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Los Lonely Boys, coming from cantina and honky-tonk roots, arrive at Beaver Creek on Wednesday. SneakPEAK staff report.

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nown as Los Lonely Boys, the Texan rock n’ roll trio comprised of the Garza brothers takes the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Wednesday, April 3.

With Henry on guitar, JoJo on bass, Ringo on drums and all three contributing to vocals, the Grammy Award-winning Los Lonely Boys have sold millions of albums, opened for super groups including The Rolling Stones, and recorded with legends such as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana. Releasing their self-titled album in 2004, Los Lonely Boys went double platinum with their no. 1 radio hit “Heaven.” After eight years of heavy hitting seasons, Los Lonely Boys continue to bring the house down and have developed into what they have sometimes been referred to as “Los Lonely Men.” They are currently working on their fifth studio album. “We’re still Los Lonely Boys,” JoJo Garza insists. “We’re still family, we’re still three brothers, we’re still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that’s singing and playing for people who really want to listen.” Originally from the West Texas town of San Angelo, the Boy’s brand of Chicano power rock combines elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano. The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and more confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo “Melo” Torres. The brothers’ songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning num-

ber. And Henry Garza goes even beyond what Guitar World hails as being a “guitarist with chops…who doesn’t care about chops [and] just opens up and plays.” They are also joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards. “We are very excited to bring Los Lonely Boys to Beaver Creek,” says Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Per-

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Who: Texas rock trio Los Lonely Boys Where: The Vilar Center at Beaver Creek When: Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. How much: $53 at www.vilarpac.org

forming Arts Center. “The combination of Latin beats and ‘60s-style blues rock will grab your attention and leave you wanting more.” The group ran into a speed bump during their current nationwide headlining tour in early March when Henry Garza fell from the stage at the end of a Los Angeles-area concert and was briefly hospitalized. Now, the group is back on the road and will be playing at the Vilar Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $53 and can be purchased at www. vilarpac.org., by phone at 970-845-TIXS or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek. Also look for the upcoming shows at Beaver Creek: • Dark Star Orchestra - Thursday, March 28 - $46 • Elephant Revival – Thursday, April 4 - $30 • The Music of ABBA with Arrival From Sweden - Friday, April 5 - $58

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Models work the runway at last year’s fashion show. The annual spring event, organized by the Vail Valley Medical Centers Volunteer Corps, takes on a different theme each year. This year, get your toga on for My Big, Fabulous Greek Fashion Show and Luncheon. Billy Doran photo.

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n a town where ski boots are permissible footwear nearly everywhere and a statement might be which technical jacket you’re sporting, sometimes there isn’t much room for high fashion. But this weekend, the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Volunteer Corps gives the community something to doll up for at its annual fashion show fundraiser. This year’s event is ambitiously named, “My Big, Fabulous Greek Fashion Show and Luncheon,” and will feature Mediterranean food, togaclad staff and the latest in runway apparel. “It’s a rite of spring here,” event chair Anna-Maria Ray says. “It’s really a tradition in the Vail Valley for all the local ladies – and men, there are more men each year – to get dressed up and come and have a fun time with their friends.” The fundraising event enters its 26th year, going from a small designer rummage sale followed by lunch into a full-

What: My Big, Fabulous Greek Fashion Show and Luncheon – benefits the Sonnenalp Breast Center at the Shaw Cancer Center Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa When: Silent auction starts at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and show starts at noon. How much: Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 970-479-5131. More information: See www.vvmc.com.

on gala hosting 400 people. Volunteer Sandy Jarusco remembers the events 20 years ago, when organizers would collect secondhand designer duds from local ladies, hold a lunch and show, and then all the attendees would shop from the donated items. Over the years, the event has not only grown, but reached out beyond the valley and back again. For a few years, Neiman Marcus provided the clothing, but in recent years, organizers have returned to local roots. All clothing is provided by Vail’s Pepi’s Sports, food is provided by the Vail Marriott where the event is held, and all the makeup artists and hair stylists are local professionals. Most interestingly, all the runway models and actors in the production are local residents, so don’t be surprised to see your coworkers and neighbors on the catwalk. The 17 models, ages 20 to 72, have been practicing for weeks to perfect their runway presence. Don’t expect to see them wearing anything remotely resembling Gore-Tex, either – Ray describes the fashions on exhibit as colorful, flowing and feminine, worthy of a European vacation. Local trio the Fabulous Femmes will provide live music, and Ray promises many surprises in store for the audience. “We’re most excited that this has become more a producSneakPEAK editor Melanie Wong can be reached at tion than just a fashion show,” Ray says. “It used to be the Melanie@sneakpeakvail.com show and a chicken salad. Now it’s an afternoon of enter-

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tainment.” Proceeds from the fashion show go to the purchase of new tomosynthesis digital mammography equipment. Tomosynthesis provides a three-dimensional image of the breast, capturing breast tissue in 1-millimeter slices and allowing radiologists the ability to visualize breast tissue without overlapping images. This technology will bring Edward’s Sonnenalp Breast Center to the forefront of women’s imaging, and will boost the clinic’s early detection rate for breast cancer. The technology also allows women to see the test results immediately, instead of having to wait for their doctors to call them later. The new breast-imaging technique will make breast cancers easier to see in dense breast tissue, as well as make breast screening more comfortable for the patient. “It’s becoming the gold standard in mammography,” Jarusco says. Last year’s event and auction raised $50,000 for the hospital, and organizers hope to top that number this year. A week before the event, one frantic participant, worrying over her lines, awakened Ray at 6 a.m. Ray smiled and shook her head – this is nothing new, and typical for a large event that takes an entire year to pull off. Ray and Jarusco script, direct and produce the whole event, right down to tweaking ornate headdresses and helping the models get their runway strut just right. That’s really the best part, though, Ray claims. “The most fun is coming up with themes, the theatrics and the fine touches,” she says. “The most challenging is the massive amount of time it takes. It’s a 12-month job. We started planning this event two days after last year’s event ended.”

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Celebrate skiing’s past Ski Heritage Week, ski film fest come to Vail in April SneakPEAK staff report The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) and The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (HALL) will present the 2013 Skiing Heritage Week in Vail, Colorado from April 8 to 14. Since opening in 1962, Vail has witnessed many milestones in the growth of skiing and snowboarding, from competitions to on-mountain development. This year’s event, “50 Years of Mountain Fun and Memories,� is a special celebration of the 50th anniversary season of Vail. “We are so happy to bring this exceptional event to Vail,� says Bernie Weichsel, chairman of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. “Vail is where millions of skiers and snowboarders have experienced the joy and camaraderie of being in the mountains in the winter. We want locals and visitors alike to be part of this very special week of mountain fun and memories.� The weeklong gathering will be full of skiing and snowboarding, parties and entertainment, reunions, film viewings and more. The week’s highlight will be the Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 13, where six ski and snowboard legends will be inducted into the hall of fame. These inductees include: Wayne Wong, Jeremy Bloom, Kirsten Clark, Craig Kelly, Horst Abraham and Hans Geier. The evening will also include a special tribute to the “Pioneers of Professional Ski Racing.� A number of other events will take place throughout the week, including the third annual Ishpeming International Film Festival of classic ski films. The film festival is free and takes place Tuesday, April 10 through Friday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly at the Cascade Theatre in Cascade Village. As part of the festival, five classic films will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s “Snow

100.� These films include “Ski Champs: the Aspen 1950 FIS�, “The Mobius Flip�, “Fire on the Mountain� (the story of the 10th Mountain Division), “The Secret Race� and “The Times of Our Lives: 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships.� The award ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in the Cascade Theatre. The producers will be awarded a “Jerry,� a special honor presented in memory of Jerry Simon. On Friday evening at The Arrabelle in Lionshead, the ISHA will present its annual awards to ski writers and filmmakers. The films will be screened during the week at the Cascade Theatre and include: “Vail: The Rise of America’s Iconic Ski Resort� (produced and directed by Roger Brown) and “Passion For Snow — The Dartmouth Ski Legacy Story� (produced by Steve Waterhouse, Lisa Densmore and Rick Moulton). There will also be a special screening of three historical films. These include, “The Killy Challenge Race,� which was the precursor of all the pro tours that followed, John Kirschner’s “Call of the Mountains,� detailing 50 years of Vail’s Ski and Snowboard School, and Chuck Boone’s “Winter Equinox,� a free-wheeling look at professional freestyle skiing in its formative years. Tickets are required for all events except for the film festival, which is free. To see a schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit www.skihall.org/vail. Package tickets are available for a portion of the week’s events for $350 or for the entire week’s events (including all ISHA activities) for $595. Those coming for only a few days can choose from the “ala-carte� menu of ISHA events or just purchase Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tickets.

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Husband, father, assassin “The Iceman” director Ariel Vorman talks about the notorious hitman of his film fest favorite. Interviewed by Phil Lindeman.

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or more than two decades, Richard Kuklinski lived the American dream, with a loving wife, three children and a comfortable home in his native New Jersey.

the director on a bustling day in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles to talk about his filmmaking style, Kuklinski’s troubling reputation and why he didn’t want to imitate “The Godfather.”

SneakPEAK: The Vail Film Festival is the fourth high-profile screening for “The Iceman.” Why come to Vail when you’ve already secured a national release? Ariel Vroman: That release date came after those first three festivals, so that was good, But the white picket fence couldn’t hide Kuklinski’s role as a ruthless hitman for East but I had already screened a film in Colorado at Telluride, and it got such a good response Coast mafia families. By the time he was arrested in late 1986, he had killed an estimated that we knew Colorado was a great place to return to. The big challenge with this film was 100 people – perhaps more – and his family-man persona was shattered. seeing how long the audience could deal with a dark, extreme movie and character, but I was Kuklinski’s double life is equal parts sickening and alluring, and Israeli-born writer/direc- very surprised to see that people would empathize with him. tor Ariel Vroman brings that juxtaposition to the fore in “The Iceman,” a fictionalization of Kuklinski’s life based on several biographies and HBO documentaries. SP: Kuklinski’s life was pretty audacious, even for a hitman. What details shocked you In 10 years as a filmmaker, Vroman’s work has been eclectic, ranging from road-trip dra- the most when you first heard his story? mas (2005’s “Rx”) to supernatural thrillers (2006’s “Danika”). But his keen eye and sense AV: The general ability he had to divert himself from what he did. He woke up in the of character tie each project together, and he’s attracted respected actors like James Franco, morning, took his kids to school, was a consummate family man, and then he would go and Colin Hanks, Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder. kill people. He was a very gruesome man during the day, only to go and eat supper. The “The Iceman” is Vroman’s third and most refined full-length feature, a gangster story that duality was incredible to me – how do you function that way for 22 years without cracking? manages to find humanity in a cold, amoral hit man, played with pitch-perfect darkness by Everything he did on the outside helped him somehow maintain that balance, and it became Michael Shannon. After wowing crowds and critics at film festivals from Venice to Tellu- a central element for the film. ride, the small-budget production will be released nationwide this May. Thanks to Vroman’s fresh take on a stale genre, “The Iceman” comes to the Vail Film FesSP: Talk about your style of filmmaking. Do you like having a hand in all aspects of the tival as Friday night’s featured screening at Cinebistro in Vail Village. SneakPEAK caught production, or did this particular film just demand a higher degree of control?

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AV: It was a lot of work, but yes, I like to have all that control. It absolutely depends on the project – sometimes it is nice to come into a well-oiled machine – but this project became so personal for me. It was important to be able to tell the story I wanted to tell, and be able to stay true to that vision I originally had. Of course, being in the studio system would’ve made it difficult to move forward in that direction, but that’s the same with any sort of financier. SP: Onto other struggles – was it hard to balance creative storytelling with the film’s “true� elements? AV: Obviously, you have to take a lot of creative license because you weren’t there in the living room, but we wanted to base everything off what we saw in those (documentary) interviews. It was really interesting to see the interviews done with Richie’s wife, how conflicted she was and how oblivious she was. His daughters were the same, especially the older one. She loved her dad no matter what, and even when faced with all those horrible things he did, she couldn’t remove that connection. SP: Whether intentional or not, the movies have put gangsters on the same plane as rock stars – sort of the Tony Montana effect. With a story this sensational, did you have to tone down certain aspects of Kuklinski’s killings, or is violence a vital part of the film? AV: Well, I tried to tone it down by making sure we didn’t take a Francis Ford Coppola approach, where everything seems very cool and attractive. I wanted to show that violence with Kuklinski was a terrible, awful, life-altering thing. I hope I was able to create a connection between the viewer and the characters where you actually feel something, where the violence is a painful and not triumphant thing. SP: But you haven’t dealt much with graphic violence in past films. Were you worried about unintentionally glamorizing it? AV: There is no way to justify this violence – Kuklinski just didn’t feel any emotion when he was doing those things. And that’s the human drama: When we see a human being with flaws, we make the connection. Kuklinski grew up in a violent home and didn’t know anything else, so you grow that connection and level of empathy. You realize he wants to be like the rest of us, but just doesn’t know how.

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To celebrate the Vail Film Festival’s 10th anniversary in style, SneakPEAK parsed through the schedule to find the events you can’t miss. All screenings are $10, with tickets available at the venue 20 minutes beforehand. For other ticket info and a full schedule, visit www.vailfilmfestival.com. Thursday, March 28 - Opening night film and party, 7:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School The festival kicks off with the U.S. premiere of “Disconnect,� featuring a veteran cast led by Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgaard and Hope Davis. After the screening, head to The Lodge at Vail for the opening night party, where $65 buys unlimited Stella Artois, a Chipotle burrito bar and plenty of shop-talk with other film geeks. Saturday, March 30 - Shorts block 3, 10:30 a.m. (71 min.) at the Four Seasons Like student films, the four short blocks at the festival are a microcosm of fun and experimental cinema – not to mention a stellar value. It includes the premiere of “Second Kiss,� from award-winning director Robbie Norris, which tells the cringe-worthy story of two long-lost friends who hook up, fall asleep and share breakfast the next morning – with the family. The block also screens on Sunday at noon. Saturday, March 30 - “Climb to Glory – Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers,� 2 p.m. (45 min.) at Vail Mountain School “Climb to Glory� is a comprehensive look at the storied 10th Mountain Division, home to many of Vail’s early residents, including cofounders Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton.

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Even when dateless, the monthly brewmaster dinners at Vail Cascade are the valley’s best date night. By Phil Lindeman. marinara or downing Fireball shots isn’t for everyone on a first or second date. (Full disclosure: I’ve never visited an online dating site, but then again, I enjoy Adult Swim.) Before I sound like a complete shut-in, the Vail Valley is teeming with nontraditional date ideas – several thousand acres worth. But like Fireball, forcing a prospective date to bomb double-blacks might backfire messily, and sometimes, an old-fashioned wine-and-dine evening is the remedy. That is, if only “appreciating” wine didn’t feel like homework, and if only a gourmet meal for two didn’t range from expensive to grotesquely expensive. Cascade’s craft beer series brings in renowned brewAll this ephemera – match.com spots, dive-bar whiskey, ers to chat about their creations, while the hotel’s chef the haughty differences between Merlot and cabernet – unprepares carefully selected courses to pair with the consciously led me to the cozy, classy confines of Atwater beverages. At $25 per person, the events are perfect for a fun night out. Zach Mahone photo.

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on Gore Creek and what’s likely the best date night in the valley. Found at the Vail Cascade Resort just west of Lionshead, Atwater hosts monthly brewmaster dinners during the winter and summer seasons. The dinners are a cornerstone of the Cascade’s relatively new push to become Vail’s craftbrew destination, a natural offshoot of the resort’s Big Beers festival in January and an ingenious way to showcase its beer-friendly kitchen. Dinner with the beer geniuses I like to think of myself as a beer enthusiast, and the

promise of four dishes, four beers and loads of hop-headed conversation for $25 (that’s not a typo) made me borderline giddy for the dinner. But as I drove to Vail on a sloppy and snowy Saturday, something still seemed off, like the whole evening could easily turn into one of those cringe-worthy dating commercials. The group setting didn’t help – attendees sit at one of several large tables in Atwater’s back dining room – and I found out too late that I could’ve brought a date. Granted, there appeared to be several groups of friends and a handful of solo diners, but it’s always a bit strange to be the intrusive loner, madly typing notes on my phone while others talk. Within minutes of taking my seat near the restaurant’s massive windows, my fears were more-or-less assuaged. I credit a portion of this to Rob Mullin, the brewmaster from Idaho’s Grand Teton Brewing Company and host for the evening. Mullin was a comfortable, welcoming presence, dressed in his alpine best - khaki pants and a denim buttonup. He skews to the “genius” side of the beer-lovers scale, and it was hypnotizing to get lost in the conversation he had with Atwater’s maestro, Executive Chef Todd Bemis. Between talk of bitterness and misplaced attention – Bemis believes too many brewers get caught making ultrahoppy brews, which overpower other flavors in the same way as hard liquor – the two beer geniuses gave insight on the underappreciated art of matching beers with food. It was nothing short of religious. “It often happens at a beer dinner that I find one pairing where serendipity kicks in,” says Mullin, a 23-year veteran of the brewing industry and host at dozens of pairing dinners across the country. “It’s really a magical sort of realization, to suddenly taste something I never picked up on in my own beer.” And that’s what the brewmaster dinners are at their gourmet yet low-key core: The bastard child of more respectable libation pairing, or at least it would seem to the uninitiated. Whereas wine relies on an intensely old-school set of knowl-

