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See the Solar Eclipse Viewing from Vail and Beaver Creek

Posted by Polina LaConte on Aug 11, 2017 12:48:32 PM

For the first time in 26 years, a solar eclipse will pass over Vail and Beaver Creek on August 21, 2017. According to, Vail will see 92% of the solar eclipse from 10:21 AM to 1:11 PM, creating a once in a lifetime adventure in the mountains. The solar eclipse is the first total eclipse visible only in the USA since 1776.

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Topics: Vail, Family, hike

Improvements coming to Beaver Creek and Vail Mountains

Posted by Polina LaConte on Aug 7, 2017 9:34:22 PM
It is only the beginning of August but we are already starting to think about the next ski season. (Assuming that some of us have actually stopped dreaming about fresh powder.) Even though it might be a bit too early to take your ski gear out of the closet just yet it is the right time for the mountain crews to be working on the lift improvements across various Vail Resorts properties. Here is a quick update of what to expect this winter season on both Beaver Creek and Vail Mountain.
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Topics: Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter, Skiing

Vail Valley to host prestigious amateur cycling event Haute Route Rockies

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jun 18, 2017 11:41:36 PM

Carving through the heartland of American cycling, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, will be in Avon June 26th, 27th and 28th. The Haute Route is a global series of stage races for amateurs. Whether it is in the Colorado Rockies, French Alps, Pyrenees or Italian Dolomites, these are the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur cycling events in the world.  Colorado is proud to host the inaugural seven-stage race featuring an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking climbs, offering committed amateur riders the opportunity to compete with a professional level of unprecedented in US amateur cycling.  

JUNE 26THAvon will welcome riders June 26th as they complete a 95 mile ride from Winter Park, winding from Wolcott east through Edwards and Avon, finishing in Harry A. Nottingham Park. The park will be abuzz from 5:00  to 8:00 p.m. with festivities, live music, vendor village, and food and drink available for purchase. 

  • The acclaimed Austin Bike Zoo will begin to construct zoo animals, which are larger than life creatures, assembled on bicycles. The ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-build creatures include an 80-foot rattlesnake, a flurry of giant butterflies, a fanciful owl, majestic bald eagle and a bicycle carousel that can carry a dozen people at once! The zoo animals lead a parade on the Nottingham Park paths beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in the impromptu parade!
  • A Bike Rodeo and Safety with a Cop, sponsored by Sun & Ski and the Avon Police Department, will be featured for children of all ages, from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.   
  • Live music will take place on the Performance Pavilion with Rewind Colorado performing.
  • Food by Marc will be providing wine and beer as well as delicious food options!

JUNE 27THOn Tuesday, June 27th, the Individual Time Trial will begin, with athletes leaving the park starting area, in timed intervals beginning at 9:00 a.m. The community is invited to cheer the riders out to Traer Creek Plaza and back onto Swift Gulch Road.
After a rolling first four miles, riders will turn onto Buck Creek Road and climb up to Mountain Star before heading west to the finish at the top of Wildridge. Riders may take their time descending back to Nottingham Park to join the Avon community with live music, vendors and activities.  The Route map can be found at:    Lake Street will be closed, but all other streets will remain open, with diversions at some roundabouts.  See the traffic information below.  
The fun continues in Nottingham Park from 5:00 to 8:00 pm., with First Chair performing at the Pavilion, Food by Marc providing wine and beer and more delicious food options. 


June 26thSpectators may rise early and cheer on the cyclists as they leave Avon at 6:00 a.m., for a 102 mile journey over Battle Mountain, Tennessee, and Independence passes to Snowmass Village.

The first ever week of Haute Route riding in North America features a total of 507 miles of riding in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains and 49,260 feet of climbing. The event kicks off on June 24, 2017 from Boulder, Colorado and finishes on June 30 in Colorado Springs.  Three hundred fifty riders are expected to be riding in the race.

Traffic Information
Monday, June 26 th
  • Lake Street will be closed from the entrance to the Avon Recreation Center to Benchmark Road all day.
Tuesday, June 27 th
  • Lake Street will be closed from Mikaela Way to Benchmark Road until 3 p.m. Cyclists will leave Nottingham Park, heading north on Lake Street, and turning right onto West Beaver Creek Boulevard.
  • Beginning at 9 a.m., all southbound traffic at Avon Road roundabout 3 will be diverted west onto West Beaver Creek Blvd and eastbound traffic will be diverted south to Avon Road roundabout 4. Northbound traffic at Avon Road roundabout 4 will be diverted east or west on Highway 6.
  • Cyclists will travel east on East Beaver Creek Boulevard to Traer Creek. Northbound traffic on Post Road roundabout 4 will be diverted east onto Yoder Avenue and Fawcett Road. Southbound traffic will be diverted west onto East Beaver Creek Boulevard.
  • Riders will travel northbound on Post Road to Swift Gulch Road, before turning right on Nottingham Road. Traffic control personnel will help direct cars on Nottingham Road. There will be no road closures on Swift Gulch Road, Nottingham Road, or Buck Creek Road.
Wednesday, June 28 th
  • Lake Street will be closed from the entrance to the Avon Recreation Center to Benchmark Road from 6 a.m. until noon. Riders will leave Town via Lake Street, Riverfront Lane, Avon Lane, and east on Highway six. There will be no road closures.
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Topics: Vail, road biking

