With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, we are heading full force into Vail and Beaver Creek's holiday season!
This weekend ushers in the first few days of December, and that means Birds of Prey ski racing is returning to Beaver Creek Resort. At the time of this writing, Vail Daily reported that downhill training was being delayed a day but course conditions were "ideal." Though weather has been pretty warm and sunny as of late, Birds of Prey races are on track to happen this year. That's good news because it was cancelled last year due to temperatures being too warm. Fingers crossed!
Weather predictions for this week keep changing so check back closer to the weekend. Temperatures are hovering in the high 40s and low 50s through the weekend. At the time of this writing, snow showers are on the books for the evening of Sunday, December 3, and for Monday, December 4.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Barry Eckhaus, Everything Colorado; Opening Day at Vail Mountain
Vail Valley Events This Week
Warren Miller's ski film, Line of Descent, is playing at Beaver Creek's Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.
As mentioned above, Birds of Prey racing is at Beaver Creek Resort Friday through Sunday (December 1 through 3).
Beers of Prey, a seasonal winter tasting, is Saturday, December 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. This event is in Beaver Creek Village.
Alpine Arts Center's Holiday Market is planned Friday through Sunday as well.
Live music is planned daily at The Red Lion in Vail Village.
More Things to Do
Maui Jim Alpha Friday is being held at Eye Pieces of Vail's Beaver Creek location from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out cool sunglasses while you're up in the village for Birds of Prey.
West Vail Liquor Mart in (you guessed it) West Vail is hosting a Tasting Event this Friday, December 1. Shoppers can enjoy free tastings of its Wine of the Month by Rodney Strong Vineyards.
I was recently checking out Vail Athletic Club's indoor climbing gym, and it's pretty cool for kids and adults alike. The gym is part of Vail Vitality Center and Vail Mountain Lodge in Vail Village. Terra Bistro, also located inside Vail Mountain Lodge, is a beautiful restaurant worth a visit this holiday season. Check out the menu here. I love the Quick Fried Shishitos with Tamarind and Garlic. Yum!
Maya, located at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek (in Avon), is hosting Happy Hour daily from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Other Happy Hours and Dining Promotions can be found here.
Photo: Maui Jim sunglasses, courtesy of Eye Pieces of Vail
Planning Your Vacation
Looking for a place to stay during your next ski vacation to Vail and Beaver Creek? Check out offerings at Wyndham Vacation Rentals. This local vacation-rental company offers a variety of rental offerings, many of which are ski-in, ski-out. More vacation-rental options can be viewed here.
If a hotel room is more your thing, consider the Rams-Horn Lodge in Vail Village. It offers a central location and multiple bedroom options.
Check out our full list of Winter Activities here. Vail and Beaver Creek both offer things to do like ice skating, tubing, Nordic skiing and much more.
We'll see you in Vail Valley!
Photo: Rams-Horn Lodge