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Remembering the Fox legacy

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As a 15-year second homeowner in Vail, summer resident, and a library aficionado, I have read in, studied in, slept in and volunteered in the Vail Public Library literally hundreds of times.In that time I came to know and value Annie Fox and her staff. Over the years, I referred to the library as Vail’s crown jewel and Annie Fox the keeper and builder of the library’s image, operation and legacy.Does a legacy continue if its chief leaves? In Annie’s case, the answer is a demonstrable yes. Why? Let me count the waysShe worked with architects and builders and plumbers and electricians and computer geeks and police and fire and public works and town managers and the Town Council and town neighbors and friends.She developed programs. She agonized over budgets. She checked books in and out. She communicated with all, knowing their language or not. She led wide-eyed kids into the fantasy child’s room. She picked up the books after they left. She cleaned up the community room.Never, ever, did I hear her utter a disparaging word. Of course she didn’t do all these things alone. Annie is a leader; she created the vision and nurtured the staff to pursue the vision.The name “Annie” and the word “library” are synonymous in Vail, now and forever. Thank you, Annie. Wherever you go, whoever is fortunate enough to gain your talent, they and you, will commence a new legacy.Paul KuzniarVailThe times they are a changin’ at the Beav’My wife was hit by an out-of-control skier last weekend at Arrowhead on a green run (Little Brave) and had to be flown into Denver on a Flight for Life helicopter.Fortunately, she should be fine, but that is only the partial motivation for this letter. I’ve skied at Beaver Creek since it opened in 1980, when I was an employee at Spruce Saddle, and for the last 20 years, I have been a strong advocate for what I believed was a model resort. To this point, it has been my favorite ski area of the 50-plus areas have had the chance to experience.Over the past couple of years, which culminated in my wife’s accident, I have noticed some disturbing changes.The parking situation has gotten out of control. When asked by friends what the most difficult run is at Beaver Creek, I can now say its Prater Road at 3:30 p.m. on a Saturday with a family of two children carrying skis to their car with two buses going in opposite directions at 35 mph.Speaking of parking problems, which I know have been well chronicled in your paper, on a recent three-day weekend when we took a day off and wanted to go into Vail and had to face the parking situation, what do you think we did? We certainly didn’t spend the day in Vail. And the Town of Vail wonders why their sales tax revenues are down.Over the past couple of years, I have noticed fewer ski patrol/yellow jackets in family ski areas. When an accident happens, the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol is great. I know, I’ve taken the ride. My wife was treated adequately in her accident.However, in my 300-plus days at skiing at Beaver Creek, the last 50 of which have been spent with my kids, I’m becoming very alarmed at the lack of some presence to enforce responsible skiing, especially on green runs.It’s great to have groomed runs, but when the only groomed run is roped off at Bachelor Gulch, which was the case on a recent Saturday, and there are only a couple of ways down and there is nobody on the race course, somebody is missing the boat when it comes to customer satisfaction.I don’t know if the Ritz-Carlton has the ability to buy Gunders for a day, but the bottom line is this: when I now have to worry more about the safety of my family in the “parking areas” and on the slopes than I do about the quality of the skiing experience, I’m going to stay away from Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley.John BortonLittleton


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