There is no better way to celebrate the fantastic start to another great season at Vail than to dive head first in to Vail Snow Daze! Back for the 9th year in a row, this early-season mountain bash is full of great concerts, parties, activities and festivities for all. And with all of the recent snow we've been graced with, this year is sure to be one to remember!
I have been participating in Vail Snow Daze since it's inception, and there have certainly been some great memories. Dancing to Barenaked Ladies, rocking out to Michael Franti and Spearhead, and getting to meet O.A.R are just a few of my fond memories of Snow Daze past, and I have some ideas and tips for you to help you make the most of this year's festivities!
Apres Ski Parties
There are a few official apres and bar parties that accompany the Snow Daze. I always make a point to hit up a few of them for several reasons. First, the atmosphere and vibe are always stellar and certainly get me excited for the ski runs I just took and the concerts to come that night! Second, there are always great drink specials, which is never a bad thing! And third, its a great way to mingle with guests and local's alike. There is no attitude other than excitement! Vail Snow Daze kicks off this Wednesday, December 11th, with the Snow Daze Bar Party at the Tavern on the Square in the Arrabelle in Lionshead from 3 - 6 pm. The other apres party I'm really excited for this year is the 4-6 pm Bud Light Apres Party at Vendetta's in Vail Village. One of the reasons is that Vendetta's has been closed all off season for renovations and expansion, and I'm excited to see the new venue!
Non-Skier and Family Activities
This year the Vail Snow Daze is going to include a 3 day 'Village Expo' to start on Friday. From 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in Village Plaza (which is located right at the base of Gondola 1 in Vail Village) there will be sponsors and vendors set up to give product demos, free samples, and prizes and raffles. It's a great place to wander through in between runs or with the family.
The concerts are definitely the highlight of the festival every year. Vail works hard to make sure that ALL of the concerts are FREE! That's right, FREE! Now there are some important things to note about the concerts. Though they are free, they are also outdoors, standing room only at Ford Park (just east of Vail Village). And since they're at night, it's going to be very cold! Dress warm is the first and foremost thing you should remember when going to enjoy the concerts. The second thing is parking ... there is no parking (except handicap) at Ford Park, so be prepared to park in the Vail or Lionshead Structure and taking a town bus or walking over to Ford Park. If you are over 21 and are going to enjoy an adult beverage at the concerts, please remember you are not allowed to bring in your own alcohol (they do screen purses and backpacks) and that the vendors selling drinks there are cash only. This year, Rebelution is playing on Friday night and Big Head Todd and the Monsters are playing with Matisyahu are taking the stage on Saturday night. So remember to dress warm, park early and bring cash and you'll have a great time!
Vail opens in three days! And the storm we got this past weekend dumped 13 inches in mid-Vail and six inches over in Beaver Creek. Even though the mountain isn’t open yet, on Sunday morning there were tons of tracks coming down Vail Mountain; evidence of people who just can’t wait for the mountain to open. While I am very excited for the season to get started, I’m realizing I don’t have all of my gear in order! My snowboard needs a tune, my snowshoes are on loan with a friend, and I need a new pair of snowboarding pants. I pushed all of this stuff off until the mountain opened- where did all the time go!
While looking for my snowshoes, I’ve also been trying to figure out what terrain will be opening in Vail and Beaver Creek. Unfortunately, I’m not a very good detective (I’ll be keeping my day job). Neighbor who works ski patrol at Beaver Creek? They won’t tell me anything. Questioning friends here in Vail hasn’t turned up anything other than rumors. One of the rumors has been that the new Mountain Top Express Lift (Chair #4) might be opening on opening day! Even if it doesn’t open on opening day, I’m excited for a quicker way to get up the mountain. I know that Vail has been working all summer to get this six-seater chair installed and ready for the season. This chair should hopefully make it a breeze to get through mid-Vail and out to the back bowls. So while I don’t know if this chair will be open, I think everyone can agree on is that the coverage up top is great and opening day should be blast.
