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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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Vail Valley’s Specialty Recipes Stories
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When in Vail, you must stop by the Bully Ranch Restaurant at the Sonnenalp Hotel and treat yourself to their incredibly delicious, Mudslide. Whether you’ve had a hard day or the best day of your life – this drink will, literally, knock your boots off! BUILD YOUR OWN Put a scoop of ice cubes in […]

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GoForIt

SONNENALP Ludwig’s buffet is a bounty of good eating from made-to-order omelets with the freshest ingredients to bacon, eggs, sausage, French toast and even to-die-for pastries. Linger over a cup of dark-roasted coffee and ease you way into the day. Ludwig’s in Vail Village is open for breakfast daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. […]

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Daniel Joly Owner/Executive Chef Mirabelle at Beaver Creek Belgian-born Master Chef Daniel Joly graduated from the Culinary Institute of Brussels in 1986. He trained at Michelin Guide Three-start Michelin in Brussels Joly came to the United States in 1988, worked at  Restaurant Million in Charleston, Relais & Chateau in South Carolina. He moved to Beaver […]

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Dover Sole Meuniére

Chef Proprietor Paul Ferzacca presents this delicious favorite Dinner for four.

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Dear VV Mag, Every time I go to Paradigms I get the same thing, the Parsnip Pappardelle. 
I would love to try to make it at home. 
Can you get me the recipe so that next 
time I dine there, I can try one of their 
other delicious-sounding dishes. Thank you. Wild Mushroom Parsnip Pappardelle […]

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Veggie Reuben Recipe from The French Press
Edwards, Colorado Ingredients: Domestic Mushrooms Red Onion Baby Spinach Sauerkraut Swiss Cheese Rye Bread Russian Dressing Preparation Sauté mushrooms and red onion with a little oil until tender. Add spinach and sauerkraut and sauté until spinach is just wilted. Grill Rye bread lightly on one side and then turn […]

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