Skiers and snowboarders know this well: When the snow starts to fly, it's time to party.
Vail Resorts is throwing a three-day winter bash to kick off the ski and snowboard season, and you're invited.
Vail Snow Days, featuring an outdoor concert, apres-ski parties and more, will be held Friday to Sunday in Vail and on the mountain. This event formerly was known as Vail Snow Daze but recently was rebranded.
"This is really how we kick off the winter season for our guests. We celebrate the fact that winter is back and give them extra activities for a few days," said Vail Resorts spokeswoman Maggie Meisinger.
You can spend all day on snow and enjoy festivities each night in the village.
"There's a large population of destination guests from outside of Colorado who are definitely looking for this event, but it also attracts people who live in Colorado. It's a very family-friendly event," Meisinger said.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the free Saturday night concert, which is Snow Days' big event, she said. The headliner is San Diego acid-jazz band The Greyboy Allstars, with opener Eminence Ensemble, a progressive rock band based in Boulder.
Past years' acts have included Wilco, The Wallflowers, Rusted Root, 10,000 Maniacs, and Big Head Todd and The Monsters.
"It's always a band that's good to dance to, and being in December there's potential for it to be chilly," Meisinger said. "It's a really fun time, and it always brings out a really big crowd. Even if it's not a band that you've heard of, it's fun to come and hang out."
The stage will be set up outside Solaris in Vail Village, and the show goes on even if the snow is dumping. That's probably preferred in Vail, where the mountain opened Nov. 22 - a bit later than expected due to too-warm weather.
Guests can warm up indoors or with a hot beverage, Meisinger said. A full bar will be set up outdoors.
Wellness activities - including mountaintop yoga, snowshoeing and ice skating with s'mores - round out the celebration.
At 9 a.m. Friday, grab your lift ticket, yoga mat and water and take a ride up Eagle Bahn Gondola for a one-hour yoga class in a tent on the mountaintop.
"The tent overlooks the Gore Range, and the views are spectacular," Meisinger said. "It is definitely a very peaceful place to do yoga."
For yogis over 21, Michelob Ultra will provide swag and a free beer voucher for later in the day.
Friday afternoon, a snowshoe tour guided by Vail Nordic School pros is planned across the base of Vail Mountain from Golden Peak to Lionshead. Snowshoes will be provided. This activity is limited to the first 50 people to RSVP by calling 970-754-4390.
One of Saturday's features is free Family Skating 'n S'mores at The Arrabelle at Vail Square Ice Rink in Lionshead from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
For details about all Vail Snow Days activities, visit https://goo.gl/P1jRky.
MICHELLE KARAS, THE GAZETTE, 476-1602, MICHELLE.KARAS@GAZETTE.COM