Thursday, February 27, 2014

Burton US Open at Vail

Burton US Open Brings FREE On & Off-Snow Activities to Vail 
PRESS RELEASE – BURLINGTON, VT (February 26, 2014) Today, Burton Snowboards is excited to announce that there are tons of FREE activities fit for the whole family to enjoy as part of the 32nd annual US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain. Taking place from March 3rd – 8th, this year’s event offers an incredible mountain experience for guests, including world-class snowboarding, luxury lodging, restaurants and shopping, a jam-packed entertainment line-up with a variety of live music acts, a Riglet Park for kids to try snowboarding, all-day après events, rider autograph signings and photo opportunities, product sampling, games, giveaways, and more.
For more details on all the exciting FREE things to do in the Town of Vail at the Burton US Open, check out the schedule below:
Après All Day Lounge at Solaris Ice Rink
11:00am – 6:00pm daily
Hang out, get cozy, access free Wi-Fi and phone charging stations from Nokia, and watch the Burton US Open competition in this open-air Après All Day lounge. Check out MINI test drives, guest rider appearances, drink specials from Pacifico, Mountain Dew samples, DJ Logic spinning great tunes, and more. Make sure to stop into the Burton pop-up store and grab limited edition US Open merchandise. Also enjoy Après All Day locations throughout the resort at favorite Vail spots like Larkspur, Garfinkels, Red Lion and Tavern on the Square featuring live feeds of the competition, giveaways, and food and drink specials.

Burton Riglet Park Kids Learn To Snowboard Experience at Lionshead Base Area
Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm & 4:00pm – 6:00pm
A special Burton Riglet Park will offer a Learn To Ride experience for kids as young as 3 years old, complete with coaches and gear provided free of charge.

Sponsor Village at Golden Peak
Wednesday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm (will stay open until 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday)
At MINI’s tent, enjoy awesome motoring swag, a photo booth, spin-to-win games and a gallery featuring Burton heritage boards. Over at Mountain Dew, choose your Dew, learn about the Green Mountain Process, enjoy moderated discussions, autographed sessions, photo opportunities with Dew’s pro riders, and more. At G-Shock, don’t miss the daily raffle, giveaways and pro rider autographs. There’s also product samples, giveaways, games and photo opportunities from Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, Bear Naked® granola, Shiseido and Clif Bar, and the chance to win Chipotle’s VIP for the People experience with free tacos and Patron margaritas. Improve your chances of being a Chipotle VIP by pre-registering here between February 24th – February 28th.
BurtonGirls at Golden Peak
Wednesday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm (will stay open until 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday)
New this year, soak up the US Open atmosphere and relax with the BurtonGirls crew at the ladies’ tent. There’s a Burton Team rider signing on Friday at 1:30pm, plus a VIP demo experience catered specifically to women, a photo booth and Instagram contest for the chance to win a Burton jacket, a candy bar to mix, match and take home your favorite sweets, FREE hot chocolate, giveaways and more. And to explore Vail Mountain in style, head to the tent at 10:00am on Friday and Saturday for BurtonGirls ride meet-ups and take laps.

Burton “Drop In & Win” Game at Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead
9:00am – 5:00pm daily
Go to the Burton stores in Vail Village and Lionshead or the Burton Base Camp in the Sponsor Village to receive a FREE “Drop In & Win” game card, which includes a Bingo-format card with 25 options to get stamps at locations around The Town of Vail. Drop-in to the Burton stores or Sponsor Village tents to play and win daily prizes for the whole family, including Burton store gift cards and the chance to win a Vail Epic Season pass. Limit one card per person. For more info, go to

Burton Team Autograph Signings at Lionshead
Thursday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Stop by the Burton store in Lionshead on Thursday and Saturday to meet and hang out with Burton Team riders who will be signing autographs.

And that’s just a short list of things to do after you watch the best snowboarders in the world compete at the Burton US Open. Be sure to check out for the full competition schedule so you don’t miss any of the action at the world’s greatest snowboard event.
Finally, all events are FREE, family-friendly and open to the public. Look for convenient, free in-town bus routes to get around both base villages provided by the Town of Vail. Also, don’t miss exclusive US Open gifts with purchase and special discounts at the Burton stores in Vail Village and Lionshead, the Stone Hut tent in the Sponsor Village and the Burton Pop Up store in Solaris. And check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of competitors, schedules and more follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Taste of Vail

