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Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” at Vilar Center 11.29-11.30.2013

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Talking shop with Max Bervy of Warren Miller Entertainment before the Vilar Center premiere of “Ticket to Ride.” Interview by Phil Lindeman. For a large portion of the skiing public, Warren Miller’s annual film tour heralds the true start of ski season. Sure, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin briefly make headlines each October with their wintery version of an arms race. But the lush, gorgeous images captured by the Warren Miller team are far more exhilarating than laps on a ribbon of death. The production crew’s latest feature, “Ticket to Ride,” comes to the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek just a few days after the resort opened for winter. As usual, it features the crème de le crème of the snowsports world: Boardercross champ Seth Wescott, Olympic combined medalist Ted Ligety, Aspen-based halfpipe vixen Gretchen Blieler, Vail local and regular collaborator Chris Anthony. Then there are the locales, from big-mountain lines in Valdez, Alaska to the sketchy, untracked cornices of Kazakhstan. But namedropping means little without a magician behind the lens, and that’s where Max Bervy comes in. The longtime Warren Miller director (“Freeriders,” “Endless Winter” and “White Magic,” his first title in 1990) makes visual sense of the snowbound shenanigans, injecting plenty of the company’s trademark humor between money shots and stunning alpine vistas. And for the first time, the globetrotting comes with a conscience – at least one that reaches beyond the confines of the typical ski documentary. Warren Miller has long supported environmental awareness – as Bervy often says, skiing won’t exist if winters get shorter and shorter – but there was an unspoken disconnect between the message and day-to-day operations. Filming across the world leaves an extraordinary carbon footprint, and for “Ticket to Ride,” the production company bought carbon offsets to cover the cost of neverending travel. A week before the film’s Vilar Center premiere, SneakPEAK spoke with Bervy to uncover the Warren Miller process, the allure of filming in Kazakhstan and why skiers are inherently a bit insane.

don’t work hard at making people laugh, you end up with a collection of big-mountain things. We want people to hoot and holler and laugh while they watch our films, so we always have to take a step back and find ourselves taking every opportunity to be different. If you just have big banger shots, people start to tune out. You can get that anywhere, and I hope we do it in a certain way and style that keeps people coming back. We spend a lot of time in the fall talking about the following year – we’re actually traveling to Snowbird tonight to do a snow safety camp with the crew, and things like that give us time to chat about what we want to achieve the next year. That said, you can miss really easily, and we have. Sometimes ideas fall into place, other times they don’t quite come across as you’d hope. It’s a fine line for sure. SP: Does the Warren Miller name and reputation still have the same pull in the winter sports world, or have you lost viewers to outfits like Brain Farm Productions? MB: Honestly, I think so many of the other ski film companies have done a great job branding themselves and giving themselves an identity. You know what to expect when you go to their shows and see their films. I don’t really feel anyone tries to copy anyone else – we stick to what’s right for our business model and production company and film of the year. We celebrate a lot of different forms of skiing and entertain a huge range of demographics, so I feel like our niche is unique enough in that sense. I think all the companies have a good idea of their niche, and that’s smart. Now there are just so many people in the business – it’s crazy how many people are doing this. You even look at something like YouTube and that content can be explosive. When you and your friends start editing together the good shots with music and everything, it can be very exciting. It’s fun and ends up being more than putting the big shots together. We’re always tried to let that fun come across.

SP: The athlete list for “Ticket to Ride” is impressive, from Wescott to Ted Ligety to Vail boy Chris Anthony. How are athletes seSneakPEAK: “Ticket to Ride” is Warren Miller’s lected for a Warren Miller film? Do you stick with 64th ski feature. Is it hard to find locations and athletes a theme, or is it a matter of just finding the best To read an extended version of the interview with who keep pushing the envelope, particularly when just film director Max Bervy, go to SneakPeakVail.com people around? about anyone can strap on a GoPro? MB: It’s a lot of things. We look at a location and find “Ticket to Ride” under “Events.” MB: It is a competitive landscape for sure. We work first, determine what the objective is, then find suitwith a great team of people and we’re just able to someable riders for that kind of terrain. With certain peohow raise the bar each year. That’s our goal – certainly the athletes keep getting better ple you just want to get them in the movie. For instance, if you’re working with Julia and better, and they serve it up to us to capture. I spend a lot of time with our produc- Mancuso or Ted Ligety, you have to look at when they’re available. A lot of times tion team just looking at a map, trying to find those places that are cool and different that’s the end of the season when they want to hang things up and hit the beach. There and new. There are lots of places still on the planet we’re looking at, and hopefully are just so many factors – we have a short list and a long list, and you’re constantly when the time comes we’ll make it there. juggling injuries and snow conditions and schedules and everything else.

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SP: People expect a certain “wow” factor from a Warren Miller production. For you, what’s the most impressive segment in “Ticket to Ride?” MB: Our audience is so diverse, so hopefully there’s a segment that resonates or connects with everyone. We go to Kazakhstan with a couple of speed riders and we picked those guys because we had a very tight window. We figured if the snow was crummy, we’d just get some very cool shots and head out. We’d actually sent a crew over there 15 or 16 years ago and wanted to return. The country has changed so much since then, so that was fun to see. On the level of pure snow, the Valdez segment was great. We went with Seth Wescott, who was perfect for that piece, and when you watch it you’re just in awe.

SP: Speaking of Anthony, he’s in one of the film’s most unorthodox segments: a jaw-dropping piece filmed in Kazakhstan. Who came up with that location, and why was it a good fit for this film? MB: We’d been looking at that region and wanting to get in there again, explore it a bit. We’ve had a relationship with a woman who’s in Kazakhstan we consider a pretty good “fixer,” the sort of person who can get us in and out and make things smooth. She was able to find us a helicopter and a guide who knew where to ski. That’s really the trick, is to not go in there completely blind but have a bit of assistance. We’d sent Chris Anthony there the first time we went 15 years ago, and so we thought it would be fun to create a little story about how he’d never really left. He actually had a tight window, but we were effective at getting the shots we needed.

SP: What’s the trick to balancing a documentary narrative and the money shots people expect from Warren Miller? SP: Talk about filming in remote, potentially hostile locations like that. What speMB: It doesn’t naturally fall into place. It’s very easy to go down a certain path, not cial challenges do they present the film crew? because you wanted to, but because it’s the way things worked out. We’re always at MB: The big thing is always safety, just making sure you have a plan and know the whim of weather and snow conditions and everything that can go wrong. If you your options. A place like that you certainly have to trust people – our crew became

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people who see our films. The hope is to make a difference, just be cognizant and aware of what can be done. SP: To approach that a bit differently, very self-reliant on snowpack and following the protocols what can skiers and snowboarders teach we always follow. It’s actually kind of like a Salt Lake everyone about climate change? Is there one message City, where there’s a wall of mountains that dumps this winter sports lovers can pass along after watching a Warvery super, super dry snow in massive quantities. The ren Miller flick? backcountry there doesn’t get skied out and compacted, MB: As a skier or snowboarder, that stakeholder piece so it can be very suspect. You can’t just slay these banger is certainly a big thing. But we all got involved with this runs – you have to be very careful. It’s not the most excit- because someone brought us to the hill, a friend or a paring answer, but that’s the key to a place like that. ent or anyone, and we all keep passing it down through generations. It’s the same with just about everyone – you SP: Back to our local kid – what was the wildest thing feel the freedom and the passion and the fun of it, and you saw Anthony do in Kazakhstan? that’s an experience we don’t get with everything. On the MB: Chris is just the kind of guy you want on your coldest, nastiest, darkest days, we love to go outside and team, no matter what you’re doing. He’s not just there for not run away from it. I think just passing on the message himself – he wants to do everything he can to get the next is the key. It’s not like our sport is thriving at the moround and the next shot. He’s not uncomfortable in front ment – we have to continue growing it, and that’s what of the camera either, and that’s a big thing that’s difficult our films are for us. for lots of people. You often turn a camera on in a room It’s funny, when we take the films to major cities and and it gets quiet real fast. Chris doesn’t have that – he interact with people who take one big ski trip a year, this loves the process and loves the experience, and I think it’s becomes part of their season – this is when they know served him well. He’s gone to winter has arrived. When some very cool places across we go to Minneapolis or the world because of that Hartford, Connecticut, love, and he matches it with there are fans that get so What: The local premiere of Warren Miller a beautiful, aggressive style. fired up about the season Entertainment’s 64th ski feature, “Ticket to No matter where he is, he to come. That can be a lot Ride” knows how to ski well. of fun.