Renowned instructor Kathryn Budig to host Yoga classes in Vail June 9-10

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jun 4, 2017 11:06:13 PM
Kathryn Budig will be hosting classes in Vail June 9-10, 2017, as part of the annual GoPro Mountain Games. 
Budig  is a yoga teacher, author, and founder of both Aim True  and Poses for Paws. Her playful mixture of challenging poses and  her  lovable personality is the recipe for a truly inspiring class. Kathryn  shares  her zest for life, yoga, and food as the yoga expert for  Women s Health , and  with her writings for the  Huffington Post Yoga Journal , Gaiam, the Daily  Love, Yahoo Health, and MindBodyGreen. She has graced the covers of  Yoga Journal Yoga International , and  Om Yoga , and has been featured in  Forbes , the  Wall Street Journal , and the  New York Times . She also serves as  the brand representative for the Under Armour studio line and is part of  their IWILLWHATIWANT campaign. Kathryn has authored  The Women 7 of  17  Health Big Book of Yoga  and  Aim True.
Budig will host an upbeat class on Friday, June 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and a mellow class on Saturday, June 10, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The classes will take place at Ford Park in Vail, which has been dubbed the Zen Zone for the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games. 
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Topics: Vail, Summer, yoga

Gondola One now open for summer at Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jun 4, 2017 10:32:31 PM

Vail Mountain opened for summer operations on Friday, June 2, 2017 with access to Gondola One out of Vail Village during the weekend. Operations will expand to daily mountain access via Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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Topics: Vail, Summer, Family

Our Top 5 Can't Miss Events at the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games

Posted by Jessica Milloy on May 23, 2017 10:35:24 AM

The GoPro games are a much-anticipated event here in Vail, signalling the end of mud season and the beginning of a fun-filled Vail Summer. There's no better way to kick off a season of fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, slacklining, and more than watching the best of the best compete all around the village in a fun and festive atmosphere. The games also offer a plethora of events outside the competition, so there's something to do day or night. Here are our top 5 favorite events at this year's games to keep you psyched for the Summer.

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Topics: Vail, Summer, Vail Activity Guide, things to do in vail co

Vail Mountain Announces Kids Ride Free Gondola Rides

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 21, 2017 12:00:34 AM
• All kids ride the gondola free with an adult purchase
• At top of gondola families can enjoy zipline, mountain coaster, and new this summer a 36-foot climbing wall
• Resort now offers guests a-la-carte on-mountain activity options and online purchasing
New this summer, all kids can ride the Vail Mountain gondola free with the purchase of an adult ticket, allowing children 12-and-under to experience panoramic views of the Vail Valley and the legendary Gore Mountain Range through a scenic gondola ride. For each paying adult, one child, 12-and-under, will be given a complimentary ticket to access the mountain, where adventure awaits.

Once at the top of Vail Mountain, guests can purchase a ticket or a day pass to experience Vail’s signature summer experience - Epic Discovery. With one-of-a-kind thrill activities that include an alpine coaster, a three-hour-long zipline tour and interactive nature experiences, Epic Discovery is the ultimate summer playground for families.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to families so that more children can explore our national forests on Vail Mountain this summer,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer at Vail Mountain. “A key component of the launch of Epic Discovery last summer was the addition of our educational elements, such as the story stakes and animal abilities, on our hiking trails. We hope that families are able to really immerse themselves in nature and the wonder of summer at Vail.”
Also debuting at Vail this summer is a new 36-foot-high permanent rock climbing wall, the second-tallest, permanent outdoor climbing wall in Colorado. Guests can choose between 18 routes of varying difficulties to reach the top. The new rock climbing wall is the latest summer activity offered as part of Epic Discovery, which debuted in summer 2016 and includes activities such as an alpine coaster, ropes courses, ziplines, tubing, educational nature hikes and more. Epic Discovery connects both kids and adults with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way, offering guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories.
For ease of purchase, guests now have the ability to select summer products online, which includes the introduction of individual activity tickets. This effort provides guests with the flexibility and choice between unlimited access through pass products, or the option to try specific activities at an independent activity cost.
From an all-day unlimited Adventure Pass, which provides unlimited access to Epic Discovery activities such as the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, summer tubing, the climbing wall and more, to a-la-carte options, such as one ride on the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, guests have an array of options to fit their family’s needs. For specific product info, visit .
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Topics: Vail, Summer, Family, Outdoor Activity

As ski season ends, mountain biking season begins in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 9, 2017 11:37:04 PM
Vail Mountain closes on April 23, and the Vail mountain biking race series begins three days later on April 26. The series offers fun and exciting racing for mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels. Throughout the racing season, cyclists have the chance to win prizes, free beer and personal glory.

