Comedy, ski industry icons, entertainers, half marathon, Oktoberfest and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 8/19/22

Nate Bargatze brings comedy to The Amp on Saturday.
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Comedy with Nate Bargatze

The big names continue to roll into the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater this weekend. After Primus, Amos Lee, Maren Morris and Fitz and the Tantrums last week, it’s time to bring comedy to the stage and Nate Bargatze is, according to veteran comedian Marc Maron in Rolling Stone magazine, “a comedian who should be great .”

Bargatze was meant to be on stage. His father was a clown who became a world-class magician. This Tennessee native delivers his lines with such style and ease and his timing and body language make all of his stories believable and fun. Whether he’s talking about working at an Opryland theme park, his time at community college, Walmart vs. K Mart, or marriage and family life, it’s all humor.

Bargatze appeared on late night talk shows with Conan and Fallon and on Comedy Central. He has traveled to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain the troops and performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, JFL Montreal Comedy and Moontower festivals.

Catch some of his tunes on YouTube then act fast, at press time there was a “low ticket alert” for the Raincheck Tour with Nate Bargatze, so dial in your comedy for this weekend. Tickets can be purchased at

Hall of Fame induction

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is hosting its 45th annual Hall of Fame induction celebration on Sunday.
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The Colorado Snowsports Museum is hosting its 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, celebrating the five members of the Class of 2022. Learn about these impressive snow sports builders, industry professionals and inspirational people who have driven and the sport’s shakers, including two with Vail Valley ties, John Dakin and Jeannie Thoren.

This year’s inductees include:

Ron Lemaster – For more than five decades, LeMaster has used his engineering background to analyze skiing techniques and has continually contributed to the education of skiers, ski coaches and instructors all over the world.

Peter Reitz – This passionate waterskiing and snow lawyer is one of the authors of the last two amendments to the Colorado ski safety law and co-author of “Your Responsibility Code”. He has also dedicated countless volunteer hours to help keep ski resort employees and guests safe.

Chester R. “Chet” Upham, Jr. – Upham’s family owns the Loveland Ski Area, Colorado’s oldest private ski area. He was president of Loveland for 50 years. Upham’s vision, values, innovations and business acumen have created this classic family-oriented mountain experience.

Jeannie Thoren – Thoren revolutionized women’s ski equipment with the Thoren Theory. Over the past four decades, she has perfected skis and boots to improve women’s ability to ski. In 2009, she opened Vail’s first women’s ski shop and is a partner in the BioMotion lab at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, which studies the effects of ski boots on ACL injury risk in women.

John Dakin – From the University of Boulder Ski Team to the USA Ski Team, Summer and Winter Olympics and Alpine Skiing World Championships in Vail, Dakin brings 50 years of experience in media operations at the Hall of Fame. He also served as director of communications for the Colorado Snowsports Museum, helping facilitate the museum’s $2.5 million comprehensive renovation before retiring in 2019.

The event will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Sunday and there are a variety of tickets on offer, from VIP packages to free on-lawn tickets for ages 18 and under. Go to for more information or call the museum at 970-476-1876.

Vail Fine Arts

Art on the Rockies is hosting Vail Fine Arts in Lionshead this weekend.
Art in the Rockies

Art on the Rockies is back with an art exhibition in Lionshead. Vail Fine Arts will welcome talented artists from across the country for this outdoor walk through the streets of Lionshead from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Artists’ mediums will range from sculpture and painting to photography and mixed media, jewelry, glassware, woodworking and more. The featured artist for this event is Ray Tigerman. He is a nationally recognized Southwestern artist who uses a bold color palette to depict Southwestern Indigenous peoples and wildlife in their dramatic surroundings.

Other notable artists include Prince Duncan-Williams and his stunning and colorful silk thread fine art that has a jazz vibe, Jan Bushart with his oil paintings of landscapes in Colorado, Hawaii, the desert and beyond, and Douglas Fountain, a direct descendant of Chief Sitting Bull creates unique limited edition totems, masks and sculptures. There will also be quite a few Eagle County and regional artists.

To find out more, visit the Events page on

Arrowhead Half Marathon and 5K

The Vail Rec District’s Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series continues this weekend with a half marathon and 5k.
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The Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series continues this weekend with a half marathon and optional 5K this Saturday at Arrowhead. This is the second year this race has been held at the Beaver Creek West Portal. The half marathon has an elevation gain of 3,000, but the 5k is a bit easier with only 300 feet of vertical gain. The half marathon will start and end at the base of Arrowhead. The 5K will start at Bachelor Gulch and end at Arrowhead.

After the race, you can always expect to find your donuts from Northside Coffee and Kitchen and your personalized t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the best, but if you didn’t place first, second or third, you still have a chance to win one of the raffle prizes.

The big thing to note is that there will be no parking allowed at Arrowhead. Participant parking is available at Red Canyon High School and Berry Creek Middle School on Miller Ranch Road in Edwards. Shuttles will run to Arrowhead and back and to Bachelor Gulch for the 5K start. You can also watch from your car. It’s about a 1 mile walk from the schools to the base of Arrowhead and could be a good warm up too.

On Saturday, registration and bib pick-up take place in the Berry Creek Middle School parking lot. You can also pick up your bib the day before at Peak Performance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., which can be a good idea, these races start early: the half marathon is at 7 a.m. and the 5K is at 8 a.m. for more information, to take away

Sonnenalp Oktoberfest

The Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail is hosting Oktoberfest this Saturday.
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Just when you thought you’d have to wait until Labor Day to don the dirndl and lederhosen at Beaver Creek’s annual Oktoberfest event, the Sonnenalp is hosting an Oktoberfest right outside its front door on Saturday.

The Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village, which is a traditional Bavarian style lodge, has everything ready for an almost daily Oktoberfest celebration with their excellent selections of German beers and pretzels always on the menu and their staff dressed in the traditional clothes too. Add the band, These Austrian Guys and a whole host of people and you instantly have a reason to say “Prost!”

The event will be at the porte cochère so some cover if it’s raining but bring a layer or rain jacket just in case and wear your dancing shoes, those Austrians will bring the accordion and the chicken dance will be most likely played more than once. Plan to eat there or keep the fun going at the Bully Ranch restaurant inside the Sonnenalp or keep the fun going in the King’s Club lounge, where they have music every night except Sunday. For more information, call the Hotel Sonnenalp at 970-476-5656.

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