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Moving onAfter 12 and a half years of living in this little corner of paradise, it is time for my wife, Minh, and I to move on. We no longer ski and the winters have become too long for us so we are relocating to Las Vegas in less than two weeks. Before going, we want to thank all of the wonderful people who opened their hearts and their homes to us when we came to the valley more than a decade ago and who have become our friends and neighbors. They are what we will miss most as we move on. Our memories of the Vail Valley are rich and varied -wonderful music brought here by Bravo and the Vail Valley Jazz Foundation, great food in a plethora of outstanding restaurants and in the homes of excellent amateur chefs, great skiing in the winter and beautiful gardens in the summer, clean air and breathtaking mountain views. We will cherish these memories for the rest of our lives and relive them with old friends from the Valley who come to visit us in Las Vegas.The only discordant notes in an otherwise harmonious life here have been the often petty and sometimes rancorous debates about what the Vail Valley is and what it should be. What makes the Vail Valley a wonderful community is its people – all of its people – full- and part-time residents, workers and retirees and visitors. That community is not defined by the geographic boundaries of our towns and unincorporated areas. It is a state of mind – the Vail Valley that extends from Vail Pass at least to Wolcott and increasingly beyond to Eagle and Gypsum. And the state of mind is centered on our Valley’s world class outdoor recreation resources. Too often, too many of us forget that Vail and Beaver Creek are first and foremost world-class destination resorts. They are not, never were and never will be traditional villages or towns whose primary mission is to serve those of us who live there. Their reason for being has always been and will always be to serve those who come from around the world to enjoy great skiing and other forms of mountain recreation in a beautiful setting with outstanding amenities. Those of us who choose to live here but do not work here get to share these assets with our guests because our guests make them economically viable. Those of us who choose to live and work here can earn a living and occasionally enjoy these assets because our guests create a demand for what the Valley offers.Those of us who long for the good old days when buildings were smaller and houses were fewer will not find their dream village in this valley. It is time for them to look elsewhere for the lifestyle they seek. If the Vail Valley is to continue to attract visitors from around the world who will spend the money needed to support a world class resort, it must continually upgrade itself to remain competitive with the other places that attract these visitors from beach resorts to international attractions to cruise ships and beyond. Further, it is time for us to realize that Vail’s competition is not Beaver Creek. Rather, Vail and Beaver Creek are parts of a single world-class resort called the Vail Valley. As Ben Franklin once said in another time, “If we do not all hang together, we will all hang separately.”So with this plea for less rancor and more realism in shaping a vision for a Vail Valley that is even more alluring to visitors from around the world, the Boyles now move on to a new phase in our life in a community that understands all to well the importance of continually reinventing and redefining itself in response to a changing world around it. Viva Las Vegas! Ross Boyle Vail Vail, Colorado


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