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Vail Mountain School Home Tour is Sept. 19

Special to the DailyThe Vail Mountain School Home Tour, which is on Sept. 19, will include 254 Beaver Dam Road and other homes. Over 300 Vail Mountain School volunteers will be on hand at the event to usher approximately 600 visitors through the homes.

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Mountain School’s annual Home Tour will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19.

The event will feature seven of Vail’s finest homes, a luncheon by Larkspur Restaurant, a gourmet bake sale and a raffle.

Over 300 Vail Mountain School volunteers – parents, teachers, students, and friends of the school – will be on hand at the event to usher approximately 600 visitors through the homes. All proceeds benefit the school’s need-based financial aid fund, providing the opportunity for boys and girls in grades K-12 to attend the school.

“Since the Home Tour’s inauguration nearly four decades ago, the notion of tuition financial aid has evolved to provide scholarships for a significant percent of the school’s enrollment, and our tour of homes is anticipated each September by visitors to Vail and locals alike,” said Head of School Peter Abuisi.

The homes on this year’s tour include two units in the new Solaris Residences; a 3,600 square foot penthouse in the new Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; one of the first homes built in Vail in 1962; a traditional ski lodge on Beaver Dam Road; a home that was recently “lifted” to provide an addition below; and the marquee home of the tour, an 8,000-square-foot European-inspired ski retreat with an indoor pool and ski chalet off the Born Free ski run.

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“I’m always struck by how gracious the homeowners are to welcome our guests. It’s a big commitment, and we’re always very grateful,” said parent and Home Tour Chair Mike Connolly.

All of the homes are described in depth with photographs in the school’s Home Tour Magazine, which can be found in racks throughout Eagle and Summit counties and select locations on the Front Range.

Tickets to the Home Tour include a luncheon at the school prepared by Larkspur Restaurant and served by fifth-grade students. Students of all ages provide musical entertainment throughout the luncheon, and guests are encouraged to ask the children questions about the tour and their school.

The tour’s traditional “Gourmet Pantry” is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the school’s Common, offering prepared appetizers, dinners, and desserts from some of the valley’s finest cooks. Guest Chef Zak Stone from the French Press will provide cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

New this year, Vail Mountain School Home Tour Magazine sponsors and advertisers will provide information and free “swag” in a trade show format at the school.

Vail Mountain School students will be selling raffle tickets prior to and on the day of the Home Tour. This year’s raffle will offer over $10,500 in prizes, including: a $4,500 Gorsuch Ltd. shopping spree; earrings from Betteridge Jewelers; ski, spa, and entertainment packages; and a getaway to any RockResorts property. Raffle tickets cost $6 each or $30 for six tickets. A full description of the raffle prizes can be found on the inside back cover of the Home Tour Magazine.

All proceeds from ticket sales, The Gourmet Pantry, the Home Tour Magazine, and the Scholarship Raffle benefit Vail Mountain School’s financial aid fund. In the 2010-11 school year, 35 percent of the student body will receive over $1 million in need-based tuition assistance.

Tickets for the tour are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the Tour, and include the tour of homes, lunch by Larkspur, and complimentary parking and transportation. To purchase tickets and learn more about senior citizen and group discounts, visit or call 477-7169.

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