We’re getting another storm system moving through this week that should give us a few more inches of snow. I’ll keep you updated on our snow totals and what else I can find out about what terrain is opening!
For most people, the four letter word they long to hear is L.O.V.E.
Mine, is F.R.E.E.
FREE cookies at the bottom of Centennial Express chairlift in Beaver Creek every day at 3:00pm? I’m in.
FREE concerts on the streets of Vail throughout the ski season?! I literally find myself skipping to the shows.
Free. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s a thing not many travelers expect to find while vacationing. Their pockets staying heavy while having an awesome experience that they will be able to go home and brag to their friends about… sounds only realistic in a dream! It’s all about timing. Being at the right place, at the right time.
So how do you know where to be, when to be there? That my friend takes thinking like a local. However, until you move to our beautiful Vail Valley and become one yourself, let me give you a few pointers of where to be and when to be there.
Look into travelling to Vail in early December, before the holiday rush. The mountain always opens in November, so the mountain operations will have a few weeks under its belt, and town isn’t quite as hectic. Yes, you may have worries about the amount of snow, but I’ve seen terrible snow in February! Mother Nature will do as she pleases…
If you come in December, look into Vail Snow Daze. The town of Vail loves snow just as much of the rest of us, and to celebrate the ski season they put on FREE concerts at Ford park. Past acts have included Weezer, Barenaked Ladies, and Matisyahu! As a mentioned earlier, skipping to the shows!
In the mornings, skip the gondolas. In Lionshead take chair 8, and from Vail Village head over to Golden Peak and catch chair 6. Minimal lines, and a fast way to get to the back bowls.
Get your ski gear delivered or tuned the night before you want to get out on the slopes. Your concierge can help arrange for it to be delivered just after your arrival, and will bring techs to make sure you’re in the perfect gear for you.
Now there are many places to stay when you finally pull the trigger to come ski on the powdery slopes of Vail. I must suggest checking out the homes and condos at Triumph Mountain Properties! I say this (because yes I work here) but the homes are so beautiful, luxurious, and some are even ski-in, ski-out! Another way to help avoid the crowds and lines! Plus, if when you book with us I’ll be able to keep giving you these insider tips and help you think like a local!
Beaver Creek and Vail are internationally famed for their skiing and winter sports activities. The word is also getting out about vacationing in the amazing summers these world class resorts enjoy. Now I would like to introduce you to the new insider tip ... come for the falls!
Fall in the Vail and Beaver Creek areas are absolutely gorgeous. The days are still sunny and warm, the threat of afternoon thunder storms has all but passed and the evening are nice and cool. With the dryer weather, there is still plenty of hiking, mountain biking, road biking, trail running and fly fishing to be done.
One of the other benefits, besides the glorious weather, is that there tend to be less people in town. Lodging deals start to come back in to the spot light, restaurants roll out their 'off season' specials, everything for pre-fixed costs for a several course meal to 50% off food and wine, and packages for activities become more available. You're more likely, with fewer people to compete with, to get the prime dinner time reservation or be able to just walk in.
Just because there are fewer people doesn't mean that it's 'boring' in the valley. Aside from the plethora of outdoor activities still available, there are a number of events going on as well. Vail hosts 2 weekends of Oktoberfest, one in Lionshead Village and one in Vail Village. There is also an air and automotive show, Women and Empowerment workshop weekend and the new wellness weekend called Living at Your Peak. Beaver Creek also hosts an Oktoberfest, and the Vilar Performing Arts Center has ongoing shows, everything from Bonfire Dub to 50 Shades! the Musical.
So if you're looking for a quiet, beautiful and potentially activity filled vacation, Vail and Beaver Creek are still a great option!
You can check out our fall lodging availability HERE.
We all want to get to get what we pay for. So when you're putting down some serious dollars to enjoy an epic vacation, there is nothing worse than arriving at your 'luxury vacation rental' to find a run down, miss-managed dump it can ruin your vacation. Most people do the research on a vacation and vacation rental home on the internet, and though this has it's advantages, it can also lead to not getting exactly what you thought you were paying for. There is no governing body that regulates mis-representation, so how can you know if the pictures you see are representative of what you're getting? One of the most secure ways to know that you are getting what you pay for is to work with a professional property management company.
