It’s all Vail to them
Vail CO, Colorado
No one lives in the Vail Valley.
If you are an Eagle County resident living along the I-70 corridor, you can live in the Eagle Valley, the Gore Creek Valley, and the Colorado River Valley.
There’s also the Brush Creek Valley and the Gypsum Creek Valley, and a host of other valley names, if we’re being technical, that at least one resident or another can call their home.
Yet, when we wander out of those valleys for weekend trips home, or vacations, most of us have the same answer when asked where we live: We live in Vail. Even though few of us actually do.
But we have a mini-war over this issue here at home. Not really a war, more like bickering between those locals who take pride in the real geographic names that exist in Eagle County and the marketing folks who know that few people outside of Eagle County know that the river that runs through it is actually the Eagle, not the Vail.
And downvalley folks can take some pride in knowing the difference. You don’t often see the words “Vail Valley” in a business name west of Edwards. Unless, of course, we’re talking about the Vail Valley Jet Center, which caters to second-home owners and tourists, anyway.
The argument has merit among us locals, for sure. If we’re being technical and fully accurate.
But if we’re being technical and fully accurate, few people outside of our area know where Avon, Edwards or Gypsum is. And if they know where Eagle is it’s probably because they recall a pro basketball player getting in trouble there.
No, it’s all Vail to them. And as far as they are concerned, it’s all Vail to us, too.
” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board