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Colorado Water Policy for Local Business Community Briefing July 10th

The Vail Chamber & Business Association and the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District invite you to join Accelerate Colorado and the Colorado Competitive Council for a business briefing on the Governor’s statewide water plan, and to help finalize a new set of statewide business community water policy principles that address the business and economic development needs of Colorado. Thursday, July 10, 2014 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Donovan Pavilion 1600 S. Frontage Road, Vail Speakers will include a Statewide Perspective and a Local Perspective

Resort App Launch Date Set for March 1st, 2014

 One App - All the Answers


ResortApp is happy to announce that it will be available in the App Store on March 1st.  ResortApp is the Vail Valley's Premier Vacation Guide App for smartphones.  It allows our guests and locals to navigateour beautiful valley on and off the slopes.  We are also extremely excited to accounce that the official 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships App will be powered by ResortApp.

Think2Perform Breakthrough Leadership Workshop - Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Breakthrough Leadership Workshop with Think2Perform is specifically tailored for the business owner and key manager. 

The full day workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Grand View Room, Lionshead Structure, and will help the local business owner and manager improve their leadership effectiveness through increasing self-awareness.  This program is designed to help leaders understand how their behavior is teaching and influencing all the time, help them clarify the ideal leader they'd like to become, and how to begin closing that gap.

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Major projects are on the way in 2014 for Vail and Avon

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 02:42
EAGLE COUNTY — In Vail and Avon, celebrating the new year also symbolizes something else for town officials: there’s only 13 months before the World Alpine Ski Championships arrive. Preparing for that major event will be the focus of much of the work we see around those towns in the coming year, and by the start of the 2014-15 ski season, we’ll see the completion of a few large-scale efforts. But there are other major projects on the way, unrelated to the 2015 Championships and adding to the ambitious workload the towns are taking on. In Vail, the town will …

Vail Daily food feature: Eggs, elevated

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:45
For a food that has been consumed by humans pretty much forever, the egg is a quiet, unassuming staple for almost every culture in the world. At times maligned and at others lauded, the egg has its ups and downs but remains one of the most versatile ingredients — and dishes — in the world. In Eagle County restaurants, chefs are having fun with eggs. Remember deviled eggs from summer picnics? Look for an elevated version at Sweet Basil; garnished with pickled mustard seeds and dill, their black truffle deviled eggs are like the knockout at the class reunion — …

Vail Valley Bizwatch: Paddleboard yoga is a unique workout

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:18
Business name: Paddle Yoga Colorado. Location: Edwards. Date opened: Summer, 2013. Owner: Julie Circo. Contact information: Go to, call 970-393-3328 or email julie@ What goods or services do you provide? Stand-up paddleboard yoga classes, river SUP yoga instruction and stand-up paddleboard rentals. What’s new or exciting at your place? I’m teaching stand-up paddleboard yoga classes at the Avon Recreation Center pool on Thursdays from 8:45 to 10 a.m. starting Thursday. It will be so fun to keep up with a SUP yoga practice during the winter. What strategy do you use to differentiate you from your competition? While …

Vail Daily column: When did compromise become a dirty word?

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:15
I’ve been at this law stuff for 30 years now. Here is one thing that I’ve learned. There is a time and place for the thrust jaw and the puffed chest. Sometimes even a scowl or a growl is called for or a well-placed stomp of the foot. But more times than not, compromise is what it’s all about. Didn’t someone once say, “A compromise in the pocket is worth two in the bush”? Or something like that any way. When did compromise get such a bad rap anyway? When did it become a dirty word? What the word means …

Helmut Fricker is a living Vail Valley landmark

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:00
VAIL — Helmut Fricker is an American miracle. He inspires laughter and happiness everywhere he performs. Mostly, though, Fricker inspires. This is a small story about his huge life. He has known love and loss, war and peace. Love and peace are better. We’ll start Fricker’s story with peace. He and his family immigrated to the United States from Germany and landed in Oklahoma, July 3, 1969. The next day, their first day in their new country, they saw parades, picnics and fireworks. “We thought it must be for us,” Fricker smiled. Fast forward a few weeks and his host …

Vilar Center, Hooked restaurant in Beaver Creek team up

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 23:21
BEAVER CREEK — Partnering with Hooked restaurant in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center invites you to get “Hooked on the VPAC” this month with Wednesday night performances from four different talented women and dinner specials each night to pair with the evening’s entertainment. Spanning genres including folk, rock, jazz and more, the four female artists scheduled for Wednesdays in January — Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Jan. 8), Paula Cole (Jan. 15), Jaimee Paul (Jan. 22) and Susan Werner (Jan. 29) — will impress with their incredible vocal and musical stylings. Individual show tickets range from $20 to $35. …

On the Hill: Snow starting to fall at Vail

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 20:12
On the Hill, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report showcasing Vail's ski conditions every day.  VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter John LaConte delivers his daily GoPro conditions report while snowboarding down Giant Steps on Vail Mountain. [iframe src="" 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 by using the following promo code: goscopevaildaily Vail official report: 0" new snow overnight, 5" in last week Vail Daily field report: Once again today, there was …

Building the value of a resort, without real estate

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:21
VAIL — After the economy took a plummet in 2008, Vail Resorts officials looked to the company’s immediate future and decided that it might include a lot less real estate than originally planned. Instead, Vail CEO Rob Katz told Vail homeowners on Monday night, the company chose to invest in the guest experience and the Vail community. “We made a conscious decision after the recession to build back the value of our company without real estate,” said Katz. “Our focus now is resort guests — and the dirty little secret in the ski industry is that resort guests don’t just …

Vail Daily column: You can be part of the competition

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:18
This time of year is always very exciting as Ski & Snowboard Club athletes see the fruits of their labors in early season competition results. This is also a very exciting time of year as we ramp up for our three community-wide competition series for snowsports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. • The Steadman Clinic Vail Cup Series: 1998 birth year and younger. • Vail Summit Orthaepodics Alpine Town Series: Adults 21 and older. • Vail Summit Orthaepodics Nordic Town Series: All ages. The Steadman Clinic Vail Cup Free to all kids 15 and younger, the Vail Cup, the …

Vail Daily column: Enough core training already

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:03
Last week’s article discussed the shortcomings of core training as a cornerstone in fitness programming. Today, my goal is to enlighten the reader on what needs to happen after core strength has been developed, and the possible consequence of not getting stronger in larger context movements. Early in the fall, I was asked to help perform some very basic fitness assessments for the Vail Living Well Summit. On the first morning as we set up at the Vitality Center, I was on the front drive assisting with some tables as a woman drove up to the curb. WHAT’S THE POINT …

2013 year in review, Part 3: Voters tax pot, not property

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:42
EAGLE COUNTY ­— The 2013-14 ski season has started as the previous season ended — with grin-inducing snow. But autumn in Colorado also brought historic flooding to the eastern half of the state, which brought out some local heroes who are always ready to help. With the big ball ready to drop on 2014, here’s the end of our look back on the year that was. September • Vail is home to pirate ships, towering steel men and now, giant birds’ nests. The town’s kids got a new playground at Lionshead Park, located in a plaza tucked between Vail Ski …

Have fun, but be safe this New Year’s Eve

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:39
VAIL — It’s not complicated. Our Powers That Be want us to enjoy New Year’s, yet avoid the kinds of stupidity that make us candidates for a Darwin Award. Take drinking and driving, for example. It’s bad. And deadly. And expensive. If you intend to consume alcohol tonight, you’d do well to plan to take the bus, arrange for a designated driver or an alternate ride. Vail will even let you leave your car in the town’s parking structures overnight. You need an overnight parking authorization receipt, available from the staffed parking booths or from the Vail Village or Lionshead …

