Snow soldiers to ice sculptures, the Vail Valley’s January events

· Jan. 3, 2014, 7:00 am
**This event has been postponed from Jan. 9 to Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.**
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
This documentary film produced by Warren Miller Entertainment and narrated by Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom tells the story of the soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, who began as WWII heroes and ended up pioneering the ski industry in America. The film follows the troopers from their early training days at Camp Hale outside Vail, to pivotal war battles in Italy and their ventures in ski resort development and equipment innovation. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Vail Film Festival. 
Wednesday, January 15
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole’s career has spanned nearly two decades and has run the gamut from bouncy, chart-topping hits to tear-jerking ballads. Cole has shared the stage with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge and Matchbox 20, and remains committed and connected to her fans online and after each of her live shows. This is why the intimate 530-seat theater in Beaver Creek is the best place to experience an artist like Cole. Other female artists coming to the Vilar Performing Arts Center this month: Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Jan. 8), Jaimee Paul (Jan. 22) and Susan Werner (Jan. 29).
Friday, January 17
Gore Creek Promenade, Vail
A stroll down Vail’s idyllic and icy cold Gore Creek Promenade in January brings unexpected warmth with the ice sculptures of local artist, Paul Wertin as part of the Triumph Winterfest. Working in the seasonal medium of ice, Wertin creates stunning illuminated pieces built specifically to enhance the existing features of the Promenade including a walking path, fire pit and the banks of Gore Creek. This year’s installation, “Arches,” features large undulating walls of ice inspired by Christo's "Running Fence." The walls fade into roughly-cut arches built over Gore Creek.
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, January 26
Beaver Creek Resort, Beaver Creek
Eat, drink, ski, repeat. Take a handful of celebrity guest chefs, several renowned Vail Valley chefs and toss in some eclectic mixologists to create this three day high-altitude feast. Events include a snowshoe and gourmet lunch, a beer pairing cooking demo, an après ski tiki party (with hula dancers) and exclusive dinners done up in decadence at some of the most high-end restaurants in Beaver Creek. 2014’s featured chefs include “Top Chef” fan favorite Fabio Viviani, Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy, Alex Seidel from Fruition, Austin City Limit’s Tim Love, James Beard’s “Rising Star Chef” Gavin Kaysen and master mixologist Alex Ott.
Tuesday, January 28
The Bookworm, Edwards
With obesity on the rise in the United States, Colorado remains the leanest state in the nation. Author James O. Hill and Dr. Holly Wyatt, founders of the Denver-based National Weight Control Registry, will discuss their findings and their newly-published book "State of Slim" at the Bookworm Café at the Riverwalk in Edwards. The café/bookshop setting gives book-lovers the opportunity to meet authors one-on-one, buy books and have dinner all under one roof. Hill and Wyatt will delve into the idea of resetting metabolisms and making good nutrition a lifestyle, not a trend.

A native of Vail, Shelley Nottingham Woodworth has promoted artistic, cultural and sporting events in the high country for nearly two decades. Knowing that Colorado attracts and produces the world’s greatest artists and performers, she sees the most memorable events happen in the most unique surroundings – all that’s required is a sense of adventure.

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