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high country, high Fashion Seen on the runways during last year’s Fashion Weeks, the spring 2013 collections are out. Local boutiques carry some exclusive lines favored by fashionistas and celebrities. By Polina LaConte 62

Need for speed Skiing has always been a part of Vail’s soul, but ski racing put the audacious resort on the international racing map. From hosting world championships to acting as a training ground for a plethora of aggressive racers, part of Vail’s identity has been shaped by the sport. By Shauna Farnell 68

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Everybody knows that appetizers are often the tastiest things on a menu. It remains a debate whether it’s the fact that those initial bites come alongside heretofore unsated appetites, or that starters really are better than entrees. But whatever the reason, there are plenty of local restaurants that accommodate appetizer-only meals. By Wren Wertin 72


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Bedazzled Beaut y Baubles and bracelets that make the wrist shine. By Kelli Holtz 19

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Fancy Faces Parties and celebrations in Vail’s arts, culture and business communities. 38

Shopping Block Wander down Bridge Street and discover these spots. By Vail Luxury Staff 22

part y places Cheryl Kohn and Andy Edwards share their special Vail wedding. By Kim Fuller 44

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Buck led up w ith st y le Bohlin belt buckles have a long history that includes Hollywood glamour, dedicated artisanship and the Wild West. By Brenda Himelfarb 25

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ca lendar Must see. Must hear. Must go. Must do. 49

Q&A w ith the brothers cross The Vail Film Festival founders have added another destination festival to their arsenal. By Wren Wertin 28 AprÈs sk i w ith k elly lik en One doesn’t have to ski to après ski. By Kim Fuller 30

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va il’s ta les A collection of Vail folklore, legends and anecdotes in honor of the town’s 50th birthday. By Randy Wyrick 59 80 adieu An ice installation on the Gore Creek Promenade. Photography by Gregory Costanzo


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Editor’s Letter

uxury is a moving target. Sometimes it’s a new pair of boots, a killer bottle of Champagne, a whirlwind adventure. Sometimes it’s a night out with every possible extravagance realized; others it’s a night in with the phone off, the shades down and a sappy movie. And for some, it’s a vacation in the mountains with friends and family. The world comes to Vail to play. Those of us who live here are lucky enough to choose our ski days based on the conditions, not the calendar. We can head to the Vilar Center for whichever show we care to see, and shop in the village when the urge strikes. And though all of that is great, sometimes it’s even more fun to play tour guide. In this issue of Vail Luxury, we get to show off a little. As Vail’s first resident, Dick Hauserman, used to exclaim to every single person he met within the county lines, “Hello — welcome to Vail.” Celebrity chef and fanatical locavore Kelly Liken gives a lesson in après ski (p.30). Après ski is a long-standing tradition that, in translation, means “after skiing” but does not actually require one to have skied. Après is open to everyone. Fashionista Polina LaConte follows fashion’s many events around the globe, while keeping tabs on the local scene. She’s distilled what happened during Fashion Week into a local shopper’s guide that tells you which exclusive labels are found where — and which celebrity favors them (p.62). We’ve also got a feature about the wild world of ski racing, which was integral to Vail’s international identity and national street cred (p.68). If you’re more interested in eating than skiing, check out the roundup of spots ideal for appetizers (p.72). Artisan belt buckle creators with a long history of Hollywood glam performed an in-store demonstration at Kemo Sabe on Bridge Street (p.25), local jewelry stores offer a plethora of bangles and baubles for the wrists (p.17) and Vail’s main pedestrian artery, Bridge Street, is a diverse place for shopping, eating and perusing (p.22). Check out Vail’s social scene (p.38) or simply make your own plan of attack with the Daybook (p.49). However you use the magazine, know that we enjoyed putting it together. Hello — welcome to Vail.

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Cheers,

Wren Wertin

editor

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Contributors

An emerging photographer quickly amassing a large and varied body of work, Justin McCarty bought his first camera to capture the pristine snowy peaks he surfed every day. Since then, he’s traveled wide and far with his camera, chasing photos and following his dreams. Most days he can be found outside on his board — skate or snow — enjoying the mountains and his need for speed.

As a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants type of person, Dominique Taylor loves the spontaneity and variety of her job as Photo Editor for the Vail Daily and Vail Luxury magazine. The excitement of getting up each day knowing that she could be shooting anything from fancy food to breaking news has kept Dominique right where she loves to be: on the edge of her seat, eagerly anticipating the next adventure behind each story. It’s no wonder that Kim Fuller wanted to stroll the streets of Vail with chef Kelly Liken for an après–ski adventure. Kim’s love of mountain living is a perfect pair with her life here as a freelance writer. The Colorado native keeps her heart close to nature and never leaves her wanderlust spirit at rest. Frequent travels and outdoor excursions make her job just a piece of a true life of luxury. 

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Randy Wyrick is still trying to decide what he wants to be when, and if he grows up. He’s in no hurry to do either, decide or grow up. In the meantime he’s flouncing around our spiral arm of the universe, skiing, smiling and motorcycling. Back when the earth was young, the glaciers were advancing and the dinosaurs were dying, he studied in religion, English and physical education in college. That trained him to be the world’s most universally literate camp counselor. After receiving his college degree, Gregory Costanzo headed to the Vail Valley to become a certified snowboard instructor, always with camera in hand.  After audacity won him a spot working for the then-chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine in New York City, he’s now a Brooklynbased photographer who loves to travel, learn languages and cultures and visit the Vail Valley as much possible. If he’s not shooting A-list celebrities like Robin Williams or Sam Shepard, you can find him at Beaver Creek shooting his friends on a powder day. 

Brenda Himelfarb’s nomadic life led her from Miami to Philadelphia to Arizona to Los Angeles — each time leaving her mark in a magazine or newspaper. While in Arizona, she immersed herself in “the spirit of the West,” always wearing cowboy boots, riding the range, and eating barbecue. So it’s no surprise that she wrote about Bohlin Buckles — something very close to her heart … and her waist. Shauna Farnell is a Colorado native who experiences painful withdrawal whenever she wanders too far from the mountains. A freelance journalist, she has spent considerable time in Europe — teaching English in Prague and covering the alpine ski World Cup in fantastically beautiful places such as Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, France and Russia. Although never much of a speed demon herself, Shauna loves the heart and energy required of professional ski racing and fully appreciates the ripple of enthusiasm it has created in Vail. 


What’s your favorite après ski spot?

Publisher

Don Rogers drogers@vaildaily.com

Gore Range Brewery after boarding. Last time we wound up at Crazy Mountain — no food, but we like the beer.

Associate Publisher

Cathy Ethington

Any place with a good margarita.

cethington@vaildaily.com Editor

Wren Wertin wren@vaildaily.com Creative & Design Direction

Ali & Aaron creative sayhowdy@aliandaaron.com Photo Editor

Dominique Taylor

Tacos and margs at Los Amigos.

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A chocolate truffle at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Marketing Director

mark bricklin mbricklin@vaildaily.com Contributing Writers

Shauna Farnell Kim Fuller

Brenda Hiimelfarb Kelli Holtz Polina LaConte

Kim Nicoletti Kelly Paton

Contributing Photographers

Kristin Anderson Gregory Costanzo Justin McCarty Preston Utley Copy Editors

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On The Cover Jew elry

Original designs by Dan Telleen, available at his galler y, Karats: Large and regular snake necklaces made of African snake vertebrae and 18-karatgold castings. $17,600 and $13,240. Snake bone earrings made of African snake vertebrae and 18-karat-gold castings. $2,910. Roman coin ring made of 14-karat gold and Trajan coin dating 98-117 A.D. $1,875.

Clothes

Available at The Great Put-On: Sylvia Mantella fox cape with belt in camel, made in Italy. $1,750. Haute Hippie silk cowlneck blouse in rose dust. $275.

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Available at Cos Bar and used by makeup artist Lacy Markel: Chanel Le Volume mascara. Chanel eyeshadow quad in spices. Jenny Patinkin brushes for application. “I love these brushes,” Markel says. “They lay color beautifully on the skin.”

