Vail Gets a Taste of Winter, Then Lots of Sunshine This Week

By Caitlin Row

Waking up Monday morning to snow – not just on the mountain but at lower elevations, too – was a jolt forward into winter.

Early season snowfall is the norm in Colorado's high country, so it wasn't necessarily a surprise. Yet, all that snow certainly snarled Sunday and Monday traffic. It added to Vail Valley's early season snow pack as well. Overall, I welcome October snowfall. Bring it, Mother Nature!

At the time of this writing, sunshine already returned to Vail and temperatures were hovering in the 50s. Weather will remain clear and pleasant all weekend, making leaf peeping an ideal activity for locals and visitors alike. Monday morning may showcase another snow storm.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Barry Eckhaus, featuring a cloudy and snowy scene from Monday's October 2 snow storm.

Events This Week

What I love about this time of year is that Vail quiets down but there's still plenty to do. Case in point, events are plentiful this week even though October is considered to be "off season."

The fifth annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, October 8. Deals abound, all at the $20.17 price point. For example, all entrees at Terra Bistro in Vail Village are $20.17. Check it out!

Full Moon Yoga is planned for Thursday, October 5, at Hovey and Harrison in Edwards. The all-level yoga class is planned from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please bring your own mat.

The Brewers & Blues All-Star Jam is planned for Friday, October 6, at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards. The event is planned from 5 to 8 p.m.

Stephanie Rice and Colonial Blue will perform live music at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 8. The event is planned to kick off at 7:30 p.m. It is the second show in the Underground Sound Series.

Photo: Terra Bistro entree, via Vail Mountain Lodge

More Things To Do

Consider buying your Epic Pass is you don't have one yet. Pricing for this expansive ski pass goes up again on October 8. Passes are currently $897.

Check out an aerial yoga class at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado. A drop-in class is $20. Hammocks are used to assist students; this class is appropriate for all levels.

Another fun way to get in shape for ski season is a group Pilates class at Synergy Center for Wellness in Avon.

Then explore your hidden artistic talent at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. Drop-ins are welcome for studio time. Offered activities span Mommy & Me, after-school programs, lunchtime art sessions, Cocktails and Canvas, and much more!

Photo: Alpine Arts Center

Looking Ahead

Vail Valley's event schedule slows down a little after Restaurant Week, but not by much. 

Man of the Cliff is an outdoorsy fundraising event planned for next weekend, October 14 and 15. Bonfire Brewing beer will be supplied. The event is planned for Nottingham Park in Avon.

The Lion in, you guessed it, Lionshead, will host Cars and Coffee on Sunday, October 15. More than 20 vehicles are expected spanning hot rods to class automobiles. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Allison Crowe will perform live music at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 17. Then Bumper Jacksons will perform on Friday, October 20. This is part of the Underground Sound Series.

The 48th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap is planned for Dobsin Ice Arena from Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22.

Photo: Allison Crowe Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin Row is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.