There's no denying it; the Vail Valley is an outstanding vacation destination. Skiers and riders can enjoy world-class terrain and conditions, with some of the most exceptional snow on the planet. With a nearly seven-foot base of snow on the mountain, conditions are right for bumps, cruising and everything in between.
The staff at Bridge Street Ski Haus continue to provide outstanding ski rental service in Vail, while the store location adjacent to Gondola One means the ultimate in convenience.
Remember, there is also plenty to do after the lifts close, and for those who are looking for fun off the mountain. Vail plays host to a variety of signature events year-round, and the coming winter season months offer plenty of entertainment options. Be sure to plan, visit the websites, and make reservations for any ticketed events.
Take a look at what's in store in the weeks to come, and plan to enjoy all that Vail has to offer.
The legendary 10th Mountain Division is one of the cornerstones of Vail history. This event celebrates and commemorates the service of these intrepid soldiers, and tells more of their story through an exhibit at the Colorado Snowsports Museum.
At this event, visitors gather in Vail Village at 7pm to see skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division ski trooper uniforms perform a torchlight ski down the mountain to the base of Gondola One, adjacent to Bridge Street Ski Haus. A parade of military veterans in uniform will then march from Gondola One down Bridge Street and across the covered bridge, finishing at Vail's commemorative 10th Mountain statue.
The 10th Mountain Division logo will illuminate the side of Vail Mountain during the celebration, and the newly renovated Colorado Snowsports Museum will remain open after the parade. There, guests can see screenings of the film "Climb to Glory," along with the new exhibit documenting the group and its impact on Vail. The torchlight ski and parade are free, donations accepted for the museum.
Pink Vail provides all-day entertainment, with proceeds benefiting Vail's Shaw Cancer Center. It's billed as the world's biggest ski day event to conquer cancer. Nonstop fun throughout the day includes live music, deck parties, a costume contest, kid's zone, food, Superstar events, and a Celebration Ski Down. The event welcomes skiers and non-skiers of all ages and ski abilities.
All Pink Vail proceeds benefit patients and programs at Shaw Cancer Center through funding of the center's Spirit of Survival program, which provides patients access to free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, massages, acupuncture, outdoor adventures and other services that are not typically covered by insurance. Learn more at pinkvail.com.
The Taste of Vail is a not-to-be-missed event for food and wine fans. It's the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, taking place at venues throughout Vail Mountain. This annual four-day event showcases nearly three dozen Vail chefs and restaurateurs along with the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 American wineries.
More than 5,000 people attend each year, with many making the event an annual tradition. Along with numerous food and wine tastings, participants can take part in interactive seminars, attend an auction and dance, enjoy the Colorado Lamb Cook-Off, après ski tasting and the ever-popular mountaintop picnic at the top of Vail Mountain. Held at 10,350 feet above sea level, this event offers spectacular mountain vistas accompanied by gourmet food, beer, wine, and spirits.
Purchase tickets early to attend this signature event. Tickets are available for the entire package or individual activities. Visit tasteofvail.com to purchase.
Spring Back to Vail celebrates the spring season, with fun events around town. A series of free concerts at Ford Park serves up live entertainment, and the World Pond Skimming Championship continues its annual tradition, with costumed skiers launching from a snow jump to skim across icy water.
Top male and female contestants vie for prizes as well as bragging rights at this crowd favorite event, as judges award scores based on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest begins at 3pm April 14, with the Golden Peak venue open at noon for an expo and giveaways. Check here for the full concert lineup.
Located nearby at Beaver Creek Resort, the 530-seat Vilar Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation and presents performances ranging from concerts, jazz, comedy to dance, film, Broadway musicals, theatre, family shows and more. Visit vilarpac.org for details on upcoming shows, which include:
Along with the world-class skiing and boarding opportunities on the mountain, there is always something going on in the Vail Valley during the spring months. With everything from concerts, renowned food and wine events and on-mountain festivals to high-energy celebrations of the ski season, Vail and the surrounding area offer some great options for your ski vacation. Remember to visit Bridge Street Ski Haus first to reserve ski rentals in advance, and gain access to the store's outstanding customer service options, along with the closest access to Gondola One.
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