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This year’s Tell Us Your Love Story contest theme is ‘Powder Couple’

Caramie Schnell
Special to the Weekly

It's time to spill it in the name of love.

The Vail Daily, TV8 and Signature Colorado are teaming up for the sixth annual Tell Us Your Love Story contest. This year, the contest has a theme — "Powder Couple" — which should resonate with Eagle County residents, many of whom struck it rich in love right here in the mountains.

Tell your story

We're looking for stories about couples who met on the slopes, fell in love on the slopes, got married on the slopes or for whom snowy places were intrinsic to their courtship in some way. Perhaps mountains and snowy climes beckoned you later in life and you've settled here in Eagle County to retire with the love of your life.

Or be a real renegade and tell us about the worst ski date you ever had and how, despite the odds, your relationship prevailed. Like the time you fell in deep powder, lost a ski and your significant other watched from below as a stranger climbed up the hill to help you. Forgiveness is the key to a happy marriage, right?

Make us laugh, make us cry; heck, make us do both and you'll likely be crowned a winner. Interpret the theme as you wish, but keep it to fewer than 500 words. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 10. The best stories will be printed in the Vail Daily, and the winners will be invited to share their story on TV8.

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"Over the years, we had such a great time hearing everyone's stories," said Tricia Swenson, of TV8. "If you're in love and in a relationship with someone special, it might remind you of those feelings you had when you first met, and if you're not in love yet, these stories may inspire you to keep searching."

Fame and prizes

In addition to fame and glory via local media, the top three stories of the bunch also will score prizes, from a bouquet of flowers from Cedar's Flower Shop to restaurant gift certificates to a signed print No. 1/100 of "Powder Couple," the latest collectible print from Signature Colorado.

"Denver has plenty of power couples, certainly, but we tend to think it's the local 'powder couples' who are really winning in love and life," said Signature Colorado owner Rich Staats. "We know it's the couples who play together who tend to stay together, and we wanted to celebrate that."

Illustrated by local artist Dawn Beacon, "Powder Couple" features a couple getting ready to drop into Game Creek Bowl, with views of Mount of the Holy Cross in the background. Bluebird skies, endless powder and views for days have made Vail's Back Bowls an experience to be treasured and shared for more than 50 years.

Copies of the collectible print, as well as the recently released 2016 "Winter Wonderland" and other Signature Colorado offerings, are available at the Vail Daily Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each print is $79 unsigned or $129 for a signed and numbered print (limited edition of 100). You can also purchase online at

The details

What: “Powder Couple,” this year’s Tell Us Your Love Story contest.

When: Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

Where: Email submissions to and

Rules: Submissions must be 500 words or fewer. Include a high-resolution photo of you and your love and your phone number.

Along with fantastic prizes, the best stories will be printed in the Vail Daily and the winners will be invited to share their story on TV8.