Park Hyatt hosts anniversary village-wide scavenger hunt

By Melanie Wong

BEAVER CREEK — In honor of the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt’s 25th anniversary, the hotel is planning a number of special events that include a giant 25-day scavenger hunt that will take people around the village. In addition, the hotel will be putting together a time capsule on Monday with photos and momentos to be opened 25 years from now. The scavenger hunt, called “25 Random Acts of Hospitality,” begins Monday and is open for anyone to participate. Each day, the hotel will be posting a clue and hiding a gift envelope somewhere in the Beaver Creek Village. The first …

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The Lodge at Breckenridge completes $3.7 million renovation, hosts grand reopening

By Krista Driscoll

The Lodge at Breckenridge will host a grand reopening event on Friday to celebrate its recent $3.7 million renovation. The community is invited to taste complimentary samplings from the new Traverse Restaurant & Bar, tour the property, take part in raffles and giveaways, jam to the beats of local band The Pine Beetles and rub elbows with Ullr, the Norse god of snow, who will be in attendance to christen the site. GETTING A FACELIFT Guest Services Inc., a private hospitality company and National Park Service concessionaire based in Fairfax, Virginia, purchased The Lodge last summer with plans to build …

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Austria’s Brem win Aspen giant slalom; Shiffrin 6th

By Edward Stoner

ASPEN — Eva-Maria Brem of Austria earned her first World Cup victory Saturday, holding off teammate Kathrin Zettel with a smooth final run in the giant slalom. The 26-year-old Brem had a big lead following a nearly flawless first run and tactically charged the tricky course to finish in an unofficial total time of 2 minutes, 5.97 seconds. Zettel was second, 0.59 seconds behind, for her ninth podium finish at this venue. Federica Brignone of Italy was third. American Mikaela Shiffrin held the lead for a little while after a fast final run before winding up sixth. The teenager has …

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Immmigration order may create opportunity, confusion

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — The president’s plan for illegals may be much ado about nothing, or everything. “It may make no difference. It may change everything,” said Marian McDonough with Catholic Charities in its Glenwood Springs office. She does know a couple things. “I anticipate our office will get very busy with people looking for information,” McDonough said. “We’ll be flooded with calls.” It’s also a big question for our regional economy. “It’s important for this region because so many of these people work in the hospitality industry,” McDonough said. What it is. What it is not The president’s plan could …

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On the Hill: China Bowl opens at Vail

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter John LaConte gets first tracks through China Bowl in Vail moments after it opened for the 2014-15 season on Nov. 29, a beautiful, sunny day. [iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/113159657″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] On the Hill is shot with a GoScope Extreme 2X Telescoping pole mount, get 30% off your order at Go-Scope.com by using the following promo code: goscopevaildaily VAIL OFFICIAL REPORT: 0″ new snow in last 24 hours as of 5 a.m. CONDITIONS: Very sunny, no clouds SNOWCAST: There’s …

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On the Hill: Bluebird day at the Beav'

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter Ross Leonhart checks out the conditions at the top of Beaver Creek after riding up Cinch on Beaver Creek Resort’s fourth day of the 2014-15 ski and snowboarding season. [iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/113156380″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] On the Hill is shot with a GoScope Extreme 2X Telescoping pole mount, get 30% off your order at Go-Scope.com by using the following promo code: goscopevaildaily BEAVER CREEK OFFICIAL REPORT: 0″ new snow in last 24 hours as of 5 a.m.; 23″ in …

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Vail Daily column: Thank the clouds for winter’s return

By Edward Stoner

Winter is here! Take a moment to thank the nimbostratus for our fluffy white playground’s return! Patiently we’ve waited for this snowfall, for it has been hidden in secrecy for many months. This mystical force of nature is very particular about conditions and has a rigid arrival plan. Luckily for us, when it snows, it dumps! Have you guessed it yet? The mighty nimbostratus is a dense, thick and layered cloud which precipitates light airy snow. It appears to be gray and terrifying, but under its facade is a whiteout in the making. This middle layer cloud is filled with …

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#VailLive: Updates from Vail Mountain

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Snow reporter John LaConte is covering Vail Mountain with updates on ski conditions, weather and crowds. Send your text, photo or video updates using #VailLive on Twitter or Instagram and see them published in tomorrow’s paper. [iframe src=”http://embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=953660&ThemeId=” width=”650″ height=”2000″ frameborder=”0″] …

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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

By Edward Stoner

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at www.ColoradoGives.org or schedule your donation in advance. Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group The fundraising efforts of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group are to help residents in Eagle County who are in need of financial assistance while going through breast cancer …

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County shops ready for Small Business Saturday

By melanie wong

EAGLE COUNTY — This Saturday, look for the blue “Shop Small” stickers that indicate a store or shop that is participating in Small Business Saturday — you might be surprised at just how many you see. “It’s important for us to participate in this because being a resort town, we’re all small businesses. During the Black Friday weekend, we want people to know that they don’t have to go to Denver to do their shopping. They can stay right here,” said Robin Wolmik, manager of Colorado Footwear in Vail and Beaver Creek. American Express spearheaded the shopping day in 2010 …

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