Westin in Avon names new general manager

By scott miller

AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has announced that it has promoted Kristen Pryor to serve as general manager of the resort.With nearly 20 years of hospitality sales experience, Pryor has served as The Westin Riverfront’s director of sales and marketing since the resort’s pre-opening in 2007. She helped position the resort to win numerous awards and accolades, including earning Colorado’s first Silver LEED hotel certification and being named Conde Nast Traveler’s No. 1 U.S. resort for 2010. Under Pryor’s leadership, Starwood also honored The Westin Riverfront for Sales Team of the Year.ACTIVE SUPPORTERA …

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Avon Westin names new general manager

By scott miller

AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has announced that it has promoted Kristen Pryor to serve as general manager of the resort.With nearly 20 years of hospitality sales experience, Pryor has served as The Westin Riverfront’s director of sales and marketing since the resort’s pre-opening in 2007. She helped position the resort to win numerous awards and accolades, including earning Colorado’s first Silver LEED hotel certification and being named Conde Nast Traveler’s No. 1 U.S. resort for 2010. Under Pryor’s leadership, Starwood also honored The Westin Riverfront for “Sales Team of the Year.”A member …

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Vail trail running race series continues Sunday

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s 2015 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues Sunday with the 39th running of the La Sportiva Vail HillClimb. A featured race of the 2015 La Sportiva Mountain Cup, the race will test local, regional and national runners with an approximately 7.5 mile climb from Vail Village to Vail Mountain’s summit, a gain of 2,500 vertical feet. The race begins at 8 a.m. in Vail Village on the paved road adjacent to Vail’s Mountain Haus and ascends on gravel trails taking runners to the finish line at Eagle’s Nest. This is the third …

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Edwards Spur Road design work begins

By Edward Stoner

EDWARDS — Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin the design process for phase II of the Interstate 70 interchange upgrade project in Edwards with a public meeting Thursday. The project will encompass roadway improvements along the Edwards Spur Road from Miller Ranch Road to U.S. Highway 6, including the intersection. The first meeting of the project leadership team, comprised of transportation experts and community stakeholders, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Eagle County Building. The meeting is open to the public.The design effort will follow transportation department’s “I-70 Mountain Corridor Context Sensitive Solutions” …

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Annual Salute to the USA returns to Avon on Friday

By Edward Stoner

AVON — The 29th annual Salute to the USA will be held in Harry A. Nottingham Park on Friday.Festivities start at 5 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. There will be live performance art, including stilt walkers, fire jugglers, magicians, clowns and live statues interacting with the crowd throughout the evening. A free family zone will offer carnival games, inflatable jumping toys and face painting. There will be a host of festival-style foods to choose from, including beer and wine. New this year, the venue expands to the north shore of Nottingham Park, offering attendees easier access to beverage …

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Vail Resorts closes Perisher deal

By scott miller

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced that the company has closed on the acquisition of its first international mountain resort, Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales, Australia, for total cash consideration of $134.8 million. Perisher is the largest and most visited ski resort in Australia, and is relatively close to the country’s largest cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane. The acquisition includes the resort areas known as Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega, along with ski school, lodging, food and beverage, retail/rental and transportation operations, which together comprise Perisher. Vail Resorts and its subsidiaries operate …

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Local drinking water receives high marks

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Drinking water provided by the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District and the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority is high quality, according to the recently released 2014 Consumer Confidence Reports.The reports are required by federal regulations and detail how water is collected from its natural source, treated to be safe to drink, and delivered to customers by the two public water systems. The 2014 reports for both the district and authority water systems highlight the results of thousands of water quality tests that are performed over the course of any year and show that drinking water from the …

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Retro cocktails popular at Vail area restaurants

By Melanie Wong

In an age of molecular mixology and ever-more exotic ingredients, those who belly up to the bar might be noticing a new kind of libation — the retro cocktail.Yes, as much as bartenders like to play around with foams and purees that you’d be loathe to make at home, there’s also a strong resurgence of drinks and liquors that were popular during the turn of the century, the post-Prohibition ’30s and ’40s and even the tiki-lounge culture of the 1950s. Most of these classics are relatively simple and celebrate liquors such as gin and chartreuse.“The modern trend is for drinks …

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On the Hill: Still skating barefoot at 56

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte is joined by longtime Vail local Ernie Crates, an old skater from back in the day who can still carve up the pavement like the kids a third of his age. 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 …

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Smarter drivers, better systems aid I-70 safety

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — The winter of 2013-14 was a bad one for weekend traffic on Interstate 70, partly due to weather and partly because the Colorado Department of Transportation needed to adjust the way it deals with traffic during busy ski weekends. We can’t do much about the weather, but last winter saw improvements in human responses to bad days.In the wake of that bad season two winters ago — and loud complaints from town councils, chambers of commerce and, of course, drivers stuck in traffic — state transportation officials in 2014 put together a long list of new tactics …

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