Monthly Archives: January 2013

X factors

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Young and hungry Vail athletes hunt for gold at Aspen’s X Games this weekend Caption: Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington is among several Vail-based athletes ready to wow crowds this weekend at Aspen’s X Games. Pro snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington must have a vendetta against the bones in her hand. Since bursting onto the women’s halfpipe scene with a surprise gold medal at the European X Games in 2010 – she beat longtime Australian powerhouse Torah Bright for the title – Farrington has notched numerous podium finishes across the world. The 23-year-old Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) athlete took second at the U.S. Open in Vermont the same year, and recently bested Olympic gold medalists Bright and Kelly Clark for a win at Breckenridge’s Dew Tour. Farrington is fast becoming a bona fide star, all while her sport is growing bigger and faster. When Bright won Olympic gold in Vancouver, her run included a cab 720 and switch backside 720 – revolutionary at the time. Now, competitors like Farrington are pushing the women’s field in a new direction, inverting the majority of 540s, linking back-to-back 900s and throwing occasional backside 1080s, which she just learned in the past month. And that’s where…

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Not your standard fare

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Open-fire cooking and rotisserie grilling steal the show at new Mountain Standard restaurant.  It’s a bustling weekday night at one of Vail Village’s newest restaurants, the Mountain Standard, and it’s all hands on deck. Co-owner Matt Morgan and other staff stop from table to table, checking in on diners, and Executive Chef Paul Anders is in the long, open kitchen juggling pans alongside his staff. A rotisserie rack and blackened grills are where much of the restaurant’s specialty dishes are made, slow roasting over coals or getting seared over flames. The modern yet cozy dining space is dominated by rustic reclaimed-wood rafters and oak floors, and patrons sidle up to the long, mirrored bar, a spot that becomes decidedly bustling during the après hours. It seems that both vacationers and locals alike have already discovered the Standard, even though its doors have been open barely a month. The Mountain Standard’s sister restaurant and longtime Vail culinary landmark, Sweet Basil, is located right upstairs. The restaurant’s owners, Morgan and Kevin Clair, along with chef Anders, wanted to start a new culinary venture that would serve as the more casual counterpart to Sweet Basil. They converted the space – formerly Blu’s restaurant –…

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The après allure

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Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing. Away from it allIt may be a short drive from the slopes, but wandering into Avon or Edwards has its rewards – not to mention an entirely different vibe. Try these picks. Montaña’s Cantina and Grill, Avon The center of Avon is a hotbed for happy hour, but Montaña’s boasts the largest patio and specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, including $2.50 domestic drafts and a free taco bar until 5 p.m. The crowd skews young, with plenty of ski bums just in from the hill. Sato’s, Edwards Fresh, handmade sushi for après? With single pieces starting at $2.50 and whole rolls for no more than $12 (most are around $8), it’s one of Edwards’ best-kept secrets. Better yet: The deal is good seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    Gore Range Brewery, Edwards 970-926-2739 At the valley’s only brewpub, the daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. draws anyone and everyone. Each day features a different appetizer for $6 – think lamb meatballs or chili cheese fries – along with $3 drafts (the Fly…

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Vail’s CEO Rings the Bell

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The CEO of Vail Resorts Inc. set the world’s most influential financial institution in motion on January 7th, then did what everyone watching from the floor wanted to do — he went skiing. Katz, surrounded by Vail’s executive committee and a couple dozen Vail ski instructors, rang it remotely from the base of Vail Mountain. As the bell sounded the sun was rising over the Gore Range, ushering in another Vail ski day. Vail’s new gondola was in the background and a snowcat made its way across the scene, grooming snow for the day’s skiing. According to the NYSE, the live broadcast of the opening bell is seen by 300 million people worldwide. “It was another special way to celebrate our company’s and Vail Mountain’s 50th anniversary this season as well as to promote a snowy Vail to a global audience of skiers and snowboarders,” said Kelly Ladyga, Vail Resorts’ director of corporate communications. Monday was the third time someone from Vail Resorts rang the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell.  The first was Feb. 4, 1997, the day the company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.  The second was on Dec. 5, 2008, from the finish…

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Visit Vail this Winter During the Winter Mountain Games

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The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer return once again to Vail, Colorado this February. The 2013 Winter Mountain Games scheduled for February 8 – 10 feature professional and amateur athletes competing in the beautiful and challenging mountain terrain around Vail. This year’s Winter Mountain Games marks the second year of this celebration of winter sports, the great outdoors, and the mountain lifestyle in Vail. Athletes will compete in exhilarating adventure sports such as mixed climbing, mountain cyclocross, Big Air freeride mountain biking, dual slalom biking, Nordic skiing, telemark skiing, ski mountaineering, snowshoe racing, and uphill competitions. These adventurous pros and amateur athletes not only seek to overcome the challenges of their respective sports, but also to come out of it all the winner, as there is prize money on the line totaling a tempting $60,000. Besides watching these athletes pour their heart, soul, and lungs into their adventure sports, the Winter Mountain Games in Vail also presents an exciting line-up of films, live music performances, demo events, and more. This year’s Winter Mountain Games 2013 film series has been aptly named the Outdoor Reels Film Series. Each film has been selected for its spectacular cinematography showcasing the beauty…

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Fight off the cold with a Hotty Toddy!

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Here at Ron Byrne & Associates Real Estate, we suggest staying warm through January with these delicious cocktails.   Give these classic, cold-weather concoctions a try! When winter sets in, we’re quick to reach for warm drinks such as hot tea and hot cocoa. There’s no reason that shouldn’t extend to your cocktails as well. Vail’s resident “Wine Wizard,” Mickey Werner of Alpine Wine and Spirits, shared some of his recipes for winter classics. Take a few days to recover from your New Year’s Eve revelries and then try out these steaming cocktails. Hot Toddy Unfortunately, winter can wreak havoc on your immune system, and it’s not uncommon to catch that bug going around your office. If you’re under the weather, this combination of tea, honey and brandy will coat the throat and soothe that cough. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon honey 3/4 glass of tea 2 shots brandy 1 slice lemon Directions: Brew tea and fill a tall glass 3/4 full. Mix in honey. Mix in brandy shots. Add lemon slice and enjoy. Makes one serving. Hot Buttered Rum This rich drink is for those afternoons you stumble back into the lodge or your home after a day playing in the…

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2013

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There is good news on the horizon for the Vail Valley community. There is increasing demand for Vail Valley vacations, our event calendar is overflowing with events from Gypsum to Vail, our group and meeting business continues to grow and expand into traditional shoulder seasons and international visitation is at an all time high and doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to these traditional tourism metrics, other indicators such as real estate sales and retail sales tax collections continue to show signs of growth. Look out 2013, we are coming in hot!  Please stop by our Vail real estate office on Bridge street to discuss the current local market.

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