in the world compete at Golden Peak, you can ski or ride up to the side of the half-pipe and slopestyle courses or just go and enjoy making your own turns on the mountain.

5. Spring – April through Closing Day April 20th
The stuff that classic ski culture is made of – with the sun out most of the day and temperatures typically in the upper 20s, 30s and even low 40s, this is the time of year when Vail visitors flock to the decks of restaurants both on-mountain and in town. There are also free grills located around the mountain if you’d prefer to bring your own picnic. While the sun is usually out, Vail is also known for late-season storms so in between goggle-tan sessions you might just find yourself enjoying a powder day.

6. Buy your lift tickets online and in advance. Whether you buy a multi-day pass like the Epic 7 Day or an Epic Day Pass, buying online at least 7 days in advance domestically and 14 days internationally gets you the guaranteed lowest price – plus you can skip the lines at the ticket window!

All in all, we want you to have the best experience when it comes to staying with us and having fun on the mountain. Plus, it doesn’t get much better when you get to save money! So take these tips to heart when planning a trip out to Vail as it will make everything simpler…and if you just don’t have the time…give us a call! We are more than happy to help you plan your next trip to Vail everything from lodging to planning activities and making reservations for your group! 1-800-441-5419 

I leave you with a video the Vail put together called Signs of Winter & boy, with all the early snow we have been getting…we are definitely ready for the mountain to open and the season to get under way! 14 more days until the mountain open! http://youtu.be/bYBmzhHwaVo

25th Anniversary of the Colorado Grand

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The aspens will not be alone this weekend as Lionshead welcomes back the vibrant mix of colors that are displayed by the vast lineup of the Colorado Grand. The Friday, Lionshead will roar like never before as 100+ COlorado Grand participants culminate their multi-day journey through the state of Colorado with a victory lap though the Lionshead Village.

The Colorado Grand is a 1,000 mile road ride that travels the Colorado high country in September each year with the event starting and ending in Vail, Colorado. This is a charitable event hat has donated 3.3 million dollars to worthy organizations throughout Colorado since it began in 1989. With a wide variety of vintage and historic racing and sports cars, the likes of pre-1960’s Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraries and Jaguars, the Grand features a rare collection of unique vehicles. Their drivers, who are coming all from all over the world, have been on the road since early this week. They get to drive some of Colorado’s most scenic roadways before returning to Vail this Friday.

On Friday, September 20th, the participates of the Grand will comlete the 1,000 mile voyage with a victory lap through Lionshead Village. As the vintage pre-war racecars cross the finish line and cruise through the Lionshead Archway, a live dixieland band will be welcoming them while the make, model and year of each automobile is announced to the crowd. In addition to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Grand, Bart & Yeti’s Bar and Restaurant and Montauk Seafood Gill will host the Motors and Mimosas Mixer from 2pm-5pm. Due to the nature of the Colorado Grand event, the cars will not all come through in one group and will arrive spaced out throughout the afternoon, as they return to the area.

On Saturday, Septemeber 21st, the vintage cars will make their way back to line the streets of Lionshead Village to exhibit the artistic beauty and immaculate engineering. The Grand continues from 9am-12pm on Saturday morning with a unique opportunity for teh public to view these very special cars up close at the annual Concourse d’Non’Elegance. Every square inch of Lionshead Village will be filled with these incredible behicles parked on display for the morning. If you are heading out here and need a place close to the action, give us a call! We’d love to have you stay with us and enjoy these vintage beauties! 1-800-441-5419

For more information on the Colorado Grand visit co1000.com

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Labor Day Weekend!

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Labor Day weekend has come to an end! The weekend here in Vail was a busy one at that with the Rubber Duck Race at Gore Creek, Gormet on the Gore in Vail Village and Vail’s Farmer’s Market.

The rubber duck race is a popular event that happens here in Vail every year around Labor Day Weekend. This race is the primary fundraiser that supports projects of the Vail Rotary club. Activities for children, food and beverages and live music add to the excitement throughout the day. Click here for more information http://www.duckracevail.com/Vail%20Rotary%20Duck%20Race.html

Another amazing event that everyone loves is Gormet on the Gore. Now who doesn’t like free samples of food and drinks? Gourmet on Gore returned to Vail this weekend for its seventh year and as it’s main event – a multi-day, open-air food and wine tasting. It takes place along Vail’s Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street showcasing the Vail Valley’s premier culinary talent as well as wines, spirits and beers from around the world. Live music, delicious food and superb drinks all meet together on this unique weekend to create a delightful epicurean atmosphere in Vail Village. The best thing about this event…its FREE! There is no cost for admission to Gourmet on Gore’s open-air tasting, and the event is open to the public. Here at Vail Spa, we have heard so many great reviews regarding this event and they can’t wait to come back again next year and stuff their faces with the amazing tastes of Vail along with the fresh produce that you can find at the Vail Farmer’s Market!

Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show is open weekly every Sunnday throughout the summer from 10am-3pm until October 6th. The market includes locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine, all ready for you to enjoy. There’s even more local creativity at the Art Show. You can find everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items, the perfect thing to remind you of your wonderful Vail summer vacation.

With Oktober Fest coming up, do you have a place to stay? We are offering up to 30% off for reservations booked within 7 days of arrival and no minimum night stay requirements! Call us at 1-800-441-5419 for our best available rates & enjoy the festivities!