November 2014: This Month in the Vail Valley

The snow has started to fall in the Vail Valley, and everyone is excited. (Dan Jackson Photo)

The snow has started to fall in the Vail Valley, and everyone is excited! (Dan Jackson Photo)

This season’s snowfall got a somewhat late start, but it seems intent on catching up with plenty of powder in this week’s outlook.  The snowy weather that might send folks in other parts of the country scrambling indoors has a reverse effect here in the Vail Valley.  Skis, snowboards, snowshoes, snowmobiles and winter gear of all kinds pop up in the wake of a good snowfall like flowers after a spring rain – and in a similarly colorful display.

While it’s always a good time to visit the Vail Valley, for many the start of ski season is a particularly high point on the calendar.  Here’s what you’ll find in the Vail Valley this month:

Ski Season Begins:  It’s November in Eagle County – do you know where your ski pass is?  At 9 a.m. on Friday, November 21, Vail Mountain officially opens for the 2014-15 ski season, with Beaver Creek to follow on Wednesday the 26th.  Be sure to vote in the cookie contest at Beaver Creek!

Amazing Holiday Lights:  Festive lighting, ice sculptures and decor are common features in Vail and Beaver Creek this time of year. Even in this environment, the Beaver Creek Christmas Tree never fails to stand out. Beaver Creek’s 33rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 28.  The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with an ice skating show at the Beaver Creek ice rink.

Outdoor Recreation Opportunities:  From golf courses converted into carefully-groomed Nordic trails to the wild and untamed White River National Forest, the Vail Valley is packed with outdoor adventure sites for all ages and levels of expertise even beyond our world class resorts. Whether you’re interested in snowshoeing on Meadow Mountain or ice climbing in East Vail, the powder is on the way.

Warren Miller’s 65th Ski Film:  A new Warren Miller offering is enough to excite the Vail Valley almost as much as the incoming snowfall.  The latest film, No Turning Back, “pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure film making that has led us to every end of the winter world.”  Get a taste of some truly amazing skiers in their element, put together with into some equally outstanding films. If you haven’t heard of Warren Miller Entertainment , that is all the more reason to find a showing!

 The Black Diamond Ball:  O.K., so this is technically next month, but for many the Black Diamond Ball is one of the biggest start-of-season events in the Vail Valley.  The 16th Annual Black Diamond Ball to benefit the Vail Valley Foundation will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  This year’s event is “Venetian Masquerade Inspired,” and sure to be fun for all.

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