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World Cup comes to a close, Snow Daze ramps up
Big-name bands like Big Head Todd, Leftover Salmon, and the Fray may steal the spotlight a bit during this week’s Snow Daze festival, but when it comes to sheer comedy, give me the Dummy Gelunde competition anytime.

World Cup comes to a close, Snow Daze ramps up

By Tom Boyd

December 8, 2008 —  Beaver Creek shined during this year’s World Cup ski races, but now it’s Vail’s turn. Up next (and already under way) is Vail’s multi-event extravaganza: Snow Daze, Dec. 8-14.

DJ’s are livening up the Vail base areas with groovy tunes, bars and restaurants are offering stellar specials, and Vail is most definitely back to life again (huge snowstorms help, too.)

The headliners this year at Snow Daze are the Colorado-centric bands Big Head Todd, Leftover Salmon, and The Fray (with Meese).

Big Head Todd rocks Dobson Arena Dec. 11. Tickets are $30 or $125 for Private Reserve tickets. Leftover Salmon takes the stage at Dobson Dec. 12. Tickets are $35 and Private Reserve tickets are, you guessed it, $125. Then the big event, The Fray and Meese, Saturday Dec. 13 at Ford Park, an all-ages show with tickets for $35 or $175 for the super-special Private Reserve tix.

Tickets available online or locally at the Bottle & Cork in Edwards and the Marketplace on Meadow Drive in the Vail Village, or go online to and buy them using that new-fangled device known as “The Internet.” It’s exciting to buy online and I think you’ll like it.

Although the bands are the big headline events, there’s also a lot of other good stuff happening in Vail this week as part of Snow Daze.

You’ll notice a colorful, happening place known as the “Expo Village” in Vail this week. It’s not actually a village, since no one actually lives there, but I think you get the point: it’s a collection of sponsor tents where you can check out gear, meet new people, have some fun, and kill a few hours while you get ready for the Snow Jam Under the lights or the Dummy Gelunde World Championships.

If there’s only one event you go to this week, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it should be the Dummy Gelunde World Championships. Catching a concert is a beautiful thing, but how often can you watch home-made sleds launching off a huge jump and exploding into bits upon landing? Not very often, I say … so, check it out and enjoy.



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