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Labor Day Weekend Preview

  • 29 August 2019
Labor Day Weekend Preview

Some of Vail’s most popular events are taking place over Labor Day weekend and into the fall as we count down to the autumn colors arriving soon followed by Vail Mountain’s opening day on Nov. 15.

Labor Day Weekend Events

Here’s what’s happening in town over Labor Day Weekend:

Vail Jazz Party   |   Aug. 29 - Sept. 2   |
Through six unique performance series and three signature educational programs, Vail Jazz perpetuates jazz with a focus on young musicians and young audiences.

Gourmet on Gore   |   Aug. 30- Sept. 1   | 
This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with savory delights from Vail’s top culinary experts. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including Gourmet, Let’s Go!

Vail Rotary Duck Race   |   Sept.1   |
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. The Duck Race is the No. 1 fundraiser for the club and benefits local non-profits that participate in the adoption of ducks as well as local and international projects supported by the club. 

Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show   |   Sept.1   |
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

Sept. 6-8   -   Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead   |
Sept. 6-8   -   Vail Automotive Classic Show   |
Sept. 8   -   Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show   |
Sept. 13-14   -   Colorado Grand   |
Sept. 13-15   -   Vail Oktoberfest in Vail Village   |
Sept. 15   -   Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show   |
Sept. 20-21   -   Taste of Vail Fall Wine & Food Classic   |
Sept. 21   -   34th Annual Casual Classic Bike Ride   | 
Sept. 22   -   Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show   |
Sept. 24   -   Vail Social Community Potluck   |
Sept. 26-29   -   World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships   | 
Sept. 27-Oct.6   -   Vail/Beaver Creek Restaurant Week   |
Sept. 27–29   -   Vail Outlier Offroad Festival   |
Sept. 29   -   Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show   |

For a remainder of the fall events schedule, visit

Colorful Murals Transform Public Spaces

Sponsored by Art in Public Places, enjoy the transformation of the pedestrian entrances to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures with three distinctive murals completed during the summer by these renowned Colorado artists:
Kelsey Montague #WhatLiftsYou  -  Vail Village Parking Structure, West P2 Entrance 
Pat Milbery & So-Gnar Creative Division  -  Vail Village Parking Structure, Central P1 Entrance
Pedro Barrios & Jaime Molina  -  Lionshead Parking Structure, East P1 Entrance 

Share your images on social media #artinvail.

Area Hiking Info Made Easy with

A new hiking website has been launched in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Town of Vail to make it easy to access information about area trails, including tips on how to enjoy the most popular trails as well as alternative hikes to avoid crowding. Creation of is one of several actions resulting from an ongoing study between the town, White River National Forest and community representatives to address overcrowding issues at the trailheads in East Vail that lead directly into the Eagles Nest Wilderness.

Free Overnight Parking Returns to Vail Village and Lionshead Structures Oct. 6

Free overnight vehicle storage will return to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures beginning Oct. 6 and extending to the start of ski season. Since Memorial Day weekend, a $25 fee structure has been in place this summer for vehicles parked overnight. The fees have been used to discourage vehicle storage to allow for a larger inventory of free parking spaces during the day. The Vail Town Council will be evaluating winter and summer parking operations in the coming weeks as it reviews its traffic management policies and related pricing.

Countdown is on for Opening Day

Opening day of the 2019-2020 winter season at Vail Mountain is less than 80 days away on Friday, Nov. 15. Make sure you're ready to hit the slopes by securing your Epic Pass for the season. Currently priced at $939, enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to 20 mountain resorts plus additional access to partner resorts around the world including Telluride, Hakuba Valley, Verbier, Courchevel and more. New for the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts launched the Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski and ride world-class resorts for up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices. Starting at as little as $106 for one day of skiing at any of Vail Resorts’ North American resorts, the Epic Day Pass is perfect for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Labor Day, Sept. 2, is the final day to lock in the guaranteed lowest price for the entire suite of Epic Pass products.

Eagle County Regional Airport Adds Service This Winter

Eagle County Regional Airport is excited to offer new service this winter to Philadelphia (PHL). With this new destination, EGE has a total of 15 non-stop destinations offered. This winter you can fly non-stop to Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), New York/LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), New York/Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Washington D.C (IAD). Customers can purchase tickets now. EGE has also opened the first phase of their $37 million terminal expansion project funded by airport revenues. The expansion should be complete in December 2019. For more information on EGE, including complete flight schedules, visit

November Election Preview

Vail’s election ballot in November will include 7 candidates vying for 4 Town Council seats, including 3 incumbents. Also contemplated is a ballot question that would add an additional tax on the sale of tobacco and nicotine products within the town. Voters who won’t be casting ballots in person at the polls on Nov. 5 must fill out an application for an absentee voter ballot. The application form is available from the Town Clerk’s Office or on the town’s website at The deadline to submit an absentee voting request form is Nov. 1.  In addition to the Town of Vail regular municipal election, Eagle County will mail a separate ballot for any Eagle County, state or special district elections. 

