What’s New on the Mountain
Five Star Grooming
For many guests, it’s all about the grooming. Vail Mountain’s Five Star Grooming program will bring additional accessibility to the legendary Back Bowls this season with a 30% increase in groomed terrain. These trails will include: The Slot, Poppyfields, Chopstix, Cloud 9, Grand Review, Big Rock Park, Red Zinger, Inner Mongolia, Morning Thunder, Ricky’s Ridge, Jade Glade, Genghis Khan, Yonder Gully, China Spur, Emperor’s Choice, The Star, Headwall, In the Wuides, Bolshoi Ballroom and more. In additional, guests can enjoy regular grooming on some of Vail’s signature runs like Blue Ox, Lindsey’s and Riva Ridge.
Vail Mountain Snowmaking Receives Upgrade
Vail Mountain installed 10 large-capacity, low-energy fan guns on Born Free Trail for the new season. The snowmaking system on Vail Mountain will also receive upgrades to pumps and pump controls. Both upgrades will increase snowmaking productivity and set the mountain up for additional upgrades in the future.
What’s New in Town
Vail’s entertainment and restaurant scene welcomes some exciting additions this winter. The Vail Valley Escape Room comes to town with three themed escape rooms in the Gateway Building, a great activity for families and teens. Also, SoulCycle, the spin-class fitness experience that’s sweeping the nation with its high-intensity workouts, will debut in Vail Village with a pop-up location beneath La Bottega on East Meadow Drive. On Wall Street, check out Two Arrows Coffee inside Root and Flower wine bar and their new CoWorking space. Vail Village also welcomes the opening of 7 Hermits Brewing Company, a full-service bar, at the top of Bridge Street. For foodies, longtime Meadow Drive culinary favorites Alpenrose and Campo de Fiori are being transformed as the owners of Almresi, located at the top of Bridge Street, will occupy the Alpenrose location and former Campo employees Simone Reatti and Mira Hozzova are transforming the former space with the debut of La Nonna Ristorante. In Lionshead, enjoy Asian cuisine at Shan Go across from the Little Diner. Or, shop for your groceries at the Market at Vail, located on the south side of the Lionshead parking structure. At Golden Peak, Wildwood will begin offering their signature BBQ items in what was formerly Golden Peak Grill. In East Vail, the Vail Racquet Club welcomes a new restaurant, Heirloom. Retail additions include La Vallee Bridal on Bridge Street, and two new stores opening in Solaris are Lolë athletic apparel and Lik Fine Art.
History and Technology Converge at Colorado Snowsports Museum
Following two years of planning and over a year of design and construction, the Colorado Snowsports Museum will present a $2.5 million fresh face to both locals and guests this winter, following a complete transformation. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The newly-remodeled facility features six primary exhibits, enhanced with interactive screens, showcasing and chronicling the rich history and heritage of the Colorado ski and snowboard industry. These exhibits include the 10th Mountain Division, Skiing Through Time, the History of Colorado Snowsports Competition, the Evolution of Snowboarding in Colorado, Colorado’s Ski Resorts and 100 Years of Ski Fashion and Function, in addition to the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame. skimuseum.net
Holiday Events in Vail
The holiday season is fast approaching! Save the date for Vail’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge. It’s all part of the Vail Holidays celebration which runs Dec. 5-31. Activities include a Holiday Sweater Run, Kris Kringle Market, Holiday Dog Walk, Family Fireside Holiday Party with Santa, cookie decorating, ice skating exhibitions, lantern-making workshops and Holiday Lantern Walk, plus the 12th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater and the annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. vailholidays.com
Early Opening for Nordic Center
The Vail Nordic Center is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to the early season snow, the Nordic track is partially open, with approximately 15K of packed and rolled track for skiing, snowshoeing and snow biking. Snowcat grooming will begin once the snowpack deepens. Season and day passes are on sale, and lessons and rental equipment are available. Expect early season conditions and be sure to check out the fully-stocked pro shop for your winter clothing and equipment needs. vailrec.com/vail-recreation/Nordic
EGE Winter Air Service
Expanded service from key markets and the return of non-stop service to New York/LaGuardia highlight this season’s changes at Eagle County Regional Airport. The San Francisco service will be daily this season, an increase over weekend only service last winter with United. Additionally there will be daily non-stop service from Washington Dulles at all the peak visitation periods with continued Saturday service in off-peak. Daily service from Washington Dulles on United will operate Dec. 19 through Jan. 6, Feb. 15-24 and March 8-30. Saturday service will operate Jan. 12-Feb. 9 and March 2. With the addition of Saturday non-stop flights from New York/LaGuardia on American, EGE now provides non-stop service to 14 markets across North America with convenient connections from over 250 cities world-wide. Eagle County Regional Airport is serviced by American, Delta and United with non-stop winter service from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York/LaGuardia, New York/Kennedy, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles. flyvail.com
There’s no need to pay full price for parking. Season parking passes for the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures are available for property owners, residents and employees of Vail and Eagle County with substantial discounts from the drive-up rate. The passes are available from the town’s parking pass sales office which is open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the season; closed Thanksgiving and other holidays. www.vailgov.com/parking/winter
I-70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes Open House
Help could be on the way to improve Interstate 70 on the west side of Vail Pass. The I-70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes Project, initiated by the Colorado Department of Transportation, is assessing options for safety and operational improvements on I-70 between the East Vail exit and the Vail Pass rest area. Learn more about the alternatives evaluation and proposed action at an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Donovan Pavilion. Meeting materials will be posted on the project web page following the meeting for those unable to attend. For details and to submit comments, visit codot.gov/projects/I-70-West-Vail-Auxiliary-Lanes.
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In Your Neighborhood
Get Your East Vail Access Placard
If you live in East Vail or travel to the neighborhood regularly, stop by the Vail Police Department front counter and pick up a free East Vail Vehicle Access Permit or locate the yellow hangtag you were given in previous years. By displaying the placard on your vehicle during a closure of Interstate 70, you’ll be directed through a checkpoint for immediate access to neighborhoods east of Aspen Lane. All remaining traffic will be directed to park in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures as well as Ford Park until I-70 is reopened. The police front counter is located in the Vail Municipal building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. While you’re there, ask about discount tire coupons as part of the Tire Tread safety program.
Revisions Coming to Short-Term Rental Regulations
Vail’s short-term rental regulations, which have been effective since March 1 of this year, are undergoing modifications to help streamline the registration and sales tax remittance process for professionally managed units. The Town Council is reviewing a tiered fee schedule and other modifications that would replace the current regulations. Once approved, the modifications will become effective March 1, 2019. For details, visit vailgov.com/short-term-rentals.
Nominations Accepted for Vail Trailblazer Award
Nominations for the 2019 Vail Trailblazer Award are being accepted by the Vail Town Clerk’s Office through Dec. 15. The award is presented annually by the Vail Town Council to recognize an individual, couple or team that exemplifies the spirit and fortitude in making Vail a great community through one or more actions that make a lasting impact. Nomination forms are available online at vailgov.com/trailblazeraward. Past recipients include Dr. Thomas I. Steinberg, Vi and Byron Brown, and Sheika and Pepi Gramshammer.
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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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