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Black Diamond Ball produces record auction item


Black Diamond Ball produces record auction item

Vail's Lindsey Vonn wins a downhill at Lake Louise
By David O. Williams

December 1, 2007 —  December is a crazed whirlwind of social events in the Vail Valley, almost leaving residents a little too tired from nighttime activities to enjoy everything there is to do during the daytime – such as ski fresh powder. Almost.

We all manage pretty well to burn the candle at both ends and still get out on pow days like Sunday will be. Even though there’s not a lot of terrain open due to our unusually dry November, December is starting out like gangbusters with nine inches of new snow Saturday at both Vail and Beaver Creek.

So get up here, or out here as the case may be, and check out the Birds of Prey giant slalom beginning at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, at Beaver Creek or the postponed super-G on Monday at 10 a.m., and get in some fresh tracks while you’re at it.

As for the social circuit, I was moving a little slow Saturday after attending the Vail Valley Foundation’s Black Diamond Ball – their major annual fundraiser – and raising a toast or five to their Volunteer of the Year, Susan Frampton, and Citizens of the Year, Kathy and Erik Borgen.

It was an awesome evening at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, highlighted by the live auction that produced a new record for the Foundation, which, among many other things, organizes the annual Birds of Prey World Cup races.

A club membership donated by Vail Resorts brought in a whopping $102,000, and a trip to Las Vegas netted another $25,000. Needless to say, I was in the bidding till the bitter end.

And speaking of bitter ends, it was brutally cold up in Lake Louise, Canada, but nothing can cool off red-hot speedster Lindsey Vonn, formerly Kildow, a Ski Club Vail product who won a World Cup downhill up there Saturday – her seventh career victory on the circuit. Check her out in person next weekend at Aspen, where the women will race a downhill for the first time.

Now I’m off to a party at Rocks Modern Grill to announce Bode Miller’s new website,, which hopefully won’t compete too much with Check out the O. Report on Sunday for more details.



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