Honoring the 10th Mountain Division, Family Fun at Beaver Creek and Scotty McCreery at the Vilar: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 2/18/22


Vail Legacy Days

Vail Legacy Days features a torchlight parade on Friday, memorial skiing on Riva Ridge on Saturday, and a Blackhawk helicopter landing on Sunday (weather permitting).
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

This weekend not only marks the President’s Day weekend holiday, but it also marks an important day in history, as February 18 marks the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Riva Ridge, a pivotal point in the Second World War. The famed 10th Mountain Division, which trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale, near Leadville, surprised the German Army by expanding Riva Ridge with the mountaineering skills they had learned at Camp Hale, and followed the attack on Riva Ridge with an assault on Mount Belvedere the following night.

This break from the Nazi Gothic line in Italy changed the direction of the war and the soldiers of the 10th were not only instrumental in the outcome of World War II, but were also key players in the manufacturing industry. skiing and the outdoor industry as we know it today. . One of Vail’s founders, Pete Seibert, was a soldier in the 10th Mountain Division and when he came back from the war, all he wanted to do was start a ski resort.

To commemorate the accomplishments of the 10th Mountain Division, Vail Mountain, the City of Vail, and the Colorado Snowsports Museum are hosting several events to celebrate and honor these people’s commitment to freedom and enthusiasm for the outdoors. soldiers.

Schedule for Legacy Days:


  • 4 p.m.: Tales of the 10th – Colorado Snowsports Museum welcomes David Little, military historian for the Tenth Mountain Foundation
  • 6:00 p.m.: 10th Mountain Legacy Parade – Mountain Plaza Vail Village – Torchlight descent, parade down Bridge Street, photos at the 10th Mountain Division statue, guests are invited to the 10th Mountain Division exhibit at the Colorado Snowsports Museum


  • 11:00 a.m.: Riva Ridge Memorial Ski Down – Meet at Legacy Hut at the top of Mountain Top Express (#4) and Northwoods Express (#11)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Troopers Cup Race – Pepi’s Face Vail Village base area
  • 5:30 p.m.: Through the Lens series: filmmaker Chris Anthony talks about Riva Ridge – Colorado Snowsports Museum


  • 11:00 a.m.: Blackhawk helicopter landing near the top of Avanti Express (#2) (weather dependent)
  • 11am-6pm: The Colorado Snowsports Museum is open daily

Pro Tip: Stop by the Hythe in Lionshead, where they’ll be launching exclusive culinary offers at Margie’s Haas Restaurant. Customers who mention the word “heritage†will receive a free tray of groceries and 20% off their bill (excluding alcohol) by February 21. Go to TheHytheVail.com for more information.

For more information on Legacy Days, visit SnowsportsMuseum.org and DiscoverVail.com.

Beaver Creek Presents ‘Spangled’

Beaver Creek celebrates President’s Day with a weekend full of patriotic themes and a visit from the Raptor Education Foundation.
Beaver Creek Resort / Courtesy Photo

Tee strips and slopes will be the theme for this President’s Day weekend in Beaver Creek. After the mountain closes, descend into the plaza and enjoy patriotic performers, live music, performers, education, entertainment, and games.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents “Spangled,†so in addition to the chocolate chip cookies offered each afternoon at 3 p.m., the skating rink, the art installations at Beaver Creek Wonder, and the shops and restaurant, “ Spangled†will delight the family so plan to kick off the ski boots and put on some comfy shoes and stick in. Friday, listen to the Denver Dolls’ patriotic songs and sing-alongs on the Fountain Stage beginning at 4 p.m.; Saturday will feature Fun Fest carnival games and the family DJ tunes of DJ Courtney at Beaver Creek Plaza from 4-5:30 p.m.; Sunday will feature Sven Fire and Acrobatics Show at Beaver Creek Plaza at 4 p.m.; and on Monday there will be a Raptor Education Foundation presentation and Q&A on the fountain stage at 4 p.m.

Beaver Creek is also hosting its second of three snowshoe races this weekend. Get out early on Sundays and do the 5k or 10k races, and if you want you can go at a more leisurely pace if you want. The course will be located below the village along the scenic Beaver Creek Golf Club. It could be a good way to break away from the holiday crowds, although you can still do some shopping after the event.

