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Vail Trail Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Vail CO, Colorado
Glen Plake, extreme skier and a star in the ski film "The Blizzard of Ahhhhs," was spotted in Las Vegas at the ski show in 1989.

10 Years Ago ” Week of March 12, 1999

A Vail man wanted to beat Beaver Creek millionaire Steve Fossett’s record of skiing from Vail to Aspen in 60 hours. The man, Dawes Wilson, ended up skiing the 40-mile trek in 45 hours on March 1.

Ski safety programs and enforcement came under fire at Vail and Beaver Creek after two high profile skier deaths at Breckenridge and Keystone. Vail Resorts was reviewing its policies amid the criticism to try to make skiing at its resorts safer.

Vail Resorts second quarter profits were below expectations. Poor snowfall didn’t help the company, which saw a $27.5 million drop in revenue from the same period the previous year.

20 Years Ago ” Week of March 17, 1989

The Eagle County School Board created a task force to study whether a new central high school was needed in the district. The task force would study several areas around the valley where a school could be built.

Vail and Beaver Creek would be the sites of the alpine skiing, bobsled and luge competitions if Denver were to win the bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Vail’s public works director announced the town’s buses carried 2.9 million passengers in 1987.

30 Years Ago ” Week of March 16, 1979

The John A. Dobson Ice Arena held a grand opening celebration. Town officials participated in the festivities, which also featured figure skating performances and a hockey game.

The Eagle County Planning Commission recommended the county commissioners approve the special use permit for the Beaver Creek Ski Area. The conditions of the approval were that Vail Associates build 600 employee housing units and that it sells no more than 7,500 lift tickets per day, except for 15 peak days when 9,000 tickets could be sold.

Drug use around town was prevalent after six people were arrested on cocaine charges and an East Vail woman died from an apparent drug overdose.

40 Years Ago ” Week of March 17, 1969

Many skiers weren’t happy about the growing popularity of snowmobiling, but a Vail Trail feature story about the sport showed it was a good option for people who lack the stamina to ski.

A menu listing for La Cave Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge priced a New York Strip steak dinner at $5.75 ” a slice of cheesecake would set you back $0.50.

A four-bedroom ski-in, ski-out house in Vail was listed for $68,500.

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