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SP: The Greenland segSP: The connection ment in “Ticket to Ride” between a warmer Earth highlights climate change, and skiing’s future is dire, which has been a theme in but how do you drive Although director Max Bervy can’t make Warren Miller films for years. your message home withthe premiere, featured skier Chris Anthony What can Greenland teach out sounding preachy, or and a handful of other athletes will be people about climate change? is preachy what people on-hand for autographs and photos. To MB: As skiers, we’re need? purchase tickets, see vilarpac.org. stakeholders in winter. I cerMB: This year, for the tainly feel that way, and the first time, we offset the way I look at it, our winters emissions created by the are just a string of those perfect moments. We all enjoy production of the film, and that’s a small step toward credropping in and working with gravity and experiencing ating a sustainable business. Purchasing carbon offsets is life in a way that’s not possible without snow. If we lose a way to link what we do back to the I Am Pro Snow platour winters, we lose those moments, and there’s no doubt form. Encouraging people to follow that lead is something our winters are changing. The consistency of seasons is we can do, but it’s certainly not a perfect world. You have very different than what it once was. the two sides, where you want to travel and find gorgeous With the organization we’re part of, I Am Pro Snow locations but still have to burn fuel to get there. We feel (through the nonprofit Climate Reality Project), we feel offsetting those carbon emissions is a step in the right diit’s a good way to have our voice heard and connect with rection – we’re walking the walk, in some sense.

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Electronic jam band EOTO brings a blend of improvisation and dance-friendly beats to Agave. By Michael Suleiman. Michael Travis (left) and Jason Hann of EOTO. Photo special to SneakPEAK.

audience, but also for the band. “We really feed off of each other and feed off the crowd,” Hann says. “If it feels like we have been in one mode for too long, we will give each other a signal to change it up. We actually have a couple baseball signals when we want something to happen. For 80-percent of the show, though, we aren’t even looking at each other while we play.” What you see in an EOTO show is original every time. They save their practices for the stage, and the audience benefits. “We don’t practice for our shows anymore,” Hann says. “Almost all of our practice has been in front of audiences. At this point, we are about 800 shows in and we haven’t actually had an actual practice for what we do in about 3 or 4 years.”

If music is a language we all understand, Jason Hann of EOTO is beyond fluent. Hann has recorded with artists as diverse as Loreena McKennitt and Dr. Dre, thanks in part to ground-shaking vibes and a lifetime with percussion instruments. If you are looking to dance or just get out and have a good time, Hann and EOTO partner Michael Travis, drummer for The String Cheese Incident, come to Agave on Dec. 4. Originally standing for End of Time Observatory, the group is essentially an electronic jam band. Zero scripting makes EOTO one of the only groups to perform fully improvised electronic dance music (EDM). Each performance is unique unto itself and the audience. Coming off the slopes, your feet may be happy popping out of their boots, but they will keep you moving to this music. “We have played all over Colorado,” Hann says. “We love to play in ski towns. There really isn’t such thing as a bad ski town. After everyone is off the mountain from skiing they are in the mood to get out and party, so it is hard to go wrong in a mountain town.” New sound Since becoming a professional percussionist at the ripe age of 12, Hann has brought nonstop passion to his music. Travis has played drums for The String Cheese Incident for the past 18 years and brings elements of funk to EOTO. If you have ever been to an EOTO show, you know the group’s eclectic sounds take you on a journey. As a fully improvised group, the duo plays off each other’s cues to push the music in any direction imaginable. This format not only keeps the music fresh for the

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generally speaking, homes that are priced well will sell. Especially homes priced less than $1 million and more so for homes priced less than $500,000. In fact, throughout Colorado and surrounding counties With the recent devastation reported from the typhoon in the Philip- including Eagle, sales are on the increase. In counties such as Pitpines and the tornados in the Midwest, to the flood damage in Colo- kin (420 percent), Garfield (4.22 percent), Grand (5.7 percent), Routt rado, there is no shortage of news items to remind us what we in the (7.76 percent), and Summit county (38.8 percent) sales have all inVail Valley have to be thankcreased. Thanks in part to some seriful for. Millions have been ously large multimillion dollar estates left with nothing and many counties like Pitkin (Aspen) which struggle to survive. Complete are leading the way, with a staggertowns and villages have been ing 420 percent increase over last blown over and washed into a year’s third quarter. This trend makes large salad bowl of debris. As professionals in the industry wonder Eagle County: a realtor, I am put in charge whether this is another “bubble” or - Median Res. Price up 14.27 percent from LY Q3 numbers - Transactions up 17.62 percent from LY Q3 of getting people into homes the new normal. numbers and I struggle to witness the Vail has a lot to be thankful for. Its - Average Residential Price up 7.89 percent from LY Q3 huge loss of buildings that first snow storms have come and gone numbers once were someone’s home leaving a sense of optimism in the air. - Average Residential Price PSF up 15.08 percent or business. As an American, Shops and business owners are ea- Buyer Profile: 54.47 percent local, 14.10 percent Front I am thankful for the amazing gerly preparing and staffing seasonal Range, 29.89 percent Out of state, 1.54 men and women of our miliemployees for the winter season. Vail percent international tary protecting our freedoms real estate – which makes up a signifithat we get to enjoy here. cant portion of our local economy – is Bank-owned transactions in Eagle County Currently, there are six bank-owned properties availThe home buying process stable and on the rise, leaving affluent able in Eagle County. in America is a tradition albuyers looking for value. - April: 23 most as old as the Thanks- May: 17 giving holiday itself and has What you should know when - June: 14 been in existence for well selling - July: 17 over 100 years. Vail, not so Eagle County is filled with edu- August: 15 long at 51 years young. Eicated visitors that often become sec- September: 6 ther way, over the last half ond home owners. They are wellcentury Vail has been subject informed and will not overpay for a Source: Land Title Guarantee, Vail Board of Realtors MLS to the ups and downs inherhome or property. These people are ent to a free market. At the [See MARKETPLACE, page 28] moment, we’re seeing this:

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With a statewide platform, TV8 Vail’s popular “Good Morning Vail” show brings the soul of mountain living to 900,000 households. Interview by Phil Lindeman. Left: Tricia Swenson, co-host and exectutive producer for “Good Morning Vail” on TV8. Below: TV8 and TV17 station manager Stephen Wodlinger. Photos: Kent Pettit.

Even after more than a decade in television news, Tricia Swenson of TV8 Vail can hardly contain her excitement after glimpsing a short, relatively unassuming ad. The veteran “Good Morning Vail” host was sitting in the office of Stephen Wodlinger, the station’s general manager, when the ad flashed across a small screen mounted over his desk. It was a promo for the 23-year-old morning show’s statewide launch, the first time a resortbased program in Colorado has struck such a deal with a major service provider. Swenson’s excitement is understandable: When “GMV” debuted across the state on Vail’s opening day, its viewership jumped from 18,000 households in Eagle County to roughly 900,000 across the state. In terms of content, longtime viewers won’t notice much of a change. “GMV” is now an hour longer, running from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, but Swenson and Wodlinger purposely kept the show’s mountain-town vibe intact. It’s the key to long-term success on Comcast channel 105: Both believe Vail and the surrounding communities have the all-important “it” factor, no matter if you’re an adventurous foodie from Cherry Creek or soon-to-be ski bum in Colorado Springs. The show helps boost the Vail brand, and as Vail Resort’s most visible media branch, TV8 is in the envious position to promote that brand in a fun, entertaining way. Shortly before “GMV” debuted across the state, SneakPEAK sat down with Swenson and Wodlinger to talk about the launch, their plans for the show and why it deserves to reach nearly one million people each morning. SneakPEAK: First off, congratulations on the statewide launch – that’s a big step forward for any station. How long was it in the works? Stephen Wodlinger: About two years. On my first day of employment, I looked in the mirror and said, “Steve, we need to be statewide.” I reached out that first day and asked Comcast and Centurylink how that would look. A year and a half ago Comcast launched a TV On Demand button for us, and based on the success of that product, we entered conversations about bringing it live to the channel. SP: Exactly how successful was the On Demand venture? SW: We did grab lots of viewers. Lots of people were compelled to enjoy the experience of a lifetime, whenever they wanted. Tricia Swenson: What we have to offer, especially as a visual medium, is the eye candy. People see the background and the snow, the interviews we do with ski patrollers and ski instructors. It’s just different than what you see from day to day. SW: And I’ll say that was one of the driving forces behind the partnership. Comcast recognized the content differentiation from all other types of media. They’re

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hoping it will grow their market as well, and I hope in general it will be good for the Vail Valley community. Now there is a current, relevant video information portal that’s attractive to everyone in the state with Comcast. SP: Tricia, how is TV8 different today than when you first arrived, and how has that evolution allowed for a large-scale launch like this? TS: We’ve always talked about the fun topics – where to go skiing today, what to wear, what your kids can do. We’re selling fun. A lot of times, visitors will come into the station and interact with us. We had a couple that used to tape the show, take it back East – they’d just pop it in their VCR, that’s how long ago this was – and they were so excited to take that little slice of the mountains and our lifestyle home. Going back to what you asked about how we’ve evolved, I look at the live streaming on the website. That was a huge, brand-new offering for all guests out of the area, stretching as far as the East Coast and West Coast. We even reach to London – there’s a family that watches in the afternoon. They actually ran into Ken Hoeve at the Glenwood Springs Adventure Park and said, “You’re the weatherman from TV8.” Those little connections we make are such a big part of what we offer. SP: Posting videos online doesn’t mean a major content shift, but working with a TV provider can. Should viewers expect new segments tailored to the broader audience, or does the current “GMV” lineup have enough appeal? SW: We actually changed our content strategy previous to the launch. We surveyed summer visitors and asked them what their top recreational activities are when they come to the Vail Valley. We then produced 10 lifestyle pieces that show-


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SP: Are you confident the show has enough appeal to do well throughout the state, day in and day out? The On Demand results would suggest it does. TS: We feel the mountain reports, snow reports, all the activities here are such a draw for everyone. We want to focus on that, make that the lure to get people to watch and wonder what’s happening in the mountains. This will also air in Summit County, Pitkin County – those places where people are just as excited about the World Cup and Burton U.S. Open and everything. It’s a way for other mountain communities to stay in touch with those big events that have inherent appeal.

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One for the ladies “Relentless” Raptor course to challenge skiing’s fastest women this weekend at the Beaver Creek World Cup races. By John O’Neill.

The ladies were flying down the mountain during Tuesday’s first preview of the highly anticipated Raptor course, Beaver Creek’s women-specific downhill course that will showcase skiing’s fastest women this weekend at the World Cup races in Beaver Creek.

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THIS PAGE U.S. Ski Team member Leanne Smith arcs a turn Raptor, Beaver Creek’s new women’s downhill course, during the team’s test camp in April. Photo special to SneakPEAK. OPPOSITE PAGE Top: The new Raptor course sign. Photo special to SneakPEAK. Bottom: Lindsey Vonn on her way to a victory on the Birds of Prey downhill course in 2011. Photo: Keith Ruebsam.

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The event will be a prelude to next year’s 2015 World Alpine Ski Championship, during which the women will ski the same course. Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith – USA’s fastest women on skis – took to the course Tuesday, describing it as “fast, technical and relentless.” Escaping the simplicity of Lake Louise, the first stop of women’s World Cup downhill in western Canada, the Raptor course is far more technical. This will force the ladies into a position they usually don’t face until further into the season. “Lake Louise is fast – super-high speeds,” Mancuso said on Tuesday. “Here you can never relax. The course is new to everyone. It’s a jumpstart to the season.” Cook said her first training run went smooth. She was able to keep her line, stay relaxed and take note of the course’s elements before the weekend. Complimenting Mancuso, she also speaks to the relentlessness of the course. “It’s really hard – it’s relentless,” Cook says. “It keeps coming at you. Normally you’ll have a hard section then get a break to recuperate. Not here. This course is challenging to the brain. You have to keep thinking all the way down. There are a lot of technical elements that we’ve never faced this early in the season.” Those elements include many fast, technical turns with quick switches, Mancuso says. There are also big compression turns and long traverses, which Cook claims are features you’d normally ease into. “The one thing I have come to expect from Beaver Creek is great conditions,” Smith says. “Beaver Creek takes pride in having a world-class surface. I can’t commend them enough.” Snow conditions were good on Tuesday and are expected to hold up throughout the weekend. As for the downhill, a firm surface will allow the ladies’ edges to bite through the more technical segments. In addition to some fancy footwork – as far as downhill goes – expect high speeds. “You can carve down the whole things,” Mancuso says. “The girls will be going pretty fast.”


Top to bottom Cook took mental notes of each section of the course as she made her way through training. Noting where a run can be won or lost, she outlined the newest and perhaps most challenging women’s downhill on the circuit. The course starts with an unusually steep start ramp. Because the upper section is flat, this allows racers to get up to speed within the first 10 feet. Next comes a series of rollers. “We were catching air and that took me by surprise a little bit,” Cook says. Soon after are big, sweeping doubles, with skiers weaving through tree islands cut fresh for the Raptor course. “The line through there is really important because it’s really easy to over-ski it,” Cook says. “It’s also easy to under-ski it and completely blow your line for the rest of the course.” After those sweeping turns, Cook says, racers fall off the edge of the world. It’s at world’s end that the course stays steep, challenging technique and tactic. “There are three or four gates that are going to be a spot where races are won or lost,” Cook says. “(We’ll find out) who is brave enough to just send it through there.” Next comes a series of gates that emulate Super G over downhill, benefitting the technically sound. Those tight turns are followed by a flatter section, the sort downhillers favor. The course then rejoins the men’s Birds of Prey course before the Red Tail jump and finish arena. “You have to be brave, which suits me well,” Mancuso says. Cook also believes the course will suit her strengths. Sochi on the mind The Raptor Course – technical, fast, relentless – will test the ladies’ physical strength. The mental game will be staying focused from top to bottom and keeping thoughts away from the weight this race will play on selection for Sochi. Smith represented the USA at the last Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and sees a great opportunity this weekend. A solid performance could thrust she and other hopefuls back onto skiing’s grandest stage. “There are going to be some people pushing it up there,” Smith says. “It is the first World Cup of the season. It is a new course. The snow is awesome at this point. Girls will be pushing the line because the surface is great. Coming out from the gun and trying to throw down really nice runs is what I expect out of myself.” Mancuso also expects perfection this weekend. “It is the Olympic season, so every race I’m trying to improve and get in peak performance for the Olympics,” Mancuso says. “It’s still a long road. We’ll take it one race at a time, building confidence, getting in the best form for once February comes around.” The first downhill skier will kick out of the start house at 10:45 a.m. on Friday. SneakPEAK writer John O’Neill can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com

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ATHLETICS Athletes to watch

The superstars and potential sleepers at this weekend’s female World Cup races in Beaver Creek. By Phil Lindeman. Call it ladies’ weekend at Beaver Creek.

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Lindsey Vonn has had a rough 10 months. Back in early February, the defending Olympic downhill champion and 59-time World Cup winner crashed during the World Alpine Ski Championships in Austria. She tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee, but still managed to capture the overall downhill title and vowed to be back on the snow come November. Vonn kept her promise. Big-name sponsor Vail Resorts followed her every move, re-tweeting just about every bubbly update she posted while training with the U.S. Ski Team in Vail and Copper. Her chances of finding the podium at Beaver Creek – the site of her first World Cup win on U.S. snow in 2011 – looked solid. Then came the next setback: Barely a week before tempting to the resort’s new Raptor downhill course, Vonn crashed during a training run at Copper and partially tore the same ACL. Due to this rash of recent injuries, Vonn won’t be on the Raptor start list. She’s filling her downtime with a rigorous physical therapy regimen and recently told The Denver Post she’ll return to racing next weekend, when the next World Cup series arrives at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Spectators may be disappointed to miss one of ski racing’s most charismatic stars, but during an Olympic season, racking up a few World Cup points comes second to overall health. And it’s not a complete letdown: Vonn’s injury opens the podium to a field of young, hungry racers ready to make their mark.

Above: Lindsey Vonn (center) celebrates after winning the downhill on Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey course in 2011. Photo: Zach Mahone. Right (top)t: Mikaela Shiffrin forerunning the Birds of Prey course last season. Photo: Jonathan Selkowitz. Right (bottom): U.S. Ski Team member Julia Mancuso on Birds of Prey in 2011. Photo: Keith Ruebsam.

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From Friday to Sunday, more than 80 of the world’s top female ski racers take to the resort’s fresh-made snow for one of the first stops on the FIS World Cup circuit. Olympic medalists Julia Mancuso and Tina Maze rub shoulders with a slew of up-and-coming racers, all vying for points and an early mental boost before the rigors of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The weekend also marks the inaugural running of Raptor, the new, brutally challenging downhill course designed for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. A handful of U.S. Ski Team members took trial runs on the course last April, but crews have spent the past few weeks prepping it for an international field. Racers at this level expect the best, and Beaver Creek is prepared to deliver. For first-time spectators, the races are unlike any professional sport in the U.S. Beaver Creek is the only stateside venue to host annual men’s and women’s World Cup events – Ted Ligety, Bode Miller and the like come to town on Dec. 6 – making it a coveted stop for North American racers. Friday’s downhill is a must-see simply for the exhilaration of a new course, while Saturday’s Super G promises to be a showdown between the sport’s youngest stars. Vail’s adopted daughter Lindsey Vonn will miss the downhill due to a recent injury (see sidebar), but EagleVail native Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to awe during Sunday’s giant slalom. But the World Cup circuit is wildly unpredictable. As with any sport, a handful of veteran and first-time racers always promise to upset the favorites. SneakPEAK took a look at the start list and built a cheat sheet on the racers poised to wow crowds and take Mikaela Shiffrin, USA Mikaela Shiffrin has had a whirlwind year. Since last December, the 18-year-old EagleVail native won her first World Cup slalom, posed for Outdoor magazine and was gifted a living, breathing reindeer by race officials in Finland. Maybe whirlwind isn’t even the right word – surreal might be more fitting. That initial World Cup win in Sweden was just the beginning of landmark year, one in which Shiffrin became the first American-born skier to claim an overall slalom title since Tamara McKinney in 1984. Sunday marks the first time Shiffrin competes in a World Cup race on her home turf, and thanks to a strong start she’s poised to come away with a top-10 finish. She began with a career-best sixth place in giant slalom this October, then quickly picked up speed to notch a slalom win in Finland on Nov. 16 (hence, the reindeer). She’s currently leads the overall World Cup standings, although numbers mean little so early in the season. Teammate Julia Mancuso poses the largest threat to Shiffrin’s podium hopes – giant slalom isn’t the young racer’s strongest discipline – but expect fellow teenager Lara Gut of Switzerland to also make an impressive showing. Julia Mancuso, USA Two-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso is a notoriously slow starter. Ever since the Super G specialist joined the World Cup circuit in 1999, she’s made the podium only twice in races before December, first in 2008 and again in 2012. She tends to thrive in high-pressure situations late in the season: After struggling with injuries through most of 2008 and 2009, she won a surprise silver medal in women’s downhill at the Vancouver Olympics. She comes into the weekend ranked 45th in the world. If nothing else, Mancuso is a scrapper. The 29-year-old is also one of the most versatile athletes on the circuit, boasting 35 podiums spread across all five alpine disciplines. Expect her to compete in downhill, Super G and giant slalom at Beaver Creek, all in preparation for a typically unpredictable medal run in Sochi. Maria Höfl-Riesch, Germany At 29 years old, Maria Höfl-Riesch is in her prime. Unfortunately, so are most of her competitors. The German is a true all-around threat, with World Cup titles in slalom, Super G and combined. She’s also the defending Olympic champion in slalom and combined – the only two events missing from Beaver Creek’s lineup – and placed second in the overall World Cup standings last year, losing out to a dominant performance by Slovenia’s Maze. Höfl-Riesch is an exciting, dynamic skier, known for combining power with finesse. (At 5 feet 11 inches, she’s even taller than Vonn, her good friend and regular challenger on the snow.) She’ll likely compete in all three events this weekend and is currently ranked 4th in overall World Cup standings.


Women’s World Cup ski racing in Beaver Creek 11.29-12.1.2013

Anna Fenninger, Austria Anna Fenninger is Austria’s answer to phenoms like Shiffrin. Shortly after turning 20 years old in 2011, Fenninger was crowned overall World Cup champion in super combined. Super G is easily her best discipline, but she’s made huge strides in giant slalom, placing second in the event at last year’s World Championships. Although Fenninger has been hit-or-miss since her World Cup debut in 2006, she’s enjoyed success at Beaver Creek. In 2011, she placed third racing the men’s Birds of Prey course on her way to the super combined title. She’s expected to start Super G and slalom to boost her 8th-place overall ranking.

Ladies’ World Cup schedule All races take place on the Talons and Birds of Prey courses at Beaver Creek. Spectator viewing is free from the base of Red Tail Camp, with shuttles running daily from 6:30 a.m. until racing ends (usually around 4 p.m.). Expect a muddy/snowy walk from the drop-off area to the race venue. For a complete schedule, including the full start list, see vvf.org Friday, Nov. 29 10 a.m. – Raptor course dedication, Beaver Creek Village 10:45 a.m. – Downhill racing, Red Tail Finish Stadium Saturday, Nov. 30 10:45 a.m. – Super G racing, Red Tail Finish Stadium Sunday, Dec. 1 9:45 a.m. – Giant slalom (first run), Red Tail Finish Stadium 12:45 p.m. – Giant slalom (second run), Red Tail Finish Stadium

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ORAL HISTORY PROJECT jim roberts The longtime women’s Chief of Race for Beaver Creek weighs in on the past - and future - of ski racing in Colorado. Interview by Phil Lindeman.

By his own admission, Jim Roberts has been part of the ski racing world forever. Roberts follows the statement with a small, understated chuckle, then starts parsing through a career spanning some 30-plus years at Vail and Beaver Creek. He’s acted as Chief of Race for close to 100 World Cup events – more than anyone else in the world, as far as he knows – and played an integral role in every World Alpine Ski Championship since Vail’s first in 1989, when the podium for each event was dominated by skiers from Switzerland, Austria and West Germany. (Yes, West Germany.) Since arriving in the mid-1970s, Roberts’ role with Vail Resorts has morphed into something far more involved than those formative years, just as ski racing has become more visible in the U.S. The sport still isn’t on par with football or basketball, but homegrown superstars like Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin have brought casual fans into the fold, particularly in Eagle County. Roberts recently stepped down as Vice President of Operations at Beaver Creek – he held the position while also coordinating the women’s Birds of Prey races – and is slowly embracing retirement. Still, the New Hampshire native and avid skier downplays his influence in typical fashion: with a sports analogy. “I’m not a very dynamic guy, but I love what I do,” Roberts tells me during our Sunday interview, then mentions the New York Giants notched a touchdown. “It’s so much fun when you see professional athletes perform at their best. It’s like sitting on the floor at a professional basketball game – it’s a hell of a lot different than sitting 50 rows back. This is an exciting sport when you’re right in the middle of it all.” But Roberts can’t fully give up the reigns – at least not yet. He’s Chief of Race for the upcoming women’s alpine race series, held on Beaver Creek’s brand-new Raptor downhill course, right next to the Birds of Prey venue he helped bring to life. Thanks to his past, the World Cup organizing committee at Vail Valley Foundation wants to keep him around through the 2015 World Championships. Until then, Roberts is reveling in a more laid-back role. He still manages some 250 employees and volunteers, but he no longer has to worry about the administrative duties of opening a ski resort at the same time. On a rare night off, SneakPEAK caught up with Richards to talk about ski racing, what brought him to Eagle County and why Pepi Gramshammer is the original ski bum.

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Jim Roberts: Fabulous. We were up there all day today and the course is pretty much set. The snow is made, the safety stuff is going in – we’re pretty much on schedule and that’s thanks to all the community volunteers and staff. It takes a heck of a lot of people to put on an event like that. We used to do that with a quarter of the people, but the bar is so much higher nowadays. SP: Managing so many people means you’re incredibly busy this time of year. Do you enjoy constantly running around, or would you prefer less pressure? JR: No, the pressure is the same for as long as I’ve been doing this. In those days, we were trying to do more with less. What’s better nowadays is that our organization has been doing it for so long that we have key players who are so qualified to put these sorts of things together. They love the damn sport – it’s like a veteran football team, with the mix of veteran players and coaches who make everything come together. It’s a depth of community.

SP: What brought you to Colorado from New Hampshire? SneakPEAK: The new Raptor course at Beaver Creek has built plenty of buzz JR: This is just a very unique place. I got hired to run a race program that Vail for the upcoming races. With less than a week to go before skiers arrive, how’s the Associates put up, their first race program, and when I came out here it was one of course look? those things where people always said, “Oh, you’re going to Colorado to be a ski

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Digging through Beaver Creek ski racing history with veteran Chief of Race Jim Roberts

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OPPOSITE PAGE Jim Roberts just steps from his second office at Beaver Creek. THIS PAGE Roberts on a pack mule trip in Wyoming. Photos special to SneakPEAK.

bum.” But I’ve really never been a ski bum or thought of it that way. I came here for a job, a good job – that was the mid-‘70s, and even back then the race program was quality. SP: What makes Beaver Creek the perfect venue for World Cup races? JR: The terrain is ideal. We have terrain for all disciplines, and that’s very unique. We have a great slalom hill and one of the best World Cup downhills in the world. You don’t get that anyplace, really. Most places stick with one discipline and nothing else, and now that we’re doing the ladies course, I think that will be very successful, as far as a very demanding and challenging course. Sure, it would be better if the finish was right in the village – we struggle with the access, so that’s one downside – but everything else comes together. SP: Pepi Gramshammer played a huge role in attracting the World Championships to Vail. Do you remember the first time you met him? JR: Pepi is a unique guy. He probably has more passion for ski racing than anyone in the world, and probably still does. He helped us in so [See ORAL HISTORY, page 29]

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FEATURE So long, gravity Following a half-million dollar renovation, Woodward at Copper welcomes winter with new features and a slew of local’s discounts. By Phil Lindeman. Scenes from Woodward at Copper. Photos: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort.

Playgrounds just ain’t what they used to be.

pit of blue foam blocks – Skatelite replaced Snow Flex: a carpet-like material used at indoor ski facilities for years. The change opens the entire facility to just about any equipment – from rollerblades and downhill mountain bikes to Woodward’s custom-made Burton snowboard, a halfsized rig outfitted with bindings and rows of wheels. The board is similar to the in-house skis – both are short and compact, but neither can carve the way normal gear does on the snow. Once you point down a ramp, you either go straight or fall on your ass. A bit of experience on rollerblades or skateboards definitely goes a long way. For a Woodward novice, the material tradeoff didn’t quite make sense. Sure, it draws a diverse crowd to the ramps and jumps, but why replace Snow Flex – something that acts more or less like the real deal – with an alien surface? If I wanted to skateboard I would, but I entered The Barn hoping to dial in Rodeos and McTwists.

