Travelling to Vail this summer? Check out the latest travel tips from NY Times, Colorado.com, and others!

David Pogue talks smart phone apps, flight search engines, best check-in practices, and lap-top friendly flights on his NYTimes.com blog, Pogue’s Posts. See the lastest in travel technology here.

Colorado.com, the official site of Colorado Tourism, has all the basic travel tips for coming to the High Rockies. Here are a couple of helpful ones for the summertime:

  1. Colorado is the highest-altitude state in the U.S. Drink more water than usual, moderate alcohol and tobacco intake, and, if possible, spend a night in the intermediate-elevation Front Range (Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, or Colorado Springs) or Western Slope (Grand Junction, Fruita, or the Four Corners region) before coming up to Vail. Also, always wear sunscreen and reapply diligently!
  2. Weather changes rapidly here. Dress in layers! It will be cool in the mornings and evenings (mid 40s to high 50s) and then warm during the day (anywhere from low 70s to high 80s). Also, it is currently monsoon season, which means afternoon thunderstorms roll an hour or two after lunchtime. They rarely last very long, but raingear is recommended.

*Staff suggestion: Please know that most properties in the High Rockies do not have air conditioning! Due to the dry climate and high altitude, it is rarely necessary. We recommend leaving your windows open throughout the day and evening (with exception to the afternoon thunderstorms). It will circulate air through your condo and keep it cool.

Lonely Planet, the world-renown travel guidebook publisher, lists Colorado’s top scenic drives as:

  1. Top of the Rockies (115 miles) takes you from Leadville, the highest incorporated town in America at 10,430 feet, down Fremont Pass. Follow Hwy 24 down Tennessee Pass to Minturn. Then bear right on Hwy 92 toward Twin Likes before going over Independence Pass and into Aspen.
  2. Independence Pass (27 miles) is an abbreviated version of the drive explained above, but classic nonetheless. It’s full of old mining ruins, alpine tundra, and glaciers.
  3. Trail Ridge Road (47 miles) goes over the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the best places to see moose and elk. Highlights include Milner Pass and the tiny town of Grand Lake at the west entrance.
  4. Peak to Peak Hwy (55 miles) runs south to north from I-70 outside of Denver up to Estes Park, at the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way it passes small mining and bohemian towns alike and showcases extraordinary high country scenery, including views of 14,255-foot Longs Peak.
  5. Highway of Legends (110 miles) starts in the southern Colorado town of Trinidad and takes Hwy 12 through Cokedale, passing 300 coke ovens en route over Cucharas Pass as well as the extinct volcanoes, Spanish Peaks.
  6. Santa Fe Trail (188 miles each way) is a long, historic route through southeastern Colorado (again leaving from the Trinidad area) that cross into Kansas. Take Hwy 350 to La Junta, driving through expansive grasslands and ranches. The out-and-back’s highlights include Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Iron Spring and Picketwire Dinosaur Tracksite.

*Staff pick for driving tour (not on list above): Shrine Pass. From Vail, take I-70 east towards Denver. Get off at exit 190. Merge onto the dirt road south of the highway, following signs for Shrine Pass. There is a 4.6-mile round-trip hike that tours wildflowers on the way up to Shrine Mountain Crags. The scenery at the top is similar to Vail Mountain’s back bowls, but significantly untouched. Hike or not, continue on the 4WD road as it winds through White River National Forest with views of Mount of the Holy Cross. The dirt road brings you into the small town of Red Cliff. Head through town, then turn right on Hwy 24 and drive through Minturn. Merge onto I-70 east to come back to Vail.

–Vail Spa concierges, 8/6/11

Vail International Dance Festival starts July 31

The Vail International Dance Festival kicks off tomorrow with a performance of Buckets & Tap Shoes followed by opening night of New York Ballet Moves at the Ford Amphitheater.

The two-week-long event showcases advanced-level dance classes, open rehearsals, and contemporary ballet, among other forms of modern dance. Lawn tickets are $20. Reserved seating sections 1 & 4 (on the far right and left sides) are $60; front and center tickets (Reserved Seating Section 2 & 3) are $80.

