Oh, it’s no secret that people are worried about this season, but guess what? We are here to tell those people RELAX, SIT BACK and enjoy the POWDER! Beaver Creek has the highest snow total in Colorado. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself!
Beaver Creek is starting their season off strong. The mountain, only open one week, is hosting the Birds of Prey World Cup races this weekend. Ski racers from all over the world come to Beaver Creek to compete for three days of racing events including downhill, Super G, and the Giant Slalom. The races are free and open to the public.
In less than one month, both Vail AND Beaver Creek will be open. Vail opens on Nov. 16 where it will reveal it’s new gondola. As for now, the gondola is known as Gondola 1 but the name will be revealed on opening day. This gondola is something to see! Not only does it move faster and carry more people but it has heated seats, an ipod jack and so much more.
Beaver Creek will open not too long after Vail. The big day is Nov. 21. The crews at Beaver Creek have already started building features for this years ski season. Take a look…
If you haven’t traveled to Beaver Creek or Vail during the first couple weeks of fall you are missing out. The side of the mountains that were completely white months ago are now turing from green to yellow. The yellow apsen leaves against the light blue sky creates sights that are absolutely breathtaking. But the question everyone is asking is what makes them look like this? Well with out geeking you out too much I’ll tell you why.
The major factors in the leaves changing are shorter days and cooler nights. As you probably know, the Beaver Creek/Vail area has been experiencing both of those for the last couple weeks. Now here is where it gets a little geeky so hang with me. Chlorophyll is what gives the leaves their green color and is necessary for photosynthesis. Taking you back to your elementary school science class, photosynthesis is the chemical reaction that allows plants to use sunlight to create food.
As nights get longer, the ability to manufacture food becomes more difficult and eventually the production of chlorophyll stops. This allows the carotenoids to shine through. Carotenoids produce yellow, orange and brown colors. This is why the aspen trees turn their amazing yellow color.
I know I left off some important details, but you get the idea. We just LOVE carotenoids! But seriously, you need to come visit during the first couple weeks of fall. You should be able to find some great deals as it is “off” season, but I’m guessing that is only because people are unaware of the beauty these aspen trees create. If you are looking for a place to stay check out our friends at Beaver Creek West. Their view of Beaver Creek is perfect for viewing the colors right from your condo patio. If you are wanting more information about the leaves changing colors visit this site.
Let’s take a look into what’s going on this weekend. We will give you the local tips on everything you need to know in order to enjoy Beaver Creek and Vail’s events just like a local.
Beaver Creek this Weekend:
Luxury Lifestyle Festival: This is fairly new event to Beaver Creek. The “Lux Fest” as the locals are calling it is only on its second year. This year the “Lux Fest” partnered with Mountain Living Magazine. You will see amazing cars, Beaver Creek’s version of fashion week, incredible homes, all while enjoying a glass of wine and delicious treats.
The Wrap Up- The Luxury Lifestyle Festival is great for the family. The event is outside so make sure you dress accordingly. By that we mean bring a rain jacket. The weather should be perfect for this event, but those afternoon showers come in quick. Be ready to walk around the village all day. The first event starts at 10am and ends at 3pm on Saturday, so go make a day out of it! We would suggest trying the food at the festival, but if the kids are still hungry take them to Blue Moose Pizza. Save some time and park down below and take the bus up. Believe us, it’s NO fun getting all the way up and realizing the people at the gate were right…. both parking garages are full.
Vail this Weekend:
We hate to say it, but it’s the last Oktoberfest in the valley. All weekend long celebrate by drinking beer and eating brats in Vail Village. Once again, a great event for the family. There are lots of fun things for the kids from contests to dancing. If you don’t take or don’t have kids, take the bus and really soak in what Oktoberfest is about. One of our favorites will be there, Helmut Fricker. This man is amazing!
The Wrap Up- Take the kids if you have them. The weather should be perfect, but do know the whole event takes place outside. Bring a couple bottles of water to save a couple bucks to put towards the steins (the steins are a great thing to have and take home). If you plan on celebrating with beer arrange a safe ride home. There are several cabs in the area and please use them! FUN FYI- have the kids ask Helmut for a joke. He always has one up his sleeve or should we say lederhosen.
If you have questions about these events or others please comment! We want to make sure you know everything you need to know!