The Kennedys spare Vail their famous skiing escapades |

The Kennedys spare Vail their famous skiing escapades

Dick Hauserman
Daily file photoFrom right, Jackie Kennedy, far right, Carolyn and John John Kenney, and Carol Brown.

Usually when one talks about the rich and the famous, a certain amount of excitement takes place. This was not always true.

In the early years, when Vail was struggling to make ends meet, rumors about the Kennedy family’s skiing escapades at both Aspen and Sun Valley were hard to believe. It was said they arrived with a large entourage, demanded unusual favors and left without paying their bills – a pretty strong indictment. Fortunately, Vail was spared the disrupting effects of such a visit.

However, on a one-to-one basis it was different. Later on, Jackie Kennedy and her children stayed in a home on Mill Creek Circle. She was delightful and well received. She used to take her kids, John and Caroline, to eat at Jim Wolf’s Chili Bowl. She also stayed at Gasthof Gramshammer. Sheika Gramshammer said Jackie Kennedy was a wonderful guest.

Ted Kennedy and his family also spent time skiing in Vail, usually staying with friends.

Editor’s Note: In a continued effort to help the community understand its roots, the Vail Daily for a second time is serializing Dick Hauserman’s “The Inventors of Vail.” This is the 132nd installment, an excerpt from chapter 15, “The Rich and the Famous.” The book is available at Verbatim Booksellers, The Bookworm of Edwards, Pepi’s Sports, Gorsuch Ltd. and The Rucksack, as well as other retailers throughout the valley. Hauserman can be contacted by phone at 926-2895 or by mail at P.O. Box 1410, Edwards CO, 81632.

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