Vail Mountain is closing on Sunday, marking the end of ski season around the valley. Of course, there's still skiing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Summit County through May and possibly into June.
This weekend also marks the beginning of a quieter time chock full of demo sales, hotel rate decreases, end-of-season deals and dining promotions. I like this time of year a lot. It's beautiful out, and the pace slows down. Many locals leave town for beach vacations, and the rest chill out after the hectic winter.
Current weather predictions for closing weekend point to partial sun and temperatures in the 50s. That means prime opportunity for everyone to get out on the mountain for last turns. One last-day tradition is 4 at 4, in which folks dress up in funny outfits and meet at Chair Four when the lifts close at 4 p.m. to celebrate. I've done it once, and it's pretty fun. Bol Vail will host its own closing celebration on Friday, April 21, with DJ Craze. Click here for more nightlife options.
With Vail's transition into shoulder season on my mind, here are more things to do in Vail Valley This Week and heading into summer.
Photo: By Ted O'Reilly, Everything Vail Valley
I love springtime sales! Right now I'm in the market for some bib-overall ski pants, and you know I'm going to get some awesome ones during the off season. Bridge Street Ski Haus, located in Vail Village near Gondola One, is purging its winter outerwear and clothing in a big sale. Last time I was there I noticed a lot of nice ski jackets, hats and more (good brands) for serious discounts. Bridge Street is also selling its demo gear to make way for new rental options. It's definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for lightly used equipment.
I was also recently jaunting around the walkable Riverwalk shopping center in Edwards and noticed a variety of stores with spring sales going on. There's a fair bit of women's clothing shops over there, so my ladies should head there sometime soon.
Dining deals will pick up here shortly as well. As sweet 2-for-1 restaurant promotions pop up, I'll do my best to announce them. Stay tuned!
Photo: Bridge Street Ski Haus
Think about Golf (and Summer)
Sonnenalp Club recently announced the opening of its championship golf course on Friday, April 14. It's located in Singletree in Edwards (13 miles west of Vail) and is home of the 2017 Colorado Golf Association State Amateur. The course is open daily, and public play is available after 1:30 p.m. The rate is $110 (April, May and October) and $160 (June through September). Call (970) 477-5372 to book a tee time.
Looking ahead to summertime, I am super excited about Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show. It's held every Sunday from June 18 through Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the village. Vendors span Colorado-grown produce (like Palisade peaches when they're in season) as well as artisans selling everything from jewelry to fine art.
Photo: Sonnenalp Club