To register for a master class at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival, contact Abby Olson at aolson@vvf.org or call (970) 777-2015. Cost is $15.

Dancing in the Streets is a series of three interactive evenings of dance and movement Thursday, July 28, Thursday, August 4, and Thursday, August 11. All events start at 5pm at the Solaris.

2011 Artist In Residence: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley will be performing in Dancing the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail, International Evenings of Dance, Dance for $20.11, and Dance TV.

New York City Ballet MOVES is a select touring group from the New York City Ballet, lead by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins.   

The Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group only dances to live music; they celebrate their 30th anniversary this Wednesday with a one-night-only performance.   

Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company with a wide array of musical accompaniment including the Beatles, Beck, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

UpClose is a didactic mixture of lecture and performance during which the audience gets an exclusive, open rehearsal.

Below is the schedule for the entire festival.

Saturday, July 30

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Beaver Creek Village, Free

Master Class: Classical Ballet by Daniel Ulbricht of the New York City Ballet (for intermediate and advanced dancers only), 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

Sunday, July 31

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Solaris, Vail Village

Opening Night: New York Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 1

Master Class: Modern Dance by Fang-Yi Sheu, 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

21st Century Moves: New York City Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Tuesday, August 2

UpClose: The Male Dancer by Balanchine, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Wednesday, August 3

Mark Morris Dance Group 30th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 4

Dancing in the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail Charles “Lil Buck” Riley & Friends, 5pm, Solaris, Free

Friday, August 5

International Evenings of Dance I, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 6

Beginner Tango Class taught by Tango Colorado, 12:30 to 1:30pm, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Free

Public Tango Milonga Dance, 4pm, Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Free

International Evenings of Dance II, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 7

Ballroom Spectacular, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 8

UpClose: Premieres, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Tuesday, August 9

Dance for $20.11, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 11

Dancing in the Streets: Trey McIntyre, 5pm, Solaris

Friday, August 12

Trey McIntyre Project, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 13

Dance TV, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 14

Master Class: Contemporary Dance with Alison Holker from “So You Think You Can Dance,” 10pm, Vail Mountain School

Upcoming Events: July 29 to August 4

The New York Philharmonic closes out their yearly visit to the Vail Valley this Friday with a performance of New York, Paris & All the Jazz. The first part of the show will be a Salute to Broadway, followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Gershwin’s Catfish Row Suite from Porgy and Bess. As usual the symphony begins at 6pm at the Ford Amphitheater.

The morning before the Philharmonic, Maria DeSimone hosts Yoga in the Gardens at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Every Monday and Friday from 9am to 10:15am, join DeSimone and a small group of yoginis for only $12 per session.

Uncle Knuckle, a six-piece funk band, will play at Friday Afternoon Club at the top of Vail Mountain at 4pm. Wes Yoakam will play the first of three nights at the Club in Vail Village. DJ Ginger and Styles Davis are going to spin at Samana at 9pm Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The second-to-last installment of the Vail Recreation District mountain bike racing series hits Eagle next Wednesday . The Boneyard Brawl begins at 5pm. Riders will climb up Bellyache Road, then come down East Eagle Trail singletrack. Loop distances vary from 6.5 to 16.5 miles.

–Vail Spa Concierges, 7/28/11

 

Rafting options in mid July

After a record snow year, the whitewater is running high (but not too high!) in the Vail Valley. We are looking forward to one of the longest rafting seasons we’ve ever had.

Currently Sage Outdoor Adventures and Timberline Tours are running trips down Gore Creek, the Colorado River, Brown’s Canyon, and the Eagle River. Below is a breakdown of what’s being offered.

