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Vail gets busy in season’s last days

Don Rogers

The last days of ski season have been a hoot in Vail.First, and always foremost, the skiing itself have been great for this time of year. Waist-deep powder was reported from the Back Bowls just a week ago. No open sores of mud at the base. And this week the skies cleared blue and warm. Hard to beat that.As we write, more snow is predicted. What a shame that Beaver Creek closes for the season after this weekend, and Vail follows suit next weekend. Joining the providential late-season weather have been powder days for the social calendar this year.The very promising Vail Film Festival just wrapped up its second run last weekend. It shows every sign of growing and growing for years to come. The stalwart, 15-year-old Taste of Vail is happening now. The event ends today with food and wine tastings at the Vail Marriott. Along with the Taste of Vail, another young series of events, collectively called Spring Back to Vail has started and will run through the end of Vail’s season. We’re talking Street Beat concerts in Vail Village, Warren Miller films and filming, rail jam, pond-skimming contest, lots of party-type events and $10 lift tickets next Sunday, Vail’s last day. Then – look out – construction hits full throttle for the off-season as Vail’s long-awaited renaissance steps a bit closer to reality.Meantime the season is closing with a bang, on and off the mountain.Wild ideaA bridge across I-70 at Vail Pass just for wildlife? Well, about time. The Banf area has had several of those for a long, long time.Colorado officials finally are talking about one here. Now, if we can get it done, and then convince the critters this is the best way across the killer interstate. Vail, Colorado

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