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Judging by the crowd gathered in the bar and on the patio during a recent Friday afternoon at The 10th, a restaurant located at the top of Vail’s Gondola One at Mid-Vail, quite a few skiers and riders have discovered that for themselves. If you can’t decide where to roam after skiing, or if you want to avoid the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that aren’t uncommon in base-area restaurants after the lifts stop running, The 10th is a good option for socializing over post-skiing drinks. There’s never been a shortage of good food at the resort, ranging from gourmet eats at Game Creek Club to the quick comfort food of Two Elk Lodge, but The 10th, the mountain’s newest restaurant, now has new options for hungry, cold skiers fresh off the slopes. Thursday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., The 10th’s après menu offers shareable dishes, drinks and live music in the bar area. On Thursdays and Fridays, local singer-songwriters such as Brendan McKinney (who also croons for crowds at the Red Lion, another popular post-skiing haunt) set an easy-going vibe at the bustling location. The atmosphere gets slightly more raucous on Saturdays, with a DJ spinning tables. You can cozy up by the dining-room fire, or sit outside (don’t worry, the tables are heated) and watch skiers coming down Look Ma. “We started après this season, with the idea being a slightly more upscale, on-mountain après,” The 10th General Manager Jennifer Mejia says. “We try to create a more relaxing, end-of-the-day feel.” Refined but relaxed For the uninitiated, après ski is the traditional social hour that starts up as soon as skiing ends, and an obligatory part is getting a drink in your ski boots. The 10th offers everything from cocktails to Colorado beer. The B, B & B – a bacon-infused Bloody Mary – is a

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consistent bestseller, along with other libations like the True South, a not-too-sweet cocktail of bourbon and lemonade. Also on hand is one of our favorite spring wines, the Brut Rosé Scarpetta, a refreshing and light sparkling wine with notes of grapefruit. Celebrating a birthday or clearing your first cornice? Try a $15 glass of Vueve Clicquot champagne or Jordan Cabernet. Not drinking? Go with the hot chocolate and donuts, a sweet mug of cocoa topped with a pillow of whipped cream and marshmallows, and served with pumpkin brioche bites of fried dough. Keep in mind that The 10th is no dive bar, so you’ll get higher-than-average prices. However, the après specials do have some great value options. The $16 beer or wine flights allow you to try a selection of drinks and are perfect for two to share. The same goes for the food selection. The 10th’s specials actually provide surprisingly reasonable offerings, and the $10 après dishes are generously portioned and made to share. The restaurant’s traditional onion soup is a hearty choice if you’re hungry and frozen off the slopes. It forgoes the heavy cheese topping and instead replaces it with a large slab of

The Wild Thing pizza and truffle fries at The 10th. Susi Thurman photo. Probably the hands-down best après pick is the truffle fries, fat and savory fries seasoned with sea salt and truffle oil. They’re great to share with the table (although you won’t want to), and are so good you’ll wake up in the middle of the night craving them. Pizzas do well as a shared plate, but they’re sized well enough for a single meal. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, try the Wild Thing, topped with mushrooms, Brie, pecorino cheese and garlic. It’s a gourmet take on the Italian pie, although those who like their pizza cheesy and saucy might steer clear of this one.

Eagle-eye views at Bistro 14 Don’t forget Bistro 14 at Eagle’s Nest, either. At 10,350 feet, the family-friendly restaurant has incredible views of the surrounding peaks, including the 14,000-foot Mount of the Holy Cross, plus an enormous deck perfect for sunny The 10th is open for après ski Tuesday through spring days. Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (plan to leave From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, you can earlier if you want to ski down). get 25-percent off select appetizers, $3 domestic drafts and Truffle fries – Savory, addictive and portioned $5 wines. to share. ($10) You can also top off your day with one of the Bistro’s peThe True South – Lemonade and bourbon tite desserts. The sweet selections at Bistro 14 look incredmakes for a sweet-but-not-overwhelming cockible and taste even better, and could be considered the restail. ($16) taurant’s hidden treasure. Wine flights – Take your pick of three wines, or let your sommelier introduce you to some After a day of skiing with the kids, grab a few appetizer new vinos. Just right to split between two peodishes and hot chocolate at the Bistro before heading back ple. ($16) out for a tubing session on Adventure Ridge. Or, if you’re done being outside for the day, kick back and catch the game on the Bistro’s big-screen TVs and take the gondola back down when you’re ready to call it a day. crouton, hiding meaty slices of mushrooms and onions unSneakPEAK editor Melanie Wong can be reached at derneath. Melanie@sneakpeakvail.com

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Sparking a revolution Youth Foundation program brings “Girl Rising” film to Beaver Creek. By Melanie Wong.

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here is a scene in the film “Girl Rising” where Wadley, an elementary-aged girl from Haiti, stands up in front of her entire class and looks steadily back at her teacher, who has tried to send her away from the boys-only classroom.

Senna, a Peruvian girl, is among nine girls battling for an education in the film “Girl Rising,” showing at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center on April 2. Philippe Bouchard photo. “Even if you send me away, I will come back every day until I can stay,” Wadley says who rises from life in the garbage dump at Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student earnestly, not budging from her spot at the weathered bench. and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude The teacher thinks for a moment, nods in resignation, and Wadley sits down, a wide, tri- in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” umphant grin breaking out on her little face. whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired Wadley’s is one of nine real stories told in “Girl Rising,” a film from Academy Award- with a renowned writer from her native country. nominated director Richard E. Robbins, and the point of the movie is that she is far from alone. The film, released on March 7 and set to screen at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center on Tuesday, April 2, is the centerpiece of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls. According to 10x10, 66 million school-age girls around the world are not in school. What: A screening of the film “Girl Rising” The idea is that educating a girl can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. In the Where: Vilar Center, Beaver Creek movie, the girls are denied educations by obstacles such as early or forced marriage, doWhen: April 2 at 6:30 p.m. How much: $20 at www.vilarpac.org, $25 at the door. mestic slavery, sex trafficking, discrimination, lack of access to health care and school fees. More info: Film is rated PG-13. See the trailer at: http://10x10act.org/girl. “The job of the film is to change minds,” director Robbins says in an interview for 10x10. “If we can convince our audience that educating girls works, that girls matter, and that the situation out there in the developing world is one we can really affect – that’s a huge step.” It’s a bit unusual for a movie to be a fundraiser, but that’s exactly what “Girl Rising” • Worldwide right now, 66 million school-age girls are not in school is. Groups and individuals can help spread the film to the public by hosting showings. A • 496 million girls over age 15 cannot read or write. portion of the proceeds from these events goes toward organizations around the world that • There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school worldwide.

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Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams, tells her story in “Girl Rising.” Kiran Reddy photo.

