Vail Snow Daze: Dec. 6-12 - Ski Mag

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!

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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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EVE 6 and a few other more well known bands, like the Barenaked Ladies, are playing free shows in Vail this week and weekend.

The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights series brings free concerts to Vail each Tuesday evening at 6:30. This summer's highlights are Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond, on Tuesday June 21st, and Yo Momma's Big Fat Booty Band on August 16th. Artists will perform in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, where you can also buy food and beer. Dogs, bikes, and outside alcohol are not allowed.

Free Music in the Mountains

The mountain towns of Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, Snowbird, and Park City are all hosting free concert series this summer. By Ramsey Bernard.

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

Dee Snider sings Dave Matthews and it Snows in Vail

We made it to Vail’s early-season kickoff party, Vail Snow Daze, just in time to catch some heavy metal and fresh snow.

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Spring Back to Vail: Closing Weekend Festivities

Vail's annual Spring Festival featured the Pond Skimming World Championships as well as music from Wyclef Jean and Guster.

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Vail, Colorado: Nine Inches of Powder

Need proof that winter isn't over yet? Here are shots from Vail this weekend—when nine of inches of snow fell on Friday night, dawning bluebird Saturday and Sunday. The best part: After skiing powder, you can take a shot of Limoncello from an ice luge at the top of Vail's Blue Sky Basin.

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The Ski Channel Launches Dec. 25th to over 15 Million Households

Network enters long-term agreements with DIRECTV and Verizon FiOS TV Forms programming / marketing partnership with Warren Miller Films & Ski Magazine

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Vail and the U.S. Forest Service destroy illegal structures at four resorts.

Even if you don’t feel like signing up for a 10K trail running race or a road bike hill climb, go to Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6 to watch pro and amateur-level outdoor athletes compete in the annual Teva Mountain Games. The eight competition sports include everything from rock climbing and kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding and fly fishing. There’s also a photo competition and outdoor filmmaking school, live music, and plenty of outdoor recreation that doesn’t involve a starting line.

Teva Mountain Games Come to Vail June 3-6

Outdoor athletes of all types—trail runners, kayakers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and more—will compete at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6. Come to watch the competition or sign up for an event yourself. Here's how. *Check out our awesome wrap-up gallery from the event: