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Peter Bergh

Do not believe for an instant that the concept of a large conference center for Vail is a dead duck. Hardly. Please keep your eye on the prowlings of one of the valley’s own 800 pound gorillas, who I understand is currently picking up all the bananas he can find west of Lionshead between I-70 and Gore Creek. Might our mighty friend understand that the most successful large conference centers are co-located with an equally large hotel (1,000 plus rooms)? If said gorilla could assemble enough property at the edge of the downtown and realign the existing Frontage Road to a location hard by the interstate, then a suitable site for a large conference (and hotel) would materialize as if by magic, funded by the private sector and not the taxpayer. A win-win for all concerned. Smart our gorillas, very smart.Peter BerghEdwardsHow this is doneMany of us in the valley are once again looking forward to an active winter. One of the places many of us go to get exercise and have fun, is up Red Sandstone Road toward Piney Lake and Red and White Mountain. Yes, this is a snowmobile area, but it is also a very popular area for Nordic skiing, dog walking and hiking. In fact, the use in this area is about 50/50 motorized and non-motorized, and for the vast majority of users a very good and mutually respectful experience.What many people do not realize is that the majority of roads in this area are groomed by the Holycross Powderhounds Snowmobile Club. Most of the funding for this grooming comes from the snowmobile registration program, and is distributed to the various state grooming clubs through the State Parks organization with the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service. This program is used to fund grooming in more than 30 areas around the state, and has been in place for nearly 30 years.At Red Sandstone, as with the vast majority of snowmobile club-groomed areas across the state, there is no use charge, and all the clubs are non-profit and run by volunteers. What we do ask is for all users to be respectful of others and that all snowmobiles have a current registration. We also ask that users park on the west side of the road and keep the turn-around area clear.If there are any users who would like to join the club or donate to the grooming fund our address is Box 7116, Avon, 81620 or you can contact Randy at 476-2417 for more information.Randy GuerrieroNo help thereI’m compelled to write after seeing the government response to the closure of Vail Pass (recently). Here’s what I saw on the way home going eastbound towards Vail: The lighted sign in Eagle-Vail only said ICY ROAD-USE CAUTION. No mention of what lay ahead. The sign approaching West Vail said road closed at exits 173 and 176, yet everyone was forced to exit at 173, then crawl along the Frontage Road to the village. Once at the roundabout, you could see a cop enforcing the closure upon NO ONE on the barren freeway above. What a waste of resources at a critical time! Those classy flashing signs they use directed you to park in the Vail Village or Lionshead structures. That’s it! No more information was given to the thousands of stranded travelers. Just park in the structure and rot. Of course the information centers were dark.Vail, by now, should have noticed their location at the bottom of a frequently nasty pass and taken some commonsense measures to aid those caught in this scenario. The information centers should be required to stay open when the pass is closed …. Also, CDOT should use the highway signs to inform travelers before Vail of the impending closure. … Chris MechVailVail, Colorado


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