Vail Daily letter: Missing grooming |

Vail Daily letter: Missing grooming

Josh and Beth Bruner
Vail, CO, Colorado

We have been skiing at Beaver Creek for the past 20 years, with only two exceptions. Four years ago, we added our third sequential timeshare at the St. James. Each year, we make the trek from New York west to what has been the most wonderful ski experience.

While much remains fabulously the same or better (in terms of restaurants, an improved City Market and amazingly positive lift operators), this year we noticed one big change – grooming!

It’s fine early in the day. By afternoon, many of the greens and cruising blues that keep us at Beaver Creek were actually churned and unmanicured.

At first we thought we were just missing the teams we had grown used to seeing on the mountain, but into our second week, we decided to ask an information person where the daytime groomers were so we could find that amazing corduroy.

Imagine our surprise and sadness to be told that last year two skiers collided with groomers, so the decision was made this year to limit daytime grooming.

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Obviously, all of who choose to ski understand that there is a danger to having groomers and skiers on the mountain at the same time, but we hope a way can be found to reach a better accommodation than no grooming during ski hours.

After all, it’s not only the village, the restaurants, the service we treasure. It’s also those beautifully groomed runs that bring smiles to all who have experienced them!

Josh and Beth Bruner

Pittsford, N.Y.

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