December in Vail is a truly magical time of year. Trees are well-adorned with holiday lights, temperatures dip, and the healthy event season kicks off. It's also when locals, visitors and second-homeowners alike are getting in the swing of ski season, building strength and confidence on the slopes. With all this early season snow, I'm feeling truly blessed!
Weather this week is a true mix, with evening snow showers predicted through Friday, then a clear weekend of skiing to follow. Temperatures will hover in the 30s all week. Sunday predictions point to sunny weather at the time of this writing; so get outside and enjoy it. For the full 10-day forecast, click here.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: Skiing at Vail Mountain!
Vail Events On Tap
Peter Pan, the ballet, is planned for Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 7 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 8 (2 and 6:30 p.m.).
Make a beaded icicle Christmas ornament at Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads in Edwards on Saturday, December 8, at 1 p.m.
Live music with Since Sunday is planned for Saturday, December 8, at Ein Prosit in Avon.
Home for the Holidays is happening in Gypsum on Saturday as well. Participants will enjoy the community tree lighting, a visit with Santa Claus and his reindeer, plus cocoa and cookies.
Coming up, La Tour Restaurant & Bar in Vail Village is hosting a Fine Wines of France Wine Dinner on Thursday, December 13. Reservations are required.
Photo: Since Sunday, courtesy of Ein Prosit
More Vail Things To Do
Nova Guides, based in Redcliff, is offering snowmobile tours and snow-coach tours. What is a snow-coach tour, you ask? Guests can enjoy Colorado’s backcountry from a 13-passenger, heated, enclosed, four-track snow coach. This sounds pretty cool for skiers and non-skiers alike. It's a different way to enjoy our beautiful alpine landscape.
Want to upgrade your look? Check out Eye Pieces of Vail, with five locations around the valley. This group of shops carries many high-end eye-wear brands, including ski goggles.
Looking for a fun place to watch the game this weekend? Check out Vail Ale House in West Vail. Not only does it have a great pub menu, but also the craft beer offerings are expansive.
Photo: Snow coach, Nova Guides
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