The Vail Recreation District will kick off the season with the Spring MTB Short Track Series beginning on April 26 in Eagle. With three races in total, the Short Track Series is a great opportunity to get geared up for the season.

Next up is the main event, the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series. Featuring seven cross-country races at locations around the valley, the series begins May 31 and continues throughout the summer until Aug. 30.

Finally, the action wraps up in the fall with two cyclocross races. During the cyclocross races, riders will compete on a condensed loop, completing as many laps as possible in the allotted time. Youth riders will race for 15 minutes and adult racers will compete for 20-40 minutes.

The Youth MTB Race Series showcases younger riders ages eight to 17, who are invited to participate in every race in the Town Series, with the exception of the Lost Lake race on July 12, which is limited to adults only. The Minturn Mini Kids Race on Aug. 30 is for kids only and lets young riders be the stars!

VRD Town Series Race Director Beth Pappas is looking forward to the racing season.

"We anticipate a great season with lots of new and returning racers," said Pappas. "Every year we seem to have a bigger and better series, and we can't wait get started. Adult racers can look forward to the return of the Lost Lake Loop, a course we have not had access to in almost a decade due to logging operations. We are especially excited to build on the success of the Larkburger Youth MTB Race Series, which had over 300 kids racing in 2016, by adding the Minturn Mini Back to School Bash so they can enjoy a kid-specific season finale race and celebration."

The following are the dates and locations of the 2017 VRD Mountain Bike Town Series. Details for individual events can be found at, and registration is available at

Spring MTB Short Track Series
April 26: Short Track #1 (Eagle)
May 3: Short Track #2 (4 Eagle Ranch)
May 10: Short Track #3 (Edwards)

Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Series
May 31: Eagle Ranch Classic
June 14: Berry Creek Bash
June 28: Battle at Bellyache
July 12: Lost Lake (adults only)
July 26: Camp Hale
Aug. 2: Davos Dash
Aug. 23: Beaver Creek Blast
Aug. 30: Minturn Mini Kids Race

Fall Cyclocross Races
Sept. 6: Cyclocross #1 (Minturn)
Sept. 13: Cyclocross #2 (Eagle)

Short track races cost $15 for preregistered adults and $20 on race day. Youth short track racers can preregister for $5 per race or $7 on race day.

For the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series, individual adult races cost $26 for preregistration or $37 on race day. Racers can also register for this entire race series for $155 until May 12 or $170 after May 12. For youth, the cost is $60 for the entire series, $10 to preregister for individual races or $15 on race day.

Cyclocross races cost $20 for preregistered adults and $25 on race day. Youth pay $10 preregistered and $15 on race day.

To register for all races, go online to For more information, call 970-479-2280 or email

In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Destination Hospitality, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and The Dusty Boot, sponsors of the 2017 race series include Howard Head Sports Medicine, Town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Company, POC, Avon Liquor, 808 Distillery, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yellowbelly, Yeti's Grind, Vail Honeywagon, Altitude Bar & Grill, Maxxis Tires, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The 2017 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger, KidSPORT and the Town of Minturn.

To become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or visit
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Topics: Vail, mountain biking, Outdoor Activity

Vail Mountain Celebrates End of Winter with Spring Back to Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Apr 9, 2017 11:28:25 PM

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.

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Topics: Vail, Family, Music, snowboarding, Skiing, events

World's Biggest Ski Day for Cancer Hits Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 8, 2017 2:55:02 PM
Don't miss on one of Vail's most anticipated events of the season! Pink Vail is the only event of its kind in the world. It is not only an excuse to wear a pink tutu and dress your male ski partner in pink spandex but also a great opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Similar to a run or walk to support cancer, Pink Vail participants register at the event's website and ask their friends and family to make a donation on their behalf. Participants range in age from 1 to 85 years old, and many of them don't even ski on the day of the event. Since 2012, Pink Vail has raised over $2.4 million to benefit all patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center through enhancements to patient care and underwriting the Spirit of Survival program, which provides complimentary services that can dramatically impact quality of life but are not typically covered by insurance.
Scheduled for Saturday, March 25
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Topics: Vail, ski, events

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