At the time of this writing, snow is falling. And it's not just a sporadic flurry. Vail's white gold is coming down hard and it will certainly stick, depending on elevation.
That's good news, folks, as Vail and Beaver Creek ski seasons are kicking off very soon. Vail Mountain opens on Friday, November 17. Then Beaver Creek opens on Wednesday, November 22.
Weather predictions for the rest of the week point to mostly sunshine and clouds, with some precipitation on Saturday (though it might be rain at lower elevations). Looking ahead to next week, bluebird skies are on the books for Monday through Wednesday, November 13 through 15. I wish there was more snow in this week's forecast, but we'll take what we can get.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Vail Valley Events On Tap
Guitarist Rob Drabkin will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Thursday, November 9, as part of the Underground Sound Series. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Lovely Budz will perform a mix of reggae and rock at Vail Brewing Company's EagleVail location on Thursday as well. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Eat, Drink and Be Charitable is Saturday, November 11, at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon. The annual wine tasting is a fundraiser for St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School. The event starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $95.
Veterans Day is also on Saturday, and a community ceremony is planned for Freedom Park in Edwards at 4 p.m.
A Chili Cook Off is planned for Vail Brewing Company in Vail Village on Tuesday, November 14. The event kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Lion in Lionshead is hosting an After Hours Mixer on Wednesday, November 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is meant to celebrate the upcoming winter season with a raffle, Bonfire Brewing beer and much more.
Photo: Rob Drabkin Facebook
Beaver Creek's World's Best Chocolate Cookie Competition is on Wednesday, November 22, which is the resort's opening day.
Right after ski season kicks off, Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, November 23. Hovey and Harrison is offering Thanksgiving catering services spanning pre-cooked birds and sides. Check the menu out here.
Beaver Creek's 37th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for Friday, November 24, from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Birds of Prey competition events at Beaver Creek kick off on Friday, December 1.
Warren Miller's Line of Descent film will be shown at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.
Vail Snow Days in Vail Village runs Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 10.
See you in Vail!
Photo: Beaver Creek Mountain Facebook, cookie contest