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All about Vail
When people think skiing in Colorado, Vail is often the first town that comes to mind. Established less than 50 years ago, saying the small town has grown rapidly in popularity is quite an understatement. World-famous Vail skiing and a high celebrity quotient have put it on the map for many travelers. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, in the Colorado Rockies, it’s a town created by and for skiing but has grown to a year-round destination that’s a favorite with families and lovers of the outdoors.
The town lies about 25 miles from Camp Hale, which spawned the famous 10th Mountain Division of mountain-trained soldiers during World War II. The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame honors the memory of those soldiers, who played a pivotal role in the war.
Luxurious condos, first-class ski resorts and cozy lodges surround a village sporting dozens of restaurants that indulge visitors.
The town is home to a number of big annual events, including a food and wine festival, the World Alpine Ski Championships, a huge July 4th extravaganza, nationally renowned summer music and dance festivals and a locally loved rubber ducky race.
Former president Gerald R. Ford made his home here much of the time. His philanthropy created the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a must-see. Also check out the Nature Center for an all-natural attraction.
At Vail Pass, visitors can find a handful of scenic and easily accessed lakes in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The hike up Mount of the Holy Cross is no easy task, but one of the most popular in the area.
As big as skiing is in the winter, it is replaced by top-notch hiking, cycling and golf in the summer. (http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/vail)
Things to do in Vail
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You don’t have to be skiing or snowboarding to be enjoying Vail. Whether you’re looking for additional outdoor fun or some well deserved R&R, there’s an activity for everyone in Vail.
ADVENTURE RIDGE! Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Located atop Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge hosts an amazing assortment of activities. Take the the Eagle Bahn gondola to the top of the mountain for snow tubing, snowmobiling for kids, ski biking, rebound trampoline and snowshoe tours.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING! Snowshoe, Cross-Country, and Backcountry ski tours for all levels. Come explore the wilderness around Vail on one of our group tours or privates. We also offer Telemark on Vail Mountain. Explore a side of Vail you’ve never seen before!
FIGURE SKATING! You will find outdoor ice skating rinks in the center of both Vail Village and Lionshead. Dobson Ice Arena holds a large, indoor rink.
SHOPPING! Between Lionshead and Vail Village, Vail offers hundreds of shops from boutiques to outdoor gear to art galleries. Find the perfect cowboy boots or ski boots, jewelry and cocktail dresses, apparel and art. Stroll the pedestrian friendly streets with the backdrop of the beautiful Gore Range and Vail Mountain. Convenient In-town bus routes allow you to explore both base villages within a matter of minutes.
EVENTS! With a full roster of events year-round, be sure to check the Event Calendar for Vail’s signature events. View Here: Calendar of Events. (http://www.vail.com/activities/activities-home.aspx)
Education in Vail
All about the educational system
Vail’s public schools are part of Eagle County School District RE-50, with high school students attending Battle Mountain High School. Eagle County Schools also offers the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, a joint program with area ski programs for students in grades 5–12 who are involved in competitive skiing and snowboarding. Private schools in Vail include Vail Mountain School (K-12), Vail Christian High School (9–12), St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School (K-8), and the Vail Academy (PK-8). Higher education is available at the Vail Eagle Valley campus of Colorado Mountain College. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vail,_Colorado#Education)
Vail Mountain School
Vail Mountain School’s roots are closely intertwined with the town of Vail and its namesake ski area. Originally called Vail Country Day school, VMS began serving an inaugural group of four students in 1962 using the home of Vail-founder Pete Seibert as the school’s first classroom. Over the next decade, the school grew and moved, among other places, to the Vail Fire House, the Tivoli Lodge, and the Lionshead Gondola Building. In 1973, Vail Country Day was renamed Vail Mountain School, and the next year, the school moved to Minturn. The inaugural class of four students graduated in 1976. Three years later, the school built its first campus near the confluence of Booth and Gore Creeks, in East Vail. A generation later, in 2005, construction was completed on VMS’s current 92,000-square foot building — which now serves nearly 400 students. (https://www.vms.edu/about/mission-philosophy/school-history)
History of Vail
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Vail was incorporated in 1966, four years after the opening of Vail Ski Resort. The ski area was founded by Pete Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton in 1962, at the base of Vail Pass. The pass was named after Charles Vail, the highway engineer who routed U.S. Highway 6 through the Vail Valley in 1940, which eventually became Interstate 70. Seibert, a New England native, served in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division during World War II, which trained at Camp Hale, 14 miles south of Vail between Red Cliff andLeadville. He was wounded in Italy at the Battle of Riva Ridge but went on to become a professional skier after he recovered.
Seibert, with other former members of the 10th Mountain Division, returned to Colorado after World War II with the intention of opening a ski resort. During training for ski troopers at Camp Hale, he bivouacked on Vail Mountain and identified it as an ideal ski mountain. In the early 1960s, Seibert raised funds from a group of Denver investors, including Jack Tweedy, and with Earl Eaton bought a ranch at the base of the mountain and eventually incorporated as Vail Associates. As plans continued for a new ski resort, Seibert hired Morrie Shepard as Vail’s first ski school director. Shortly after, Shepard recruited Rod Slifer from Aspen to be assistant ski school director. Slifer also became the only real estate broker in the early years of Vail and would later be the broker in the transaction that allowed Vail to buy a ranch, now known as the world famous Beaver Creek.
In December 1962 Vail officially opened for its first season. It operated a gondola lift and two ski lifts on the mountain owned by the United States Forest Service. The village was established at the base of the mountain for local residents and offered lodging for visitors. It quickly grew throughout the valley with housing added first in East Vail and then West Vail, and additional lodging added in Lionshead in the late 1960s. Within the first years the village had a ski shop operated by John Houserman, a hotel and restaurant operated by Pepi Gramshammer, and the mountain had a manager. By 1969 Vail was the most popular ski resort in the state. In 1988 Vail opened China Bowl, making Vail the largest ski area in North America. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vail,_Colorado#History)
Economy in Vail
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The Vail economy relies on tourism. While much of the industry is based on winter sports, Vail is also a summer resort and golfing center. Summer activities include guided hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding, carriage rides and fishing. Vail is also developing as a cultural center, with various art and music venues active throughout the summer. The town has a developed culinary center, with a variety of restaurants.
District I-70 Exit Feature
East Vail East Vail Single-family homes
Golf Course Vail, East Vail Golf course, Ford Park, low density homes
Golden Peak Vail Mountain portal, multi-family homes
Vail Village Vail Mountain portal, retail, resort, transportation center & public parking, Colorado Ski Museum. Ski lift access to the Mid Vail mountain complex.
Business Vail City government, hospital, banks, offices, inter-faith chapel, low density homes
Lionshead Vail Mountain portal, retail, resort, library, ice arena, public parking. Ski lift access to Eagle’s Nest and Adventure Ridge mountain complexes.
Sandstone (North of I-70) Vail, West Vail Mixed-use: Retail, offices, grocery stores, post office, grade school, homes
Proposed (EverVail) West Vail Mountain portal, resort
Cascade Village West Vail Mountain portal, resort
West Vail West Vail Single-family homes
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Byron grew up in Columbia, MO. He received his B.A. in Finance from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, where he also played soccer. He later went on to obtain an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Byron has lived in MO, IL, CO, AZ, and TX, but prefers the Centennial State, where he makes his home. He has always been passionate about real estate and very much enjoys helping people become homeowners. He has been involved in the mortgage industry since 2005. Byron is an avid skier, and along with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, enjoys all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.