Spring skiing holds a special place in every Coloradoans heart. It’s a time when the skiing itself isn’t the best (conditions are a bit slushy), but spirits are high. There’s really nothing better than speeding down the slopes with a short-sleeved shirt on (or, in some cases – a bikini top). Here’s a guide to enjoying spring skiing like a local.

Know What to Expect

First, you need to have the right expectations: There won’t be any fresh powder. You won’t feel the chill in the air when you ride up the gondola for the first time. You probably will want a cold beverage halfway through the day, instead of a cup of hot chocolate.  That doesn’t mean you won’t have a blast – it’s just a different kind of fun. It’s important to have the right expectations. Spring skiing in Vail means you’ll have:

  • Soft Snow Conditions: While soft snow conditions aren’t known for being the most exciting, it does mean your whole family can enjoy skiing together. Soft snow makes for easy skiing.
  • Wear the Right Clothing: Don’t wear one single, heavy layer. We guarantee you’ll be roasting by the end of the day. Instead, wear multiple thin layers that can easily be removed and stuffed in a backpack.
  • Protect Your Skin and Eyes: With the sun being out, you need to be sure to wear sunscreen and goggles (or sunglasses). You won’t believe how burned you can get, with the sun reflecting off the snow.

Be Ready to Have Some Fun Spring Skiing

One of the main reasons that Coloradoans love spring skiing, is that it’s a time to celebrate. While we’re sad that ski season will soon be over, we have a beautiful summer full of hiking, fishing, bike riding, swimming, horseback riding, ballooning, zip lining, and much more ahead of us. The crowd on the mountain is always lively this time of year. You’ll see crazy costumes, because skiing is all about the fun this time of year. There’s no need to get up early, either – instead, grab a bite to eat at a breakfast place in Vail or Beaver Creek before hitting the slopes. And, be prepared for après-ski all day: There’s no need to wait until after the day is over to grab a beer and snack. Stop for a mid-mountain brew at any point in the day.

Join the Fun at Spring Back to Vail

Each year, Vail hosts a fun event called Spring Back to Vail. This year, it takes place April 14-16th. During this special event, you can enjoy free live concerts, great deals from local shops, a luau, the World Pond Skimming Championships, and more! We’ll update you about this fun, upcoming event as we get closer, so stay tuned!

Ultimate month-long package lets guests enjoy Vail with all the mountain living perks

 

Antlers of Vail

Hiking, biking, attending concerts, shopping at the Farmer’s Market – guests can treat Vail as their hometown with Antlers at Vail’s new Ultimate Vail 30-Day Live Like a Local package (hiking photo © Jack Affleck).

 

Vail, Colorado – March 2, 2017 – The hidden hikes, the best steak in town, the off-the-beaten-track bars, the unbeatable shopping bargains – these are all insider tips that visitors to the Vail Valley wish they had from the get-go. Now they can, with the Ultimate Vail 30-Day Live Like a Local package from Antlers at Vail .

This is the ideal opportunity to maximize a visit to Colorado’s favorite mountain town. The knowledgeable staff at Antlers is committed to helping travelers immerse themselves in the bounty of the area, and the Ultimate Vail 30-Day Live Like a Local package allows vacationers to shed their tourist status and explore with confidence.

 

“When you stay at the Antlers for an extended period of time, you’re not only our guest – you truly become a part of our family,” says Magda King, Antlers’ General Manager. “Our concierge team, and really, our entire staff, is happy to recommend favorites and coordinate everything for you, from extreme sports activities to relaxing massages in the comfort of your home away from home.”

 

The 30-Day Live Like a Local package not only includes Antlers’ Platinum-ranked lodging tax-free, it also features complimentary lawn tickets for the incomparable Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival, as well as Vail Jazz Festival and Vail Summer Bluegrass Series tickets (depending on event dates).

