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The Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Eagle County CO, Colorado
Ludwig Kurz, left, a Vail ski instructor and local standard race pacesetter is pictured with Jimmie Heuga at the top of Golden Peak in 1968.

Unseasonably warm weather, averaging anywhere from five to 25 degrees above normal, and a lack of snow had skiers and riders worried about the season. Vail had only received 3.8 inches of snow for the month of December, with just 1,200 acres of the mountain open, mostly because of increased snowmaking. By the same time a year earlier, the mountain had about three times as much terrain open.

Avalanche tips: Beacons and shovels are essential; have a partner and figure out a group dynamic, and move smart and have an escape route in case a slide does happen.

Eagle County appeared posed to buy the second terminal, which was housed the Vail Valley Jet Center, at the Eagle County Regional Airport.

Nearly 1,200 members of the media were expected to descend on the Vail Valley for the World Alpine Ski Championships

The Vail Town Council hired consultants to study the use of the Vail Village parking structure. The results would help the council decide whether to expand the garage or to pursue other parking options. The total cost of the two-phase study would be about $65,000.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Dr. Richard Steadman, who was in the process of being recruited by the Vail Valley Medical Center, was inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame for his work with the U.S. Ski Team and ski injuries in general.

A sewer line at Lionshead backed up causing sewage to flow into Gore Creek near the skier’s bridge. A Town of Vail engineer said the line was overloaded, but wasn’t worried about health concerns as a result of the overflow.

Vail Associates President Jack Marshall announced that people 65 and older would receive half-price season passes, and people 70 and older would be given lifetime passes on behalf of the company. The first lifetime passes were presented to longtime Vail residents Gordon and Thelma Britton.

Sunset Magazine featured Vail in its January issue, praising the town for its “57 miles of trails and over 10 square miles of ski terrain.”

Vail Associates announced a nearly $700,000 increase in revenue from the previous year. The net income of the corporation was $431, 312.

After two mean were arrested for illegally hunting elk, the Vail Trail reported that beef was much cheaper than illegal elk.

A furnished three-bedroom, two-bath home in Matterhorn Village was listed for $27,500.

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