Black Diamond Ball Live Auction | Vail Valley Foundation

Black Diamond Ball Live Auction

Get ready to raise your paddle because you will not want to miss out on these special live auction offerings.

This is a preview only: bidding takes place during the Black Diamond Ball. If you are interested in an item but will not be present the night of the Ball, please contact: Whitney Harper at

If you haven’t done so already, pre-register your credit card online now!

By pre-authorizing your credit card for the night of the event, you are able to bid on the live auction or make a donation to the Vail Valley Foundation through the paddle raise, without having to worry about swiping your credit card at the event. Please note: your credit card will not be charged for this transaction. 

Santa Fe Getaway

Generously provided by: Gina Browning & Joe Illick, The Compound, and Santa Fe Opera

Value: Priceless

Your group of four will spend two days and nights in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including a VIP evening under the starry New Mexico sky at the legendary Santa Fe Opera. Choose from La Boheme, The Pearl Fishers, Cosi Fan Tutte, Jenufa, or the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child, and enjoy an elegant, pre-opera dinner, a preview of the grounds, premium seating, and all-access passes to the exclusive Opera Club. Stay at an historic, centrally-located Santa Fe Hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the famous Ten Thousand Waves Spa including a private hot tub, spa treatment, and lunch at Izunami. Enjoy an evening with James Beard Award-winning chef, Mark Kiffin, at The Compound Restaurant, and connect with a personal concierge to plan ancillary exclusive experiences throughout your trip. This adventure will be memorable for opera lovers and newcomers alike!

Details: Transportation not included. Based on availability for 2019 Opera season. For best choice in Operas and seating, please book your experience as soon as possible. Ancillary activities are based on availability.

WhistlePig & World Cup

Generously donated by: WhistlePig Whiskey

Value: Priceless

Your group of four will enjoy three days and nights in the whiskey-lovers paradise known as “WhistlePig Farm,” followed by two incredible VIP experiences at the FIS Ski World Cup weekends in Killington, Vermont, and Beaver Creek, Colorado. WhistlePig is created on 500 heavenly acres in Shoreham, Vermont, on a farm custom-built to create a phenomenal tasting and lodging experience. Your group will enjoy insider’s access to the craft distilling process and taste WhistlePig’s past, current, and future releases, and will relax by a bonfire, take excursions to tour local farms, and enjoy Vermont’s finest local eateries. Then it is on to the 2019 Killington Cup, for two days and nights where VIP and lift access with accommodations for four will give you a premiere experience to support legendary women’s skiers like Mikaela Shiffrin. Then your group will reconvene in Beaver Creek where the Vail Valley Foundation has arranged four VIP experiences and lodging at the legendary Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup men’s race weekend Dec. 6-8, 2019.

Details: 2019 Killington Cup dates and times are pending FIS calendar decision. Farm Stay based on availability.

Grand Omakase Dinner by Matsuhisa

Generously donated by: Matsuhisa Vail

Value: Priceless

Gather ten of your family and friends for an adventurous VIP culinary experience in your own home. The skilled chefs from Matsuhisa will prepare and serve their top selections in a curated eight-course meal of traditional and creative Japanese dishes. Your evening will begin with savory appetizers, and from there your party will be taken on a distinctive culinary journey of new-style Japanese cuisine. This personalized Matsuhisa experience will live on in the memories of your family and friends for years to come.

Details: Ten-person maximum.  Beverages are not included; pairings may be arranged.  Dates to be mutually agreed upon and used during one of the following: May 1 – June 15, 2019; July 7-August 21, 2019; September 10-December 15, 2019. It is strongly recommended that this experience be scheduled as soon as possible.

