2014-2015 Vail Mountain Winter Events
Curious what’s happening in Vail this winter? Here’s an overview of our signature events!
Vail Snow Daze – Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, 2014 Not long after the annual start of the ski and snowboard season at Vail, early-season visitors can enjoy a week of live entertainment with free headliner concerts from acts like Matisyahu, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Spend the day on the mountain, après at bar parties throughout the village, and save up energy for free concerts at night! For more information visit www.vail.com/snowdaze.
Vail Holidaze – Dec. 16-22, and 31, 2014 Vail Family Holidaze returns in December with the annual tree lighting ceremony and the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Ski Down and fireworks. Visit www.vail.com/holidaze for more details.
Last year, Vail Mountain re-imagined the nighttime experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Décimo, an exclusive nightclub experience located at 10,250 feet above sea level. For its debut, Décimo featured three-time Grammy nominee, DJ, producer and artist Paul Oakenfold – in an event that matched the legendary reputation of the mountain and resort. Vail Mountain is pleased to announce that Décimo will be returning for the 2014-2015 season for six exclusive nights. Décimo is only accessible by Vail Mountain’s state-of-the-art Gondola One featuring heated seats and complimentary Wi-Fi. For event dates and additional details please visit www.DecimoVail.com.
2015 World Alpine Ski Championships – Feb. 2-15, 2015
The World Championships represent the largest and most impressive collection of ski racing talent in the world, second only to the Olympics, with approximately 700 athletes from more than 70 nations. The prestigious FIS Alpine World Ski Championships have been held in the U.S. only three times before, including 1989 and 1999 for which the Vail Valley also played host, firmly establishing the community as the ski racing capital of North America. Vail is set to serve as the official hub of the ceremonies and nightly festival events – concerts, parties, art and culinary features, a big-screen stadium and more – from Feb. 2 through 15, while Beaver Creek will host the majority of the competition – all of which is free to spectators, unlike championships in Europe! Experience the World Championships at home in the United States and see the world’s best ski racers in action while enjoying thousands of acres of terrain and the Vail and Beaver Creek experience that guests have come to expect and love. Be a part of history! http://VailBeaverCreek2015.com
The 33rd Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI – March 2-7, 2015
The Burton US Open, which first took place in 1982, is the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world and draws the best riders to compete for a coveted US Open title. On the heels of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, snowsports enthusiasts can get their fill of world-class, Olympic-level slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding competitions in Golden Peak by day, and enjoy free concerts from names like Big Gigantic and Capital Cities in Vail Village by night. Stay tuned for more info at www.Vail.com/Burton or www.Burton.com/USO
Vail Film Festival – March 26-29, 2015
Presented by the Colorado Film Institute, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema, the Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation and promote new and creative film making. World premiers, celebrities, panel discussions and nightly parties make this an event that should not be missed. www.vailfilmfest.com
Taste of Vail – April 8-11, 2015
In its 25th year, the Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America’s favorite ski resort. During the annual three-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to “taste the Vail Valley lifestyle” which showcases Vail’s world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, après ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. www.tasteofvail.com
Pink Vail – March 21, 2015
Vail Mountain will become a sea of pink when everyday skiers and snowboarders gather in Vail for the return of a one-day event to raise awareness and funds to support cancer fighters. Pink Vail is the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer and has proven to be one of the most fun and colorful ski days of the year including live music, a celebration ski down, pink costumes and more. The 2014 event hosted more than 1,600 participants and raised over $466,000. Registration for Pink Vail 2015 will open in January on www.pinkvail.com. There are no age limits or ability requirements to register. The minimum pledge amount needed to register for the event is $25 and a Vail Mountain ski pass or lift ticket is required for mountain access. Lodging specials will be available for those traveling from out of town or just looking for a fun and worthwhile escape in Vail. Vail has committed to four more years of Pink Vail with events also scheduled for April 2, 2016, March 25, 2017, and April 7, 2018.
Spring Back to Vail – April 17-19, 2015
The “yang’ to the early-season “yin” of Vail Snow Daze, Spring Back to Vail, closes out the ski and snowboard season with free concerts from acts like Sublime with Rome, OAR, STS9, and Steel Pulse. Closing day brings the annual World Pond Skimming Championships, a spectacle entailing floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes launching themselves off an on-snow jump onto an icy pond in attempt to successfully exit the pond on both feet. www.vail.com/springback
Vail Mountain 2014-2015 Season Closing Day – April 19, 2015