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Ice orchestra at the Beav’ Crystal Grotto opens today with music you can chill out to By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer The giant igloo-looking thing at the top of Chair 6 in Beaver Creek is definitely worth checking out. A mountain music hall constructed entirely of snow and ice with enchanting ice instruments and weekly concerts, they’re calling it the Crystal Grotto, and it opens today. Artists and couple Tim and Birgitta Linhart, who have been working hard to build the frozen music hall and instruments, brought their extensive ice sculpting experience to create something very cool in more ways than one.
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Both have spent years working at the Ice Hotel in Sweden and have commissioned other pieces around the globe in addition to creating ice sculptures for Beaver Creek for twenty years. This year, the Crystal Grotto music hall includes two large seating areas that can accommodate 150 people. The orchestra pit sits in the center of the igloo, which will be intricately designed with ice lighting, garland and wall carvings. Professional musicians from the Vail Valley will play the violin, cello, viola, guitar, standard fretless base, xylophone, rolandophone, mandolin, banjo and drums – all made of ice.
Graham Olson is a classically trained cellist. He performs with many local and regional ensembles, ranging from classical to rock and roll. Jake Wolf, the talented drummer from Laughing Bones and the Grateful Dead tribute band Shakedown Street will play ice percussion. He’ll play alongside Dave Perron, guitarist and founder of local bluegrass mainstay. KT Holmes plays guitar in the Minturn duet, Boxcar Daisies. The duo’s sound is timeless and yet cutting edge. Ken Carpenter has played the Cello and Banjo with many groups [See CRYSTAL, page 24]
Bidez’s run at Copper Grand Prix airs today on channel 52 Minturn’s own Clair Bidez had a strong finish in the recent U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix held at Copper earlier this month. You can catch her run and the rest of the event today on Versus, Comcast local channel 52 at 2 p.m. See story inside. Bidez is pictured here catching air in an old photo for Flow Snowboarding.
Actor Charlie Sheen spent the better part of Christmas Day in a Pitkin County jail cell after being arrested on domestic violence allegations. His court date has been set for Feb. 28. Sheen, the star of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” was arrested and booked for investigation of second-degree assault and menacing, both felonies, along with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, Aspen SHEEN police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said. Sheen was released late Saturday afternoon after posting $8,500 bond, she said. Sources have told TMZ celebrity news that Sheen’s wife Brooke Mueller made the 911 call accusing Sheen of assaulting her, leading to Sheen’s arrest. Mueller later recanting the charges because [See THE UPDATE, page 16-17]
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An AP photo of Snodgrass Mountain now (left), and a rendering of how it would look under a new Crested Butte resort expansion (right).
Ski association gets involved in Crested Butte expansion appeal Says Forest Service acted too soon in rejecting idea The U.S. Forest Service recently rejected Crested Butte’s plan to expand onto Snodgrass Mountain, even before the plan went through an environmental analysis. Now the resort is filing an appeal, and Colorado Ski Country USA, a non profit trade association representing various ski areas in Colorado, is also getting involved, filing a petition Thursday to intervene in the Crested Butte appeal. “CSCUSA and its public-land-based members are concerned about the Forest Service’s decision to reject future lift-served skiing on Snodgrass without conducting a public review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),” the association wrote in a press release. “[CSCUSA] asks that the Forest Service re-
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VVMC 29th Annual Family Dinner Dance sells out Event is tomorrow, Dec. 28 at the Vail Marriott VVMC’s 29th Annual Family Dinner Dance has sold out for this year. The event takes place tomorrow, Dec. 28 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The is a night of dinner and dancing hosted by the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation is held to support VVMC’s Emergency Department. The evening’s events will include both a live and silent auction complete with many unique packages. This year, the live auction features four items: First and Ten, Do It Again: Eight University of Colorado Buffaloes fans will be treated to seats on the Club Level of Folsom Field where the amenities include extra-wide chair back seating, access to the climate-controlled Club Lounge, 112 television monitors, upscale dining and private restrooms. A private B-LineXpress shuttle will take the group from the Vail Valley to the University of Colorado campus in Boulder to watch Buffs go head-to-head with either Hawaii on September 18, 2010 or the Georgia Bulldogs on October 2, 2010. Private Dining with Dr. Jack and Kathleen Eck: The top bidder on this package will join Dr. Jack Eck and his wife Kathleen in their beautiful home in Lake Creek for a memorable evening of fine dining and wonderful company. An intimate group of 10 is invited to enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Larkspur’s Executive Chef Armando Navarro while Jack and Kathleen share their stories about the early days of Vail. Wines to complement the meal will be provided by Avon Liquors and paired by Sommelier Kevin Lawrence. V.I.P Covered Parking Space in Vail Village: The highest bidder for this package will take the hassle out of their day-to-day life by becoming the proud owner of a prime Vail Village parking space for all of 2010. First Tracks in Beaver Creek: 12 skiers and riders will join Olympic Gold Medalist Cindy Nelson and Dr.
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