December 2014: Why Visit the Vail Valley?

Rocky Mountain Home Team leader Michael Routh and his son Noah hit the slopes as Ski Season 2014-15 begins in the Vail Valley!

Rocky Mountain Home Team leader Michael Routh and his son Noah hit the slopes as Ski Season 2014-15 begins in the Vail Valley!

As you might expect for such a “winter wonderland,” the Vail Valley loves the holiday season! The snow shines on the slopes by day and the Christmas lights twinkle by night.  Our local shops have displays and deals to rival any shopping mall, with an added personal touch you won’t find at the “big box” chain stores. All the charm of a small town holiday plus the excitement of the returning ski season makes this the perfect time to visit the Vail Valley!

The holiday season means the return of Beaver Creek Winterfest.  The week-long event, which will run from December 20th through January 3rd, includes activities, parades, performances, contests and more, with a focus on children’s events.  Joining in the fun is as easy as showing up Village Plaza during the après ski hours. You’ll find a schedule here.

Vail’s “Snow Daze,” the “largest early-season mountain Bash in North America” returns for its eighth consecutive year.  Snow Daze pulls out all the stops with fresh tracks, an expo village, après parties and free live concerts! Rusted Root, the Wallflowers, 10,000 Maniacs and more are on the schedule, which you can find here!

The famed Christmas Tree at Beaver Creek has already been lit, but Vail’s annual ceremony will take place Dec. 21.  A lantern walk through Vail Village will follow the Tree Lighting ceremony, which is part of Vail’s wider “Holidaze” celebration.

The Vail Daily has several more suggestions for a very merry Eagle County Christmas.

Meanwhile, the skiers and snowboarders are back on the slopes.  The latest snow reports reveal a fairly good start for the 2014-2015 ski season.  As of Dec 10, Vail had opened 4353 of its 5289 total acres and was running 23 of its 31 lifts, while Beaver Creek had opened 762 of its 1832 acres and was running 14 of its 24 lifts.

The Rocky Mountain Home Team got an early start to the holiday cheer when we joined our Keller Williams Mountain Properties colleagues to pack 50 boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in November.   Our ongoing office food drive reminds us of our responsibility to share with those less fortunate when we are blessed with good fortune.  If you do stop by our office, why not bring a non-perishable food item?

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