Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lacrosse Tournament Boosts Vail Businesses

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Back in 1977, Vail had open athletic fields and plenty of empty hotel rooms. If a fledgling tournament for an obscure sport wanted to come for a few summer days, it would be more than welcome. Fast-forward to this year, and the Vail Lacrosse Shootout has become a summer juggernaut, bringing thousands of players, family members, friends and fans to Vail for nine days of stick-and-ball action that fills fields between Vail and Edwards. The tournament started Saturday, right after a youth event had run its course, and, combined with numerous other events over a couple of weekends, filled the valley’s hotels to just about mid-winter levels. The tournament today has about 120 teams, many coming from the East Coast, Texas, California and Canada, something co-founder Flip Naumburg couldn’t have imagined when he and three friends decided to hold a little lacrosse get-together at Wagner Park in Aspen in the summer of 1973. That first tournament had just four teams, made up mostly of guys who had played in high school and college. By 1977, the tournament had worn out its welcome in Aspen, and by 1978, the tournament moved all its games to Vail. Those…

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Pink Colorado Exhibit Opens Today!

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Pink Colorado, a contest that brings together 27 exceptional photos submitted from across Colorado will unveil its giant, town-wide exhibition today at 6:30 p.m. (Thursday June 23, 2011) in Eagle. Today’s unveiling marks the public launch of the Shaw Cancer Center’s Pink Colorado Event, a one-of-a-kind campaign to raise awareness about pre-menopausal breast cancer in Colorado. The unveiling includes a public tour of Eagle, beginning at Mountain Pedaler Bike Shop on Broadway, to view the 27 building-sized photos mounted on walls and roofs throughout the town and concludes with a ceremony at the Dusty Boot to recognize the Colorado photographers whose work was selected to represent the campaign. The purchase of certain wines and beer from places all over Eagle County during the evening will help raise money for Colorado breast cancer research. The Shaw Cancer Center’s Pink Colorado Event began in March with a statewide competition of photos displaying an element of “pink,” which netted over 300 total contest submissions. It continues all summer, from June 23 to September 16, with the giant, town-wide display of the 27 finalist photos, plus a special display from youth photographers at the Dusty Boot and Luigi’s Pasta House. Throughout the summer, a…

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St. Anthony Central Hospital site in Denver to hit market

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The move of St. Anthony Central Hospital from Denver to Lakewood on Friday opens up nearly 20 acres of prime property for redevelopment. The hospital’s 18.85 acres south of Sloan’s Lake will officially hit the market next month. An asking price has not been made public. “We have been preparing for the sale of this property for over a year and have run our own analysis of the development potential of the property in the current market,” said Tim Romani, president of Romani Group Inc., which is representing St. Anthony’s in the sale of the site. “We’ve already been soliciting offers from potential buyers, and certain developers and interested parties have started to approach us.” Romani also represented the University of Colorado in the $34.8 million sale of its 28-acre property at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard to Shea and then to Sembler Atlanta. The analysis by THK Associates Inc. found that demand exists for the more than 1 million square feet of mixed- used development, including 700 units of for-sale and for-rent residential, 150 units of assisted living, 125,000 square feet of office space and 53,000 square feet of retail space on the site. St. Anthony has been…

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Vail Trails Chalet 4

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Enjoy views of Golden Peak from this top-floor chalet in the heart of Vail Village. The two bedroom, two bath residence has been upgraded and includes a spacious loft to accommodate guests. Located on the picturesque Gore Creek, take pleasure in serene summer living and a remarkable ski location for the winter. $1,295,000 V322259 To see all properties available in the Vail Valley, please visit www.ronbyrne.com

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Good signs seen for summer business in Vail

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — When the sun decides to come out consistently, the Vail Valley could be poised for a pretty good summer. Leisure visitors in the summer have long waited until just about the last minute to make reservations for a weekend trip, and that trend continues this year. But a combination of new events on the summer calendar and a modest rebound in the valley’s group-meeting business are good signs for the coming season. Bob Trotter, general manager of the Westin Riverfront in Avon, said reservations at his place are running well ahead of last year’s pace. “We have a lot of weddings this summer,” Trotter said. “But a positive sign for us, and the valley, is the corporate groups coming back. Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa General Manager Frank Johnson said that property’s Memorial Day reservations were about even with last year, but added that the summer overall is up by about 7 percent. And, while a boost of less than 10 percent compared to the last two years isn’t news worthy of party hats and streamers, “to be at all ahead compared with the last two years is a positive sign,” Johnson said. The valley’s occupancy…

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Ever Vail: Building Green

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In March 2007, Vail Resorts Company announced plans to build the most ambitious green resort development project in North America, to be called “Ever Vail.” The $1 billion project will transform a 9.5-acre site, currently known as West LionsHead, into a sustainable multi-use pedestrian village consisting of residences, a hotel, offices, retail shops and restaurants, mountain operations facilities, a public parking garage, a new gondola and related skier portal and a public park. This development is one of the first projects to be accepted into the U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification program. As currently planned, Ever Vail will be the largest LEED-certified project for resort use in North America. Visit vail.snow.com/evervail.asp for more information. Following are green building measures the Company plans to undertake at the site: •Use only woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and local area beetle-kill Lodgepole pine trees in building construction. A Vail Valley company is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish a procedure for reclaiming the dying trees to be used in the project. Wherever possible, the Company will purchase and incorporate local and regional “green” materials for construction. •Incorporate a geothermal process (ground source…

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