Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past |

Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Vail CO, Colorado
Here is George Washington Knox, 3rd, the "Founding Father" of the Vail Trail. George was born one month early on George Washington's birthday, February 22, 1903, but was named for his great-grandfather, George Washington Knox, 1st. P.S. His mother dressed him up this way on each birthday until he got old enough to protest.

10 Years Ago ” Week of Feb. 12. 1999

The town of Basalt’s board members wanted out of Eagle County. The members wanted to become part of Pitkin County, citing Eagle County’s inability or desire to control growth. One board member said the county approves development “anywhere and everywhere.”

Seven American Airlines flights in and out of Eagle County Regional Airport were canceled as part of an ongoing dispute between the airline and its pilots.

Ski racing appeared to be gaining popularity in America as a spectator sport, with as many as 20,000 people showing up for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek.

20 Years Ago ” Week of Feb. 17, 1989

With sales tax collections, lodge and condo bookings all up, the town expected a busy March and April. The director of the Vail Resort Association said bookings were way up from the previous year, and that many people were excited about the newly opened China Bowl.

The Vail Town Council approved an $8,000 air quality study to find out what kind of pollutants are in the air. The town could use the information to revise town laws about fireplaces and other pollution sources.

The Eagle County School Board was in discussions about whether to build a central high school in the valley.

30 Years Ago ” Week of Feb. 23, 1979

At a public meeting, local citizens were wary of a proposal to build a $6 million parking structure at the main parking lot in Lionshead.

Easter was later than normal this year, prompting Vail Associates to set the mountain’s closing date for April 15, even though local businesses wanted it to remain open one more week.

The Vail Ski Patrol went into negotiations with Vail Associates asking for higher wages and benefits. Vail Associates prepared for a potential walkout by the patrol, and assured there would be enough certified patrollers within the company and the community who could step in to keep the mountain open.

40 Years Ago ” Week of Feb. 24, 1969

Vail Associates President Peter Seibert revealed plans for Vail Village improvements and the Lionshead expansion, which he said would benefit the skiing public and also offer opportunities for Vail businesses to expand.

Deer and elk appeared to be in good physical condition after heavy snowfall this winter, according to the Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Division.

Ski tip of the week: If you’re racing, give yourself a good push with your poles and the start gate and enter the finish line as straight and fast as possible, aiming for the side of the finish for the straightest and shortest line.

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