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November 28, 2008 — Welcome to my new realvail column wherein I do my best to keep you informed of what’s going on in Vail, Beaver Creek, and the Colorado mountains in general.
The mountains have a kind of rhythm, a vibe that each small town shares with the others, and on any given winter weekend a few events rise above the rest and draw crowds from all the other resort towns around the mountains.
This column won’t be a complete calendar of events for all of Colorado, but rather an overview of all the big events that are usually worth driving an hour or two to check out.
If you know of an event you’d like to see in my column here (and elsewhere), please use the contact us feature on this website and drop me a line.
Let’s get started:
The Bode Miller watch is on. My favorite iconoclast and reigning overall World Cup champion is coming to Beaver Creek for the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup ski races (Dec. 4 to 7, www.bcworldcup.com), sure to deliver more of his wild, riding-one-ski-at-60-mph performances as he takes on the Austrians and his former U.S. Ski Team teammates.
The event is free, and so is parking at the base of Beaver Creek.
Miller, who races on his own (but still under the U.S. flag) after leaving the U.S. Ski Team, is a favorite in all four events.
Among those teammates, watch out for Ted Ligety, reigning World Cup giant slalom champ and a favorite to win that race Saturday, Dec. 6, at Beaver Creek.
In Aspen, Vail-trained Lindsey Kildow Vonn recently announced that she will race at Aspen Winternational (Saturday and Sunday, aspensnowmass.com) despite a recent knee injury (news of which was broken here first, BTW).
Vonn said in a press conference that she might otherwise have given herself more time to recover from her bruised left knee, which she injured in Copper mountain during a Super-G training run, but that she was too psyched to race on U.S. soil – and win – to sit on the sidelines for this one.
Free skiing may sound like a far-fetched fantasy, but it's a reality in Crested Butte during the early season there (now through Dec. 17). If there were a contest of opening-day exuberance every year, and/or who shows up in the most comical costumes for first chair, Crested Butte would win hands down. Bikinis, one-piece suits, jester hats - you name it, it's on the slopes during the free skiing bonanza.
More events to watch for:
Also in Breckenridge, the Hartford Disabled Sports Ski Spectacular returns for its 21st year (Dec. 7 to 14, breckenridge.snow.com).
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