It may still be summer, but for many of my friends (myself included) this is when we start looking ahead to winter things – snow, ski passes, new gear and the upcoming holidays.
I know, I know, it's too early for such talk. But if you don't have your ski pass figured out yet, now's the time to give it some thought. Epic Pass pricing goes up September 4. This includes unlimited days at Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and more out-of-state destinations in places like Tahoe. It's never too early to plan your next adventure, right?!
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: An eclipse is due to happen Monday morning, August 21; it will be a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience.
Seasonal Things to Do
Bridge Street Ski Haus in Vail Village is currently renting out tubes and life jackets to be enjoyed primarily in Gore Creek (they don't offer a shuttle). It's $20 for four hours and $30 for a full day. This is available for a limited time as river levels are going down. Be sure to wear a life jacket and pay attention to proper safety precautions. Children should not be left unattended.
Mountain Resort Concierge may have suggestions for your end-of-summer trip to Vail Valley. Mark, the owner/operator, can organize ATV trips, restaurant crawls, mountain-bike rides and more. This includes rentals, schedules and full-service organization. Custom concierge services are perfect for families and groups new to the area. Click here for more information.
A solar eclipse is on the celestial calendar this Monday, August 21. Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, located in Avon, is hosting a viewing party starting at 10 a.m. Walking Mountains Science Center is also hosting a watch party at 10 a.m. Check it out!
Eliane Elias, a Grammy-winning Brazilian pianist and songstress, is performing at Vail Square in Lionshead on Thursday, August 17, at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 to $50 through Vail Jazz.
The Burnsville Band will perform "meat-on-the-bones rockin' blues" at Vail Brewing Company in Eagle-Vail, also on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform Friday, August 18, at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets start at $35. Dead Man Winter and Third Eye Blind will perform Saturday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. The show is also at Ford Amphitheater. Tickets start at $30.
Austin's Rose, a country music duo, will perform live music at 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. in Vail Village on Sunday, August 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Photo: Rodrigo y Gabriela Facebook
The Purple Xperience, a Tribute band channeling Prince, will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Saturday, August 26. VPAC's Underground Sound Series will offer performances through the month of October with artists like Allison Crowe, Bumper Jacksons, We Dream Dawn and more. Seven shows and seven drinks are available for just $100. Passes go on sale Monday, August 21.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will perform at Avon's Nottingham Park Pavilion on September 15 at 6 p.m. Tickets span $38 to $148 and are currently on sale. An opening artist will be announced at a later date. This is going to be a really fun, one-night only show. Buy tickets here.
Vail Oktoberfest is September 15 through September 17. Start prepping your lederhosen and dirndls, folks!
Photo: Ben Harper Facebook