Cit y Gir l Goes Mounta in Chic

Cover girl Brielle Stockton moved from her hometown, New York City, to Vail in 1997. Like many locals, she intended to stay for one season but never lef t. Brielle is the marketing director for Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned by her husband, Tye. The couple has two sons. “I am a big-city girl at heart but cannot think of a more beautiful place to call home or a better place to raise kids than Vail,” she says. “I adore living where people from around the world come for a short while to ‘play.’”

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History becomes current the combination of antique and new materials. The sensual jewelry emulates a pod about to burst with gold fused into iron.

BEDAZZLED BEAUTY ail and Beaver Creek are well known for their unique art galleries featuring one-of-a-kind pieces. But fine art goes beyond the homestead. Make a personal statement with one of these conversation-starting bracelets.

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A story is told visually with the use and placement of various materials, shapes and creatures. Rotate the cuff to see all the details.

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Inspired by African manillas and crated with coin silver, these bracelets feature a pair of opposing faces meant to be in conversation with each other.

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$39,500 / 18-karat yellow gold

$7,500 / Oxidized silver, 24-karat yellow gold, diamonds

This flexible link bracelet makes an architectural statement with its geometric play on shape. Heavily influenced by his hometown of Florence, Italy, the artist works with precious metals and gemstones.

The gold-drip design seems to ooze across the cuff, and is beautifully juxtaposed with oxidized silver, glittering gold and tiny diamond accents.

Golden Bear “Orga nic Cuff ” by The Golden Bear $595 / Sterling silver

Reminiscent of a silky fabric, the free flowing spirit of this cuff is a subtle statement maker with lots of class.

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THE GOODS

SHOPPING BLOCK BRIDGE STREET: Many of Vail’s most unique shops are mere steps from one another

Red Lion Pewter Mug

mainstay for 48 years. Filled with all kinds of gifts and keepsakes, the store represents many Colorado artists. Known for the Burnese mountain dogs who used to hold court every day, Moose’s Caboose has a large stock of trail signs, pottery, candles, knickknacks and paddywhacks. 6 » Red Lion Arguably the busiest après ski spot in town, Red Lion is open from lunch straight on through until late night. Located where Vail’s original hospital (well, health clinic) used to be, the restaurant has been a popular watering hole for decades. Original Red Lion pewter mugs were equipped with bells on the bottom, which were rung every time someone needed more beer.

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1 » The Shelton S m i t h C o l l e ct i o n Focusing on the art of the American West, The Shelton Smith Collection is filled with paintings, sculptures, Native American artifacts and photography. Owned by longtime collector Shelton Smith, he began amassing his inventory in Austin, Texas. Many of the artists whose work fills the space are represented in museums around the world. 2 » Kemo Sa be For anyone in the market for cowboy boots, cowboy hats, blingy belt buckles or any other Wild West haute couture, there’s only one place to go: Kemo Sabe. Stocked floor-to-ceiling with handmade, artisan creations,

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4 » T h e G r e a t P u t- O n Located in the iconic Golden Bear storefront (the Golden Bear moved last year), the Great Put-On now serves as a winter counterpart to the summertime shop of the same name that’s been a Martha’s Vineyard mainstay for 43 years. Carrying domestic and European fashion lines, it caters to both women and men.

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Buckled up with style Beyond functional, these belt buckles recall the iconic Western stars who favored them during Hollywood’s glamour years

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it be that a buckle is a buckle is a buckle? Well, the answer is an unequivocal, “no.” Not if it’s a buckle made by Bohlin, for these buckles are simply in a class of their own. They’re as iconic as the famed Western stars who wore them. Available

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locally at Kemo Sabe on Bridge Street, last summer, artists from the Bohlin Company stopped by the Vail shop and crafted some of their signature buckles right in the store. The company has a storied past. At age 15, Ed Bohlin immigrated to the United States and landed in New York in 1910. He headed west and by 1912 he was punching cattle in Montana before arriving in Wyoming, where he drove a stagecoach, worked area ranches and, along the way, learned to do leatherwork. In 1920, he opened his own leather shop and, at the same time, became an expert at twirling rope and shooting his Colt revolver. Eventually, he abandoned his business and joined a traveling Wild West show. As the story goes … while performing in Los Angeles, Bohlin was approached by silent-film cowboy Tom Mix. Mix

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bought the handcrafted calfskin greats as Clark Gable, John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck and jacket right off of his back. The Ronald Reagan, to name a few. creativity and flare that Bohlin These days, the Bohlin Comexhibited was soon recognized and, while appearing as an extra pany still perpetuates the spirit of the West. Mostly, with its in cowboy movies, he began extraordinary buckles. “While making tooled leather gear for the six-shooter days of the Mix and others in the busi1800s have gone, the concept of ness. He made leather outfits that spirit sill and harnesses exists today,” for such films explains as “The Ten Dave Marold, Command“While the president and ments” (1923) six-shooter CEO. “And and “Ben-Hur” days of the 1800s that’s what we (1925). have gone, sell and that’s With the the concept of what we maradvent of lowthat spirit sill ket — it manibudget Western exists today.” fests itself into films, Bohlin’s Dave Marold different silver shop welcomed buckles. I have a new cast of buckles that start at $1,000 for characters: Hopalong Cassidy, executives from New York or the Lone Ranger, The Cisco Miami or Philadelphia who Kid and Pancho. And let’s not would never be Western, but forget Roy Rogers. They all who want that same spirit.” began wearing Bohlin’s gear The company still boasts its on and off the movie sets. Over traditional Western designs the years his buckles, spurs, made for the early Western scarf slides and jewelry could movie actors, but it has also be spotted adorning such

been called upon to make contemporary creations for current productions. “We did pieces for Penelope Cruz and Matt Damon for ‘All the Pretty Horses,’ for Robert Redford in ‘The Horse Whisperer’ and we’re doing the current remake of ‘The Lone Ranger,’” Marold says. “So we still have the Hollywood influence for whom we create and then we have the aspect in which we create ‘magic in metal,’ which is art.” Every buckle starts out with flat-sheeted metal that’s either sterling silver or 14-karat gold. The thickness of the metal varies between eight, which is the heaviest and densest, all the way to 22 gauge. “Then we decide what we’re going to use for the blank, what we’re gong to use for the scrolls and what we’re going to make the imagery out of, if we have to,” describes Marold. “We might replicate the image or chase the image or have a die that makes the image. “All of that factors into the price of the buckle, including how many man-hours it takes to make the buckle. I have buckles that take from three hours up to 160 hours for a complicated piece that will cost $30,000 and go to a collector.” The most difficult buckle Marold was asked to make was an image of Sitting Bull designed with seven buffalos going down a hill at twilight. The most expensive? A buckle with 11 karats of diamonds on white and rose gold at a cost of $100,000. Both buckles were created for collectors. “The spirit of the West is still alive. It’s not a location. It’s a concept,” concludes Marold. “A buckle is a piece of art that you wear. It goes up in value.”


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PEOPLE & PL ACES

The awards ceremony was pretty amazing. We’d invited a number of high-profile actors to the festival, and were hoping that one or two would attend. It was incredible to be in Mexico, at a first-year event, talking to a group of Academy-Awardwinning and nominated actors.

Q&A with The Brothers Cross Vail Film Festival founders took the show on the road and launched a second festival in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Q // Was there a signature event for you?

inaugural Baja Film Festival in Los Cabos went off beautifully last November, thanks to the Cross brothers and their team.

makers and actors. It’s always a challenge to attract celebrities and bring in high-quality films, especially to an unproven, firstyear event. I think the reputation of the Vail Film Festival helped to lend credibility to the new festival, and we were able to bring in some incredible names, including Edward Norton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Matt Dillon, Virginia Madsen, Melissa Leo, Diego Luna, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Tate Taylor and Michael Apted. 

Q // What’s your overall take on the festival?