Convening a crowd of the hungry and thirsty to eat and imbibe amid stunning scenery is not a new concept, but with the Taste of Vail the eponymous resort town attains its own niche with a blend of fun, sophistication and culinary alpenglow.
The event, held in and around the storybook streets of Vail Village, features tastes of signature dishes from around 30 of the town's best restaurants, wine tastings from dozens of national vineyards, interactive cooking seminars, and the Colorado Lamb Cook-off. It is one of the only food and wine festivals in the USA to require that each wine to be personally poured by the vintner or winery owner, allowing attendees to distill expertise direct from the source.
The theme of this year's Taste, which runs April 2-5, is rose wine, and the kick-off event April 2 is a three-hour tasting showcasing more than 100 roses from around the world, paired with local cuisine (fret not, pinot fans: The full suite of varietals will be on offer throughout the Taste). Renowned wine expert wine Josh Wesson, co-founder of the New York City wine shop Best Cellars, will MC the rose tasting.
On Day 2, the thin air of Vail Valley fills with the pungency of the lamb cook-off, with more than two dozen chefs burnishing their innovative takes on Colorado ungulates as guests wander from booth to booth teasing their palates – with, of course, wine pairings. In 2013, Executive Chef Paul Anders of the venerable Sweet Basil took first prize for his slow roasted leg of lamb with preserved lemon labneh, dried olives, lamb cracklins and pickled ramps.
Day 3 takes the festivities to new heights – a hand-built snow arena two-thirds of the way up Vail mountain, at 10,350 feet above sea level, where chefs prepare an all-you-can-eat gourmet picnic. The site is accessible on skis, or via the Eagle Bahn gondola.
The timing of the Taste of Vail is not accidental, in line with the longest and (usually) warmest days of the ski season, and off the peak of tourist season, affording visitors some breathing room when floating among the events or skating through non-existent lift lines.
Chefs tend to wait until the event, or just prior, to announce which dishes and recipes they will feature. Among the hits last year: Escargot in sauce persille', French Helix snails cooked in parsley sauce, from La Tour Restaurant; Skuna Bay salmon desgustation, from Hooked; herb gnocchi with lobster, maitake mushrooms, sea urchin butter and orange foam, from Atwater on Gore Creek; and potato crusted trout filets with haricots verts and heirloom cherry tomatoes, from former Top Chef star Kelly Liken.
The Taste of Vail wraps up with a Grand Tasting, billed as a showcase for the chefs' most creative fare and the wineries' best products. Coming on the heels of three days of sumptuous indulgence, those superlatives might be a stretch. Then again, for an event that seems to outdo itself every year, anything is possible. And there's only one way to find out.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

VAIL — The banner said “We love Heidi,” but you didn’t need to read it to know that was the case.

Welcoming hometown Olympian Heidi Kloser back to Vail on Monday were a collection of people who have known the 21-year-old mogul skier her whole life and whose faces were brimming with pride as she thanked them for being there.

“Your support has been amazing. I couldn’t have done it without you guys,” Kloser said on Monday.
Included in the group was James Deighan, of Highline Sports and Entertainment: “I was certain she was going to medal,” Vail Mountain Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot: “Thanks for representing our community so incredibly well,” and Dr. Steven Yarberry, who delivered Heidi: “She’s just a great girl.”

A common theme expressed by many of those who spoke at the event was the heartbreak they felt when Kloser injured her knee on the first day of training in Sochi, which left her unable to compete at this year’s Games, and the excitement they’re already feeling from the idea of her skiing in the 2018 Olympics.
“I know you’re going to be there in Korea, and we’re going to be there with you,” said John Garnsey, Vail Resorts’ president of global mountain development.

While Heidi has said explicitly that the 2018 Olympics are among her goals, her parents said her focus is more immediate.

“Heidi looks at the present. She’s saying, ‘I have to recover and get back into World Cups,’” Heidi’s mother, Emily Kloser, said Monday.
Heid Kloser will likely receive ACL surgery on the injured knee in a week or so. Until then, she’s trying to keep the swelling down and the positivity up.

“She’s been through surgery before, so she’ll approach it in the same manner, heal up and strengthen as much as she can as quickly as she can,” her father, Mike Kloser, said Monday. “She’ll head out to training camps in Park City (and) work on physical therapy. She’ll be on a good program.”
While it’s not absolutely certain, Heidi Kloser will likely wait for the U.S. Ski Team physician and surgeon Dr. Bill Sterett, of Vail Summit Orthopeadics, to come back from Sochi to perform the surgery, her father said. Sterett is also a Vail Valley local.

“When I got hurt ... it was just so encouraging to have this whole community behind me,” Heidi Kloser said.

Follow Heidi Kloser on her website,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top 10 Warren Miller Quotes

Top 10 Warren Miller Quotes


1. “If you dont do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

2. “If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your thing.” 

3. ”People weren’t made to fly, thats why we make kickers.”

4. ”The best thing about skiing backwards is you can see where you’ve been.”

5. ”On the other hand you have different fingers.”

6. ”Don’t take life too seriously, because you can’t come out of it alive.”

7. ”They say its always darkest before the dawn. So if your going to steal your neighbors newspaper… thats the time to do it.”

