At the time of this writing, snow was falling in white, fat flakes with more on the way. Winter had returned to Vail with enthusiasm, if only for a day. More white stuff is on the books for Sunday. That said, we've seen changes in weather advisories a lot lately. Those set to travel to Vail should keep checking back for more accurate weekend predictions.
Even with mostly spring-like weather these days, the snow pack is holding steady on our mountains. I recently spent some time exploring the still-very-skiable Vail Mountain, which resulted in sore muscles and a new desire to finish out the season strong. I downloaded on Gondola One to protect my new skis, however, as the lower terrain looks pretty questionable (and brown in spots). Don't worry, though; it's still good on top.
Here are my top picks for things to do this week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, view from top of Vail Mountain
Taste of Vail
Taste of Vail kicked off Wednesday, April 5, and will run through Sunday, April 9. This springtime event is a pretty big deal because Vail is a top-tier food and drink destination on a global level. Yes, our dining scene is really that good. The festival showcases our finest chefs doing what they do best along with the nation's top vintners.
The five-day event hosts not only signature events like the Debut of Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-Off & Aprés Ski Tasting, the Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting & Auction, but also educational food and drink seminars, a Celebrity Chef Tour dinner at Larkspur, special guests and more.
Photo: Taste of Vail Facebook
Things to Do Around Town
Beaver Creek Loves Kids - SpringFest is well into its two-week schedule. It will culminate with its 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Creekside Park on Sunday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Until then the SpringFest events and activities run daily from 3-6 p.m.
Austin's Rose, a country music duo, will perform daily in the Great Room of The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch through Saturday, April 8. Music is planned each day from 6-10 p.m. More live music on tap this week includes The Burnsville Band at Vail Brewing Company in Vail Village on Friday, April 7; Gipsy Moon at Vail Ale House on Saturday, April 8; and a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Pickin' on Zeppelin at Agave, also on Saturday.
Photo: Gipsy Moon Facebook
Fans Weigh in on Dining
This week we asked our Everything Vail Valley Facebook fans, "Where is your favorite place to dine around the Vail Valley?" I loved the diversity of answers. So, here are the highlights.
Montauk Seafood Grill in Lionshead Village was mentioned twice as a favorite. So was La Tour Restaurant in Vail Village. Ti Amo in EagleVail received three mentions. And Sweet Basil in Vail Village got four. Though I've never dined at Montauk, I can personally vouch that the other three are lovely.
To look at the full list or mention your own favorite restaurant, click here.
Photo: Sweet Basil Facebook