Prizes will be given to the top three male and female athletes. All athletes will be entered into the draw at the post-race party where you will also receive a post-race meal. This is a paid event and you can save money by registering early.

Beaver Creek Snowshoe Series

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Daytime registration and bib pick-up at Beaver Creek Sports in the village
  • 10:00 a.m.: Start of the race
  • 12:00 p.m.: After party at Blue Moose Pizza in Beaver Creek Village
  • BeaverCreek.com/Events

Vilar Center Concerts

Country music high-end Scotty McCreery will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Vilar Performing Arts Center / Courtesy Photo

It’s been a busy week for the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Within days they hosted bluegrass with the Lil’ Smokies, comedian Jim Gaffigan did two shows in one night, jazz great Wynton Marsalis played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and we’re not even at the end of week again.

This weekend, country music sensation Scotty McCreery will take the stage on Saturday and the Ten Tenors will fill the theater with their unique sounds on Sunday night.

Scotty McCreey’s career took off when he was the youngest winner of American Idol when he was just 17 in 2011. Since then there has been no looking back and McCreery has come out hit after hit on the country music charts, including his latest video. for the single “Damn Straight” from his album “Same Truck”.

His stop at the intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center is part of his “Same Truck” tour where he travels coast to coast and even does a few gigs in Europe. He will take part in the C2C (Country to Country) festival in Dublin, London and Glasgow in March. He will then travel to Germany and the Netherlands for a few shows before returning home.

Catch McCreery while he’s in town for a show on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. and listen to hits like “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” “In Between” and more. Reserved seating starts at $75. To visit VilarPAC.org/Scotty-McCreery

With Valentine’s Day arriving earlier this week, it’s the perfect time to hear The Ten Tenors perform their “Love is in the Air” concert at VPAC. Hear classic love songs like “Unchained Melody,” “Somebody to Love,” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” like you’ve never heard them before with 10-part harmonies. That’s right, not the usual 4 part harmonies, there’s a reason there are 10 talented Aussies on stage to wow your head (and ears) during this show.

Find out why more than 90 million people around the world call The Ten Tenors a musical sensation. Tickets start at $58, with a four-pack option available for $220. To visit VilarPAC.org/The-Ten-Tenors for tickets and more information.

Vail after the party

Stop by the Vail After Party on Fridays from 3:30-5pm for the Olympic Celebration with a big screen TV showing the Winter Olympics and sign the sign to show your support for Team USA.
Tricia Swenson / Daily Vail

The third Friday of each month marks the Vail Après Ski Party. Each month, the party travels to different locations, such as the Express Lift Bar at the foot of the Gondola One tracks and Deca + Bol near the Solaris ice rink. This Friday, the party moves to the International Bridge and takes on an international theme.

Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on the big screen set up along Gore Creek, which has existed since the start of the Winter Games on February 4.

Vail Après started a few years ago and listens to the après ski traditions of the European Alps. Apres is a French word meaning “after”, so après ski means that once you come down the hill the party begins, you share a toast with your friends, have a snack and do a bit of dancing.

Snacking, dancing and grilling will all be on the agenda at Vail Après with Local Joe’s Pizza offering slices and beer specials for $6. The first 50 people in Vail After will receive a free share.

Alongside the broadcast of the Winter Games on major television, live music will also be broadcast in the streets. Head to the International Bridge from 3:30 PM to 5 PM for Vail After. For more information, visit DiscoverVail.com.

Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race

The Vail Recreation District held uphill races like this at Arrowhead earlier this season as part of a series.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy Photo

That’s right, it’s a race where you propel yourself upwards instead of using gravity to descend the slopes of Vail. The Vail Mountain Winter Climb has been running since 2008. Longtime locals and members of Vail’s running community Ellen Miller and Hooker Lowe organized this run in honor of fellow runner, Lyndon Ellefson, who died then that he was training on the Matterhorn during training. for a race in Italy in 1998.

The race is open to splitboard, ski and off-ski categories. The race starts at 7am from the base of the Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead and riders will climb over 2,200 vertical feet to the top of the Eagle’s Nest. This event is for competitors and non-competitors alike and there is an age category for everyone.

After everyone has arrived at the top, there will be a breakfast and awards ceremony at the Eagle’s Nest. For more information and to register go to VailRec.com.


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