• An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. • When the number of its girls attending school increases by 10 percent, a country’s GDP increases by 3 percent. Source: 10x10act.org

“The final selection of each girl was made by the writer who helped tell her story,” Robbins says. “To us the whole idea was that we wanted our audience to hear a story from the girl’s point of view, so the story had to be crafted by someone who understood the girl’s situation better than I could.” The stories are narrated by well-known actresses: Cate Blanchett for Haiti, Priyanka Chopra for India, Selena Gomez for Sierra Leone, Anne Hathaway for Afghanistan, Salma Hayek for Peru, Alicia Keys for Cambodia, Chloë Moretz for Egypt, Meryl Streep for Ethiopia and Kerry Washington for Nepal. The filming for the movie took place in the girls’ hometowns – tent camps in Haiti, at 17,000 feet in Peru and on crowded streets in Calcutta. Robbins, who worked with former ABC News journalists and Vulcan Productions to produce the film, says the experience was advocate for girls and women. Locally, the Youth Foundation’s Girl PowHER program hosts even more challenging than working in war zones. the screening. To date, more than 550 benefit screenings have already been held across the “Every time our energy flagged or we had problems on the production, we only needed to country. glance over at the girl whose story we were telling and everything seemed possible,” Robbins remembers. “They never felt sorry for themselves. They have boundless energy and Giving them a voice optimism. They work harder than me… and I work pretty hard.” The nine protagonists of “Girl Rising” were chosen from among thousands with similar [See GIRL RISING, page 28] stories – all girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It follow girls like Sokha, an orphan

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Local artist keeps it cool as ice World-renowned sculptor Scott Rella eyes the next big thing By Phil Lindeman Scott Rella isn’t one to settle for half measures. Over the past three decades, the New York native has been a leading name in the ice-sculpting industry. By most accounts, he essentially invented the industry – a competitor opened its doors the same month in 1981 – beginning with an East Coast outfit, Ice Sculpture Designs. After selling the business, he came to Colorado and opened Aspen Vail Ice out of a garage-based studio in Avon’s Wildridge neighborhood. Yet on a blustery afternoon in mid-March, just steps from his million-dollar sculpting studio, Rella is hardly concerned with blocks of frozen water. He’s more worried about the muddy, snow-covered hole buttressing his house. It’ll eventually be a garden, but the formally trained artist can’t quite decide on an aesthetically pleasing spot for the surrounding fence. “Julie came home one day, and I was sitting in a bulldozer, just digging this whole thing up, and she was like, ‘What the f***?’� Rella laughs while quoting his wife, Julie Norberg. “This was supposed to be a little garden, but of course, I couldn’t help myself.� Even when talking about plants and fences, Rella conveys an almost exhausting kind of energy. He’s foul-mouthed and funny – he jokes about growing marijuana next to the tomatoes and carrots – and is almost always armed with an anecdote from decades as a globetrotting ice sculptor. Rella talks about performing with the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, only to switch gears once more and describe the process of building a two-story Thor sculpture for the Lillehammer Olympics – in negative-20 degree weather, no less. The jaw-dropping piece earned him an invite to the Salt Lake City games eight years later, as well as numerous TV spots on David Letterman, Food Network and “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!� And then it’s back to the fence. “This will be so cool when it’s finished,� Rella says. “The

Known as the “IceMan� who brought the ice industry to the Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys in Colorado, Scott Rella, pictured with daughter Ellie, is well known for his sculptures. He works all over the world, but has offices in Avon. Zach Mahone.

deer would destroy things without a fence. But it can work, carved ice for an event, they visit the site, find their city and are taken directly to one of Rella’s handpicked associates. In you know?� return, the company collects membership fees and promotes in national magazines. New business, same vision “This has really been Scott’s vision more than anything,� Along with the garden, Rella’s mind is wrapped around icesculpture.com, his latest venture and likely the best fit for Norberg says. “Scott really is an icon in the industry. People his talents. It’s a worldwide marketing group, comprised of know who he is, and he has the experience and charisma to 30 affiliate companies all nestled under the website name. sell his ideas. It’s a rare find to have that all wrapped in one, [See ICE SCULPTOR, page 19] When party planners or PR firms or complete strangers need

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Chasing titles

Battle Mountain’s track and field girls are capitalizing on standout talent to recapture league championship. By John O’Neill

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he Battle Mountain High School (BMHS) girl’s track and field team has already completed two meets this season showcasing their strength, speed and stamina across the event board.

(l-r) Junior Val Constein, Senior Mandy Ortiz and Junior Sydney Gaylord, distance specialists for Battle Mountain High School’s track and field team, hope to lead the squad to another championship this season. Kent Pettit photo.

footed Tatia Lopez. “She (Matarese) is coming off a labrum surgery,” Parish says. “She has worked really The back-to-back league champions return to the 2013 season hoping to three-peat their hard to get back, get healthy and be fit. She is looking good for the season.” league championships and qualify as many girls for the state meet as possible. Despite solid Throws remain a tough area for the Huskies. Parish looks to Jess Cuomo and Ali Teague early season results at meets in Rifle and Grand Junction, the Huskies have a lot of ground to to improve in the ring to pick up more points for the team. make up if they want to realize their goal of another championship at the end of the season. “The girls lost some big names off of last year’s roster,” says head coach Rob Parish. Heavy hitters “Girls like Izzy Courtois, Brooke White and Bailey Garton. They were big-time point scorThen there is distance. The Huskies are known as a powerhouse distance team not only in ers at the league meet.” the league, but also in the state. This year their chances in the 800-meter through mile open The girls, who still maintain a core group of standouts, will rely on maturing a young and distance relay disciplines are looking as strong as ever for the ladies. freshman and sophomore group to fill in the gaps, especially in the non-distance disciplines The distance squad is anchored by three athletes who are familiar with the pressures of of sprints, jumps and throws. high competition, front running and crossing the finish line first: Senior Mandy Ortiz, and “There is a pretty strong group of sophomores to fill in where a lot of those kids have left juniors Val Constein and Sydney Gaylord. gaps,” Parish says. “We are counting on them to make big gains as the season moves along.” “Our distance team is strong. The front-end is heavy with talent and work ethic and we continue to get deeper from there,” Parish says. “The team is strong, but for all intensive Jump, hurdle, sprint purposes, those three (Ortiz, Constein and Gaylord) have been the most dominant. They are As with any track team, there are many pieces from a variety of disciplines that must go the girls that go out and win.” together in order to achieve a high team finish. Points are accumulated from the first to the Ortiz, Gaylord and Constein have four consecutive team league titles to their names aleighth finisher in all events in descending order from 10 points to one point. The team with ready; back-to-back in track and the same in cross-country. the highest score at the end of the meet wins. “They’ve been to the front of races and seen their teams win year after year,” Parish says. In the jumps, Molly Childers returns for the Huskies in the pole vault. Childers is a senior “They’ve led their crew through all of that. That is important.” and multiple-time state qualifier and points contributor in the event. Ortiz, the senior, will focus on the mile and two mile, but will also run on the team’s 4 x “Molly (Childers) is the biggest stand out in the jumps crew,” Parish says. “She set the 800-meter relay. Parish describes her as the “heavy hitter,” currently ranked fourth in the school record and vaults well. We haven’t vaulted her yet this season in competition, but she state in both the mile and two mile. will be a big factor in points for us.” “I’m really excited about the season,” Ortiz says. “I think it is going to take dedication Expect Childers to also compete well in the 100-meter hurdles and the sprint relays. High from everyone on the team to win another league title, people in every event working hard jumpers Logan Carlson and Sophia Calabrese will also be competing in the jumps, and Par- and pushing themselves. So far, the team is looking good.” ish says the two will play a big part in securing points for the team. Next are the juniors, Gaylord and Constein. With former sprints coach Jeff Krumlauf gone to the Front Range, Josh Keppeler comes Constein came on to the scene last year as a strong contender in almost every event she from Rifle to take over the speed component for the Huskies. Keppeler brings experience entered, including the triple jump. This year she will focus primarily on the 800 and the from the rival Rifle High School, a program that typically sends multiple sprinters to the mile. She is coming off a stellar end to her cross-country season, when she finished as the state meet. Huskies top girl at the state meet in fifth. [See TRACK AND FIELD, page 26] In the sprints, Katie Matarese comes back as the team’s top sprinter, joined by the fleet-

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A hidden terrain park, discovered “Members-only” backyard rail collection gains attention By Michael Suleiman Ten feet outside Ryan Bregante’s back door sits a terrain park packed with rails, a quarterpipe and a wall ride. The park, or the yard, whichever you prefer to call it, is dubbed Hoodward, and is quickly becoming known as one of the best terrain parks in the Vail Valley. The thing is, the lucky guys whose back door this is need no bus ride to the mountain. There are no season passes required, no lift lines, and you can casually sip a beer while you hit a few rails. Don’t grab your gear and head out the door quite yet. In order to hit the secret backyard setup, an invitation is required, and they aren’t handed out daily. In order to hit this underground terrain park, you have to know someone who has been there before.

