Category Archives: Vail

The climbing life of Vail’s Dick Pownall

Dick Pownall was a detail who didn’t jibe with stereotype of Vail by Allen Best VAIL, Colo. – For those who like to paint Vail with broad brushes, Dick Pownall was a detail who didn’t quite fit into the picture … Continue reading

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Presidential wannabes in ski towns

Presidential candidates were in Aspen and Jackson Hole this year to press the flesh — and pass the campaign donation hat. They visit Park City, too. But they rarely show up in Vail or Beaver Creek. Why not? Continue reading

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Rain chaser for intense Colorado runoff

If winter was so-so except for its exceptional heat, peak runoff in Colorado rivers last week was nonetheless a sight to behold. Continue reading

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Calculating the return on ski racing in Vail Valley

It cost the Vail Valley Foundation and associated entities $59 million to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Was it worth it? Continue reading

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Vail’s ambivalence about I-70

I-70 has always been a mixed blessing for Vail, Colorado. Now comes a proposal for a sound wall on a portion of the highway, but not all residents think the reduced noise would be worth it. Continue reading

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Vail looks beyond Baby Boomers

Vail’s elected officials study demographic trends, global warming predictions and other statistics as they try to prepare for a life and economy after Baby Boomers. Continue reading

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Notes from Colorado’s cannabis frontier

Vail remains on the sidelines, Aspen rejected a new tax, governor frets about THC dangers on young minds. These and other notes about cannabis from Colorado’s mountains towns. Continue reading

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Creating a new water normal in mountain towns

Breckenridge is among Colorado’s mountain towns looking to take measures to encourage more efficient use of water for outdoor lawn irrigation. “We have to walk the talk,” says Tim Gagen, the town manager. “We can’t just sit up here and say we have all the water, now we’ll use it.”

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Summer use of ski areas

Oddly, given the motivation for expanded summer use of ski areas, the law signed by President Barack Obama makes no mention of alpine coasters, the amusement that Vail Resorts prefers to call a ForestFlyer. But Vail expects great things at Vail Mountain, Breckenridge and Heavenly — if nothing that equals the drew of sliding on snow as it expands summer ski areas use.
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Giving natural hazards room to happen

Mountain towns such as Vail and Telluride have done a generally good job of mandating that people can’t build homes in the runoff zones of avalanches, says :Spenser Havlick.
But in zoning to reduce destruction of property or loss of human life from floods and other natural disasters, communities in Colorado have been less cautious.
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