Chair 10 revisited…and other unfinished business |

Chair 10 revisited…and other unfinished business

Tom Boyd

Lovers of Chair 10, UNITE!The flood of mail, phone calls and commentary continues to flow into the SAVE CHAIR 10 headquarters, and we here at the VT want to send out a big, slow-moving thanks to all the old-skoolers who are rallying around the cause.We’ve had multiple offers of financial support from our readers around the country who log on to or subscribe to our Chair-10-esque publication, and we’re proud to accept any money that you want to send us (but hold onto your cash for now because the real campaign starts this fall. I see t-shirts, stickers, bake sales and a big Chair 10 party in the works).If you have no idea what I’m talking about then check out the April 11 edition of the Vail Trail online, click on “writers”, click on my poser mug shot (I’ll get to the meaning of that in a minute) and look for “Ode to Chair 10.”Just to update the growing group of Highline loyalists, Brian McCartney (COO of Vail Mountain) called me to chat about the future of Chair 10, and I’m happy to note that we’re already making some headway. McCartney started out as a ski patroller 30 years ago, and he admitted that he loves the old chair for sentimental reasons. It’s also good to note that we have at least one more season with the ol’ beast before they try and commit her to the chairlift graveyard in the sky (actually it’s in Minturn), so I say we rally around our chair while we still have it.The bonus of all this Chair 10 hubbub is that I have met and talked with many people who feel the same way about skiing that I do, and it’s good to know there’s so many people out there who happily raise their gloved middle finger to the Disneyfication, Californication, and Moronification of the places we love. It would be easy for all of us to re-locate to Silverton or some other such place that fully respects our values, but I think it’s better that we hold our ground and fight the good fight here in Vail, on the front lines of the war to keep self-reliance and other old-skool ethics alive.Now for something completely different:When it comes to posers I’ll admit that I can run with the best of them. But I’ve been meaning to take care of some unfinished business with one Julie Bennett of Carbondale, who took the time to send me a hand-written letter back in the Feb. 28 edition, wherein she relates the following opinion of the mug shot I’ve been using of late:”Tom Boyd definitely owns a comb. Sure, the token goatee gives him a poser’s air of hipness, but the white, collared shirt, clean wholesome smile and steady public relations gaze show a guy on the way up the corporate ladder. He is the kind of guy a mother would love.”Well Ms. Bennett, I must say you have a way with words. But this week I’ve decided to change my mug shot and show you the real me: a guy who loves to sabotage the rungs of corporate ladder, shaved his goatee about three days after that old photo, and hasn’t used a comb since he took Brenna to the 8th grade dance at the Minturn Middle School gym.In real life I look more like someone who rides around in the back of a pickup truck with a loaded 12-gauge and a sixer of PBR. But though my neck may be red and my sandals a bit crunchy, I will admit that my mother does, in fact, love me quite a bit.qTom Boyd wants to hear more ideas on how to keep Vail real and wrest it from the hands of the bigger-faster-better progress posers, so feel free to surprise him with a 5 a.m. call at (970) 390-1585 or stay digital at

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