Home of the pioneers
VAIL – Three of Vail’s original families will be among the families to open their doors to visitors for this year’s Vail Mountain School Home Tour.Eight local families have made their homes available for this year’s 41st annual Home Tour. Among them are Renie and Dave Gorsuch, Susan and Harry Frampton and Janie and Axel Wilhelmsen.Vail Mountain School’s annual Home Tour helps kick off the school’s 50th year.It’s actually the 41st annual Home Tour because, well, there weren’t that many homes around here 50 years ago.Vail Mountain School was founded in 1962. The Home Tour started as a Kitchen Tour in Vail in 1972. To create a scholarship fund for the then-Vail Country Day School, parents offered their homes and prepared treats for guests in their kitchens. It now attracts more than 500 guests.Proceeds from the Home Tour will be used to provide more than $1 million in tuition assistance to VMS students in the upcoming school year.Guests will also enjoy a Larkspur-catered luncheon by Larkspur at Vail Mountain School, featuring music and art exhibitions by VMS students, the Gourmet Pantry, a trade show featuring VMS sponsors and a raffle with more than $21,000 in prizes. The three pioneer family homes are:• Renie and David Gorsuch met when they were members of the 1960 Olympic Team. They settled in Colorado, started a small family business selling ski clothes and built Gorsuch Ltd.Their home was designed as a house to live in. There, the Gorsuch’s raised three boys, all graduated from VMS. The interior features rich wood paneling, heavy timber framing, vaulted ceilings and eclectic furnishings inspired by their life in the mountains and their travels abroad. • Susan and Harry Frampton have lived in Vail since the early ’80s and have raised two boys, both graduates of VMS. Harry was president of Vail Associates from 1982 to 1986, is a managing partner of East West Partners, a principal of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and has been involved in developments in resort communities. Susan Frampton currently serves on the board of the Bright Future Foundation and the Art in Public Places board in Vail and is involved in the Vail Valley Foundation.Their home is steps away from the heart of Vail Village situated along the banks of Gore Creek with a panoramic view of the mountains. • Janie and Axel Wilhelmsen have been in Vail for nearly 30 years and have raised two children in Vail, both VMS graduates. Their business, Axel’s, grew from a small mountaineering shop to an iconic Vail Village store featuring collections of cashmere, leather and shearling clothing, European footwear, hand-tooled cowboy boots, one-of-a-kind belt buckles and other accessories. Their home, east of Vail Village, sits on the banks of Gore Creek. The exterior features a natural grass roof, log work and an annual display of colorful flowers in pots and window boxes. The interior of the main house boasts woodwork hand-carved in Europe specifically for the home in Vail. Nearly every piece of furniture in this house is a Norwegian antique, some dating back to the 17th century.