Steady snowfall through February means conditions at Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort are holding strong. I skied on Sunday and, once I moved away from the holiday crowds, enjoyed packed-powder conditions all over the mountain. The next big snow day predicted is today, so fingers crossed we see a good result.
Keep checking back for the most up-to-date weather predictions here.
With President's Day Weekend and Legacy Days in the rear-view mirror, the next big thing on the books is Burton U.S. Open kicking off on Monday, February 25, and running through Saturday, March 2. We'll not only see the best snowboarders in the world at Vail Mountain, but also spectators will enjoy four nights of free concerts and fun activities for all age levels. Keep reading to learn more.
Here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week!
Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts, via Elisabeth Biebl, two avy dogs shown from last week's Legacy Days events
Vail Events On Tap
Maya, located inside The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, is hosting a Winter Friday Afternoon Club on Friday, February 22, with live music from The Platonics. Drink and food deals are included from 6 to 9 p.m.
Vail Brewing Company is hosting live music by Jess Schafer at its Vail Village location on Saturday, February 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Talons Challenge is planned for Beaver Creek Resort on Saturday as well, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This ski event invites competitors "to complete 14 black and double black diamond runs totaling over 26,000 vertical feet," according to Beaver Creek Resort. An after-party, with complimentary food and drinks, follows the event at Talon's Restaurant.
Looking ahead to next week, free live music is planned as part of the Burton U.S. Open in Vail.
- On Wednesday, February 27, Lowell Thompson & Bob Wagner and Rayland Baxter will perform in the first free concert of the week; it will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at Solaris Concert Stage.
- The Welterweights and Greensky Bluegrass will perform at the Solaris Concert State at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28.
- Then on Friday, March 1, JUPTR and Khruangbin will perform at the Solaris Concert State beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- On Saturday, March 2, Tune-Yards and Turkuaz will perform at Solaris starting at 6:30 p.m.; the Burton U.S. Open Closing Party with live DJs will follow from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Dobson Ice Arena.
Photo: Burton Snowboards Facebook
More Vail Things To Do
Want to learn to paint? Mio Studio in Avon offers small class sizes on Thursdays and Saturdays. All levels can attend these one-day classes focused on oil or acrylic. Students can work from life and photos.
Ein Prosit in Avon hosts daily Apres Ski Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., with $1 off beer and wine and $5 Moscow Mules. Check it out! Click here for more Everything Vail Valley Happy Hours and Dining Promotions.
If you're visiting the area and forgot your charger, head over to The Baggage Cheque in Vail Village. It not only sells luggage, but also offers lots of replacement options for forgotten items and travel gadgets. It's easier to head here than grab a shuttle over to Walmart in some instances. Food for thought.
Photo: Mio Studios