 

Guests can visit Vail’s popular Sunday farmer’s market and create home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen that’s part of all Antlers at Vail guest suites, from studios to 4-bedroom luxury residences. And they can take advantage of the hotel’s long list of unexpected complimentary amenities, from loaner bikes for cruising around town and unlimited Vail Athletic Club access, to loaner GoPro cameras and specialty kitchen appliances like espresso machines and crockpots.

In addition, one family dinner will be prepared by in-house caterer Chef Barry Robinson, delivered to the suite and ready for reheating at your convenience. Guests may choose from a menu of dinner options, including beef and vegetable stew, chicken pot pie ragout and traditional spaghetti and meatballs.

Antlers of Vail

Photos © Jack Affleck

By the end of the 30 days, guests will feel as though they’ve been in the Vail Valley all their lives.

“Because we share our local secrets and strive to ensure that everyone has a seamless mountain experience, we have a lot of repeat long-term guests who come year after year for the unpretentious and warm, welcoming service that Antlers features,” King says. “We created this package to share the experience beyond our regular in-the-know guests. Who wouldn’t enjoy a month checking out all Vail has to offer?”

Antlers at Vail’s 30-day tax-free pricing plus perks is available April 15 – Nov. 15, 2017, and varies by dates (peak season June 15 – Sept. 15). Prices start from $1,850 for 30 days in a studio, one bedroom or one bedroom with bunks through June 14; additional person or pet is $250/month. As always, Antlers at Vail charges no resort fees.

About Antlers at Vail:

The Antlers at Vail offers a relaxed Vail lodging experience in a fabulous mountain setting. In addition to being awarded Vail’s highest-level Platinum lodging rating, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and GreenLeader status, Antlers was recently named a “Best Ski Hotel for Families” by Curbed Ski. With condominiums ranging from studio suites to four-bedroom penthouses, every Antlers unit enjoys a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, balcony, daily maid service and complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. For more information visit www.antlersvail.com.

 

Media Contact: Anne McGregor Parsons, Word PR + Marketing, anne@wordprmarketing.com, 303.777.7667; Liana Moore, Antlers at Vail Marketing Director, liana@antlersvail.com, 970-790-5219

 

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Spring in a mountain town is far from typical. Most people think of blossoming flowers, green grass, and blue skies on the first day of spring. And, while this does happen, it really starts looking like typical spring much later than spring typically is – in May, for example. This may sound a bit sad, as most people have spring fever, but it really is one of our favorite things about Colorado. Spring in a mountain town is fantastic: The weather is a bit warmer, but you still have plenty of snow to get out and enjoy! One of our favorite spring activities is snowshoeing, and when you join free snowshoe tours in Vail, you’ll be able to explore some areas of our beautiful town that you’ve never seen before.

Free Snowshoe Tours in Vail: The Details

When you enjoy one of the free snowshoe tours in Vail offered by Walking Mountains Science Center, you’ll learn about the area and wildlife, as well as see parts of the mountain you’ve never seen before. You’ll explore the forests on top of Vail Mountain, while learning from an expert guide about animals, and winter ecology. And, you’ll have magnificent views the entire time!

Who Provides the Tours

Walking Mountains Science Center provides the free snowshoe tours in Vail. Locals and visitors enjoy the many programs and activities they offer! They offer a wide variety of tours, walks, and other activities the whole family can enjoy.

Types of Snowshoe Tours

The science center offers a few different types of snowshoe tours. A daytime tour allows you to see the views, learn about nature, and the ecology of the forest. The evening tours offer a different experience: You travel by night, enjoying the calm of the forest, and learning about nocturnal animals in the area. If you’re interested in a longer snowshoe trek, try their half-day backcountry tours (this longer tour isn’t free, but is well worth the trip).

