Here you will find all the information you need about the social events for the 2015-16 winter season.

If you would like to print the winter social events calendar from a PDF document, click here.

Winter Social Events Coordinators
Ann Faison   914-714-0280
Leslie Davies   832-236-7490

Signup and payment process

Some details are still being planned. Be sure to look at this page often for the latest information.

Signup for all events is done online, by clicking the blue button below.  You can signup 1 or 2 people, for multiple events, all in one step.  You can also pay by credit card or PayPal at the same time.

Or, if you want to pay by check, you must still click the blue button below to signup. Then mail one check covering the total cost of your choices. Make your check out to Vail Club 50 and mail to Vail Club 50, PO Box 2789, Avon CO 81620.


An event may fill up before its payment deadline; please pay online or mail your check early to ensure your reservation.  The date of your online payment, or your check postmark date, determines your priority for an event that sells out.

Payment for an event must be received by its published deadline. Last minute registrations will only be allowed if space and food are available.  You will not be able to sign up online for an event after its published deadline; contact the event organizer to find out if it is possible to secure a last minute registration and pay via check.

Click here for the Vail Club 50 policy on event payments, cancellations and refunds.

New! Event Attendees reports

Click here to see who has signed up for upcoming events.

New! Guys and Dolls

Vail Club 50 is now offering special events organized for single members who are looking for a comfortable environment to meet and enjoy activities with other single members. This new group, Guys and Dolls, is composed of individuals who are not in a committed relationship.  Click here for more information.

Event Descriptions

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse I

cookhouseMonday, November 30
First seating: Meet at 11:15 am. Lunch at 12:00 pm
Second seating: Meet at 12:45 pm. Lunch at 1:30 pm

Location: Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (near Leadville)

Price: $15 Members; $30 Guests
Price includes lunch (entree, cookie, and one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage) and day snowshoe/ski pass. Equipment rental extra.

Deadline for Payment/sign up: Wednesday, November 18.  Click here to sign up.
Please indicate your lunch choice when you sign up online:

•  Buffalo burger stuffed with blue cheese
•  Fish tacos
•  Butternut squash ravioli
•  Chicken sandwich
•  Soup & salad

Cherryl Kachenmeister    612- 720-0724
Tom Berthiaume   612-385-5799

Start your snowshoe/x-country season with a trip to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. Meet at the Ski Cooper Nordic Center at 11:15 a.m. for a one-mile snowshoe, ski or hike (if not enough snow) through the woods for a delicious lunch at this beautiful yurt restaurant. A popular trip!

Winter Sports Kickoff / Winter Leader Sign-Up / New Members’ Welcome

Tuesday, December 1, 3:30-6:00 pm

Location: Eagle-Vail Pavilion, 538 Eagle Drive

Price: Members $5; Guests $10
New this year: advance online registration required for all participants. If you don’t register online and pay at the door, the charge is $10.

Deadline for Payment/Sign-up: Sunday, November 22.  Click here to sign up.

Contact:  Melanie Richmond   Email is preferred contact method.  Cell phone: 303-901-5189.

IMG_6717Start the winter season with our traditional Winter Meet and Greet party at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Mingle with your friends and meet new members.  If you are new to Vail Club 50, this is a great way to get to know those in the Valley who have similar interests.

Expect to be warmed from the inside out with appetizers, chili, wine, beer and soft drinks.

Parking is convenient, plentiful, and free!  Whether your day included skiing, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, or just “hanging out” in the beautiful Vail Valley, this is a great way to end the day and get revved up for the season’s sporting activities with like-minded folks.


A great success of last year’s event was getting both new and “old” volunteers for the various winter sports activities.  Please bring your calendars and be prepared to sign up to lead a ski, a snow shoe, or a cross country ski.  Can’t make the party, but want to lead an activity?  Contact the winter activity chairmen directly before December 1 to claim your favorite days and places. Contact information is available in the newsletter.

Join the fun and learn what Vail Club 50 has planned for the 2015-2016 Winter Season!

Remember this club functions by the generosity of YOU volunteering to lead activities. 

Winter 2016 Bowl-Off

Monday December 7, 6 pm

Location: The Back Bowl in Eagle
50 Chambers Ave, Eagle, CO 81631

Price: $9 Members; $18 Guests
Includes 2 hours of bowling and bowling shoes

Deadline for Payment/sign up: Wednesday, December 2.  Click here to sign up.

