Happy Leap Week! Leap Day – February 29, 2020 – is Saturday, which means you get an extra day this month to enjoy all the Vail Valley has to offer. At the time of this writing, the forecast for this week includes a hearty balance of snow and sun as we charge into March. Here are my top picks for things to do this week around Vail.
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1. Burton U.S. Open
This signature Vail event is the number one thing to do in Vail this week. Some of the best snowboarders in the world are in town to compete in the slopestyle and halfpipe events. Vail’s Golden Peak is the center of the action, but there are a number of associated events happening around town throughout the week, like free nightly concerts Wednesday through Saturday. Visit the U.S. Open website for a list of events, information about the competitors and more.
2. '90s Music Bingo at DJ’s and Dahlias Café
Confession: I love '90s music. I have every '90s playlist favorited on Spotify. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sounds like middle school to me. NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” sounds like my senior year of high school (I don’t discriminate between genres, I love it all and, no, I’m not embarrassed to admit this). I guess I love nostalgia. If you, too, heart the '90s, check out 90's Music Bingo at DJ’s and Dahlias Café in Gypsum on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Your first bingo card is free, and the game is simple: Mark off the artists on the card as the DJ plays their songs until you get bingo. Enjoy a yummy cocktail or specialty coffee while you play. This is a weekly event.
3. Sebastian Little Bakers
This one is for the age 12 and younger crowd. Every Thursday afternoon this winter, in The Sebastian Vail’s commercial kitchen, Pastry Chef Amaya Laws teaches a baking class for kids. This week’s menu features cake pops. For $45 your aspiring baker gets entry to the class, an apron, a copy of the recipe and light snacks. Learn more on The Sebastian Vail’s website.
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4. Winter Wine Excursion.
Take a day off skiing and explore Beaver Creek Mountain by snowshoe during a Winter Wine Excursion, which pairs a winter hike with wine and charcuterie (these are basically all of my favorite things combined into one afternoon). The excursions happen on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays throughout the winter; the next one available for booking is this Thursday, February 27. You’ll meet at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center, take the chairlift up to McCoy Park and then enjoy an all-abilities snowshoe tour followed by the wine tasting at The Osprey Fireside Grill. Get tickets and learn more on Beaver Creek’s website.
Enjoy the Vail Valley this week! We’ll see you around!