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.
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.
Vail Mountain will open for winter operations on Friday, November 18, 2016, and Vail Snow Daze will once again kick off the 2016-2017 winter season for the Town of Vail and for the resort. Taking place Dec. 9-10, Vail Snow Daze is the first of multiple events Vail will host during the early season this year.
The Michael Franti Trio and Lettuce will headline Vail Snow Daze, Vail Mountain’s signature early-season celebration, with two nights of free concerts. Bud Light presents The Michael Franti Trio on Friday, December 9, 2016, and Lettuce, on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
At 13, Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander has already played at prestigious festivals, clubs and venues all over the world, including last year’s TED Conference. His first album (released when he was 11!) scored Grammy nominations in 2015 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
Named a “Top 5 Festival” by the Texas Regional Radio Awards and a “Top 12 Texas Music Festival to Get Excited About” by The Culture Trip, the Outlaws & Legends music festival will be landing in Avon, Colorado on July 29-30, 2016.
Cover Rock Festival, a one of a kind music festival featuring tribute bands recreating the summer of 1969, debuts on June 25-26 at The Avon Performance Pavilion at Lake Nottingham (1 Lake Street Avon, CO 81620). The festival has confirmed that former Grateful Dead member and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Constanten (TC) will be performing with Colorado's own Shakedown Street along with Dave Herbert, lead guitar and vocals in the Jerry Garcia Band, in celebration of their 30th anniversary.
Constanten joined the Grateful Dead tour back in November 1968 as advisor and keyboardist until early 1970, when he amicably departed from the band feeling he was under-amplified. He didn't know it then, but in doing so, he expertly avoided the curse of the Dead keyboard set and instead, went on to appear on upwards of 40 albums and was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Adding to his impressive involvement in music history, Constanten also performed with the Dead at the 1969 Woodstock Art & Music Festival to over half a million people.
Formed in 1987, The Original Shakedown Street is one of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world and embodies the Dead's spirit of improvisation and discovery while maintaining an intimacy and open harmony with their audience. The band has shared the stage with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Jerry Jeff Walker and Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band.
Also joining the festival are 4x20 (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young),The THE BAND Band, The Who Show, Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix), Back to The Garden 1969 (Who have recorded Live From Daryl's House), Creedence Revived (CCR) and Caravanserai - The Santana Tribute. A surprise guest will also be kicking off Sunday's festival line-up.
Two-day General Admission and VIP tickets are available on the festival website. All festival goers will also have access to four food trucks, "The Wandering Mad Man" human karaoke machine, outdoor games and special photo booth opportunities with VW buses to commemorate their experience at the festival. Parents will also be happy to find a kid's lunar landing zone to entertain little ones at the festival.
The 21+ VIP passes includes twice-a-day happy hour, free beer and world class appetizers, a remarkable backstage deck with brilliant views of the Vail Valley and Beaver Creek Mountain, keepsake VIP backstage stickers, special kim cut guitar pick laminate and shaded retreat with fire pits and seating.
Cover Rock will also be hosting a free Poster Art Exhibit featuring artists from around North America. The exhibition will run throughout the duration of the festival and is free to attendees.
Country sensation Hunter Hayes will play a show near the Eagle Vail Airport this summer with special guest Danielle Bradbery, season 4 winner of The Voice. The July 16, 2016 event will also include a free kiddie playland, community parade, classic car show, talent show, country dancing, shopping and much more in the town of Gypsum.
It’s that time of year again.Springtime at Vail Mountain is soon upon us. Along with the bluebird days, warm temperatures, spectacular spring skiing and snowboarding, comes the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, Spring Back to Vail, April 8-10. The season will end in style with some not-so-serious fun under the sun, including a free live concert, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and much more.
WinterWonderGrass returns following three consecutive sold out gatherings. Lively national, regional and local bluegrass and acoustic roots music, Colorado craft beers, wines, spirits and warm local foods surround locals and the valley's experience-seeking guests in a winter wonderland. Beaver Creek and the Rocky Mountains are the glowing backdrop for families and friends to dance, mingle and reconnect.