Vail Daily letter: Dream come true
Vail, CO Colorado
Once again, temperatures drop and snow graces our valley. Local athletes start gear-ing up for, hopefully, another stellar winter. But just in case Mother Nature doesn’t work in our favor, modern technology will. The new snow-making system at Golden Peak has finally arrived.
Enthusiasm ensues as our young athletes begin training at Golden Peak weeks before years in the past on our own home turf. As I understand it, the new system works auto-matically. That means we can start making snow as early as the temperature will allow, and in some cases, that’s in October.
As Aldo Radamus, executive director of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, put it, “We’re the envy of all other ski areas.” No more traveling over the pass during early-morn-ing hours and snow storms to train at high-er elevations and at great expense and risk to the kids.
Thanks to the efforts of Ski and Snow-board Club Vail and Vail Resorts, this long-awaited milestone has finally arrived. The coaches and staff take their jobs very seri-ously at the club. After all, they have a lega-cy to uphold in the world of ski racing.
Now let’s just hope the athletes follow their lead and take their sport, and the sport that has made Vail famous, just as seriously. Being the parent of an athlete, one of the things that ticks me off is this notion that our athletes are “just” spoiled rich kids. Well, maybe so, but let’s also show the world we mean business and bury that notion.
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.
The talent is here. Let’s use it. Let’s show the world we are the best, and bring on the Olympics. Like in the movie “Gladi-ator,” if we stick together and fight as one, we survive.
Great leadership is hard to come by. As a man constantly looking for redemption, and one who’s well aware of the incredibly dangerous world we live in, I just wanted to thank all those who fight for my kid’s safety and well-being, as well as improving the environment in which they play and learn. After all, our children are the most precious gift we’ll ever have. You guys are awesome, and I love ya.
– Edward B. Wallace