On the Hill: Bluebird day, lots of powder close out 2014 at Beaver Creek

By Ross Leonhart

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter/copy chief Ross Leonhart reports from Bachelor Gulch on this chilly New Year’s Eve morning at Beaver Creek. [iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/115714011?autoplay=1″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] BEAVER CREEK OFFICIAL REPORT: 5″in past 48 hours, 36″ in past week. SNOWCAST: It’s supposed to be a mostly sunny day today with a chance of snow Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. REPORT: To me, it feels like the coldest morning on the mountain of this wonderful, 150-inch season so far. It’s a beautiful …

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#VailLive: Conditions updates from Vail Mountain

By Staff Reports

VAIL — Snow reporter Sammy Katz 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=1003643&ThemeId=” width=”650″ height=”2000″ frameborder=”0″] …

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Vail Valley ski racing: A legacy lives on

By Edward Stoner

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in 2015 magazine. Vail and Beaver Creek is hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Feb. 2-15. In 1957, former ski racer and 10th Mountain Division soldier Pete Seibert was hiking with his friend Earl Eaton when the two fell upon the breathtaking expanse of land we now know as the sprawling Back Bowls. They immediately began envisioning the terrain as a large, world-class ski resort. The vision became a reality in the winter of 1962 when Vail opened for business. It didn’t take long for the pair and Vail’s other pioneers to realize …

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Vail Daily column: Stretch your donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund

By Edward Stoner

For the past 15 years, I’ve been involved with the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which provides assistance to locals who are in financial crisis because of medical issues. We are funded through donations from individuals and businesses, and this year the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is truly fortunate to be the local charity of choice of Vail Resorts Retail’s EpicPromise Holiday Fundraising Campaign. If you’ve ever wondered whether organizations like the Vail Valley Charitable Fund make a difference, let me tell you: they do. Kelli Musselman, who received a grant from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund earlier this year, sent …

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Shaw Cancer Center partners with CU Cancer Center

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Physicians and staff of the University of Colorado Cancer Center recently renewed a nearly 10-year partnership with Shaw Regional Cancer Center, enhancing access to big city specialists and making clinical trials available to patients in the high country. It’s rare to find highly trained cancer specialists, advanced technology and comprehensive treatment plans in a rural setting like Vail, but Shaw Regional Cancer Center boasts all of the above in the peaceful, healing setting of the Rocky Mountains. And, with access to specialty physicians and clinical trials through the partnership with CU Cancer Center, Shaw patients are getting high-quality …

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Summit County police search for couple that robbed Old Chicago restaurant

By Phil Lindeman

A couple suspected of robbing Old Chicago this weekend are still on the run. Late on Sunday evening, authorities responded to the Silverthorne restaurant after a man and a woman stole an undisclosed amount of cash during dinner service. The cash was taken from a back office when the two suspects informed a manager they had guns concealed in their waistbands, authorities said. The names of the suspects and manager have not yet been released, and no one was injured during the robbery. The suspects are described as Hispanic and appeared to be a couple. “We’re still working this case,” …

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Breckenridge police charge 24-year-old in hit-and-run that left woman seriously injured

By Alli Langley

EAGLE COUNTY — A Summit County resident was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 30, in connection with a hit-and-run four days earlier. Hallie Southall Schmitt, 24, faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, a class 4 felony, vehicular assault, a class 5 felony, and failure to report an accident, a class 1 misdemeanor. She was booked into the Summit County jail on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for an advisory hearing Wednesday, Dec. 31. The Breckenridge Police Department started investigating the incident after Breckenridge resident Laura Hamilton, 23, was …

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Highway 24 reopens Tuesday after rockslide

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — The road from Minturn to Red Cliff is open again — at least for now. A massive rockslide the Saturday evening dumped an estimated 400 tons of rock — and several boulders the size of pickup trucks — onto U.S. Highway 24 just above Minturn. The slide damaged two vehicles, but no one was injured. Tracy Trulove of the Colorado Department of Transportation said some of the boulders had to be blasted apart so they could be loaded onto trucks. The largest of those boulders actually hit the highway twice, since the slide came down from above …

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Highway 24 reopens after slide

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — The road from Minturn to Red Cliff is open again — at least for now. A massive rockslide the evening of Dec. 27 dumped an estimated 400 tons of rock — and several boulders the size of pickup trucks — onto U.S. Highway 24 just above Minturn. The slide damaged two vehicles, but no one was injured. Tracy Trulove of the Colorado Department of Transportation said some of the boulders had to be blasted apart so they could be loaded onto trucks. The largest of those boulders actually hit the highway twice, since the slide came down …

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Artist donates painting to raise funds for local resident

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — This holiday season, the Vail community is rallying behind the recovery of Kai Conroy, who has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Myelodysplastic syndrome is a disorder that inhibits the healthy production of blood cells in the bone marrow. Conroy is a therapist at Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, and she has dedicated over 10 years to East West Resorts and four years to Spa Anjali. Upon hearing of her diagnosis, the Westin team has spun fundraising efforts for Conroy into high gear. At a Nov. 2 fundraiser, Spa Anjali raised over $15,000 …

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