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Keep Kid Rock coming

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Vail is a place for the young and the young at heart. That’s why it’s particularly amusing when those who say they love Vail get upset when acts like Snoop Dogg or Kid Rock come to the valley.

Forty years ago, we could have just as easily welcomed Jimi Hendrix to Vail and heard similar musings about “who do they think lives in this town?” Meanwhile, the twenty- and thirtysomethings then ” the people we now call “Vail’s pioneers” ” would have danced in the streets at the news.

Big, rowdy acts attract big, rowdy crowds, and that’s why local police and town officials can and should prepare for those handful of concert-goers who can’t have a good time without getting out of hand along the way.

But what kind of Vail would we have if all we did is cater to the well-heeled, Barbra Streisand-listening crowd that sticks to Vail Mountain’s front side and considers a great night out a nice dinner in Vail Village followed by a 10-o’clock bedtime?

Vail’s past was free-spirited and fun, marked by local characters like the wacky Packy Walker and crazy ideas like building the largest ski resort in the United States.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Vail’s surroundings evoke tranquility, but its soul is all about adventure and fun.

That’s also why it makes sense for Vail Resorts to make a strategic effort to lure future tourists and second-home owners from the Front Range and beyond while still catering to those Vail lovers who have grown into the responsible, 401(k)-contributing adults they are today. To do that, Vail needs Schubert and Snoop Dogg.

And oftentimes, Vail lovers, regardless of age, appreciate both.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

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