What You’ll Need

To participate in the snowshoe tours, you’ll need the following gear:

  • All children need to be above the age of 10.
  • Each visitor must have a valid ski pass or Vail Scenic Ride Ticket to ride the gondola before 3:30pm daily.
  • Participation is first-come-first serve. You must sign up at the Nature Discovery Center.
  • Wear warm clothing. This includes: Snow pants, sturdy and warm boots, a warm hat, and gloves. Snowshoes are provided!

Remember: The most important thing is to have fun! Snowshoeing is a wonderful experience in the spring. We are sure your whole family will enjoy it!

Do you enjoy good film? Don’t miss the 14th Annual Vail Film Festival – a weekend full of film screenings, networking events, educational projects, and workshops. This event is held in Vail each year, and is hosted by the Colorado Film Institute. This year’s festival celebrates Women Filmmakers. Every film must be written, directed, and/or produced by women. Here’s everything you need to know about attending this year’s event:

What to Expect: Schedule of Events

The festival takes place from March 30-April 2nd. There are many events and activities to enjoy during the event. Here’s a few highlights we’re looking forward to:

Opening Night Film and Party

On Thursday, March 30th, catch the opening night film (Carrie Pilby), which starts at 7:30pm at the Cascade Theater. Afterward, head to La Tour for the opening night party (10:00pm – Midnight).

Filmmaker Reception

What better time to meet filmmakers, than the filmmaker reception? Head to 10th Mountain Whisky from 4pm-6pm on Friday, March 31st.

Film Screenings and Awards Ceremonies

Saturday, April 1st is the big day: All day long, you can catch film screenings (11am – 11pm at Cascade Theaters and CineBistro), an awards ceremony (Cascade Theaters 7:00pm), and a film panel (Women in Film – Cascade Theaters, 1pm). Finish up the evening at the Closing Night Party (Larkspur, 9:30pm – Midnight).

There are many more events to enjoy during the festival – check out the complete schedule of events, and list of films to learn more about each event over the entire weekend.

Tickets to the Vail Film Festival

There are a few ways to enjoy the Vail Film Festival:

  • Individual Tickets: You can purchase tickets to individual films. Each ticket is $10.
  • Festival Pass: A pass is only $50, and it gets you access to all the films, parties, and events. So, if you plan on going to more than one film, or you’d like to attend the parties, this is the best option.
  • Patron Pass: If you’d like to support the festival more fully, you can become a patron. You’ll get VIP access and more!

Learn more about the passes, and purchase your tickets on the Vail Film Festival website.

Where to Stay During the Festival

There are a few hotels that have partnered with the Vail Film Festival. These include, Vail Marriott, Antlers at Vail, Evergreen Lodge, Sitzmark Lodge, Lift House Lodge, Mountain Haus, The Sebastian – Vail, Simba Run Vail Condominiums, and Sun Valley Condominiums. Get information about each option and check for deals on the lodging page for the festival.

The Vail Film Festival celebrates film, and is an event not to be missed. We hope to see you there!

Do you have weekend plans? If you don’t, then you now have a great plan. If you already had plans – well, you should probably scrap them and do this instead. This weekend is the last of the events of the 35th Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado. They began on Monday, and tonight and Saturday are your last chance to catch a look at the pros competing for a top spot. Here’s an overview of the events, including which ones you need to see, as well as some information about the after-parties!

About the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships

The National Snowboarding Championships began in 1982 at a small mountain in Vermont called Suicide Six. Paul Graves, Jake Burton, and Doug Bouton were a few of the competitors. The event has grown immensely over the years. Now, greats such as Shaun White, Arielle Gold, Kelly Clark, Danny Davis, and many more, compete for the top title. The event has been based in Vail since 2013, and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike!

Events to Watch

Slopestyle Final After Party: The women’s and men’s slopestyle finals are taking place this morning. If you can’t make it to this event, you can still get in on the fun at the free live concert. Gramatik and Lizzo are playing form 6-9:30pm at Solaris Concert Stage. Afterward, you can join in on the Pacifico After Party – which starts at 8:30pm at BOL, Solaris.

