Vail-Beaver Creek Weekend Agenda: December 6-8

Come party with Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine at the opening of Miller Sports in Solaris. Plus—the world’s fastest skiers take on the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Warren Miller’s 70th ski movie comes to the Vilar, Vail Yeti Hockey hits the ice, and more.

By Katie Coakley December 3, 2019

River Radamus on course at Birds of Prey.

Image: Birds of Prey


Local Artists Holiday Market

Dec. 6 – 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Alpine Arts Center, Edwards

Featuring pottery, paintings, photos, jewelry, kitchen accessories, art supplies, gift baskets and more, this market provides a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts as well as support local artists.

Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super G

December 6, 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Red Tail Stadium, Beaver Creek

Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on skiers that are most definitely faster than you on Beaver Creek’s famous Birds of Prey racecourse. First up: Super-G, an event that has been described as a cross between Downhill and Giant Slalom. With no training runs (just a racer inspection), these skiers have one chance to make their mark on this technical course. 

The Drunken Hearts

December 6, 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

Enjoy free live music from “Boulder’s Americana Heroes” with two sets from Colorado’s own rock and roll quintet, The Drunken Hearts.

Birds of Prey Athlete Signing

December 6, 4-6 p.m., Gorsuch, Beaver Creek

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and greet the U.S. athletes taking on the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup – you can even get your poster signed.

Silent Disco

December 6, 4-6 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

It’s like being at a disco, but silent. Wrap up the first full day of racing with Birds of Prey Way Friday festivities including daily giveaways and a free Silent Disco with live DJ-ing by DJ Walt White and The Global DJ Team.

Santa’s Workshop

December 6, 3 – 6 p.m., Imagination Station, Vail

It’s an afternoon of holiday cheer for kids of all ages. Choose a half-hour time slot and you’ll get a chance to visit and have your picture taken with Santa. Other activities include personalizing a picture frame, creating an ornament, decorating a cookie and making a special gift. Free.

Town of Minturn Tree Lighting

Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Town of Minturn

Light up the night as Minturn celebrates with a traditional tree lighting celebration featuring trivia and prizes for kids, a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," free hot cocoa, live music and more.

Warren Miller’s Timeless

December 6, 6:30 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

It’s not really ski season until you’ve seen Warren Miller’s annual ski movie. This year’s movie, “Timeless,” proves that nothing compares to the anticipation of another season. The 70th Warren Miller film, “Timeless” features ski legends like Glen Plake alongside newcomers like Catie Zeliff, Jaelin Kauf and Baker Boyd. Shot on location in British Columbia, France, Austria, Switzerland, Colorado and Jackson Hole. (Tickets start at $21). 

Vail Yeti Hockey

Dec. 6 and 7, 7:45 p.m., Dobson Arena, Vail

Cheer on Vail’s hometown hockey team as the Yeti takes on the Jackson Hole Moose for the opening games of the season. (Tickets start at $5)


Brunch with Santa

Dec. 7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Maya at Westin Riverfront, Avon 

Celebrate the opening day of the Riverfront Gondola and enjoy breakfast with Santa and Ralph, the world’s tallest elf. This full brunch buffet includes a carving station, seafood display and dessert spread. Get your free photo with Santa from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reservations are suggested. (Adults $45; children 12 and younger $20.)

Freeskier Buyer’s Guide LIVE

Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Lionshead Village

If Freeskier’s annual Buyer’s Guide is your bible for gear, then don’t miss this opportunity to sample the picks for yourself. During this special event, you can ski on many skis as you like from this year’s Buyer’s Guide and then rock out at a Freeskier après party at Shakedown with gear giveaways, drink specials and much more. RSVP here. 

Bloodies and Bluegrass

December 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Beaver Creek Village

What better way to start race spectating than with free Bloody Marys and Bluegrass music? Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon) and Mark Morris (Rapidgrass) provide the tunes as you get those cowbell ringing arms nice and loose. 

Minturn Winter Holiday Market

December 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Minturn

All the joy of Minturn’s summer market with a holiday twist. Peruse wares from a wide variety of vendors for holiday gift options, plus enjoy music from carolers, an appearance by Santa, s’mores and more.

Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill

December 7, 11 a.m., Red Tail Stadium, Beaver Creek

This is the one the fans have been waiting for: Downhill is perhaps the most exciting event in alpine ski racing. In this high-stakes race, downhill racers attempt to be the fastest one down the mountain through a minimum number of control gates. Speeds in Downhill often exceed 80mph on major courses on a hill with at least a 750-meter vertical drop.


December 7, 1-1:45 p.m. and 2-2:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

One of Denver’s fastest rising rock bands, Whitacre provides a high-energy show that’ll have you up and dancing before you know what hit you. Work off some of that post-race excitement at this free show. 

Beers of Prey

December 7, 2-6 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

Cheers to the beers! Now in its fourth year, this boutique beer festival brings craft breweries to the heart of Beaver Creek for a sampling of limited edition, seasonal and fan favorite brews. *NEW for 2019* The first 300 ticket buyers will receive a custom Beers of Prey OtterBox tumbler with their purchase. (Tickets are $35)

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue

December 7, 3:15-4:15 and 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Village

The free live music continues with this group of premier players from top Grateful Dead tribute bands. Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue’s forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead’s trademark style of improvisation.

Miller Sports Grand Opening

December 7, 4 to 6 p.m., Solaris, Vail Village

Get into the Birds of Prey spirit—World Cup racers Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Dustin Cooke will be on hand to sign autographs for Miller Sports' Grand Opening Party along with Oakley and (yours truly) Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine. Drinks and passed apps will be served throughout the event.

Warren Miller’s Timeless

December 6 and 9 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Here’s your second and last chance to experience Warren Miller’s 70th film, “Timeless,” with two showings at the Vilar. “Timeless” features ski legends like Glen Plake alongside newcomers like Catie Zeliff, Jaelin Kauf and Baker Boyd. Shot on location in British Columbia, France, Austria, Switzerland, Colorado and Jackson Hole. (Tickets start at $21).


Bloodies and Bluegrass

December 8, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m., Beaver Creek Village 

It’s Sunday Funday at Beaver Creek with free Bloody Marys and Bluegrass music with Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon) and Mark Morris (Rapidgrass) before catching the shuttle up to the last event of the Birds of Prey weekend.

Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom

December 8, 9:34 a.m., Red Tail Stadium, Beaver Creek

Considered the event that requires the most technical skill, in Giant Slalom racers speed down the mountain through a faster and more open course than regular slalom, requiring the execution of many short, quick turns. Skiers get two runs – the total time of both runs determines the winners.

Santa’s Workshop

December 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edwards Fieldhouse, Edwards

Enjoy a fun-filled morning with a visit from Santa and the world's tallest elf, holiday music, crafts, brunch items by Rustic Farm to Fork, silent auction and Mountain Recreation offerings like gymnastics, trampolines and field games during the 3rd annual Santa’s Workshop from Eagle Valley Child Care Association and Mountain Recreation. (tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 and up and free for kids under 2 years old; a family rate of $25 for two adults and two children is also available).

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