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Vail, CO, Colorado

John Garth has been appointed named general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is the finest mountain resort in the country and I am proud to join one of the best teams of Ladies and Gentlemen in the company,” said Garth. “It is a dream come true.”

Garth is a 20-year hospitality industry veteran. He has held a variety of executive positions in the region including vice president and general manager of The Denver Marriott South.

Garth has lived in the valley for most of the last 13 years. His new job marks his return to the Vail Valley after a year away.

“I couldn’t wait to get back to Colorado and to the Vail Valley,” said Garth. “I love the outdoors and the mountain lifestyle, the quality of life here is unbeatable.”

The Vail Valley Partnership recently released holiday occupany rates for a number of local lodges. Here’s a look:

Antlers: 98 percent

Christiania Lodge: 100 percent.

Destination Resorts: 95 percent.

Evergreen Lodge: 96 percent.

Holiday Inn: 90 percent.

Lifthouse: 98 percent.

Lodge at Vail: 96 percent.

Mountain Haus: 98 percent.

Park Meadows Lodge: 92 percent.

Simba Run: 99 percent.

The Sitzmark: 100 percent.

Sonnenalp Resort: 100 percent weekend, 82 percent week.

Tivoli Lodge: 89 percent.

Vail Spa: 100 percent.

The Wren: 83 percent.

The Vail Valley Partnership’s Fifth Annual Gala and Vail Valley Success Awards, which honor the best in business in the Vail Valley is set for Jan. 25 at the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch.

The theme to this year’s gala is “Fire and Ice.” Fine dining and drinks, live entertainment featuring the Hazel Miller Band and a live auction hosted by Christie’s New York are all part of the night’s events.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit First Descents, the Nonprofit of the Year. Tickets are now available. Contact Cameron Lowe at 477-4001 or e-mail

“Green Guru “John Gitchell of Eco Products will show off green solutions for your business and home Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yeti’s in Eagle.

Those who come can learn while enjoying $2 organic beers or $5 “Greenie-Tinis.”

For more information, call 569-3890. The event is sponsored by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

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