The Countdown Continues: 18 More days til Vail Ski season 2011-2012

18 more days, snow on the horizon, and people wondering up and down the streets of Vail with new gear in hand: It must be time for my second installment of “What’s New”! The fine folks on Vail Mountain will begin making snow any day now. We had one great snow last week that has stuck with us and more to come today! They are calling for about 5 inches for down here in Lionshead Village. Sounds good to me! Here are just a few more items that you will see new this season on Vail Mountain.

The Countdown to the 2011-2012 Ski Season Begins!

Snow is covering the Gore Range and the leaves are quickly disappearing from their branches here in the Rockies. That means the 2011/2012 ski season is right around the corner! Therefore, I feel the need to share some of the things that you will find new on Vail Mountain this season. Over the next few weeks, I will talk about everything new and different from last season, from new events to new lunch spots on the Mountain. Instead of covering everything in one entry, I will cover one topic at a time leading up to November 18th, letting the excitement build, one blog at a time.

Our Favorite Fall Drives

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and nothing I could write would convey the beauty of the fall season in Vail like this photo.  The bright gold of the aspen trees against a brilliant blue Colorado sky is a spectacular sight to see!  My friends and I have a "Fall Foliage Day" each year involving a drive, sometimes hikes, always food and often beer or wine (with designated driver, of course).  If you are planning a vacation

Vail's Greatest Celebration of Fall!

It’s time to dust off those steins and practice your keg bowling skills, Oktoberfest is here! Whether you travel to Beaver Creek for the day, take the Gore Creek path to Lionshead Village for the festivities, or hop on the bus to Vail, there will be no lack of beer and fun. If you have never been to an Oktoberfest, you have 3 weeks to get out and take advantage of this exciting tradition. Here is what's on tap:

September 3-4 – Beaver Creek

Tour de France Teams to Compete in Colorado

This is a big deal.  It's a big deal even if you're not a cycling fan.  The Quizno's USA Pro Cycling Challenge is bringing a world-class stage race back to Colorado for the first time since the now-defunct Coors Classic (1980-88).  The race takes place from August 22-28, 2011 and the Vail Valley pulled out all the stops to sponsor one of the stages.  Then, it actually kind of got two.  On Thursday, August 25 the Individual Time Trial (stage 3) starts in Vail Village and follows the popular Vail Pass route east.  The following day, stage 4 begins in Avon

Hot Summer Nights FREE Concert Line Up

After a lengthy and rather snowy off-season, summer finally arrived in the Vail Valley a few weeks ago.  The warm weather and sunshine have been most welcome!  Since we didn't have much of a spring to ease into summer, it seems shocking that all of the sudden it's warm AND summer events are starting.  The hugely successful Teva Mountain Games took place this past weekend and FREE concerts start next week.  How did that happen so quickly???

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