I skied Vail Mountain Sunday, and despite only cranking for a few hours my legs are still pretty sore. Let's chalk it up to making deep turns through lots and lots of fresh, heavy snow (yep, it was fun). More white stuff is on the horizon through Sunday, then it's partly sunny skies next week. The weather forecast suggests it's the perfect time to get after some runs.
With that in mind, my picks this week are nice for after a day on the slopes. Go get some.
Vilar Performing Arts Center kicks off its winter Classical Series Thursday, Jan. 12, with Takács Quartet out of Boulder, Colorado. They'll perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven. More classical concerts span January through March including Rising Stars of Opera, soprano Deborah Voigt and Apollo's Fire (a Baroque-style ensemble). Save on tickets for the Classical Series by calling (970) 845-TIXS. By purchasing four or more performances, ticket holders will save 20 percent on the complete order. This offer is available only through the end of January, so get after it if classical music at a beautiful venue is your thing.
Photo at right: Takács Quartet
Join the Party
If you're feeling a little more, um, electrified, I suggest checking out MartyParty at Vail Ale House on Saturday, Jan. 14. This dude is an electronic music producer and performer out of Miami, Florida, and my Denver friend who's into this kind of performance said he's worth seeing.
His music on SoundCloud sounds pretty good, too – deep house with jazz influences, lounge-y, sometimes slow and sometimes dance-y. I like it.
The event kicks off at 10 p.m. in Vail Village. Vail Ale House features its own line of craft beer along with more than 20 craft brews on tap. I suggest getting a late dinner and staying for the music. Vail Ale House offers a late night menu until midnight.
Photo at very top: MartyParty
Get the Vail Look
Head to the village for stylish mountain fashion. First check out The Golden Bear for chic alpine jewelry, primarily the golden bear necklaces, bracelets and rings for which the store is named. Next explore lululemon's wide array of form-fitting yoga pants, a comfy après uniform that looks good on the tush. (Yes, men, they have some for y'all as well.) Round out the shopping excursion with a trip to Vail's Pepi Sports and check out the variety of fashion/snow boots and hats.
Photo: The Golden Bear
Alpine Arts Center is hosting a glass-etching class at Loaded Joe's in Avon on Wednesday, Jan. 25. It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25 per person. The price includes a wine or pint glass to etch plus one drink. This mixes two things locals and visitors alike are sure to love – art and wine.
No Gluten? No Problem.
It's really hard to dine out and stick to a gluten-free diet. La Tour Restaurant and Bar in Vail Village says that more than half its menu is gluten free, and 80 percent of it can be modified to be gluten free. Those are some good odds for gluten-free folks finding something tasty to eat. This fine-dining location is beloved by gluten eaters as well for a truly creative and sometimes very decadent menu. It's a win-win for everyone involved.
Photo: La Tour Restaurant and Bar