Contact: Melanna Marcellot    970-926-6296

Please arrive BY 6 pm to get lane assignments, shoes and balls. There will be some practice time ahead of the start. We will begin promptly at 6:30. Drinks, food and desserts are available to purchase at a reasonable price. This is a popular, FUN event so sign up early!

Vail Club 50 Holiday Gala

Sunday, December 13
Registration and cocktails: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Dancing: 7:30-10:30 pm

Location:  Park Hyatt Hotel – Founders Hall – Beaver Creek

Price:  Members $60; Guests $105.00

Deadline for Sign-up: Monday, December 7 5pm.  Click here to sign up.
(Members registering after the deadline must pay by check and will be charged the guest price.)
When you register online, please select your entree and indicate seating requests. We can accommodate up to eight people at each table. Also please note any special dietary requirements.

Contact:  Jocelyn Dienst   303-990-4116

parkHyattGlitz, glam and festive cheer will be the scene at the annual Vail 50 Holiday Gala which is the kick-off to the Holiday Season as well as Vail Club50’s  wonderful winter season of social and sport events. Join your friends and wear your dancing shoes because we have the longtime, local favorite band, Don Watson. The Don Watson Band will be bringing the best of the best dancing music for us to enjoy! Take a nap if you need to so that you can hang with the band until the very end!

The menu has been carefully selected with a choice of three entrees:

  • Petit grilled sirloin sliced thin with mushroom tomato cream, roasted fingerling potatoes, petits green beans
  • Pan seared Rocky Mountain trout, savory faro risotto, lemon caper butter sauce, petits green beans
  • Chef’s seasonal vegetarian option.

Entrees will be preceded by a first course of baby kale salad with sweet craisins, toasted nuts and goat cheese, dressed with an orange champagne vinaigrette.

Dessert is a scrumptious Key lime parfait with vanilla whipped cream and raspberry garnish.

The cocktail/check-in time is from 6-7 p.m.  and every guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket. After  the first drink, a cash bar will provide you with your evening beverages of choice. The bar will be offering house wine by the bottle for only $25.00.

Discounted room rates at the Hyatt are $235 based on availability. Call 970-827-1234 to reserve and mention the VC50 rate. Discounted valet parking at the Hyatt is $15.00 per vehicle or you can park in the Founders parking structure.

snowmassChaletSnowmass Ski Trip

Monday, December 14 – Wednesday, December 16

Location:  Snowmass Mountain Chalet
115 Daly Lane, Snowmass Village

Price:  $150/night per room (same as last year) plus $10 for parking if space permits

Deadline for Payment/sign-up: No specific deadline but rooms are limited so don’t wait too late to sign up!  Click here to sign up.

Make your own reservation by calling Kelly Dean at 866-348-5150. Mention that you are with VailClub50. You can book your parking place at this time. Afterwards please email Linda Hryckowian at so she has your contact information for further notifications.

Contact: Linda Hryckowian

Enjoy early snow conditions while staying the nights of December 14th and 15th at the ski-in/ski-out Snowmass Mountain Chalet. The nightly rate includes a hot breakfast and soup lunch.

There will be a wine reception on Monday, December 14th at 4:30 pm in the lobby with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

On Tuesday, December 15th, our own après ski party will be held in the lunchroom at 5:30 pm. Please bring something to share and your own beverage.

The Aspen Classic Ski ticket/pass is available. Call Aspen Ski Company 970-925-1220 for more information.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Friday, January 1, 2016, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Location: Balata Restaurant
Sonnenalp Golf Club, Singletree, Edwards

Price: $22 members; $35 guests

Deadline for Payment/sign-up: Monday, December 28 5pm.  Click here to sign up.

Contact:  Abby Dixon    970-926-1581

Please join us for another great New Year’s Day Brunch!  There will be an array of delicious brunch items and a cash bar. Big screen TVs are prevalent for game-watching. The bar will open at 11:30 and brunch will be served at 12 noon.

We will again have a snowshoe on the golf course before the brunch. We will meet sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 in the Sonnenalp parking lot.  Check back here for more details.

Winter Game Night with Chili Cookoff

Friday, January 15, 5:00-8:00 pm

Location: Brush Creek Pavilion
Capitol Street, Eagle, at the entrance to Eagle Ranch

Price: Members no charge; Guests $5

Deadline for payment/sign-up: Saturday, January 8.  Click here to sign up.