Halfpipe Finals: Don’t miss the big event Saturday, March 4th. The women’s and men’s halfpipe finals are sure to be exciting. Here’s when you need to be there to watc:

  • Women’s Halfpipe Finals: Practice at 10am, competition at 11:10am.
  • Men’s Halfpipe Finals: Practice at 12:45, competition at 2pm.

After the event, there are events to enjoy. Get an autograph from the Burton Team (located in the Sponsor Village at Golden Peak), or head to the free live concert at 9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage (which features Keys and Krates, Xavier Omär, and Skratch Bastid). Also plan on attending the US Open Closing Party at the Dobson Ice Arena, featuring Four Color Zack, Air Credits, and D.R.AM, wich starts at 9:30pm, but goes to 1am!

For a full schedule of events, check out the official website.

Make a Trip Out of It: Stay in Vail, Colorado

There are many great hotels, condos, and other lodging in Vail. Plan on staying the night so you can get up on Sunday and enjoy the area! There are some great restaurants as well, so you can grab a delicious breakfast before heading home to start the week.

Vail and Beaver Creek are great choices if you’re looking to vacation with your family in Colorado. Whether you’re traveling from across the country to ski, or you’re a native looking to enjoy your own backyard, there are countless activities for you and your entire family to enjoy. Here are our 3 of our favorite Vail family activities to enjoy this winter and spring.

 – Adventure Ridge

Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek ski resort are obvious choices when it comes to activities to enjoy with your whole family.  But, if you’re looking for something other than skiing, Adventure Ridge has enough adventure for everyone in your family. Here, you can try tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ski biking, and explore the discovery center.

 – Pirate Ship Park

Yes, this park is amazing enough that it is listed as part of our favorite Vail family activities. This is a park of swashbuckling proportions. With three deck levels, slides, planks, climbing nets, and even a sea serpent, Pirate Ship Park is fun for kids of all ages. Even older children will enjoy running around the decks. It is extremely imaginative and will be a memorable spot for years to come.

 – Sleigh Ride

There’s not many activities that will beat bundling up under a cozy blanket in a horse drawn sleigh, and making your way through a winter wonderland under starlit skies to a cozy cabin where a four course meal and a roaring fire are waiting. Bearcat Stables offers winter sleigh rides that are sure to delight all ages in your family.

 – Imagination Station

The Imagination Station Children’s Museum is a great way to have some fun indoors, if the weather is a bit chilly. They have a play wall, a light table, builder boards, a marble track, and hyperbolic funnel that models planetary motion!

Vail Family Activities: A Vacation the Whole Family Will Enjoy

There are many family activities to enjoy in Vail and Beaver Creek. With countless restaurants, cozy accommodations, and an enormous ski resort to explore, the whole family is sure to have a great time. Whether you’re a local looking to explore your own backyard, or you’re traveling from across the country, we are sure many great memories will be made!

Most ski towns have celebrations in the middle of winter, to ease the cold weather doldrums (honestly, any excuse to get together and have a good time, and we’ll take it!). Vail is no different. Every year, all the businesses and locals work together to throw CarniVail; a big, fun, New Orleans style celebration. Here are 3 tips you’ll need to plan your weekend of fun and celebration!

1. Know the Schedule

This year’s CarniVail takes place February 25-26th. The full schedule can be found here, but here are a few of our favorite events on each day:

Saturday: Crawfish Boil at Eagle’s Nest

On Saturday, February 25th, head to Eagles Nest at 12:00pm for the highest low-country crawfish boil. There will be live music, beer specials (as well as hurricanes), and a fantastic menu of crawfish, corn, sausage, potatoes, gumbo, etoufee, king cake, and more!

Sunday: Bud Light CarniVail Party at Express Lift

Bud Light’s party takes place from 3-6pm at the Express Lift. Here, you’ll find great beer specials, a delicious menu of Colorado sausage, cheese curds, and other great food. Be ready to have a good time, and enter to win the drawing – a Bud Light cruiser bike!