The Baja Film Festival exceeded our expectations. We had only five months to plan and launch the festival but our team worked around the clock to make it happen. We were fortunate to have many of the top people from the film industry in attendance, including producers, agents, distributors, and of course film-

Q // What were some of the highlights? The concert at the marina was very special. To be listening to these amazing, Grammywinning musicians in a very peaceful, idyllic setting was unreal. We were surrounded on three sides by the Sea of Cortez, listening to Sara Bareilles, Cary Brothers and other singersongwriters, under the stars.

We had a number of truly memorable events, but I think the filmmaker reception at the cactus garden was the most unique, and really spoke to what the festival is all about. A part of the festival mission is to showcase the natural beauty of Cabo, and the cactus garden embodies that beauty. It’s one of the largest cactus gardens in the world, and to have a movie screen surrounded by cacti was really magical. The film was followed with a reception featuring more than 20 local restaurants, so the filmmakers and guests were able to experience not only the beautiful setting but also a great variety of local food. Q // Do you know how many attendees you had? The total attendance, including our public outdoor screenings, was approximately 5,000 attendees — roughly 30 percent visitors and the rest locals. The Baja festival is both an industry event and a festival for film fans. The parties and events were more geared toward industry folks, and our film screenings, especially the outdoor screenings in San Jose and Cabo San Lucas, drew more non-industry film fans.

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et and casual clogs make their own post-ski statement: you don’t have to ski to après ski. “You certainly don’t have to have been up on the mountain to enjoy it,” Kelly explains. In fact, she says a trip to Vail is not complete without a taste of afternoon après. “I really feel that après ski is a quintessential experience of the Colorado mountains,”

Kelly says as she strolls on the cobblestones. “You really don’t get this anywhere else, and when I après on a day off I feel like I am on vacation.” In the spring, Kelly says she even may ski a run or two before a lounge session on a sunny deck. “The ultimate après ski day is that 45-degree afternoon, sitting slope-side at Los

Amigos and watching all the skiers come down,” she says. Larkspur. “The best part about Larkspur for après is cocktails,” Kelly says as she jumps on the in-town bus towards Golden Peak. “In my opinion, it has some of the most creative cocktails in Vail. Larkspur is also a really great place to put something in your stomach before you start drinking at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.” A classic Aperol Spritz kicks off Kelly’s après, but she seems most excited about the Tender Belly Chicago dog and dives right in. “I have sort of an unhealthy love affair with hot dogs,” she says mid-chew. “I don’t know what it is about them, but a good hot dog seems like the perfect food. I just love them.” Larkspur’s bar area quickly fills with red-faced guests who have just stepped off the mountain, shedding pieces of snow as they peel away their cold layers of the day. Après is just beginning, and Kelly slides on her sunglasses to move along to another favorite spot. Pepi’s. It’s local legend Rod Powell who Kelly says brings her back time and time again for

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above There are no rules for après ski, though adult beverages are heartily encouraged. Whether you’re

after fancy finger food or kicking back with a beer and some tunes, après is about having fun with friends.

“I really feel that après ski is a quintessential experience of the Colorado mountains.” Kelly Liken afternoon entertainment at this place of true Vail tradition. “I’ve been going to Pepi’s and listening to Rod play since I was a little girl,” she says with a pint of Paulaner in-hand. “The music is fun, the crowd is fun, and it really feels like down-home Vail. You absolutely cannot après and miss out on Pepi’s.” She says it’s the perfect place to order a German beer and warm-up with a bowl of French

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onion soup. The bar brings in both locals and visitors for an authentic alpine experience. “This place has been here for fifty years, and really defines the tradition here,” Kelly says. “If you want a new home in Vail, come to Pepi’s for après.” La Tour. Just a few strides away from Bridge Street, it’s the selection of small plates on La Tour’s new après menu that brings Kelly in for a taste. “One thing that is a super exciting trend in Vail is how a lot of restaurants have gotten involved and are creating snack-style menus,” she says as she settles into a La Tour window table. “And the food is being prepared by worldclass chefs, which brings a whole new element to après.” Kelly likes La Tour’s long

après hours, with a small plates menu offered from 1:30 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m. She says you can make it a lunch or après destination. A glass of Cava bubbles stands beside Kelly, and she orders the table a selection of small plates to share, including Hawaiian kampachi sashimi, confit pork belly, burrata cheese and spaghetti carbonara. Gourmet hot chocolate shots with

Frost. The bar next to Restaurant Kelly Liken is one of the chef’s favorites, especially as the afternoon falls into evening. “I have always loved Frost,” she says amidst low-lit ambiance. “I think that this bar really gives Vail something that it didn’t have before with a more metropolitan feel.” Kelly says she digs the bar’s wine list, and can always go for a good Moscow Mule. Frost opens up into The Sebastian’s cozy lobby and library with couches and a fireplace — perhaps the perfect place to end your après adventure. “After après, you just feel content,” Kelly says. “As it starts to get dark, you just want to go and sit by the fire.” Rich and lingering light fills the windows of Frost as the alpenglow settles the day before darkness arrives. Kelly sinks into her plush seat and smiles.

Kelly Liken’s après love starts with sunny decks and live music. She says McCoy’s is a great place in Beaver Creek to sit and enjoy the tunes of Shannon Tanner. Located at the bottom of the Centennial Lift in Beaver Creek, it offers a perfect après atmosphere every afternoon with Tanner’s music (and trivia questions) and outdoor lounge seating.

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Clockwise FROM ABOVE: Court Coursey, Art in Public Places coordinator Molly Eppard and “Vampire Diaries” actor Nathaniel Buzolic; Vail Town manager Stan Zemler, Beth and Rod Slifer and Kelli McDonald; Craig Denton and Carolyn and Michael Connolly; Molly Eppard flanked by Triumph Development’s Michael O’Connor and Travis Coggin; Kate Wingard, Kent Roberg, ice sculptor Paul Wertin, Molly Eppard and Stacy Sadler; Maggie Mae Rothenberg, Kayin Lacy and Leo Rothenberg.

Triumph Winterfest celebrates ‘AlpenGLOW’ rimph Winterfest brought a festival of ice lights to the Gore Creek Promenade with “AlpenGLOW” and the Logan Ice Theater. Created by Paul Wertin, owner of Alpine Ice, and Nathan Cox, owner of Pink Monkey Solutions, the installation was celebrated with a party at Mountain Standard restaurant. Triumph Development and Kent and Vicki Logan sponsored the event, which is curated by the Town of Vail Art in Public Places.

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Vail Luxury celebrates Vail’s 50th n anticipation of Vail’s 50th season, Vail Luxury magazine hosted a party at Mirabelle Restaurant with sponsors Grey Goose and Korbel. The open house at the Beaver Creek restaurant packed both front rooms right before the holidays, and served as a launch for the magazine’s winter edition.

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party, and the evening itself invited a combination of mountain charm and elegance. Cheryl held a bouquet of deep red roses — her romantic dress an ever-so-slight shade of lavender — while roses of sterling purple were clutched by bridesmaids and pinned for boutonnieres. Birch bark covered the centerpiece vases, and vintage Colorado license plates marked the table numbers. “We really wanted to support the people and places we know and like up here,” says Cheryl. So with locality in mind, vendors from the area helped to make the couple’s dream a reality. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail, and their ceremony was on a heated outdoor patio at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, with the reception in the resort’s restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek. Preston Utley captured the event through his lens, and created images that will last forever. Twelve-year-old James Oss serenaded the wedding with a rendition of Marc Cohn’s “True Companion,” and the newlywed’s first dance was to “All This Time” by One Republic. “We just want to be married and honeymoon forever,” says Andy. “When you’re in the midst of it, it’s just so awesome and so great, you just want it to last forever.” When saying “I love you” was still a bit too fresh for the couple in the early days of courtship, the phrases “elephant shoe” and “olive juice” easily and laughably slid off their tongues. Now, those are the words that local jeweler Tom Hughes has engraved on their wedding bands. Her ring reads “elephant shoe,” and his, “olive juice.”