There aren’t too many rules at underground terrain park Hoodward. You don’t need a ski pass and there are no lift lines all you need is an invitation. Ryan Bregante photo

The ever-evolving park Hoodward has been in the same location for over a decade and was originally started by a few members of the company Ink Monster. The original park, designed 15 years ago, was essentially a junkyard with a broken down car that served as a rail feature, barbed wire and random logs strewn about. The park has since evolved, and Hoodward’s current maintenance crew assures that its continued growth and creativity factor will remain high. “In the beginning, the original people who hit the setup were probably just bored and said, ‘Let’s go ride our snowboard over the junked car in the backyard,’” says Bregante, one of Hoodward’s current facilitators. “We try to stay as creative as they were and come up with new setup ideas and new ways to get cool pictures. The place has really evolved since the beginning.” As a professional action sports photographer, Bregante adopted a motto for Hoodward – “If you build it, they will come.” And build he did. Bregante moved to the Hoodward house two years ago and quickly got to work building new features with his roommates. “It’s awesome to have a backyard setup where our friends and neighbors can come by and have a late-night rail session. There has been a lot of work put into the setup this year, and this season the park is better than ever,” says Bregante. The park’s moniker is meant to be purposely vague – Bregante says they like to keep some secrecy about its location. “It’s pretty cool to have a place that is sort of a members-only park. It is kind of like a more peaceful version of Fight Club, but instead of fighting together we are hitting rails together. The first rule about Hoodward is you don’t talk about Hoodward. Not really, though,” jokes Bregante.

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The features at Hoodward, a backyard terrain park, have been created from among discarded rails, innovative recycling and a whole lot of creativity. Ryan Bregante photo.

As designers and painters, Breganteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roommates have helped see the vision through just as much as anyone else. David Pleshaw, a former skate park designer, constructed Hoodwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterpipe earlier this season. The quarterpipe is almost two stories tall and shares a railing with the back deck of their house. A few local painters and roommate Mark Noll spent a great deal of time earlier this season painting and stenciling all of the features to give the setup the right look. Gathering the rails didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easily, but luckily the crew knew the right people. From generous donations by old park-crew members and friends of friends, the rail collection grew over the years. The backyard setup is now quite impressive with up rails, down rails, flat rails, a c-rail, boxes, a corrugated tube, the quarterpipe, and a new wall ride, which is essentially the side of a house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to maintain everything as well as possible because who knows where the next feature will come from,â&#x20AC;? says Bregante. Ride at your own risk Friends arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only individuals who drop in to the secret Hoodward park. With so many people stopping by, the park operates under the rule of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ride at your own risk.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Burton U.S. Open came here a few weeks ago, we had a ton of people come by including a few pros,â&#x20AC;? says Bregante. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we are going to have any official events or competitions just because of liability. I imagine that more features will be added as the years come. It would be awesome to see the Hoodward park keep growing and improving even when we are long gone, just like it has for the past fifteen years or so.â&#x20AC;? With hundreds of people talking about the secret setup, more and more people seem to be contacting the Hoodward crew to see if the lights will be flicking on for a late-night session. The park has been a true labor of love for the individuals who have contributed through the years. No one knows where are the current park visitors will be in the next few years, but for now Hoodward is the place to be. So, if you do know where the elusive park sits, next time you visit leave a few extra beers at the back door. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have put a lot of work into this place, but in no way can we take all the credit. So many people come up with great ideas and are willing to lend a hand to keep this place cool,â&#x20AC;? says Bregante. SneakPEAK writer MIchael Suleiman can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com

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Spring into action the right way

Your body on exercise, from five minutes in to six weeks out By Michael Suleiman

movements and activities,â&#x20AC;? says Wurth. Once prepared, the body is ready to be pushed. There is no Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lacking oxygen, your heart is pounding, your legs magic formula when it comes to aerobic exercise, but you are burning, and for some reason, you are grinning from ear can general expect certain things to happen over a certain to ear. amount of time. Some of these are apparent and some not Exercising is fundamental to a healthy body and mind, but so apparent. you probably already knew that. Whatever your fix, whether it be biking, running, skiing or even hiking, getting that The short-term benefits heart rate up has an incredible number of known and lesser Once you start aerobic activity, your body contracts large known associated benefits. It may not seem like it, but spring muscle groups rhythmically in your legs, core, torso and is here, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to nail down a reason or two for getting arms. Your heart begins to beat faster, to deliver oxygen to back on that bike. the muscles and and to carry away waste products such as We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all be experts in exercise and nutrition, as much lactic acid and carbon dioxide, says Wurth. as we would like to think we are. Luckily, there are a numSome not-so-obvious effects start taking place as well. ber of individuals in the Vail Valley who have deeply rooted â&#x20AC;&#x153;While exercising, the lymphatic system releases endorbackgrounds in planned movement and eating right, such as phins and natural painkillers that promote an increased sense Ski and Snowboard Club Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jake Wurth. of bliss,â&#x20AC;? Wurth explains. Wurthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise comes from a degree in exercise sciThis sense of bliss is the chemical foundation felt during ence, a background as a college baseball player and a stint a â&#x20AC;&#x153;runnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high.â&#x20AC;? at the world headquarters for the National Strength and ConWithin 20 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as ditioning Association (NSCA). He now resides in Vail and if a switch has been turned on, and your body will continue works as the director of strength and conditioning for Ski to burn fat for several hours afterward. So if you see those and Snowboard Club Vail where he is responsible for the charts about calories burned versus time on the bike, and the strength training for 200 full-time athletes. numbers seem woefully low, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get discouraged and think According to Wurth, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a right way to get into spring nothing is happening. Your body is an efficient fat-burning cardio, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to jump right into it from out of your ski machine once you get it going. boots. According to Wurth, a few other benefits from a regular Those bold biking goals set from the middle of last sum- schedule of exercise are: an increased threshold for muscle mer may still be on your list come March, but enthusiasm fatigue, improved cognitive functioning, relieved symptoms often gets the best of us as the seasons change. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important of depression and improved sleep. Exercise has even been to ease back into an aerobic sport this spring. proven to help protect from developing certain cancers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before beginning a new season of activity, the body needs to recover and prepare. Once you have recovered, a strength The post-exercise benefits program is the next step in keeping your body healthy and After a long run or bike ride, your body goes through a reducing the chance for injury. By participating in strength reactionary recovery process. The body continues craving training, you will build the muscles, ligaments and tendons oxygen or goes into a state of â&#x20AC;&#x153;oxygen debt.â&#x20AC;? This is the best around the joints protecting them from the stress of new [See SPRING EXERCISE, page 25]

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palettes for living ice blocks weighing several tons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but reminisce about what couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been. After selling Ice Sculpture Designs and moving to Colorado, he intended to retire from the competition and live solely off large-scale events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one was doing what we were doing. For the longest time, if someone wanted a swan at a restaurant in California, they called us,â&#x20AC;? Rella says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were just paying us to do dumb s***, like freeze a Dodge and carve a block of ice around it. They were just throwing money around. No one asked how much â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they just gave us what we had in their budget, and we were more than happy to take it.â&#x20AC;? Beneath the bemusement, Rella hides a touch of melancholy. His garage was the home of Aspen Vail Ice, the selfbuilt outfit he left on bitter terms in 2010, when he accused a former employee of stealing clients and domain names. Before then, his plan was to relocate and slowly transition everything to the employee. All this happened in the midst of the national recession, when transparently indulgent professions like ice sculpting took a major financial hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(My employee) was like a brother to me. He was this cool, chill, California surfer guy, so of course I was going to trust him,â&#x20AC;? Rella says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But everything that happened with (him) totally lit a fire under my ass. I ended up pouring another hundred grand into this studio, and I even started competing again with the Avon event.â&#x20AC;? Norberg witnessed the identity-theft issues at Aspen Vail Ice. As Rellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife and closest business partner, she took over the role of mediator, and with trademark restraint, she became the yin to her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we all evolve no matter what, so whatever we started out as will change,â&#x20AC;? Norberg says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already expanding and moving beyond Colorado. Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a small organization, we all wear so many hats, but what we come up with is so much larger than where we are now.â&#x20AC;? Small or no, Rellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for icesculpture.com are outsized. He gives the example of a recent Coors branding event, during which he and his affiliates used a computerguided carving system to sketch, design and craft pitchperfect ice bars, and unveil them all at 37 different venues across the country. These massive undertakings still fit comfortably with Rellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more personal work, like the slot machine he just

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Scott Rellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work was featured in Nottingham Park this February at the Fire and Ice festival. Photo by Vance Feast. finished for longtime partner the Vail Valley Foundation. As he poses next to the machine with his young daughter, Ellie, recent worries fall visibly away. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in his element, and when Ellie leaves the studio for a bath, he turns once more to the unfinished garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it so much,â&#x20AC;? Rella says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A fence is a fence is a fence.â&#x20AC;? SneakPEAK writer Phil Lindeman can be reached at philip@sneakpeakvail.com

