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The real ski bum life

Vail Trail staff

High Noon Entertainment out of Denver thinks they may just have the next reality T.V. hit and there’s a chance a glimpse of The Vail Trail offices may be visible in the background.

Last week crews were in Vail filming a trailer for a series entitled “Vail Valley” that the entertainment company will be pitching to several networks in early January.

“This series is about the days and nights of a clique of 20-somethings living and working in the Vail Valley,” Pam Healy, vice president of High Noon Entertainment said. “It is similar in format to the MTV series ‘Laguna Beach.’ The company expects to hear whether it’s been picked up by February.”

The Luscious Living columnist for The Vail Trail, Ashley Hall, is one of the “20-somethings” that has been filmed for the trailer. Recently, the crews descended on The Vail Trail office to film a conversation between Hall and Vail Trail Editor Tamara Miller.

“There were probably 20 people in the office,” Miller said, “which is more people in the Trail office than I’ve ever seen. They’re trying to capture the whole ski bum lifestyle, to get a slice of life of the Vail scene and those (people) who come out, live here for a year or two, and take a break from college or real life. They’re in that transitionary period where they’re starting to become ‘real adults’ but are still hanging on to the carefree lifestyle of a college student. I think Ashley is a good example of that.”

The road to Torino and a coveted spot on the U.S. Olympic Team begins in earnest for American halfpipe riders this week as they head to the first Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, Dec. 13 – 17 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Hundreds of American hopefuls – plus a star-studded international field – will compete in two halfpipe contests with $10,000 on the line for each Grand Prix event winner. Spectators can either walk or ski to the competition.

The competition schedule is as follows:

– Tuesday, Dec. 13, men’s halfpipe qualifiers (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

– Wednesday, Dec. 14, women’s halfpipe qualifiers (9:30 a.m.)

– Friday, Dec. 16, men’s halfpipe qualifiers (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

– Saturday, Dec. 17, women’s halfpipe qualifiers (9:30 a.m.)

– Saturday, Dec. 17, halfpipe finals (12 p.m.)

– Saturday, Dec. 17, quarterpipe exhibition – under the lights (7 p.m.)

The “Who’s Who” of snowboarding will be there, including reigning World champion and 2004 Grand Prix title winner Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, Vt.), World Championships medalist and World Cup winner Hannah Teter (Belmont, Vt.), X Games gold medalists Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, Colo.), Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Gretchen Bleiler (Snowmass, Colo.). Also, in the line-up are Olympic gold medalists Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, Vt.) and Ross Powers (South Londonderry, Vt.), to name just a few of the top halfpipe competitors.

Charles Dickens’ “ghostly little tale” has become a holiday tradition for millions of families. The critically acclaimed Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns to the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek for an encore performance of their interpretation of this enduring story. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. Tickets are $40 for kids and $50 for adults. To purchase tickets, call (970) 845-8497.


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