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the Photos: Straight out of art school, Preston Utley worked as a photojournalist before starting his own wedding photography business. Couples seek him out to memorialize their big day because of his inimitable “fine art documentary” style, which strives to capture what truly happened on the wedding day, while meeting his own personal artistic standards. In order to do this, he likes to spend some time getting to know the couple before the big day. “I probably spend as much time with them as anybody on the wedding day, because I’m photographing them getting ready, the ceremony, the reception and all the portraits,” says Utley. “I’m not breathing down their neck or anything, but it’s important that they know me and feel comfortable with me.” And judging from the photos, they clearly do.

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Taste of Vail is the valley’s original food festival.

FEB 3 Snowshoe Series Anyone from first-time snowshoers to world-class athletes on snowshoes can compete in the 10K, the Fun 5K or the Kids’ 1K runs throughout the season. Beaver Creek Resort, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com FEB 6 Great Moments in Opera The acclaimed European opera company Teatro Lirico D-Europa performs classic operatic arias, duets and ensembles. $50/adults; $25/students. 6:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. The company also performs a special kids’ show at 12:30 p.m. ($14/adults; $11/ kids). 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 7 Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” Teatro Lirico D-Europa performs a traditionally staged rendition of “Madama Butterfly.” $75. 6:30 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center. The company also performs a special kids’ show at 12:30 p.m. ($14/adults; $11/ kids). 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 8-10 Winter Mountain Games The popularity of the Summer Teva Games led to the winter games’ debut last year. This year, events include ice climbing, on-snow biking, telemark skiing, Nordic competitions, running races and special activities for dogs. The event also features fine art, ice sculpture contests, live music, films and parties. On-site venues: Golden Peak, Vail Ski Resort, Vail Nordic Center, Lionshead Village, Town of Vail and Eagles Nest. 970.777.2015, tevamountaingames.com FEB 13 The 5 Browns Five Juilliard School pianists combine their talents as 10 hands play five pianos. They present a kids’ show at 12:30 p.m. ($14/adults; $11/kids) and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. $68/adults; $35/ students. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 15-18 Prezfest American characters, parades, ice sculptures and performances lend a hand to celebrate the nation’s history. Kids under 15 can go to the

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“Beaver Creek Loves Kids PrezFest” Facebook competition; the winner receives a day of “presidential perks” on Feb. 18 with his or her chosen “vice president.” Beaver Creek Village Plaza, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com FEB 19 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet This dance company is based both in Aspen and Santa Fe, N.M. It showcases its most recent, cutting-edge dances. $58. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 20 Cyrille Aimee This winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition delivers a jazzy voice to Vail. $32. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 21 Dogs Gone Wild Todd Oliver, a comedian and ventriloquist, enlivens the stage with his “pet dogs.” $26-$38. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 23 Laser Spectacular: Pink Floyd This psychedelic laser show features the music of Pink Floyd. $34. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 23 Rail Jam Playground Beaver Creek’s ski and snowboard instructors supervise this rail session for intermediates, level 5 and up. 4 p.m., on the snow in front of McCoy’s, Beaver Creek Resort, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com FEB 24 Brahms’ “A German Requiem” The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Boulder Chorale join together to perform “A German Requiem.” $55. 6:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org FEB 25 – March 2 Burton US Open The Burton U.S. Snowboarding Championships debut in Vail, after years of being in Vermont. Golden Peak. 970.754.8245, vail.com or opensnowboarding.com FEB 27 Monty Python’s Spamalot British humor comes alive as Monty Python shares his spoofy-take on “Camelot.” $78-$98. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org

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Resort, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com MAR 5 Haydn C Major Cello Concerto & Mozart No. 40, “The Great” The Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs Haydn and Mozart classics. $55. 6:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org Mar 7 Cirque Mechanics For more than eight years, Cirque Mechanics has been spinning ageless stories in mid air with their original mechanical wonders. This uniquely American circus company brings its storytelling to the symphony, with a new spectacle inspired by the world’s most popular classics. $45/student; $65/adult. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 8 Steep Canyon Rangers These musicians put the art of pickin’ banjo back into country music. $28. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 11 “The Little Engine that Could” Watty Piper’s enchanting tale about an engine that chugs along for determination and friendship comes to life through the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. $14/adults; $11/kids. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 12 100 Years of Broadway Performers belt out the most popular tunes from the last century of Broadway productions. $65. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 15 “Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music” The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presents a night of modern dance choreographed to classic music. The company’s repertory is varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. $65. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 16 Rail Jam Playground Beaver Creek’s ski and snowboard instructors supervise this rail session for intermediates, level 5 and up. 4 p.m., on the snow in front of McCoy’s, Beaver Creek Resort, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com

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C e l e b r a t i n g MAR 16 – April 6 Springfest This family-friendly festival celebrates the arrival of spring with themed characters, kids’ events, an Easter egg hunt and more. Beaver Creek Resort, 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com Mar 18 Gladys Knight The seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary. She performs an intimate show in Beaver Creek. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org Mar 19 Jason Bishop Show As “America’s Hottest Illusionist,” Jason Bishop might have a person passing

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through his body one moment or make goldfish appear from nowhere the next. $32-$42. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 20 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Fine, Schumann and Mendelssohn This Grammy Award winning classical music chamber orchestra performs some of the best pieces from Fine, Schumann and Mendelssohn. 6:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 20-23 2013 Korbel American Classic On March 20, the fourth annual community race with 40 four-person teams, the Conway Cup, begins at 11:30 a.m. at Golden Peak at Vail. March

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21, former Olympic, World Cup and World Champion skiers compete in the Volvo Legends Giant Slalom Race at Vail’s Golden Peak racecourse. March 22, the Korbel Ford Cup Race starts at 9 a.m. (and continues March 23) as ski legends coach teams of celebrities and professionals at Golden Peak. On March 22, The Future Legends Race features the kids of celebrities, legends and sponsors (2:30 p.m. at Golden Peak). Vail Mountain, 970.777-2015, vvf.org MAR 21 The Dunwells English rock and Americana roots music come together in an original, eclectic mix. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 22 Hold ’Em For Hope A little bit of Vegas comes to Vail in this sixth-annual fundraiser, which benefits the Vail Valley Foundation. Cocktails, a buffet dinner, a live auction and casino games all come into play on this special evening. 7:30 p.m. Vail Village. 970.777.2015, vvf.org MAR 22 “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevye, a Russian with a Jewish background, tries to arrange marriages for his three oldest daughters, but when one of his daughters refuses and Russians begin to revolt against Jewish people, the family leaves and starts a new life. $78-$98. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 24 San Francisco Jazz Collective This eclectic collective showcases musicians from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, New Zealand and Israel in a multicultural jazz-fusion. $58. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 25 Anna Netrebko This Russian soprano captivates audiences with her charismatic stage presence and distinct voice. 6:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. $150. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 27 Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance This international dance lifts spirits with its precision steps, lighting and music. $85. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org MAR 28 Dark Star Orchestra This tribute band has been recreating Grateful

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APRIL APR 1-7 Sol y Ski Vail debuts its international celebration, which pairs skiing with a Latin flair. The Gypsy Kings heat up the Dobson Arena, and special parties prevail. 970.754.8245, vail.com APR 3 Los Lonely Boys The Grammy Award-winning rock trio performs what they call Texican rock ’n’ roll. $53. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org APR 4-6 Taste of Vail Vail’s finest cuisine, international wines, seminars, auctions, a Colorado lamb cook-off and a mountaintop picnic atop Vail Mountain

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fill this 23rd annual festival. Gore Creek Drive, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Eagle’s Nest and other venues around town. 970.754.8245, tasteofvail.com APR 5 Music of ABBA The ’70s shine with this Swedish pop group, known for hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Voulez-Vous.” $58. 7:30 p.m. Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org APR 7-14 Ski Heritage Week Vail continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary by partnering with the International Skiing History Association and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame to present activities, in remembrance of how skiing has grown. 970.754.8245, vail.com APR 8-14 Spring Back to Vail The annual party returns with costumed riders, the famous World Pond Skimming Championships and live music. Last year’s musicians included Thievery Thievery Corporation, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, JJ Grey & Mofro. Vail Ski Resort. 970.754.8245, vail.com APR 10 The Mayhem Poets These theatrical poets entertain kids at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with hip-hop, improv and stand-up comedy. Vilar Performing Arts Center. $14/adults; $11/kids. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org APR 11 “The Journal of Abby Munson” Imagination Makers Theatre Company captivates kids with the story of fourthgrader Abby Munson. When Abby takes another trip to the principal’s office, she’s forced to write about her frustrations. Only then does she discover her passion for writing — especially when it has to do with how her mom left the family and how Abby lives with her dad in a home overrun by mice. $14/adults; $11/kids. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Vilar Performing Arts Center. 888.920.2787, vilarpac.org APR 14 Beaver Creek mountain closing day 970.754.4636, beavercreek.com APR 14 Vail Mountain closING DAY 970.754.8245, vail.com All events are subject to change. Please contact the presenting organizations for more information.

