Breaking down Super Bowl XLIX possibilities

By Chris Freud

For yet another year, the top seeds in the AFC and NFC will square off in the game of all games — this time, Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Pitting the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the New England Patriots, against the NFC’s No. 1 seed, the Seattle Seahawks, this Super Bowl should be an interesting game between two very different teams. For much of America, it will be the “Lesser of Two Evils Bowl,” as the Patriots and Seahawks are pretty much universally disliked except by their respective fanbases. While we don’t have to like either team, we’ll still watch …

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Breaking down Super Bowl XLIX

By Chris Freud

For yet another year, the top seeds in the AFC and NFC will square off in the game of all games — this time, Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Pitting the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the New England Patriots, against the NFC’s No. 1 seed, the Seattle Seahawks, this Super Bowl should be an interesting game between two very different teams. For much of America, it will be the “Lesser of Two Evils Bowl,” as the Patriots and Seahawks are pretty much universally disliked except by their respective fanbases. While we don’t have to like either team, we’ll still watch …

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Beaver Creek readies with one day left

By chris freud

BEAVER CREEK — Come on already, is it here yet? That would be the rough sentiment of the vast host at Beaver Creek preparing for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships just one day away. While the planning has been meticulous, and years in the works, don’t count on anyone involved catching the Super Bowl today. “I’m not,” said Kate Peters, the senior marketing and public relations manager at the Vail Valley foundation. “Personally, I think because the Broncos are not in it, people aren’t as upset.” The course Naturally, after a relatively snow-free January, it snowed on Saturday, and …

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Pitcher, Seibert nominated to Ski Club Vail’s Wall of Excellence

By Melanie Wong

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is naming six people to its first Wall of Excellence in the Athlete Category and four people to its Leader Category on Feb. 7 at the Four Seasons Vail. Tom Pitcher and Pete Seibert Jr. are among the four people being inducted into the Wall of Excellence Leader Category. Tom Pitcher Originally from Iowa, Tom joined the military at the age of 19, travelling the world and serving his country as a fighter pilot. Tom went on to become a pilot for Delta Airlines. Diverting to Vail in the late 1960s for a family vacation …

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Your guide to navigating the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — They’re almost here, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and you should probably get a plan together on how you’re going to watch the races and get from place to place in what’s expected to be a rather large crowd. Organizers are anticipating about 150,000 people in and out of the valley between Feb. 2 and 15. Here’s your guide to navigating the coming weeks of races like a champ. Parking With the exception of the qualification races for giant slalom and slalom and the Team Event (which will take place at Golden Peak in Vail), all …

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On the Hill: Conditions improving at Vail

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: On a busy Saturday, Vail Daily on-snow correspondent John LaConte reports from several areas of Vail Mountain which are seeing the first accumulations of snowfall in more than a week. Vail Daily reporter John LaConte uses a GoScope pole mount, and wears socks and gloves from Colorado company Kind Design. Get 20% off your orders at Go-Scope.com and/or kinddesign.co by using the following promo code: vaildaily20 VAIL OFFICIAL REPORT: 0 inches of new snow in the last week CONDITIONS: Snowy, not very …

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A magnificent masterpiece: Artist James Van Fossan spent three years painting ‘Drama Magnifico’

By caramie schnell

Despite spending more than 4,000 hours and three years painting and staring at “Drama Magnifico” in his narrow home studio, artist James Van Fossan isn’t entirely sure how many figures are in the piece. “Somewhere around 150,” James said. “It’s meant to represent a throng of people: Thousands.” The Eagle-based realist painter recently finished “Drama Magnifico,” an oil painting that’s hard to look away from. Without any hyberbole, James’ work is reminiscent of traditional master figure paintings from the Renaissance. Standing in front of the enormous canvas — it towers 8-and-a-half feet tall and 6-and-a-half feet wide — it’s impossible …

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Vail: Ready for Championships

By scott miller

VAIL — The World Alpine Ski Championships have been held four times on American soil. Vail and Beaver Creek have hosted three of those events. But this year’s Championships have presented a set of very different challenges for event organizers and host communities. Pam Brandmeyer, who’s now the town of Vail’s assistant town manager, was the town clerk during the 1989 Championships. She said that first taste of the World Championships helped establish much about Vail as it is now. “The learning curve was steep back then — it was all new,” Brandmeyer said. “But (that event) was partly responsible …

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Volunteer corps crucial to event success

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — For nearly a decade, Steve Prawdzik has braved cold, wind and snow to work on a nearly-vertical sheet of ice. And he’s loved nearly every minute of it. Prawdzik is a member of the Talon Crew, a group of volunteers who maintain the racecourses at Beaver Creek, doing everything from running shovels and rakes to watering the course — racers like their snow slick and fast — and stringing out miles of safety netting. The Talon Crew is by far the biggest group of volunteers for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships — about 700 people. …

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