Burton Snowboards announces the return of the 36th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships to Vail Mountain March 5-10, 2018. As the final event of the competitive snowboarding season, following the excitement of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, the Burton U.S. Open is positioned to showcase the world's top athletes and most progressive riders, including 2018 Olympians, competing at the top of their game in perfectly sculpted slopestyle and halfpipe venues.
The holidays are behind us and the ski season is in its prime. January is an exciting time to visit the mountain not only because it usually offers the best snow conditions but also because of all the events happening in town. Both Vail and Beaver Creek have some fun events scheduled for the next couple weekends, so make sure to mark them on your calendar.
The third annual Skadi Vail Women's Ski and Snowboard Fest is scheduled for January 13-14. This is one of the most unique winter sports festivals — it is a celebration of women coming together to enjoy skiing and snowboarding and all that the mountain livestyle has to offer. Named after the Norse goddess of winter, Skadi Fest is designed by women, for women. Sponsored by Vail Mountain, Vail Resorts Retail and Outdoor Divas the ski and snowboard fest will feature customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, a demo village of over 12 female-specific ski and snowboard equipment demo options, Yoga, evening event and much more. The festivities start at 5 p.m on Saturday at the welcome center in Lionshead with a mix and mingle event where participants will be treated to drinks, appetizers and raffle with proceeds going to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. On Sunday the day will start with morning yoga from 8am to 9am; goddesses can stretch out and prepare for a day on the mountain. Demo Village opens at 8:30 with a great selection of women’s- specific ski and snowboarding equipment. Next in the schedule is the main event of the Skadi Ski and Snowboarding Fest — the Guided Tour Experience. During this even, which takes place trough out the ski day starting at 8:30, participants will have the opportunity to tour the mountain and skip the lift line guided by female instructors. The instructors will talk about proper skiing and riding form, different snow conditions and proper equipment.
January 18 to 21 will be the Beaver Creek Culinary Weekend, a can't miss event for foodies. Set at the base of a World Cup mountain, Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend presented by GMC offers a wide range of epicurean experiences – from intimate, luxurious culinary explorations to dynamic, high-alpine outdoor adventures. Mix and mingle with celebrity guest chefs, get to know the world-renowned Beaver Creek host chefs, sip on exquisite cocktails and wines, learn from distinguished winemakers and revel in endless hours of phenomenal skiing. Throughout four days, guests will create a customized menu of food, wine, spirit and mountain experiences featuring internationally-renowned guest chefs and celebrated host chefs, distinguished wine makers, interactive cooking demonstrations, dynamic après-ski events, hand-selected wines and expertly crafted cocktails. Year-after-year, Beaver Creek welcomes the finest culinary talent from across the world to collaborate with resident chefs on gourmet pairings and mountain adventure. Elevating the experience in 2018 are guest chefs Marco Canora, of New York, Jonathan Waxman, of New York, Alex Guarnaschelli, of New York, Jennifer Jasinski of Denver, Colorado, and Diego Isunza Kahlo of Mexico City.
Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend Schedule
Mexico Meets the Mountains
Thursday January 18th 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a tequila-paired dinner with dishes from Chef Diego Isunza Kahlo of Mexico City paired with hand-selected tequila from Herradura.
Price: $70 per person
Event Location: The Metropolitan
Beaver Creek First Tracks & Gourmet Breakfast
Friday January 19th 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Do you dream of being one of the first skiers on the mountain, enjoying perfectly groomed runs at sunrise? Beaver Creek First Tracks gives guests the opportunity to enjoy unmatched access, boarding the Centennial Express Lift an hour before the mountain opens to the public. After skiing flawlessly groomed runs, delight in a delectable breakfast on-mountain at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin, prepared by Executive Chef Kirk Weems, including Moet Mimosas and Belvedere Bloody Maries .
Price: $150 per person (Please note: the price does NOT include a lift ticket or ski equipment.)
