Lionshead Oktoberfest This Weekend

Beer, brats, oom pah bands...it's just good ol' German festival fun this weekend!  I don't even feel like I have to sell it.  If you like beer and if you like the mountains, you're going to like Oktoberfest in Vail. It's that easy.  This weekend, all of the festivities take place in Lionshead Plaza which means guests of Lodge at Lionshead are a two-minute walk from all the fun.  No driving, no wait - it's all right here.  Other Oktoberfest events include brat-eating and Beck's Keg Bowling contests, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancing.

Epic Pass + EpicMix for 2010-11 Season

There is no denying that Vail Resorts' Epic Pass is one heck of a good deal.  The pass allows unrestricted, unlimited access to all 6 Vail Resorts-owned mountains - Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly - and is only $619 (as of 9/8/10).  We can't say it enough - this is a great deal!  You can purchase or renew your pass right online here: www.snow.com.

Fall Events in Vail That Are on Our Radar

Days are still sunny and gorgeous, but mornings are getting cooler up here in the mountains.  Fall is definitely in the air!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Vail, but is bittersweet because it means winter is getting that much closer.  When you live in a climate where up to 8 months of the year can be winter, you hold on to warmer weather as long as you can!

Family Fun: Vail Nature Center's Summer Programs

The Vail Nature Center is one of those hidden gems that Vail visitors and locals sometimes forget about.  The Nature Center has a beautiful seven-acre facility along Gore Creek right across from Ford Amphitheatre where they host Camp Eco Fun, Art in Nature classes, Fly Fishing/ Stream Ecology, a bi-weekly Hiking Program, Photo Safaris and these great family-friendly programs:

Evening Beaver Pond Tour, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 22-Aug 24

Our Picks: The Best Vail Valley Hikes

In honor of the lovely ladies hiking group staying with us this week, we thought we would share some of our favorite area hikes.  We have a lot of hikers on our staff (some are even volunteer search & rescue members) who love to get out and explore the backcountry.  Among all of us, we've probably hiked almost every trail in the area and then some (we do go off trail occasionally). 

Here is a list of our favorites - on trail, of course - in no particular order:

Family Fun: Lionshead Saturday Afternoon Club

Looking for a great family activity to do during your vacation in Vail?  Look no further than Saturday Afternoon Club.  Taking place right over in Lionshead each Saturday, it features all sorts of fun FREE activities plus a different theme each week. Regular activities include kids' arts and crafts, face painting, hula hoops, water balloon toss, pizza tossing competition, a gigantic inflatable obstacle course, Kids' Discovery Zone, and Raptor Rendezvous.  Raptor Rendezvous is part of the Denver-based Raptor Education Program which showcases birds of prey such as eagles,

Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool in Vail This Summer

The dog days of summer have arrived in Vail.  Now - to give you some perspective here - this means temps are in the high 80s and sometimes low 90s.  We locals think this is hot.  Our lodging guests in town from Texas, the East coast or the Midwest, think it's balmy in comparison to their hot and humid locales.  It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?  Regardless, everyone wants to stay cool in the summertime and here are some of our favorite ways to do it in Vail:

"Where Exactly is the Lodge at Lionshead?"

We get this question quite often from prospective guests interested in our lodging options. They've usually been to Vail, but can't quite picture where we are located. The standard answer is that Lodge at Lionshead sits along Gore Creek a short 100 yards from the Eagle Bahn gondola. We also like to tell people that we are just on the east side of Lionshead Plaza. At this point, most folks have figured out our geographic location.

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