Timberline Tours

  • Family-friendly Class II trip: Upper Colorado (am)
  • Family-friendly Class III trip: Lower Eagle (am w/lunch & pm)
  • Family-friendly Class III trip: Brown’s Canyon (day trip)
  • Two Class IV Trips: One is a day trip, the other offers am & pm options

Sage Outdoor Adventures

  • Class II/III, ages 8 and up: Gore Creek, East Vail to Lionshead
  • Class IV, ages 16 and up: Upper Eagle, Kayak Crossing to Edwards
  • Class III, ages 12 and up: Lower Eagle, Wolcott to Eagle
  • Class I/II, ages 4 and up: “Family Eagle,” Edwards to Wolcott

 

 

 

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman now in Lionshead, offering guided trips

 Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

Legendary Waters, Legendary Adventures

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is pleased to convenient summer locations at Lionshead Village inside Vail Sports-Vail 21, and our main shop in Vail Village. 

They offer half-day and full-day wade and float trips on world-class waters along with our FREE daily casting clinics at 10:30am.   For the latest fishing information or to book a guided trip, contact one of Vail Spa’s concierges.

You can  listen to Gore Creek Fly Fishermen every morning on KZYR or watch them weekly on TV8; you can also text the word FISHING to 75309 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Gore Creek River Report:

Running through the Vail Valley, Gore Creek presents an intimate small stream setting for anglers to stalk everything from high mountain Brook Trout to trophy size Rainbow and Brown Trout. Gore Creek offers anglers a plethora of year-round opportunities. From mind-blowing blanket Caddis fly hatches when the fish will eat anything to the ultra-technical aspects of sight fishing nymphs without indicators using 7x Super flourocarbon tippet. Talk about a rush!

Gore Creek is almost ready for  full on Summer dry fly fishing except for the simple fact that the Spring melt has been holding levels still higher than normal. . Believe it or not, the clarity is pretty good even with the levels we are seeing right now. If you are comfortable with fishing you could stir up a few trout either on the surface with dry flies or down below with the nymph and the emerger. Fish with smaller bugs in sizes 18-24. For sub-surface flies run your set up with any smaller midge imitations behind any general attractor nymphs like Princes and Pheasant Tails. Lots of bigger stones are on the crawl so don’t be afraid of tying on a bigger lead fly in a size 14-16.The fish are holding in the calmer water along the banks and behind all big rocks in the middle of the river. They are also holding down deep where the flows are not as powerful as they are on the surface.

All rankings are based on a scale from 1-10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Clarity: 6

Fishability: 4

Water temp: 41degrees F

CFS: 602

Colorado River Report:

The Upper Colorado below Gore Canyon meanders through the spectacular Canyon Country offering not only outstanding fishing, but also an unforgettable setting. From the early spring Blue Winged Olive hatches, to epic late spring salmonfly hatches that give way to an abundance of caddis and summer mayflies, the broad runs of this river produce some incredible fishing.  Float fishing provides the best opportunities to cover water and experience all the beauty that this mighty river has to offer!  The only thing that rivals the beauty of these canyons are the trout you will encounter on your journey down this river!

Incredible scenery and excellent fishing are available to you during the Summer months . Good activity below the surface with stone patterns such as girdle bugs and 20 inchers. The Prince and Pheasant Tail are always good options along with the stripping of the streamer. Fish are healthy and happy, but with the colder water temps, the fishing picks up mid-day. The fish are holding in the calmer water along the banks and behind all big rocks in the middle of the river. They are also holding down deep where the flows are not as powerful as they are on the surface. 90% of the activity is sub-surface so get out your nymph and emerger boxes and have at it with a double trouble set up leading with the larger nymph and trailing with the smaller emerger. Be sure to add weight with the swifter currents and use a big indicator to help you see the strike.

Clarity: 4

Water temp: 40

Fishibility: 5

CFS @ Kremmling: 8770

Eagle River Report:

The Eagle River brings together a wealth of opportunities from early-season float fishing to year-round wade fishing. From winter nymphing with sz 22 midge patterns to blizzard like caddis hatches in early summer and then the epic emergence of Green Drakes (sz 10’s & 12’s!) mid-summer, there is always a trout to chase no matter what time of year.

