The valleys of Vail and Aspen have long held an international reputation of being among the world's top ski destinations, attracting millions of tourists each year. In addition to skiing, these areas are filled with dazzling events and rich cultural activities year-round.
From the stages of the Vilar Center for the Arts, the Dobson Ice Arena and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, to the streets of Vail Village and Eagle's Town Park, year-round cultural offerings encompass the entire Vail Valley. The newly remodeled Amphitheater, an award-winning open-air venue set amid the beauty of Ford Park, is home to the renowned Vail International Dance Festival and the Foundation's popular Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series.
An intimate 500-seat theatre located in the heart of Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Center for the Arts, offers year-round entertainment, educational programming and community outreach, with everything from jazz, blues, country and classical concerts to ballet and contemporary dance troupes, comedy, theatre and family productions.
Combining the thrill of both professional and amateur ski racing, the Countrywide American Ski Classic on the slopes of Vail is the oldest and largest skiing competition and festival of its kind in North America.
Other popular Vail Valley events, including the Vail Film Festival, Bravo! (Vail Valley's Music Festival presenting annual performances by the New York Philharmonic), and Beaver Creek's Culinary Classic/Celebrity Chef Ski, make up a calendar filled with activities capturing the best the mountains have to offer.
From World Cup ski racing and Spring Jam, to the Winter X Games and Hi-Fi Concert Series and Big Air Fridays, the goings-on are ongoing in Aspen. Meshing Aspen's internationally acclaimed Food and Wine Classic with wildly popular, not-to-be-missed events like Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Ruggerfest and the Snowmass Balloon Festival, event schedules are kept active year-round.
Town of Eagle
In the charming town of Eagle, just down the road from Adam's Rib Ranch, the Eagle County Historical Museum is open seasonally and displays a caboose, a store and a blacksmith shop. Eagle's main street, Broadway, is lined with original storefronts, shops and cafes. A year-round ice-skating rink provides family fun.
Cultural & Shopping
An enchanting pedestrian village in Vail is host to a variety of restaurants, galleries, boutiques and nightclubs providing an array of sensory options. Lionshead Village and The Cascade Village, located west of Vail Village, feature pedestrian malls filled with shops and restaurants. The Cascade Village Theatre shows first-run movies in a small theater setting. Only two miles from Vail Mountain, West Vail offers a variety of affordable restaurants, retail shops and supermarkets.