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Red Sky Ranch leads First Tee but Eagle Ranch squads in close pursuit

Red Sky Ranch leads First Tee but Eagle Ranch squads in close pursuit Jul 10, 2010 — Four weeks into the First Tee tournament league and Ari Papadopoulos' Red Sky Ranch team has taken a dominating lead with two wins and two runner-up finishes for a season total of 42 points.

Jason Wolfe's Eagle Ranch team is in second place with a total of 32 points, as Nate Corsbies' Eagle Ranch team has earned 30...

Read more Fairways and Greens...

Vail's biomass power plant dealt serious federal funding blow

Vail's biomass power plant dealt serious federal funding blow Jul 4, 2010 — In the end, it may not be NIMBYism or environmentalist objections to producing power by burning trees that dooms Vail’s proposed biomass power plant. It may just be a simple lack of funding.

Reportedly on a short list of projects being eyed for Department of Energy funding, the Vail project - which would produce...

Read more The O. Report...

Book Review: Wild West 2.0

Book Review: Wild West 2.0 Jun 23, 2010 — You’re feeling rattlesnake-mean and madder than a wild bull.

Somebody’s been messing with your reputation online, posting things that are untrue. You saw it, your clients saw it – heck, for all you know, the whole world saw it – and you’re not taking it lightly. There’ll be a showdown...

Read more The Bookworm Sez...

Beaver Creek/Vail bid lands 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships

Beaver Creek/Vail bid lands 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships Jun 3, 2010 — ANTALYA, Turkey – The Beaver Creek/Vail 2015 bid committee, comprised of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation, celebrated Thursday as the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council voted to award the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Colorado's Vail Valley. It...

Read more U.S. Ski Team Update...

How to survive your minority viewpoint

How to survive your minority viewpoint May 5, 2010 — I can understand there’s some anger and disappointment out there from Eagle County’s right, and it’s not surprising that the more extreme the right-winger, the greater the spitfire and vitriol.

After all, Democrats have taken over the White House, both houses of Congress, the Colorado State Assembly,...

Read more Boyd's Blog...

Forgettable winter season coming to close with more sunny weather

Forgettable winter season coming to close with more sunny weather Apr 16, 2010 — Another ski season is creeping to an end. And although 2009-10 was a season to forget on the weather front, not all was bad.

There was far less road kill on the I-70 corridor this season due to the lack of moisture and far less avalanche activity in the side country of Vail and Beaver Creek, although an unfortunate...

Read more The Powder Predictor...

Gauging the Vail real estate market with real numbers

Gauging the Vail real estate market with real numbers Jan 28, 2010 — Buyers and sellers are always asking "How far is the market down?" and "Have we seen the bottom?" Sorry to say folks, but I have to say no. I do have specific statistics on the decline that I would like to share.

I have always used the Sunridge Phase 1 and 2 complexes to gauge the lower end of the Vail...

Read more Vail Real Estate...

A look back at Vail's summer fashion

A look back at Vail's summer fashion Sep 21, 2009 — As the evenings cool down, and the mornings don’t quite warm up as much, we are watching Vail turn its head towards its most famous season, winter.

The slowly fading summer brings with it the excitement of gatherings such as Oktoberfest and the Gourmet Gore and natural events like the turning colors of the aspen...

Read more Vail Fashion...

Contador wraps up Tour de France as Armstrong secures third

Contador wraps up Tour de France as Armstrong secures third  Jul 25, 2009 — The monstrous climb up Mont Ventoux in Saturday’s dramatic finale didn’t have the impact on the GC that race organizers were hoping for.

Spanish climbing specialist Juan Manuel Garate won ahead of Tony Martin out of a breakaway but there wasn’t the shakeup in the overall standings as some pundits...

Read more Letters From Spain...

2009 Vail Lacrosse tournament comes to the Valley

2009 Vail Lacrosse tournament comes to the Valley Jun 22, 2009 — The Vail Lacrosse Shootout returns for its 37th edition in 2009, running from Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, July 5. As the premiere club tournament in the United States, Vail is home to some of the very best lacrosse in the world and will play host to over 60 men's teams and 30 women's teams in what has become a...

Read more Vail Lacrosse...

Sun shines on climbing wall construction for Teva Mountain Games

Sun shines on climbing wall construction for Teva Mountain Games May 28, 2009 — The build out of the climbing wall at the Teva Mountain Games continues. The weather has improved and crews have begun to unload the wall and construct it at Mountain Plaza, near...

Read more The Vail Valley Foundation Voice...

Fudgsicle follies: a nearly squandered dessert opportunity

Fudgsicle follies: a nearly squandered dessert opportunity Mar 31, 2009 — You know it has not been a good week when the happiest moment of the work week is when you realize at 3 p.m. you never ate your Fudgsicle from lunch.

