Lindsey Vonn the local: A day in the life of the Vail resident
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in 2015 magazine. Vail/Beaver Creek host the Alpine World Ski Championships Feb. 2-15.
VAIL — Lindsey Vonn has been living in Vail since she was 12 years old.
“I do pretty much everything everyone else does … so I’d say I’m a local, for sure,” she said. “Everyone’s pretty respectful, and that’s nice because sometimes it can be a little bit difficult just to have a meal with a friend and be able to relax and not have someone come over and take your picture while you’re eating … everyone in Vail is really respectful, and I really appreciate that. It’s nice to feel a part of the community and feel respected.”
During the offseason, a typical day in Vail for Vonn often begins with breakfast at Westside Cafe in West Vail. “I’ll take my dog hiking up Vail Mountain, I go to Homestake a lot camping and I go fly-fishing. I like places that are farther, a little bit outside of town so that Leo can run around and not scare anyone because he looks like a hyena,” she said. “I love going to Matsuhisa to have sushi, and I go to Larkspur when it’s open.”
Vonn’s family lives in Minnesota, where she’s from originally.
“There’s always a part of me that’s in Minnesota, I’ve spent lots of time there,” she said. “But I’m a mountain girl, and I love having everything at my doorstep — being able to go hiking, Leo runs in the river and I can go fly-fishing. Everything is possible in Vail, and that will never change.”