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Vail Snow Daze: Dec. 6-12

Snow Daze is back with free concerts from Weezer, O.A.R, and Mixmaster Mike. Head out to Vail this weekend for giveaways, after parties and the beloved Dummy Demolition Derby.
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Vail Snow Daze kicked off December 6 and runs through December 12 with a spotlight on this weekend’s events. In addition to free concerts by Weezer, O.A.R. and Mix Master Mike, the town of Vail will be buzzing with sponsored after parties, an all-mountain photo competition and of course skiing on the best early December conditions in recent memory. Head out to Vail this weekend and celebrate the arrival of winter with what is sure to be a good time. See you there!

For more information and a schedule of events check out:
http://www.vail.com/events/snow-daze.aspx

Don’t miss the Dummy Demolition Derby!

Thursday, December 9 at the Golden Peak base area 5:00 – 7:30 PM

“Dummy Demolition Derby is a sport of sorts, where teams of one to three people construct snow-riding dummies attached to a pair of skis or a snowboard and launch the handmade contraptions off a giant on-snow jump and over a massive flame thrower. The winning team will take home $3,000 with $1,500 and $500 going to the second and third place teams, respectively.” (Vail Press Release)

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Sometime after watching Jason Biggs play the made-famous-by-Will-Farrell cowbell part on Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (I was prepared for that) and before listening to Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider sing a Dave Matthews Band tune (I wasn’t prepared for that) Yukon Kornelius wowed me. The band—a collection of guys from the popular 90s groups, Barenaked Ladies, the Dave Matthews Band, Guster, and N.E.R.D.—played in Vail Friday night as part of the weeklong Vail Mountain kickoff party, Vail Snow Daze. There were plenty of other good shows and happenings throughout the week—a pub-crawl, a snow-dummy demolition derby, concerts by EVE 6, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band—but this was the one I really wanted to see. These guys have played fewer gigs since forming a year ago than I have cups of coffee in a day. I was expecting the Jason Biggs cowbell routine because he performed it with Yukon Korneli us in last year’s Warren Miller movie Children of Winter, but the barrage of heavy metal tunes played by guys with much-closer-to-pop-music backgrounds was unexpected. They pulled ‘em off—Highway to Hell, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Round and Round—and looked like they were having a blast doing it. Snider even informed the crowd on when it’s appropriate to use your index and pinkie fingers to display “heavy metal horns” as he called them. (Yes, in the presence of heavy metal legends or when listening to heavy metal songs. No, when little Johnny successfully uses the toilet for the first time.) The guys finished off the night with a metal version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. And if that wasn’t enough, Vail partygoers woke up to six inches of fresh snow the next morning. Check out the shots we got from the Snow Daze weekend. —Chris Outcalt

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