Event Location: Centennial Express Lift and Allie’s Cabin
Guided Snowshoe Excursion & Lunch with Guest Chef Marco Canora
Friday January 19th 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Your morning will feature a guided snowshoe tour in one of Beaver Creek's most stunning, pristine settings—the secluded Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center and McCoy Park, home to over 30 kilometers of beautiful trails. Enjoy lift access to reach McCoy Park, and arrive to trails that are peaceful and quiet. After snowshoeing through the stunning surroundings, relax at Grouse Mountain Grill and enjoy lunch prepared by Executive Chef David Gutowski and guest chef and James Beard Award winner Marco Canora as well as wines paired with each course from Peay Winery.
Guest Winemaker: Nick Peay of Peay Vineyards. Nick will showcase Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah from his 51 acre hamlet at the edge the Sonoma Coast region in California. Nick is the steward of his estate and is involved in all steps from vine to glass. Create a memorable experience to dine and discuss wines with a true vigneron.
Price: $150 per person (Please note: all snowshoe equipment and foot passenger lift access provided with event ticket.)
Event Location: Beaver Creek Mountain and Grouse Mountain Grill
Après Village: Burgers & Beers
Friday, January 19th 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music from Brendan McKinney and a variety of delicious burgers and beers available for purchase throughout the Village. Colorado breweries including Vail Brewing Company, Bonfire Brewing, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Crooked Stave Artisans will provide complimentary beer tastings while supplies last.
Price: complimentary access with menu items available for purchase
Event Location: Beaver Creek Village
Wine Dinner with Guest Chef Jonathan Waxman
Friday January 19th 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
In the elegant surroundings of the Chateau, join Splendido’s Executive Chef Brian Ackerman and guest chef and James Beard Award winner Jonathan Waxman for a luxurious multi-course dinner with exquisite wine pairings from Huneeus Wines and Quintessa.
Guest Winemaker: Rebekah Wineburg of Quintessa winery and estate. Rebekah will give insight to multiple vintages of Quintessa's Cabernet based blends. She crafts these wines from grapes grown biodynamically in the heart of Napa Valley’s Rutherford region. Wines from the sister winery Flowers will also be paired.
Price: $200 per person
Event Location: Splendido at the Chateau
Mules & Manhattans
Friday January 19th 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tell the doorman the password for entry to the Speakeasy. Sip on hand-crafted cocktails from Woodford Reserve, nibble on inspired hors d’oeuvres and kick up your heels to a live swing band. This cocktail party will be the talk of the town.
Price: $60 per person
Event Location: 8100 Private Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Ski.Eat.Ski with Guest Chef Jennifer Jasinski
Saturday January 20th 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join Beaver Creek’s renowned ski and snowboard instructors for a morning of exploring intermediate and advanced trails on the mountain, and pick up some new technique tips along the way. After challenging yourself in the snow, warm up and relax at Zach’s Cabin, perched on the mountain above Bachelor Gulch. Savor a gourmet lunch prepared by Denver-based guest chef and James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski and Executive Chef Ron Jackson paired with unique wines from Scar of the Sea Winery to complete this elevated on-mountain experience.
Guest Winemaker/Cidermaker: Mikey Giugni from Scar of the Sea. Scar of the Sea is a small wine and cider project of less than 3,000 annual cases and only two employees. Mikey and his partner emphasize heirloom plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and produce Ciders from early-century apple orchards along California’s Central Coast.
Price: $150 per person (Please note: this event is limited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders only. The price does NOT include a lift ticket or ski equipment.)
Lunch Location: Zach’s Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain
Cooking Demonstration & Gourmet Lunch with Guest Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
Saturday January 20th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At this exclusive cooking class, watch as guest chef and Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli works culinary magic at Splendido at the Chateau’s spectacular demonstration kitchen. This unique event culminates with a lively lunch where guests will feast on top-notch dishes paired with exquisite wines curated by Wilson Daniels importer.
Guest Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator: William Davis has an extensive experience in hospitality and the wine education. William will carefully pair and explain wines from Wilson Daniels highly selective portfolio.
Price: $150 per person
Event Location: Splendido at the Chateau
Après Village: Pizza & Prosecco
Saturday, January 20th 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dine on pizza and sip prosecco and prosecco cocktails available for purchase throughout the Village as you listen to live music from the Tony Gulizia Trio and enjoy Beaver Creek’s best shopping. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Bisol Prosecco while supplies last.
