It's Mardi Gras in the mountains when Vail celebrates the famed New Orleans extravaganza. Vail hosts three days of festivities during its CarniVail celebration, March 6-11.
Vail's Liz Biebl told OnTheSnow the mid-season event spans both the mountain and village areas. "Between the free concerts that Vail is proud to offer guests and other activities that typically take place, employees and locals of all ages embrace the Mardi Gras spirit with the traditional beads and masks, colorful floats in the Fat Tuesday parade through Vail Village and - not to be missed - what some would call ‘the world's highest low-country crawfish boil at Eagle's Nest.'"
The fun kicks off at noon, Sunday, March 6, with the Crawfish Boil. Take a break from your ski day and head to the top of Vail Mountain and the Eagle's Nest to try a sampling of the colorful cuisine.
Head into Vail Village Fat Tuesday, March 8, for the Street Party and the Fat Tuesday Parade, which starts at 4 p.m. That's followed by a free concert from Frogs Gone Fishin' at Check Point Charlie.
The party continues Friday with another street party from to 9 p.m. at the Solaris area the Village. It's near the skating rink. The big headline concert is that night at 7 p.m. with Buckwheat Zydeco.
Here's some video from a recent celebration of CarniVail to get you in the mood: