Disappointed in Vail’s Wi-Fi
I am writing today on behalf of all the visitors to the lovely Town of Vail who happen to bring their computers with them on vacation and who find themselves trying to gain access to the internet using Vail Wi-Fi. (Notwithstanding admonishments that one who spends their time hunched over a laptop may be missing the point of visiting such a wonderful place!)
Being a local property manager in charge of vacation rentals in the town of Vail, I have the benefit of hearing the collective opinions of many guests who have stayed in our varied properties. We have rental condos and homes in Vail Village, Lionshead, Sandstone, and West Vail. These condos and homes have individual owners who sometimes choose to pay for their own high-speed internet connection. But at those rental properties whose owners have chosen not to install high-speed internet, guests with computers have to find their own way. In these cases, we reluctantly tell our guests, “You can try using Vail Wi-Fi.”
We are reluctant to suggest Vail Wi-Fi because of the negative feedback we have received from our guests. Many have said that the signal is intermittent or weak. Those who have paid for the “faster” Vail Wi-Fi connection often complain that it is quite slow. One recent guest told me that Vail Wi-Fi is “OK in a pinch, but if you could talk the owner into getting his own high-speed connection, that would be a vast improvement.”
Has the town of Vail carefully reviewed the Vail Wi-Fi service (offered by CenturyTel)? Do they know that it doesn’t work that well? Perhaps if the Town Council expressed concern, CenturyTel would make some adjustments or improvements.
Right now, Vail Wi-Fi is not a particularly impressive public service.
Greg Chandler, reservations manager, Vail
We have had an amazing farmers’ market in Vail and Edwards this summer. We still have more on Saturdays and Sundays. We are asking the locals to come and support the farmers and artisans. The Colorado farmers and artisans would love your support. (The holidays are not that far away ” and what better than a local item!) The farmers travel here to offer us fresh produce and we want to share it with you. Come and see the items that are coming off the truck from their farm and support the farms that are closest to us!
Only 1.5 percent of the world’s population is raising food for the world today. We need to support the farms that are here to keep them going. The grocery store at times may be a bit less, but when you look at the big picture, is it truly worth it?
The trip from Granby, Palisade, Paonia is less than who knows where your food came from. Fresh food, amazing!
The Vail Market will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Please be part of a change! Thank you.
Angela Mueller, Vail
I have been attending many of the meetings related to the Eagle River Station proposal. Although I have been outspoken against this project, I think I may be coming around to some of the developer’s ideas. One of those reasons came directly from their housing expert. Her comment (during the planning and zoning meeting) was that she really enjoyed the “beautiful” drive into Eagle. When questioned on what made it beautiful, she refused to answer. We can only deduce it’s because it isn’t full of buildings like Denver. I wonder if anyone else will think the drive into Eagle is beautiful once the area is filled with another strip mall from Anytown USA? My guess is that the only people who will enjoy such a sight will be the Eagle River Station developers as they return from a trip to Beaver Creek or Vail. With their pockets full of green, they may even smile as they head to the Jet Center en route back to Kansas City.
I also think the park and open space plan is perfect for this area. Right now, we are deemed the thinnest state in the nation, but if we bring in several chain restaurants and reduce our open spaces to mostly concrete, we may become as inactive as some of the Midwestern states (like Kansas City, Mo.) and claim the title of the most obese state a few years down the road.
And as our national economy continues to stumble, I look forward to buying more cheaply-made, discounted items. Who cares if we aren’t supporting U.S.-made products since most items at big stores are made in China? I won’t have to go to Costco any more (I don’t anyway) because I won’t need bulk items with the same things available two miles closer to home. And if the shoppers don’t come because Eagle River Station won’t have the draw they need or want, I’ll get an even better deal on all the sale items!
As a world, we are also facing critical depletion of our natural resources, so I think it is really wise to use one of our most precious resources ” water ” to keep some shrubs alive in a sea of concrete at Eagle River Station. While all of us are “recreating” at this mega shopping center, it may actually be nice to run through sprinklers on a hot day or perhaps sit down on a bench next to a small bush for a picnic instead of going up into the hills.
I also really like the idea of creating a whole second town within Eagle. If we can have a new public park area (hidden by 65-foot apartment/condo buildings on the far west end), we can divide the town for summer concerts, festivals, and overall community spirit. I’ll see enough of my neighbors at the post office and in the lines of congested traffic trying to make it though the roundabouts.
I drive Highway 6 most days (because of the river, viewing the critters, Red Canyon), so I am eager to see bikers in even more danger as some of the 24,000 vehicle trips zoom to the new highway interchange. And, if we have enough large trucks going across that narrow bridge creating deterioration, we can get a new, bigger bridge even sooner than expected. Finally, I am all for having the night sky lit up with tons of bright security lights and our air filled with pollution. Currently the amazing night sky and the fresh mountain air takes my breath away out of the pure joy of living here, but with this project, my breath would also be taken away … but for another reason all together.
So come on Eagle ” super size me! I’m ready to be like Anytown, USA with our fancy strip malls ” er, lifestyle centers. I can’t wait to gather my family up and head to the new Eagle River Station for a nice family picnic … on the parking lot.
All humor aside: No to this massive center and no to Eagle River Station.
Brandi Resa, Eagle
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