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Near the base of Copper Mountain sits a massive structure known as “The Barn.” It’s the base of operations for Woodward at Copper: the resort’s all-season playground for every manner of adrenaline junkie. I tend to embrace my love of dangerous sports – everyone needs a vice, don’t they? – and quite literally jumped at the chance to attend a free introductory session early last week. I’d never been to The Barn before, but I’d heard plenty about it from friends as far as Denver and Fort Collins. It’s nothing short of the world’s ultimate playground, filled with ramps, rails, trampolines and foam pits, all collected under the same roof and staffed by a crew of like-minded skaters, skiers and boarders. This could be nothing but a good thing. The freebie incentive was no surprise. Over the summer, Woodward shut down for a few weeks to finish a $500,000 overhaul, adding a brand-new pump track, a second-floor spectator area and other minor touch-ups. The most important change was also the easiest to overlook, if only because it was right under my nose: Nearly every inch of the 19,400-square-foot warehouse is now covered with Skatelite, a semi-hard material favored by skateboarders and BMX riders (think plywood without the splinters). On the main jump line – a two-story monstrosity that ends in a

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Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed when Copper’s public relations rep told me to leave the snowboard at home. Woodward coach Courtney Newberg shared my initial unease. The Woodward at Copper, found near the base of Copper Mountain, offers Michigan native worked at the company’s original facility in Pennsylvaa little something for everyone with a vendetta against gravity. Before nia before coming to Colorado, and at the flagship barn Skatelite is the heading over Vail Pass, pack a helmet, water bottle, gym shorts (or pants) norm. Skiing and snowboarding were afterthoughts, hence the bastardand a bike/skateboard for appropriate sessions. Skiers and snowboarders use wheeled equipment provided by the gym. The average drop-in sesized boards on wheels. sion lasts an hour and 45 minutes, and guests younger than 18 years old Newberg admitted the Copper staff was nervous about switching over, need a parent or guardian on their first visit. For a full list of specials, but after just a few months on the new material, she and the rest are conevents and lesson options, see woodwardatcopper.com. verts. Burton has perfected its Woodward board over the years, making it sleeker, lighter and more responsive. All that’s missing is edge control, Winter hours: 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily (until Dec. 20), 9 a.m. to 8 but when practicing flips and spins into a forgiving foam pit, riding away p.m. daily (Dec. 20 to March 28) clean isn’t an issue. Drop-in times: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily Skiers have it a bit harder – four edges can be trickier than two – and the wheels make it nearly impossible to carve off the lip of a jump. Not Woodword Remix: Nov. 29 and 30 (includes free 30-minute intro sessions throughout the weekend for skateboard, BMX and that it mattered: As I waited to drop from the top of the main jump line, a trampoline) group of 16-year-olds with a local ski club spun inverted 540s and threw double backflips. Intro session: $49 (mandatory for first-time visitors) Speaking of foam pits, they’re arguably Woodward’s claim to fame. Drop-in rate: $35 The revamped Copper facility boasts three, split between the main jump Annual pass rates: $279 (unlimited access), $129 (unlimited line, a smaller practice line and the trampoline area. The appeal is simple bike/skateboard access), $119 (five-session punch card) at first – a kicker some 15 feet tall looks far less intimidating when hardDiscounts: Ladies Night on Fridays (50 percent off 6 p.m. sessions), pack is replaced with plushy blocks – but few people consider the effort Local’s Night on Thursdays (50 percent off 6 p.m. sessions for it takes to swim out of the pit. Foam may be forgiving, but it’s not easy to Summit, Eagle and Lake county residents) escape, particularly if you’re upside down. (I didn’t make the mistake, but one of the aforementioned ski club athletes struggled to crawl out after an aborted Superman front flip.) And that’s where coaches like Newberg come in. No matter the session – Woodward offers a mix of drop-in sessions, guided intro classes and private les- around, groups head to the second-floor pump track for a crash-course on improsons – someone is always on-hand to help if needed. The $49 intro is mandatory vised boards and skis before hitting up the jump lines. for all first-time participants, but it’s invaluable: Coaching begins with tumbling There’s a method to this madness. Woodward may seem like a free-for-all playon the spring floor, then moves to flips and spins on the trampolines. Copper is ground, but progression is always at the forefront, from young groms to a regular home to one of the country’s largest pro-quality tramps at a public facility, along collection of X Games medalists. Now excuse me - it’s time to play. with long, taut tramps for visiting gymnastics camps and the like. After bouncing

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An florist at Vintage Magnolia flower shop in Edwards, one of more than 20 businesses participating in this weekend’s Shop Local event. Photo special to SneakPEAK.

Riverwalk businesses open their doors with enticing discounts for Small Business Saturday. By Elizabeth Escobar. You’ll have had your fill of turkey, pie and visiting family – the last thing you’ll want to do this weekend is fight for deals at big-box stores with thousands of bargain-hunting strangers. So don’t. Take Friday off – go skiing, play a board game, take a nap, and come Saturday you can still get your post-holiday shopping in, but with a local, less hectic twist. As part of Small Business Saturday – a nationwide shopping event started by American Express – local businesses in the Edward’s Riverwalk community will What: Small Business Saturbe welcoming you, the local shopper, day, a nationwide campaign to with deals and unique items for everyone not only on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but all year long. These places add support the local places that on your list. character and charm, and make Edwards what it is. are so important to towns “The best thing about this promotion,” When: All day Saturday, Nov. says Riverwalk Community Manager Shop local guide 30 Todd Williams, “is that it keeps the monSo where should you go? Any local business that accepts American Express is Where: The Edwards Rivey spent in the valley instead of wherever technically a participant in Small Business Saturday, which means that close to erwalk (and anywhere else there’s a participating busielse. If you are going to buy something 100 different retail stores, boutiques and restaurants in Edwards will be involved. ness) that you could get locally, why not keep Basically, it would be a feat not to shop local on Saturday, but to get you started Cost: This is up to you, but the money in the valley.” SneakPEAK has a few tips. remember – you can’t put It is this desire to see local businesses a price on helping out local prosper that inspired the first Small BusiThe Bookworm, 295 Main St., 970.926.7323 businesses. ness Saturday in 2010. Now in its fourth Stop by this favorite local spot to take part in ‘Indies First’ – an effort to proyear, the event has become a household mote independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday. Local authors such as To find a list of all the businame, and continues to grow in its comLindsay Eland (“Scones and Sensibility”) will be booksellers for the day at The nesses involved, and for more mitment to spread small business alleBookworm, ready to help you in all things literary. information about the day in general, check out giance around the country. The goods: Besides an abundance of books, you’ll also be able to pick up one americanexpress.com/ As part of marketing for the day, Amerof The Bookworm’s new ‘Eat Ski Read’ mugs, fun stocking stuffers, holiday us/small-business/Shopican Express reminds people that to shop cards, and much more. Small. local means to support “the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a Cos Bar, 182 Main St., 970.926.7734 neighborhood, your neighborhood,” and One of the best beauty boutiques around, the Cos Bar provides makeup, skin this is no different in Edwards. care, fragrances and accessories of the highest quality to the Vail Valley commuVisiting these businesses on Saturday nity. Whether you’re here shopping for yourself or for others, make sure to watch means far more than just finding sales (though they will have them, along with cool out for raffles that will be going on throughout the day. tote bags and other freebies sporting the Shop Small logo). Investing in these busiThe goods: Several gifts with purchase deals will be offered as part of the store’s nesses means investing in your community. “The money you spend locally helps Wrapped in Beauty event. Stop by for a chance at winning giveaways, free makekeep your neighbors in business and helps keep your neighborhood healthy,” says overs, and advice from on-site beauty experts. Williams. The Riverwalk businesses are familiar friends who offer one-of-a-kind items, Kitchen Collage, Crystal Building, 970.926.0400 food, and services to make your shopping and dining experiences more personal This kitchen specialty store is an invaluable local resource. Beckah Stouth, an

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Small Business Saturday at Edwards Riverwalk 11.30.2013 employee at the store says that on Saturday there will be a number of different specials going on to promote the shop. In addition to all of the bargains to be found, there will also be demos, like how to use a panini maker and what in the world can be done with those Thanksgiving leftovers. The goods: All of the store’s Christmas merchandise – perfect as you start to decorate for the season – will be 20 percent off. For the skilled cook you know, Stouth says that there will also be great sales on Wüsthof, and Zwilling J.A. Henckels knife sets. Zino Ristorante, 27 Main St., 970.926.777 Known for house made pastas and wood fired pizzas, Zino’s serves up the perfect portion of Italy from its spot along the Eagle River. After a day of local shopping, support one more small (and delicious) business by visiting Zino’s and enjoying any one of their many local dishes. The goods: On Saturday you’ll be able to take advantage of Zino’s off-season special. For $29, choose any two courses from their menu, and top it off with one of their many Italian wines knowing that you spent your day supporting businesses that are unique to Edwards. SneakPEAK writer Elizabeth Escobar can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com

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HG Edwards isn’t the only business-heavy area to host a local shopping day in the coming weeks. In Vail, the Vail Chamber and Business Association just announced Merry in the Mountains Local’s Night, a one-day event held Wednesday, Dec. 4. Restaurants, stores and more in Lionshead and Vail Village will offer 10 percent off (plus a bit extra) throughout the day, along with a visit from Santa and complimentary iceskating at both Solaris Plaza and Arrabelle. Down the interstate in Avon, more than 15 businesses on the east end of town in Chapel Square will band together for Holly Days on Nov. 29 and 30. Along with two full days of discounts at Sports Authority Nozawa sushi, Mountain Massage and the rest, Saturday features a noon visit from Ralph, the self-proclaimed “World’s Tallest Elf,” as well as an appearance by Santa at Red Mountain Grill from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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HAPPENINGS Global voices

TEDxVailWomen conference brings paradigm-altering perspectives from international artists and local nonprofits. By Laura Lieff. “This year’s program will deliver groundbreaking driving progress. From small, local solutions to global ideas presented in bite-sized, beautifully delivered movements, the power of women’s invention is moving TEDx talks,” says Vail resident and event organizer Kat creativity in every region, in every field.” Haber. “The conversation of technology, entertainment and design driven by women leaders is a rare opportuThe talent nity to engage with some powerhouse women who are Vail native and founder of Walking Mountains Science School Dr. Kim Langmaid will speak during a session called “Naturally Inspired,” along with Conservation Photographers creator Cristina Mittermeier. Other speakers include engineer Krista Donaldson, social entrepreneur Jane Chen, speech scientist Rupal Patel, poet Sarah Kay, journalist and swimmer Diana Nyad and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, among many others. Asher Jay, who is an artist, designer, speaker, activist, writer and conservationist, will discuss the themes of love and loss through visuals and personal narrative. Through her extensive travels across the globe and her studies in art history, Asher has developed an aesthetic of contrastAbove and opposite page: Posters from artist Asher Jay as part of her recent ing cultural influences. work on an anti-poaching “My talk is titled ‘By Design’ and campaign. casts a light on why I respond to globImages: Asher Jay. al concerns from a design perspec-

For the fourth year in a row, TEDxVailWomen returns to the Vail Valley Dec. 5 with a lineup of accomplished women who will speak to this year’s theme: “Naturally.” Combining live speakers with live video stream from the San Francisco TEDWomen event, the all-day conference will include live music, interactive sessions, networking, snacks, lunch and post-party tapas. “TedxVailWomen will bring together an eclectic roster of women from various walks of life, which is important to me as I think the female voice is representative of creativity, intuition and the earth,” says featured speaker Asher Jay. “I am grateful to be a part of this unique sisterhood of informed minds and insightful souls.” An independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, TEDxVailWomen will highlight presentations by global leaders designed to share ideas and inspire people to move into action to make a difference in their community.

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TEDxVailWomen brings the world’s most influential speakers to Edwards 12.5.2013 tive,” says Asher. “The way I see it, all the prevalent problems of our time are a result of flawed design. What better way to address issues emerging from and orbiting bad design than by design.” The event also includes speakers and performers from cities all over the world including London, Chicago, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boulder and Victoria, British Columbia. Their topics range from saving elephants in the midst of a Jihadi civil war in Mali to changing the world through nature photography. Other guests include 10-year-old Carnegie Hall master pianist Ursula Hardianto and young women from Stone Creek Middle School. Streamed speakers will address technology innovations, solutions to poverty, approaches to peacemaking and expressions of art. “People should attend this event because it coalesces as a wonderful choir of honest, expressive female identities that have set themselves apart by pursuing their respective inner callings,” says Asher. “I am most looking forward to opening up the dialogue of my life to countless others and evoking a symbiotic exchange of inspiration, love

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Worldwide significance Asher’s most recent undertaking was an art installation called “Message in a Bottle” that is presently on display at the SAG Harbor Whaling Museum and was at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall in April 2013. She has just finished working on a series of works for Wild Aid China which will be released as magazine ads, billboards and posters in Shanghai. Asher also worked on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square, which opened on Sept. 29 – in time for the Elephant Marches across the world. A nonprofit organization that started as a fourWHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5 from 8 day conference in Califora.m. to 7:30 p.m. nia almost 30 years ago, Where: Edwards Interfaith ChaTED has grown to support pel, Edwards world-changing ideas with Cost: $65 in advance, $80 at the multiple initiatives. The door (if available) two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s For more information or to purleading thinkers and dochase tickets, see ers to speak on a diverse TEDxVailWomen.com or call 970.367.7718. This event sold out mix of topics. Over the last year, so early years TED speakers have registration is encouraged. included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gil-

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Pork dumplings at Delite and Bowl in Edwards. Photo: Ryan McCombs.

Delite and Bowl, a new noodle restaurant in Riverwalk, had their soft opening last week and were already welcoming return customers. The restaurant released its full menu this monday, but even off the limited menu for the soft opening, reviews came in strong favor. Offering authentic Chinese food – and, no, sesame chicken and sweet and sour pork are not authentic – Delite fills a void left by the dozens of American pub food and pizza joints. And there is much to look forward to. Local foodies can rejoice in the presence of a bona fide foreign food establishment. Skeptical of its authenticity? Offer a Ni Hao (chinese for “hello”) to the kitchen and you’ll be returned with smiling eyes. Health aficionados should flock to Delite. With no MSG, light salt, locally sourced ingredi- something healthy, warm and comforting without feeling it for hours after.” ents and a kitchen opposite that of a grease trap, it’s as though you’re consuming food fit for The atmosphere human consumption. Not mentioning the easy modification to gluten free options would be a You’d never guess that the space Delite and Bowl occupies used to be a flower shop. The disservice to celiac sufferers and folks chasing a gluten free – and affordable – lifestyle. foliage subsists, replaced with tables for two to four and a window into the kitchen. Here we dive into Delite: Edwards’ refreshingly new dining option. Overhead, contemporary music plays louder than most sit-down restaurants, but not anThe food noyingly so. Hopefully no one touches the volume button as the decibel at which you can Delicious. Healthy. Clean? “Clean” is a queer word to describe a dish, but Delite earns the enjoy a meal while talking comfortably across the table, while still hearing good music play, adjective nonetheless. One couple sitting for an early dinner complimented their dish’s quality, is positively achieved. saying that it felt clean - more or less “guilt free” for eating out. “That’s what I wanted,” Barron says. “You can hear good music playing, have a good conOwner Xing Barron wasn’t surprised to hear it. versation and eat good food.” “There are so many foods and ingredients that are so bad for us, especially when we eat out,” The floor staff is nice and helpful, but also cheerful. Felipe, one of the waiters, spent some says Barron. “I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to just cook good food. I wanted to cook food time swapping stories about Vail’s opening weekend with a table of two, for instance. that was good and good for you. Everything is made from scratch, nothing is frozen.” “So far people have been saying they love it,” Barron says. “I think they were being honest.” Reviewing past experiences with noodle bowls is like a flashback to college. Feasting on SneakPEAK writer John O’Neill can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com Top Ramen may have saved a few dollars but consuming their “flavor” packets made you feel like you swallowed 100 mini angry Muhammad Ali’s come digestion. At Delite, it’s nothing of the sort. The food eats well and settles clean. There is no microwaving. The broth used in Delite’s bowls simmers for eight hours. Pork dumplings ($8.50) Barron also delivers another classification for her food that blindsides someone with a red, These morsels are prepared from scratch and served pan-fried or steamed. white and blue palate. She calls her food “comfort food.” One order comes with six, which is more than enough to share – if you can. Mashed potatoes, macaroni, deep fried turkeys, honeybaked hams. Stout beer, stew and cheese fondue. The above falls into most people’s “comfort food” category. Noodle Bowls? Mixed seafood noodle bowl ($15.50) Not so much. Just about every Asian eatery does some kind of seafood combo, but the At least not yet, Barron explains. noodle bowl at Delite is a must-try. Salmon, shrimp, scallops, tilapia and “For me and my family, this is comfort food,” says Barron, who spent her early years living mussels come in a light broth with seasonal vegetables and a choice of noodles. in China and raised her children on the same recipes that grace the menu at Delite. “It has all the characteristics of comfort food. Warm, hearty and natural.” Spring roll ($6.50) Barron’s claims are on point after a full meal, twisted only in the matter that after a noodle A healthier, lighter alternative to deep-fried egg rolls. Chicken, cucumbowl there is no necessity for a loosened belt and a couch that reclines. ber and avocado are generously stuffed in a slightly sticky rice wrap “I feel that we eat too much and that it is too much of a bad thing,” Barron says. “You can and served with one of several sauces. eat meat loaf until you feel like you can’t move, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can eat

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Count your sports blessings Hopefully you’re lucky enough to spend this Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones, family and friends. Patrick Whitehurst Minturn-based sports lover Patrick Whitehurst writes for Fanrag.com. Tune in weekly for his musings on the wild and complicated love affair between American fans and their most cherished pastimes. He can be contacted through Fanrag.com.

You can begin to count your sports blessings if your fantasy football team has already secured a playoff berth and your favorite team in reality is being mentioned as a Super Bowl contender. There’s plenty to celebrate and enjoy here in the Colorado high country as the holiday season draws near. Our two world-class mountain resorts are alive and well. Plenty of white stuff covers the hillsides, while new runs and hundreds of acres are opening each day. It won’t be too long before powder-hungry locals and vacationers alike are reveling in knee-deep snow in Vail’s Back Bowls or ripping through untouched glades like Royal Elk and Black Bear all morning long. If riding the lifts and making some turns isn’t your thing, you should know the road to the 2014 Sochi Olympics goes through Beaver Creek. Ride the bus or take a lovely snowshoe up to the spectator area as the world’s top ski racers battle it out on the Raptor and Birds of Prey courses. Grab a cowbell, show your patriotic pride and enjoy all of the festivities that these events have to offer – you’ll be glad you did.

Sports fans have many reasons to be thankful this Turkey Day. Let’s examine the short list. In the final year of the BCS as we know it (before the four-team playoff begins during the 2014 season), college football fans are almost assured of seeing the top two teams play for the title. Ohio State supporters may feel on the outside looking in, as Alabama and Florida State are on track to finish the regular season undefeated and ranked ahead of the Buckeyes. But conference championships (No. 3 Ohio State will face No. 11 Michigan State) and the Iron Bowl (No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 4 Auburn this Saturday) have a way of making things right and dashing my hopes for college football chaos. While a trip to Pasadena awaits both the national title contenders (Jan. 6) and the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1) participants, several other programs will be rewarded with bowl games and national coverage. College basketball fans can tune into a variety of holiday tournaments before conference play begins in early January. These games showcase the year’s talented freshman class, which has NBA scouts and campus crazies salivating. March Madness is an amazing time of year, but the current hardwood action will have viewers jumping out of their seats and talking like Dick Vitale, baby! Learn the names Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker if you haven’t already – in a few

short years they will be as popular as Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony. Hockey fans are being treated to a full 82-game season after missing out last year, and every night the action intensifies. The Western Conference is loaded with solid clubs, while several of the game’s top stars reside in the rugged and wideopen East. Around the NBA, Lakers fans are assured to have the face of their franchise, Kobe Bryant, for at least two more seasons. Kobe can be thankful that the Buss family believes an aging superstar recovering from an Achilles injury is worth $48.5 million. The basketball gods must be smiling that teams with monster payrolls like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are struggling with old, over-priced rosters as young, homegrown clubs like the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors are excelling. The 2013-2014 regular season is shaping up to be phenomenal – even this football fanatic is tuning in regularly. For more thoughts on the current state of the NFL, drop by Fanrag.com and weigh in on how the Broncos heartbreaking loss to the Patriots in Week 12 is either the end of the world or just a hiccup on the road to a playoff berth. Have a great Thanksgiving! Nothing quite set in the sports world – be thankful for that.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Have an event for the SneakPEAK calendar? Email your works display and, of course, jolly old St. Nic himself. All blurb to info@sneakpeakvail.com events take place around the ice rink in Beaver Creek Plaza, starting with a figure skating show. Activities begin around Thursday, Nov. 28 4 p.m. and entry is free for all ages. For more information, Turkey Trot 5K in EagleVail see beavercreek.com Before indulging in turkey, pie and all the diet-killing sides, join nearly 500 of the valley’s most dedicated runners Friday, Nov. 29 on Thanksgiving morning for the 7th annual Turkey Trot. High State at Bonfire Brewing taproom The race starts at the Eagle-Vail Pool. Race time is 9:30 Head to Eagle and catch local reggae/rock act High State a.m., with on-site registration at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for Bonfire’s weekly free concert, beginning around 8 p.m. per person and all proceeds benefit the Youth Foundation (these things are never completely set in stone). Show up after-school PwrHRS program and the Eric Spry Memorial early for $3 pints from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and be sure to try the Scholarship. Call 970.845.8497 to register before the race. fall-friendly Farmer Wirtz India Pale Ale. To see more about the current tap lineup, visit bonfirebrewing.com.

sanctioned ping-pong league. The increasingly popular sport finds a home at the Vail Golf Course’s Happy Valley Grill, beginning with a grand opening party on Friday evening (time TBD). The setup boasts five regulation tables, plus a handful of flatscreen TVs throughout the bar and regular drink specials for club members. Drop-in play is $15 per hour or $10 per hour for Eagle County residents. A yearly pass is $125. The club is sponsored by the Vail Symposium, and a portion of all proceeds go back to the organization.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” at Vilar Center

This fall, Warren Miller Entertainment releases its highly anticipated 64th film, “Ticket to Ride.” The newest installOpening weekend festivities in Beaver Creek Friday, Nov. 29 ment of the legendary film series takes ski and snowboard Get in the holiday spirit and bring the whole family out fans on an action-packed journey to some of the most exPing grand opening at Happy Valley Grill to enjoy carolers, the village tree lighting, a massive firePing-pong enthusiasts, rejoice – Eagle County now has a otic and sought-after destinations in the world, including

Friday, Nov. 29

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the Alaskan Tordrillos, Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, the fjords of Greenland and expansive Big Sky country of Montana Tickets are $19, with showings on Friday night and Saturday night. For an exclusive interview with “Ticket to Ride” director Max Bervy, see page 4 in this week’s issue or go online to sneakpeakvail.com.

Tricia’s Top 8 1. Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to take some time to think about what and who you are grateful for – I am grateful for all of you reading this right now! 2. Need to burn some calories before the big meal? Start your day out with the Turkey Trot 5K! The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at the EagleVail Pavilion and benefits The Youth Foundation.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom at Beaver Creek Giant slalom is known for requiring more technical skill than any other discipline, as skiers race down the mountain on a faster, wider course than slalom. The number of gates on a giant slalom course is determined by the vertical drop of the hill, and on the steeps of Beaver Creek, fans will catch plenty of edge-scraping turns. The event is staged in two runs, with the total time from each run added together to determine the final finish order. Racing runs from 9:30 a.m. to around 4 p.m. For more info on racers and spectator advice, see page 12 in this week’s issue.

Monday, Dec. 2

Life Drawing class in Edwards

If you missed out on art 101 in college, visit Alpine Arts Center in Edwards to draw or paint the human figure with a nude model. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace while the model begins with a few short warm-up poses before moving into longer poses. Students must bring paints, brushes and all other materials. Easels are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The $20 entry covers model fees and studio use. For more info, call Alpine Arts Center at 970.926.2732 or see alpineartscenter.org

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Men’s World Cup Downhill Training

The most exciting event in alpine ski racing comes to Beaver Creek when dozens of the world’s best male skiers challenge the Birds of Prey course. In preparation for the World Cup downhill on Dec. 6, racers take to the hill daily for an introduction to the twists and turns of the circuit’s highly demanding courses. Speeds in downhill often exceed 80 mph, and when spectators can catch every run live, they’re treated to a true sense of just how fast the snowbound daredevils

3. You now have two options for skiing and riding in Eagle County: Vail has been joined by Beaver Creek, which kicked off its season this week. Lifts open at 9 a.m. daily at both mountains.

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4. Watch the world’s fastest women during the Nature Valley Raptor Race Week. Downhill begins at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Super G on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and giant slalom at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. 5. Get into the holiday spirit (and ski racing spirit) with Beaver Creek’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which features an athlete bib presentation for the women’s race teams. 6. After the women’s race on Saturday, head to Beaver Creek Plaza for the Colorado Mountain Pizza and Beer Festival at 2:30 p.m. and pub crawl at 4 p.m. 7. Check out another type of race, the Epic Race, a challenge for registered Epic Pass holders to visit all 26 resorts spanning on the pass roster. The race spans four countries and winners receive an Epic Pass for life! Follow along at #EpicRace via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or head to epicrace.epicpass.com and check out videos of this amazing journey! 8. Holiday shopping on your list of to-dos? Help support local businesses during the Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 30. Search #ShopSmall on Facebook for more info on participating shops throughout the valley.

can go. Training time is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., with complimentary shuttle service from the Covered Bridge at Beaver Creek to the race venue at Red Tail Finish Stadium. Entry is free. For more info, see beavercreek.com or vvf. org.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Prohibition Wednesday

DJ P-Rock spins dance tunes all night at Vail Ale House in West Vail. Head over for Vail’s favorite weekly party, featuring $3 PBR or Miller High Life tallboys and $3 select shot specials. Arrive before 10 p.m. for no cover.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Author Isabelle Suppe in Vail

Join dozens of local books lovers for a free discussion with Isabel Suppé, author of the Boardman Tasker Prize finalist “Starry Night.” Suppé, an avid adventurer, has traveled the country recalling her story of survival in the Bolivian Andes. Following an ice-climbing accident in 2010, she and a friend became stranded on a 16,000-foot cliff, alive but severely injured. The discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Vail Public Library (near Dobson Ice Arena) and is free to the public. For more info, call 970.479.2187.