Eagle County senior community calendar

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:24
Upcoming events: Wednesday : No lunch or activities at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. Wednesday: No exercise class at Golden Eagle Senior Center. Ongoing weekly activities Mondays • Senior Spot for engaging activities and socialization (must be 55 or older), Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Eagle Valley Senior Life. Call 970-977-0188. • Full body fitness exercise class, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9 to 10 a.m. Incorporates seated and standing activities. Variety offered with hand weights, resistance bands, circuit training, balance challenges and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896. Tuesdays • …

Vail Daily column: Caring for someone with anxiety disorder

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:18
Providing care for someone with an anxiety disorder can be very difficult. It is crucial that when caring for someone, you are very aware that there are two distinct facets to providing care: offering support and care for the person suffering from the anxiety disorder and providing care for yourself — this last part is critical, especially in the long run of the disorder. While there are many types of anxiety disorders, researchers say generalized anxiety disorder may be the most common mental disorder among the elderly. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can affect every aspect of someone’s life, including …

Unexpected ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:54
It happens every year: The advent of a new year brings a fresh start and, for many people, a desire for self-improvement. From losing weight to vowing to recycle more, estimates are that more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. However, the number of people who actually keep their resolutions is tiny: only eight percent, according to research by the University of Scranton. Just as there are hundreds of tips for keeping up with your resolutions, there are just as many reasons — and excuses — as to why these goals are difficult to keep. This year, …

Beaver Creek’s New Year’s Eve Family Bash set for Tuesday

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:45
BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek begins the New Year with fireworks and the third annual New Year’s Eve Family Bash this evening. The glow stick ski-down and torchlight parade starts the night off at 6:15 p.m., and the Beaver Creek fireworks show follows at 6:45 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Family Bash celebration will entertain all ages after the fireworks, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at McCoy’s Cafe and Bar in Ford Hall. Glow stick ski-down The New Year’s Eve glow stick ski-down allows skiers and snowboarders to wind their way down the Hay Meadow trail back to the …

On the Hill: Beautiful views at Vail

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:09
On the Hill, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report showcasing Vail's ski conditions every day.  VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter John LaConte delivers his daily GoPro conditions report while snowboarding down Pickaroon on Vail Mountain. [iframe src="" 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 by using the following promo code: goscopevaildaily Vail official report: 0" new snow overnight, 8" in last week Vail Daily field report: There was a slight layer of …

Look no further for your final holiday indulgence

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:24
New Year’s Eve is a new beginning, full of resolutions for the upcoming 12 months. Many folks consider Dec. 31 as the final hurrah before the healthy eating, working-out and re-inventing commences. Therefore, in a celebratory spirit, I offer you a few calorie-indulgent soups for warming the soul and rejoicing in this festive holiday. As I plan our “Ring in the New Year” recipes, I ponder the decadent ingredients most associated with New Year’s Eve: Lobster and all succulent seafood, hearty filet mignon and rich and creamy fondue. In light of these sumptuous savories, I suggest a few fancier and …

Vail Daily column: A confluence of haute cuisine and Beaver Creek history

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:24
BEAVER CREEK — Months have passed since I ventured behind the scenes into a restaurant’s kitchen. I couldn’t let 2013 end without once again donning my pink chef’s jacket and bright flowery clogs to work on the other side of the kitchen door. My target — Mirabelle at Beaver Creek. History-rich restaurant Streets, parks and buildings in Beaver Creek and Avon bear the names Avondale, Offerson, Townsend and Nottingham. The origins of these names are buried in the rich history of the valley’s agrarian economy that existed long before the first chairlift was built eight miles east in Vail. That …

Black Diamond Bistro at the Charter at Beaver Creek offers apres-ski comfort food

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:24
Who doesn’t like comfort food? It’s the perfect fix after a hard day of skiing. You’re tired — yet, in a good way. All you want to do is indulge in familiar eats — your reward after a full day of invigorating, yet rigorous rides. And that’s where the Black Diamond Bistro at the Charter at Beaver Creek comes in. It’s a panacea for your body as well as you brain with a menu that’s simply delicious. The menu is rooted in two cuisines — comfort and contemporary — from the hands of Dan Kent, a talented chef, originally from …