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Slew of events surround early season at Vail and Beaver Creek
The Fray headline Snow Daze as part of a multi-day event series in Vail in early December.

Slew of events surround early season at Vail and Beaver Creek

By Tom Boyd

November 20, 2008 —  We were all waiting to hear who the big act would be for the big Saturday-night Snow Daze show, and now we know: The Fray, Colorado’s own big-time band, heroes of the emotive rock song … and to top it all off they’re going to debut a brand-new song.

It’s enough to make my faint heart twitterpate.

The December 13 Fray and Meese show at Ford Park is only one bit of the big bang which rocks the Vail Valley throughout Opening Day, Thanksgiving, and early December.

Another Colorado band (in fact they’re THE original Colorado Band, in my opinion), Big Head Todd plays Dobson Arena Dec. 11. BHT is doing some innovative stuff these days, read more about that in a great story by by Vail's Jed Gottlieb here.

Leftover Salmon (ANOTHER COLORADO BAND!) plays Friday, Dec. 12 … I’m really beginning to realize just how talented our musicians are her in the centennial state.

Snow Daze is more than just great music, however. We’re also going to be hosting the oh-so-serious and amazingly competitive Dummy Gelunde World Championships Dec. 13 at 3-5 p.m. at Golden Peak.

If you don’t know what that is then check out, but basically it’s about launching giant sleds off a huge jump, laughing, cheering, and doing it all over again. There’s some kind of ridiculously large prize involved, too, so I recommend getting into the garage ASAP and building yourself a giant, creative toboggan, preferably one which will disintegrate on impact, for this event.

Snow Daze also comes with a lodging deal, but check out the aforementioned web site for more info.

OK, that’s December, but there are a few events in November to note:

Nov. 21: Vail’s opening day (lift tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under)

Nov. 26: Beaver Creek opening day (lift tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under)

Nov. 27: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Youth Foundation (

Nov. 28: Beaver Creek tree lighting ceremony at onBeaver Creek Plaza. Enjoy holiday musical performances, a visit from Santa Claus and fireworks. Free ice skating on the Black Family Ice Rink follows. (



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