Outlier Offroad Festival: Sept 27–29

Friday 

World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships on Black Ice

Sept 26–29, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Village

The 5th Annual World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships take to the ice at Dobson Arena in Vail Village, and unlike many televised competitions, this ice is black (it’s the only World Skating Championships on black ice), allowing skaters to create unique works of art on the ice during competition. Open to skaters of all abilities and ages, this weekend festival includes workshops and lessons in addition to the competition. (Skating packages start at $75.) worldfigurechampionship.com

 

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

Sept 27–Oct 6, Vail and Beaver Creek

It’s back! Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week makes the valley’s best restaurants even more accessible with special fixed-price menus and specials, starting at $20.19. Have you been eyeing the saffron linguini at Sweet Basil or, the lamb with wasabi pepper sauce at Matsuhisa? Does splurging at Mirabelle or Grouse Mountain Grill sound like the perfect date night? Here’s your chance. Don’t miss out on these special deals—after all, next year the price will go up to $20.20. 

 

Outlier Offroad Festival

Sept 27–29, Vail Mountain, Vail

What’s the best way to enjoy Vail Mountain’s mountain bike trails? With the lift. At the Outlier Offroad Festival RockShox Outlier Enduro, taking place over two days with at least four stages of lift-served trails, you’ll have a chance to pump up and soar down the best of them. Not a rider? The demo tents and live music are sure to entertain as well. (Demo passes start at $20; race registration starts at $85 for juniors and $110 for adults.) outlier.bike

 

Through the Lens: Colorado’s Changing Climate & the Destination Resorts’ Response

Sept 27, 5:30–7 p.m., Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, Vail

Preceding the Sept 28 opening of a new exhibit that investigates how climate change is impacting the snowsports industry, the Colorado Snowsports Museum is presenting a special panel discussion on how ski resorts are responding and adapting to the challenge. ($15 for museum members; $20 for non-members) snowsportsmuseum.org

 

Saturday

 

Harvest Crush

Sept 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Vines at Vail, Wolcott

Channel your inner Lucille Ball and join Vines at Vail for the annual Harvest Crush. This event is the official kick-off of the harvest season and the start of the winemaking process: As the fresh grapes arrive, they are crushed, de-stemmed and placed into vats to undergo primary fermentation. Guests are encouraged to get in on the action for the Big Stomp (taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and smash grapes the old-fashioned way; winners of the “Best Lucy Costume” and “Lucy Look-Alike” earn a prize: $150 toward wine. ($25/person in advance or $30/person at the door; includes the first glass of wine and $5 off bottle purchase) vinesatvailwinery.com

 

Oktoberfest at the Sonnenalp

Sept 28, 2–8 p.m., Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail

If you’re not quite ready to hang up your lederhosen, head to the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village for one more oompah and prost! Enjoy German beer and drinks in this authentic atmosphere as you nosh on pretzels and polka to the music of The Austrian Guys. sonnenalp.com

 

Sunday

Upper Colorado Fall Classic Pro-Am Fly Fishing Tournament

Sept 28–29, 7:30 p.m.–5 p.m., Edwards and the Upper Colorado

Take your “big fish story” to the next level during the 6th Annual Upper Colorado Fall Classic. This co-ed, open to all ages, team fly fishing tournament takes place on the Upper Colorado River and at venues around the Eagle Valley. Winners will take home both cash and prizes: Pro Division offers a $5,000 winner-take-all cash purse; more than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top amateur teams. Dinner, Draw Party, and Silent Auction take place at Vista at Arrowhead on Saturday night; tournament is on Sunday. (Registration is $1,000 for pro teams and $800 for amateur teams, benefiting Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited.) uppercfc.com

 

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