Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past |

Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

Compiled by Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Trail photoVail's famous Austrian ski racer, hotel and restaurant owner and ski shop owner was in Japan in 1969 for the World Pro Racing Championships in which he placed ninth. Here he trying his hand at the art of eating with chopsticks.

VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Trail’s Pages from the Past

The largest building season since Vail started in 1962 would be underway this summer, said Vail Associates President and Vail founder Peter W. Seibert. Vail’s expansion would be around the lift facilities and the new Lionshead area. More than $12 million would be spent on the summer construction.

Ski tip: Stretch and relax to avoid stiff muscles

Paul Dijoud, deputy with the French National Assembly, was in Vail to study U.S. ski areas. Dijoud and his aids contacted Dave Gorsuch to get fitted with French skis. The men were from the Grenoble area, where the last Winter Olympics were held.

The Vail Ski Patrol rescued a Texas 12-year-old from the Game Creek Bowl during its only nighttime mountain search so far in the season. The boy, Mark Ainsworth, was found around 2:30 a.m. The boy had been skiing with his brother when they accidentally separated.

The Vail Ski Patrol was scheduled to vote next week on whether to unionize and form the first Ski Patrolmen’s union in the country. The Ski Patrol was considering the vote after fruitless negotiations with Vail Associates for more pay and benefits.

The Eagle County Commissioners tentatively endorsed a program that could make as much as $2 million in mortgage money available to low or moderate income borrowers in Eagle County.

The April Fools edition of The Vail Trail was renamed The Vile Trail. The joke publication featured stories about “The Vile Council,” “Vile Mountain” and a ski area being built for reckless skiers.

Sales tax collections were up almost 25 percent for the month of February in Vail, bringing the total sales tax collections to more than $400,000 ahead of what was budgeted.

Evidence of Canadian lynx were confirmed around Vail Mountain ” the first evidence of the endangered lynx in Colorado.

Rumors were flying that Vail and Beaver Creek would close earlier than scheduled because of unseasonably warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Resort officials squashed the rumors, but did say sections of both mountain would likely close earlier than usual.

A feature story about the “super-sizing of the ski industry” showed there was an increasing demand for ski resorts from the good ol’ days ” without fancy escalators and heated streets, but really good terrain and a mom-and-pop atmosphere.

After a preschool care facility closed its doors, the Vail Town Council was hearing from more people in the growing community that there was a need for more child care, specifically infant and toddler care.

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