The Colorado Rocky Mountains are an ideal location to experience four distinct seasons. Not only does the landscape transform with each change of season, but so do the activities and events that residents and visitors enjoy.
Here in the high country, the most anticipated season of the year is winter. The subject of snow is on everyone's minds --when is it coming and how much will we get? Challenges abound as to who will have the most days on the mountain.
#First30 is a celebration of memorable firsts during the first thirty days of the new winter season. Seize the season and follow Epic Pass on Facebook to get notifications about discounts, events, and weather. Whether you are looking for fresh powder or freshly groomed, get the information directly from the experts.
What will your memorable firsts be this season? First gondola ride, après, goggle tan, Snow Days concert, sleigh ride, or powder day? Here at TV8 we have gathered some of our favorite events to kick off the #First30 days of the 2017-2018 ski season.
Beaver Creek opens Wednesday, November 22 with complimentary hot cocoa and giveaways at the base of the Centennial lift. Besides snow, Beaver Creek is also famous for their daily complimentary chocolate chip cookies. Beaver Creek kicks off another season of snow and cookies at its 14th annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition to coincide with opening day. More than 5,000 cookies will be served with judging beginning at 2 p.m. Try a few and select your favorite.
Vail Mountain also opens on Wednesday, November 22.
Free concert at Solaris Square featuring the Greyboy Allstars and Eminence Ensemble, sponsored by Bud Light. Mountain top yoga, snowshoeing, an expo village, après parties, s'mores and so much more will be offered to celebrate the start of the winter season.
Willow Bridge Road will be brimming with dozens of vendors offering local crafts for sale as well as holiday food and beverages. Don't miss the Holiday Sweater Run on Saturday at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the race benefit the Salvation Army. The Town of Vail Tree lighting will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Slifer Square next to the covered bridge. Kris Kringle himself will be present as will the Mayor of Vail. The Vail Children's Chorale will supply the festive seasonal music.
The night sky will by illuminated on November 24 at 6 p.m. for the 37th annual Beaver Creek Tree Lighting followed by fireworks.
Also on November 24, Gerald R. Ford Hall will be transformed into an enchanted holiday workshop that will delight all ages from 3-5 p.m. Santa and his elves will be on hand to assist in the creation of holiday crafts and decorated cookies. Santa will be available for photos from 3-5 p.m. and again from 7-8 p.m.
On November 30 the 3rd annual America's Winter Opening kicks off with a village party hosted by Ted Ligety from 4-7 p.m. The theme is the 80s and to transport you back in time an 80s cover band will supply the tunes. Test you skill at kettle curling. There will also be giveaways and to cap off the evening--fireworks. Epic Passholders can enter to win two (2) three-day VIP tickets to the Birds of Prey races. Look for the Epic Pass raffle table at the Welcome Party to be entered to win.
From December 1-3 Beaver Creek hosts the only men's world cup site in the United States. The Birds of Prey race course is considered one of the most challenging courses in the series. Watch from Red Tail Stadium as the world's premier male downhill skiers rocket down the mountain at incredible speeds. While world class skiing is the main event, coinciding with the Birds of Prey races will be festivities throughout Beaver Creek village including Beers of Prey beer tasting, the latest Warren Miller movie "Line of Descent" at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, live music, daily giveaways and much more.
Pssst - Heads up #First30 Headband Day at Vail Mountain can only be discovered by being in the know with an Epic Pass.
Be sure to experience the recent lift upgrades during your #First30 this season. Upgraded lifts at both Vail and Beaver Creek will enhance your skiing and snowboarding experience. At Vail check out the new Northwoods/Chair 11. This high-speed six-passenger lift will get you to the back bowls in a fraction of the time. At Beaver Creek, the nostalgic Drink of Water lift has been replaced by the Red Buffalo Express. In addition to decreasing by half the ride time over the old lift, the Red Buffalo Express should also ease congestion in the vicinity of the Cinch lift as well.
Where else will your pass take you this season? During the first 30 days your pass unlocks special pass holder discounts on rentals and lodging, events, and weather updates so you know when and where the best snow is falling. Follow Epic Pass on Facebook for updates throughout the season and look for #First30 news and info. We want to see your memorable firsts this season. Use hashtag #First30 and #VailTV8 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow TV8 on Instagram @tv8vailcolorado.
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