Watch Town Council Meetings Online

Stream the Vail Town Council meetings live or watch replays on High Five Access Media. You can also sign up to receive next day recaps by subscribing to the Town Council Highlights at

Vail Town Manager Finalists
The top applicants for the Vail Town Manager position will be invited to meet members of the community during a meet and greet event scheduled for Sept. 16. The town initiated a national search following the resignation of former manager Greg Clifton in April. Assistant Town Manager Patty McKenny has been serving as interim manager. Details will be announced soon.

Civic Area Master Plan Coming Together
Various transformational options for Dobson Ice Arena, Charter Bus Lot, Vail Public Library, Lionshead parking structure, Lot 10 and the Municipal Site have been identified for inclusion in the Civic Area Master Plan. The planning document identifies various combinations of ice, event center, second ice sheet, multi-purpose space, community/performing arts space, town hall, private development and public spaces throughout the town-owned sites. The plan is headed for review and adoption in the fall.

Wildlife Enhancement
As a spirited debate continues about the best ways to enhance Vail’s surrounding wildlife habitat, there is a general consensus that it will take a holistic approach including significant partnership between the Town of Vail, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife to make a difference. A development application for new homes in East Vail has been the latest source of potential pressure highlighting for the community the decline in area wildlife habitat and the need to address long-standing issues. The  recent focus has been on a beloved bighorn sheep herd that winters in the neighborhood. The developer of the Booth Heights homes has pledged $100,000 to help fund a large-scale wildlife enhancement effort that will require additional funding and collaboration by the government agencies involved. While the Planning and Environmental Commission has approved the development, the PEC decision could be reaffirmed or overturned on appeal.

Holy Cross Energy Franchise Fee Increase Will Bury Overhead Power Lines
Holy Cross Energy members within Vail’s service area are seeing a small increase in their electric bills. This one percent increase in the utility’s franchise fee is being used to accelerate the undergrounding of power lines to support recommendations by the town’s public safety officials. This is because sparks from overhead lines can potentially ignite a wildfire. The increase will generate approximately $208,000 in 2018 dollars or approximately $4.2 million over the life of the 20-year franchise agreement. The fee will revert to three percent once the undergrounding is complete.

Vail Social Community Potluck Aims to Rekindle Community Connections

Inspired by a vintage photo showing a festive picnic during Vail’s early days, a reboot event is being organized by the Vail Town Council to rekindle that same spirit. Today, nearly 50 years since the earlier gathering, community members are invited to make plans to enjoy a new tradition in the middle of town. The Vail Social community potluck dinner will be taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Details, including how to sign up to attend, are available at


Bridge Projects

Forest Road Bridge Over Gore Creek Repair
The town has contracted with Icon Inc. to repair wing walls and install railing improvements on the Forest Road Bridge over Gore Creek. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 27.

Kinnikinnick Road Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with G.A. Western Construction Company to replace the bridge deck on the western Kinnikinnick Road Bridge over Gore Creek. The project completion is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Road Structure Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with Kraemer North America to replace the existing Bridge Road Structure over Gore Creek. The new single span bridge will replace the existing triple culvert structure. Project completion is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements
The town is working with the consultant team of Roaring Fork Engineering and Norris Design to identify options to improve safety along the stretch of roadway from Ford Park to Sunburst Drive. This three-quarter mile stretch of roadway has become increasingly dangerous due to the conflicts associated with the sharing of travel lanes by cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The route is considered part of the Gore Valley Trail which extends from West Vail to East Vail. The road is also used as a transit route for the Golf Course bus and for access to the soccer field and public parking. Final recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Town Council in the fall. 

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Remembering Pepi Gramshammer 
The community lost one of its greatest legends with the passing of Pepi Gramshammer in August. As a child of Austria and the heart of Vail, Pepi is being remembered for his exceptional ski racing and for pioneering Vail’s success as an international ski resort. A Celebration of Pepi’s Life will take place Sept. 20 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Pepi Gramshammer Obituary

Download the Vail App

A great tool for locals and guests, the Vail App offers real time parking and road conditions, special events information, dining guide, interactive maps and more. Free download available for iPhone and Android.

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