A parade in Vail, dancing in Vilar, sleigh dinners, Nordic adventures and late-night music: Tricia’s weekend picks 1/28/22

Legacy Parade

The Vail Legacy Parade takes place on Vail Mountain and continues on Bridge Street before moving things to the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The event aims to honor and remember the 10th Mountain Division Army Winter Warfare Unit that helped shape the outdoor industry into what it is today.
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Many people pass the larger than life 10th Mountain Division Soldier Statue every time they walk down Bridge Street and don’t know its significance. The Vail Legacy Parades aim to dissolve the mystery and share the rich history of the 10th Mountain Division, the Army’s winter warfare unit that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale. Ski resorts like Vail were founded by 10th century members who returned to the United States after World War II and wanted to expand the outdoor lifestyle and shape it into what it is today.

To honor this history, Vail Mountain hosts Vail Legacy Parades throughout the season to commemorate the founders of Vail Mountain. Vail Ski Resort personnel dress in the white camouflage uniforms 10th wore and race down the mountain. Spectators can view the torchlight descent from the base of Gondola One at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village. The parade starts at 6pm but it is recommended to arrive at 5.45pm for the best view.

After ascending the mountain, the group descends Bridge Street and stops at the 10th Mountain Division statue near the covered bridge. Then head to the Colorado Snowsports Museum and learn more about the 10th Mountain Division in the exhibit. The museum stays open until 8 am on parade nights. For more information, visit Vail.com.


BODYTRAFFIC performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.
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The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek presents another dance performance on stage as part of its dance series this winter. BODYTRAFFIC is a contemporary dance company that started in 2007, and it didn’t take long for the ensemble to gain worldwide acclaim.

“We are proud to welcome a company that innovates in the field of art. They combine athleticism, contemporary movement and entertainment in an evening of dance that is sure to dazzle audiences of all genres,” said VPAC Executive Director Owen Hutchinson.

BODYTRAFFIC has a repertoire that includes works from top choreographers and brings those works to life on stage. The company has just completed a residency at the Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham and will continue to tour the United States before heading to Canada later this spring.

BODYTRAFFIC movements literally move people around the world. They have been selected as cultural ambassadors in Israel, Jordan, South Korea, Algeria and Indonesia.

“BODYTRAFFIC is at the forefront of the dance world, bringing a unique style of its own. They have often been cited for their commitment to stimulating and thoughtful repertoire. This performance will feature ‘SNAP’, choreographer Micaela Taylor’s layered vision of social pressure and urban diversity,” said Ruthie Hamrick, Director of Marketing at VPAC.

Here’s what critics are saying about BODYTRAFFIC:

  • “It’s not every day that before a company has even finished the first piece, I think, ‘And now I have a new company to love.'” — The Herald of the Sun, Susan Broili
  • “One of the most talked about companies, not just in LA, but nationwide.” – Los Angeles Times
  • “Body Traffic suggests invention, attitude and the urban edge” – The Boston Globe

BODYTRAFFIC takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $62 for reserved seating and there is a special price for students, $25 for students 18 and under with a student ID. For more information, go to VilarPAC.org.

Late night music

Brian Spotts plays live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Pepi’s in Vail from 4-6pm and 7-9pm
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There’s plenty of après-ski music in the Valley every day, but if you’re the type who can go from first chair to last call, here are some options for late-night music in the Vail Valley this weekend. -end.

Shakedown Bar in Vail is known for its live bands. This weekend welcomes The Runaway Grooms from 9 p.m. to midnight, The Kory Montgomery Band on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight and house, electro and hip-hop on Sunday as part of Shakedown’s House Sessions from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Red Lion asks its musicians to do a double-header of music with Nick Steinart playing the après ski starting at 4 p.m. and the late night set starting at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Andy Cyphert playing the same program on Sunday.

Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails also offers late night music. From now until the end of the ski season, resident DJ Rein Tahk will be playing original house music sets every Friday from 11 p.m. will produce on Saturday evening.

If you need some music to transport you from après-ski to music later in the evening, stop by Pepi’s Bar and listen to Brian Spotts play Friday-Sunday 7-9pm after his 4pm après-ski at 18 o’clock.

Sleigh dinners

Enjoy a unique dining experience by doing dinner sledding at 4 Eagle Ranch.
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For the ultimate Colorado dining experience, why not try a sleigh dinner at 4 Eagle Ranch? Offered nightly, this excursion will take you back in time to the Old West. 4 Eagle Ranch is located four miles north of Wolcott, about a 30 minute drive from Vail. Once at the ranch, enjoy the wide open spaces and views of the Sawatch Range.

The sleigh ride can be done before or after dinner. Arrive early and warm up with a drink or a cup of chili before heading out. Once on the sled, make yourself comfortable under the covers and admire the sunset. Or go out after dinner and look at the stars. Have your picture taken with Willie and Waylon, the pair of Percheron horses pulling the sled. The sleigh ride takes about 15 minutes and takes you on a loop around the mountain pasture.

Also soak up the history that awaits you. The Nelson Cabin is a 130 year old cabin that was moved from Minturn to the ranch. The cabin was dismantled with all its numbered logs, then rebuilt when it moved west.

Once back inside, you’ll be greeted in the dining room with an open fire and belly stove to take away the chill and a musician playing some of your favorite tunes.

Feast on ranch favorites like Colorado grass-fed New York strip loin, butter-poached salmon or herb-marinated chicken. Sides include caramelized Brussels sprouts and poached carrots in honey butter. Sweeten the evening with cinnamon-spiced apple crisps and “dirty” ice cream, and there’s never a shortage of s’mores at 4 Eagle Ranch.

To verify 4EagleRanch.com for more details and to book your reservations and make lasting memories.

Beaver Creek Nordic Center

Snowshoe rentals as well as cross-country and telemark equipment are available for rent at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center.
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We’ve been talking a lot about McCoy Park this winter, which is the newly expanded land option offering 250 acres of ski-lift serviced trails in Beaver Creek, but the area isn’t exactly new. For those who love to experience “the other side of Beaver Creek Mountain,” the northern side of Beaver Creek, McCoy Park has been a hit with cross-country skiers and snowshoers for decades.

The Beaver Creek Nordic Center is located in the Strawberry Park building, across from the covered bridge in Beaver Creek Village, near the bus drop-off. The rental shop offers classic equipment, skate, telemark and snowshoes. Scheduled classes and private lessons, tours, ticket sales, retail items and snacks are also available.

From the Nordic Center, take the Strawberry Park Express (#12) to McCoy Park, which offers just under 20 kilometers of groomed, rustic trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Once you get to the top, it looks quite different this year with two lifts, with the McCoy Park Express (#19) and Reunion Lift (#20) servicing 17 beginner and intermediate runs. The Nordic trails are along the periphery and always offer good views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges.

Group and private lessons are available for the disciplines of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and telemark. Self-guided tours are also available, just grab a map and follow the key, which lists beginner terrain in green, intermediate trails in blue and advanced trails in black, just like on the alpine trail maps. Discover “the other side of the mountain” on BeaverCreek.com/Nordic.

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