Here at Bridge Street Ski Haus, we’ve finished cleaning and putting away the skis, boots, boards and winter gear, and turned our attention to summer. That doesn’t mean we have forgotten about the epic season that just wrapped up. Our friends at On The Snow report that Vail’s total snowfall for the 2018/2019 season hit an impressive 281 inches. More than five feet of snow fell in March alone, to the delight of skiers and riders.
Now, the summer season is close at hand in the Vail Valley, and while the winter conditions have been replaced by green grass and warm, sunny days, the happy memories of those incredible winter ski conditions can tide us over until the season rolls around again.
Happily, there’s no shortage of summer activities and entertainment in the Vail Valley. We’ve put together a list of some of the signature events in the region, along with a few others that occur throughout the summer and autumn.
GoPro Mountain Games
Kicking off the summer season, the GoPro Mountain Games are a multi-sport, music and lifestyle celebration. Here, more than 3,000 athletes will compete in nearly a dozen sports for more than $100,000 in prize money. Along with the competitions, guests can check out an interactive expo area along with the GoPro Outdoor Reels film series, the Mountain Click photography competition, the Mountains of Music concert series and the Outside Adventure Film School.
Vail Craft Beer Classic
Colorado has a thriving craft beer industry, and this summer, Vail will play host to an on-mountain celebration of the brew. The over-21 crowd can enjoy events that include the World’s Highest Altitude Tasting and Dinner, the VIP Toast of Vail, the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, Ales & Anglers (fly fishing with a brewer), Hike & Hops Lunchinar, Tales from the Taproom Brew Day, Beer Appétit: Cooking vs. Pairing and much more.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
June 20 - August 4
Since 1987 the Bravo! Vail Music Festival has brought world-class musicians and orchestras to the Vail Valley. The 2019 season will once again provide the unbeatable combination of outstanding music, entertainment, and education in this unparalleled mountain setting. Tickets are on sale now for the many events that make up the festival, including concerts, a chamber music series, an opera production, small ensembles, an annual gala and concerts for children, along with a selection of free family concerts.
Kids Adventure Games
Children age 6-14 can burn off some of your excess energy at the Kids Adventure Games, an obstacle-adventure race designed just for the young ones. In the games, teams of two kids bike and trek a three-plus mile course while encountering obstacles including mud pits, cargo nets, zip lines, water obstacles, rope courses, and giant slip n’ slides. Climbing walls, slacklines and more await at a Family Adventure Zone, and a pre-race skills clinic will help young people build confidence.
Gourmet on Gore
August 30-September 2
Set in Vail Village, this Labor Day weekend event is a festival of wine, spirits, food and jazz. The weekend features open-air pay-as-you-go tastings and pours along with “Gourmet, Let’s Go.” That excursion takes guests on a guided event in the surrounding area, including snacks and a paired lunch.
Lionshead | September 6-8
Vail Village | September 13-15
Munich comes to the Vail Valley with two weekends of fun. Traditional food and drink, yodeling, dancing, music, and alpenhorn blowing share the stage with crowd favorite events such as Bratwurst Eating, Keg Bowling and Stein Lifting.
Vail Automotive Classic
Much more than a car show, this auto enthusiast weekend encompasses a series of events including the Friday Afternoon Car Club at the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, a mountain road tour through the Colorado Rockies, a country-western hoedown benefit at the Vail Golf Club to benefit the Eagle Valley Senior Life, and the ever-popular Vail Village Car Show, featuring vintage, custom, and classic cars with awards presented in all classes.
When you’re visiting Vail, make plans to swing by one of these recurring events:
Moe’s Original Bar B Que Hot Summer Nights
Tuesdays, June 18-August 28
Celebrating its 32nd year, this free concert series offers shows ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to funk and beyond. Bring a picnic and gather at the Vail Amphitheater an hour early for the 6:30 show, or come at 5:30 and take part in Hot Summer Happy Hour food and drink specials.
6/26 | Winter Wondergrass Allstars
7/3 | Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts
7/10 | Ozomatli
7/17 | The Main Squeeze
7/24 | Andy Frasco
8/14 | To be announced
8/21 | Robert Randolph (Pazzo’s)
8/28 | Queen Nation
Sundays, June 16-October 6
A community institution, the Vail Farmers Market has been operating for 18 years. Each Sunday, more than 135 tents provide produce, handmade food items, art, clothing, jewelry, and more. Farm-to-table dinners in June, July, and August feature a chef-crafted dinner of seasonal and local ingredients sourced from the fields of Colorado farmers.
Sunny days and warm temperatures set the stage for fun in Vail; just remember that the high altitude environment is unforgiving. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and wear a high-SPF sunscreen on all that exposed skin. Don’t forget to wear lip balm with sunscreen, and UV protective sunglasses.
Bridge Street Ski Haus will be open through the summer months when our outstanding winter ski rental service evolves into tube rental and services. This allows you to float down nearby Gore Creek while continuing to enjoy Bridge Street Ski Haus service. The store’s location adjacent to Gondola One means the ultimate in convenience, with access to shops and restaurants just steps from the store.
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