Shouldering the Season in the Vail Valley, Part II |

Shouldering the Season in the Vail Valley, Part II

VAIL, Colorado ” Thank you all for the many e-mails and feedback about “Shouldering the Season” here in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

Recognizing that we have so many great businesses and opportunities here in the valley to take advantage of, I only made a few recommendations about things I know I will be doing. But you folks really rallied around your favorite things to do and places to go to have a meal or maybe a drink or three.

Many of you are looking forward to a strong fishing season, and as I promised those who e-mailed, I will not give away your favorite spots along the Eagle River. In fact, a lot of feedback I’ve received was focused on the beautiful hiking trails we have, and a plea to please keep the trails clean. Also making the outdoor list of favorites are the Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Donovan Park, kayaking, rafting, biking and walks through Minturn or Riverwalk in Edwards.

Some e-mailers wrote about thei trips to Vail Village, Lionshead, and Beaver Creek, and one family shared pictures of their day taking photos of their children with all the statues in Beaver Creek Village. That looked like a fun day!

Loyal members of the golf clubs here in the Valley plan on spending more time this year at their clubs both public and private. Those of you who took the time to e-mail me shared stories of your family and friends from the Front Range and elsewhere who really enjoy the experience of chasing that little white ball around here in the Vail Valley.

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Going inside for a bite or a bottle, Vin 48 seems to be a favorite spot in Avon, so kudos to the team there as the feedback was about how great the service has been. Sato’s in Edwards also seems to have a loyal fan base that wanted to share with others the incredible experience they have ” the common phrase was “consistently incredible experience.” Sato’s may be crowded sometimes but don’t let that discourage you, you can always eat at the bar and I was told that Jeff will make sure you are treated right.

Thanks again to all of you who shared e-mails about Loaded Joe’s, the West Side Cafe, Avon Bakery, and Blue Moose Pizza. These are great spots and I am sure the people there appreciate you taking the time to send e-mails pledging your continued support.

This is an incredible community and the outpouring of e-mails and support for your favorite local businesses and activities was impressive. Keep the e-mails coming at and I will try to convey everyone’s thoughts and favorites from time to time in this column.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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