Vail Valley Music Festival
The Vail Valley music festival is goes on from late June through early August. A series of concerts are held in the Ampitheatre at Vail and at the Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. www.vailvalleymusicfestival.org to view schedules and obtain ticket information.
Skiing- Frontside, Avanti
The Avanti Lift, Lift 2, serves some good intermediate terrain, as well as some so-called "expert" runs. From the top of the lift (or you can access Avanti from the top of Game Creek/Lift 7 or Wildwood Express/Lift 3 via Eagle's Nest Catwalk) numerous runs, green to black. Avanti (blue-black), and Pickeroon (blue-black) are good runs here, usually groomed enough for practicing form. You can access Mid-Vail, Wildwood Express/Lift 3 and Mountaintop Express/Lift 4 via Mid-Vail Express (blue), or Overeasy (green). From the top of Avanti, you can take The Meadows, a nice green that gets a bit more difficult near the end, or Look Ma, a steep black that's usually full of moguls and devoid of people. If you like black runs, Look Ma is short, but pretty nice. Watch out for rocks.
Avanti Express Lift/Lift 2 also serves the Black Forest Nastar Public Racing course.
To get to the base of Vista Bahn/Lift 16 and to Vail Village, take Giant Steps if you like expert pitches. I like it better than International, another black that parallels it. If you want an easy way down, Gitalong Road is a green catwalk that crosses back and forth over Bear Tree, an easy blue. You can split off toward Lionshead via the Lionshead Catwalk.
Avanti Lift/Lift 2- High Speed Quad, 1465 vertical, 7 minutes, closes at 4:00 pm.
Garfinkel's is located at the base of the mountain in Lyonshead village. The place gets crowded with apres skiers, snowboarders and those who are just checking things out. Its a great laid back place to grab a burger, a beer or both after a day on the mountain.
Vail in the Summer!
Five days in Vail for a completely planned from morning until evening trip! We stayed at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain. We enjoyed a beginner white water rafting ride, couples massage, horseback riding, good food and good company. The weather was fantastic! Blue skies and puffy white clouds. A peaceful place!
Joel's Vail Page
I lived in this stunning place for 8 years. I met so many wonderful and genuine people there. I feel so close to my Vail freinds, I consider most of them family. It is truely a little piece of heaven out here in the mountains. The bottom picture I took myself, but I got the top picture from my buddy Mitch. He and another buddy, Eddie, are planning a one year trip around the world in May, 2002.
Here are some links to more of my pages.
Palm Springs, California
Las Vegas, Nevada