Vail Trail Pages from the Past
Vail CO, Colorado
VaIl’s infamous back bowls lacked snow in the early season, leaving locals waiting for the ropes to drop. Vail Resorts estimated that about once every four years the famed back bowls wouldn’t open before Christmas. The back bowls finally opened this week.
The United States Geological Survey placed a water monitoring station at the mouth of Gore Creek as part of the Upper Colorado River Basin National Water-Quality Assessment program.
East/West Partners planned to give the gateway to Edwards a facelift with a four-acre Edwards Station/Colorado Mountain Express complex by building a Quick Lube, Wendy’s Restaurant and CME’s center of operations.
More people skied Vail than ever this week, according to Vail Associates. The previous record of 19,000 skiers was broken Dec. 29, when 20,000 people were on the mountain. Beaver Creek also broke capacity at 7,000 on Dec. 31.
Vail Associates spent $60,000 to reprint trail maps after a trail named “No Tickee No Laundry” was found to be offensive to Asian-Americans. Vail Associates renamed the trail “Silk Road.”
Restaurant owners confronted town of Vail officials after they raised rents charged for outside decks 1,100 percent. The restaurant owners thought the increase was “way out of line.”
The federal minimum wage rose this week, from $2.65 an hour to $2.90 an hour.
Legislation to place a five to seven percent tax on ski lift tickets was introduced by Sen. Richard Soash of Steamboat Springs. The tax money would be distributed to ski resort counties.
The EPA was funding a study to determine what types of pollutants, besides treated sewage and materials from the New Jersey Zinc Mine, enter local streams and rivers. The study included the Gore Creek drainage and the Eagle River drainage.
About 44 percent more skiers were on the mountain in November and December than in the previous year, and Vail’s revenue went up about 48 percent.
Vail stock was listed at $10, and had reached $11.50 in recent days.
Playboy playmates were in Vail and would be featured in an upcoming issue of SKI Magazine.
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