Here you will find the calendar of sports programs and activities for the 2014-15 winter season, organized into one convenient place. The at-a-glance calendar is first, followed by detailed descriptions of each event when you scroll down.

If you click on an event name in the calendar, it will jump you right to that event’s full description. 

Liability and Guest Policy
The sports programs are for Vail Club 50 members. A member is welcome to bring a guest, but the guest must sign a Liability Waiver at the beginning of the event. Event leaders will have the Liability Waivers with them. We limit non-member participations to one sporting event for the season. Click here for the Guest Liability Form.


Winter Sports and ActivitiesDay(s)
Alpine SkiingTuesday, Thursday (Vail)
Saturday (Beaver Creek)
SnowshoeingWednesday, Saturday
Backcountry Ski TouringFriday (and occasional Monday)
Uphill SkinningSaturday
PickleballSunday
Non-Club Activities

Winter Sports Activity Leader’s Sign-up 

The winter leaders sign-up has been combined with the VC 50 annual Winter Kickoff Party at The Eagle Vail Pavilion on Tuesday, December 2, 3:30-6 pm. Please join us to kick off the season socially with other VC 50 members and sign up for your leader dates. There will be incentives for signing up, so don’t miss out on the fun.

Being a leader is easy and fun!
Lead skiers down your favorite Vail/Beaver Creek runs, snowshoe your favorite trail, and back-country ski your favorite adventure. There is no pre-planning for skiers. So if you are going to ski with the group, why not take a turn at leading! Snowshoers and backcountry skiers typically preview their trails before taking the group.

If you cannot attend the party on December 2, please contact the appropriate activity leader and tell them which dates you can lead. You can find winter coordinators’ contact information below.


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Downhill Skiing

Contacts:
Judd Babcock      
judd@gatewaytovail.com
Mike Murawka      
mmurawka@charter.net

Click here for 04/11/15 email update regarding weekly ski leaders.

Click here for 04/09/15 email update regarding Closing Day.

“Ski-season’s greetings” to all past and future VC 50 ski leaders. The snow is starting to fly and it is time to consider volunteering to lead this fun group!

There will be the usual 5 ski groups:
Double Black, Single Black, Blue-Black Bumpers, Blue-Black Cruisers and Blue.
That means we need A LOT of leaders… 5 groups twice a week = 10 leaders per week for 16 weeks = 160! So please do sign up to be a leader.

Meeting times and places
Vail: As in past years we will be meeting at Look Ma restaurant at Mid-Vail on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The first day of organized skiing at Vail will be Tuesday, December 9.|Apres Ski: we will gather for Happy Hour at Sarah’s bar at The Christiana Hotel in Vail Village.

There will be no organized skiing on these holiday dates: 12/23, 12/25, 12/30, 1/1

Beaver Creek: There will be a more informal group meeting on Saturdays at Beaver Creek. They will meet at Broken Arrow and select their own leaders. The first day of organized skiing at Beaver Creek will be Saturday, December 13.

If you have any questions please contact Judd. Thanks and see you on the slopes!

— Judd & Mike


Late Start Skiers 

Contact: Cathy Conroy   cathy@conroy.com    (216) 272-3325

Don’t want to face the cold mornings, looking for a laid back group, or just saving yourselves for the evening? Join the Late Start Skiers. The group will meet in the upper level of Look Ma, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am; out the door at 11:15 am. We will break into groups based on the turnout on any given day. The intention is to form three groups: Black, Blue-Black and Blue-Green. Breaking for lunch will be optional and up to the leader/ group on any given day. After skiing, the group will head to Aprés Ski at Sarah’s Lounge and meet with the early bird skiers. Join or lead a group by contacting Cathy.


VC50 snowshoe at Red & White Mountain Trail

Snowshoeing

Contacts:
Dimitri Moursellas     
dimitrimoursellas@hotmail.com
Audre Engleman     
audreengleman@hotmail.com

Click here for detailed schedule (Excel spreadsheet).

Click here for 03/20/15 email update regarding April trips.

Breaking trail in fresh powder. Getting away from the crowds. Climbing a steep snowy slope. Communing with nature. Admiring the gorgeous views. Sharing the camaraderie of the group – the snowshoers. That’s snowshoeing with Vail Club 50!

The snowshoeing group is looking forward to making all of the above and more happen for you with a very active season this winter. We have planned outings from the beginning of December to mid-April. We hope to have enough volunteer leaders to offer an outing every Wednesday and Saturday of the season plus a choice of two outings on Wednesdays during January, February, and March.

The ever popular full moon snowshoes (1/4, 2/3, and 3/5) will be back this winter plus a lunar eclipse outing on April 4th. We should be able to once again arrange for a Game Creek snowshoe and lunch. Of course, we’ll do the Tennessee Cookhouse shindig again, probably twice, and certainly the end of season celebration at Gore Creek.

Many volunteer leaders from previous seasons have already signed up to lead again this coming season and we thank them profusely for donating their time and effort so generously. And yet we still need new volunteers from the general membership to fill in all the planned outings. The Winter Kickoff Party on December 2nd will be a good opportunity for new leaders to sign up for specific snowshoe outings. You can also send us an email now expressing your interest and we’ll take it from there.

—  Dimitri Moursellas & Audre Engleman


Gores

Backcountry & Cross Country Skiing

Contacts:
Nancy and Hap Young      nancyinvail@gmail.com      970-331-4399

Opening Day: Monday, January 5, 2015

Click here for 12/05/14 email update regarding Winter 2014-2015 schedule.

Click here for 03/18/15 email update regarding the remaining March trips.

The Farmer’s Almanac is promising a great snow season this winter—good news for backcountry & cross country skiing enthusiasts! Under the leadership of experienced XC skiers, back country participants can look forward to exploring nearby trails and roads in Summit, Lake and Eagle Counties that allow one a winter experience in our beautiful mountain environment. While most outings will take place on Fridays and continue through mid-March, watch for occasional Monday trips too. For novice participants, opportunities to increase your skills and confidence will be offered on occasional Thursdays at local Nordic ski areas.

During the season, specifics of each trip will be emailed regularly to interested members with contact information to sign up for the outing. The emails will describe the trip, degree of difficulty and approximate distance. Please plan to review carefully and assess your capacity to participate.

Be aware that backcountry ski outings require good physical conditioning (similar to conditioning needed for Marmot and sometimes Hare level hiking), the right kind of equipment, and some XC ski experience. While the trails are usually packed out, conditions vary with the weather, thus trails may be icy and hard packed or covered in fresh powder requiring breaking trail. The terrain is better suited to wider cross-country skis with metal edges and not the narrower skis appropriate for “track” skiing at Nordic Centers. Telemark and all-terrain skis can also be used.

If you are novice skier and would like to take advantage of one or both of the following proposed opportunities, please contact Nancy Young.

1. Equipment presentation. Learn which equipment is appropriate for which terrain.
2. Increase your skills and confidence. Ski with an experienced skier on groomed trails e.g. EagleVail Golf Course or Vail Nordic Center.

Leaders are needed for each outing and can sign up at the Winter Kick-off Party on the evening of Tuesday, December 2 at the EagleVail Pavilion, or contact Nancy with your interest in advance.

If you are not receiving emails with trip dates and detailed information once the season is underway and/or you would like to be added to the list, please contact Nancy.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail this winter!

—Nancy & Hap Young