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the Utes to do a snow dance.” So Bob called Eddie Box, sort of the Southern Ute CEO. “Can you do a snow dance?” Parker asked. Eddie Box said, “We must contact Minnie Cloud of the Cloud Clan.” Minnie Cloud and the Cloud Clan lived in Ignacio. “Can we do

a snow dance for this new ski area in Colorado?” Eddie Box asked Minnie Cloud. Minnie Cloud answered, “We don’t do snow dances.” Eddie Box rephrased the question. “Can you do a rain dance and call it a snow dance?” So Minnie Cloud and five other members of the Cloud Clan showed up. For good measure, they did two snow dances, one behind The Lodge at Vail and another at Mid-

Vail. They then left Vail under bright blue Colorado skies. “When’s it gonna snow?!?” Pete Seibert asked Parker, who called Eddie Box. “I’ll call Minnie,” Eddie Box said. “I told them before I left it would snow December 18th,” Minnie Cloud told Eddie Box, who passed the information along. Recalling the story, Parker sits up and smiles. “And December 18th is when it snowed. Two feet.”

ONE SMALL STEP John Donovan lived in a room under the Rucksack with a bunk bed and a sink. His wife Diana says he’s delightful, but that he can be a bit organizationally impaired. He used to keep the money from his establishment, Copper Bar, in bank bags in one side of the sink and invoices in the other. “He’d pull out the checkbook, pay a bill and throw the invoice away,” Diana said. “I told him I thought I had a better way to do it. I think that’s why he married me. He made the money and I took care of it. I still hold the record for cooking the most lunches in a bar with a kid on my back,” she said. In 1969 they finally invested in a television for the bar so people could watch the moon landing. The Vail Trail reported, “Even John Donovan and Bob Porter were held speechless.”

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We asked Bob Parker a simple question: Was hiring the Southern Utes in 1963 to do a snow dance a publicity stunt, or did you folks think they could actually make it snow? Parker is 90 years old now, and his eyes twinkle when he’s artfully dodging a question, like he did with that one. “They have powers many of us may not have,” Parker said. It went like this: December 1963 was starting out like a carbon copy of 1962, another bad snow year, Parker said. A woman who worked in the Vail Blanche ski shop heard from a friend of a friend that members of the Southern Ute tribe might be available to do a snow dance. The woman told Blanche Hauserman, “Hey, maybe we could get the Utes to do a snow dance.” Blanche told her husband, Dick Hauserman, one of Vail’s originals, “Hey, maybe we could get the Utes to do a snow dance.” Hauserman told Vail founder Pete Seibert, “Hey, maybe we could get the Utes to do a snow dance.” Pete turned to Bob Parker and said, “Hey, maybe you could get


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Perhaps the Southern Utes made it snow. Perhaps they had some help. It was just before the ski season of 1963-64 when Vail Associates hired the Southern Ute tribe to do a snow dance. For good measure they also hired a guy to take the ski company’s first crack at cloud seeding. “They didn’t get any snow so they hired a cloud seeding guy,” said Allan Nottingham. The cloud seeding guy’s name is lost to the winds of time — so we’ll call him Cloud Seed Clem — but everyone still knows rancher Allan Nottingham. ¶ Like lots of ranchers Allan had his own airplane so he could fly around and keep track of his livestock, so Cloud Seed Clem hired Allan to fly him around the area. When clouds started rolling in, and they weren’t too high, up they’d go. “We flew over all the ski areas and he’d dump out this stuff,” Allan said. ¶ For the uninitiated, cloud seeding is an attempt to squeeze more moisture out of a cloud. Stuff like silver iodide is either lofted up into or dropped down onto a cloud. The idea is that moisture collects around that stuff and falls out of the sky in greater amounts than it would have without it. ¶ Turns out that salty stuff is becoming more popular, another reason Allan was ahead of his time. “My contract calls for me to seed the clouds today,” Allan said to Cloud Seed Clem when conditions were less than ideal. “He called me a damned fool, but I went up there and dumped out the salt and stuff,” Allan said. And it snowed. “I think I contributed. I don’t think it was just the Indians,” Allan said. “Vail owes its success to me seeding the clouds.”

In 1960 Bob Parker waltzed into into Salesvertising Art studio in Denver. Parker needed some kind of artwork to illustrate the ski-area-to-be. All he had was a logo and some ideas. Illustrator Gary Kaemmer had never seen a gondola before, but that didn’t stop him from jumping into the project. Within a week he’d turned around the original art for that first poster.

The men of the 10th Mountain Division were only human, and they weren’t supposed to go to Leadville because they might fall under bad influences. “Leadville was off limits because of the ladies of the night,” said Bill ‘Sarge’ Brown. When a soldier got caught his sergeant and company commander would go pick him up. “We’d throw him in the back of a two-and-a-half-ton truck with no cover and bring him back,” he said, laughing. Fast forward to summer, 1965 when the 10th Mountain Division reunion was held in Vail. Bill Whiteford had opened the Casino that winter. There wasn’t much Whiteford wouldn’t do for fun, and he had fun pretty much whenever he felt like it. That summer Whiteford hung signs around town promising “Miss Bo Peep Defleeces.” Whether she actually defleeced is a matter of some disagreement, but her presence sure made a ruckus.

OUR FAIR VALLEY After Pete Seibert’s initial storm of fund-raising and dreampedaling, after painstakingly amassing Vail believers one at a time, the resort still had to be built. Construction crews began rolling into town in the spring of 1962 and by summer, the work had begun in earnest.

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t’s spring 2013 and in the world of fashion, what you’re seeing now was revealed last fall. The designers that drive the industry unveiled their spring 2013 collections at the fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, New York and London. If you were following, you heard the trends: Pastels and block colors are big. Porcelain-inspired pieces are in. You also heard a lot of great names, names that make you want to shop. But many of those names are hard to find, even in bigger cities like Denver — or within a 600-mile radius of Denver. There are, however, a few places in that sphere, which are destination-shopping exceptions, thanks to the luxury clientele the resort-town attracts. With a variety of name brand designers, Vail is one of those places. “The mannequin is a spring dress, but it’s 20 degrees out,” Luca Bruno says with a laugh, joking about the spring 2013 collection. The Vail fashion

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entrepreneur owns two boutiques in Vail Village, Luca Bruno and Luca Bruno Due. “But our guests at Sonnenalp and Solaris, Dennis Basso’s guests at the Four Seasons, these are international guests,” he says. “They’re going to Puerto Vallarta and the Bahamas after that.” At the New York fall Fashion Week, Dennis Basso was featured at the penthouse in the St. Regis, his spring 2013 collection inspired by the French Riviera and 1960s Deauville, and consisting of handmade, ready-towear dresses embroidered with crystals and fringe, and warm-weather lace, furry summer boleros and broadtail jackets. While Dennis Basso is the only brand featured at Fashion Week which has a namesake store in Vail directly representing the designer, plenty of other fashion-week trendsetters can be found on a shopping stroll through the Vail Village. Here are some big-name designers to look for in Vail, and some bigname celebrities who wear them.