2. Know the Lingo

CarniVail is mirrored off of the famous Mardi-Gras parties in New Orleans. Because of this, you’ll need to know a few terms that aren’t a normal part of our vocabulary:

  • Etoufee: Etouffee (pronounced “ay-TOO-fay) is a traditional Cajun dish made with smothered shellfish, served over rice. It tastes as delicious as it sounds, though not quite as fancy.
  • Beignet: This awe-inspiring dessert is similar to a donut: It is made from deep-fried choux pastry, and usually is filled with chocolate.
  • Jambalaya: This dish is a mix of vegetables and protein (usually chicken, sausage, and shrimp), mixed with rice. It’s a distant cousin of paella – and equally as tasty!
  • Gumbo: Gumbo is often confused with jambalaya; it’s a mix of vegetables and protein, but it’s thinner – like a soup – and served with rice cooked separately.

3. Plan Ahead

Vail is a popular place year-round, but is a favorite destination for many people during CarniVail. Plan ahead by booking your trip now and plotting out which days you’ll ski, and where you’ll head to for apres-ski and other activities. Most of all, have fun during your trip to Vail!

The centerpiece of Vail, Colorado is Vail Mountain: At 5,289 acres, this massive resort is what draws visitors from all over the world. As locals, it’s easy for us to take the impressive mountain and how it is operated for granted. So, in today’s blog post, we’re going to offer a behind-the-scenes look at Vail.

 

 

The Stats on the Mountain:

Vail Mountain is truly enormous: With 193 trails stretching out over 5,289 acres, it provides fun for every level of skier. There are 3 terrain parks, a super pipe, and a ski school with over 1,000 instructors. There are 2800 people employed by the resort to keep the operation running smoothly. The ski area’s 31 lifts are capable of taking 60,000 people up the mountain each hour. But, because Vail is so big, that equates to only 2 skiers per acre!

The People Who Make It Work

Vail Mountain wouldn’t be fun to explore if it weren’t for the groomers. They are what keep us all coming back to ski those long, beautifully groomed runs under a bluebird sky. The groomer’s day begins as we all head to the bars and restaurants for après ski. The groomers are hard at work – they groom over 1,000 acres every night using a wide variety of machines. Here’s a great video that explains just how much work goes into making the mountain the best skiing for us all!

 

 

The People Who Keep Us Safe

The Vail Ski Patrol operates out of 6 patrol houses across the mountain. They work to keep the mountain safe for everyone – from pulling injured skiers out of bad situations and getting them to medical attention, to blasting for avalanches. They are the first on the scene when there’s an accident, they are constantly patrolling the mountain and looking for dangerous terrain, and they’re in the thick of things when avalanches need to be set off to keep us all safe. The biggest tip that a ski patrol officer has for us to stay safe on the mountain is to “be aware of your surroundings.” This will result in less crashes, which means we’ll all have a much better vacation and time on the mountain.

Visiting Vail: The King of the Ski Resorts

Vail has been referred to as the “king of American ski resorts.” We couldn’t agree more. With such a vast amount of acreage, heated ski lifts with wi-fi, and great après ski options (there is a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and dining options throughout Vail and Beaver Creek), there isn’t a place we’d rather spend the winter. Book your stay at one of Vail’s many great lodging options, and buy your lift tickets today!

Winter is a difficult time for many – it tends to be gloomy, and the cold weather can make you feel a great need to hibernate. Resist this urge – sleeping more will only make you feel more down in the dumps. What you need is an escape to a winter wonderland. A place where people actually prefer winter, and look forward to it during the hot summer days. Here’s a glimpse into the perfect day in Vail, and why you need to plan your trip ASAP.

