The 8th Annual Vail Film Festival brings more than 60 international films, documentaries, and shorts to the cinema-craving denizens of the central Rocky Mountains, and this year presents an acting achievement award to actress Kate Bosworth. Screening pass holders get admission to all non-VIP theater screenings, panel discussions, and access to the open bar at the Festival Hospitality Lounge, open every day of the festival. In addition to all of the above, festival pass holders get admission to all screenings (VIP included), the awards ceremony, the closing night party, and a Friday night concert by singer/songwriters from the well-known Hotel Cafe in LA. Black diamond pass holders get all the benefits of a festival pass, plus the chance to bump shoulders and exchange elbows with celebrities and festival patrons at the opening night party, the Friday filmmaker reception, and the late-night festival lounge.
Pioneer Sports suits up adventurers for high-altitude outdoor excursions with seasonal sports rentals. In cooler months, the mountain-savvy staff of outdoor enthusiasts hooks up skiers and snowboarders with comfy outerwear and skate-sharpening services. When temperatures climb, the shop's fleet of more than 150 bikes prepares cyclists for bucolic jaunts through rolling Colorado terrain. With bike frames that range from 13.5" to 21", the fleet meets the needs of younger cyclists, adult bikers, and the runts from families of giants.
Breckenridge Stables' herd of more than 100 steeds trots along for scenic trail rides, Western-style lessons, and historical tours of the town. As horses deftly navigate the Tenmile Range, guides point out local wildlife along the continental divide, the imaginary line drawn when Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox broke up. During colder months, Breckenridge Stables' custom-built mountain sleighs keep passengers snuggly during sleigh rides as a team of belgian, clydesdale, or percheron horses canters through the Colorado air.
Within an hour of Mountain Angler's Breckenridge headquarters, five rivers, a trio of reservoirs, a dozen small streams, and several ponds teem with fish. Jackson Streit, author of Guide to Fly Fishing in Colorado, founded Mountain Angler in 1985 with the intention of matching experienced guides with guests eager to explore the region. Mountain Angler personnel whisk clients away on river or lake boating excursions, full- or half-day walk-and-wade trips in pursuit of brook and rainbow trout, and fishing sessions on one of four private ranches. Before plumbing the watery depths on lengthier voyages, visitors can reel in fishing skills during lessons and load up on rods, wading shoes, and low-frequency whistles audible only to worms at Mountain Angler's fly shop.
Breckenridge Bikebus's eponymous vehicle is, according to owner Curt Cavnar, the "Porsche" of its unique kind of transportation. Consisting of two rows of bar stools equipped with bike pedals, the custom-built craft combines the fun of a party bus with the easygoing workout of a tandem bicycle. Some partiers can sit back and enjoy the ride as 10 others sit at the bar and provide pedal power, with a staff driver manning the wheel to steer clear of oncoming paper boys. A canopy keeps passengers shaded while they sip beverages and listen to tunes on an iPod-ready Alpine sound system. Should the sun go down during trips, the bikebus's lighting system kicks on, making it easy to continue through black holes unencumbered.
With more than 10 tanning beds bronzing hides at three varying levels, as well as the automated VersaSpa spray-tan booth, Aspen Tan’s team can customize tans to suit each individual’s skin types and tanning needs. To further beautify the body’s largest organ, they also offer the skin- and muscle-toning Beauty Angel that administers light energy to increase circulation while relieving minor aches and pains.
Opening a new business in the middle of a recession takes bravery. Yet, in 2009—on the heels of their success with their first boutique, Fopp’s—Courage. b’s owners decided it was time to open the store. Since their days at Fopp’s, the Courage. b line’s designers have been fabricating each of their pieces in-house with looks that give off a timeless, European elegance. Their one-of-a-kind blouses, sweaters, and pants are as fashionable as they are classic. And their dresses and separates seamlessly weave into most wardrobes. The collection also includes original accessories, such as handbags, scarves, and belts. Since opening, Courage. b now has several locations in style hubs from East Hampton to Colorado, a testament to the clothing’s accessibility and stylishness, whether during cocktail hour or snowball-fight hour.