With all of the snow coming down in the Vail Valley, it is hard not to have one thing on our minds: that feeling of freshly fallen snow while making turns on a beautiful blue-bird day. Luckily, the wait is almost over. This year Vail opens November 20th and Beaver Creek opens November 25th. If you haven’t bought your Epic Pass yet, you’re in luck as the deadline has been extended to November 23rd. The Epic Pass keeps getting better every year, with unlimited access to 11 ski areas in the United States as well as access to several international ski resorts.
November has already seen several inches of snow and combined with the snow makers efforts, the early season conditions are shaping up to be some of the best ever. If you need extra incentive to check out Beaver Creek’s opening day, then how about the world’s best chocolate chip cookie baking finals? After a morning on the slopes, skiers and riders can take the village at 2 p.m. to sample and vote on 5 different cookie recipes.
The early season can be a favorite time for locals and visitors alike. With short lift lines and more and more snow on the way, what’s not to love?
1. Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Ceremony
The 35th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony signifies the kickoff of another great ski season and the beginning of the holiday season at Beaver Creek. The tree lighting ceremony occurs at 6:00 on November 27th but there are plenty of activities for the whole family starting at 4:00. Santa himself will drop in for a visit and the evening closes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Village. Be sure not to miss the ice skating show, holiday poetry content, and the musical talents of Denver-based Colorado Ambassadors of Gospel as well as other musical acts.
2. Birds Of Prey
The Birds of Prey downhill competition returns to Beaver Creek December 4-6. As the only Men’s World Cup race stop in the United States, the Birds of Prey competition has evolved into one of the world’s premier ski events. This year there are all-new CLUB and VIP experiences available for race fans to see the race from a premium vantage point as well as enjoy complementary food and beverages. For more information and to buy tickets for the VIP experience, click here.
3. Vail Snow Daze
Vail Snow Daze returns December 11-13 with sponsor expo village by day and après parties and free live concerts by night. This year’s headliners for Friday and Saturday nights are Big Head Todd & the Monsters and JJ Grey & Mofro. The concerts are held at the iconic Solaris plaza in the heart of Vail Village. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and shows start at 6:00 p.m. each night. So bundle up and head into Vail for some free music!
4. Minturn Tree Lighting Ceremony
The annual Minturn tree lighting celebration will take place at Holy Toledo Consignments on Friday, December 4th. This is a great family-friendly event to welcome the holiday season with trivia games, prizes, free hot cocoa and more. Starting at 6:00, the ceremony is the perfect way to gather with the Minturn community and enjoy the beauty of the town tree.
5. The Nutcracker
Vail Friends of Dance is bringing the holiday classic The Nutcracker to the Vilar Performing Arts Center December 11-13. With 4 performances throughout the weekend, this is an awesome way to get into the holiday spirit and support the local arts! To purchase tickets for this iconic show, click here.
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