Price: complimentary access with menu items available for purchase
Event Location: Beaver Creek Village
My Perfect Pizza Kids’ Cooking Class
Saturday, January 20th 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kids can learn to toss pizza dough, knead it into the perfect shape and customize it with their choice of toppings. After the chefs at Blue Moose bake the pizzas, kids can return to enjoy it with their parents to enjoy their culinary creations.
Price: $20 per child (Children ages 4 and up)
Event Location: Blue Moose Pizza
Vail’s closing day for the 2016-17 season is Sunday, April 23, and the resort is preparing to say goodbye to winter with the annual Spring Back to Vail celebration. The event takes place April 14-16 and features a free live concert, the famous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and much more.
Springtime at Vail Mountain is upon us. With the bluebird days, warm temperatures, and soft snow brings one of Vail’s many premiere events, Spring Back to Vail. The event takes place April 14-16 and features a free live concert, the famous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and much more.
“Spring in Vail is one of the best times of the season. The snow is soft, the sun is out, and there are so many exciting events happening,” said Phil Metz, director of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek. “Vail is excited to celebrate the close of another incredible winter season.”
On Saturday, April 15th, the 123GO! Project will headline the Spring Back to Vail celebration at Ford Park with a free concert event presented by Bud Light. The venue will open at 5:30PM with music starting at 6:00PM.
The 123GO! Project started in 2011 during the Sundance Film Festival where Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam were working together on the sound track for the film Horrible Bosses. Stefan and Mike called their friend Brett Scallions, lead singer from FUEL, who quickly joined them and brought in heavy hitting drummer Kenneth Schalk to round out the band.
Spring Back to Vail will mark the first free outdoor performance for the 123GO! Project. Dave Matthews Band is taking 2017 off from touring and Mike McCready and Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. To celebrate all of this fun energy the band is working with partners JBL Professional and Martin Lighting to use the latest technology to help craft a great concert experience in Vail.
Toronto-bred, Los Angeles-based quartet MAGIC! is Nasri Atweh (lead vocals), Mark Pelli (guitar), Ben Spivak (bass), and Alex Tanas (drums). In 2014, MAGIC! scored the song of the summer with their debut single “Rude” — a buoyant reggae-pop tune that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. This week MAGIC! released 2017’s song of the summer, Girl At Coachella with Matoma ft. D.R.A.M.
Saturday’s Spring Back to Vail concert is free and will take place at Ford Park. Visit www.SpringBackToVail.com for more details.
The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail 2017 will once again include the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One in Mountain Plaza, April 14-15, and at the base of Golden Peak, April 16.
The Spring tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as participants will ski themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 15th Annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, April 16. The top male and female in the contest will each be awarded the grand prize of a 2017-2018 Vail Resorts Epic Pass and a pair of Liberty skis. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3:00 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 12:00 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Check out the variety of lodging deals and register for the event at, www.SpringBackToVail.com.
Back by popular demand, the second annual Bud Light Bags Tournament will kick off at Mid-Vail on Saturday alongside of the Tikis and Tunes Luau. The fun begins at high noon and includes a pig roast, drink specials, live music, bags, giveaways, and more. Registration will be available at, www.SpringBackToVail.com.
Spring Back to Vail also welcomes back the ‘Triple R Rewards,’ where guests and locals alike can enjoy special deals from participating restaurant, retail and relaxation entities throughout the week.
Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi, Verizon, Helly Hansen, Vibram and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by Nature Valley, Audi, Liberty Skis, Vail Resorts Retail, Colorado Mountain Express, Antlers at Vail and Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.
Vail’s closing day for the 2016-17 season is Sunday, April 23.
This week, a decorated group of Paralympians will head to Vail to support the Adaptive Spirit 22nd Annual Event.
An absolutely packed field of the world’s best snowboarders are slated to compete next week at the 35th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, the longest-running snowboard competition and one of the last major contests ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. From February 27th – March 4th at Vail, Olympic medalists scheduled to compete in the U.S. Open halfpipe and slopestyle competitions include two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White (USA) and three-time Olympic Medalist Kelly Clark (USA); 2014 Olympic Slopestyle Medalists Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN); plus the entire 2014 Men’s Olympic Halfpipe podium of Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Ayumu Hirano (JPN), and Taku Hiraoka (JPN) are confirmed.