At approximately 2:59 pm MDT, Thursday, March 26, while sitting at my desk, pondering the often-asked question of myself, "Am I too old to still be sporting a belly ring?"...

Read more Ski Beaver...

Vail weighs balloon ban in wake of store's grand-opening gaffe

Vail weighs balloon ban in wake of store's grand-opening gaffe Mar 26, 2009 — “He stole my balloons!”

-The Joker, after Batman steals his balloons. (Batman, 1989)

Batman, please come to Vail! We have a balloon problem. Or at least we appear to, ever since a new business in Vail recently dared fly balloons to celebrate its grand opening.

The owner, ignorant of...

Read more Heart Transplant...

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J5 racers take it to Powderhorn

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J5 racers take it to Powderhorn Mar 18, 2009 — The J5 Finale at Powderhorn ski area in far western Colorado last weekend brought more than 130 young athletes ages 8 through 10 from all over the Rocky Mountain division together for a championship event in Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail's J5 assistant coach Barclay Rabin commented, “The...

Read more The Ski Club...

June’s Teva Mountain Games set to rock Vail with new half marathon, more concerts

June’s Teva Mountain Games set to rock Vail with new half marathon, more concerts Mar 5, 2009 — It’s still a little early to be making summer vacation plans, but with all the recent warm weather it’s hard not to look ahead a little.

Such was the case this past Monday when I had the chance to meet the brain trust behind the 2009 Teva Mountain Games during a small press event at the Spot Bouldering Gym...

Read more The Front Ranger...

The great sheep rescue

The great sheep rescue Dec 24, 2008 — There are incessant innuendoes regarding man’s relationship to sheep, none of which escaped our notice on a stormy fall day in 1963, when a group of Vail’s “finest” ski patrolmen became involved in helping a band of sheep from certain death.

The sheep had been caught by a series of late fall...

Read more The Understories...

Losing the madness over the mountains: Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Losing the madness over the mountains: Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal Dec 11, 2008 — Editor’s Note: Read Part I and II of this travelogue entry here.

PART III
My primary companions for the entire trek were a father and son from Perth, Australia named Ron (dad) and Matt...

Read more Mental Malaria...

Back to school: Pur Power fitness class revisits the lost childhood art of weird balancing

Back to school: Pur Power fitness class revisits the lost childhood art of weird balancing Oct 16, 2008 — The seasons are changing and the snow is starting to bless us. The temperatures are falling and snowmaking is in full gear. A-Basin and Loveland have even put enough snow down to open.

I’m on the road now with this year’s Warren Miller Film, “Children of Winter” (

Read more Chris Anthony's Corner...

Barack Obama Speaks in Grand Junction

Barack Obama Speaks in Grand Junction Sep 20, 2008 — I got to see Barack Obama in Grand Junction Monday, Sept. 15. Cudos to the organizers, while the lines were ridiculously long everything went smoothly and we all got in in time for his speech. It was exciting to watch and I was pleased to see many young people and parents with their children there. The crowd was very...

Read more Eagle County Democrats News...

Prudential Colorado Properties hosts buying seminar, open house

Prudential Colorado Properties hosts buying seminar, open house Jun 24, 2008 — There is a saying that "all real estate is local.” That has never been truer than now, however, it does not mean that the Eagle County (or any other part of the country) is immune to the effects of nation-wide consumer confidence, credit markets, oil prices or foreclosures.

At first blush our market appears to be...

Read more On The Home Front...

Redstone ice: the Litmus test for my maturity

Redstone ice: the Litmus test for my maturity Mar 9, 2008 — I’m not a skier, but as I read "Boyd's Blog" the other day about the avalanche deaths in East Vail, one thing really stuck out. It was Louie Boyd’s saying about how,...

Read more Vail On Ice...

The anatomy of the perfect Vail ski day

The anatomy of the perfect Vail ski day Mar 8, 2008 — Ahhhhh, fresh snow. It makes a man do crazy things: ditch friends, leave his wife and kids at home, sit down at a computer and begin typing.
With many apologies to the real writers here at RealVail, this is seriously the first time I have sat down and typed anything substantial since I graduated college (CU,...

Read more Center of the Universe...

Sizing up the new 'Arrabellagio'

Sizing up the new 'Arrabellagio' Mar 7, 2008 — Itís taken a long while (like nearly three weeks), but I finally feel ready to weigh in on the new and improved Lionshead, specifically the $250 million Arrabellagio (aka Arrabelle at Vail Square).

For the most part I feel conflicted and confused. Do I like how it looks? Not on your life (I...

Read more Jill's Thrills...

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