Thank You Mother Nature

With another storm moving in and the current snowpack still looking good, it’s time to get out there and get after it for one last frozen adventure. Here are some tips to capitalize on the gifts of snow and sunshine that mother nature has graciously provided us this spring:

  1. Be sure to get a good spring tune on your skis or snowboard before you head up the hill. This will greatly improve speed and mobility in the sticky spring conditions. Head over to Charter Sports  to get on the fast track to smooth turns.
  2. Slather up with sunscreen! The sun is shining and that means sunburns! The reflection off the snow intensifies the suns rays so be sure to protect yourself with at least SPF 30
  3. BBQ on mountain! Bring your brats and dogs to the on mountain grills and you are sure to have a sizzling spring experience.
  4. Get decked out in the craziest costume you can find. From banana costumes to vintage onesies closing day dawns a sight to see!
  5. And of course be safe on your last run down. 


For me, my favorite part of closing day is the last run down. This usually occurs long after the lifts have stopped spinning.The mountain takes on the lawless persona of a ghost town, and those last few turns remind us all good things must come to an end. Fear not, the lifts will turn again and that frozen freedom we long for all summer will return.

Vail Spa Renovation



When Vail Spa was completed in 1980, it was considered to be of late-modernist architectural interest, unique in the Lionshead Village. Far from Ordinary… that’s our slogan. We are proud of our unique style, and plan to preserve it for years to come.

We are pleased to announce that the Vail Spa homeowners have approved major exterior and interior renovations to take place in the spring, summer and fall of 2016. Don’t worry, we’ll still be the Vail Spa that you know and love, with improvements you’re sure to enjoy for many years to come!

Whether you are a summer or a winter visitor, we look forward to inviting you back to your home-away-from-home in Vail. We hope you’ll be one of the first to experience the new and improved Vail Spa Condominiums.

To ensure your safety and satisfaction, we are closing our doors during construction, from April through November of 2016. We will miss you this summer! Please mark your calendars for our Grand Unveiling which will occur in early December 2016.



Winter Wisdom


Vail Sunset Photo credit:Cassandra MacUmber


We all talk about the lazy days of summer, but what about the lazy days of winter? The first blizzard of the winter reminds us to slow down, be easy, don’t rush.

I hear the scrape of the plow for my alarm clock 15 minutes before my usual alarm, and I know I need to get up so I’m not in a hurry. Yet, as I approach the first roundabout a bit to fast, my tires slide as I tap the brake, at that point I know I’m not going to stop so I release the brake and steer into the turn and bring the car back around. Instant reminder to SLOW DOWN. My commute continues, doubling in time, and amidst the chaos I find peace in the snowy landscape that engulfs my vision. As soon as I give myself that luxury of time, almost instantly everything that is happening in the midst of chaos is as it should be. The acceptance of the change allows life to  fall into place like the billions of individually unique droplets of water that transform the surrounding scenery into a winter-wonderland.

Keep Calm and Welcome Winter

“Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, nor time unmake what poets know.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson




Oktoberfest is here in Vail!


Munich comes to the streets of Vail in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party. Oktoberfest’s dual celebration weekends will happen in Lionshead Sept. 5-7 and Vail Village Sept. 12-14.

Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebration known by millions around the world, Vail’s Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole weekends with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, Bavarian beverages and much more. Oktoberfest 2014 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run.

See Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional (and not so traditional) tunes on the accordion and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

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This weekend, June 24 to 26, brings an extraordinary mixture of cultural and athletic events to the Vail Valley. 

Today the Colorado-Eagle River Ride opened registration for its 10th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit SOS Outreach and register under the “River Ride” tab.  You can call SOS Outreach directly (970) 926-9292. Cost is $90 with a jersey, $65 without. After today, the price goes up to $100. Same-day registration is $130. The River Ride raises almost $50,000 to SOS Outreach every year. The bicycle ride goes from Beaver Creek to Wolcott up CO Highway 131 to Colorado River Road down to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are options to do a century, 68-mile, or 42-mile ride.

Here in Lionshead the Vail Arts Festival will showcase everything from glass to jewelry to bronze sculpture to photography. Admission is free all three days: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Vail Mountain is now open every day, meaning Friday Afternoon Club kicks off at Adventure Ridge today! Andrew McConathy & Friends will give the first concert of the year at 4pm.

Those willing to travel a bit should hit up the new-and-improved State Bridge riverside amphitheather for the three-day Roots River Reggae Festival. Stephen Marley & the Toots & the Maytals are headlining. State Bridge is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling. It’s about 40 minutes from Vail.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout will take place at Ford Park, Donovan Park, the Athletic Field just past Golden Peak, Avon Fields 1 and 2, Edwards Fields, and the Berry Creek Middle School Fields.

Beaver Creek hosts the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile-long obstacle course, this Saturday and Sunday. Estimated time of completion is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with more than 4,000 feet of elevation change all the way. The obstacles range from mud pits to mounds of snow to wooden walls. Tough Mudder’s has events across the globe, with the top 5 percent qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race held in Englishtown, NJ this December.

Weekend staples such as the Minturn Market (Saturday), Edwards Farmers Market (Saturday) and Vail Farmer’s Market (Sunday) return, though in better weather than last week!

The Minturn Market is open every Saturday.

CineBistro in Solaris is offering Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern in 3D.

Zach Heckendorf plays at the Club tonight and Saturday night at 9:30pm–admission is free! He may only be 18 years old, but he did play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and KBCO’s Studio C.  

Enjoy the weekend!