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Opening Doors to Homes & Providing Opportunities for Education in the Vail Valley


2012 HOME TOUR Sunday, September 16

in Vail

Home Tour Raffle over

$21,000 in fabulous prizes!

Proceeds benefit financial assistance at Vail Mountain School

Tickets $5 each / Ten for $50

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT THE SCHOOL AT 3000 Booth Falls Road, VAIL, CO OR CALL (970) 477-7169 Gorsuch Shopping Spree $5,000 - Gorsuch Ltd. Three Nights For Two At The Arrabelle Or The Lodge At Vail And Two 2-Day Lift Tickets $4,500 - Vail Resorts Echo BETTERIDGE-Anthony Nak Red Coral Pendant Necklace $1,900 - Betteridge 50 Days Of Parking At Solaris Residences $1,250 - Peter & Patrice Knobel Wishes Toy Store Shopping Spree $1,200 - Wishes Toy Store Two Season Passes To The Vail Jazz Festival Thursday Night Concert Series At Vail Square, Two Vpac Underground Sound Access Passes, Two Vail International Dance Festival Performance Plus Passes, And Two 2013 Bravo Season Lawn Passes-Green $1,013 The Vail Jazz Foundation, Inc.,Vail Valley Foundation, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Evening At The Metropolitan For Up To 10 People $1,000 - The Metropolitan Outdoor Family Portrait Sitting & Custom Canvas Print $1,000 - Nancy Cole Photography Guided Winter Or Summer Adventure With Nova Guides For 2-4 People $900 - Nova Guides Westin Denver Two Night Adult Getaway & Two Broncos Tickets (2012-13 season Home Game) $892 - The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel and The Sampson Family Ipad 3 With Wifi + Two–Hour Consultation & Set-Up $749 - Conundrum Golf At Sonnenalp For Four With Carts $700 - Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation and The Faessler Family Eight Course Dinner For Eight With Beer/Wine Pairings At Gore Range Brewery $500 Gore Range Brewery Bōl & Cinebistro Evenings-Bowling For 12 along with Two Movie Passes and $50 Food/Drink At Cinebistro $340 - Bōl and Cinebistro Rafting For Two On Shoshone/Colorado River $232 - Timberline Tours & Helénè & Billy Mattison

RAFFLE DRAWING ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 AT 1:00 P.M. Vail Mountain School, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail, CO Colorado License #2012-05657 See Raffle Ticket For Details, Exclusions, And Expiration Dates. Need Not Be Present To Win!


The 41st Annual Vail Mountain School

Home Tour Welcome to the Forty-First Annual Vail Mountain School Home Tour. We could not have imagined in 1972 when hosting our first Kitchen Tour during the quiet off season in a modest ski town that the bustling activity of Oktoberfest weekend would provide the backdrop for this year’s tour of homes in the midst of Vail’s Farmers’ Market and Art Show. With all of the colorful activities from which to choose, we hope you will enjoy the Home Tour which includes one of Vail’s oldest and original neighborhoods on Beaver Dam Road and extends east to one of Vail’s most unique residences, a grass-roofed home on the banks of Gore Creek filled with Norwegian farm furniture dating back to the 1600s. This year’s Tour includes homes ranging from European-influenced to traditional to mountain contemporary to post-modern architecture with decor and amenities as exciting and inviting as the exteriors are unique. The Tour also connects the school’s history with that of the resort and the Town, all of which are celebrating fiftieth anniversaries. You’ll find historical photographs and a timeline of events included on the following pages. Throughout the Tour, you will be greeted by students, parents and community friends of the school who are volunteering to make your day informative and pleasant. The students will be happy to answer questions about growing up in mountain communities, from as far east as Breckenridge to as far west as Gypsum. They attend a Kindergarten through grade twelve school, which is college preparatory with an emphasis on global awareness, citizenship and character development. Since the Home Tour’s inception, all proceeds from admission, raffle ticket sales, and the Gourmet Pantry benefit the school’s tuition assistance program. We are proud of our history of providing financial aid for up to 30% of students enrolled. On behalf of Vail Mountain School students and parents, the faculty, staff, and trustees, I again extend a welcome and best wishes for a pleasant day and an enjoyable Tour, which takes place at the start of our fiftieth academic year. Sincerely, Peter Abuisi Head of School


Vail Mountain School

Gourmet Pantry Sunday, September 16th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hundreds of fabulous homemade epicurean delights for sale at Vail Mountain School Pot Pies, Cakes, Preserves, Soups, Casseroles, Quiches, Pies, Salsas, Spiced Nuts, and much more! Shop when you arrive for the Home Tour luncheon and store your purchases for pick-up by 3:00 p.m. at the Gourmet Pantry

SAVE THE DATES! i VMS Book Fair & Food for Thought Luncheon

October 22-26, 2012 with the Food for Thought Luncheon taking place on October 24

i VMS Holiday Gala Online Auction

starting November 2012 • check for dates and items

i SummerQuest Plant Sale accepting orders November 2012

i VMS Family Garage Sale April 26-27, 2013

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Stay tuned to www.vms. e for more VMS duth anniversary50 festivities

Table of Contents Home Tour Raffle.................... Inside Front Cover Welcome from the Headmaster........................... 1 General Information........................................... 4 Acknowledgements............................................. 6 Sponsors............................................................. 8 Vail • Vail Mountain • Vail Mountain School –a look back at the past 50 years...................... 10

Tour of Homes In Vail 2910 Booth Creek Drive................................... 48 1999 Sunburst Drive......................................... 50 1537 Spring Hill Lane...................................... 52 1193 Cabin Circle............................................ 54 996 Ptarmigan Road......................................... 56 925 Fairway Drive............................................ 58 14 Beaver Dam Road........................................ 60 344 Beaver Dam Road...................................... 62

General Information Providing Opportunities for Education The 41st Annual Vail Mountain School Home Tour will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. All proceeds from Home Tour ticket sales, The Gourmet Pantry, and the Home Tour Raffle will be used to help provide over $1 million in tuition assistance to VMS students in the 2012–13 academic year.

Purchasing Home Tour Tickets Home Tour tickets can be purchased online at www. prior to the day of the event. Home Tour tickets are also available by contacting Vail Mountain School at 970-477-7169 or hometour@vms. edu prior to the day of the Home Tour. Cash, checks, MasterCard, or Visa may be used to purchase tickets. Home Tour tickets purchased by September 6, 2012 can be mailed to the purchaser, or picked up at Will Call at Home Tour Headquarters on the top level of the Vail Transportation Center on the day of the Tour from 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Home Tour tickets purchased after September 6, 2012 can be picked up at Will Call at Home Tour Headquarters on the day of the Tour. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the Home Tour at Home Tour Headquarters from 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Beginning July 2, 2012, Home Tour tickets can be purchased at Vail Mountain School (3000 Booth Falls Road in Vail), Gorsuch Ltd. (263 East Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village and the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek), Slifer Designs (Riverwalk at Edwards in Edwards), Wishes Toy Store (240 Chapel Place, Unit B112, Chapel Square in Avon), The Dusty Boot (1099 Capitol Street in Eagle) and Treasures Quality Consignments (91 Beaver Creek Place in Avon and 56 Market Street in Eagle).

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Home Tour Ticket PRICING Home Tour Discounted Advance Ticket Pricing (available through midnight on Tuesday, September 11, 2012)

• Seniors (62+) and students-$40 per person • All other guests-$45 per person • Groups of 10 or more-seniors (62+) and students$35 per person • Groups of 10 or more-all other guests-$40 per person Home Tour Ticket Pricing

(available on or after September 12, 2012 through the day of the Home Tour)

• All guests-$55 per person Home Tour tickets include a tour of the homes along with a luncheon at VMS brought to you by Larkspur.

Home Tour Directions, Parking & REGISTRATION Home Tour Headquarters, Will Call for tickets purchased prior to the day of the event, and day of event ticket sales for the Home Tour are located on the top level of the Vail Transportation Center. Directions: From I-70 take Exit #176 Vail. Head south to the round-about to South Frontage Road East. Go east on South Frontage Road East for approximately ¼ mile. The Vail Transportation Center and parking structure will be on your right. Park your vehicle in the parking structure and proceed to Home Tour Headquarters on the upper level of the Vail Transportation Center. Private transportation is not permitted on the Home Tour. Northside Coffee & Kitchen will provide complimentary coffee and sweets to Home Tour guests as they arrive at Home Tour Headquarters from 9:30 a.m.–noon.

Luncheon by Larkspur at Vail Mountain School A luncheon by Larkspur is included in the price of a Home Tour ticket and will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School. Students and parents will be the hosts and hostesses for the luncheon. Shuttles will drop off and pick up guests at Vail Mountain School.

Gourmet Pantry

We Kindly Ask…

Visit the Gourmet Pantry in the Vail Mountain School Common from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and take home casseroles, baked goods, and other specialties prepared by some of Vail Mountain School’s finest parent chefs. Home Tour guests can store their Gourmet Pantry purchases at the Pantry at Vail Mountain School for pick-up by 3:00 p.m.

• Please present your Home Tour ticket at the front door of each home on the Tour and at the luncheon.

Home Tour Trade Show Please be sure to stop by the Home Tour Trade Show booths at Vail Mountain School when you are there for the Luncheon from 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. A variety of Home Tour sponsors will be on hand to provide guests with an opportunity to learn more about their business or organization.

Home Tour Raffle This year’s raffle offers over $21,000 in exciting prizes, including: a $5,000 Gorsuch Ltd. shopping spree, a Denver weekend getaway with Broncos tickets for two, a $1,200 shopping spree at Wishes Toy Store, an outdoor family portrait sitting and print, a Vail ski and stay, a beautiful necklace from Betteridge, a golf package, 50 days of parking at Solaris Residences, entertainment, dining, cultural and outdoor adventure packages, and an iPad 3 (see inside front cover for more details and a full list of prizes). Raffle tickets are $5 each (a book of ten tickets for $50) and are sold prior to and on the day of the Tour. The drawing for the winning tickets will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Vail Mountain School. Winners need not be present at the drawing and will be notified by phone.

• Please park only at the parking structure at the Vail Transportation Center. • Please remove your shoes as you enter each home. We suggest you wear slip-on style shoes. As an alternative, disposable booties will be provided to all guests. • Stairs are part of mountain living–the homes on the Tour require guests to climb and descend stairs. • Smoking is prohibited in and outside the homes and at all locations on the Tour. • Cameras are not permitted in or around the homes and no photos or video may be taken at the homes. • No food or drink is allowed in the homes. • Small children must be supervised by an adult at all times. • No pets are allowed on the Tour. For more information please contact: Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Road Vail, CO 81657 Phone: 970-477-7170 E-mail:


Warm Thanks From Vail Mountain School – 2012 Home Tour Committee – Chair..........................................................................................................Crissy Shipp Administration-Sponsorships & Raffle................Pat Benedict Gourmet Pantry..........................................................................Stacey Sapp, Jenifer Shay Home Acquisitions. .................................................................Norma Aziz, Heather McInerny, Weesie Newton Home Tour Branding............................................................Susan Mitchell Home Tour Magazine Ad Sales Team..................................................................................Stephanie Becker-Perez, Gail Flesher, Amanda Jaffe, Lynda Sampson, Page Slevin, Brielle Stockton Distribution. ....................................................................................Kaia Moritz

Home Descriptions.......................................................................Elizabeth Davis

Home Photography......................................................................Pettit Photography

House Captain Chairs...........................................................Carolyn Connolly, Tracy Pesso Logistics & Staging.................................................................Eamonn Rooney Luncheon............................................................................................Gary Pesso Raffle

Item Acquisitions...........................................................................Susanna Chlipala, Lynda Sampson

Logistics.............................................................................................Liza Alrick, Susanna Chlipala Oliver Compton, Sue Franciose, Tara Levine, Stephanie Shaffer Trade Show........................................................................................Christina Lautenberg Transportation...........................................................................Brian Gillette Volunteers........................................................................................Gail Flesher, David Salvin

