Skiing + Snowboarding

Will a Dream Lift Network Someday Span the Vail Valley?

While other resorts covet the vast, fast lift infrastructure at Vail and Beaver Creek, locals imagine a chairway to heaven: an aerial public transit network linking both villages and backcountry terrain from East Vail to Eagle-Vail.

02/10/2017 By Tom Winter Illustrations by Matthew Billington

Skiing + Snowboarding

Backcountry Itineraries for Skiers That Prefer Man-Power to Motor

Three dream backcountry itineraries that will keep you smiling, lift or not—assuming you are equipped for, and capable of, an out-of-bounds challenge.

02/10/2017 By Tom Winter Edited by Kirsten Dobroth Illustrations by Matthew Billington

Weekly Planner

The Agenda: Week of January 2

Southern fried rap, a big burning bonfire and a free self-guided snowshoe tour highlight the first week of 2017.

01/03/2017 By Tom Winter

Weekly Planner

The Agenda: Week of December 26

A holiday concert by renowned pianist George Winston, a Menorah lighting, backcountry skiing tours, fireworks and a free gig by the Drunken Hearts highlight the last week of the year in the Vail Valley.

12/28/2016 By Tom Winter


Five New Year’s Eve Dinners to End the Year on a Culinary High Note

Wrap up 2016 in style at some of the valley's best restaurants.

12/27/2016 By Tom Winter

Weekly Planner

The Agenda: Week of December 19

A winter solstice walk, Charles Dickens descends on the Vilar, So Cal's best tribute band and a winter walk in the woods are this week's what-to-do highlights.

12/21/2016 By Tom Winter


What Award-Winning Chef Daniel Joly of Mirabelle is Cooking at Home for the Holiday Season

Three wonderful and easy-to-make dishes for Christmas dinners from Mirabelle’s master European chef.

12/20/2016 By Tom Winter


Three Festive Events to Get You into the Holiday Spirit

Take some time for yourself with some loved ones to catch three great fun and free events that kick off Christmas in Vail.

12/16/2016 By Tom Winter

Weekly Planner

The Agenda: Week of December 12

Live painting, a free photo exhibit and The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Vilar highlight what to do this week.

12/13/2016 By Tom Winter


Vail's Most Well-Known Photographer Leaves Vail Resorts and Goes Rogue

You may not know his name, but Jack Affleck's images have defined perceptions of the Vail Valley for nearly three decades. And now he no longer works for the resort company.

12/12/2016 By Tom Winter

Weely Planner

The Agenda: Week of December 5

A guided snowshoe tour, Peter Pan as a ballet performed by the Vail Valley Academy of Dance, a Christmas market and the return of the season kick-off party known as Vail Snow Daze highlight what to do this week.

12/06/2016 Photography by Tom Winter


Vail Mountain Rescue Group Aims High on Colorado Gives Day

Help wanted: raising $$$ to buy a life-saving rescue truck that costs more than a Tesla Roadster

12/06/2016 By Tom Winter


We Review the Best New Ski Gear for the 2017 Season

From powder boards to cushy carving skis, this is the gear that the best shops in Vail are recommending for skiers who love Vail this season.

11/29/2016 Edited by Tom Winter

Weekly Planner

The Agenda: Week of November 28

Put some green into your life, catch one of Colorado's hottest new bands or sample 40 different flavors of beer this week as we preview the top happenings in the Valley for the end of November.

11/29/2016 By Tom Winter

Skiing + Snowboarding

Buses, Planes and Trains: New Travel Options Across Ski Country are Perfect for Powder Days

Avoid icy highway mayhem and relax with these great alternatives to getting to the slopes in time for first chair.

11/27/2016 By Tom Winter Edited by Kirsten Dobroth


Vail Bachelor Pads That Were Built for the Boys

A Vail architect creates two singular luxe mountain town homes that aren't for families.

11/22/2016 By Tom Winter Photography by Peter Gibeon and Kelly Gibeon

Skiing + Snowboarding

The Valley's Homegrown Snowboard Brand Ditches Brick and Mortar for a Rolling Retail Experience

Weston Snowboards takes its Minturn showroom on the road with a tiny home mobile flagship store.

11/22/2016 By Tom Winter

Real Estate

Are Tiny Homes the Solution to Our Housing Crisis?

Workforce housing is becoming an endangered species in Eagle County. Tiny homes could be a solution.

11/21/2016 By Tom Winter

Weekly Agenda

The Agenda: Week of November 21

Thanksgiving festivities, a future blues hall-of-famer, après ski for real, and the opportunity to tap into your inner artist are the events you won't want to miss this week.

11/19/2016 By Tom Winter


Four Feasts for Those Who Don't Want to Cook on Thanksgiving

Locals and visitors who want someone else to do the cooking (and the dishes) have some great choices for a Thanksgiving night out on the town.

11/19/2016 By Tom Winter