Vail Mountain School home tour returns
VAIL – Location, location, location is the name of the game in real estate, and most everyone is curious about the Vail Valley’s spectacular homes. Vail Mountain School’s 33rd Annual Home Tour, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, features seven magnificent homes in the gated community of Mountain Star. Headquartered at the East Beaver Creek Parking, tickets can be purchased for $45. The price includes a gourmet picnic lunch on the day of the tour. Complimentary vans will transport guests to each home. For the past 33 years, students, parents and friends of East Vail’s Vail Mountain School have welcomed the community and visitors to the valley into nearly 200 homes.Recent home tour locations took place in Arrowhead, Cascade Village, Cordillera and Vail Village. Mountain Star, at 9,200 feet, offers panoramic views of the Beaver Creek ski area and the Sawatch Mountains.”If you have ever skied or hiked on Beaver Creek Mountain and wanted to get a closer look at one of these amazing homes, now is your opportunity,” said Tracy Bossow, an organizer of this year’s home tour. This year’s tour features mountain-style residences as well as the eclectic, the contemporary and even a home designed around an owners’ collection of antiques from Provence and Italy.”The top-notch, first-class level of craftsmanship in Mountain Star is exceptional – from architects and designers to artisans and contractors,” Bossow said. “Design-review standards in Mountain Star have resulted in extensive use of natural woods, stone and metals to craft these one-of-a-kind homes, all of which blend seamlessly into their surrounding mountain environment of aspens, evergreens and a profusion of wildflowers.”Most of Vail Mountain School’s 310 students will participate by leading tours, serving picnic lunches, providing musical entertainment and selling gourmet treats at the annual bake sale. Proceeds from the home tour will provide a need-based scholarship fund to benefit students who attend Vail Mountain School from Eagle and Summit counties. Last year’s tour allowed the school to offer over $800,000 in scholarships to around 30 percent of its students. Free parking and vans to the homes are available on the day of the tour. Tickets are available in advance from Vail Mountain School, Gorsuch Ltd., American Ski Exchange, The Bag & Pack Shop and The Silver Buckle. Ticket order forms can be downloaded from the school Web site – http://www.vms.edu – or by calling 476-3850.