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Very Special Thanks To… • the Vail homeowners who have so graciously opened their beautiful homes for the 41st Annual Home Tour • the Town of Vail for their help in making the Home Tour possible in so many ways, including provision of parking facilities and registration area space along with historical information about the Town of Vail as well as the use of archival photographs • Vail Resorts for historical information as well as the use of archival photographs • for the use of archival photographs • ECO Transit for the provision of a bus and driver • Larkspur for providing a fabulous luncheon • Balz Arrigoni, Hans Berglund, Kathy Borgen, Nancy Cole, Michael Connolly, Michele Evans, Elaine Kelton, Kevin O’Donnell, Charlie Sherman, Brielle Stockton, Tye Stockton and Ann Smead who helped in trying to secure homes for the Home Tour • Kent Pettit ( for photographing a number of homes on the Home Tour • Gibeon Photography for the use of photographs for one of the homes on the Home Tour • Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea and Western Slope Supply for their contributions to the luncheon • Christiania at Vail, The Sebastian-Vail and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail for offering special lodging rates for Home Tour guests the weekend of the Home Tour • Gorsuch Ltd. (Vail Village and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek locations), Slifer Designs, Wishes Toy Store, Treasures Quality Consignments (Avon and Eagle locations) and The Dusty Boot (Eagle location) for serving as ticket outlets for the Home Tour • The Parents Handbook for assistance with distribution of the Home Tour magazine • our generous Home Tour donors and sponsors, whose businesses we encourage you to patronize • the generous donors of our raffle prizes, whose businesses we encourage you to patronize: Gorsuch Ltd.; Vail Resorts Echo; Betteridge; Peter and Patrice Knobel; Wishes Toy Store; The Vail Jazz Foundation, Inc.; Vail Valley Foundation; Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival; The Metropolitan; Nancy Cole Photography; Nova Guides; The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel; the Sampson Family; Conundrum; Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation and the Faessler Family; Gore Range Brewery; bōl; Cinébistro; and Timberline Tours and Hélène and Billy Mattison • the florists who contributed floral arrangements for the homes on the Home Tour: A Secret Garden; Bouquets; Petals & Pours; Sweet Pea Designs; and Vintage Magnolia • the over 400 volunteers, which include VMS parents, students, faculty and staff, along with friends of VMS, who ensure the success of the Home Tour by securing homes for use on the Home Tour, soliciting donors and sponsors, volunteering at the homes, driving vans, selling raffle tickets, serving lunch, cooking for the Gourmet Pantry, and working behind the scenes


VMS Sponsors Headmaster Circle Sponsor The aziz, hernandez, and martĂ­ families

Home Tour Premier Event Sponsor

Home Tour Platinum SponsorS Grisham Family

Home Tour Gold Sponsors Borgen Family Foundation In Avon, on the north side!

Home Tour Silver Sponsors

PMS 364

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PMS 376

PMS 8001

Home Tour bronze Sponsors

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Tom Jaffe and Hard tellin’ not knowin’

Law Offices of Gregory Perkins, LLC

Steve Stavisky of Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate

780 Nottingham Road Avon, CO 81620 Ph: (970) 949-6800 Fx: (970) 949-6802

Home Tour Full Page Ad Sponsors

VMS Cash Event Silver Sponsor

Home Tour and Gala & Auction Joint Event Platinum Sponsor

Home Tour and Gala & Auction Joint Event Gold Sponsor

The Catalogues

Home Tour and Gala & Auction Joint Event Silver Sponsors


10 • Vail Mountain School Home Tour courtesy Vail Resorts

Building a Mountain Community Together VAIL VAIL MOUNTAIN VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL It started with a vision– a mountain

resort in Colorado to rival those of Europe. Vail Mountain, two hours west of Denver, seemed an ideal location. The valley below was, for the most part, undeveloped and the mountain held a precious asset–miles of south facing open bowls and a climate that produced significant snowfall. The founders began putting their dream into action, but one thing was missing–a school for the children of their new community. Responding to this need, the same people establishing the town and resort were also forming Vail Country

Day School, now known as Vail Mountain School. From its modest beginnings, when a handful of students assembled in the home of Vail Founder Peter Seibert, Vail Mountain School has evolved into an accredited K-12 independent school. During this same half century, Vail has evolved into a world-class resort community. As the Town, the ski area, and the school prepare to celebrate their fiftieth anniversaries, we hope you will enjoy the pages that follow illuminating the simultaneous growth and inextricable ties among Vail’s three oldest institutions. 11

Original Vail Village Gondola

Peter Seibert,VCDS parent and one of the founders of Vail

courtesy Vail Resorts

courtesy Vail Resorts

courtesy Vail Resorts

1960s & 1970s: Getting Established

President Gerald Ford examining a pair of vintage skis

courtesy Vail Resorts

VCDS circa 1965 courtesy Vail Resorts

Holy Cross Electric at the Lodge at Vail

VCDS students try out a fire hose

1962-63 With no school in Vail, parents 1964-65 Allen Brown named head Jack Tweedy, Betty Seibert, and Barbara Parker form Vail Country Day School (VCDS) with Allen Brown as its first teacher. VCDS opens it doors in October 1962 with seven students attending classes in Brown’s apartment above the Vail Delicatessen. Mid-year, VCDS moves to The Lodge at Vail after its construction is completed. • Vail Mountain opens for skiing on December 15 with one gondola and two chairlifts. Lift tickets are five dollars.

teacher at VCDS and is joined by Judy Marshall Nelson who teaches the first Kindergarten. Vail pioneer Dick Hauserman together with VCDS parent, Ted Kindel, negotiate use of the top floor of the Vail Fire House. Parent volunteers transform the space into two large classrooms, library, teacher’s office, and bathroom. • The Clock Tower and Covered Bridge, Vail landmarks, are constructed in May. • The Giant Steps Lift (#1) is installed in Vail Village.

1963-64 VCDS enrollment doubles with

1965-66 VCDS grows to twenty-six

classes held in Peter Seibert’s basement. • Vail hosts the U.S. Olympic Team training camp in preparation for the 1964 Winter Olympics. • Ski Club Vail is organized.

students and three teachers, with Ginny Crowley as head teacher. • The Vail Trail, predecessor to the Vail Daily, is established. • Dr. Tom Steinberg is hired as Vail’s first full-time doctor and opens a clinic in the Mill Creek Court Building.

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Early Vail golfers

1966-67 The Town of Vail is

1969-70 The Lionshead base area,

1967-68 VCDS relocates to the new Vail

1970-71 VCDS moves to the Tivoli

incorporated. VCDS parent Ted Kindel becomes first mayor of Vail. A two percent lift tax is implemented. Clinic Building on West Meadow Drive in a single classroom using an “open space” concept. • Golden Peak opens with a fixed-grip double chairlift which is the first of its kind with four loading stations.

1968-69 Eagle County School District

forms Vail’s first public school, absorbing the students and resources of VCDS in grades K-six. VCDS grades seven and eight relocate to Vail Associates offices on Wall Street, and then to the Bank of Vail Building in Crossroads. • The first snowmaking systems are installed. • Gerald and Betty Ford make their first family visit to Vail.

Lionshead Gondola, and Game Creek Bowl open. • The Vail Golf Course opens just east of Golden Peak. Lodge and then Lionshead Center. All six students take home medals from the Vail Standard Ski Race. Over the years, a number of VCDS students will compete as members of the U.S. Ski Team. During the early years of the school, students were dismissed mid-day to ski. This tradition continues today with Friday afternoon school-wide ski outings during the winter trimester.

Cover of the first Home Tour magazine

Early admissions ad

Helga Pulis,VMS parent, working at the Meadow Mountain campus

Vail Mountain School Meadow Mountain campus

courtesy Vail Resorts

David Gorsuch,VMS parent, working at the Meadow Mountain campus

Original Lionshead Gondola VMS Class of 1976, the school’s first graduates


Vail Associates provides another new home for VCDS, offering the use of the conference room in the Lionshead Gondola Building.


VCDS holds the first Annual Kitchen Tour to establish a scholarship fund under the leadership of Headmaster J. Neil Smith. The event continues to this day as the Home Tour. For the first time, the school admits out-of-area students, most of whom are Ski Club Vail racers living with local host families.


VCDS is renamed Vail Mountain School (VMS) and continues to grow as a school for ski racers. Half the students participate in Ski Club Vail programs. The school adds a tenth grade during the fall and fifth and sixth grades in January, bringing enrollment to forty-five students. • A free bus system is established by Vail Associates. • Highline Lift (#10) is installed. • Vail Village Parking Structure is built.


VMS is issued a five-year lease by Vail Associates on the property at Meadow Mountain, now occupied by the Forest Service. Parent volunteers, students, and faculty work together to improve the property. Two modular buildings are added to the campus. • Gopher Hill Lift (#12) and Sourdough Lift (#14) are installed, providing access to beginner terrain.


Caryle Clark is appointed headmaster. Vali Pulis, Peggy Augustine, Erik Brofos, and Lael Fray are the first seniors to graduate from VMS. • Little Eagle Lift (#15) is installed to service a beginner area at Eagle’s Nest.


Peter Abuisi is hired to direct the lower and middle schools as well as teach language arts and social studies. Enrollment grows to 112 with the addition of grades one through four. Planning for a permanent facility at the school’s present day Booth Creek location is underway. • Vail Associates is sold in September to Harry Bass.


Colorado Ski Museum & Hall of Fame opens in Vail Village.


Peter Abuisi becomes Headmaster. The school graduates eight seniors, all of whom will enter college in the fall. This milestone represents a continued commitment to a college preparatory curriculum. Construction of the Booth Creek facility begins in May on a multi-acre parcel donated to the school by Vail Associates. The project is designed by architect Gordon Pierce and built by developer Bob Lazier, both of whom are then-current VMS parents and board members. • Dobson Arena opens. • I-70 over Vail pass is completed.


Finishing the inside of the new Booth Falls campus


1980s & 1990s: Modernization

VMS students restoring the cabin

courtesy Vail Resorts

The Vista Bahn high-speed quad chairlift

Sun Down Bowl VMS 25th anniversary 4th of July parade float courtesy Vail Resorts

Early computers at VMS Ford Amphitheater


Despite opening a week late, the new VMS building is constructed in record time during a single summer recess. Undeterred by the delay, classes start on schedule using locations in Vail Village as a temporary campus. 107 students attend grades one through twelve at the new campus with eleven seniors graduating in May. • High Noon Lift (#5) is installed, servicing Vail’s Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls.

1980-81 VMS is granted membership in 1982-83 the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS). Exterior restoration of the Homesteader Cabin, which was built in 1906, is completed with the guidance of Edna Baldauf Norgaard who spent her childhood there. Norgaard is awarded an honorary diploma at graduation. • Vail Clinic becomes a full service center and is renamed Vail Valley Medical Center.

Celebrating its 20th academic year, the school has grown from seven students and one teacher to 137 students with fourteen teachers. The curriculum has evolved from tutor-based instruction to a college preparatory course of study. Thirteen seniors graduate, bound for colleges and universities nationwide. • Vail Public Library opens.

1981-82 VMS becomes a member of


the National Association of Independent Schools. The curriculum continues to evolve with the introduction of Advanced Placement calculus and expansion of computer science.

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Kindergarten returns to VMS with a class of twelve. A campus expansion houses a purpose built kindergarten classroom, math center, computer lab, conference room, and kitchenette. • Jimmie Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis opens.


Gillett Holdings Inc. acquires Vail Associates. • Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16), Mountaintop Express Lift (#4), Game Creek Express Lift (#7) and Northwoods Express Lift (#11), all highspeed quads, are installed along with Hunky Dory Lift (#3).

1986-87 opens.

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

1987-88 VMS celebrates its 25th

anniversary. The school begins its celebration by entering a float, which won first place, in the Town’s Fourth of July parade.

SummerQuest courtesy Vail Resorts

A new Apple Macintosh computer is donated by Safeway World Cup racer Hermann Maier VMS students snowboarding courtesy Vail Resorts

VMS ski racers

China Bowl at Vail courtesy Town of Vail

courtesy Vail Resorts

The new Lionshead Gondola


Headmaster Peter Abuisi is recognized by Williams College as a recipient of the George Olmstead Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. • The World Alpine Ski Championships are held in Vail. • China Bowl opens in December with the addition of another high-speed quad, the Orient Express Lift (#21). Born Free Express Lift (#8), a highspeed quad, opens in Lionshead. • Vail opens to snowboarding. • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Mountain Perennial Garden opens.

1989-90 VMS Campus Center is built,

expanding the Booth Creek facility. The center includes a gymnasium, locker rooms, and a stage for performing arts. Enrollment reaches 180 students taught by twenty-one teachers. • Avanti Express Lift (#2), a high-speed quad, is installed.

Roundabouts replace intersections such as this and reduce congestion


Apollo Partners acquires Vail Associates.


At the milestone of its 30th anniversary, the school continues to grow. Needing more space, the attic is converted to classrooms, office space, and work areas.

1993-94 VMS develops its first strategic

plan. • Pride Express Lift (#26), a highspeed quad, is installed.

1994-95 Vail and Beaver Creek are

named host sites for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.


The school’s library expands with total volumes reaching 10,034 in May. • Vail’s first modern roundabout interchange opens. • Vail’s largest employee-owned housing development, Vail Commons, is built.

1996-97 VMS launches SummerQuest, a

program for middle school students in Eagle County Public Schools who have been identified as talented and in need of additional academic support. • Vail Associates is renamed to Vail Resorts, Inc. and the merger with Keystone and Breckenridge is approved. Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) is installed, replacing the original Lionshead Gondola.

1997-98 VMS celebrates its 35th

anniversary. Successful fundraising provides over $200,000 in need-based tuition assistance. Land in Sweetwater is purchased for student retreats.

1998-99 VMS is re-accredited by ACIS. • The World Alpine Ski Championships are held at Vail and Beaver Creek.

1999-00 VMS adopts its second

Strategic Plan, resulting in a decision to expand the school. • Blue Sky Basin opens with three new high-speed quads: Tea Cup Express Lift (#36), Skyline Express Lift (#37), and Earl’s Express Lift (#38).


2000s & 2010s: Building a Future courtesy Vail Resorts

The grasshopper weathervane atop VMS

Blue Sky Basin A soccer game on the synthetic turf field at VMS

Donovan Pavilion

An excerpt from the 2007 VMS Strategic Plan

A page from the “!magine” Capital Campaign brochure

2001-02 VMS enrollment grows to 260 students with forty faculty members, drawing from as far east as Breckenridge and as far west as Gypsum. • The next phase of Blue Sky Basin opens with the addition of Pete’s Bowl serviced by Pete’s Express Lift (#39).

2002-03 The $26 million “!magine” Capital Campaign is launched by VMS to fund a completely new campus at the existing location. Vail Resorts donates the land east of Katsos Ranch Road for faculty housing. Ground is broken on the new facility in April 2003. • Ski Club Vail officially changes its name to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. • Donovan Pavilion is built.

The courtyard behind the VMS library

The VMS computer lab

2004-05 Phase two of construction at VMS is completed for school opening and includes art rooms, computer lab, music rooms, classrooms, theatre, library, and the Common. Enrollment expands to 315 students. Twenty-six seniors graduate in May. • Work begins on The Arrabelle at Vail Square replacing the old gondola building, Sunbird Lodge, and Sundance Saloon.

2003-04 The first phase of construction 2005-06 The new VMS campus is

at VMS, including relocation of the cabin, the addition of a synthetic soccer field, and realignment of Katsos Ranch Road is completed. • The redevelopment of Lionshead begins with replacement of the thirty-year-old skier bridge.

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dedicated on September 23, 2005, marking the completion of phase three of construction, which includes a new kindergarten room, dining room, gymnasium, and playground. Ethically Engaged Youth (now Students Shoulderto-Shoulder) is established to connect upper school students to cultures around the globe through service and learning programs.

The VMS theatre

The VMS art studio

2006-07 VMS adopts its third strategic plan focusing on academics, aesthetics, athletics, character, and settings. 2007-08 VMS celebrates its 45th

anniversary and undertakes reaccreditation by ACIS. • Highline Express Lift (#10) and Sourdough Express Lift (#14) open. The Arrabelle at Vail Square opens.

A trip to Nepal where students help build a school in a remote mountain town

The VMS mission statement

The West Vail Fire Station

courtesy Vail Resorts

Installation of solar panels on the VMS roof

The Arrabelle at Vail Square

2008-09 VMS adopts a new mission statement to reflect a globally minded, liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum enhanced by athletics, outdoor education, community service, and cross-age interaction. The school is re-accredited by ACIS. • Mountain Plaza in Vail Village is completed. 2009-10 VMS awards more than

$1,000,000 in need based tuition assistance to a total of 26% of the students. • Ski & Snowboard Club Vail funds a new automated snowmaking system on Golden Peak, providing early season training for its athletes as well as racers from around the world.

Learn, Experience, Share–The Navajo Culture in New Mexico Today, a VMS Intraterm course

2010-11 Upper school launches a oneweek Intraterm for tenth grade students to expand the traditional curriculum. Further enrichment opportunities are provided by staff focused on community service, outdoor education, technology, and college counseling. The school installs solar panels on the roof. • High Noon Express Lift (#5), a high speed quad, opens replacing the fixed-grip triple High Noon Lift. • West Vail Fire Station opens.

2011-12 As VMS prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the school adopts its fourth strategic plan designed to assure that, in the course of the next fifty years, it will not only continue to build upon the core values of its unique community, but also enhance the quality of programs and the financial sustainability of the institution. This reflects a commitment to preparing its students for leadership in meeting the multiple and complex challenges they face in the 21st Century. • The 10th, a new table-service restaurant named in honor of Vail’s founders and the 10th Mountain Division, opens.

Cover of the VMS 2011-16 Strategic Plan

2012-13 The Town of Vail, Vail Mountain and Vail Mountain School will celebrate their 50th anniversaries.


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2910 Booth Creek Drive If ever there is a home that embodies the European influence in Vail, it would be this grass-roofed gem along Gore Creek in East Vail. On property purchased in 1987, this residence was designed combining the styles of traditional Norwegian farm homes and American Homesteaders’ cabins. Newly renovated on the interior, this treasure continues to house its family and welcome friends in a generous style unique to the Vail valley. The horseshoe lay-out of the house, built around a grassy courtyard resembling an old Norwegian-style farm, appears to be six separate cabins connected by stucco hallways. The main building includes a large open room serving as the kitchen, dining room and living area, built around an open wood-burning fireplace in the center. The five houses off of the main house include three bedrooms, a bathroom area, and a garage with a guest apartment above. The master suite lies opposite the other bedrooms in the house. Englemann spruce logs standing dead in the Flat Tops Wilderness were harvested to build the log portions of the home, and the white chinking, a look borrowed from American homesteaders’ cabins, was applied by the owners, their family and friends, whose “signatures” can be found in the form of fingerprints embedded in the chinking. A cobblestone walkway connects the guest apartment to the main house, where a grass-roofed porch protects the entranceway from nature’s elements. The front door, paneled on both sides, opens to a small foyer. Nearly every piece of furniture in this home is a Norwegian antique, inherited or collected through the years by the owners. These treasured pieces, dating back to the 17th century, can be regionally identified by the bright colors the pine pieces are painted: the blue with green from the western coast, the red with blue from the eastern coast of Norway. All of the furniture is utilized, including a cradle safe-keeping the family’s 300-yearold Norwegian wedding dress, and doubling as a coffee table. The refrigerator is built into the wall, and features a wooden facade taken from an old Norwegian pine cabinet, and the gas stove is set inside an old French tiled stove. New to the interior, the woodwork in the main house boasts bespoke trim designed and carved by German craftsman Dieter Menzel. The owners purchased an old smoke house in Germany, and Dieter, working from measurements, cut and carved all the wood from the smokehouse in Germany and had it shipped to Vail, where local craftsmen washed all the wood and left it to dry in the sun before

piecing together the finished product. The walls and ceiling were repaneled, shelving and cabinets installed, and intricate carved trim placed around the windows, on the interior beams, in the newly plastered fireplace, on the exterior flower boxes, and above the windows and doors. The interior of the main house is illuminated by crystal chandeliers, custom designed and made in Italy. Also new to the property is an extensive stone patio with a fire pit and outdoor speakers bringing music to an already lyrical scene by the gurgling Gore Creek, with commanding unobstructed mountain views of the Grand Traverse in the east to the horizon in the west. This home is unlike anything ever seen in the valley and brilliantly illustrates the convergence of beloved family origins with the majestic beauty of a Vail creek side, mountain view lifestyle. Photos by


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1999 Sunburst drive Completed in 1998, this residence provides an excellent display of Vail’s timeless mountain Europeaninfluenced design and illustrates the legendary hospitality of Vail’s homeowners. When they couldn’t find a residence large enough for their expanding family, the owners bought the three-bedroom home of Betty Seibert and replaced it with two separate homes attached by a common wall. The guest house almost mirrors the main house, and magnificent views of the Gore Range and golf course are a signature of this property. The main level of the north side of the residence, a few steps up from the entry, opens to the living room. Butternut walnut, hand-distressed by the owner, can be found throughout both sides of the residence in support beams, fireplace mantles, moulding, doors, custom cabinetry and shelving. The dining room table, in the area opposite the living room, was designed by the owner and expands to hold up to eighteen people. The living and dining area has vaulted, paneled ceilings with exposed support timbers. The dry-stacked stone fireplace houses a television and bookshelves artfully built into arched openings in the stone. A granite-slab gourmet kitchen is separated by a bar counter from the owner’s favorite space, the family room. Sectional seating surrounds a coffee table made from antique shutters centered on the fireplace. A game table and additional seating are positioned to take full advantage of the tremendous mountain views. Woodsy touches with pine cones, antlers, and tapestry accent pillows help create a comfortable space for family and friends. An outdoor terrace provides a space to enjoy the mountain air. Opposite the family room is the master suite, with exposed ceiling timbers, stonework and bookcases creating a cozy, cabin-like feel for the voracious readers who call this place their home away from home. A terrace overlooking the golf course adjoins the master suite. Downstairs you will find four bedrooms, all with private bathrooms and a tasteful, eclectic collection of fine wood furniture and framed prints.

The guest house, sharing a common wall but otherwise completely independent from the main house, provides additional space for the owners’ children and grandchildren during Christmas and summer family gatherings. The main living area consists of an eat-in gourmet kitchen, dining area, and living room, with finishes similar to those in the main house. Downstairs, three additional bedrooms are comfortably furnished and decorated with European inspired floral bedding and framed antique hunting prints. This residence was specifically built as a warm and inviting family haven, with comfortable spaces for the owners, their friends and their growing families to gather. Photos by

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1537 Spring Hill lane

This mountain contemporary home beautifully incorporates organic elements and a design allowing in natural light and the surrounding woodland forest. The wood-framed glass door with custom forged aspen saplings opens to a bright entryway, illuminated by floor to ceiling windows in the adjacent stairwell. Metal railings holding glass balustrades provide uninterrupted sunshine to all three floors of this home. A neutral yet rich palate of textures and materials creates a sleek, comfortable well-appointed setting. Integrated plaster walls, limestone flooring, wood parquet wall coverings and reclaimed wood post and beam construction provide decorative and structural lines accented by dark stained hardwood floors and finishes. The numerous unadorned windows in the main living space bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. The grand vaulted living room and dining areas have floor to ceiling windows, crossed beamwork and an additional window in the high soffit space above. A stone and mortar fireplace with a finished stone mantle and hearth complement a wall of windows offering an aspen-filtered Gore Range view. Above the dining table hangs an intricate Robert Kuster glass chandelier in beautiful amber tones. The kitchen is the favored room of the owners. Separated from the main room by an open wet bar, the extensive stone countertops, luxury appliances, multiple sinks, raised glass dining counter, and a hearth room with a flat screen television provide little reason to leave this accommodating space. French doors lead to a raised deck which connects by spiral staircase to an extensive stone patio below. From the kitchen, a large pantry, computer desk, laundry room and generous ski storage/mud room connect with a foyer leading to the upstairs guest suite. The sitting area with mountain views has a wet bar, microwave and flat screen television, and connects with two bedrooms. A linen-framed queen bed carries the neutral, textured palate from downstairs, with herringbone-woven cotton bedding accentuated by embroidered linen pillows. The understated window coverings are natural grass, and the countertops in the bathroom are honed limestone, revealing fossilized shells within.

The only departure from the serene tones of the home is found in the bedroom of the granddaughters: the dainty crystal chandelier and sconces illuminate all things pink: the bedding, floor covering, window treatments, and almost anywhere else the eye rests. Up the main stairs a large office and master bedroom are separated by a long hallway. The neutral tones and natural materials create an atmosphere of balance and serenity, reinforced by a symbolic Buddhist sculpture on the stone shelves above the built-in benches on either side of the fireplace. The master bathroom with its Asian touches and natural grass shades, brings the feel of a Bali spa to Vail. The main stairs, lit by mica sconces, descend to an elegant sepia-toned family entertainment room and guest suites. Beautiful honed sandstone counters of the wet bar complement the camel-colored billiard table and family photos. The dry-stacked stone perfectly frames an oblong horizontal gas fireplace and flat-screen television, and is flanked by wooden cabinets with stone countertops. A large sectional, surrounding a “lazy susan� coffee table, has framed Kilim rugs hung above with rich reds and browns which nicely bring together the color palate of all the accessories in this room. French doors lead to the large stone patio with an outdoor stone fireplace, water feature, hot tub and fire pit. For the owners who have been visiting Vail from Denver since the early 1970s, this home has everything to offer for their family and the guests who are fortunate to call 1537 Spring Hill Lane their address while in Vail. Photos by

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1193 Cabin Circle

Originally built in 1970, this “house to live in” embodies the family’s passion for travel and a lifetime of skiing. According to the owners who met in 1960 as members of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, “This unique residence reflects the tradition of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains.” Heavy wooden gates open to a winding stone walkway through an enclosed yard to the front porch and entry. Exterior finishes including stone, copper gutters, massive timber beams, shuttered windows and dark-stained wooden porch railings are accentuated by the whitewashed stucco of the home’s outer walls. Inside, the foyer, with its wide-plank wooden floors, tray ceiling, rich wood paneling, Venetian plaster walls and antique painted armoire, introduces the comfortable elegance this home exudes. The living room, with timber supports in its vaulted ceiling, wood paneling, Venetian plaster walls and palladium windows framing the Gore Range, provides a refined contrast of light and dark. The furnishings are traditional and accessorized with a multitude of antiques, and the walls are adorned with mountain influenced art and artifacts. The kitchen has built-in wooden cabinets and Carrera marble slab countertops. A fine collection of carved cows, a favorite of the owners, is assembled in a herd above the kitchen sink. The breakfast nook, wood burning fireplace, sitting area and television invite family and friends into the comfort of the heart of this home. Around the corner with windows covering

most of the three walls, a bright dining room beckons with built-in bench seating and a sitting area, where emerald green walls meet the white plaster tray ceiling. French doors open to the stone patio, an expansive outdoor space that surrounds the main living areas on the back of the house. On the opposite side of the main level, double wooden doors open to the master suite, with a generous sitting area and “grandchild’s bed” tucked in a corner. The master bath features a soaking tub, separate shower and a custom-carved wood valance over the vanity. The stairs from the entry, with heavy gunmetal bannisters and brass railings, lead up to a loft overlooking the living room which serves as a music/ media/playroom for the owners’ grandchildren. This stairwell leads down to the lower level where three guest rooms with bathrooms can be found. The largest of the three resulted from combining two bedrooms into one large suite with a sitting room filled with antique treasures. The other two bedrooms are similarly furnished with colorful patterned fabrics and antique accessories. Not to be missed on this floor is the two story library and gym at the end of the hall, which at one time held a trampoline, a longtime favorite of the owners’ children and friends. The “tree house”, as it is referred to by the grandchildren, sits above the garage. Married 52 years and in business together for 50, this family continues to share a lot of love and life experiences together in the Vail valley.

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996 Ptarmigan road This mountain contemporary home is designed to let the light shine in. Transom windows reach from the floor to the slanted roof-line, framing the solid walnut-paneled front door, holding horizontal panes of glass in a wellplanned random pattern. The windows capture stunning Gore Range views from the valley to the snow-capped peaks. Turning away from the view, this home offers a visual treat of sophisticated design with natural materials in unique and varied textures and patterns. Floating natural wood stairs are supported by a branchdesigned gun-metal bannister in the stairwell across from the entrance. Opposite a wooden console table, leather trimmed chairs share a petrified wood log, serving as a side table. Organic materials including Colorado buff flagstone flooring, Montana sandstone-faced accent walls and fireplace, integrated plaster, and cedar and walnut woods create a base palate of rich patterns and earth tones carried throughout this amazing home. To the right of the entry, an open living floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen, dining area, wet bar, living room and conversational seating areas. Wide plank walnut flooring innovatively meets custom furnishings and shelves also crafted from walnut, a sumptuous wood with rich, chocolate hues, and complex grain patterns. The multi-level ceiling is paneled cedar, with gunmetal support trusses in the vaulted living area allowing in the light from windows that follow the slanted roofline. Custom sliding glass doors stack to open to stone patios on either side of the living room, and floor to ceiling windows in the dining area offer commanding Gore Range views. The geometric raised walnut panels on the wet bar create a clean, modern sculptural feature that artfully separates the dining area from the living spaces. Music, lighting, and thermostat settings are managed from an iPad built into the wall. Opposite the living area sits the family room, with a flat screen television and sumptuous sectional couch. The far wall is composed of glass framed by walnut, with French doors that open to the outside. A junior master suite boasts Gore Range views through large picture windows. The wide-planked walnut closet doors provide contrast to the otherwise neutral decor. A second bedroom has corner-meeting picture

windows, luxurious quilted silk bedding and a leather writing desk. The master suite occupies the top floor, and includes an office, yoga/exercise room and art studio. The bedroom has a wet bar, gas fireplace, leather tiled wall, and a wall of windows that follow the roofline, capturing Gore Range views. His and her closets lead to the bathroom, a serene space with walnut cabinets, limestone tile floors and soapstone countertops. The office floor to ceiling windows meet in the corner, offering views filtered by the tall pines outside, and custom walnut shelving serves as functional sculpture. The yoga and art studios have sliders opening to a private terrace. Even the downstairs media room enjoys the ever-present Gore Range views from panorama windows above the built-in shelving surrounding the large flat screen television. A billiard table, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large laundry room, and a ski storage/mud room that leads to the garage can also be found on the lower level. French doors lead outside to an extensive stone patio with a sunken hot tub and fire pit. The owners’ families have been coming to the Vail valley for the past thirty-eight years, and their love of the valley is made evident by a home designed to bring the outdoors into this contemporary masterpiece.

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925 Fairway Drive

Aptly addressed “Fairway Drive,� this timeless mountain home, with its mix of old world and modern influences, captures unobstructed expansive views of the Vail Golf Course and the surrounding mountains. A few stone steps down from the street, a flagstone porch continues through the threshold of the front door to the entry foyer. An open floor plan encompassing the kitchen, living room and dining room has hickory floors and custom floor to ceiling steel windows. In the living room, a stone fireplace extends to the vaulted woodpaneled ceiling, and has a beautifully carved limestone surround. A large stone patio, accessible from the living room and dining room, has generous seating and an outdoor fireplace and serves as a cover for a lower level stone patio. On the upper patio, a trellis for daytime sun protection and infrared heaters for chilly evenings create a versatile outdoor living environment for yearround entertaining. The kitchen is designed around a custom pantry furniture piece from the owners’ previous home, and a French antique fireback, circa 1790, behind the range. Rustic exposed beams, wood ceilings and stained wood cabinets contrast beautifully with the custom stone hood and marble countertops. Contemporary artwork commissioned by Bradford Stewart shapes the dining room. A dramatic open steel and wood staircase connects the three floors of the home with refined steel railings attached to thick wood stair treads supported by exposed structural steel stringers, creating a functional art installation. Up the stairs lies the master suite, with