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Roberto Cavalli

Tracy Reese

Cavalli’s spring/summer 2013 collection is called “43 paintings.” Every look is an artistic creation designed to perfectly complement a woman’s body, which has been the theme behind the designer label since its inception. This spring collection was not missing the signature feminine skin-bearing Cavalli dresses, but for a fresh change the designer has silky, flowy ensembles. Some of the most impressive pieces are tailored pantsuits, ornate with laser-cut lace and crystal-beaded tuxedo jackets. Spring 2013 also shows a more romantic Cavalli, even though animal prints are present they are much more subdued and he is also showing antiqueinspired prints. Here in Vail we can find a beautiful selection of Roberto Cavalli at Gorsuch. Their spring catalogue shows several pieces featured in the spring/summer Fashion Week in Milan, such as eyelet detail linen jacket, cotton organza beaded shirt and porcelain-inspired print georgette shirt. 

As usual Tracy Reese did not shy away from color in her spring/summer 2013 collection, using vibrant blues, seafoam greens, yellow and coral mixed with crisp white and tribal-inspired prints. The fit on most pieces is relaxed but the flowy, slouchy silk pants embellished with sequins and superbly tailored jackets add glamour to the collection. Reese’s clothes make us dream of a relaxed but luxurious island vacation. Available at Blitz BOUTIQUE and Perch in Vail Village.

Seen on: Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minouge,Heidi Klum, Kristen Stewart and Halle Berry-

seen on: Michelle Obama, Rosario Dawson,Jennifer Hudson, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Nicki Minaj-

 

Missoni

seen on: Kate Middelton,Mindy Kaling and Nicole Richie-

The summer 2013 collection shows an updated view of the emblematic zig-zag knitwear, for which the designer is famous. This season’s collection shows a lot of layered looks — where the knit dress is shown under a lace top or organza dress embellished with crystals. Besides the dominating bright colors, this collection has a lot of monochromatic white and all-black pieces, which take the fun knits to another level of sophistication. Though Missoni is not available in Vail, Luca Bruno has brought to Vail “M Missoni,” which is a more accessible second line inspired by the main label designer.

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Rebecca Taylor, Blitz Boutique, Vail Village right: Tory Burch, Perch, Vail Village CATHERINE ZETA JONES SHOPS TORY BURCH

 

Tory Burch

seen on: Jessica Alba, Eva Mendezand Catherine Zeta Jones-

When Perch owner Laurie O’Connell decided to open a boutique in Vail Village in 2012, it was because she wanted to carry designers like Tory Burch. “When I was doing my research, there were certain designers that I sought, and those brands weren’t represented in Vail,” she said. “We have international women and women from New York City or Dallas who want to take these clothes home and wear them at home... when they’re in Vail, they actually have the time to shop.” For her spring 2013 collection debut in New York, Burch said she was “thinking about a stylish magpie who picks up special pieces while traveling around the world and always mixes them with classic sportswear.” Her spring 2013 pieces are in sunflower yellow and summer wheat prints, followed by Asian-inspired red and white outfits decorated with fringe and tassels, seaside white and blue striped pieces, tie-dyed tea-length dresses and skirts. Find the tunic that put Burch on the map at Perch, along with several other great pieces from her collection.

Rebecca Taylor seen on: Kate Middelton and Victoria’sSecret model Allesandra Ambrosio-

In Rebecca’s spring 2013 collection entitled “Urban Summer,” lighter colors, pastels and different shades of blue combine with tan, peach and coral colored pieces. Look for leather jackets and vests with a lot of zippers put together with flower pattern dresses. Rebecca Taylor used treated denim which allows her to use it in a unusual way —  it resembles bleach-wash jeans, but the fabric looks lightweight and allows the designer to create unexpected looks. Available at Blitz Boutique in Vail Village, celebrities like Taylor Swift love her flower pattern, easy-to-wear dresses.

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Moschino Cheap & Chic 

Seen on: Lady Gaga, Princess Beatrice of York,Kate Moss and Zooey Deschanel-

Moschino Cheap & Chic moved to London Fashion Week just a year ago and one can definitely sense the British sophistication added to Italian designer Francesca Rubino’s collection. Summer 2013, as depicted by Cheap & Chic, mixes memories from the past. Boxy, shiny leather jackets and peace-sign prints of the ‘60s, flared ‘70s pants and platform shoes, disco-inspired neon prints characteristic for the ‘80s — every piece from the collection falls in its own place and makes up for a sophisticated collection. Available at Luca Bruno.

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Nanette Lepore

seen on: “Gossip Girl” television show, as wellas Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria and Ashley Greene-

Playful and bohemian, Nanette Lepore’s designs are among the most beloved spring clothes for the women around the world. For spring/summer 2013, the designer managed to keep the feminine silhouette of her clothes while applying the trends of the season like neon colors and leather accents. The collection mixes vintage-inspired patterns used in anything from swimming suits to dresses to jackets with bold colors and modern designs. Every piece in Nanette Lepore’s spring collection could be easily removed from the collection’s story line and worn by itself, which proves once again that Nanette is not only a trend setting designer but also a very wearable one. In Vail, Nanette Lepore can be found at Blitz boutique and Luca Bruno Due. 

Custo BarCelona seen on: Kesha-

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seen on: Carmen Electra, Sarah Jessica Parker,Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce-

DVF’s summer collection is full of bold prints. Black and white are dominant colors for the summer, together with deep blue and red for an updated version of the easy summer nautical look. Turquoise and aqua combine with coral for a Bohemian look, and her clothes remind you of a beach vacation mixed with more tailored details reminiscent of summer in the city.  “Some fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince... some start here,” is the slogan for the collection. DFV is available at Perch. P H OTO s C O U R T E S Y O F d e s i g n er s / ce l e b r i ty photo s by s _ b u k l ey, s hutter s toc k .co m


Milly

Herve Leger

Seen on: Mila Kunis-

seen on: Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively,Britney Spears and Megan Fox-

Michelle Smith’s spring 2013 collection was inspired by chic summer in the city. She shows form-fitted, colorblocked dresses, black and white mixed with peach pink and cobalt blue. For this summer Milly updated the label’s preppy look with a few sportswear pieces like zip-up hooded jackets, mesh sweaters and a see-through windbreaker. Milly by Michelle Smith is exclusively available at Perch in Vail. “It’s a brand that’s a little bit younger, a little bit sexy,” says O’Connell. “There’s a lot of fit, tone women who come through the store and want to show it off a little, and they love Milly.”

Reinventing the label’s iconic bandage dress is what Lubov Azria has been striving to do season after season. For the 2013 collection, the designer house has found inspiration in patchwork  — geometric forms and cutouts, accessorized with leather belts and harnesses. A rural quilting community in Alabama is where Lubov Azria found inspiration, according to style.com. The closing pieces in the collection were perfectly fitting flair dresses with a lot of movement. Exclusively available at Luca Bruno DUE, Kim Kardashian is obsessed with Herve Lever’s body fitted dresses, and “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively loves the designer’s curve-hugging creations too.