Note: Chili entries for the cookoff are limited to the first ten participants.

Contacts:  Joyce Chizmadia and Patti Ruback
Joyce:    970-445-7660
Patti:    970-328-3335

We had so much fun at the summer Game Night, we decided to do it again. This time we are adding a chili cook-off to warm the night!  There will be game tables of Mexican Train, Catch Phrase, Scrabble, and Rummikub. Please consider entering your chili as there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded! If you don’t bring chili, we ask that you bring an appetizer. VC50 will provide salad, bread, dessert, lemonade and water. Bring a beverage if you would like to have something else to drink. We’ll supply the coolers.

arlbergLodgeWinter Park Ski/Snowshoe Trip

Tuesday – Thursday, January 19 – 21

Location: Arlberg Ski Club, Winter Park

Price: $277.50 for lodging and six meals

Deadline for Payment/sign up: Wednesday, January 6.  Click here to sign up.
Your check is your reservation. Make check out to Marlene Kearney.
Send to:  Marlene Kearney, 1460 Ridge Lane # B, Vail, CO. 81657.

Contact: Marlene Kearney   970-476-6928

Come and enjoy the comfort of the private ski-in, ski-out Arlberg Ski Club in Winter Park.

Join us for three days of skiing, snowshoeing, great food, and relaxing by the fire. You arrive Tuesday morning, January 19, park at the club and start your day. Lunch plus appetizers and dinner will be served that day and evening. Three meals on Wednesday and breakfast on Thursday are also included. Bring your own alcoholic beverages. A hot tub and sauna are available. The club has 22 private rooms with baths, and there are a large gathering room, dining room and kitchen (staffed).

The per-person price for the trip is the same as last year. Last year we skied in eight inches of powder!

NEW! Two For One Tickets to The Minguet Quartet, Vilar PAC

VailClub50 has been offered two-for-one tickets to hear the Minguet Quartet at the Vilar Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, January 26
Cash bar at 5:30; performance at 6:30

Sign up:
Buy tickets directly from the Vilar by calling calling the box office at (970) 845-8497. Mention that you are with VailClub50.
You can also buy tickets online: click HERE.  The promo code: “club50” must be entered to receive the discounted price.

Taking its name from an 18th-century Spanish philosopher who attempted to make the fine arts available to the masses, Germany’s Minguet Quartet brings to Beaver Creek its “Homage to Glenn Gould,” featuring the Bach fugal music Gould loved so much, a Bach concerto Gould loved to play (here featuring the compelling German pianist Andreas Klein), and Gould’s own rarely-heard string quartet.

The performance is at 6:30 pm, but we are invited to gather in the May Gallery beforehand at 5:30 pm for a cash bar.

Our thanks to Marcia McCalden for setting this up!

Ice Skating Party – canceled

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse II

Monday, February 1
Meet at 11:15 am. Lunch at 12:00 pm

Location: Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (near Leadville)

Price: $15 Members; $30 Guests
Price includes lunch (entree, cookie, and one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage) and day snowshoe/ski pass. Equipment rental extra.

Deadline for Payment/sign up: Thursday, January 21.  Click here to sign up.
Please indicate your lunch choice when you sign up online:

•  Buffalo burger stuffed with blue cheese
•  Fish tacos
•  Butternut squash ravioli
•  Chicken sandwich
•  Soup & salad

Lynn Anderson    910-512-4608
Molly Ansfield

Now you’ve got another chance to participate in this popular event! Meet at the Ski Cooper Nordic Center at 11:15 am for a one-mile snowshoe or ski through the woods to a delicious lunch at this beautiful yurt restaurant, and enjoy spectacular views. Space is limited to 44. (Second seating possible if needed.)

gashouseSuper Bowl 50 Party

Sunday, February 7, time 4pm

Location: The Gashouse
34185 US 6, Edwards

Price: Members $26; Guests $41  (Includes betting pool)

Deadline for payment/sign-up:  January 27 or when a headcount of 90 is reached, whichever comes first. After that, the price will be $41 for everyone.
Click here to sign up.

Contacts:  Ed Tudanger   (970) 926-8949;  Burt Merical   612-810-2588

Who knows who will be playing at Super Bowl 50 (but of course many of us are pulling for the Broncos!!!)… but whatever happens you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The Gashouse provides a sumptuous buffet, starting with appetizers pre-game, followed by  dinner during halftime. TVs are everywhere and a betting pool will add to the excitement.

