10 YEARS AGO
Week of December 11, 1992Vail was now 30 years old, but unlike the 25th anniversary, there wasn’t a lot of toasting to our continued success. The bankruptcy dampened things a bit but the fact re-mained – Vail Mountain operated smoothly. It’s not all things to all people, but many people found it a slice of heaven while skiing. In our editorial space, we concluded that it was our greatest hope, as we entered another 30 years, that we never lose sight of the magic of skiing and the outdoor experiences, and that greed be kept in check.After nine years of meeting in conference rooms and office buildings, the Vail Bible Church now had a new home in Eagle-Vail. And that was good, because the congregation led by Pastor Rich Teeters had been growing rapidly and was now ap-proaching 200 with the prospect of more.We featured photo coverage of the 11th Annual Crystal Ball with more than 350 in attendance. Proceeds from this event went to the Vail Valley Foundation and were earmarked to help in their bid to host the 1989 World Cham-pionships, the U.S. Ski Team, Ski Club Vail Special Olym-pics and the Blind Skier Program. John Beasley was also named the Eagle Valley Citizen of the Year during the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce Extravaganza Party.The 1992 America’s Legacy World Cup Weekend was in town with a downhill and super giant slalom featuring the finest women skiers to be found and ski instructor, Hayden Scott, fulfilled his mission by landing in Vail.With color and charisma, Ghigui Hoffman and Jose Guzman opened the doors to The Laughing Monkey which was the subject of our feature entertainment story. Executive chef, Daniel Joy, took over the head kitchen duties one month earlier and that was another reason to dine at Mirabelle’s in Beaver Creek.20 YEARS AGOWeek of December 10, 1982Vail was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary on December 15 with a week-long schedule of events that were designed for both guests and locals. One of the first things on the agenda was the dedication of Founders Plaza to honor the people who started Vail in 1962. During the ceremony, it was planned to unveil a plaque and an original gondola car which would be incorporated into a display or statue to be built in the plaza.A $12.5 million Town of Vail budget was approved on first reading and they also approved a 14 percent rate increase for the local cable television company. St. Moritz and Vail became sister cities and making the announcement was Hans Peter Danuser of St. Moritz along with Mayor Rod Slifer and VRA president, Paula Palmateer.The Eagle County school board adopted a record budget of $10.1 million which included a 10 percent increase in pay for administrators and an 8.84 percent increase for teachers. Superintendent Charles Schwahn justified the higher increases for administrators because he said they were currently in the 75 percent range in salaries in comparison to the rest of the state, while Eagle County teachers were at 100 percent.Stuart Canada was named president of the Eagle Valley Home Builders Association and thirty-two organizations split the $27,660 which was made at the annual Eagle Valley Community Auction and Rummage Sale held in August. Making the presentations were Merv Lapin and Vi Brown.Beaver Creek was set to open for its third season with a 34″ settled base at its summit and five of the seven chairs operating.Ducks Unlimited raised $18,000 at their annual banquet at Manor Vail and our entertainment feature story dealt with the “power of the wardrobe.” There was a time when skiing was largely a “for men only” sport, but times had changed and writer Neva Glenn credited the true beginning of women’s skiing to “an unheralded import from Italy” – the stretch pants. The first stretch pants were created by Bogner and the first ski shop in Vail, Vail Blanche, opened its doors by Christy Hill and Bunny Langmaid with plenty of stretch pants by Bogner, Roffe and White Stag.A night on the town might find you dining at such popular spots as The Ore House, Alain’s, Shogun, The Louvers, Alfredo’s, Sweet Basil, Mirabelle’s,La Tour, Georg’s, Pepi’s, The Lancelot, Cyrano’s, Alfie Packer’s, Purcell’s, Cyrano’s Too or The Fountain Cafe.30 YEARS AGOWeek of December 8, 1972After a weekend of professional ski racing in Vail, Spider Sabich led the world’s top skiers to claim victory in the Benson & Hedges Grand Prix Giant Slalom Races. The Vegas at Vail party was scheduled for December 16 and would be a benefit for the Vail Library, Ski Club Vail and the Vail Junior Tennis Club.Pete Edrington, a Brecken-ridge resident, was appointed regional manager of Western Slope operations for USLIFE Title Company and Vail Country Day correspondents for The Vail Trail, Andre Pierce and Calvin Seibert reported on school happenings. Howard Head, founder of the Head Ski Company, issued a challenge to long-time skiers to show up with their oldest Heads and their once-upon-a-time ski outfits. The winners would win a brand new pair of Head HRP Fibre Glass skis.We ran a photo of Judy Minger’s fourth grade class making the best use of their new classroom space above the Vail Clinic and second graders were shown demonstrating their athletic form under the guidance of physical education instructor, Sue Tennant.The Vail Standard Races were underway and marked the beginning of the ski school racing season. Anyone interested in winning a Vail Standard race pin or NASTAR pin would have to match their times against one of the pacesetters: Ludwig Kurz, Leif Grevle, Bruno Sarthou or Bill Duddy. The Vail ice skating rink was open and John Carmody was available for skating lessons. Roger Staub, Winter Sports Director of Vail, was on the slopes teaching Australian tennis great, Rod Laver, the delicate art of the snow plow. Finally, three new ski touring instructors joined Steve Rieschl’s staff: Jim Curfman, Sanse Neish and Bruce Batting.John Suchar, manager of the local Foster Lumber Company in Minturn, was transferred to Colorado Springs and Frank Cronican was named his replacement.A resale two bedroom, one bath condominium at Crossroads was listed for $49,500 and a large two bedroom, two bath condominium at Riva Ridge was going for $72,000. Down the road at Sandstone, a two bedroom, two bath unit with fireplace and balcony was selling for $36,500.The Slope was open every day for hot dogs, ski movies, cartoons, W.C. Fields movies and Maskman Flics. The popular Mike McGinnis was back at the 1880’s Bar at The Holiday Inn and Santa’s Chili Bowl was featuring 10 different types of omelettes, homemade chili, tacos, hamburgers, all types of sandwiches and ice cream. Of course, the always popular Jo Jo Liles could always be found packing in the apres ski crowds at The Clock Tower Inn.KEEP THINKING SNOW!
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