Vail Mountain Delays Opening to Thanksgiving; Beaver Creek Will Open on Wednesday

By Caitlin Row

The 2017-18 Vail Valley ski season is upon us, folks. Vail Mountain was supposed to open this Friday, November 17. At the time of this writing, it was announced that Opening Day was delayed until Thursday, November 23 (otherwise known as Thanksgiving Day) due to lack of snow.

Beaver Creek Resort's Opening Day is still set for Wednesday, November 22.

By delaying Opening Day, it should allow for Vail Mountain to continue to make snow (it's been a lot colder lately, which should help) while natural precipitation falls as well.

The weather forecast happens to be calling for some snow on Friday, which is fortuitous since it's been about 10 days since our last snowfall. I'm praying for snow!

With both Vail-area ski resorts resuming winter operations next week, fun around the valley is on the horizon. With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: Submitted by Instagrammer @avoncoloradorental from the last substantial snowfall around Vail Valley.

Events On Tap

Cary Morin, an acoustic picker, will perform at Vail Brewing Company in EagleVail on Thursday, November 16. The show is from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Shakedown Bar in Vail Village is hosting live music by Deltaphonic starting at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Then on Saturday, November 18, Shakedown will showcase music by Brothers Keeper, also at 9:30 p.m.

Bonfire Brewing in Eagle will host live music by You Knew Me When on Friday (7 p.m.), then a performance by Benyaro on Saturday (4 p.m.).

Beaver Creek Resort's lifts start turning on Wednesday, November 22, at 8:30 a.m. The same day the resort will host its annual World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition.

More Vail Valley events can be viewed on our Daytime and Nightlife calendars.

Photo: Deltaphonic Facebook

More Vail Things To Do

West Vail Liquor Mart's Spirit of the Month – Bulleit Burboun – can be sampled at a complimentary tasting on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The 33rd annual Vail Nordic Ski Swap is Saturday at Vail Nordic Center. It kicks off at 9 a.m. and will feature cross country, backcountry/AT, telemark and snowshoe gear.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon is hosting another Fall Restorative Yoga Series session on Sunday, November 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Alpine Art Center in Edwards hosts a whole slew of classes, art camps and workshops, including Cocktails and Canvas events on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Click here to learn more about all regular offerings.

Don't forget! Thanksgiving (and Vail's Opening Day) is coming up on Thursday, November 23. 

Photo: Bulleit Facebook

Get Ready for Winter

Vail Snow Days, an annual kick-off event, will once again feature live music, an expo village and more in Vail Village. Admission to offers is free and event dates are Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 10.

Vail Holidays events and activities span Saturday, December 17, through Sunday, December 31. Offerings include a tree-lighting, Santa, a lantern walk, New Year's fireworks and much more. 

We'll see you in Vail Valley!

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.