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Big week of snow ahead of MLK Day weekend, Amex pop-up event in Vail

January 11, 2020, 11:55 am
Up-skiing Meadow Mountain with Monty and Chuck.

Vail and Beaver Creek have stayed soft the last few days, with six inches or so of new snow falling since Thursday, and heavier amounts are in the forecast for Saturday afternoon all the way into Wednesday of next week.

Both Thursday and Friday I skinned up with my dogs and explored around the top of Meadow Mountain — the old ski area between Vail and Beaver Creek — finding some boot-deep snow Friday afternoon.

Things will only get deeper as the weekend moves along, and next week is looking exceptional ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend Jan. 18-20.

“On Saturday morning [Jan. 11], we are seeing dry weather, but that won’t last long,” meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote.

“Look for snow to resume on Saturday afternoon and we’ll see flakes through Wednesday,” Gratz added. “The deepest snow will be on Sunday morning, Monday midday/afternoon, and Wednesday morning. Another storm will make Friday (January 17th) a powder day.”

That Jan. 17 storm should hit just in time for MLK Day weekend and all those associated ski-town festivities for the three-day holiday weekend. For example, this is happening at Vail, according to a press release from American Express:

American Express Announces Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson as Executive Chef of Upcoming Centurion Lounge in the Denver International Airport 

James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef and Restaurateur will give Platinum Card and Centurion Members a Taste of Northern Italian Fare at a Centurion Lounge Pop Up During MLK Weekend in Vail, CO 

American Express is thrilled to announce a partnership with award-winning chef and restaurateur, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, to design the menu for the upcoming Centurion Lounge, set to open in the Denver International Airport later this year. To celebrate the upcoming lounge and partnership, American Express will host a luxury Centurion Lounge pop-up in Vail, CO over Martin Luther King Weekend (Jan 16-20) giving Platinum Card and Centurion Members a chance to experience chef Mackinnon-Patterson’s northern Italian inspired cuisine for which he earned a James Beard Foundation Award as founding chef of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO. 

“I’m thrilled to partner with American Express to bring our culinary vision to the upcoming Centurion Lounge at the Denver International Airport, and I’m excited share one of my favorite pairings with Card Members at the pop-up: Frico Pops and vintage Prosecco,” said chef Mackinnon-Patterson.

In addition to featuring chef Mackinnon-Patterson, Platinum Card and Centurion Members, along with their guests, will be able to rest between their time on the slopes and enjoy handcrafted cocktails, recovery and renewal activities, and family-friendly crafts for kids. The Après Ski experience will feature signature amenities from the Centurion Lounge as well as showcase special offerings, such as:

  • Mile High Spa experience, including Helmet Hair Touch Ups, A Facial Refresh, Altitude Sickness Oxygen Bar and HyperIce Product Demos.
  • Kid-friendly winter crafts such as a sugar cookie decorating 
  • Signature Bar with a custom cocktail and wine menu curated by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan 
  • Premium menu curated by Colorado chef and restaurateur, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the Executive Chef for the upcoming Centurion Lounge in the Denver International Airport 

Chef Mackinnon-Patterson, an award-winning Colorado-based chef and restaurateur, co-founded the James Beard Foundation Award-winning Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, as well as Pizzeria Locale Boulder and Denver, Scarpetta Wines, Tavernetta and the newly opened Sunday Vinyl in Denver. Throughout his career, Mackinnon-Patterson has earned several awards for his cooking, including: Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs, 2005; James Beard Foundation Award Best Chef: Southwest, 2008; and a season competing on BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters. 

WHAT: American Express Centurion Lounge Pop Up

WHEN: Thursday, January 16th – Monday, January 20th, 2020  (chef Mackinnon-Patterson only onsite 1/16 and 1/20 from 4-6pm)

HOURS: Daily 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM MST 

WHERE: The Cortina Ballroom at The Arrabelle Hotel in Vail Square 

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington),, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of and

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