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Vail Valley pages from the past

Lauren Glendenning
lglendenning@vaildaily.com
Vail CO, Colorado
More than 1,000 people gathered at Lionshead Mall in 1989 to watch the 17th annual Great Race. Twenty-six teams battled it out in full costumes and ski boots through an obstacle course involving a pool, a tricycle and a two-person set of skis. "Tone Deaf," above, won the lip sync contest following the race belting out "Wild Thing."
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VAIL, Colorado ” The following events took place this week in Vail, Colorado, history.

10 Years Ago ” Week of April 9, 1999

The Land and Water Trust, an environmental organization, sued the U.S. Forest Service for allowing Vail Resorts to change its chairlift plans for its 885-acre Category III expansion, citing a threat to the area’s lynx habitat. Vail Resorts planned to have Category III open by the 2000-’01 season.



Former Vail Associates executive Mark Grams was arrested on charges of theft, counterfeiting and forgery of securities. Grams had been on the run for two years before the FBI tracked him down in Jackson, Wyo. He had been the treasurer for the Beaver Creek Resort Company during 1995-96.

George Gillett, Vail’s former owner, bought the Grand Targhee ski resort in southeast Idaho and planned to give it a makeover by adding more real estate to the area.



20 Years Ago ” Week of April 7, 1989

The Vail Town Council endorsed the Colorado bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics. Councilman Merv Lapin didn’t support the bid because he said the town’s resources would be stretched far more than they were for the World Championships, which was already too much, he said.

The Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado awarded the creators of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Richard Weingardt Consultants and Morter Fisher Architects, with an engineering excellence award.



A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath fully-furnished home within walking distance to the Lionshead chair lift was on the market for $475,000.

30 Years Ago ” Week of April 6, 1979

Vail voters would decide this week whether to allow a combined parking and housing facility to be built at the main Lionshead parking lot site. Voters would decide if municipal bonds should be used to pay for the project. If approved, the town would build a 1,076 parking garage and Vail Associates would build 100 units of employee housing.

Vail had its first-ever homicide within the town when an Evergreen man shot and killed his estranged wife in front of The Lodge, wounded a man who was walking with her and then shot and killed himself.

The town of Vail did a parking study and found out that day skier parking demand was way up from the year before. More than 90 percent of daytime parkers were skiing, the study showed ” a 30 percent increase since 1976.

40 Years Ago ” Week of April 7, 1969

Vail Associates president and general manager Pete Seibert would report on the Lionshead project and explain its relation to the increasing demands of skiers at the Vail Resort Association meeting later that week.

A four-bedroom ski-in, ski-out house on Vail Mountain was listed for less than $70,000.


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