The price includes iced tea and lemonade; all other beverages are available for purchase. This event always sells out so don’t delay in making your reservations.

Porchlight Players present “Spamalot”

Friday, February 12th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Brush Creek Pavilion
Capitol Street, Eagle, at the entrance to Eagle Ranch

Price: Members $40; Guests $50

Deadline for Payment/Signup: January 8th, after which if tickets are still available they can be purchased directly from for $50. Click here to sign up.  Be sure to note type of dinner entree.

Contact: Marion Laughlin    970-328-1098

PLP letterhead logo onlyCome join your friends at the popular Porchlight Players Winter Show. The shows by these incredibly talented actors always sell out.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shennanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchman and killer rabbits. Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.

Doors will open at 5:45 pm with dinner served at 6:00. The show runs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Dessert with be served during intermission.

The ticket price includes pre-show snacks, dinner (choice of a meat, fish or a vegetarian entree), dessert, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drink), coffee or tea, and the show. Specific entree choices will be available in a future notice.

This will be a sell-out so reserve early!

parkCItyPark City Ski Trip

Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26

Location: Shadow Ridge Condos, Park City, Utah

Price: $499 per night for a two bedroom unit with three baths

Signup Deadline: No specific deadline, but book soon to guarantee the group rate.
Click here to sign up.
Contact All Seasons Resort Lodge directly and be sure to mention you are part of Vail Club 50. 888-575-2775 or

Contact:  Jeanne Mosier   970-343-0103

Gather some friends and make reservations now as these rates will disappear soon now that ski season approaches. These condos are directly across from the Park City chair lift, saving you driving, parking etc. We can arrange happy hours and dinners once we know who’s coming. And remember, you can use your Epic Pass in Park City making this an affordable get-away!

Movie Night

Sunday, February 28. Time: Individual Hosts will decide

Location:  Individual host homes

Price:  Free (Note: there is a small budget for volunteer hosts to help defray any expenses incurred.)

Deadline for sign up:  February 11th for hosts and February 18th for attendees.  Click here to sign up.

Contact:  Leslie Davies    832-236-7490

This is one of the winter season’s most popular events! Relax after the day’s activities and meet with new or old friends in someone’s home, share some food and drink, and cuddle up for a movie. A lively discussion often follows! Hosts and/or guests will determine the time, menu, and movie selection.

Ski Treasure Hunt 

Tuesday, March 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Location: Vail Mountain

Price: $20 Members; $35 Guests. (Cost is the same even if you only attend the party.)

Deadline for Payment/sign-up: Saturday, February 20.  Click here to sign up.
Indicate whether you are participating in both the Treasure Hunt & Apres party, or just the Apres party

Contact:  Charlie Sherwood   970-476-7547 (land) or 703-447-3390 (cell)

IMG_6719Join us for a fun and exciting Treasure Hunt event on Vail Mountain! All the runs will be blue or green but you must be a blue skier to participate. We meet at 9:00 am at Sarge’s, located off the lower deck at Mid Vail, at the top of the Vista Bahn Gondola. We will be on the hill for about four hours, which includes a break for lunch. Après ski starts in Vail at 2:00 pm with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

For those of you who are new to VC50 and those who are tinkering with senility (it has been two years since we had a Treasure Hunt) the following is an explanation of what it’s all about:
You will be assigned into teams of mixed abilities. Each team will be given a first clue to find a particular run on Vail Mountain. If you find the right run, the next clue will be inside a bag on the back of the sign naming the run. Each clue will lead your team to the next clue location. Your team will have a trail map and a list of all Vail Mountain trails. All trails needed to get to the clue locations will be either blue or green. Each team will have a time handicap based upon their sequence of clues. The fastest time to find all the clues (after the handicap is applied) wins the race. Everyone will begin and end the Treasure Hunt at Sarge’s.

beer-wineBig Glasses & Small Plates

Sunday, March 6, 5-9 pm

Location: Various private homes, TBD

Price: No charge to members and guests. (Small budget provided for hosts to help defray any expenses incurred.)

Deadlines to sign up: February 7 to host; February 21 to be a guest.  Click here to sign up.