antique wrought iron gates serving as a partition to the master bathroom. A stunning, intricately carved marble mosaic on the wall of the shower stall steals attention from the picture windows above the freestanding bathtub. The master bedroom, like the living room, has an old-world stone fireplace with limestone surround creating coziness and true warmth on cold winter nights. The lower level has a wet bar and stone fireplace, and near floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the lower patio with a hot tub and outdoor fireplace, and beyond to the fairway of the Vail Golf Course. The nearby bedroom has French doors leading to the stone patio. European-inspired bedroom and bath decor in neutral but rich tones of beige and taupe are highlighted by the limestone and marble tile work in the bathroom. Two other bedrooms sit apart from the family room. The junior master suite has a carved limestone and brick fireplace, outdoor access, and an elegant marble and limestone bathroom with crystal pendant lighting. A freestanding porcelain tub sits below two large Andy Warhol prints, playfully introducing color to an otherwise neutral palate. Twin beds occupy the second bedroom, which has French door access to the outside, and a bathroom with unique stone tiling on the wall above the sink. Completed this year and filled with antiques and art, each room of this home has its own view and personality, and is a year-round destination for the owners, who first came as a family to Vail in 1989. Interior photos by


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14 Beaver Dam Road Distinctly situated steps away from the heart of Vail Village, this European-inspired modern masterpiece rises from the banks of Gore Creek and offers exquisite panoramic mountain views above the rooftops of Vail Village of the Gore Range from Eagles Nest Wilderness to the White River National Forest. The owners’ commitment to quality is evident in every detail of this fine home, with intention to bring the outside of the house inside as evidenced by the use of the same stone and the inclusion of copper both inside and out. A cobblestone driveway meets both the garage entry and the stone stairs that lead to the main entrance on the second floor. On the lower level, a travertine stone hallway leads past a small fitness room to a billiard/ media room, doubling as a playroom for the owners’ grandchildren. Bright red walls coordinate beautifully with the adjacent bathroom’s Asian-influenced decor. From the entry foyer, a natural walnut staircase rises to the second floor, where a work done by a Hawaiian artist is featured, made up of 32 different square paintings on wood. The hallway to the right leads to the owner’s office, laundry room, and a stately guest suite with Europeaninspired furnishings and French doors that lead to a private patio. On the opposite side from the stairwell, a bunk room and guest room are comfortably furnished and have private baths. The “stairwell” continues, with a continuous stone wall rising from the ground floor to the roofline of the top floor, and is naturally lit by skylights in the vaulted ceiling above. The main living area offers an open floor plan with a living room ceiling design of rustic wood lattice. A fireplace, with a copper mantle and stonework matching the home’s exterior, opens to the dining room, which showcases an artisan Hilliard dome pendant light above the large round dining table. The owner who loves to cook spent a great deal of time working with the architect along with the kitchen and interior designers to come up with a space that would work well for the family. Kitchen features include a stainless steel center island, a Pyrolave bar top, granite counters, painted alder cabinets

and travertine stone flooring. Numerous unadorned windows and French doors provide natural lighting and access to the extensive outdoor water features, stone patios and walkways encircling the home. In the nearby den, a copper wall serves as both a bookshelf and divider for another favored space. The unique sandstone and soapstone fireplace brings a contemporary element to an otherwise traditionally furnished room. Opposite the living areas on the third floor lies the master bedroom suite. His and hers walk-in closets feature luxurious Studio Becker Wardrobes with inlaid marquetry wood and leather drawer-pulls. With wide-plank oak flooring and textured walls and a vaulted ceiling hand-painted with an antiqued finish, traditional mixes with a touch of contemporary in the copper paneled fireplace in this inviting room. In the master bath, a long Jerusalem Gold marble counter with a high, deep backsplash holds two sinks and partially frames the mirrors above. An inviting sunken jacuzzi tub and separate steam shower provide a spa experience for the owners. An element not to be missed can be found in the unique leather flooring in the powder room on the upper level. Thoughtful and experienced attention to quality and detail create a comfortable full-time home for these long-time Vail residents. Photos by


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344 Beaver Dam Road A bravely contemporary treasure rises from the natural wooded landscape of Beaver Dam Road. An interlocking sculptural composition features cube-like volumes that come together creating a residence of real materials in real space. The building elements of Cor-Ten steel, cedar, Castleton black stone, cement board and glass are introduced on the exterior, and almost seamlessly flow to the interior. The front porch stone continues to the entryway and beneath a steel-framed glass staircase. The staircase, allowing light to flow to all three levels of the home, ascends to a glass bridge, separating the master suite from the main living areas of this residence. Wood flooring leads past a sleek computer room and kitchen entry to the living room, a voluminous space furnished with cozy conversational seating in inviting tones of creams, browns and ambers. The dining area, separated by a commanding black stone fireplace, is artfully illuminated by a raw porcelain Bocci pendant chandelier. Sliding glass doors open to the outdoor terrace that extends to the study, accessible from both the living room and dining room. A Donald Judd desk sits in the center of this room, with a galvanized iron work by the artist on the wall behind. Outdoor patios flank the study – one with a large, inviting firepit. Throughout the main floor of the home, unadorned windows, starting at the floor and often meeting in the corners, beautifully and cleanly frame the outdoors. A bright kitchen, open to the dining room, has reverse-painted glass cabinetry in soft taupe, complementing the beige matte-polished stone countertops and terrazzo flooring. A wall of stainless steel appliances, an artistic yet highly-functional sculptural achievement, maintains the integrity of the contemporary design of the home. Across the glass bridge, a doorway opens to a short set of stairs to the ante room of the master suite. Artwork from minimalist Fred Sandback can be found throughout the suite, and a panorama window perfectly frames the mountain tops above Potato Patch across the valley to the north. Silk, leather, walnut and blackened steel furnishings create a serene resting space, and the wall of glass opposite the beds has doors that open to a private terrace overlooking the trout-laden pond in the front of the property. Bright from the natural light coming through panorama windows above the sinks, his and her bathrooms provide a luxurious privacy. Up the second flight of glass stairs, another Donald Judd desk commands the center of attention, against a backdrop of library shelves filled with art, architecture

and design volumes. Also noteworthy is the powder room outside the master suite: the design of the sink is made from the topography of the building site. A few steps down from the entry level, five bedrooms, decorated with richly textured cotton bedding, provide ample space for multi-generational family gatherings. A central media room, with a cedar paneled fly-tying room, accesses the outside with floor to ceiling sliding doors that open to the black stone patio surrounded by the water feature and pond. Completed in 2010, this distinctive contemporary residence brings a unique and unparalleled comfort and mountain design to Vail. Photographs by Gibeon Photography

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