The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships returned to Vail this past Monday. The schedule of events is pretty sweet. The world's best snowboarders, many of whom just competed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, will compete in slopestyle and halfpipe. Free concerts, daily après fun, girls ride days and more are part of the fun.
At the time of this writing, weather predictions this week point to mostly sunshine through Friday, March 9. Then precipitation is on the books for Saturday, March 10. Temperature highs will hover in the 40s and 50s. More snow is on the books for Tuesday, March 13. Click here to check the 10-day forecast.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row Stoner; head up to Blue Sky for some high-elevation fun!
Events This Week
Live music is a big part of the Burton U.S. Open. Pigeons Playing Pingpong will perform two sets starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Solaris Concert Stage. Borns and Madaila will perform Friday, March 9, at the Solaris Concert Stage (also at 6 p.m.). Then Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Itation Sound will perform Saturday, March 10, at Solaris Concert Stage (6 p.m.). Damian Marley is the headliner. A full schedule of events can be viewed here.
An athlete signing event with Danny David and the Dragon Team is planned for Saturday, March 10, at Eye Pieces of Vail's Bridge Street shop location.
Greg Holden will perform live music on Friday, March 9, at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Violinist Sarah Chang will perform on Monday, March 12, at Vilar. Broadway's Next H!T Musical is planned for Tuesday, March 13, at Vilar.
Beaver Creek Loves Kids: SpringFest kicks off on Sunday, March 11, and runs through April 6. Beaver Creek Loves Teens, Too! is planned for Sunday and Monday, March 11 and 12.
Photo: Damian Marley Facebook
More Vail Things To Do
Winter clothing and gear deals are starting to pop up all over the Vail Valley. Check out our full list of shops by clicking here.
If you're looking to make your home really cozy, check out a relatively new decorative-home shop called Hygge Life. Its focus is on stylish Scandinavian home furnishings like candleholders, antique antlers, lambskin runs and much, much more. Stop by the Eagle-Vail shop or order online.
With the Burton U.S. Open crowds here this weekend, consider making dinner reservations (they are usually necessary at popular spots and most restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek villages). Check out our full list of Vail Valley restaurants here.
Looking for a seriously tasty breakfast? I'm partial to Hovey and Harrison in Edwards these days.
Photo: Hygge Life
Plan your Vail Vacation
Thinking about visiting this summer? Consider booking your trip around live-music performances. Ford Amphitheater is hosting a new concert series called Whistle Pig Vail. Read about it here.