I can feel winter approaching at night. The chill is creeping in as leaves fall from the trees. Vail Valley is entering the final phase of fall before snow really starts falling.
For those leaf-peepers out there, your time to enjoy peak mountain fall color is drawing to a close. My guess is you'll have a few more good weeks, as the trees by my home are all off a sudden pretty bare.
Weather this week is still mild during the day, however. Temperature highs are hovering in the 60s all week until Saturday, October 21, when more snow is predicted to fall. Skies will clear again through next week, through temperatures will likely stay in the 50s. It's getting cooler, folks.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row; Vail, Colorado
Vail Valley Events This Week
Bumper Jacksons will perform live Americana music at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 20, as part of the Underground Sound Series. This Beaver Creek event begins at 7:30 p.m. Then Jarabe Mexicano will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 26, as part of the same series.
Kicking off Friday, October 20, and running all weekend, the 48th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at Dobson Ice Arena returns to Vail. Early birds can gain admission Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for $15, then $5 between 7 and 10 p.m. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. A whole slew of used gear spanning alpine, snowboard, Nordic and telemark equipment will be for sale. Winter clothing and accessories of all kinds are available for purchase as well.
Zombie Fest is planned for the WECMRD Field House in Edwards on Saturday, October 21. This family-friendly event kicks off at noon and includes a costume contest, a zombie walk, games and more. Admission costs $5 with a food donation or $10 at the door. Donations are for the Salvation Army.
Photo: Bumper Jacksons Facebook
Get Fit For Winter
Vail Mountain Lodge's Vail Vitality Center is hosting Flow and Fly Workshop with Lindsea Stowe on Friday, October 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. This is an intermediate/advanced-level vinyasa yoga practice. Cost is $10.
Dogma Athletica in Edwards is offering a Red Sari Vinyasa Workshop, also on Friday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, located in Avon, is hosting its own Fall Restorative Yoga Series with Tara Goike. The next class is this Sunday, October 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Other dates include November 19 and December 17.
Synergy Center for Wellness in Avon is hosting a variety of Pilates and Barre classes, both group and private.
Photo: Synergy Center for Wellness
Start Planning Your Ski Vacation
With Vail and Beaver Creek opening later next month, now's the time to consider your next ski trip. Winter lodging deals are starting to pop up.
Wyndham Vacation Rentals is currently offering a variety of winter deals spanning Vail and Beaver Creek, include a Save During the Holidays offer. Check these out here.
B-Line Xpress offers luxurious transportation to and from airports. It also offers private limo and taxi services.
To learn more about Vail things to do this winter, visit EverythingVailValley.com.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Vail Mountain