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Labor Day Weekend Preview

  • 31 August 2016

Labor Day Weekend Events

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

Schedule of Events

  • Vail Jazz Party, Sept.1-5
    The grand finale of the 12-week Vail Jazz Festival, 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. Ticketed performances take place day and night and into the wee hours of the morning with over 35 hours of live music in Lionshead Village. 
  • Gourmet on Gore – Sept. 2-5
    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.
  • Vail Rotary Duck Race – Sept. 4
    This annual fund-raiser takes place in Vail Village where up to 16,000 yellow rubber ducks are dumped into Gore Creek near the Covered Bridge and “race” down the river to the finish line underneath the International Bridge. Prizes are given to those holding the adoption papers for the winning racers. This has become a hugely popular event that raises over $50,000 for the club.
  • Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show – Sept. 4
    With over 135 tents along Meadow Drive in Vail Village, the market features Colorado’s finest locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine.

More to Come in September

For a remainder of the fall events schedule, visit

50th Birthday Party Celebrates the People of Vail

The town threw a party for its 50th birthday – and the whole community stopped by to celebrate – or so it seemed. While the children enjoyed some outdoor fun, others gathered inside Donovan Pavilion to renew community friendships, grab some food and honor former leaders and long-time employees. Special recognition was given to Dr. Thomas Steinberg, Vail’s first full-time doctor and a longtime town council member – and now the recipient of the first-ever Vail Trailblazer Award which will be presented annually for community achievement. Vail’s election to incorporate as a municipality took place 50 years ago on Aug. 23, 1966. Enjoy a photo gallery from the event at along with some interesting trivia about the town’s unique characteristics. 

Vail’s 50th Celebration Continues Sept. 10-11

The town’s 50th celebration will conclude this month with several community events hosted by the Police Department. More than 50 former Vail police employees and their families have been invited to return to Vail for the celebration. Events include a public open house and scavenger hunt on Saturday, Sept. 10 and a community and veterans appreciation picnic on Sunday, Sept. 11. A highlight of the event will be a vintage Saab vehicle display on Sunday at Ford Park, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Saab Club commemorating the historic partnership with Saab and the Vail Police Department. MORE 

Countdown is on for Opening Day

Opening day of the 2016-2017 winter season at Vail Mountain is less than 100 days away on Friday, Nov. 18. 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 Australia’s largest ski resort, Perisher. The Epic Pass is currently on sale for $809 for adults and $419 for kids 12 and under. Prices are guaranteed through Sept. 5. MORE 

On Mountain Investments: New Sun Up Express

Vail Mountain continues its wave of investments with the replacement of the Sun Up Lift (#17) with a four-passenger lift to debut this winter as chair #9. The Sun Up Express (#9) is a primary lift in Vail’s Back Bowls, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders into the legendary back-bowls. The new lift will reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation. The current lift – a Doppelmayr fixed-grip triple– was installed in 1979 at Beaver Creek and relocated to Vail in 1992. The new lift will increase capacity by 65 percent and reduce the average ride time from 8.2 minutes to 3.9 minutes. The increase will take pressure off of the High Noon Express (#5) with more guests using the new lift rather than cycling back to the bottom of the Back Bowls. The new lift is the ninth chair replacement in the last 10 years at Vail and will make all major lifts at Vail high-speed. MORE

In-Town Investments: Recreation Upgrades Nearing Completion

Several new recreation facilities are headed for completion this fall as part of the town’s investment in its community infrastructure. Six new pickleball courts at Golden Peak will be ready for play in late October. The facility includes a unisex public restroom, drinking fountain, parking and landscape improvements. In East Vail, redevelopment of Booth Creek Park is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of October. The work has involved a complete redevelopment of the existing park and includes new hard-surface tennis courts, picnic pavilion, restrooms and children’s playground. Also headed for completion is the new Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse which will be fully functional later in the fall. Lastly, a celebration marking the grand opening of the new Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark in Lionshead takes place on Sept. 10. MORE 

Eagle County Election Ballot Taking Shape

The Nov. 8 election ballot will include two tax questions for voters in Eagle County referred by the Eagle County Commissioners and two from the Eagle County School District. The county questions include a proposed .3 percent sales tax to support countywide affordable housing programs, which would generate approximately $5.4 million per year with a 20 year sunset. In addition, an open space question would allow county open space funds to be used to construct and maintain paved and unpaved trails without raising the existing 1.5 mill levy tax. The ballot question also asks for bonding authority to complete the Eagle Valley Trail, and extends the current sunset provision by 15 years from 2025 to 2040. Also on the ballot will be two school questions. One would allow the school district to borrow $144 million to rebuild and renovate buildings and other facilities via a bond measure. Another would provide an additional $8 million in operating revenue via a mill levy override. There are no ballot issues specific to Vail in the upcoming election. For information, including voter registration and eligibility, visit

Vail Town Council: Lift Ticket Tax Increase Proposal Off the Table for Now

The Vail Town Council will no longer seek a November ballot question to increase the town’s current four percent lift ticket tax. The possibility of asking Vail’s electorate to consider increasing the lift tax was initially posed by Councilman Dick Cleveland as a way to fund the construction of additional parking in town. Instead, representatives from the town and Vail Mountain have agreed to meet regularly to develop short-term and long-term plans to address the challenges of parking and the shortage of employee housing in Vail. MORE

New Bronze Sculpture will Commemorate Vail’s Ranching & Skiing Heritage

It is with great enthusiasm that the Vail Town Council with the Art in Public Places Board has unanimously accepted the proposed donation for a life-sized bronze sculpture
commemorating Vail founder Pete Seibert in his likeness with a pre-Vail Gore Valley Rancher on horseback. The sculpture symbolizes the ranchers who carved the private land from the wilderness and paved the way for the realization of Pete Seibert’s dream to create America’s premier ski resort. The unique sculpture will be created by renowned artist Herb Mignery of Loveland, Colo. The vision for this project is from early Vail Valley resident Roger Tilkemeier and Bill Rey of Claggett/Rey Gallery. For information and funding opportunities for this historical memorial, contact Tilkemeier at The town is currently working on a location for the sculpture’s placement once the private funding has been secured and will accept the sculpture’s ongoing maintenance as part of AIPP’s permanent collection which currently totals 47 works of art. Visit to learn more about AIPP.  

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