Monthly Archives: November 2011

Chop Down your own Christmas Tree this Year

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Tree-cutting permits are available from Forest Services, so you can turn this into a fun tradition with your family and friends this year! Bundle up in your warmest clothes, grab your work gloves and a saw and go for a hike to select your very own tree from the woods. Replace the yearly visit to the tree farm with the magical experience of tromping through the forest. Even if you don’t find the perfect fully filled Fir Tree you are used to having, the “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” you find on your own will be so much more special! Even though your tree will only last a month, the memory of cutting it down with friends and family will last a lifetime. You can pick up your permit for only $10 at Forest Service offices across Colorado. • Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District — Offices in Eagle and Minturn carry the per­mits Monday through Friday during regu­lar business hours. The Minturn office will also be open Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 970-328-6388 for additional information. If you decide to celebrate this Christmas in Vail, please give us a call at 970.476.1987 so we can…

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Beaver Creek Opens Tomorrow!

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According to the Vail Daily, Beaver Creek is set to open this Wednesday at 9 a.m. with 231 acres of terrain, five lifts and a terrain park. Guests will be greeted in the morning with hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, setting the stage for the afternoon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition, which takes place in the village at 2 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a variety of terrain on the main mountain and in Bachelor Gulch accessed by the following lifts: • Centennial Express Lift (No. 6). • Cinch Express Left (No. 8). • Buckaroo Gondola. • Bachelor Gulch Express (No. 16). • Strawberry Park Express (No.12) for access to Bachelor Gulch only. • Six surface lifts. The resort will have 11 trails open including Red Buffalo at the top of the mountain, Latigo, Gold Dust, Fool’s Gold and Haymeadow on the lower mountain, and Sawbuck in Bachelor Gulch. Primrose trail will be open from the top of Strawberry Park Express (No. 12) to Bachelor Gulch. Intertwine trail will offer skiing back to the main mountain from Bachelor Gulch. A terrain park in the Haymeadow area will provide a jib park consisting of 10 features including rails, boxes, log…

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Vail looks strong through third quarter

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The Town of Vail released its year-to-date third quarter sales tax revenues on November 6th. There was an 11.4 percent overall increase through September. Vail is producing much higher data than last year. Record snowfall last winter is to thank for part of the increase as well as marketing efforts that have increased international and summer business. Food and beverage leads the pack with a 16.3 percent increase through the third quarter. Lodging follows at 16.2 percent, while retail posted a 7.3 percent gain over the same period in 2010. The breakdown looks like this: Looking at the month of September, it appears that Lionshead was the place to eat and drink – perhaps a result of people celebrating sales-tax collection. Food and beverage showed a whopping 38.2 increase in sales-tax revenue over September 2010, with lodging up 21.7 percent, and retail up 19.3 percent. Overall, Lionshead showed a 25.1 percent increase over last year, collecting $122,030 in sales tax. Meanwhile, Vail Village saw some stout increases as well — 14.2 percent over September 2010. Collecting $358,418 for the month, the Village showed its biggest increases in lodging – up 17 percent. Food and beverage was up 14.7 percent and…

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25 Reasons to LOVE the Vail Valley

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1. People from all over the world come to Vail Valley. Each winter we get visitors from North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. 2. Even when its 10 degrees, Vail’s dry and sunny climate allow skiing to be pleasurable. 3. The thrill of bump skiing, or better yet … watching bump skiing! 4. The dessert chefs around the Valley! Try the Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with Myer’s Rum Sauce and Whipped Cream from Sweet Basil. 5. Free public transportation between the Villages on the bus. 6. You friends who have come here have made it their home! 7. All snow is not created equal. In Vail the fluffy white stuff is just that! 8. The Taste of Vail Festival in April. 9. Outdoor Skating Rinks in every Village. 10. The Vail Ski & Snowboard Museum. 11. Teaching your toddler or grandchild how to snowplow on the same catwalk you have been using for 40 years. 12. Apres Ski! That means soaking up the sun and sipping your favorite cocktail after a day on the slopes. 13. The speed you can reach skiing on Groomed Corduroy. 14. The ever-so-slight buzz you get with 8,000 feet of altitude….

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A Vote for Vail

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Today is election day in Vail, and Vail’s election ballot contains a question that asks voters to use a $9.4 million town fund on three specific projects. Here’s some background of where that money came from and why it’s on this election ballot. The money has been sitting in the so-called conference center fund since 2005, when voters rejected its use for building a conference center in town. The money cannot be spent without voter approval, and the town of Vail received legal advice last year that says it must seek that voter approval now rather than let the money sit any longer. The town’s cites attorney-client privilege for not revealing why exactly the legal advice is to hurry up and get an approval. And with that, the time has come for voters to decide. If voters do not approve the use of the funds for the three projects — renovation of the Vail Golf Clubhouse, expansion and renovation of the Ford Park recreation fields, and upgrades at the Ford Amphitheater — the money must be returned to the taxpayers. Returning the money, however, doesn’t mean taxpayers will get a refund of any kind. The method for returning the money…

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Hundreds Come to Vail for U.S. Ski Team Event

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Hundreds of fans came showed up in Vail Village Saturday night to be able to catch a glimpse at some of the best ski racers in the world. People gathered to get autographs and hear the official announcement of the 2011 – 2012 U.S. Ski Team. The crowd contained young skiers with dreams of being on the stage themselves one day. With role models like Lindsey Vonn, it was an inspirational night to many of the fans to be able to see the ski racers live in person. Local athletes are living a ski-racing dream.

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Snow falls in Vail

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Just last Wednesday, Vail got its first big snow storm of the season. And Vail’s second winter storm started yesterday. This storm alone is slated to bring up to 12 inches to the area. With the clock ticking down to Opening Day, this storm’s timing couldn’t be better. It’s less than two weeks until Vail opens, have you planned your Vail vacation yet? If not, don’t worry – we’re here to help! Our associates can help you find the perfect home or condo – one that fits your needs and your budget. Please give us a call at 970-476-1987 or visit us on the web.

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