Autumn Color Alert!

The leaves are starting to turn in Vail~

Now that the leaves are just starting to turn in the Vail area, we thought we'd suggest a few great autumn hikes, drives and fun activities:

Hikes
Berry Picker: you can eat wild raspberries along the trail!  Begins at the base of the Vista Bahn chairlift and meander up the hillside. Easy-moderate, 2-3 miles.

Spraddle Creek:  trailhead opposite Vail Mountain through dense Aspen groves, with stunning high country views. Easy-Moderate, 2-3 miles

Minturn:  Grouse Creek trailhead, 1 mile south of Forest Service Ranger station on Highway 6 (approx. 4 miles from VCR).  Uphill though a pine forest along a rushing mountain creek, the trail emerges in a picturesque Colorado wildflower meadow with old-standing Aspens.  Moderate, 3-4 miles

Beaver Creek/Arrowhead:  Village to Village trail from one part of the ski resort to the western edge of the area, most of the trail is deeply lined with aspens and other coniferous leaf-changers.  Moderate, 3-4 miles

Soaking in the Sights

Beaver Creek/Helmut Fricker:  One of the first places that the Aspen leaves really get bright yellow, the short drive (less than 10 miles from the resort) to Beaver Creek will provide you with free parking until ski season, terrific shopping (lots of sales!) and ample opportunities to wander up the ski-slope hillside and revel in the autumn colors.  Fan of American Idol?  Sing in the shower?  Then you don’t want to miss a chance to yodel and perhaps play the alpenhorn with Vail area legend Helmut Fricker.  A perfect fit in Beaver Creek, the German native can be found strolling around the village plaza toting either an accordion or a long softwood carved alpenhorn.  Between the thin air and laughter, the sounds that are emitted by brave visitors that try a tune on his alpenhorn don’t usually turn out the same as the haunting echo that the 73 year-old Fricker creates.  Whether he is cajoling the audience while singing Barvian style songs, flirting with every lady who crosses his path, or convincing onlookers that they need to participate in his polka, Fricker is a character that you’ll never forget.   By the way, he’s also a master bookbinder, ask him about this ancient craft!
Wed, Sat Sunday starting at 2pm on the plaza
Visit helmutfricker.com for more information

Vail/The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame
Steps off of the Vail Cascade shuttle in Vail Village, the top of the transportation center offers iconic views over the cobblestone streets directly to the ski slopes, with Aspen leaves and other coniferous color-changers.  Also within the transportation center is the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.  This amazing  FREE museum was established in 1976 with the mission of telling the story of humans sliding on snow from simple wooden plank transportation to the latest ski and snowboard technology.  Chronicling over 130 years of skiing, the museum utilizes films, artifacts and helpful volunteers who share their passion for all things snowy.  Additionally, this landmark in Vail presents each year’s legends of our favorite winter sport in the Hall of Fame, and you can trace the paths of the skiing and snowboarding legends throughout the excellent exhibits.

Admission and 90-minute parking are FREE Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Conveniently located on the 3rd level of the Vail Village Parking Structure adjacent to the famous Covered Bridge.  Find more info at skimuseum.net.

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