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    Fresh Tracks…Snowcat Skiing
    Heather Hower | Activities | December 20, 2015

    Imagine eight hours of skiing untracked, fresh powder with no lift lines and only a small group of fellow powder fanatics along with you on this ride. Snap your fingers because there’s no need to let this dream live only in your imagination. There are acres and acres of easily accessible – guide included – […]

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    Racing to Build Vail
    Richard Carnes | Featured Stories , Features , Local Spotlight |

    Bob Lazier always loved cars. His first auto purchase at age 14 was an “ice car,” appropriately named since it could only be driven on frozen Lake Minnetonka during the winter months, but his parents helped him procure a four-year-old Jaguar in 1958. “I absolutely love cars, and I absolutely love driving cars, and I […]

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    Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy
    Shauna Farnell | Featured Stories , Features , Focus Vail Valley | December 17, 2015

    Tucked between the mountains at the far side of Minturn, the first indication that Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy is unlike any school anywhere is that it is surrounded by miles and miles of Nordic ski trails. Then there is the massive, state-of-the-art fitness center next door to where Lindsey Vonn and other Olympians work […]

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    PEPI’S COVER STORY
    Richard Carnes | Featured Stories , Features , Local Spotlight | December 10, 2015

    In the heart of Vail Village, on Bridge Street, you will notice a charming, quintessential Alpine lodge with an inviting deck. On sunny days, people gather on that deck to eat, drink, people watch, listen to music and party. After all, they’re on vacation! And what better way to relax than on Pepi’s deck at […]

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    Winter Wonderland Weddings
    Brenda Himelfarb | Features , Wedding | December 8, 2015

    Many people might be surprised to see a bride – veil flowing, bouquet in hand, bridegroom in his tuxedo at her side – skiing down a mountain in the middle of winter. But in Colorado, it’s commonplace. Perhaps it’s the memories of vacationing here with the family or having met the ideal mate on a […]

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    Master of the Dance Universe
    Brenda Himelfarb | Culture in the Vail Valley , Featured Stories , Features | June 5, 2015

    As Damian Woetzel tells it, his story begins with he and his brother having a lot of options. And that’s a big part of his outlook both personally and professionally: “To have as many possibilities as you can – no matter what you’re doing. “My brother, Jonathon, and I had all sorts of lessons,” Woetzel […]

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    Chocolate: The Food of Gods
    Brenda Himelfarb | Dining |

    For chocoholics, just the word “chocolate” evokes feelings of comfort and joy. A feeling that can only be satiated with a taste that takes the craver to nirvana. Somehow words, say, like “cabbage” or “kale” don’t do it. Healthy? Yes. However, doesn’t sound mouth-watering like the sweet sound of the word “chocolate”. History says that […]

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    Ranchers, Vaqueros, Cowboys…
    Kari Corbin | Features |

    If your baby grows up to be a cowboy, there are some fun places to let them ride. You can smell a rodeo before you see it: horses, leather, hay, chemistry. Prancing ponies and cocky cowboys, fancy hats, fancier chaps. Rodeos are part of the Wild West’s final frontier – there’s no buffer, no softening […]

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    Lynx
    Robert Berwyn | Features |

    The story of lynx in Colorado starts long before there were any ski lifts or highways in the state. In fact, the snow-loving wild cats probably lived here even before the first bands of Stone Age humans roamed through the high country. For all we know, forests in the region may have been crawling with […]

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    The Epic Mix Epidemic
    Shauna Farnell | Activities | January 20, 2015

    Besides the built-in euphoric fun that comes with a day on the mountain, it’s safe to say that people of all ages and skill levels have always felt like skiing or snowboarding is an achievement on some level. Many have long since tallied their ski days and number of runs. Even before GPS became readily […]

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    Powder Patrol
    Phil Lindeman | Featured Stories , Features | January 13, 2015

    Keeping the mountains safe is their job…keeping you safe is yours. It’s 5 a.m. on a pristine powder day. The bowls and glades at Vail Mountain are blanketed in nearly two feet of fresh, impossibly light snow, the sort giddy powder hounds had hoped and prayed and pined for the night before. After comparing the […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Colorado Neighborhoods | December 20, 2015

Like Vail Village, Lionshead – a short mile from Vail – is a mecca of fine shops, an assortment of restaurants and first-class accommodations, making living in this village, essentially, carefree. With the Eagle Bahn gondola right there to whip you up the mountain in a manner of minutes and ski school at the base […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Colorado Neighborhoods |

Just west of the Edwards is Lake Creek, an alpine valley with thick forests and dominating views to the south where the rugged mountains mark the beginning of the Sawatch Range. There are various communities and ranches within Lake Creek – some gated – all in bucolic settings that are just magnificent. The beauty of […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Fashion in the Vail Valley , Features |

As visionary designers push the boundaries of fine jewelry, the use of non-traditional, non-precious metals are being incorporated into the look of contemporary jewelry – all being used with increasing frequency by jewelry designers seeking new ways to excite customers. Today’s designs sometimes include pieces of oxidized metals, agate, rough-cut stones, antique coins and even […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Colorado Profile , Giving Back , Local Spotlight |

Sarah Schleper’s life has always been about challenge and balance. From the time she decided that she wanted to be an alpine ski racer she became a juggler of sorts between school, practice and competition – the balance and challenge always a priority. Schleper’s career began in 1995 and spanned 15 years, a stint that […]

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Cassie Pence | Healthy Living |

In last summer’s blockbuster hit Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise impressed moviegoers by doing his own stunts, most notably the one where he hung from the side of an Airbus while the aircraft took off over the UK. Remarkable, yes, but what really impressed me is how the 52-year-old actor has seemingly stopped […]

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Kari Corbin | Dining , Healthy Living , Special Vail Valley Recipes | December 19, 2015

While most people are tucked under the covers, listening only to the dream voices of their subconscious, Molly Harrison’s world is filled with the dull roar of ovens and a steady stream of NPR news, punctuated every 40 minutes by a timer. Ding! That 150 pounds of ciabatta dough better be ready for its first […]

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Having one of its members go over the side of a cliff on Vail Mountain, winding up in the emergency room (yet rallying to perform) and then having its tour bus get stuck in the snow on the side of a hill did not deter Greensky Bluegrass from bringing down the house at Winter Wondergrass. […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Focus Vail Valley |

Bravo! Vail Music Festival Welcomes New Executive Director Bravo! Vail Music Festival announced the appointment of Jennifer Teisinger as the festival’s new executive director. Teisinger, who hails from Sun Valley, Idaho, where she managed the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. She was responsible for leading the symphony through a period exceptional artistic success – bringing renowned […]

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Douglas Mayeda, M.D. | Healthy Living | December 18, 2015

‘Back to the Future’ or H.G. Wells Classic of the Time machine to predict the future maybe in front of us after all. Altitude at 8,200-11,000 feet not only may present a Rocky Mountain high from the standpoint of hypoxia, but the euphoria from unparalleled beauty of the views and landscape that nature provides. The […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Environment |

For most of us who live in the high country the word “winter” conjures up visions of sitting around a warm fire, eating hot soup, or heading up a mountain on a perfect Colorado blue sky day dressed from head to toe in clothing that keeps us warm and toasty – no matter how frigid […]

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