Possibly one of the best trout rivers in the country, the Eagle is finally ready for some fly fishing fun. The flows are still big, but the clarity is about 3 feet off the bank and that is excellent. We will continue to see levels drop and the fishing will just continue to get better and better. Caddis were all over the banks the past few nights so tie on a big dry fly followed by a smaller dry or go deep with a nymph and tie off an emerger behind that.  We cannot run float trips on the Eagle yet, but when we can it will be real good fishing. Let’s all hope that the infamous hatches that the Eagle is known for will visit us once the levels drop and the water temps rise.

Eagle clarity: 6

Eagle fishibility: 5

Eagle water temp: 42

Eagle CFS: 1830

Vail Golf Club extends special season rates

Vail Golf Club Extends Special Season Rates Through July 21


The Vail Golf Club has extended its special season rates through July 21 offering some of the best rates in the mountains.

Guests can enjoy nine holes for $47 or 18 for $74, including cart; Eagle County residents can play nine holes for $42 or 18 for $69, including cart; and Vail residents can enjoy nine holes for $42 or 18 for $64, including cart.

Those wishing to walk the course can enjoy amazing rates as well. Guests can walk the course and play nine holes for $35 or 18 holes for $55; Eagle County Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $50; or, Vail Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $45.

The course and driving range are open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk daily (driving ranges closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays). Additionally, until July 21, golfers who book tee times between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. will receive one free small basket of range balls. Beginning July 22, the golf course will operate at peak season rates.

According to Vail Golf Club Superintendent Steve Sarro, the Vail Golf Club is extending the special season rates while the course continues to dry from the wet spring. Sarro says conditions on the course are amazing and it’s playing great, but the Gore Creek continues to flow at record levels making some areas wetter than normal and not ready for peak season rate play. “We are working hard to offer our golfers the best conditions possible given the current water levels of the Gore Creek,” said Sarro. “The Gore (Creek) is running 200 percent above normal making for a high water table along certain areas of the course. That being said, golfers will continue to experience damp conditions on the front nine in some areas until the water level goes down. We won’t operate at peak season rates until the course is in top condition for our golfers.”

Golf lessons continue to be offered daily by appointment and Happy Valley Grill is also open offering its full menu of Rocky Mountain fare at its best. For more information or to book a tee time, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. For information on Happy Valley Grill, located within the Vail Golf Club, call 970-479-7321.


Mark Your Calendars: Leagues, Lessons, Events and Clinics

Family Month Continues at the Vail Golf Club 

Family Golf Month continues at the Vail Golf Club with two more events scheduled in July. Events require advanced registration and are scheduled as follows:

  • July 17: Bring Your Child to the Course Day
    Parents and their children will enjoy a clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. where Vail Golf Club professionals will work with families on learning short and long game techniques. Cost is $15 for adults and free for children.
  • July 31: Family Golf Day
    Parents and their children can make a tee time from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and play nine holes of golf, including cart, range balls, soda and a hot dog for $50 per parent/child two-some.  

Players Clinic, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Every Other Sunday
Golfers can take advantage of a small class setting and receive instruction on how to shoot lower scores through focus on ball striking, chipping and putting, chipping and pitching, bunker and wedge play and more. Costs are $100 and require 48 hours advanced registration. Class size will be limited to five participants.

Senior Clinics, 11 to Noon, Tuesdays

The Vail Golf Club will once again offer Senior Clinics for those ages 50 and older. These clinics are limited to 10 participants and will be offered every other week. Instruction will include tips on balance and motion, maintaining or adding distance, using the latest technology in clubs and balls, learning scoring shots around the green and more. Happy Valley Grill will offer lunch entrees at 30 percent off to participants following the clinic and the Vail Golf Club pro shop offers 20 percent off of all merchandise to participants the day of the clinic. 

Coors Light Coaching Hour, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Tuesdays

This weekly program is limited to 25 people and includes unlimited range balls, two drink tickets and instruction from the Vail Golf Club professional staff. A perfect opportunity to practice golf prior to the Tuesday night free concerts at the Ford Amphitheater.   