In recent years, the popularity of the list-it-yourself websites like Home Away or VRBO.com have sky rocketed. And for a good reason. Most of the people, most of the time have a great experience and can generally get a good deal on a vacation home rental. But there is no way to know for sure if what you see is what you get. The only way to be assured that the vacation rental home you are booking is of the standard and quality you've been told that it is, is to work with a professional management company.
Property Management companies are in the business of taking care of homes. It's what they do, and frankly, its what they get paid to do by the owners of those homes. For a luxury vacation rental home to maintain it's quality a team of people must come together to ensure that the cleaning is thorough, any damage to the home, like stains on the carpet or scratches on the wall, gets fixed for the owner and/or the next renter. Without a professional property management company staying on top of these things, they add up to the decay of the property.
Renting your next luxury vacation rental with a professional property management company
has other benefits as well. Not only do you know that the house you've spent your hard earned money to rent is in great condition, but if anything were to go wrong during your stay, something as minor as a light bulb going out to something as major as a pipe bursting, there is a professional on hand to handle the situation immediately. Once you are at your vacation rental, you can relax knowing that the property management will take care of any issue that may arise.
There are too many risks in renting a luxury vacation home without the assurances that you are going to get what you pay for. A luxury vacation rental home should be taken care of so that the owner and renters alike can continue to enjoy vacationing!
If you're interested in learning more about Triumph Mountain Properties's property management and vacation rental services, we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Air Canada announced a new, non-stop flight from Toronto (YYZ) to the Eagle/Vail Airport (EGE) to start this December 14th, 2013. This will be the first international flight in to the Eagle/Vail Airport that services Beaver Creek Resort and Vail Resort. Vail Resorts has seen a rise in the number of visitors from Canada, so this direct flight will help boost those numbers even more and make it a quicker and easier trip for Eastern Canadians to vacation to Vail and Beaver Creek.
The new flight is scheduled for Saturdays between December 14th, 2013 and April 5th, 2014, departing Toronto for EGE at 9:50 am and leaving EGE back for Toronto at 12:30 pm on a 120-passenger Airbus A319. This time table allows travelers to take advantage of a program that Vail Resorts put in to place a few years ago: When vacation guests show up to the ticket window at either Vail or Beaver Creek with a boarding pass from a flight on that same day to get a free lift ticket for that day. It's a great way to maximize a ski vacation! This also coincides well with most Vail and Beaver Creek vacation rentals' check in and check out times.
One of the factors that made this direct flight possible was working out the issue of customs and immigration. Guests leaving flying to Eagle/Vail from Toronto will actually clear US customs in Toronto before boarding the flight to Colorado. This also makes the trip directly to the slopes quicker once on the ground in Eagle County!
The Eagle/Vail Airport serves as the closest airport to Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts both in the summer and winter. With the extension of the runway a few years ago, the number of direct flights from around the country, and now internationally, have grown. Currently, EGE supports direct flights from Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami and New York and this winter they will add Toronto to that list.
We often talk about the notion that the research and booking of a Beaver Creek home rental should be more than just about the home; it should be about the entire vacation experience that you're looking to have. Many visitors, especially if its their first time to the Beaver Creek area overlook the fact that there are many additional benefits outside of having a 'home away from home' in booking a house in Beaver Creek to rent. Beaver Creek offers access to world class dining and shopping in addition to the renown activities like skiing, golf, hiking and biking. Below I will also talk about the things that Beaver Creek offers to enhance a vacation that many may not be familiar with.
