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It’s Always Christmas in Vail!

January 3, 2013

Raise your hand if you forgot that you had a blog over the holidays.  (hand raised)

The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I was so busy eating, drinking and being merry that I didn’t feel like sitting down to write about it.  Now that I’m back at work with a major case of the post-holiday blues, I thought I’d recap the highlights.

Beaver Creek at Christmas

As someone who didn’t grow up here, Christmas in Vail has always felt strange to me.  Because the ski villages are decked out in twinkly lights through the entire winter and there always seems to be something to celebrate, Christmas seems to sneak up on me.  It basically feels like Christmas all winter, so I’ve found that I need to make a concerted effort to get into the spirit of the season by doing festive things.

This year I made sure to spend some time hanging out among the aforementioned twinkly lights and shopping locally for Christmas presents.

Covered Bridge

Bridge Street at Christmas

I also spent some time making turns on Beaver Creek mountain, taking advantage of the best early Christmas present the mountains could have asked for – SNOW!

Double Diamond

As it kept snowing, Beaver Creek and Vail hurried to open additional terrain.  The bonus for being one of the first skiers up to a dropped rope was delicious powder.  After such a long dry spell, it was great to have a couple days that reminded me why I love skiing so much.

Beaver Creek Powder Day

The skiing still wasn’t amazing, but they opened enough terrain to disperse the crowds, and the snow wasn’t bad at all!

The last item on my (social) agenda before leaving to fly home to Virginia for Christmas was a truly great concert at Vail’s Snow Daze. Vail is known for putting on great free concerts during festivals like Snow Daze, Spring Back to Vail  and Hot Summer Nights, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing acts like Wyclef, OAR and The Fray there. 

It has also snowed every time I’ve been to Snow Daze, and this year mother nature obliged once again.  Yay for snow!

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This year was the first that Vail decided to charge for admission to Snow Daze, which had a lot of locals upset.  I decided to cough up a somewhat measly $40 to see Michael Franti and Spearhead, and was so glad that I did. 

Michael Franti

While I was initially bummed to shell out for a show that would have been free in the past, I actually ended up preferring the paid concert experience to the free one. When the concerts were free, many people attended just to have something to do, whether they were interested in the artist performing or not. That resulted in some shows with pathetically low crowd energy (in my opinion) that translated to a lackluster performance by the band.  At the Franti concert, on the other hand, everyone seemed totally thrilled to be there.  It was one of the happiest and most energetic crowds I’ve been a part of.  Think nonstop dancing around and singing for a solid 2 hours.

Beach Balls at Snow Daze

Spearhead

I was had listened to Franti enough to know that I liked his music, but not enough that I knew many of the songs.  I left the concert a true fan.  He put on a dynamic show packed with beautiful music, and the music left me with a ginormous smile on my face

Snow Daze

After the concert I had only a few days of work to get through before heading home for the holidays.  Stay tuned for holiday adventures in Williamsburg, VA!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2013 3:46 pm

    Looks like such a blast!

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