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Editor’s update: It’s snowing hard in Eagle-Vail as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.
After heaping helpings of fresh, if somewhat water-dense, snow in December and January, the first week of February has seen a warm, relatively dry respite for weary powder skiers and driveway shovelers in the Vail Valley.
“That should change as the storm ramps up with moderate to heavy snow from later Tuesday through Wednesday morning, totaling double digits for the northern 2/3rds of the state,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Tuesday morning.
“Still lots of uncertainty with this storm. Expect dry weather from Wednesday night through Friday morning, with a colder storm on Friday night and Saturday delivering 4-8 inches. Then our next storm should arrive between February 18-20th.”
Good to have some possibly deep powder turns back into the forecast ahead of the week-long mid-February break for the local school system next week — an opportunity for many local residents to get out of town and enjoy a beach break or just stay home and ski.
At least two Vail Valley residents will be over in St. Moritz, Switzerland, trying to make some World Cup ski-racing history this week and next at the World Alpine Ski Championships — an event Vail and Beaver Creek has hosted three times (1989, 99 and 2015).
Vail’s Lindsey Vonn kicked off the worlds by failing to finish in the opening women’s super-G race. Having crashed a few times lately and coming off injuries that cost her nearly a year of racing action, Vonn may be understandably tentative.
Vonn has another legitimate shot of adding to her American record six World Championships medals with the women’s downhill still on the calendar.
Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin did not race in the super-G and instead is training for her two dominant technical events, giant slalom and slalom. Shiffrin is the two-time defending world champion in slalom and the defending Olympic slalom champion. She’s also leading the overall chase on the World Cup circuit.
It already seems so long ago when Vail and Beaver Creek last hosted the Worlds (just two short years really), but don’t worry, big events are still on the horizon this season. The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships return to town on Feb. 27, featuring Olympians like Shaun White and Jamie Anderson.
Burton just put out the free music lineup, and here’s the full press release:
The 2017 Burton US Open Announces The Largest Lineup Of Free Concerts & Entertainment to Date
BURLINGTON, VT (February 6, 2017) –The 35th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships announce the Burton US Open Live Music Lineup featuring an enhanced entertainment roster packed full of live bands and DJs including Lizzo, D.R.A.M, Xavier Omär, Gramatik and more—all for FREE! The live music will run from March 1st – 4th in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village following each day’s snowboard competition. This roster of free live concerts featuring 13 artists builds on the close tie between snowboarding and music, which the Burton US Open has celebrated throughout its 35 years. Fans can expect to hear everything from hip hop, jam bands, pop, indie, DJs, R&B and rock during this four-day après festival.
Entertainment kicks off on Wednesday, March 1st on the Solaris Concert Stage in Vail Village following a full day of slopestyle semi-finals competition and the Junior Jam award ceremony. The night’s entertainment includes the stripped down, foot-stomping blues of LA-Based trio The Record Company, also out of LA, the buzzy underground indie-pop duo the Oyster Kids, plus Burlington Vermont’s own DJ Cre8 and event DJ extraordinaire, DJ Naka G returning to the US Open to get the party started and keep it going through the weekend.
Following halfpipe semi-finals on Thursday, March 2nd, American Jam band Twiddle takes the stage for an epic double set. This Vermont-based band has played sold out venues from the massive Mountain Music Festival to the Frendly Gathering, entertaining fans with a melded blend of jazz, reggae and funk rolling the feel-good vibes through the audience.
After the US Open slopestyle finals award ceremony on Friday, March 3rd, fans can look forward to an incredible double-header featuring Gramatik and Lizzo. New York City-based Gramatik brings his signature electro-funk sound and boundary-expanding mastery of EDM delivered with his high-energy live band. Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Lizzo has hit virtually every major publication’s top 100 hits list for 2016, she’ll bring her positivity-infused soul pop anthems and undeniable stage presence to uplift, inspire and move you.
Saturday, March 4th features the exciting culmination of the US Open with the halfpipe finals and award ceremony followed by a trio of diverse and exciting artists—Keys N Krates, Skratch Bastid and Xavier Omär—taking the Solaris Concert Stage. Canadian three-man EDM band Keys N Krates bring a high-energy hip-hop infused live performance. Also hailing from Canada, World-renowned DJ Skratch Bastid will hit hard, expertly scratching and mixing through a must-see set. And San Antonio’s own Xavier Omär brings a soulful modern twist to R&B-rooted songs with a foundation in rap and positivity; he was recently named one of Forbes Magazine “5 Alternative R&B Artists To Look Out For in 2017.”
The party continues Saturday night indoors at the free US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena featuring D.R.A.M, Four Color Zack, and Air Credits. Virginia-based rapper/singer D.R.A.M. has already released multiple Billboard hit singles since his recent 2015 debut including Beyoncé’s party pick “Cha Cha” and Billboard Magazine’s number three pick on its “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list “Broccoli” – he’ll have the crowd on their feet moving. Air Credits features the hit mashup skills of The Hood Internet with rapper ShowYouSuck offering a not-to-be-missed taste of music from the distant future. And turntabalist and scratch maven Four Color Zack, master of the cut and scratch, brings his live turntable skills to keep the party turned up nonstop.
All events are free and open to the public. For details on all things US Open, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com or download the official Burton US Open app on your mobile device – coming later this month.
US Open Live Music Lineup:
Wednesday, March 1st
7:00pm–9:30pm: The Record Company and Oyster Kids with DJ Cre8 and DJ Naka G at Solaris Concert Stage
Thursday, March 2nd
7:00pm–9:30pm: Twiddle (2 sets) with DJ Cre8 at Solaris Concert Stage
Friday, March 3rd
6:00pm – 9:45pm: Gramatik and Lizzo, with DJ Cre8 and DJ Naka G at Solaris Concert Stage
Saturday, March 4th
6:00pm – 9:45pm: Keys N Krates, Skratch Bastid and Xavier Omär with DJ Cre8 and DJ Naka G at Solaris Concert Stage.
10:00pm–1:00am: D.R.A.M, Four Color Zack, Air Credits and DJ Cre8 at the US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena