Category Archives: Vail Winter Events

It’s the Last Week of Vail’s Ski Season – with 1,900 Acres Open

By | Vail Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

For the final week of the winter season at Vail Mountain, the resort plans to offer more than 1,900 acres of ski and snowboard terrain for guests. Beginning Monday, the following lifts are expected to operate for the remainder of the season: • Gondola One • Eagle Bahn Gondola • Avanti Express Lift (No. 2) • Wildwood Express Lift (No. 3) • Mountaintop Express Lift (No. 4) • High Noon Express Lift (No. 5) • Riva Bahn Express Lift (No. 6) • Northwoods Express Lift (No. 11) • Little Eagle Lift (No. 15) The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will continue to operate from its Vail Village and Lionshead locations through Sunday, April 19. The Vail Nordic School, Adaptive Center and Small World Nursery in Golden Peak will remain open through April 19. Daytime dining at The 10th, Buffalo’s, the Look Ma level of Mid-Vail, the Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Express Lift at Mountain Plaza will be available to skiers and snowboarders through Closing Day, April 19. Spring Back to Vail returns Friday through April 19 with free live music from Portugal. The Man, Trampled By Turtles and The Greyboy Allstars. The annual World Pond Skimming Championships also return…

Read More

Wrap up the Season with “Spring Back to Vail”

By | Vail Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

It’s easy to get serious around tax time, but the Spring Back to Vail celebration remedies this situation with lighthearted festivities on and off the mountain. Spring Back to Vail, with the right mix of quirky fun, hip music and base area shenanigans, wraps up the ski season and welcomes warmer days to come. We’re cheering—we can’t help it. At Ron Byrne & Associates, we treasure the mountain lifestyle by cheering on the accomplished racers, costumed pond skimmers and personable musicians. We invite you to join us in appreciating mountain culture by considering our exceptional properties in the Vail and Beaver Creek Valleys. Home ownership is the essence of being a local. What exactly, is Spring Back to Vail? The end of season party runs from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19 and includes free concerts, the notorious World Pond Skimming Championships, after dark parties and a Tiki bar Pig Roast. Activities kick off at 9:00 am with “product testing” cutting edge technologies at the Vail Mountain Plaza. Pepsi, Audi, Smith, GoPro and Liberty Skis will delight you with items created at the peak of human design. Here’s a quick schedule: FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 9am-4pm Spring Back to Vail…

Read More

Colorado and Utah Resorts drive Vail Resorts

By | Vail Real Estate, Vail Summer Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

By the numbers 62 cents: Per-share dividend, payable April 15, a 50 percent increase. 15.9 percent: Growth in skier visits across the company over the previous year. 15.7 percent: Growth in revenue per available lodging room over the previous year. Vail will see a new chairlift and the start of Epic Discovery summer program thanks to the success of Vail Resorts with strong second quarter growth reports.  Revenue is up for Vail Resorts in pass sales, lodging, ski schools and restaurants. Thanks to Vail Resort’s “geographic diversification”, poor snowfall in Tahoe has been supplemented by their Colorado and Utah resorts. More benefits Vail will receive from Vail Resort’s success includes replacing Avanti lift at Vail with a 6 man chair and improving snow blowing at Beaver Creek.  Another $10 Million will be spent on Vail’s summer program, Epic Discovery.  Vail will get a mountain coaster, canopy tours and a summer tubing area. For more information on Vail or to find a luxury ski home in the area, please call your Vail Real Estate experts at Ron Byrne & Associates 970.476.1987.

Read More

Burton US Open comes to Vail this week

By | Vail Winter Events | No Comments

If you just came to Vail Feb. 1, or only come rarely, then the answer is no, we don’t have big-time athletic events absolutely all the time. This five-week stretch is special. After the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships dominated the valley in the first half of February, the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships will take up the first week of March. Sure to Dazzle Until Saturday, Burton Snowboards will host dozens of the sport’s best, and best-known athletes in slopestyle and halfpipe who will dazzle in-person, TV and Web-streaming audiences. As you’d expect with a big-time event in the Vail Valley, the on-slope action at Golden Peak will be augmented by concerts. Performers include Andy Thorn & Friends, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Moon Hooch and Girl Talk. There will be awards ceremonies, and Burton is hosting “Apres All Day” events at several bars in Vail Village, Golden Peak and Lionshead. New this year is a broomball tournament on the ice rink at Solaris. Wednesday, March 4 Slopestyle Semi Finals: 9:00am – 9:45am MST Women’s Practice at Golden Peak 10:00am – 11:10am MST Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals 11:10am – 12:15pm MST Men’s Practice at Golden Peak 12:30pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s…

Read More

So far so good for world ski championships

By | Vail Winter Events | No Comments

These two weeks highlight human excellence, along with our love for joy, not to mention a good party. And you know, we spectators, we fans, we have our jobs to do, too. It’s not all about the ski racers, the musicians, the moguls, the celebs and various other VIPs. Who’s gonna fill those stands, medal ceremonies, concerts, house parties at this hotel or that? We might have the most important job of all. There’s no star or celebrity without an appreciative audience. The news media alone could fill one of the bigger hotels. They’re a village onto themselves. The unofficial kickoff had to be Margie Hamrick and team’s Super Bowl fundraiser at the Four Seasons for Michael Franti and fiancee Sara Agah’s Do It For the Love Foundation. The organizers put it together in about a finger snap, competed capably with a close Super Bowl game without the Broncos for time and enough attention to raise a pirate’s loot. The thing capped off with a raucous concert in the truest Franti standard. That is, full of generosity, good humor and a lot of jumping around. Promising, and the Alpine World Ski Championships hadn’t even started yet. The world of ski…

