Snow Delivers the Goods for Vail's Biggest Holiday Week

By Caitlin Row | Friday, December 16, 2016

2017 is fast approaching, and with it lots of lively entertainment is planned around Vail Valley. From family-friendly activities to happy hours, recreation and lots of live music, options are plentiful for visitors and locals alike.

Want to see Santa? Beaver Creek has you covered. Does a visit to an outdoor ice theater sound cool? It’s open in Vail Village. Planning a festive New Year’s Eve outing? The Valley is gearing up so make plans now.

With snow on the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially those traveling in for the holidays, rest assured there will be lots of white stuff in town and on the mountains for Christmas and the New Year. Though winter came a bit later than expected, snowfall really mounted over the last few weeks with good results. Vail Mountain recently allowed access to Blue Ski Basin, and Beaver Creek continues to open terrain.

Check out a full list of events, daytime and night life, at Vail Valley This Week. In the meantime, here are my top picks to finish out 2016:

Christmas Brunch at Maya

Maya will host a festive holiday brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. Located at The Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek, this event offers a fun way to get the whole family together before an afternoon on the slopes. A kids’ menu, plus a dessert buffet, is part of the event. Reservations are recommended, however, so plan accordingly. 

Not into skiing? Check out The Westin Riverfront's Spa Anjali. It offers a variety of signature and classic treatments inspired by the Colorado Rockies, and guests can choose their journey — Rocky Mountain, Alpen or Himalayan. Massages, facials, day packages, manicures and pedicures are available along with hair options. Services at Anjali include the Red Clover and Mountain Honey Body Mask, the Moor Mud Wrap and the Himalayan Journey to Serenity Day Package, according to its website.

Check out or call (970) 790-3020 for more information. The full spa menu is available online. 

Photo: Maya, Facebook

Learn about Bubbly

The Root and Flower Wine Bar in Vail Village offers a variety of Tuesday classes often focused on the art of tasting wine.

This Tuesday, Dec. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. it hosts Celebrate with Champagne. For $90, participants will learn what makes sparkling wines so popular (and they’ll get to try a few).

All classes at Vail Village's Root and Flower are scheduled for lunchtime on Tuesdays through the ski season. Other class themes include the Art of Tasting, New World vs. Old World, the Spirits of Mexico, Drunken History, Breaking Beer, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay plus Wine, Cheese and Chocolate.

The Root and Flower is also a Vail restaurant, offering menus for lunch, dinner and drinks. More than 50 by-the-glass pours are available along with craft cocktails, a constantly updated food list and more.

LeAnn Rimes Performs at Vilar

Country superstar LeAnn Rimes will sing holiday songs on Friday, Dec. 30, at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center. Expect to hear tunes from her second holiday album, Today is Christmas. Tickets were still available at the time of this writing and start at $98.

Take a Drive for Craft Beer & Live Music

Here’s a tip — head down valley to Eagle for a night of local brews and Colorado’s own Clyde and the Milltailers. I first saw Clyde perform on Grand Junction’s Main Street a few years back, and something about his twang-y, one-man-band approach and gravelly singing voice made me smile. Now he’s part of a folk-and-roots duo that will perform at Bonfire Brewing on Friday, Dec. 30, from 7-10 p.m. It’s about 30 minutes from Vail, so a car and designated driver is necessary.

New Year’s Eve Shenanigans

As far as I can tell, Loaded Joe’s is one of the few nightlife spots to offer a big party with no cover. Avon’s location will offer a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball offering free music and a complimentary sparkling wine toast. Vail’s location is advertising a similar setup. Bonfire Brewing in Eagle is also throwing a Prohibition-themed NYE party (no cover) where everyone is encouraged to dress up. 

The Rose in Edwards will throw a Red Carpet Masquerade Party of its own. The celebration starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $80. The price includes a bubbly toast, choice of a craft cocktail, party favors, live music, snacks and more.

Other places planning NYE bashes (so far) are La Tour Restaurant & Bar, Remedy Bar, Maya, Bol Vail and Shakedown Bar. Vail Holidaze will offer a torch-lit, ski-down parade in Vail Village plus fireworks from Golden Peak. Beaver Creek’s New Year’s Eve Celebration features a parade and fireworks along with a DJ, dancing, raffle prizes and a balloon drop.

Photo: Bonfire Brewing, Facebook

Check out last week's blog for tips on snowshoeing and sleigh rides.

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin 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.