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savvy in business and in negotiation. Frequently they are among some of the wealthiest people in the world, and they have gotten this way for a reason. Wealthy or not, our buyers do their research prior to any purchase and will often buy with no emotion. In fact 85-90 percent of all homebuyers started their search online and priced homes prior to contacting an agent. Under current circumstances, sellers looking for top dollar in a finicky market such as ours will often sit and chase the market down. On average, home sales under duress (short sales and foreclosures) result in fair market value, after the frequent bidding war. Pricing your property to compete will result in far better results and/or get you fair market value. Take your emotional attachment out of the sales process and compare other like property listings closely. Take this process seriously. What you should know when buying Foreclosures are no longer always the best value but still a fairly good deal. Let’s face it, everyone wants a great deal. Of what’s left, banks have been slowly releasing toxic assets, creating demand. Asset managers have caught wind to their in-demand product. Money from investors has been sidelined for months if not years, creating competition amongst buyers. Banks almost always counter any offer, no matter what the offer may be. From the purchase price to a closing contingency, they often find something to negotiate in the transaction. There are active free market listings that are priced competitively and you should ask your realtor to point out a few of these when shopping. As trained professionals, we know current inventory and communities, and may be able to point out a few exceptional and motivated sellers or listings. Don’t make an offer far below asking price – you will often get ignored or countered with minimal reduction. You can try, but consult with your agent and pull comparable properties to see what buyers are paying. Sellers have already done this and can recognize a low offer. Once again, you are working with educated, well-informed sellers that pay close attention to the value of an asset. Work with your agent and come to a consensus on price and negotiate. Sometimes this may take a few counter-offers , but you will get to where you need to be for both seller and buyer. Get prequalified or have a verifiable proof of funds from your banker or asset manager. This way you can pounce when that perfect home comes to market and beat out the competition. Remember – homes that show well and are priced right are selling quickly. When presenting an offer, try something to make your offer the most appealing by offering a quick closing timeframe or waving certain contingencies that may make a seller take notice. Take time to prepare, educate yourself on the market and make an informed unemotional business decision when making a real estate purchase. This approach will help you find success in your real estate sale or purchase, and be an approach that you will be thankful you took!

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ORAL HISTORY

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many ways in the early days. Sheika is right up there with him – those two did so much to support our efforts, from hosting the Crystal (Ski) Ball to raising money. Pepi as a person is just an old Austrian ski racer, and he almost likes the American boys better now, or at least that’s what I think. He was really the original ski bum – the only way he made it through life was by being a great skier and making money. It helped he had a great businesswoman by his side. SP: On the athlete side, how have you seen ski racing evolve over time? JR: It’s very, very, very professional now. It’s more like a professional sport versus an amateur sport. As far as alpine skiing, the racers approach it as a job now and they make a very good living off it, but it’s still a very risky type of employment. In the United States, we have a great ski team and they do very well. Obviously in Europe it’s a little different – that’s really their football, and it’s a big, big thing out there. We try to make it a big thing out here, and I hope our enthusiasm helps that come across.

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SP: When will you know it’s time to step back and fully retire? JR: Well, I’m really retired already. I’ll be in charge of the women in 2015 – they let me keep the race, but I’m retiring from the mountain aspect. It should be much more fun to worry about just ski racing and not selling lift tickets. The biggest thing though, why we do these events and why I do these events, is they involve the whole community. It drives relationships that perhaps wouldn’t have happened – you interact with members of the community you wouldn’t otherwise see or know of and that’s healthy. It gets you out of your silo and you make these great connections for a common goal, which is the race. You find out about people and make new friends and learn the professional end of what everyone does. This becomes not just a ski hill – it’s an international asset, and we all play a part.

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DINING GUIDE AVON

EAGLEVAIL Golden Eagle Inn 118 Beaver Creek Plaza 970.949.1940 Contemporary American B | L | D | $$$

Ristorante Ti Amo 40928 U.S. Hwy. 6 970.845.8153 Italian L | D | $$

Loaded Joe’s 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.748.1480 Coffee, upscale bar food B|L|D|$

Taqueria No Se Hagan Bolas 91 Beaver Creek Place 970.845.7959 Mexican L|D|$ Ticino 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.748.6792 Italian and gourmet pizza L|D|$

Grouse Mountain Grill 141 Scott Hill Rd. 970.949.0600 Seasonal fine dining D | $$$

Route 6 Café 41290 U.S. Hwy. 6 970.949.6393 American comfort food B|L|D|$

Blue Plate Bistro 47 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.845.2252 Contemporary American B | L | D | $$

Maya 126 Riverfront Lane 970.790.5500 Upscale taqueria L | D | $$

Vin 48 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.748.9463 Rustic American L | D | $$

Hooked 112 Beaver Creek Plaza 970.949.4321 Seafood and sushi L | D | $$

MINTURN

Bob’s Place 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.845.8566 Bar/Pub fare B|L|D|$

Montana’s Smokehouse 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.949.7019 American barbecue 8100 Mountainside Bar B|L|D|$ and Grill Park Hyatt Beaver Creek 970.949.1234 Northside Kitchen Organic/local American 20 Nottingham Rd. B | L | D | $$$ 970.949.9900

Agave 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.748.8666 Mexican/Tex-Mex L|D|$

Gondola Pizza 240 Chapel Place 970.845.6000 Pizza L|D|$

Avon Bakery & Deli 25 Hurd Lane 970.949.3354 Organic Deli B|L|$

Castle Peak Grille 101 Fawcett Rd. 970.748.4848 New American L | D| $

BEAVER CREEK

Coffee, American fare B|L|D|$

Columbine Bakery 51 Beaver Creek Place 970.949.1400 European café and bakery B | L | $$ Domino’s Pizza 51 Beaver Creek Place 970.949.3230 Pizza L|D|$ Fiesta Jalisco 240 Chapel Place 970.845.8088 Mexican L|D|$ FOOD! by Marc 137 Benchmark Rd. 970.688.5037 Healthy contemporary fare L|D|$ Geno’s Sandwiches 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.949.0529 Italian sandwiches L|$ $ = $10-$20 $$ = $20-$40 $$$=$40+

Nozawa Sushi 240 Chapel Place 970.949.0330 Sushi L | D | $$

Beano’s Cabin Beaver Creek Mountain 970.754.3463 Contemporary American D | $$$

Beaver Creek Chophouse Beaver Creek Lodge Pazzo’s Pizzeria 970.845.0555 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. Steakhouse 970.949.6093 L | D | $$$ Pizza and pasta L|D|$ Blue Moose Pizza 76 Avondale Lane Red Mountain Grill 970.845.8666 240 Chapel Place Pizza 970.748.1010 L|D|$ Eclectic pub fare B|L|D|$ Coyote Café Upper Beaver Creek Plaza Subway Avon 47 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. 970.845.9030 Tex-Mex 970.949.1312 B|L|D|$ Sandwiches B|L|D|$

Swiss Hot Dog Co. 101 Fawcett Rd. 970.467.2013 Gourmet hot dogs L|$

Dusty Boot Saloon and Steakhouse 210 Offerson Rd. 970.748.1146 Steakhouse L | D | $$

The Metropolitan 210 Offerson Rd. 970.748.3123 Coffee, tapas, wine bar B | L | D | $$ Mirabelle Restaurant 55 Village Rd. 970.949.7728 French cuisine D | $$$ Osprey Lounge 10 Elk Track Lane 970.754.7400 Tapas bar L | D | $$ Rimini Café 45 W. Thomas Place 970.949.6157 Gelato, chocolate, wine B|L|$ Rock’s Modern Grill 27 Avondale Lane 970.845.9800 Classic American B | D | $$ Saddleridge Beaver Creek Mountain 970.754.5450 On-mountain dining B | L | $$ Spago The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch 970.343.1555 Seasonal American D | $$$

Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ 474 Main St. 970.827.9027 Barbecue L|D|$ Magusto’s 101 Main St. 970.827.5450 Pizza and pub fare L|D|$ Minturn Country Club 131 Main St. 970.827.4114 Steakhouse D|$ Nicky’s Quickie 151 Main St. 970.827.5616 Gyros, Greek cuisine B|L|D|$ Sticky Fingers Café and Bakery 132 Main St. 970.827.5353 Coffee and sandwiches B|L|$ Minturn Saloon 146 Main St. 970.827.5954 Mexican/American L | D | $$ The Turntable Restaurant 160 Railroad Ave. 970.827.4164 American diner B|L|$

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Wednesday, December 4th Local’s Night in Vail 4-8 pm Join us in celebrating the start of the holiday season in Vail! A night dedicated to our local community.

• Santa on the fire Truck • Complimentary Ice skating at Solaris and Arrabelle • Generous Local deals at participating businesses • Festive Atmosphere

Thank you sponsors! Vail Fire Department

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Avon’s Chapel Square Presents Our

1st Annual “Holly Days” Mattress King

Mountain Massage

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Sports Authority Pier One

Wishes Gondola Pizza

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Pinecones Transition Sports

Avon Laundromat Red Mountain Grill

Home Outfitters Fiesta Jalisco

Nov. 29 & Nov. 30

Come Celebrate The Season.. In The Heart of the Valley Exclusive Shopping Discounts, Offers and Giveaways... Restaurant Specials, Individual Events In Each Business, Goodie Bags and MORE... Stroll With Santa and “Ralph” the World’s Tallest Elf from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Then Meet Santa at Red Mountain Grill from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. for a Photo!

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