8. ”If your parents didn’t have children, odds are you won’t either”

9. ”twin tip skis have insured that todays skiers can ride backwards, as much as they can forwards, why the want to do that? i dont know…..”

10. “Never eat in a restaurant that has a bowling trophy on the cash register.” – Warren Miller


The Life of Warren Miller

Warren Miller was born on October 15, 1924; throughout his childhood he spent his time skiing in the winter, surfing in the summer, as well as fooling around with a camera taking photographs. His childhood passions would allow for Warren Miller to make a career out of his passions. At the age of eighteen, Warren joined the U.S. Navy, which would only last untill 1946 when Miller was discharged. When he was discharged from the Navy, he bought his first eight millimeter camera and started to build his empire whether he knew it or not. Warren and some friends moved to Sun Valley, Idaho where they lived in a trailer in the parking lot of the town’s ski resort. There Warren Miller would make a living by giving ski lessons during the day while documenting and critiquing each other when they were not working as ski instructors.

In 1949, Warren Miller decided to capitalize on his hobbies and passions by collecting all the ski footage and narrating the films to the tune of his voice.  He created Warren Miller Entertainment, which would produce extreme skiing movies in which professional skiers and snowboarders travel across the world to ski the most premier mountains.  Since 1950, the Warren Miller Company has produced one documentary peryear. Warren Miller would take the films that he made, traveling from ski resort to ski resort; renting out town hall to screen the ski films during the evening. During the daytime the Warren Miller crew would adventure out on to the mountain with their cameras rolling to capture new footage for next year’s documentary.   From the years 1950 to 2008 Warren Miller Entertainment has produced a total of 59 extreme sport documentaries, which have shown that the impossible is yet to be discovered. Warren Miller documentaries give an inside view into the world of extreme sports, the films are narrated with witty humor, and have an endless line up of talented professional skiers and snowboarders.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nine Inches of Snow

Vail Resorts, Inc. : The First Day of November Brings Nine Inches of Snow to Vail Mountain

11/04/2013 | 03:11am US/Eastern
November 01, 2013

The month of November is already off to a snowy start, dropping nine inches of fresh snow on Vail Mountain overnight. As the flakes continue to fall, excitement and anticipation for winter continues to rise with Vail's opening day just three weeks away on Friday, Nov. 22.

In addition to excitement for the first turns of the season at Vail, guests can also look forward to new investments on the mountain in the form of two new chairlifts, including the replacement of one of the most recognizedand highly utilized chairlifts in North America, the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4), with a new six-passenger chairlift. Serving as a major access route from Mid-Vail to Vail's legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, uphill capacity of the lift will increase by 33 percent, dramatically reducing lift lines and building upon the success of the newly built state-of-the-art Gondola One.

The Gopher Hill Lift (#12) in Golden Peak will also be upgraded this season from a double chair to a triple chair, better serving beginners and Vail's youngest ski school guests. Both the new Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and Gopher Hill Lift (#12) will continue to build upon Vail's preeminent position in delivering the best experience in the ski industry worldwide. Additionally, Vail will continue to host world-class athletes this winter during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships March 5-8, 2014, and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day.
The race brought the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional cycling to elevations more than two miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With altitudes and downhill peaks double what riders usually endure, the Colorado Rocky Mountains presented a course that was as much a part of the race as the riders themselves.
Nearly 1 million spectators viewed this race from the roadsides along the route while 161 countries and territories broadcasted the race on television, including NBC and Versus. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge was one of the largest cycling events in United States history. Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013 and travel through Vail.
The 2013 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams, including UCI No. 1-ranked Sky Procycling, which includes 2012 Tour de France overall winner Bradley Wiggins and second place finisher Chris Froome(2013 Tour de France winner). Comprised of UCI Pro, Pro Continental and Continental teams, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a heart-pounding journey through the Colorado Rockies, the seven-day stage race will travel nearly 600 miles.
“After featuring an impressive lineup of teams and riders for the first two editions of the USA Pro Challenge, the 2013 race will host the most competitive field yet,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “Interest from teams continues to grow year after year, making the selection of these 16 even more difficult, but we looked at the stats and listened to the fans, and have put together a field that is going to keep things interesting down to the last minute of racing in Denver.”
"We're really looking forward to the USA Pro Challenge,” said Carsten Jeppesen, head of technical operations for Sky Procycling. “It's a great race that has everything.  With climbing, sprints and a time trial, as well as good crowds, it's a mini-Tour – the kind of race we really like. We'll certainly bring a strong team and there are some strong young American riders in Joe (Dombrowski) and Ian (Boswell) who would love to be there in front of their home crowd. It's only our second race in the U.S. and we aim to put on a good show."
Following is the complete list of teams that will be competing in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge:
UCI ProTeams
    BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
    Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
    RadioShack Leopard Trek (LUX) @RSLT
    Sky Procycling (GBR) @TeamSky
    Team Argos-Shimano (NED) @1t4i
    Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
    Team Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN) @TeamSaxoTinkoff