Bluebird Days and Lots of Powder

One of the best things about winter in Vail is the amount of days we have a clear blue sky. Colorado is famous for its incredibly blue sky. It’s difficult to feel down when you have such a clear expanse of brilliant blue stretch above. And, when that brilliant sky is paired with endless amounts of the powder that Colorado is famous for? Well, that sadness can’t help but melt away.  We got a lot of snow in December: Here’s an idea of what it’s like to ski in fresh powder:

And, speaking of a great day on the mountain, check out this video from a traveler’s recent visit:

Après Ski: Fun for Everyone

After a day on the slopes, there are many opportunities to continue the fun with après ski food, drinks, and activities for the entire family. Go ice skating in Vail Village, grab hot chocolate, pamper yourself with a massage or facial, stop for a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek, or simply stroll around Vail Village.

Great Places to Stay

Vail has many great condos, hotels, and other lodging options. There are many great options, ranging from luxurious hotels to more affordable accommodations for a trip with your family or friends. No matter where you stay, you’ll have a great trip: Simply being in Vail during the winter is an amazing experience.

Book Your Day in Vail Today

If you’re feel down in the dumps, a trip to Vail is just what you need. This is a part of the world where we celebrate snow – because it means we’ll have fresh powder, and an excuse to grab dinner and drinks after a day on the slopes. Here’s everything you need to plan your trip – book today and enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

What is après ski? Locals talk about it with great fondness – any people ski just for the après. But, what exactly is it?

a·près-ski

äprāˈskē/
noun: après-ski
the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing.
“the après-ski disco”

Après ski is on of the best parts about skiing or snowboarding: Nothing beats grabbing a cold beer and tasty eats with friends after a long day on the slopes. There’s something special about everyone sitting around in their ski hats, with wind-blown hair and red cheeks enjoying a meal together. There are some great places in both Vail and Beaver Creek that are famous for this quintessential after-skiing/snowboarding activity. Here are the best apres ski in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Best Après Ski in Vail, Colorado

 – Bart and Yeti’s

Bart and Yeti’s is Vail’s oldest bar, and it’s a definite local favorite. And, for good reason: They have a fantastic selection of beer, hearty meals (like the Chili Cheese Bart Hamburger), and a fantastic ski lodge atmosphere. They’re famous for their green chili, and the fact that they are dog friendly.

 – Sarah’s Lounge at Christiana Lodge

If you’re looking for a more peaceful apres ski experience, head to Sarah’s Lounge in Christiana Lodge. Their motto is “elegance without pretension.” Enjoy a few cocktails with friends, and listen to Helmut Fricker (a Vail institution) play the accordion.

 – Blü Cow Café

The Blü Cow Café was a Vail mainstay for years. Founded in 1967, the restaurant closed, but was recently reopened by the original owner’s daughter and her best friend. They offer European street food, including the famous Swiss Dog. Their 1,000 square foot space is cozy and fun, making it the perfect destination for après ski.

Best Après Ski in Beaver Creek, Colorado

 – Hooked

Seafood in Colorado? After a day skiing in the Rocky Mountains? This may not seem like the right place to get seafood, but Hooked flies its fish in directly from Japan multiple times a week. Happy Hour gets you great deals of sushi and beer, making it a great après ski destination.

 – Golden Eagle Inn

If you’re staying in Beaver Creek Village, the Golden Eagle Inn is a great place to gather after a day of skiing. They serve lunch until 4pm, and you can get delectable eats like Elk Chili, Ancho Chili Calamari, and Tamari Tuna Tacos.

 – Coyote Café

Coyote Café has a great bar menu, and is a local favorite (it is the first bar in the area!). Located a short distance from Beaver Creek in Avon, it’s a break spot to hit for happy hour (from 3-6). Get a margarita and some Coyote Nachos, and spend the evening with your friends.

Best Après Ski in Vail and Beaver Creek: The List is Long

These are just a few of the great restaurants and bars in Vail and Beaver Creek. There are countless places that offer great food, drinks, and atmosphere for the best après ski meal with your friends.