Vail’s events can make the town exciting |

Vail’s events can make the town exciting

Rich tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

There is a saying around the area that people come here for the winters, but stay for the summers. This weekend is a great example of that.The Teva Mountain Games is the first of Vail’s big summer events. So as the aspens begin to sprout their new green leaves, the energy in town will also start to sprout. That means more and more people will be heading to our town. In the summer, as in winter, the need for great customer service is essential. Even though the summers in Vail tend to have a laid-back vibe, we will see a lot of visitors and we need to make sure that we do not get too relaxed with the way we serve our guests.Many guests should be coming to town because of the Vail All the Love program, which will be in full swing. The Vail All the Love program is designed to attract Front Range guests to take their local vacations in Vail, staying closer to home in what’s commonly referred to as “staycations.” Discounted rates for lodging, dining and other activities will be given to guests who bring in their All the Love card. If your business has not enrolled in the program yet, sign up now.There will be a diverse lineup of events going on throughout the rest of the summer that should appeal to everyone. The Vail Chamber & Business Association will also be putting out some efforts of our own with three events this summer, starting off two weeks from today on June 20, the chamber will have its first South of the Border Fiesta in Lionshead, which will feature a chili cook-off. A week later, a local favorite, the Third Annual BBQ Bonanza comes to Vail Village. Both events will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Vail Chamber & Business Association is asking for help from the public in putting these events on. To volunteer, call Jason Peters, 970-477-0075 or e-mail The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group for businesses in Vail. The chamber is a communications outlet for businesses that need to have a voice. We also organize three events in the summer that take place in Vail. For information about how your business can become involved with the chamber, call 970-477-0075 or e-mail us at Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center. Our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feel free to stop in and say hello. Rich tenBraak is the Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association. Rich can be reached at 970-477-005 or at

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