GoVail Blog

Spring Après-Ski in Beaver Creek 

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 4, 2018 10:14:34 PM

There is no better feeling than grabbing a cold drink and relaxing on a sunny patio after a fun day of skiing. Next time you are in Beaver Creek check out the four spots from our spring break après-ski list and you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Broken Arrow
Located in the base of Arrow Head, Broken Arrow restaurant is a great place to take a break from skiing and enjoy the spring. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and après-ski from 7:30 to the late afternoon. The outside deck gets the warm spring sun during mid-day, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a cold beer. Starting March 1st, the Broken Arrow will also feature live music on Sunday. Don't miss the opportunity to try the signature Beaver Creek’s Best Bloody Mary.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Après-Ski, Nightlife, Around Town, Date Night

5 Vail Sports Bars to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 10, 2018 11:15:36 PM

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have started and everybody is excited to see how our favorite athletes perform. Here in the mountain, where winter sports are our favorite pastime activity, we are a little bit more excited than everybody else and you can feel that spirit if you go in any sports bar in town. If you are looking for the best place to watch the Games the Vail Valley has a lot to offer — from fancy cocktails and gourmet apps to wooden tables and local beer; check the list below to find the perfect sports bar for you.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Nightlife, Around Town, Ski Industry

Valentine's Day in the mountains is like no other Valentine's Day experience ...

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 27, 2018 3:13:43 PM

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast so now is the time to plan your perfect evening. Nothing is better than spending time with a loved one in the beauty of the mountains, but of course a day spent in the winter wonderland deserves to end with a romantic dinner. The Vail Valley offers some of the finest dining options and you are guaranteed to find the place that will wow your date. These are our top five spots for a romantic dinner:

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Nightlife, Holiday, Around Town, Date Night

January events to look forward to in Vail and Beaver Creek

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 5, 2018 12:39:12 AM

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

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Topics: Family, Events, Nightlife, Around Town, Notable Locals, Date Night

4 Great Restaurants for New Year’s Eve Dinner in Beaver Creek

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 27, 2017 6:14:45 PM
A lot of the restaurants around Beaver Creek are offering dinner specials for New Year’s Eve. From low key candle-lit dinners to Dj dance parties, the world class ski resort has something for everybody. Here is our list of the top 4 places for new Year's Eve dinner in Beaver Creek. 
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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Nightlife, Holiday, Tips and Tricks, Around Town, Date Night

5 of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 24, 2017 12:03:28 AM

For a fun family-friendly celebration check out the Casino Royal New Year’s Eve party in the Sebastian. With sumptuous food stations, lavish cocktails and dancing and entertainment provided by Violinist Maestro Hughes, it promises to be one of the best parties in town. The kids are also welcome and are sure to have fun with special entertainment and activities. Of course there will be a midnight Champagne toast and ball drop sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, as well as party favors, prizes, giveaways and a very special hangover prevention station.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Events, Nightlife, Holiday, Around Town, Date Night

Best Après-Ski Spots in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 23, 2017 2:38:05 AM

What makes a good ski resort great? Is it the slopes or is it the aprè-ski scene? It is hard to say, but one thing is for sure, in Vail you can find a great variety of both.  Whether your idea of apès is sitting on a sunny deck with a pitcher of beer, dancing your ski pants off, or lounging with a novelty cocktail in your hand, Vail has a place for you.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Après-Ski, Nightlife, Around Town, Activities

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest to feature new VIP experience Sept. 2-3

Posted by Polina LaConte on Aug 24, 2017 7:32:23 PM

Two full days of Bavarian fun are planned for this weekend in Beaver Creek to celebrate the 18th Annual Beaver Creek Oktoberfest, September 2-3, 2017. The celebration kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a beer garden, authentic Bavarian food, Kids’ Fun Zone and live music from Trachtenkapelle out of Lech- Zürs, Austria. The event hosts live musical acts throughout the day, a Bavarian costume contest and a 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1K race on Sunday. The beer garden and live music events are free to enter and will be a foot stompin’ oom-pah-pah musical good time.  Beaver Creek Oktoberfest is presented in partnership with Spaten Beer.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Summer, Events, Nightlife, Around Town

Summer Events at Beaver Creek

Posted by Polina LaConte on Aug 1, 2017 2:36:41 PM
Beaver Creek is famous around the world for transforming the raw charm of the mountains into luxurious adventure. Whether you are here to test yourself on the challenging biking trails or to enjoy the mountain serenity, Beaver Creek has something for you in its summer calendar. Here are some summer events suggestion: 
11th Annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival  August 10 - 13  
Combining Beaver Creek’s renowned culinary talent, exclusive wines and outdoor venues, the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival is an ode to the resort’s distinguished echelon of executive chefs, penchant for culinary mastery and enjoyment of superb cuisine among the rustic elegance of the Rocky Mountains. Guests are invited to enjoy a full weekend of events throughout the resort – such as the 4x4 Jeep Tour on Beaver Creek Mountain, pairing seminars, wine dinners and the Grand Tasting.
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Topics: Family, Shopping and Dining, Summer, Events, Nightlife, Outdoor

Top 6 Spring Events in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 7, 2017 2:23:43 PM
It has been an amazing winter! Even though half of  the ski season is already behind us there are plenty of exciting events still to happen in Vail. Here is a list of the 6 most fun events this spring:
Carnivail – Feb. 25-26
Vail gets hit with a spicy taste of New-Orleans-style fun when CarniVail returns to Vail this February. Guests will enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all the Cajun fixin’s from a legendary crawfish boil to live music and après parties galore. CarniVail is certain to be the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150’.
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Topics: Family, Shopping and Dining, Events, Nightlife, Ski, Spring Skiing, Date Night, Activities

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