Ladies’ Clinic, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursdays

The weekly classes will take place throughout the summer and are limited to 16 women and offer a variety of instruction including short and long game, equipment needs and course management. Costs are $25 per clinic. Happy Valley Grill will offer participants $3 glasses of wine following the clinic.

2-Day Adult Golf Camps: Aug. 27-28

These two-day camps will feature three hours of instruction. Cost is $150 per participant and include instruction on short game, full swing, video analysis and lunch each day.

3-Day Adult Beginner Camps

Cost is $75 per participant and perfect for those who want to learn the game of golf. Camps are scheduled for 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday, July 22-24 and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 29-31.
Junior Golfer Development Clinics: Ongoing through July 29 (No clinic on July 8)

An opportunity for juniors, ages 12-18, to receive help on their golf game in a fun, group setting. $25 per clinic or $125 for all six.  

The Youth Foundation’s First Tee of Eagle County Junior Golf Program

Join Vail Golf Club staff for this unique junior golf program that teaches children ages six to 17 life lessons through the game of golf. Camps take place throughout the summer and cost is $60 to 85 per child, per session. Camps are filling quickly, click here for details.

Many lesson and clinics require advanced registration. For details, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. To book tee times, click here.

Golf Course Review: Eagle Vail Golf Club

Eagle Vail Golf Club

 

Eagle Vail Golf Club, the local’s favorite

Why not golf where the locals golf?

Not only does Eagle-Vail Golf Club offer some of the most beautiful golf holes with the most dramatic elevation changes in the Valley, but it is also the best value in the area. 

Public Golf Courses in the Vail Valley                    
Course Address Phone
(970)
Par Yards Rating/Slope
(From Tips)
Designed By Rate   Twilight
(all you can golf)
Club
Rental
18 Holes 9 Holes
Vail Golf Club 1778 Vail Valley Dr. Vail, CO 81657 479-2260 71 6786 71.4 / 132 Ben Krueger Walk: $80
Cart: $99
Walk: $45
Cart: $57
After 3:30p:
Walk: $45
Cart: $57
18: $42
9: $30
Eagle-Vail Golf Club 431 Eagle Dr.            Avon, CO 81620 949-5267 72 6590 71.8 / 131 Devlin /
Von Hagge
Until 12:30p: $98
12:30-3:30p:$75
(includes cart)
NA $55 after 3:30pm $45
Sonnenalp Golf Club 1265 Berry Creek Rd. Edwards, CO 81632 477-5370 72 7074 73.8 / 142 Jay Morrish /
Bob Cupp
Until 1:30p: $150
1:30-3:20p: $125
(includes cart)
NA $80 after 3:30pm $50
Eagle Ranch Golf Club 50 Lime Park Dr.      Eagle, CO 81631 328-2882 72 7530 74.8 / 141 Arnold Palmer Signature Design Walk: $78
Cart: $95
Walk: $50
Cart: $60
After 3:30p:
Walk: $50
Cart: $60
$40
Gypsum Creek Golf Course 520 Cotton Ranch Dr. Gypsum, CO 81637 524-6200 72 6980 72.9 / 130 Pete Dye Weekday: $70
Weekend: $85
(includes cart)
Weekday: $40
Weekend: $45
(includes cart)
NA 18: $40
9: $25

 

It is for these reasons that year after year, it is the #1 choice for locals in the know when they want to hit the links.  

If you’ve never golfed at high altitudes, let me tell you, you’re missing out!  Not only are the views and topography breathtaking and beautiful but you’ll routinely hit the ball farther than you are used to.  Watch out: your slice will be more pronounced as well!

With some dramatic elevated tee boxes you may even set a new personal record for longest drive.

 If you’re worried about your slice, no problem, just contact Golf Pro Dave Thompson, and he’ll straighten out your drive in no time)! Call him directly at (970) 790-1203 or email him at davethompson@eaglevail.org

If you are vacationing in the Vail Valley, there is no better golf course to experience what I am talking about than Eagle-Vail Golf Club, just 8 miles west of Vail.

–Adam Block