The snow has started to fall on the Vail Valley, but ski season won’t arrive for a few more weeks. Meanwhile, hiking and biking trails are too muddy to use, and the glory days of fall are feeling distant. Locals call these few weeks in between the "shoulder season." They serve as a nice bridge between summer and winter, offering an opportunity to slow down, relax and enjoy some indoor activities before the excitement of ski season begins. Here are a few to check out in the coming weeks.
Splash and swim at the Avon Recreation Center
The Avon Rec Center’s indoor aquatics facility is the kind of place I wish had been around when I was a kid. I mean, they have a lazy river AND a big water slide. There’s also a lap pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. In short, it’s a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon when the weather outside is crummy. They have day passes and punch cards available. The center is at 90 Lake Street in Avon. Visit their website for more info.
Photo: Avon Recreation Center
Curl up with a book by the fireplace at the Vail Public Library
Sure, your couch is cozy enough, and you can read a book anywhere, but there’s something about the act of spending time in the deep quiet of a library, surrounded by books, that’s just so peaceful. The Vail Library’s fireplace and surrounding seating area are exactly where I want to be when there’s a frozen mix of precipitation falling from the sky. BYO book or check one out from the library’s collection. Find the library at 292 W. Meadow Drive in Vail. Visit their website for more info.
Photo: Vail Public Library
Get a ski industry history lesson at the Colorado Snowsports Museum
The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame is – for me, at least – the kind of place I passed by a million times before finally wandering through one day and discovering it's definitely worth the visit! Plus, entry is free (though they do appreciate a $5 donation if you can swing it). I really enjoyed the Climb to Glory exhibit about the 10th Mountain Division and the 100 Years of Ski Fashion and Function exhibit, which shows how ski fashion has evolved over the years. The museum is at 231 S. Frontage Road E. in Vail. Visit their website for more info.
Check out The Vail Comedy Show at Vail Brewing Company
The Vail Comedy Show recently started doing monthly comedy showcases at Vail Brewing Company’s Eagle Vail location (41290 Highway 6, Units 2 & 3 in Avon). I’ve really enjoyed the pairing of stand-up comedy and craft beer lately, and I’m excited to see this trend arrive in the Vail Valley. The comedians are seriously hilarious, and admission is free (I still recommend reserving a ticket through their website, though, to guarantee a seat). The next show is Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Visit their website for more info (more on Vail Brewing Company here).
Photo: Vail Brewing Company
Restore and revive with yoga at Mountain Soul Yoga
Yoga’s great any time of the year, but it feels especially beneficial – necessary even – this time of year. It’s a great way to restore your muscles, not to mention your mind, after a busy summer of hiking and biking and to rest and revive before a busy winter of skiing and snowboarding. Mountain Soul’s instructors are kind and welcoming, and the studio itself is bright and filled with lots of natural light. They offer a variety of class styles daily, from vinyasa to restorative. Find it at 56 Edwards Village Boulevard in Edwards. Visit their website for more info.