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Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO, Colorado
Carol Young and Dan Dacey weren't able to find a place to stay when they arrived in Vail from Maine in 1979, so they decided to spend their winter in their van, complete with a woodburning stove.

Vail’s Pepi Gramshammer was invited to race in the Professional Ski Racing World Championship of 1969 in Sankei Valley, Japan, in late February.

Ski tip of the week: Don’t try to teach your own child how to ski – you will lose both time and patience.

Vail publicity was seen in the Denver Post and as a seven-page spread in Vogue Magazine this month.

Vail Town Manager Terry Minger announced Russ Motta as the new Vail Police Chief. Motta had been with the department six years as an investigator.

A group of citizens were considering a lawsuit against the Vail Fire Protection District about its sale of property at the site of fire station number one. The buyers planned to build eight condominiums there.

Minturn residents were concerned about losing part of Maloit Park as a recreation area due to some Eagle County School District mobile homes on the property for teachers. The school board hired a consultant to see if expanding the area with the mobile homes would be possible without disturbing the recreation area.

Prince Alfonso, a 52-year-old member of the International Ski Federation Council, died at Beaver Creek when he skied into a wire that course workers had lowered to replace the finish line banner for the men’s downhill race.

Officials from both the Vail Metropolitan Recreation District and the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District met to discuss the possibility of merging. Discussions were preliminary, and both agreed to hire a consultant to see how feasible a merge would be.

More World Alpine Ski Championship banners were stolen in Vail, but this time they were the work of Red Sandstone Elementary students, not the official flags.

Jim Roberts, Vail’s director of mountain operations, gave a few insider tips for where to best see the World Alpine Ski Championships -the Swiss Face of International, the French Face Jump and at the top of Pepi’s Face.

After just one year of existence, the Birds of Prey downhill course at Beaver Creek was gaining a reputation as one of the most technical downhill courses in the world.

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