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Bike bedlam in Eagle Cult Cross cyclocross race kicks off spring season By Laura Lieff After a two-year hiatus, Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only spring cyclocross race, Cult Cross, returns March 31 to the Eagle County Fairgrounds for its fourth edition. Blending road biking and mountain biking, cyclocross races consist of blazing laps around a course that features asphalt, grass, dirt, sand, mud, barriers and other obstacles. Due to the technical nature of the courses, there are always sections that require riders to dismount, carry their bikes while navigating the obstruction and then remount. Described as a grassroots event, Cult Cross is the brainchild of promoter and former racer Larry Grossman, who brought the Town of Eagle on board as the presenting sponsor and with nearly $2,000 in cash prize on the line. While Grossman only races occasionally these days, he used to drive to the Front Range every weekend for many years to race because â&#x20AC;&#x153;that was the only game in town.â&#x20AC;? He remembers seeing his first race with friend and Mountain Pedaler owner Charlie Brown years ago, and was immediately hooked. Since then, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a competitor, race organizer and race announcer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started Cult Cross because I love the discipline of cyclocross racing and wanted to bring it to the local race scene,â&#x20AC;? Grossman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a day full of fun and tough racing on a unique course at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.â&#x20AC;? Taking place along the scenic Eagle River, the event features seven race categories - 18 and under, beginners and first timers, sport and recreation level, fat bike and single speed, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clydesdale Championship, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite. Starting at 10 a.m. and ending around 4 p.m., the races will be between 30 and 60 minutes in length. Nothing easy about cyclocross According to local pro Jake Wells, cyclocross is a sport unlike any other, and there is no such thing as an easy cyclocross race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyclocross is often referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;steeplechase of cycling,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Wells says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I migrated to â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cross from mountain biking and have now been racing for about eight years, seven of those years at the elite level. Initially cyclocross was just something fun to do during the fall after the mountain bike season was over and before ski season started, but now it has become my primary focus on the bike.â&#x20AC;? Because cyclocross typically begins in the fall, Wells spends most of the summer road racing and mountain bike racing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me it helps build endurance and fitness and keeps the training fun,â&#x20AC;? says Wells, who is also a personal trainer at Dogma Athletica and a private coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I get closer

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to the beginning of the season, I start doing more specific training that addresses the exact demands of a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cross race.â&#x20AC;? Those exact demands include all-out sprints, leaping over barriers, pedaling through sand and dirt and hopping obstacles on tires just a bit wider than those on your average road bike. Cyclocross season usually starts in mid-September and runs through mid-January, during which Wells typically races between 20 and 30 events. Something different One aspect that sets cyclocross apart from other bike races is the availability of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pit crewâ&#x20AC;? for competitors. According to Wells, pitting is all part of the game and can determine the outcome of a race. Depending on the level of the race, Wells will have a spare bike and someone in the pit to get him a clean bike and take care of any mechanical issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the local races I usually just put a spare bike in there to grab if I need it or have a friend help me,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the best pit crew is my wife. She races â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cross too and has been helping me for years, so she knows the drill.â&#x20AC;? Wells says he is looking forward to Cult Cross because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique race in the fact that takes place in the spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larry Grossman always puts a good fun event, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a good core group of people that come out for it,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of the unofficial kick-off to cycling season here in the valley, and I know that LG has put a lot of hard work and effort into getting more sponsors on board and pumping up the event. In return I hope that more folks come out to participate and spectate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to spend the day.â&#x20AC;?

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for the first time while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cult Cross is a very fun and grassroots event and everyone is welcome,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are curious about the sport and do not own a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bike, come out and try it on your mountain bike. The crowd is super fun, and the vibe is the best you will find at a bike race.â&#x20AC;? For more information on Cult Cross, visit cultcross2008. blogspot.com.

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SPRING EXERCISE –––––––––––––––––– time to stretch. “Extra oxygen is required to help break down the lactic acid. This is one reason you should stretch immediately after a workout. Stretching allows your muscles to release lactic acid and helps get oxygen back to them more quickly,” says Wurth. “It also replenishes the oxygen that you use from other systems of the body. Paying back your oxygen debt helps your body return to its normal state, during which your muscles begin to heal for your next workout.” This is why the body continues to burn calories immediately after a run, hike, or any other aerobic exercise. Essentially, the body goes into a higher state of oxygen debt the more intense the exercise. Once the body is in that state, your metabolic rate goes up, and thus more calories are burned throughout the day. Studies are being done that indicate that conscious breathing can help bring the body back to homeostasis more quickly.

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ing on your nutritional habits, your friends and family will see them within a couple of weeks. Everyone else will see a change in roughly four weeks. Human adaptation is four to six weeks, so if you are not mixing things up on a regular basis you will plateau pretty quickly,” says Wurth. With more exercise comes a lower resting heart rate, a higher lung capacity, and more released endorphins, all of which make the body feel strong, relaxed and happy. The body naturally adapts and grows from continued exercise from different activities. Nordic skiers, for example, have one of the highest oxygen uptakes out of any athlete. Find the exercise that works for you. There is something enjoyable out there for everyone. So whether it’s climbing that gets you high, or running, biking or yoga, hold on to that feeling and stay active.

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TRACK AND FIELD –––––––––––––––––– “Throughout cross country, we were trying to get over injuries and little mental barriers,” Constein says. “At the end of cross (country) we figured things out, but then the season was over. Right now we are picking up right where we left off. I hope we can keep that throughout the entire season.” Gaylord showed up as a nice surprise for the Huskies her freshman year as a one-mile and two-mile specialist, but dealt with a string of injuries during her sophomore season that may have cost her the results she would have liked. This year, though, she is back in full health and strength. “I’m feeling really good and really confident in myself and the team,” Gaylord says. “Everything is healthy, and the team so far is looking really strong. I am excited to see where the season goes.” Together the three have pushed through a heavy winter of training to come into the season prepared. “It is really great to have both of them (Constein and Gaylord),” Ortiz says. “I couldn’t do it without them. It is almost

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impossible to run hard workouts at your best if you don’t have someone there pushing you.” In addition to the three “heavy hitters” for the Huskies, there are a slew of girls to stack races with -- girls like Christina Shearon, who has stepped up in recent weeks to showcase strong race potential for the year. The list of accomplishments from the distance team is enough to paper a room twice over, but Parish compliments the team on one major achievement: creating a culture of winning. “There is a culture amongst this group that makes it all about winning,” Parish says. “They work hard. More than any group, they do what it takes in the off-season to do well during the race season. Every individual brings that to the group to create something that is continually strong.” SneakPEAK writer John O’Neill can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com

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edge – know this region, know that grape – beer seems more off-the-cuff, a new and punk-infused addition to the foodie world. Bemis and his crew approach such untraditional dinners as true gourmands, working backwards by first selecting beers, then crafting a dish around the distinct flavors – say, hazelnut for Grand Teton’s Extra Special Brown, or butterscotch with the Pursuit of Hoppiness IRA. Good luck finding a wine pairing that does the same, much less for $25 a head. “The truth is, beer predates wine with food – it’s been happening longer, but along the way, the idea was lost that it can be served with the finest food,” Mullin tells me. “We’re just now rediscovering something that was lost several hundred years ago.”

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ter IPA. “When they have something I would go and buy on my own, it’s practically heaven.” After the first few plates and glasses of beer – pairing the Bitch Creek ESB with crispy veal sweetbreads, a puttanesca sauce and hazelnut brown butter showcased that serendipity Mullin mused over – the conversation became more carefree. Beer just seems to invite friendliness – there’s a reason it’s the drink of choice at backyard barbecues. Like myself, Reigel came alone, and he took equal pleasure in talking the intricacies of food and Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.” If Mullin and Bemis were the official hosts, the energetic Reigel became de facto entertainer at our table. As we dug into dessert – an impossibly moist pretzel bread pudding covered in salted butterscotch and candied bacon, paired with the Pursuit of Hoppiness IRA – Bemis explained how the brewmaster dinners are wholly experimental, and for every dish that surprises, another disappoints. With that, the chef inadvertently gave me the best piece of dating advice in a long time. The dinner was more than beer and hot wings, the food equivalent of a one-night stand; for better and worse, it was an experience, and one I’d be more than willing to share with a Coors Light lover or hard-core wino. And who knows? Maybe we’d bond over pale ales and Adult Swim. Like good beer and dumb TV, sublime company has a way of curing insomnia.