Alice + Olivia

seen on: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kristen Cavallari,Carrie Underwood and Eva Longoria-

Started in 2002 by designer Stacey Benet, Alice + Olivia is quickly becoming one of the most emblematic NYC fashion brands. Sophisticated yet playful designs that you will never get enough of are what make Benet’s creations so loved by women around the world. The spring/summer 2013 collection embraces fun and flirty summer dresses — her dresses are her most popular item. Fairly pastel colors and fun, full skirts were dominant in the collection, together with polka dots and flower prints. To describe her collection the young designer told style. com, “You know, that late-1950s optimism,” and, “There is a little humor in everything.” Luca Bruno is bringing to Vail some of the Alice + Olivia spring collection. Check his stores so you don’t miss out on the 1950s-inspired fabulous clothes. CARRIE UNDERWOOD SHOPS ALICE + OLIVIA

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3 guy who knows a thing or two about business (he has gone on to own other ski resorts, professional sports teams and a long list of other successful companies), points out that following the 1989 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, the resort’s international visitors skyrocketed. Gillett had a large hand in bringing the event to town, in 1) Lasse Kjus, spite of the fact that other ski areas in North America had no 2) Mikaela Shiffrin, interest in hosting it whatsoever. But this large-scale, globally 3)Steve Mahre & Jean Claude Killy, inclusive event did great things for making Vail glow on the 4) Ingemar Stenmark, 5) world map. More than just seeing the world’s fastest skiJimmie Heuga ers bomb down the meticulously designed courses, close to & Billy Kidd, 6) Kieffer Christianson, one billion TV viewers tuning into the championships also 7) Clint Eastwood saw the mountain being absolutely blasted with snow. “The night before the downhill race, we had a tremendous snowstorm — 34 inches,” Gillett recalls. “We had 1,500 volunteers and troops working, shoveling snow. We couldn’t get rid of the snow and conduct the downhill fast enough. Guess what? Vail’s copious champagne powder was known all over the world.” According to Gillett, before the ’89 world champs, international visitors constituted just 2 percent of Vail’s skier base. The very next year, the numbers leapt to 13 percent. “That’s a growth that can only be attributed to one thing,” Gillett says. “Television and the world championships. It was in hundreds of millions of homes. That has a tremendous impression on people. At these events, broadcasters take the cameras and canvas around, not just on the racecourse but also in the village and other parts of the mountain. All of a sudden the magic and spirit of Vail gets captured. We had exposure to millions of people who hadn’t seen it before.” THE LIFE BLOOD // There is no question: Vail would not be what it is today without ski racing. The sport has given the resort a leg up not just in prestige among ski racing insiders but among skiers in general, and not just following the 1989 world championships, but from the get-go. The sport has essentially been with Vail since its birth in 1962 — given that one of the resort’s founding fathers was a ski racer. “Pete Seibert won the Roch Cup in 1950. We were 1 founded by a ski racer,” Gillett points out. “The sport has 70

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5 had a tremendous influence on the ski industry, particularly in Vail, from the very beginning. Look at all the greats coming to this mountain, from Seibert to Ski Club Vail to Lindsey Vonn and now Mikaela Shiffrin. What a wonderful exclamation point to the area’s history of ski racing.” And it’s not just other ski racers who have had their eye on the pros that Vail has wrought. Anyone remotely interested in skiing will naturally cast a glance to those in the know. Vail has a rich history of shining examples. “The ski racing community is a relatively small community yet it has an enormous influence on millions around the world,” Gillett says. “Skiers and their technique, ski shape, grooming practices on the mountain … to a large extent, all of these come as a byproduct of ski racing.” At this point — with another world championships in 1999, a third one coming in 2015 and Beaver Creek beThe night before the downhill ing a highly touted regular stop on the annual World Cup ski calendar since 1997 — ski racing is officially race, we had a tremendous in the area’s blood. snowstorm — 34 inches. We “Vail and the valley has this DNA in the comhad 1,500 volunteers and troops munity that we are ski racing,” says Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, which working, shoveling snow. organizes and delivers the World Cup We couldn’t get rid of the snow and and the world champs. “Going back to conduct the downhill fast enough. the ‘60s, Bob Beattie and the birth of World Cup skiing, the town series — GEORGE GILLETT was huge and people talked about ski racing. But leading up to the ’89 world champs, nobody understood how big it was, how important it was. That was really the dawn of a new era. With the Birds of Prey [World Cup races], there has been an escalation every year of something bigger and bolder. With the ’99 world champs, we went into that more prepared and with even more excitement. From the minute we bid for 2015 and won, it’s been more excitement still.” STAR POWER // Another event that landed at Vail even before the world championships was the American Ski Classic, a social event bringing international retired ski pros together — both recently retired and long retired — to partake in a fun, head-tohead competition. Over the years, this event — though not televised — has also accounted for a snowball effect in global visitors. “You can’t believe how many people involved in 6 that bring back 10 or 20 of their friends every year who then become attached to Vail and bring 10 or 20 of 7 their friends,” Gillett says. “We’ve been blessed with a multi-cultural community from the beginning.” Folz points out that even before the first ski racing event ever landed in Vail, it was passion that carried it into the resort’s identity, passion from the likes of Seibert, Beattie, Gillett and the current Vail Resorts governing squad — and of course, the Valley Valley Foundation. “It’s passion that makes it work,” Folz says. “At the end of the day, nothing is easy. Everything costs a lot of money, especially World Cup ski racing. Rob Katz, John Garnsey … if those guys didn’t love ski racing, it wouldn’t be going the way it is for us. This is a community that’s passionate about it. Everything we do 4 is passionate. We are a place that brings the best of everything.” S P R I N G 2 013 ✧ VAIL LUXURY

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First Bite All’s well that starts well, when you’re sitting at the dinner table { By W r en W er t in }

Though most menus are still set up to accommodate the old appetizer-entrée-dessert formula, it’s not unusual for folks to mosey in and order three or four small plates instead. The Vail Valley is filled with restaurants that thrive on revolving menus, gourmet ingredients and über-educated servers. Some say you can stand anywhere in the county, throw a rock and hit a great restaurant. Read on for a roundup of some of our favorites.

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here’s a reason spunky 80-year-olds the world over extol the virtues of eating dessert first — they mean you should cut out all the nonsense and get right into the good stuff. With that bit of advice in mind, chefs in many of Vail’s fine restaurants spend a great deal of time pondering the flavors, textures and tastes of those first bites. There has never been a better time for first courses. Call them what you will — appetizers, starters, small plates — those forkfuls of delicious morsels that kick off dinnertime are often the best part of a meal.

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Boasting a former Buddhist monk as the new dining room manager, La Tour is officially a “be happy” place. Formerly a dinnertime-only restaurant, chef-owner Paul Ferzacca and his crew are now exploring the savory side of après and even late lunch. Open at 1:30 p.m. daily, the menu is broken into sections that start small (bloody mary lobster shooters, grilled oysters on the hibachi) and get progressively larger (shrimp and sweet potato dumplings, BBQ beef sliders, cheese platters). You can almost — almost — make a meal of one of the more expansive plates, such as homemade lamb ravioli or, the piece de resistance, spaghetti carbonara with guanciale and a 140-degree egg that oozes its yolk over the noodles.


Clockwise from above: Patatas from Leonora; Mountain Standardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shrimp and grits; four small plates at Matsuhisa, including New Style salmon, aji tiradito, yellowtail sashimi and tempura yellowfin tuna. Opposite: Cold-smoked prawns from vin48. P h oto g r a p h y by J u s t i n M c C a r t y & c o u r t e s y o f M o u n ta i n s ta n da r d

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Matsuhisa a vail

Celebrity (and celebrated) chef Nobu Matsuhisa combines Japanese food with Peruvian influences, and then sprinkles in this-and-that. Whether it’s traditional or contemporary, sushi is the original small plate. Take a bite of nigiri — tuna belly, salmon, roe — or relax into something edgier, such as delicate slices of seared beef, jalapeño-studded yellowtail or Japanese eggplant with miso. The traditional omakase is a chef’s multi-course adventure, each course building to the end with layer upon layer of flavors and textures. Nobu takes liberties with his “new style” sushi and sashimi, bringing sizzling oil in here, or yuzu juice there. With such a large menu, it’s easy to have a new experience every time.

Splendido at the Chateau a beaver creek

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Vin48 is part wine bar/part restaurant, and as such is set up to indulge every nosher’s desire. Whether it’s Happy Hour or dinnertime, the bar area is packed with groups of people sharing good eats and working their way through the racy wines-by-the-glass list. Chef-owner Charles Hays and his team have a menu filled with seasonal, contemporary cuisine studded with the occasional, Old School favorite. The shaved foie gras — chilled, thinly sliced — is served with a quince compote that screams decadence. Both the beef tartare and the goat cheese salad are long-standing favorites, but the frazzle of sautéed mushrooms atop a creamy potato cake, studded with blue cheese, is a miracle of chemistry: sweet meets savory, rich meets earthy, appetite meets fulfillment.

