Colorado's Vail Valley isn't just about offering a luxury ski town experience. It also hosts big thinkers and educational experiences like the 2017 Global Energy Forum taking place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27.
Hosted by the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy along with the Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the forum will gather top energy leaders and take place at Beaver Creek Resort's Vilar Performing Arts Center. The program will focus discussions on creating energy efficiency improvements along with topics such as sustainability, clean-energy technologies, supply and energy security. Those expected to attend hold government posts, work as corporate energy executives and lead scientific research. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, journalists and more will round out the group. More than 125 students from top colleges and universities will attend as well.
This event is a big deal for Vail and the global discussion. Watch a video about the event here.
Here are a few more fun picks for things to do around Vail Valley this week:
Check Out Bol DJ Series
Bol Vail offers food and bowling in Vail Village's Solaris building. Now it's offering a variety of resident DJ nights and special performances.
DJ Jarrett will perform at Bol every Tuesday through April 8 from 6-10 p.m. Jon Nezda will perform every Thursday and Friday, same deal. Then DJ Opie performs every Saturday from 6-10 p.m., followed by DJ Stennor from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for Ladies Night.
Upcoming special performances include Cut Chemist, an electronic and hip-hop artist affiliated with Jurassic 5, on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9 p.m. to 1:20 a.m. Mark Farina, a well-known house DJ with global appeal, performs at Bol March 16.
Photo: Mark Farina Facebook event
Enjoy Lots of Live Music
The Coteries are set to perform live music Friday, Jan. 27, at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. Follow The Fox will play Vail Brewing Company (Vail Village location) also on Friday. The Evolution will rock Vail Ale House Saturday, Jan. 28. Analog Son with The Sessh is planned Saturday at Agave in Avon. Gregory Alan Isakov will perform Sunday, Jan. 29, at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Resort. Tnertle and Ryan Viser will play Agave on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Check out Shakedown Bar in Vail Village for regular performances by Brothers Keeper, Town Cavalry and more.
Indulge with Tasty Treats
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers tasty goodies, like chocolate-covered Rice Krispies treats and pretzels dipped in chocolate. Offerings include oodles of chocolate candies and other confections like jelly beans and ice cream. There's pretty much a treat for every craving, and it's centrally located within walking distance of the gondola.
Mountain Cupcakes, next door to the candy shop, serves breakfast and coffee along with its sweets. Catering is a popular service. This small business specializes in cupcakes and cakes. Yum!
Photo: Mountain Cupcakes Facebook
Let's Look Ahead
Matthew Morrison, an actor and musician well known for his performance in the television musical comedy series Glee, will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets start at $65. This event is part of the VPAC Broadway Series. Most recently Morrison performed in the Harvey Weinstein musical Finding Neverland and was nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.