Briefs: Parts of Back Bowls to open |

Briefs: Parts of Back Bowls to open

Daily Staff Report
Courtesy Vail ResortsTwo feet of new snow will open portions of Vail's Back Bowls for the first time this season.

VAIL After two feet of snow this week, Vail Mountain will open portions of Sun Up and Sun Down bowls at 9 a.m. Saturday. Chair 5 (High Noon Lift) and Chair 17 (Sun Up Chair)As of Saturday, Vail Mountain will have open 2,016 acres, 119 trails and 21 lifts. So far this season, six-and-a-half-feet of snow has fallen at mid mountain; thats 11 inches above average.

EAGLE COUNTY Donating a toy gets you a free bus pass during the next two weeks. ECO Transit, the county bus service, is asking riders for an unwrapped toy worth $5. In exchange, riders get a one-day transit pass good for 24 hours of unlimited rides on a county bus. ECO transit is supporting the Eagle County Mason/Veteran Toy Drive. Toys can be dropped from Monday until Dec. 15 at the ECO Transit Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the ECO Transit Vail Transportation Center office from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.For further information, visit

BEAVER CREEK Ten local at-risk teens this weekend will take part in a two-day course to learn how to become snowboard instructors. The program will teach students how to create and carry out a successful lesson plan, said Arn Menconi, founder and executive director of Snowboard Outreach Society. The Avon-based Snowboard Outreach Society and the Rocky Mountain PSIA/AASI Education Foundation will provide the training at Beaver Creek today and Sunday.SOS is dedicated to building character in at-risk and underprivileged youth through snowboarding, Menconi said. Instructor training … is designed to give these youth the skills needed to teach snowboarding to others. Participants will walk away with life-long teaching skills and will be eligible to work as part-time snowboard instructors.Graduates of the Snowboard Outreach Societys programs range in age from 13 to 18 and have completed a four-year curriculum of snowboarding and community service.

MINTURN The Ginn Company this winter will burn piles of branches and small logs left over from the logging of pine-beetle infected trees on Battle Mountain.Limbs, tops and trees too small to use as building materials also will be burned. The supervised burn will be conducted only when proper weather conditions occur.The company, which plans to build a private ski resort on the mountain south of Minturn, last year began removing infested and dead trees in an effort to reduce both fire danger and to slow the spread of the beetles.Logs from the mountain are being taken to lumber mills where they will be converted to building and other materials.For more information, call Mark Allen at 827-4611 or 376-2120

VAIL The Vail Recreation District is holding free Santas Workshops for children from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at Millennium Bank in West Vail. The workshops are free for children age 2 to 10 and their families, and will include pictures with Santa, gift making, holiday treat making, free hot chocolate and apple cider and more. Pet owners also can bring their pets and have photos taken with Santa during the workshops. For more information, call VRD Youth Services at 479-2292.

EDWARDS Using a penny drop as a way to hone their math skills, two fourth grade classes from the Eagle County Charter Academy raised exactly $1,569.82 for the local Efraimson-Sutphen Cancer Support Fund. The students, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, brought pennies to school to put in the individual jars set aside for their grades. Each penny is worth a point, but any money with a higher value, such as a nickel, is worth negative points. Each grade tries to sabotage the others by putting nickels, dimes or higher denominations in the other grades jars. The students choose causes or groups to support each year, such as Sept. 11 funds or Hurricane Katrina relief. Supporting the Cancer Center made more of an impact since many of them have lost family or friends to cancer, said Eagle County Charter Academy Teacher Tanya Dixon. The fund, named after Jon Efraimson, a longtime Vail Valley resident who lost his own fight with cancer in 2003, gives emergency financial assistance to patients undergoing treatments at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Efraimsons wife, Lisa, and his friends Bill Sutphen and Margie Hamrick started this fund to honor his wishes. The fund was renamed after Sutphens death in 2005 as a way to honor his efforts.Hamricks involvement led her to request that 50 percent of the proceeds of Julys Cordillera Home and Garden Tour go toward the fund. Several homes opened their doors to support the Efraimson-Sutphen Fund and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and Hamrick and co-organizer June Vanourek raised over $60,000 which was split between the two charities.

EDWARDS Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the Nash & Company offices located on the front corner of the First & Main Building in the Riverwalk at Edwards (across from the movie theater) from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15. The Nash moving truck will also be at Wal-Mart on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donations.Santa will be at the Nash & Company Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. o Saturday. Families who bring toys to donate will get a free photo. For more information, call Nash & Company at 926-7653.

VAIL Members of the International Skiing History Association are returning to Vail from Jan. 28-Feb. 2 for the organizations annual Skiing Heritage Week. The nonprofit group has over 1,300 members from all over the world, including Olympic medalists, members of the Ski Hall of Fame, past members of the U.S. Ski Team, 10th Mountain Division members, filmmakers and ski area pioneers.The week includes trips to Vail, Beaver Creek and Ski Cooper as well as lunches, dinners, banquets and a tour of the Colorado Ski Museum.The week is sponsored by Vail Resorts, the Vail Chamber and Business Association and the International Skiing History Association. For more information, call the Vail Chamber the Business Association at 477-0075 or visit Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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