Free Transportation: If you're staying in a Beaver Creek rental home anywhere within the gates of Beaver Creek (including Bachelor's Gulch and Arrowhead), then you have full access to the Dial-A-Ride system. This revolutionary transportation system is essentially a fleet of mini coach buses that will pick you up at your vacation home and whisk you away to wherever you want to go within Beaver Creek. There are normal routes that these very comfortable buses run, and then they also have an on-call fleet. Give the call center a ring, and a private bus will show up at your vacation home's driveway, ready to take a group up to 25 people to the chairlift, shops, restaurants or other villages within Beaver Creek. This is a 100% free service, though the drivers do accept tips if you feel it's appropriate.
Access to World Class Golf: The Beaver Creek Golf Club was names one of the top 75 golf resorts in North America last summer by Golf Digest. This semi-private club is only accessible to members, Beaver Creek home owners, and those guests who are staying in a Beaver Creek home or condo rental. This Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course is known for it's long skinny fairways and stunning views. The Rendezvous Club serves lunch daily, and there are special rates for lunch and play session, as well as for teenagers and youth. There are many other golf courses in the area, but the ability to play at the Beaver Creek Golf Club is definitely an enhancement to the entire vacation experience at Beaver Creek.
Sweet Tooth Fixin': Beaver Creek is widely known for their amazing customer service. One of the small touches that makes a big difference is the fact that the resort serves freshly baked, warm chocolate chip cookies at the base of the main chairlift and in the lift line twice a day during ski season. The local community participates every year in a chocolate chip cookie competition, the winner of which has their recipe serve guests from around the world all winter long.
Beaver Creek is more than just a beautiful ski resort. It is a year-round destination vacation experience. So when you are searching for your next Beaver Creek home rental, remember that it's important to look at the whole vacation experience, not just one aspect of your vacation.
Allow us to help you start planning your next Beaver Creek vacation experience:
Why should you start thinking about and researching your winter vacation rental home so early? It's only the middle of July, when picnics, baseball games and weekend road trips occupy our minds, not our ski vacation this winter! But you would be amiss if you thought it was too early to start thinking about your lodging for your winter vacation. Many other people have, and you certainly don't want to miss out!
Early Booking Discounts
It is in the best interest of hotels and property management companies to get as many advanced bookings as possible. The farther in advance a guest books a vacation rental home or condo, the better the property management company can plan for things like housekeeping, concierge services, maintenance and field staff and general personnel needs. The marketing department can also better plan for any promotions or last minute reservation needs. Here at Triumph Mountain Properties we offer a 20% discount for booking your Vail or Beaver Creek vacation home in advance. Some other hotels offer the largest discounts for 6+ months in advance bookings, and those discounts go down the closer in to the winter we get. If you know you are going to come out to the Vail or Beaver Creek area this winter, the best time to save big is to book soon!
Take advantage of Triumph's Early Booking Special by Clicking HERE.
It's true, the best homes and condos are the ones that get booked first. To beat everyone to the punch, book early. If you know exactly what you're looking for in a Vail or Beaver Creek home, whether it's a Beaver Creek ski in/ski out house or a luxury condo in the heart of Vail Village, if you don't book it soon, someone else might. Early booking also allows you to consider multiple options that might not have otherwise been available to you. For example, here at Triumph, some of our most popular homes get reserved 12 - 18 months in advance. Give the gift of Christmas in July by booking the house you want! You can browse our available Vail and Beaver Creek rental homes HERE.
Time to Plan the Whole Vacation Experience
Vacations aren't just about the lodging, it's about the whole experience. And to ensure that your time spent on vacation is relaxing, having fun, and making memories, it's best to have as much organized in advance. With Triumph Mountain Properties, that's easy to plan. We have a full, complimentary concierge service to help you arrange the car rental or transportation, ski rental, lift tickets, dinner reservations, and anything else you might need to make the most of your vacation. And the farther in advance you start planning, or allow us to plan for you, the less rushed and hectic the planning gets. Want to learn more about how easy it is to work with our concierge on this? Click the tab below to get in touch with our concierge.
So to answer the original question, No, it is not too early to start researching and booking your winter vacation rental home or condo. In fact, it is more beneficial to book early than it is to wait.
