News briefs: Vail’s Adventure Ridge opens for winter |

News briefs: Vail’s Adventure Ridge opens for winter

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VAIL — Adventure Ridge at Vail Mountain is now open for the 2013-14 winter season, offering a hub of alternative winter activities atop the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding on more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain at Vail, guests can now enjoy activities such as snow tubing, ski biking, kids snowmobiling and bungee trampolines. Adventure Ridge’s new zipline, which debuted over the summer, will open for the winter season on Friday.

Adventure Ridge is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After working up an appetite at Adventure Ridge, guests can now enjoy dinner at Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek Restaurant on Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. Both restaurants will also be open for the Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays. Visit for online reservations or call Bistro Fourteen at 970-754-4530 or Game Creek at 970-754-4275.

For the upcoming holidays Adventure Ridge will extend activity hours on Sunday, Dec. 22 and 29, and Monday, Dec. 23 and 30 until 7 p.m., including ski biking, and Bistro Fourteen and Game Creek will also be open for dinner service.

For more information about Vail Mountain, visit, stop by the Mountain Information Center or call 970-SKI-754-8245.


Westin offers reward in hit and run

The town of Avon Police are asking for the public’s help with information to find the person and/or the vehicle that struck Eagle-Vail local Alfonso Palma Hernandez as he was walking eastbound on U.S. Highway 6 just east of Avon Road at approximately 2 a.m. Dec. 9.

Hernandez is the sous chef at Maya Restaurant and was on his way home at the time of the hit and run. He is currently being treated at Vail Valley Medical Center for serious injuries.

East West Partners, East West Resorts, Westin Riverfront and Maya Restaurant are offering a $10,000 reward for the successful apprehension and subsequent prosecution of the individual responsible for this tragic crime.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Avon Police Department at 970-748-4040.


Christmas tree disposal in Avon

The town of Avon will offer curbside Christmas tree pick-up for Avon residents from Dec. 26 through Feb. 1. All trees must have their lights and ornaments removed. The town will only pick up cut trees; artificial or flocked trees, wreaths or seasonal debris will not be collected.

Avon’s Public Works Department will check for trees on a frequent basis, but if residents would like to schedule a pick-up they may call Public Works Department with their address and phone number. For more information or to schedule a pick up, please contact Gary Padilla at 970-748-4118 or email

In addition, residents may drop off their trees at the fire station in Eagle-Vail, at the recycle site located at the Edwards rest area or residents may bring their Christmas trees to the landfill at no charge until February 15; recycled trees will be chipped for mulch. Thank you to Vail Honeywagon for assisting the town of Avon dispose of the trees.


Children’s book drive aids Colorado flood relief

This holiday season, the town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is working with the Vail Public Library to collect new and gently used children’s books to aid Colorado flood relief.

Working with the Early Childhood Services of Boulder Youth and Family Division, Vail will distribute directly to those in the most desperate need. One parent who is spearheading the re-opening of a small Montessori school in Lyons that closed due to the floods said, “Anything is wonderful. We are starting from scratch.”

Drop off boxes for donated children’s books are located at the Vail Public Library, Vail Municipal Building and the Vail Public Works Administration building.

For more information, contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator or at 970-479-2344.

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