UCI Professional Continental Teams

    Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN) @TeamChampionSys
    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
    Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
    COLOMBIA (COL) @Col_Coldeportes

UCI Continental Teams

    Bissell Pro Cycling (USA) @BissellCycling
    Bontrager Cycling Team (USA) @BontragerCT
    Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
    Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
    Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Boneyard Boogie race kicks off Vail Mountain Trail Running Series on Saturday

By RealVail
May 15, 2013
The Vail Recreation District's 2013 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, presented by Columbia, will kick off the trail running race season on Saturday, May 18, with the Boneyard Boogie 10k in Eagle.
The Boneyard Boogie 10k trail run, which is sponsored by the Dusty Boot, will begin at 9 a.m. behind Eagle Valley Middle School at the Bureau of Land Management trailhead, located in the Bluffs Neighborhood.
Individual race costs are $29 for preregistration or $39 on race-day. Runners also can register for the entire race series for $180 by Thursday (5-16). Registration is available online at or at until 5 p.m. on Friday (5-17). Day-of registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
The trail running race will include a switchback single track through the wooded BLM area emerging from the trees and into rolling sagebrush fields. Runners will encounter some trail splits along the way, plus several short bursting climbs.
Once at the top of the climb, the single track trail descends steeply to the Eagle Pool and Ice Arena for an extended downhill run to the finish. Additionally, if the course records are broke this weekend, East West Resorts will award $200 to either or both the male and female who break the records. The course records are held by John Tribbia who ran 41:44 in 2011 and Deanna Audrey who ran a 44:22 in 2012.
Racers are encouraged to park at the Eagle Pool for day-of registration and either use the free shuttle service provided by AmericInn from the pool/rink to the race start or take a one mile warm-up run along the bike path to the trailhead start area.
Parking and bib pickup will also be available at the Eagle Valley Middle School for preregistered racers. Racers are asked to not park in the Bluffs neighborhood.
Following the race at the finish area, runners will enjoy Racer Refuel from HP's Provisions including energy-packed items such as muffins, mini frittatas, bananas and granola to jump start recovery. A participant brunch will also be available at the post-race party at the Dusty Boot, compliments of the Dusty Boot in Eagle.
The Boneyard Boogie is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, Colorado's premier trail running series, which is celebrating its 16th season. The seven-race series runs May through September and includes distances ranging from a 5k (3.2 miles) to a half marathon (13.1 miles).
The race series was named Best Race Series in 2005 and 2008, the Vail Half Marathon named Most Scenic Race in 2010 and the Vail HillClimb was honored as the best non-ultra race in 2011 by readers of Colorado Runner magazine.
Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each age group at each race, with series prizes awarded to the top three finishers who compete in at least five events. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice, and Columbia will be providing all running participants at each race, except the Summer Solstice, with its innovative Omni-Freeze Zero® tech T-shirts, a temperature-regulating shirt that allows sweat to react with blue rings to lower the temperature of the material. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Following the Boneyard Boogie, the La Sportiva race series will take runners to Beaver Creek for the Summer Solstice 5k, 10k and Kid's Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. on June 22, a benefit for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, with runners enjoying single track that winds through the forest and showcases a variety of terrain.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 the 37th running of the Vail HillClimb will take runners from the base of Vail Mountain to Eagle's Nest for 7.5 miles of uphill running.
At 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, runners will be challenged during the Vail Half Marathon, taking runners on a demanding 13.1 mile run on Vail Mountain.
Following the Vail Half Marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, the Berry Picker 5k trail run will take participants on an intense 3.2 mile climb from the base of Vail Mountain in Lionshead to Eagle's Nest at the top of Vail Mountain.
Runners will then enjoy spectacular views and trail running during the 5k and 10k@10,000 Feet, which takes place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the top of Vail Mountain with the majority of the race above 9,000 feet in elevation.
The final race of the season, the EverGold 5k and 11k is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 and will feature single and double track trails from the Vail Golf Club to Vail Mountain and back and showcase Vail's stunning fall foliage. A full listing and details are available by going to
Partners and sponsors are being sought for the 2013 Trail Running Series with a variety of opportunities available. Joining 2013 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Columbia Sportswear are Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, FirstBank of Vail, Vail's Mountain Haus, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, Peter Rabbit Organics, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, HP's Provisions, Mountainsmith, Tiga Advertising, Howard Head Sports Medicine Centers, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, Trail Runner Magazine, Anthem Branding, AmericInn, Gatorade, Elevation Outdoors, New York Life, KZYR 97.7, Road ID, Dusty Boot, Trek Light, Optic Nerve and Camelbak.
Volunteers are needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt and other items for their help.
For more information or to become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to