A sunny week of skiing will give way to more snow this weekend. Weather around the Vail Valley is predicted to hover in the 40s until Saturday, which is certainly spring-like conditions in the mountains. Don't forget to wear sunscreen because playing outside at higher elevations means more ultraviolet sun exposure. Even so, those on the slopes may end up going back home with a goggle tan.
There's plenty to do in Colorado's High Country this week spanning playtime outside, restaurants and entertainment. Don't forget Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend.
Here are Vail Valley This Week's top picks:
Photo: Caitlin Row, Blue Sky Basin, Vail Mountain
Dining in the mountains is not limited to American-style fare. The valley is home to a variety of sushi restaurants with tasty seafood flavors. Vail offers Matsuhisa, Yama Sushi and Sushi Oka. Nozawa Sushi is located in West Vail and Avon. Sato Sushi Bar and Restaurant is located in Edwards. And I'm probably missing one or two because it's such a popular style of food around here.
I like going out to sushi with friends because it's fun to order a bunch of different rolls and share them family style. That way everyone gets what they want and also will try something new.
Watch The Super Bowl
New England and Atlanta face off in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5. Places like The Remedy Bar in Vail Village, e|town kitchen + bar in Edwards, Bob's Place Restaurant & Bar in Avon and 7 Hermits Brewing in Eagle offer TVs (that will certainly play the big game).
For those not into the idea of watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, it's also a prime time to get some runs in at Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort. The high volume of folks heading to Super Bowl parties to watch the game will likely mean avoiding crowds in pursuit of uninterrupted turns (especially in the afternoon).
The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. mountain time on Fox.
Hike With Your Dog
West Lake Creek Trail is located near Edwards, Colorado. This popular recreation spot is mostly used for hiking and trail running, though I did see a couple on alpine touring ski setups this past Sunday. Dogs are allowed, but there are no poo receptacles. Be sure to bring your own dog-poop bags and pack it out.
There is an elevation gain, but nothing crazy. Plus the drive out to the trail through the moderately developed landscape is gorgeous.
AllTrails.com describes the hike as moderately trafficked, and I would confirm that statement. We saw a number of folks running and hiking, many of them with pooches.
Find directions to the hike here.
Photo: Caitlin Row, West Lake Creek Trail
Events This Week
Martin Sexton performs folk music at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 3. Then Joel McHale hosts a comedy show at Vilar Saturday, Feb. 4. Next Fauré Quartet, a leading piano quartet, plays at Vilar on Monday, Feb. 6.
Ragged Union will perform bluegrass music at Vail Ale House on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Check out Bol Vail, also a restaurant and bowling alley, for its variety of resident DJs throughout the week all winter.