Contact: Jane Reisinger   970-926-9873

Big Glasses and Small Plates from around the world! This event was a great  success last year so why not do it again? Come and have some fun with new and old friends a relaxed atmosphere as you nibble and sip your way through the evening.

Your host will select an appetizer theme, whether it be Spanish, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Greek, German, Italian, American… The host will provide the venue, dishes, glasses, utensils etc. You will bring something light to eat that you have prepared in accordance with the selected theme, plus your chosen beverage to share. Between 8 and 14 guests will be assigned to each home and we will try to mix it up a bit so you can mingle with some folks you may not know.

Judd Babcock Memorial Ski Race

Thursday, March 10

Location: Vail Mountain
For the race, you will be notified of time and place once you register.
The après party is at Up the Creek in Vail at 2:30 pm.

$22 for members for race and party, OR party only
$12 for race only
$34 for guests for race and party OR party only

Deadline to sign-up: March 7, 5:00 pm.   Click here to sign up.

Contact:  Patsy Rowe    857-498-0706

Apres Race Party with Food, Drink Prizes!

On Thursday, March 10, Vail Club 50 will hold its 8th annual FUN ski race. Last March, Judd was on the podium in the Masters category. This year he will be with us in spirit as we enjoy the event he founded.

Last year we had 40 racers and 60 people at the party afterwards and everyone had a terrific time. Every Sunday hordes of three and four year olds complete this (very easy) Giant Slalom course–so naturally those of us north of fifty can do this with ease and have a lot of fun in the process.

Whether you race or not, come celebrate at the party with appetizers, a cash bar, and specially priced red and white wine.

Let’s have a great showing and honor Judd!

mangosEnd of Winter Dinner at Mango’s

Sunday, March 20, 5:00 pm

Location: Red Cliff, Mango’s Mountain Grill

Price: $25 Members: $25; $42 Guests

Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 15.  Click here to sign up.

Contact: Gary Blamire

Back by popular demand, join the club in saying goodbye to winter with a casual dinner at Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff. Dinner will be the usual fare with appetizers, taco bar and salad. The price also includes transportation from the Minturn Ranger Station, for those who don’t want to drive. Weather and snow permitting, we will also organize a back-country ski and snowshoe adventure before dinner. Snowshoeing will be a short tour around the Red Cliff area. The back-country ski will start at Vail Pass with a trip down Shrine Mountain Road ending in Red Cliff… just in time for a margarita and dinner.

Snowshoe at Sunset/Moonrise on Eagle’s Nest Ridge, Vail
Dinner at Bistro 14

Tuesday, March 22

Location: Vail Mountain

Price: $25 members/$39 non-members (Alcoholic beverages and snowshoe rental not included.)

Deadline for Payment/sign-up: Tuesday, March 15 at 5:00 pm. Participation is limited to 50 so don’t delay! Click here to sign up.

Contact:  Robin Burch    404-606-0154

Back by popular demand!

Logistics: Park in the Lionshead structure which is free in the evening. Ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Bistro 14 and gather in the bar area. No life ticket needed.

Timing: Meet in the bar at 4:30 pm for discounted wine, appetizers, and socializing. Depart at 5:15 for the snowshoe.
Dinner at 7:00 pm. For those not snowshoeing, tables will be set up in the restaurant starting at 5:00 pm.

Difficulty: Tortoise/Marmot. This 2.4 mile (roundtrip) snowshoe adventure takes you on a steady climb up Eagle’s Nest Ridge to Wildwood Shelter, and returns as the sun sets over the Mount of the Holy Cross. We may also be able to see the full moon rising.

Menu: Appetizers, entree, and dessert. Participants need to choose their entree from the following:

Bistro Burger

Fresh ground certified Angus beef brisket, white cheddar, red onion bacon marmalade, on a fresh baked bun from Avon Bakery and hand cut fries or spice up your burger with ghost pepper jack cheese and green chilies.

Organic Chicken Pot Pie

Free range chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onion, carrots, celery, peas, roasted garlic, golden puff pastry.

Smoked Turkey Wrap

House smoked and thinly sliced turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese and chipotle aioli wrapped in a spinach tortilla with house made chips.

Slow Cooked Lamb Sandwich

Slow roasted lamb, toasted ciabatta, arugula, melted gruyere cheese, raspberry-mint aioli, served with sweet potato fries.

Eggplant Parmesan

Breaded and pan fried eggplant, covered with our house made marinara and served on a bed of linguine, with melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese.