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The Eagle River Watershed Council presents Paddling Around the World, with US Whitewater Raft Team members Seth and Jessica Mason at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens on Wednesday, November 16.

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The world’s rivers take center stage on Wednesday (Nov 16) as the Eagle River Watershed Council presents Paddling Around the World. In this compelling presentation, local members of the US Whitewater Raft Team (who competed in the World Rafting Championships on a manmade river in Dubai Nov 1-5) share stories of whitewater, rafting and the many different rivers and cultures they’ve been lucky enough to experience with an emphasis on how different cultures approach water as a resource. Held at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the event is free (with free beer and food!), but a $5 donation is encouraged.

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Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.’s Kevin Selvy with a few special-edition “bottles of the month.” See how his beers pair with specialties created by some of Colorado's top chefs at the Chef and Brew competition in Denver this Thursday.

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If the snow everybody's praying for doesn't close Vail Pass on Thursday (Nov 17), road trip down to the Mile High City and indulge in regional food and craft beer (including the valley's Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.) pairings at Chef and Brew. Guests enjoy unlimited samples of all dishes and beers and cast their vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Each chef prepares two small bite dishes and each brewery pours a sample of two of their finest beers. $49. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver

 

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They've been doing this for over 50 years here, which means that Vail Mountain's opening day is one of the great traditions in the Vail Valley. Just remember that with limited terrain on tap for the November 18 season kick off,  you probably shouldn't be catching air.

The first real storm of the season promises to bring cold weather and snow to town on Thursday (Nov 17). That’s what you’d call perfect timing as we see two more local ski area firing up the lifts, including Keystone on Friday, November 18 and Breckenridge on Saturday the 19th (both later than expected). The anticipated snow is very welcome as Vail – which was supposed to open on Friday – has now pushed its expected opening date back to November 25. Beaver Creek remains on schedule for a November 23 opening day. If that happens, it will be the first time in recent history that The Beav fires up the lifts before Vail drops the ropes. Let's hope this storm exceeds predictions as we'd love to see Beaver Creek get all the love for once.

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