Vail Trail Pages from the Past
– Jean-Claude Killy, triple gold medal winner in the 1968 Winter Olympics, was scheduled to arrive in Vail for a six-day filming session with famed ski photographer Warren Miller. The filming was to provide the raw footage for “The Killy Style,” a half-hour TV special.
– The Town of Vail decided to oversee parking west of the Shober building. A total of 60 parking spaces were open, and the town decided to make 40 available for a season permit. Permits sold for $90 each.
– District Ranger Head for the Minturn district of White River National Forest, Don Campbell, named David Vesterby Assistant Ranger for the Holy Cross District. Vesterby replaced H.B. “Doc” Smith, who was promoted to District Ranger and transferred to the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming.
– Vail Associates stock had a Bid price of $7 per share.
– Clear skies and unseasonably warm weather in Vail delayed the November 22 opening day of Vail Mountain indefinitely. Vail Associates’ spokesman Dan Christopherson said the delay was due to lack of snow. He said eight inches of snow were on the ground and at least another 10 inches would be needed before the mountain was opened.
– Vail residents were asked for their “best method for making it snow.” Responses included, “Write to the North Pole,” “Wash your car, don’t split your firewood, put your winter clothes away and take your sweaters to the dry cleaners,” and “The method I use is having the rental shop totally unprepared for the season. This should take effect any day now.”
– Jean Naumann was named the new head of the Vail Touring School for Vail Associates. She replaced Steve Rieschl, who left to start a Christian Youth Camp in the Crested Butte area.
– With the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships coming to town, volunteers were encouraged to attend a one-day seminar titled “International Communication Skills.” The seminar covered topics such as common phrases in other languages, the “do’s and don’t’s” in certain cultures, and how accents may affect English pronunciation.
– After a night of drinking, two Minturn residents elected to drive up to the Lionshead formation above Minturn. They made it about three-quarters of the way when their 1978 red Ford pickup slid off the road and tumbled halfway down the hill, rolling over several times. About 25 members of the Minturn Volunteer Fire Department, State Patrol, and Eagle County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene. Both men escaped without serious injury, and the driver was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
– Scientists still debated global warming. Dr. Bert Drake posited that increased carbon dioxide levels could be beneficial, saying the correct approach is to look at the Greenhouse Effect “From all aspects, not just those that are negative.”
– Vail and Beaver Creek finished $19 million of “subtle” improvements to their resorts. Vail Resorts added a new electronic guest information system, expanded the children’s ski and snowboarding school, and finished up Red Tail Camp in addition to the standard grooming and snowmaking improvements.
– A one-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium along the Vail Golf Course was listed at $225,000.
– Affordable housing was tough to come by in Eagle County. The Colorado Division of Housing issued results from its September vacancy survey that showed the county ranked last in the state for available rentals.
– The Colorado Wildlife Commission approved a lynx recovery effort, and planned to release 40 lynx in the San Juan Mountains in late December or early January.