Fly Fishing in Argentina & Montana

Generously donated by:

Value: Priceless

Picture the pinnacle of a fly-fishing experience and you will have a sense for what to expect as your group of four departs for two of the world’s premiere destinations: Experience four nights and days in the ruggedly-beautiful landscape of northern Patagonia, comfortably based out of the renowned Spring Creek Lodge on the banks of the Chimehuin River. Your expert guide provided by L&L Sporting Journeys will take you to private and remote stretches of river for both floating and wading experiences, followed by evenings enjoying gourmet creations, live music, and the region’s finest wines. For the final evening, you will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Buenos Aires. Only Big Sky, Montana, could compare, and this is where your group will head next for six days and nights in a private chalet in the hills near Big Sky, Montana. There, you will have access to a professional guide for three days of guided fly-fishing in pairs in some of the Northern Hemisphere’s best trout waters.

Details: Based on availability. Must be booked by February 2020. Big Sky stay is Sunday – Friday from April 21, 2019 – October 26, 2019. Book Argentina dates by February 2020.

Trapper's Cabin Ultimate Weekend

Generously donated by: Vail Resorts

Value: Priceless

This unforgettable experience from Vail Resorts includes two incredible days and nights for six on Beaver Creek Mountain with luxury accommodations at Trapper’s Cabin. Your group will start your getaway with a scenic snow cat ride to the ski-in, ski-out location at 9,500 feet. You will enjoy magnificent views from the spacious deck or the cabin’s outdoor hot tub. You’ll relax by the fire as your personal chef prepares a gourmet dinner for your group. After an incredible night of rest, you will awaken to stunning views and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and coffee at the cabin. Simply walk outside of this exclusive location to enjoy all that the Resort has to offer with skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing right outside the front door with your own private ski instructor to guide you to the perfect spots on the mountain. Your stay includes a concierge to arrange your daily activities and each afternoon, your group will enjoy lunch at your choice of Beaver Creek’s fabulous on-mountain dining cabins: Beano’s, Allie’s or Zach’s. At day’s end, you’ll relax in comfort and elegance as you are catered to by the cabin staff and your own personal chef.

Details: Based on availability. Offer valid through the 19-20 Winter Season. Use for Summer or Winter.

Vin48 Wine Room Dinner

Generously donated by: Vin48, The Boulder Wine Merchant and KOW Cattle Company

Value: Priceless

Gather ten of your friends and family for an intimate dinner experience in the exclusive wine room at Vin48. You’ll enjoy the cozy, candle-lit atmosphere of the wine room, a private space like no other in the Vail Valley. This unforgettable culinary experience will feature the eclectic mix of rustic and modern cuisine of Vin48 with your menu carefully curated by Vin48’s expert chef, Charles Hays and featuring the finest American Wagyu Beef from KOW Cattle Company. Each course will be masterfully paired with the wine selections of Master Sommelier, Brett Zimmerman.

Details: Based on availability. Valid through February 2020.

Costa Rica Luxury Home for Ten

Generously donated by: Anonymous

Value: Priceless

Escape for a week with your closest friends or family to a secluded ocean-view villa in one of the most pristine and biodiverse regions of Costa Rica. Located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a near the community Dominical, this Spanish Colonial inspired villa is one of only a handful of luxury residences that enjoy 1,000 acres of rain forest, with miles of pristine hiking trails, all perched on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Your group will enjoy the villa’s movie theater, infinity pool, and swim-up bar. You will have your pick of wine from a fully-stocked wine cellar and your own private chef service to prepare three meals per day. The villa includes daily housekeeping and a 24/7 concierge. World class surfing, fishing, and wildlife watching are just moments away. In Costa Rica, the National slogan says it all, “Pura Vida,” welcome to the Pure Life.

Details: Stay Saturday – Saturday. Valid April 2019 – April 1, 2020. Restricted Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis & subject to availability at the time of booking.

Winemakers for a Day

Generously donated by: Vines at Vail and Beeline Transportation

Value: Priceless

Your group of fourteen will revel in old-fashioned fun with your own VIP Harvest Crush Party. You’ll enjoy private transportation to the charming Vines at Vail tasting room in the scenic hills of Wolcott, Colorado. Then, you’ll kick off your shoes and try your hand at traditional grape-stomping. Next, your party will make your way inside, where your group will bottle your very own barrel of Barolo wine, created with California grapes from the Central Valley and quietly aged in oak. Enjoy house-made hors d’oeuvres and charcuterie, and all the wine you care to sip, as you and your friends enjoy and learn and participate in the ancient art of wine-making. Take home 24 cases of your own, custom labelled wine, each a lasting reminder of your unforgettable afternoon.

