Vail Trail Pages from the Past
Eagle County CO, Colorado
*The Vail Ski School offered free ski lessons to all Vail employees. Lessons were offered for every ability level and were taught by the school’s top instructors as a way to express the Ski School’s appreciation for the support it receives from the Vail business community. The lessons were free for all full-time employees of all businesses in Vail.
*Vail Associates named Erich Windisch head of the Vail Ski Patrol. Windisch came to Vail after serving the previous ski season with Ski Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
*Vail was selected as one of eight ski areas in the United States that would host the National Standard Races. Schlitz Brewing Company and Ski Magazine sponsored the event, which allowed recreational skiers to test their skiing skills against the “par,” or standard time set by Olympian Jimmie Heuga.
*Vail Mountain opened on December 1. Opening day was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, but was delayed due to lack of snow.
*Vail Associates announced that the Spelling-Goldberg production company would be in Vail the following month to shoot a two-hour special episode for “Charlie’s Angels.” The company planned to spend $2 million on the Vail production, with about half the funds making their way into the local economy.
*The Vail Town Council was disappointed by a lack of community input for the proposed 1979 budget. In fact, no one from the community attended the meeting. Mayor Rod Slifer said he was disappointed in the lack of attendance, while councilman John Donovan was a bit more pointed, saying, “We’re here to consider a $5.5 million budget, and no one is interested enough to attend this meeting.”
*Paula Palmateer, coordinator of volunteers for the 1989 Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail encouraged volunteers to “dispel notions” that the mountain would be too crowded for others to enjoy, noting that with the China Bowl expansion, only 5 percent of the mountain would be used for the race.
*That wasn’t the only interest in the China Bowl. Allen Best reported that wildlife researchers have been listening to radios for the previous three years to monitor the movement of elk within the China and Siberia bowls. The radios are attached to 40 elk that summer in the back bowls, and the researchers hoped to find out how ski-area development has on the herds. The researchers said no dramatic changes have occurred, but found it interesting that the elk have arrived and left the back bowls within the same 5-day span each spring and fall.
*A duplex in Eagle-Vail with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a large deck was listed for $115,000.
*The Trail featured Frank Beddor, a one-time ski bum who had a hand in producing “There’s Something About Mary.” Beddor said the script was sitting on the shelf at a production company when he secured the rights to it, took it to Fox, and had the Farrelly brothers sign on, who had previously worked on “Dumb and Dumber” and “Kingpin.” Beddor said his next project was a movie about the 10th Mountain Division, which he hoped would be filmed in Colorado.
*Vail residents were asked, “On whose holiday list do you yearn to be?” Answers included Hugh Hefner, Meg Ryan, and Dennis Rodman, because “he always has different clothes and gifts would certainly be unique.”
*Sacha Gros of Vail helped the U.S. ski team with a win in the opening World Cup races by finishing first in the Super Series slalom in Winter Park. Sarah Schleper, also of Vail, had her best career finish by placing 16th overall in the women’s giant slalom.