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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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    Serenity at the Spa
    Katie Coakley | Featured Stories , Features | January 3, 2017

    With the multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Vail Valley, it’s not surprising that most people try and fit 26 hours into each day. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, fat biking and ice climbing, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer. However, […]

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    Winter Wonderland of Jewelry
    Heather Hower | Featured Stories , Features | January 2, 2017

    Diamonds or pearls? Pearls or diamonds? What’s your pleasure? The brilliant opulence of a sparkling diamond versus the quiet perfect, shimmering luster of a pearl. There is so much to love with both of these gems. They spice up an outfit, give a little shazam to the ordinary day; they add bling, sparkle and a […]

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    Eat Your Veggies
    Brenda Himelfarb | Dining , Dining and Nightlife , Healthy Living | July 20, 2016

    Back in the day, talk of someone being a vegetarian conjured up visions of an emaciated, pale looking person who probably lived in or was from California, of course, and didn’t know anything about eating properly. We were all happily eating our deep fried chicken, country-fried steaks and ball-park hot dogs. Winds up that those hippies were right on. […]

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    Farm to Table in the Vail Valley
    Cassie Pence | Dining , Dining and Nightlife |

    During the peak of summer, Executive Chef David Gutowski and his staff clip fresh greens twice a week from Grouse Mountain Grill’s garden plot in the EagleVail Community Garden. They fill two huge garbage bags and return to the Beaver Creek restaurant to wash and spin the mix of organic lettuces. Just a few hours later, lucky diners taste the peak of summer on their […]

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    Reel Women Fly Fishing in the Vail Valley
    Heather Hower | Activities , Features |

    The line glides out, the fly lands on a pool of water, the fisherwoman waits patiently, tempting the fish beneath the water. If the fish refuses the fly, she reels in the line, searching, finessing the fly gently down the river. Women have discovered what fishermen have long known: fly fishing is good for the mind, body and spirit. Working on […]

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    Color Takes Flight
    Brenda Himelfarb | Featured Stories , Features | June 26, 2016

    Several years ago, the makers of M&M’s added the color blue to its bag of candy – the result of a vote by M&M’s fans. However, the company soon found that the blue M&M’s were usually the last ones left in the bottom of the bag. It seems, of all the colors in the spectrum, […]

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    Camping, Glamping and Cabins
    CarsonPierce | Featured Stories , Features |

    When you really think about it, good old fashioned camping is basically an outdoor version of housekeeping. As writer-humorist, Tim Dowling, puts it, “Camping is to living as cooking is to barbecuing. There is something satisfying about escaping from our reliance on infrastructure that turns the most tedious chore into an adventure. Suddenly making toast […]

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    Hummingbirds Feeding our Souls – The Hummingbirds of Eagle County
    Brenda Himelfarb | Environment , Featured Stories , Features |

    It flits. It flutters. It fascinates us. And if one gets very close, it’s as though you’ve somehow been specially chosen to enjoy its dance. Then, in a blink of the eye it’s gone. And you’re left savoring the moment you’ve just experienced; a few seconds that will delight. It’s that extraordinary and, in its own way, feeds your soul. The flight of a hummingbird is mesmerizing. When they […]

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    Racing to Build Vail
    Richard Carnes | Featured Stories , Features , Local Spotlight | December 20, 2015

    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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Shauna Farnell | Volunteer - Vail Valley | February 23, 2015

Kitchell, or “Kitch” as he’s known among fellow race volunteers and staff, claims to be the valley’s longest standing World Cup regular. He has volunteered for every World Cup and World Championship event in Vail and Beaver Creek since 1969, when the World Cup men’s downhill race was held on Vail’s intermediate Born Free trail These days, Kitchell works on Beaver Creek’s Talon Crew, […]

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Helena Leslie | Giving Back , Volunteer - Vail Valley | February 8, 2015

We have decided to take a risk. We are writing about a subject which might be considered too serious by many a glossy magazine. But, whether you live here or are visiting, we hoped that you would want to know more about a very important institution in our Valley, and the incredible work it does here and […]

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SalvationArmy
ken | Volunteer - Vail Valley | January 3, 2012

The holiday season and the Salvation Army are synonymous. Throughout the season bell ringers and red kettles can be seen all over the country collecting money for less fortunate individuals. Some volunteers even sing Christmas carols, play musical instruments or sometimes bring their playful pets to garner attention. The tradition began in 1891 when Captain […]

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RailJam

In 2009 a small group of young people – age twenty-something  – put on its first snowboard competition in Beaver Creek. This was not a race for a medal, but rather a race to see who could raise the most money for breast cancer that would then be donated to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness […]

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