Vail, Colorado – December 13, 2007 – Vail’s rep may be for glitter and glam, but smart skiers prefer champagne powder without champagne prices—and with plenty of après-ski fun to boot. The Antlers at Vail hotel’s staff of savvy insiders offers 10 ideas for enjoying the snow scene without the sacrifice:
1) Kitchen Little: A condo with cook-in kitchen provides restaurant savings—and room to spread out. Antlers at Vail’s January 5 – 31, 2008, promotion offers a 20 percent-off five-night deal with package rates starting from $701 per person for two adults and two kids—including four-day lift tickets. (800) 843-8245, www.antlersvail.com.
2) Nature’s Way: Hear naturalists under the stars at free Nature at Night program at Vail’s mountaintop adventure center, Adventure Ridge. Or try free family movie night, $10 bungee trampoline, or free moonlight snowshoe tours. (970) 476-9090, www.vail.snow.com.
3) Ice Capades: Lace up your blades at Vail’s favorite NHL training stop, Dobson Arena. Public skating, $3-6; skate rentals, $3. (970) 479-2271, www.vailrec.com. Or try the free outdoor ice at Lionshead’s new Arrabelle development, slated to open January 2008.
4) Night Light: The Back Bowl offers retro bowling in a high-tech facility, including Neon Nights’ glow-in-the-dark balls. All-you-can-bowl weeknights, $10.95. (970) 328-BOWL, www.thebackbowl.com.
5) Culture Club: Vail Symposium’s thought-provoking offerings include a free Madeline Allbright talk via satellite, January 19, and documentary films, $11. (970) 476-0954, www.vailsymposium.org.
6) Get Squirrelly: Free Bud Light Street Beat Concert Series includes Squirrel Nut Zippers performing January 16, Vail Village. www.vvf.org.
7) Cheap Eats: Savor a Coleman beef Lark burger with organic fixins plus a beer for under $20 at Larkspur at the base of Chair 6; bite into a Big Cheesy Calzone, $6.95, at Bagali’s funky Lava Lounge, West Vail; or order a slice and a beer at ski patrol hangout Vendetta’s on Bridge Street, Vail.
8) Board Story: View primitive gear and ski-world legends at the free Colorado Ski & Snow Museum at the Vail Transportation Center. (970) 476-1876, www.skimuseum.net.
9) Water World: Make a splash at Avon Rec Center’s aquatic facility with giant slide and aqua climbing wall. Day pass, $10-14; $7 Twilight Pass, 7-9 p.m. (970) 748-4060, www.avon.org.
10) Breaking News: Vail Daily’s events calendar tracks area doings from January beer fest to free ballroom dancing, www.vaildaily.com.