Read More

All you need to know about the women’s downhill

By | Vail Winter Events | No Comments

Some races are more equal than others. And even though we’ve had two fantastic super-Gs at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek, this is the downhill. More specifically, this is the women’s downhill and Lindsey Vonn is in the house, wearing bib No. 22. Yes, she won bronze on Tuesday in the super-G, which was great, but this was the race we were all imagining when we first heard that this area was getting these races back in 2010. This is pressure, people. It’s not fair, but there is some truth to the following — she needs to win this race to complete her comeback from that knee injury during the 2013 Worlds in Austria. Yes, she has five wins on the World Cup circuit this year and leads the points in both downhill and super-G, but once she couldn’t make it back for the 2014 Olympics, this was the goal. There’s also the sneaking feeling that the Austrians are starting to throw down as they normally do at Worlds. Anna Fenninger and Hannes Reichelt were golden in the super-Gs, and Fenninger won training on Thursday. (Yes, it’s only training, but Fenninger’s looking like she’s in the…

Read More

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Come to Vail in February

By | Vail Winter Events | No Comments

The greatest ski racers on earth arrive in Vail and Beaver Creek next month! During the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, experience the most extraordinary convergence of over 700 athletes from more than 70 nations. Beginning February 2nd through the 15th, Beaver Creek will be the epicenter of the competition. Vail will be the official ceremony and festival grounds, reveling in parties, concerts, and culinary and artistic celebrations. View the races at no charge and travel on the free bus to the stadium style seating. Have a current Vail\Beaver Creek lift ticket or pass? Take Trail 2015 (Beaver Creek Races) and ski down the mountain to watch the expert racers reach death defying speeds in their quest for the podium. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships have only been held in the U.S. three times before—the Vail Valley hosted 2 of those events, in 1989 and 1999. Pop into your bindings or don your snow boots to cheer on the world’s best male and female skiers in the Slalom, GS, Super G, Combined and Downhill races. This event is second only to the Winter Olympics in scope, so come and witness skiing history being made right here in our beautiful…

Read More

Where to go and what to order at aprés

By | Dining, Vail Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

Spend enough time at the base of Vail or Beaver Creek and you will bear witness to one of the more awesome sights in this ski town — men and women tearing up the dance floor in ski boots, eating dinner with goggles around their necks or lugging their gear to the parking structure long after dark. It all starts with apres ski. Apres has become so rooted in ski culture that it has even found itself a place on Wikipedia, which describes the activity as having originated in the Alps with skiers getting together, drinking, swapping stories and celebrating their day on the mountain. Sitting down to the apres options in Vail and Beaver Creek, one thing becomes clear — getting loose and celebrating any kind of day on the hill with your friends is too fun to refuse.   FROM BROOKLYN TO THE REMEDY One such hot spot is clearly Vendetta’s — a longtime restaurant where Vail Ski Patrol, regular locals and visitors from all corners of the earth gather for apres. Bar manager and 20-year bartender for Vendetta’s Michael Hannigan is kicking up the dust on the drink menu this winter to cater to the crowd coming…

Read More

Gasthof Gramshammer celebrates 50 years as a Vail icon

By | Vail Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

True beauty lasts, and that’s why Sheika Gramshammer has been the belle of the ball for a half century as she and Pepi greet Gasthof Gramshammer guests. Vail’s Gasthof Gramshammer opened this week in 1964, amid a flurry of activity in the heart of the fledgling resort. It’s a prime location and the only Vail Village business still operated by its original owners. Pepi and Sheika still have an apartment above the store where they live most of the time. “We still live above the business because we still love living in Vail,” Sheika said. “Vail is our home. It was our first home together and the only home we’ve ever had.” They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February and celebrate their 50th year in business this week. Feel free to drop by and congratulate them. “I came to America to marry a rich American. Look how well it turned out. Look at me,” Sheika laughed. Five bucks a bed The original Gasthof Gramshammer had 20 hotel rooms and seven dorm rooms, four beds in each room that cost $5 a bed. “It was for the ski bums and powder hounds, but it turned out that some of them…

Read More

Vail Holidaze 2014

By | Vail Events, Vail Winter Events | No Comments

This holiday season, spend time enjoying classic wintertime activities and treasured holiday traditions in Vail during Vail Holidaze. The Vail Holidaze 2014 schedule includes the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Slifer Square, the Torchlight Parade on Vail Mountain, and a fireworks display. On Sunday, December 21 at 5:00 pm, gather in Slifer Square near the covered bridge for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sip on a free cup of hot chocolate, and wait for the exciting moment when the lights are switched on. Also, look forward to a festive a capella performance and a few words from Vail’s mayor to get everyone in the holiday spirit. After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, head over to Bridge Street for the Lantern Walk. Watch as people of all ages carry their homemade paper lanterns up the street to Mountain Plaza. Also, you and the family can show off your own glowing lanterns during the Lantern Walk. Art in Vail is to host two paper lantern workshops on December 21 at the Vail Public Library. The first workshop will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, and the second workshop will run from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. The cost of the workshop is $15 per…

Read More