Want to take my advice and not wait any longer? You can send us your basic information about when you're looking to come to Vail or Beaver Creek, with how many people and we will help you start the research process.
We look forward to working with you.
Most people don't realize that the Vail Valley real estate market has a big impact on vacation rentals in Vail and Beaver Creek. There is an undercurrent that is easily overlooked, but very strong, in the relationship between Vail and Beaver Creek home rentals and what's going on in the real estate market. Allow me to explain.
The homes that are rented out for vacation rentals are owned by second or third home owners. They allow companies like Triumph Mountain Properties to manage their homes and manage the renters that go through their home. With an availability calendar and a thorough understanding of how the house operates, we are able to market and rent out the home to vacationers on behalf of the owner. That's the end product.
The process starts with the home owners. Simply stated, the more homes are owned by non full time residents, the more baseline inventory there is for the vacation rental market. Currently, over half of all the homes owned in Eagle County (Vail valley) are second or third homes and not primary residences for the owners. And with just over 15% of the population in Eagle County renting long term instead of owning homes, that means over 35% of the homes in the county could potentially be available for vacation rentals.
Renting out your home to vacationers in the Vail and Beaver Creek area is not for everyone, though, and many home owners choose to just keep their homes and condos for their own personal use. One of the factors that has an effect on a home owner choosing to rent out their home is the economic climate, including the real estate climate. When the economy started to decline, many people were trying to sell their second or third home. This in turn flooded the real estate market when at the same time there was a sharp decline in people looking to buy a second or third home. Inventory increased, demand decreased. It is in this economic climate that we see the greatest increase in vacation rentals to the market. Home owners want to cover the cost of ownership of their second or third home while they wait to sell their home or to float them through financial difficulty.
The Vail and Beaver Creek area saw a large jump in vacation rental homes, especially luxury vacation rental homes, in the beginning of 2009. Now that the economy is recovering slowly, and the real estate market has started to rebound, home owners are being more picky with their homes being in a rental market, or pulling them out all together. Which means decreased inventory.
So what does all of this mean for the vacation renter? It means that you should get back in the habit of researching a place to stay well in advance, and take advantage of early booking deals. The last minute, cut rate prices don't really exist anymore because there is rarely left over inventory during the winter. If you are interested in learning more about renting a vacation home in the Vail or Beaver Creek area, click the link below.
And what does this mean for second or third home owners? This lower inventory and higher demand is actually a good thing for you, and now is a great time to consider putting your home in a rental pool. Your home would have less competition and rental prices have gone up as well. If you are interested in learning more about property management services and putting your home in our rental inventory, click the link below.
As always, you're welcome to call us anytime at 866-754-8245 or email us at Info@Triumphmountainproperties.com
Triumph Mountain Properties is very excited to be a co-sponsor of this years Vail America Days in Vail Village. This time of year a lot of second home owners and guests are in town, so it's a perfect time to educate everyone about vacation rentals in Vail Village and Beaver Creek, and property management services we offer.
Triumph's backbone is the property management services we offer. It is our goal to treat everyhome we manage as an asset, with the goal of maintaining and improving the value of
this asset. We have the ability to customize our property management services to tailor to your needs, usage, and financial goals. Whether you choose to join our rental pool, or just enjoy your second home for personal use, Triumph Mountain Properties is here to help you.
Triumph Mountain Properties also has a vacation rental division, which helps to rent out the
homes in our rental pool. We manage the owner's time in the home, and aim to maximize what's important to the owner ... whether that be meeting financial goals or focusing on the type of guest in the homes. We also have a full concierge service, and arrange all of the housekeeping, making the owner's responsibility minimal when it comes to the renting of their homes.
To find out more information, feel free to email Alana Hanks at
Alana@triumphmountainproperties.com or Mike Connolly at MikeC@triumphmountainproperties.com. You can also come by our booth, located on the ice skating rink in Solaris Plaza, today until 6 pm, tomorrow from noon - 5pm or Saturday noon - 5 pm. We look forward to seeing you!
You can also call our offices any time at 970-479-9990.