Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past |

Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Vail CO, Colorado
Formere Vice-President Walter Mondale and his wife Joan were in town skiing for the week back in 1979. The Mondales had been skiing Vail for 13 years prior.

Vail Resorts agreed to buy the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson, Wyo., for $50 million, making Vail Resorts the largest employer in the Jackson Hole Valley.

The U.S. Forest Service reassessed land values and hiked up the rates it charges local golf courses for use of the land. The Eagle-Vail Metro District would now have to pay $26,000 a year ” up from the $7,000 a year it paid the year before. The Sonnenalp Golf Club’s rate went from $1,800 to $27,300 annually.

An ongoing dispute between American Airlines and its pilots ended up causing the cancellation of 12 flights in and out of the Eagle County Regional Airport. The cancellations cost the county about $6,000.

The Vail Planning and Environmental Commission approved a plan for a major expansion of the Vail Valley Medical Center. The project would require the Colorado Department of Highways to issue the hospital an access permit for South Frontage Road.

January sales tax collections in the town of Vail were up more than 29 percent over the previous January, and up more than 19 percent than the town’s budget predicted. The extra revenue put the town $231,000 ahead of budget.

Ski runs in the new Teacup Bowl were named after Boulder-based Celestial Seasonings teas because the company exemplify the spirit of Colorado, said one Vail Associates official.

Preliminary plans to build a parking structure at the main Lionshead parking lot would not include employee housing after town officials decided that public sentiment was against the housing portion of the project.

The Vail Ski Patrol planned to form an official group that would enter into the negotiations over wages and benefits with Vail Associates. The name of the group would be the Association of Vail Ski Patrolmen and would be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board.

Vail’s transportation department reported that parking demand had increased “considerably” from the previous year. The main parking structure had already filed up 30 times, and officials expected it would fill up another 20 times before the end of the season. The structure filled up 19 times total the season before.

The vice president and general manager of the Broadmoor Hotel Inc. announced the company would take over the Lodge at Vail, which was about to undergo a major expansion in the coming summer.

Real estate listing: A four-bedroom ski-in/ski-out house located “on the hill” was on the market for $68,500.

The world’s 60 best alpine skiers were scheduled to compete in Vail this week for the 5th American International Team Races.

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