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Vail's how-to-ski secrets in Ski Magazine (and elsewhere)
December 10, 2008 —
Like most people in Vail, I was fired up to read Ski Magazine’s “ultimate guide to Vail” issue, which focused on our hometown and gave the ski world an inside look at where to eat, stay, drink, and of course, ski. Pictures and words combined to make me proud of our town, knowing we’ll balance out the economic storm with a few worthy snowstorms of our own. It may be one of those years where we pack a few extra brown-bag lunches, but I’ve always recommended skipping lunch in favor of an energy bar anyway.
In a more narcissistic way, I was glad to see that when Ski Magazine wanted the scoop on Vail, they came to the guys at RealVail.com. David O. Williams wrote the bulk of the big article, and I was quoted and advised on the, “how to ski Vail,” portion of the big spread.
My only gripe? It quoted me as recommending Los Amigos for après ski, when everyone who knows me knows I was born and will die at the Club, the one and only locals hang-out and the greatest bar the Universe will ever see. The music, the generous bartenders, the foosball, the adult language printed on the T-shirts, and the residual aroma found only at the Club and various frat houses, will live with me forever.
Drinking aside, it’s fairly common that other people (and other journalists) call me up and ask me to deliver a few, “secret stashes,” that only old-school, born-and-bred locals know about. I have an article in the current edition of Vail Beaver Magazine which gives read-between-the-lines pointers to potential powderhounds, and our guides on this site are the one-and-only, best guides to skiing Vail and Beaver Creek that you will ever find.
So where are all the stashes?
I’m not telling. Not exactly, anyway.
Nor did I tell Ski Magazine … but if you read the article there, read the article I wrote in Vail Beaver Creek mag, and read the guides on this site, you’ll start to get the point. Look for the coded language. Put together the Zodiac puzzle. Look for the double-Ls, the alignment of the Xs, and the powder-ski code that will send you on the great adventure that is, and always will be, searching for stashes on Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek.
And when you get there, remember – it wasn’t me that sent you. It was you yourself, transported by the magic of sliding on snow.
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