Are you looking for an alternative to your Disney vacation? Check out the Aspen/Snowmass area for a safe, fun, educational and exciting alternative to your typical family vacation! The Roaring Fork Valley is chock full of amazing activities for all ages! Just imagine you can be out skiing one of the four world class resorts while your children are making life long memories and creating new friendships that will last a lifetime. Here is a four day guide to getting the most out of your family vacation while here in town!
I sometimes wonder how we find time to ski with all the other amazing events going on in Whistler. Just this past weekend Whistler hosted the following events, some of which are still on-going:
Whistler Telemark Fest
February 4, 2012The Whistler Telemark Festival is a great opportunity for telemarkers get together and enjoy a day of skiing with instruction for everyone from beginners to steeps experts and all in between. There will be fun competitions, prizes and Apres! Participants are entitle to 50% off lift tickets and 20% off rentals.
FIBT: Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup
February 2 - 4, 2012FIBT: Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup
The world's top bobsleigh and skeleton athletes will hit the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre for thrilling sliding sport action on the fastest track in the world. Get dressed in red and white, and come on down to the Sliding Centre to cheer Canada's athletes to gold.
Callaghan Winter Sports Club Biathlon Series
February 4, 2012
From beginners to experts, the Biathlon Series is an excellent opportunity to experience biathlon and test your cross-country skiing and shooting skills in a fun environment. Similar to a sprint competition, each participant will ski three loops of a course, with two shooting bouts in-between. These events are open to all members of the public, ages 8 and up. Takes place at the Whistler Olympic Park.
February 5-12, 2012
Don't miss one of the biggest and best gay ski weeks in the world! 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Whistler's WinterPRIDE. GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE Is The Evolution Of The Annual Gay & Lesbian Ski & Snowboard Festival
The infamous Peak to Creek Race also took place on Friday February 3 and Saturday February 4, 2012. Hundreds of skiers of various levels team up to race down from the very top of Whistler Mountain ending up in the Creekside. Lots of fun, prizes and apres for all.
So how do we fit all this in, while some of us have to work too?? We can't participate in all these great events, but how lucky are we to have the opportunity to do so. And think about the variety of people we get to meet in the village who all have a different, fascinating story to tell of what has brought them to Whistler. It's usually a collection of things that brings everyone back - the amazing snow, the never ending variety of skiable terrain, the great village atmosphere and the warmth and hospitality of the Canadians, eh.
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If you haven’t heard…The Back Bowls are open. Over 50” of new snow has fallen in the last couple weeks and Ski Patrol is opening new terrain on a daily basis. It seems as if every day another group of my friends are telling stories about how they were the first ones to ski Champagne Glade, or how they were ready and waiting as Ski Patrol dropped the ropes at the top of China Bowl - taking turn after turn in the seemingly endless field of untracked snow. Like a painter with a fresh canvas, they make their own tracks. 4,000+ acres are now open and the conditions are becoming reminiscent of last year. People are hooting and hollering down the mountain and everyone in the lift line is bragging about the fresh stash they just found – eagerly waiting to get back up the chair. Powder skis are starting to make a regular appearance and the excitement has returned to the Vail Valley.
The first ever Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer will come to the Vail Valley Feb. 10-12. Professional and amateur athletes from all over the world will converge in Vail to celebrate adventure sports, music, art and the great outdoors. Competitions will include mixed climbing, dual slalom biking, telemark and Nordic skiing, snowshoe racing and ski mountaineering. Most locals are looking forward to the Vertical Challenge event. Vail’s back bowls stretch an impressive 7 miles, covering 2,734 acres. If you think you can ski all seven back bowls in one day, then this is something you might also want to look in to – it is open to the public!
We are also very excited that Vail has continued the Bud Light Street Beat concert series for the 13th consecutive season. Every Thursday evening, ending April 12, locals and guests alike can enjoy free music in the streets of Vail. It is definitely worth checking out.
With free events virtually every weekend and snow totals continuing to climb - it is a good time to be in the Vail Valley. There is an underlying feeling amongst locals that the weather pattern has indeed shifted and this spring could turn out to be one for the ages.
Big thanks to all of our loyal customers out there.