Beer, with a side of company And then I met my dining companions: Craig Reigel, an on-and-off local for three decades; and Aaron Parmet and Amber Moran, a couple from Summit County. All three had attended the brewmaster dinners before, and all three were quick to say they’re a highlight of the month. I expected us to talk about beer – shared interest is another boon for my best-date claim – but Parmet and Moran showed just how intricate even simple concepts can be. Despite Bemis’ wariness about over-hopped brews, he picked three of Grand Teton’s more bitter offerings for dinner, and Parmet was a bit uneasy. “The incredible thing is that they can take a beer style I wouldn’t even like, and when the chefs get their hands on it, they create something unexpected,” Parmet says, noting SneakPEAK writer Phil Lindeman can be reached at Moran is his exact opposite palate-wise as they both lauded the opening dish of teriyaki salmon belly with a slightly bit- philip@sneakpeakvail.com

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SSCV athlete River Radamus claimed the win in the first event of the championships. U14 racer Colby Lange crushed the competition winning his age class and placing fifth overall. Lange was in fact the only U14 racer to place in the top ten during the giant slalom race. Following Lange was SSCVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sands Simonton in sixth, and Logan Martin in ninth. On the ladies side, Rachael Desrochers placed second overall, winning her U16 age division. Following Desrochers was Skylar Chaney in fourth and Sasha Horn in seventh. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slalom went incredibly well for the local SSCV skiers with a U16 podium sweep. Jack Keane took second place overall and first for the U16 boys. In fourth overall, and second for the U16 boys, was Paul Cuthbertson. Following Cuthbertson was Quintin Cook in fifth overall, third for the U16 boys, and Simonton in sixth. Rounding out the top ten was Colbey Derwin in 10th.

The girls had solid results in the slalom race as well. Desrochers placed first for the U16 girls and third overall. Heidi Livran had a great race placing seventh with Camilla Trapness close behind in ninth. The parallel slalom event wrapped up the third and final day for the SSCV crew. Simonton placed second in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parallel slalom, followed by Luke Vickerman in third. On the girls side, Desrochers and Livran skied well yet again with Desrochers in second and Livran in third. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wrap for the USSA Smartwool Series, but training isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over for many of these athletes. In order to stay on top and progress, many of these skiers will continue training and competing until the middle of April and even through the summer. So keep a sharp lookout for these skiers for the remainder of the season and in seasons to come.

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Em”PowHer”ing Eagle County girls Here in the Vail area, organizers at the Youth Foundation program Girl PowHER, a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, found the film a perfect fit for its mission. Girl PowHer provides programs for teenage girls that range from yoga, to hiking and biking, to mentorship, to community service. All are aimed at helping the girls gain confidence and self-esteem while staying engaged in school. Girl PowHer currently reaches about 100 girls at five middle schools in the county, coordinator Anne-Marie Desmond says. In just a couple years, the program has grown more popular in the area. The organization even introduced a pilot yoga and meditation program for middle school boys – and they loved it. Girls involved in the program are becoming more visible members of the community, helping build Habitat for Humanity homes and running food drives for the local food bank. Desmond says the theme of educating and empowering girls is a worldwide one, regardless of whether you live in Vail or Calcutta. She saw the film as a teachable moment for her girls. “I told them that it’s all a mindset. You wake up in the morning and run through the litany of to-do lists in your head, not thinking, ‘I get to do this, and look where we live,’” Desmond says. “I said, ‘You get to go to school, and there are many girls in the world who don’t have that opportunity and are clamoring for it.’ We’re just excited that Girl PowHer can bring films like this to the valley. It’s a privilege to be educated and get educated.” SneakPEAK editor Melanie Wong can be reached at Melanie@sneakpeakvail.com

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SneakSPORTS: Give me college ball

One fan prefers the beauty of NCAA sports and Cinderella stories Editor’s Note: Minturnbased sports fan Patrick Whitehurst writes for www. fanrag.com. Read his musings on the site or in SneakPEAK.

Let’s face it: Your bracket was never going to be perfect. College basketball is simply too unpredictable. The disparity of talent bePatrick Whitehurst tween the nation’s top teams and mid-major contenders can be offset by hot and cold shooting nights, an official’s judgment call that that goes the wrong way, or a bevy of mental and physical errors. Cinderella teams play a role in every NCAA tournament, but in the past several years, these darlings of March have become more prominent and even more unpredictable. The difference between a fifth seed and a 15th seed is so minimal today that there should literally be no odds-on or even single-game favorites. Georgetown had the pedigree, the McDonald’s All-Americans, and the power conference affiliation to destroy Florida Gulf Coast in the opening game. The problem was that nobody told FGCU they didn’t belong -- or maybe that’s all the Eagles heard leading up to the game and that served as motivation to seize their “one shining moment.” Look around the tournament and try to identify the best player or the next can’t-miss NBA prospect, and you will quickly determine that it’s nearly impossible. Perhaps the level of play does not have the quality of the past. Not a single player this year will approach the impact that Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony or Danny Manning displayed during their legendary tournament runs. This year could be the tournament where the viewing public is introduced to heroics from the next Lorenzo Charles, Keith Smart or Anderson Hunt. Does this lack of star power in college basketball diminish

your enjoyment of March Madness? I certainly hope not; I believe it’s fast becoming my favorite thing about the entire process. Ask kids (or adults alike) what the differences are between their favorite professional and college teams, and you’re likely to get similar responses. In professional sports, fans look at the names on the back of the jersey, whereas college sports revolve around the school colors and the programs on the front of the jersey. The most popular professional teams feature the most popular or best players. Everybody outside of Cleveland (they still hold a grudge against LeBron) or Boston (the Celtics players and fans fuel this budding rivalry) will say the Miami Heat are the most entertaining team to watch because of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Casual or rabid basketball fans aren’t clamoring to find out the final score or see highlights from a Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats game, but even the young lady at the makeup counter knows or has heard that Miami has won 27 straight contests. College sports have become more about the institutions and the team concept as facilitated by the head coaches than the individuals on the playing field, and that’s a great thing. There will always be programs that lure top players in because of television exposure and the potential to win a championship or turn pro after one season, but more young people want to be part of something today. Schools like Butler, Creighton and Wisconsin offer players a great education and a chance to compete on the national stage. Will these programs ever win a national championship in basketball?

Probably not, but their players will stay four years and the coaches will mold them into not only better players but also better people while making an impact on their lives. Sure Michigan State, Duke and Louisville land great basketball talent while having a legitimate chance at winning a championship each and every season, but it’s the team concept, campus traditions, and high-quality coaching staffs that keep players and fans coming back. The beauty of college sports is that not only are these student-athletes growing up before our very eyes, but that they make honest mistakes. Teachers, parents and coaches know that mistakes are inevitable, but they take joy in seeing their students, children and players learn from them and grow. The exuberance displayed by college coaches and players is unmatched on the professional level. I’ll never forget Jim Valvano running around the court looking for somebody to hug, and I always watch the nets being cut down. Every team has a chance once the whistle blows, every student athlete has a dream of hitting the winning shot, and every fan has the hope that maybe this is their time. The same can’t be said about professional sports. The NBA playoffs will begin soon, and there are only three or four teams that will challenge for the title. Cinderella stories are nice in Major League Baseball, but ultimately the teams that will be playing in October are the teams with the highest salaries. Do I think LaSalle and Florida Gulf Coast will meet in the finals on April 8? No, but it sure would be a great story.

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SneakPEAK staff reports Dark Star Orchestra resurrects Grateful Dead

Back by popular demand, Dark Star Orchestra returns to recreate historic Grateful Dead set lists with compelling accuracy in what has become a spring tradition in the Vail Valley. Each night, the band performs one show from the over 2,500 that the Grateful Dead originally performed during their 30-year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock. Dark Star Orchestra presents the complete original set list, song by song, and in order, with uncanny faithful interpretation. Precision is king with this group, who position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show they are performing. Dark Star Orchestra adapts their phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras in which they perform. At the end of every performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Rolling Stone Magazine describes them as, “Quite possibly the most talented and accomplished tribute band out there,” and The Chicago Tribune adds, “(They) recreate the Dead concert experience with uncanny verisimilitude. In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did.” Relive the Grateful Dead experience in full with Dark Star Orchestra on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. “We’ve had a few tribute and cover bands come through our hall, and Dark Star Orchestra stands out for performing at the highest level,” says Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “The vocals, the instrumentation, even the plot of the stage is planned out and perfectly executed… it’s an extraordinary thing to witness.” Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra are $46 and available on-

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The Dark Star Orchestra, pictured here at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, comes to Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center on Thursday, March 28. Bill Minkin photo. line at vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-TIXS or in person LeBlanc’s sculptures can be found on many college camat the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek. puses, including the buffalo outside Folsom Stadium at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His love of wildlife and Father, daughter hold art show in Vail exploring nature has led him to also become the host of a Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village host a father and daugh- television show, Browning Expeditions, in which he guides ter art show featuring new works by Colorado sculptor Ste- groups of people on hunts. While Renée Buller definitely inherited her father’s love phen LeBlanc and his daughter, painter Renée Buller. of nature and his artistic talent, after apprenticing under her For the two, artistic talent runs in the family. For Buller, father, she found her niche in painting rather than sculpture. it was impossible not to be exposed to nature and art with Buller photographs her encounters with wildlife in nature, LeBlanc as her father. He travels extensively throughout the and then recreates them later using oils on linen. world so that he can view animals in the natural environRenée Buller incorporates contrasting styles within her ments. LeBlanc’s bronzes expose a lifetime study of anatowildlife paintings. She takes the viewer from an impressionmy and a love of wildlife.


istic background to a nearly photo realistic subject. This allows the viewer to focus in on the detail of the animal, and it adds a bit of whimsy to her work. The Stephen LeBlanc and RenĂŠe Buller art show takes place on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Cogswell Gallery is located on 223 Gore Creek Drive in Vail. For more information call 970-476-1769 or www.cogswellgallery.com.

