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Labor Day Weekend Preview 2017

  • 1 September 2017
Labor Day Weekend Preview 2017

Some of Vail’s most popular events are taking place over Labor Day weekend and into the fall as we count down to the fall colors arriving soon followed by Vail Mountain’s opening day on Nov. 17.

Labor Day Weekend Events

  • Vail Jazz Party, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 
    The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. Vail Jazz Party features a House Band with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash. With over 35 hours of jazz music, the Vail Jazz Party has cemented its reputation as the premier Labor Day weekend event!
  • Gourmet on Gore – Sept. 1-4 
    This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including a Tasting Tour benefitting Vail Veterans Program to kick things off on Friday, Sept. 2. New this year, world-renowned artist Anton Arkhipov created the featured art that reflects the inviting atmosphere of Gourmet on Gore and Vail.
  • Vail Rotary Duck Race – Sept. 3
    This annual fund-raiser takes place in Vail Village where up to 12,000 yellow rubber ducks are dumped into Gore Creek near the Covered Bridge and “race” down the river to the finish line underneath the Vail Rotary International Bridge. Prizes are given to those holding the adoption papers for the winning racers. Grand prize this year is $5,000 with a chance to win a Million Dollars if your duck is one of 3 lucky ducks to cross the finish line first. This has become a hugely popular event that raises over $50,000 for the Vail Rotary Club and many supporting nonprofits.
  • Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show – Sept. 3
    With over 135 tents along Meadow Drive in Vail Village, the market features Colorado’s finest including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.

More to Come in September

For a remainder of the fall events schedule, visit

Countdown is on for Opening Day

Opening day of the 2017-2018 winter season at Vail Mountain is less than 100 days away on Friday, Nov. 17. Make sure you’re ready to hit the slopes by securing your Epic Pass for the season. Enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to 12 U.S. resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City and more. Also this year, Epic Pass holders get unlimited access to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. The Epic Pass is currently on sale for $859 for adults and $449 for kids 12 and under. Prices are guaranteed through Sept. 4.  MORE 

Coming Soon: Six-Passenger Northwoods Express (#11)

The Northwoods Express Lift (#11) will debut as a six-passenger lift during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift will mark the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail. This plan is subject to U.S. Forest Service approval. Northwoods Express (#11) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25 percent. The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin and moving across the mountain at the end of the day.

Vail Resorts: Housing and Open Space Plans in East Vail

With significant investments happening on the mountain, Vail Resorts is also announcing plans to pursue a workforce housing development that includes rental units and land to be preserved as open space on a 23.3-acre parcel it owns near the Interstate 70 exit in East Vail. A rezoning application has been submitted to the town as a first step. Public hearings begin Sept. 11 with the Planning and Zoning Commission. MORE

Town of Vail Investments: Parking Structure, Underpass, Housing

Plans are continuing to take shape to build a 160-space public parking structure in partnership with the Eagle County School District. The structure would be built in conjunction with renovations at Red Sandstone Elementary School following voter approval of a district wide bond issue. As envisioned, the Town of Vail would fund the majority of the $14 million, four-level structure with a design that would allow for various expansions and/or future repurposing. Pending approvals, the new parking structure could be ready for use by December 2018.  MORE

Another major construction project, the I-70 Vail underpass, will be completed in time for the start of the upcoming ski season. This $30 million construction project connects the north and south sides of the frontage roads and will relieve congestion at the roundabouts, improve emergency response times among other benefits. The project required a significant cost-share arrangement with the Colorado Department of Transportation. MORE

A new housing community is coming to West Vail. The Chamonix Vail neighborhood features 32 new townhomes as a result of a public-private partnership. The $22 million deed-restricted development took more than 10 years to come together. The first families will be moving into their homes later in the year. MORE 

Municipal Election Ballot to be Determined Soon

The ballot for Vail’s municipal election will be known by the end of the month. That’s when nominating petitions for Vail Town Council candidates will need to be filed with the town clerk’s office. On Nov. 7, voters will elect four Town Council members who will join the remaining three members whose terms expire in two years. Also in November, Eagle County is working on a possible ballot issue to tax marijuana sales and grow operations, plus the Vail Recreation District is exploring a possible property tax question. MORE 

Vail’s New Town Manager

Greg Clifton has been hired as Vail’s new town manager. He’ll be transitioning to his new post in September after more than seven years in Telluride. Clifton has been described as an experienced manager familiar with housing, transportation, sustainability and other resort community topics. Watch for details soon regarding announcement of a community reception to welcome Clifton and his family to Vail. MORE

Helicopter to be used for Fuels Reduction Work

Helicopter logging operations will be taking place soon to reduce the wildfire risk on U.S. Forest Service land near the Intermountain neighborhood in West Vail. The project is part of a multi-year fuels reduction project coordinated by the White River National Forest, Colorado State Forest Service and Vail Fire & Emergency Services. Crews will be working from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday, with some cutting and hauling of logs allowed on Saturdays. The helicopter operations will be limited to daylight hours Monday through Friday and will continue for approximately three weeks. MORE 

Short-term Rental Discussions Continuing

The Vail Town Council is continuing to review the town’s policies related to the short-term rental market. Currently the town has three requirements for short-term rentals: a business license for any owner renting a unit more than 14 days per year, a posting of a Vail sales tax account number on all advertisements and remittance of sales and lodging taxes. The Town Council has been gathering information and feedback from the community throughout the summer in its consideration of additional requirements in the categories of life safety, licensing enforcement, community impacts and lodging quality standards. The topic will return to the Town Council on Sept. 5 for consideration of potential policy changes. MORE 

Expanded Summer Bus Service to Continue to Ski Season

With ridership increases of 35 percent on transit routes servicing the East Vail, Golf Course and Sandstone neighborhoods so far this summer, the Vail Town Council has authorized continuing the pilot program to mid-December and will consider a recommendation to make the expanded summer service permanent during the 2018 budget discussions. The service was introduced on Memorial Day with doubled frequency during peak times in an effort to improve the convenience of public transportation and create additional capacity in the parking structures. MORE

United Adding New Route from San Francisco, Increasing Winter Seasonal Service

United Airlines has announced new nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) for the winter season. Customers can begin purchasing tickets now. The route will operate roundtrip Saturdays and Sundays between Dec. 23 and Jan. 7, 2018 and again between Feb. 15 and March 25, 2018; and Saturdays only from Jan. 8 through Feb 14, 2018. Initial service will be offered on a CR7 regional aircraft. In addition, United’s service to Vail from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is increasing from twice weekly to daily service between Feb. 15 to April 2, 2018.  In addition, two of the three daily flights from Denver will now be served by larger mainline aircraft, primarily the Airbus A320, offering a substantial increase in seat capacity on these flights. For more information on EGE, including complete flight schedules, visit

Free & Discounted Services

Some of Vail’s best kept secrets are contained in a new publication circulating this summer with information on free and discounted services offered by the town. You know all about the free transit service, of course, but did you know you there’s a free tree giveaway or where to deposit used car oil? MORE

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