Details: Stay Saturday – Saturday. Valid April 2019 – April 1, 2020. Restricted Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis & subject to availability at the time of booking.

Patrick Henry Luxury Train Journey

Generously donated by: Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, The Hotel Born, and Tavernetta Denver. Underwritten by Andrea Eddy

Value: Priceless

Your group of ten will bid on an unprecedented package from Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Tavernetta, and The Hotel Born Denver. Get ready to live the high-life in the old-fashioned luxury of train travel! Your group will be taken by private train on an overnight journey from Denver to California on our nation’s most scenic railway, travelling in the sumptuous comfort of Patrick Henry’s two beautifully restored train cars. Your journey will start with a welcome cocktail party aboard the train at Union Station in Denver. After the reception, your group will disembark and you will make your way to Tavernetta Restaurant where your group will enjoy a coveted dinner experience from Tavernetta’s James Beard Award winning culinary team. That evening, you’ll stay the night in sophisticated luxury at the Hotel Born in downtown Denver’s revitalized Union Station. You’ll be well rested when you board the train promptly at 8am and you will enjoy a lovely breakfast aboard. Meanwhile, your professional train stewards will help prepare your group for an overnight journey in style and comfort through the scenic American West. You’ll watch the country roll-by in luxury as you take in panoramic views of Colorado’s Canyons and Utah’s desert-scapes from the domed lounge and even enjoy the scenery along with fresh air on the back platform of the train. While on board, each meal will be prepared by an executive chef featuring only the finest ingredients. Retiring to your state rooms, you’ll enjoy turndown service in the deluxe sleeper car which features 4 double bedrooms alongside a master suite or can be configured into three elegant suites, to comfortably sleep six. You’ll awake to the beauty of California’s Eastern Sierra Mountains and arrive by afternoon in the Bay Area. Throughout the journey, your group will enjoy fine-dining, top shelf beverages from the bar lounge and even modern conveniences like satellite TV and wi-fi. The First Class, on-board service includes unsurpassed attention to detail, fresh brewed coffee, and even laundry. After two full days of comfortable travel, you’ll arrive in the Bay Area ready for whatever adventure awaits you next. Take your family on an unforgettable American adventure, bring your friends for a scenic getaway or even schedule a corporate meeting in style and comfort aboard Patrick Henry’s historic railcars!

Details: Dates based on availability.  Must be booked 45-60 days in advance.

Champagne France Wine Trip

Generously donated by: Anonymous

Value: Priceless

Your group of eight will follow in the footsteps of Dom Perignon for a unique wine and food experience in the beautiful Champagne Region of France. For seven nights and eight days, your private driver will escort you through the villages and wineries of the unparalleled Grand Cru. Your group will sip surprising treasures from smaller producers, all while enjoying luxury accommodations in a charming villa in Ardenne, complemented by guided visits to legendary Maisons, other wineries, and the Museum of Dom Perignon. On one of your evenings, you’ll unwind and recount your day as a private chef prepares a wonderful dinner expertly paired with exquisite wines. Throughout the trip you will have your own private sommelier, who will accompany you on your tours and guide you through your experience. Your itinerary includes stops to six cellars where you’ll learn the processes that transform the grape varietals into the region’s most fabled wines. On three private days, your driver can help you explore on your own or even take a trip to Paris!

Details: Based on Availability. Book by February 2020.

Thank you to our live auction donors!

Beeline Transportation, Boulder Wine Merchant, The Compound, Andrea Eddy, Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, Hotel Born, Gina Browning & Joe Illick, Matsuhisa, Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Santa Fe Opera, Tavernetta,, Vail Resorts, Vin48, and WhistlePig Whiskey.

Provided by: L&L Sporting Journeys, Vines at Vail Winery

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