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Located in the Four Seasons in Vail, Flame isn’t simply a hotel restaurant; there’s a buzzy energy to the dining room that includes both residents and visitors. At its core, Flame is a steakhouse with a seriously carnivorous soul. Ribeyes, chops and double chops fill the list of mains. But leading up to those center cuts are playful appetizer lists: The Raw, The Cooked and The Garden. Chef Jason Harrison’s bison potstickers have all the traditional Asian accoutrements of any dumpling, they just happen to be stuffed with Rocky Mountain bison. The roasted beet salad starter makes a Greek salad atop the sweet root vegetables, crowned as they are with Colorado goat cheese, olives and pita chips. But the real crowd pleaser is the bucket of elk corndogs. Served with a sampling of housemade ketchup and mustards (of course), Harrison’s own elk sausage is dipped in cornmeal batter and fried to perfection.

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For the past 20 years, David Walford’s Splendido has been an outpost of fine cuisine and warm ambiance; an experience in the dining room includes impeccable service and a feeling that your personal satisfaction is of the utmost importance. But the restaurant’s bar area, complete with live music on the piano, is a great spot to sit and work your way through the appetizer menu. Try the cavatelli pasta, the handmade noodles topped with sweet crab, or the crisp pork belly starter, embellished with a spiced caramel sauce, puffed rice and sunflower sprouts.

Mountain Standard a vail

From the creators of Sweet Basil, Mountain Standard is a more rustic, sensual experience than its well-established counterpart. The open kitchen’s rotisserie oven isn’t simply for looks, but is pressed into constant service with whole chickens, pork shoulders and sides of lamb. The menu says it all — instead of calling them appetizers, there is simply this call to action: Let’s get this party started! From whiskeybraised pork belly to a sampling of “three great hams,” the pig does reign supreme. Chef-owner Paul Anders must have sold his soul to the devil to offer such perfect shrimp and grits — sweet bites of shellfish, creamy yet toothsome corn grits, an exclamatory Creole butter and a wallop of crisp pancetta.

Leonora a vail

The Sebastian’s newest restaurant is touted as an alpine bistro, receiving influences from mountain ranges the world over. And with chef Sergio Howland’s ceviche bar, tapas and flatbreads, the menu caters to snackers and noshers in need of a little sustenance and delight. Spanish croquetas ooze with idiazabal cheese and Serrano ham; the fritters make the patatas bravas seem downright demure, the little potato discs dotted with aioli and sofrito. The charred, three-bite tacos are filled with lobster or flank steak. And don’t miss the revolving ceviche, crudo and leche de tigre selections: Skuna Bay salmon, Maine lobster and diver scallop with uni are recent offerings.


Clockwise from left: Crispy pork belly at Splendido at the Chateau; La Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grilled oysters on the hibachi; shaved foie gras with quince from vin48. Opposite: Flame Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomato salad. P h oto g r a p h y by J u s t i n M c C a r t y & K r i s t i n A n d e r s o n

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his delicious Sonnenalp Golf Club favorite hits the spot with gorgeous views that stretch over the golf course and up the valley. The expansive restaurant offers a distinctive setting perfect for dinner or a private event.

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casual, western-style atmosphere with a Southwestern and American menu this is the ideal place to meet friends for lunch or dinner. The Bully is famous for its hamburgers and mudslides.

(970) 477-5353 || balatarestaurant.com 1265 berry creek road, edwards

(970) 477-5353 || bullyranchrestaurant.com 20 Vail road, Vail

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elway’s

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ged, USDA Prime Beef is the star at Elway’s. Chef Shawn Cubberley shops for seasonal ingredients then plans ever-changing menus, allowing options with limited seasonal availability — from the familiar to ethnic and contemporary. (970) 754-7818 || elways.com inside the lodge at Vail, Vail Village

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sing local ingredients such as elk, lamb and fish, the Golden Eagle’s upscale comfort food is delicious. From our hazelnut-encrusted trout to grilled elk loin, it’s mountain cuisine at its finest.

(970) 949-1940 || thegoldeneagleinn.com centrally located on the beaVer creek plaza

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la tour ‘where cheFs eat’

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sophisticated atmosphere with live music and a menu ranging from burgers to caviar. Take off your boots after a day on the mountain and enjoy Vail’s best après ski and après dinner gathering spot.

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a Tour is the heart work of Chef Paul and Lourdes Ferzacca. The simplicity of the French-inspired cuisine masks a deep richness of flavors and textures which delights the palette. Reservations are suggested.

(970) 479-5429 || kingsclubVail.com 20 Vail road, Vail

(970) 476-4403 || latour-Vail.com 122 east meadow driVe, Vail

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or 43 years, The Left Bank has been the place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors around the world. We have cultivated relationships in France and California to obtain the rarest sophisticated atmosphere with live music winestoavailable, and a menu ranging from burgers caviar. Take off your boots after a day on impeccably the mountain and enjoy Vail’s best après ski andstored après and aged. dinner gathering spot.

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elly Liken is passionate about creating a one-of-a-kind dining experience for guests. Serving seasonal American cuisine heavy on locally produced and cultivated products, the extensive wine list is 250 labels strong. (970) 479-0175 || kellyliken.com gateway building, Vail Village

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fresh seafood.

steakhouse.

ludwig’s

minturn country club

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onnenalp’s famed fresh seafood and wild game restaurant. Executive Chef Steve Topple uses 24-hour ocean-to-table freshness to create unique dishes. Light and healthy, artfully prepared. Top off dinner with Ludwig’s award-winning wine selection.

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elly up to the butcher shop and choose from a variety of dry-aged steaks, chicken and seafood. You’ll season it yourself and grill it to perfection on our special lava rock grill. Enjoy our salad bar and fire up some garlicky Texas Toast.

(970) 479-5429 || sonnenalp.com 20 Vail road, Vail

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red mountain grill

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ince 1987, Montauk Seafood Grill has been bringing high quality seafood and meats to the mountains. It is flown in fresh, never frozen, from all corners of the globe. We combine a fine dining experience with a casual and fun atmosphere. (970) 476-2601 || montaukseaFoodgrill.com 48 east beaVer creek bouleVard, aVon

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ith 15 TVs, 28 beers on tap and a great happy hour, Red Mountain Grill is a casual, comfortable locals’ joint. The menu revolves around salads, pizzas, pastas, steaks and “South of the Border” classics. (970) 748-1010 || redmountaingrill.com 240 chapel place, aVon

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erving homemade home-style Italian dishes, Ticino offers high quality entrees, pizzas and pastas. From osso buco to pollo cacciatore, everything is made from scratch with love and finesse. Open for lunch and dinner.

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ondue, Raclette and authentic alpine cuisine reflecting the various regions of the Alps positions the Swiss Chalet as a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Vail. Delicious fondues make the Swiss Chalet a delectable dining experience. (970) 479-5429 || sonnenalp.com 20 Vail road, Vail

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Vin48 restaurant wine bar

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oasting views of Beaver Creek from Avon’s iconic Boat Building, Vin48 offers creative cuisine for discriminating palates and over 40 wines by the glass. Nightly happy hour with $8 small plates, $5 glasses of wine and $3 premium drafts. (970) 748-9463 || Vin48.com 48 east beaVer creek bouleVard, aVon

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erched on Arrowhead’s mountain side, Vista is open to the public with a grand fireplace and Vail’s Piano Man, Micky, 6-9 p.m. Try Chef’s favorite Lamb Osso Buco or Rocky Mtn Trout. Don’t hesitate because of Arrowhead’s gate!

(970) 926-2111 || Vista-arrowhead.com 676 sawatch driVe, edwards

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