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Vail Trail staff
Vail Trail file photoIn Nov. 1988, this sign greeted westbound motorists on I-70 near Dumont, just outside Idaho Springs, cluing Denver skiers on some of the "little" improvements made to Vail for the upcoming ski sesason. Vail Mountain was set to open on Nov. 23 that year.

The Trail switched things up. Publication day had always been Friday, but was changed to Monday to “benefit readers … advertisers … and give the paper a longer life.” Because of the high number of readers throughout Colorado, the Trail was still printed on Friday so it could be mailed around the state and delivered by Monday, when it would hit Vail newsstands.

Vail Fire Chief Steve Ruder, in conjunction with the board of directors of the Vail Volunteer Fire District, named Bob Young of the Bank of Vail assistant fire chief. Young replaced Bill Pfeifer, who resigned from his post to move to Denver.

The bid price for Vail Associates stock as of Nov. 15 was $7.00 while ask was listed at $7.75 per share.

Vail opened its lifts on a limited basis on Friday, Nov. 15, the earliest of any of the previous six years.

The Vail Community Service Pass Committee named 10 residents who would receive Vail Associates’ season ski passes for donating their personal time to the community. The recipients were Byron Brown, Pam Garton, Marka Moser, John Donovan, Vi Brown, Celine Krueger, Mary Hoza, Cissy Dobson, Marge Burdick, and Pearl Hendersen.

Vail Associates began a 24-hour direct Vail snow report line with daily updated snow conditions and information on special events in town. Callers received information on new snowfall, current snow depth and temperature, as well as events of interest. Vail Associates distributed 100,000 SnowWatch snowflake stickers to travel agents, tour desks and other industry representatives to promote the service.

A four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on an acre of land along the Vail Golf Course, with a game room, music room, massive rock fireplace, deck, and two-car garage was listed at $300,000.

With opening ceremonies for the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships less than three months away, screenings of the 1,800 volunteer applicants was under way. Applicants would be notified by the end of the month.

Trail columnist Scot Kersgaard hailed the election of President George H.W. Bush as the arrival of “President Herbert Hoover II.” Kersgaard argued,

“Everyone says the economy is great, but I just can’t believe the deficit can be hidden by mirrors for much longer. … The trickle-down effect is a lie, an anesthesia we are given while the screws are


Vail’s budget was approved 6-1 in a contentious meeting. There were a number of accusations and profanities uttered as well as some table-pounding. A couple exchanges: “I’m getting sick of hearing you preach about how you are saving this town,” and “Frankly, I don’t believe you.”

Vail residents were asked, “Who would you like to see launched into space?” Answers included Dolly, the cloned sheep; Rick Neuheisel; and Bill Gates “because if he has a new vision, it could speed up space exploration.”

Three days after its scheduled opening, Vail Mountain opened to eight inches of fresh powder and a decent-sized crowd waiting for the Born Free Express Lift to open. With more snow scheduled the rest of the week, other lifts were expected to open shortly thereafter with Beaver Creek opening its doors on Nov. 20.

Jeff Layman, an 18-year veteran of the Vail Police Department, was tabbed new police chief in Avon. Layman was selected from a field of 50 applicants and four finalists.

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