New date for EVHS Fire and Ice Gala

The Eagle Valley High School Fire and Ice Gala, an annual fundraiser for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports, clubs and activities, will be held on Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gypsum Creek Golf Clubhouse. The night will feature cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 for individuals and $80 for couples. Tickets are available at the EVHS main office or can be purchased directly from Foundation representatives. Organizers say careful consideration was given to the new date to accommodate many of the activities going on at the school. Last year the funds raised by the silent auction went back to the sports, clubs, activities that secured each donation. The total amount raised totaled more than $15,000. Thanks to fundraising by the EVHS Foundation, the school has been able to complete several â&#x20AC;&#x153;legacyâ&#x20AC;? projects. The school completed the installation of a new $20,000 trophy case that now houses EVHS memorabilia from as far back as 1927. These pieces had sat in storage for years and are now on display for everyone to see. Additionally, the Foundation has been instrumental in getting the class composite pictures fixed and reframed so they can go back up in the old athletics hallway.

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Friday, March 29 MIKI art show in Vail MIKI is an abstract broze artist who uses circular imagery in his work, with each form mathematically calculated and precise, while also appearing minimalist and simple. MIKI, who hails from Mexico, has sold his work around the United States and as far as Singapore and Australia. The artist will be appearing at Artful Sol gallery in Vail from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See www. artfulsol.com for info.

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Thursday, March 28 Dark Star Orchestra at Vilar

One of the premiere Grateful Dead cover bands comes to Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $46 at www.vilarpac.org.

Thursday, March 28 Live music at Vail Ale House

Thursday night brings free, live music with String Board Theory. The group plays a unique, high-quality blend of super jammy, funky reggae and psychedelic rock, with a heavy electronic feel. Music starts at 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30 Friday, March 29 Segovian pig roast at The Leonora Lonesome Biscuit at Main St. Grill Leonora, Vail’s newest bistro, wine and tapas bar in The Sebastian hotel, hosts a Segovian pig roast every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon through April 13. Event will include live Latin jazz guitar, a sangria and mojito bar, plus a selection of tapas, crudo and ceviche, as well as craft beer and wine on the terrace outside of Leonora.

Friday, March 29 Family Friday Afternoon Club at Beaver Creek From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., enjoy music, snacks, games, and activities on McCoy’s deck, with special appearances by Riperoo, Snow Cats, and the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol. Event is free.

ter art show featuring new works by Colorado sculptor Stephen LeBlanc and his daughter, painter Renée Buller. The recently formed band, Lonesome Biscuit, is comprised The two will be at Cogswell from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. both of a group of music loving Eagle County locals. Band leader days. For more information call 970-476-1769 or www. Nick Kern (guitar and vocals) envisioned a rock ‘n’ roll/out- cogswellgallery.com. law country band from an early age. Now, backed by Patrick Padgett (drums), Chris Alexander (bass and vocals), Fred Saturday, March 30 Kessler (keyboards), Brent Gordon (sax) and Brian New- Live music at Vail Ale House bauer (lead guitar) the vision has been realized. Lonesome Polecat plays Americana, stomp grass and world music beBiscuit carries a versatile set list, ranging from Neil Young to ginning at 10 p.m. at the West Vail tavern. Steve Earl, Amos Lee to Grateful Dead and beyond. Music starts at 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 30 Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 Summer Camp and Activity Expo The local rec district presents its annual activity expo from Sculptor/painter art show in Vail 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WECMRD Fieldhouse. Parents Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village hosts a father-and-daugh-

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Sunday, March 31 Winter Farmers Market in Edwards

Come to the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards for the first annual winter farmers market, held weekly on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for fresh produce, storage fruit, eggs, jams, grass-fed meat, salmon, artisan food, prepared foods, bakery items and more.

Sunday, March 31 Cult Cross in Eagle

Cult Cross, a grassroots cyclocross race, returns to the Eagle County Fairgrounds. There are categories for beginners through elite. The action starts at 10 a.m. with the juniors, who race free. Entry for all other categories is $25 day of the race. No experience needed and cross or mountain bikes can race.

Tuesday, April 2 One Book, One Valley theater performance

Thr Vail Valley Theater Company holds a live performance centered around the public librariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; One Book, One Valley selection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Beautiful Northâ&#x20AC;? by Luis Alberto Urrea. Performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College campus.

Tuesday, April 2 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl Risingâ&#x20AC;? showing at the Vilar

The Youth Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girl PowHer program presents a film that tells the story of nine girls, born into unfortunate circumstances, struggling to get educations. Tickets are $20 presale at www.vilarpac.org. Film starts at 6:30 p.m. at Beaver Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vilar Center.

Wednesday, April 3 Los Lonely Boys at the Vilar

This Chicano power rock group comes from Texas to the Beaver Creek stage. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $53 at www.vilarpac.org.

Easter happenings Friday, March 29 Good Friday Services in Vail

The Vail Interfaith Chapel will have Episcopal Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and an interdenominational community service at noon, a Catholic service of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion and veneration of the cross at 3 p.m., and a joint Episcopal/Lutheran tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. See www.vailchapel.com for more info.

Saturday, March 30 Lionshead Easter Egg Hunt

Families and children ages 2 to 10 are invited to join the Vail Recreation District for its annual free Easter Egg Hunt taking in Lionshead. The hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. with a visit by the Easter Bunny, followed by a quest for prizes and eggs at 10 a.m. The event will be held rain, snow or shine and complimentary bags will be handed out to carry the eggs and prizes. Following the hunt, participants are encouraged to check out the Imagination Station, a thoughtful play space located on the second level of the Lionshead Welcome Center.

Saturday, March 30 Holy Saturday vigil in Vail

The Vail Chapel will hold an Episcopal Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m. For more info see www.vailchapel.com.

Saturday, March 30 Easter Eggstravaganza in Gypsum

From 10 a.m. to noon, families can enjoy a free breakfast, egg hunt, kid-friendly games and photo ops with the Easter bunny at the Lundgren Theater. Next door at the Gypsum Recreation Center, the ever-popular underwater egg hunt is for kids between 5 and 10 years old. The events take place at various times throughout the morning, so be sure to arrive early and stay until the end.

Sunday, March 31 Easter sunrise and day services on Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, March 31 at 6 a.m. at Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will begin operating at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead. Complimentary baked goods and beverages will be provided. In addition, there will be two afternoon Easter services scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and for 2:30 p.m. at Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest at Simonton Deck, also known as the Holy Cross observation deck. For the Easter sunrise service, the Town of Vail is offering free parking for vehicles that enter the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 9 a.m. Upon departure, attendees should inform the booth attendants they were at the service. For the sunrise service, the gondola ride is complimentary and guests are not permitted to bring skis or snowboards. A lift ticket or scenic ride ticket is required for the 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. service.

Saturday, March 30 Easter egg hunt in Eagle

Sunday, March 31 This family celebration is held at Eagle Town Park at Easter services in Vail 10 a.m. and boasts hundreds eggs, all filled with prizes and candy for kids under 10 years old. At the same time, older kids (up to 12 years old) can test their engineering skills with the annual Eggernaut competition.

Various free services will be held throughout the day at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. An Episcopal eucharist is at 8 a.m., the Lutheran eucharist is at 9:30 a.m., Presbyterian worship is at 11 a.m., and Catholic mass is at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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Regional American

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