Week of April 2, 1993
10 YEARS AGOLocals were wondering if spring had really arrived after spotting the arrival of the robins just before one of the biggest snowstorms of the year hit dumping more than 18 inches of new snow.We did a story on local podiatrist, Dr. Michael Schneider who claimed that “no matter how bad you think your feet are, there is always somebody worse than you.” The lumps that grow out of a skier’s foot often could resemble the mountains they ski. The extremists might witness a calcium cornice similar to Ptarmigan Ridge develop on top of their feet over the course of a season. He has seen it all – from “black toe” to bone spurs to bunions.We also did a feature on Bill Burnett who claimed that when it came to “Minnern” he had seen it all and furthermore, had an opinion about most of it. According to Bill Heicher of the Division of Wildlife, road kill along I-70 near Eagle was the worst ever and the carcasses that were along the highway were a reminder to motorists to slow down.The Disabled Champion-ships showcased capable athletes as Beaver Creek hosted the event for the first time. Nancy Gustafson of Massa-chusetts claimed national titles while local racers Greg Mannino, Chris Waddell, Rik Heid, Sarah Will and Adrienne Rivera were crowned champions in various disciplines.Taken somewhat for granted at the time, but Vail had begun courting Spanish-speaking skiers nearly two decades prior and they were providing us with a steady, late-season market. Extra flights into Eagle County Airport from south of the border were beginning the following weekend.Pepi and Sheika Gram-shammer turned over a check in the amount of $93,000 to John Garnsey, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, which represented funds raised from their Crystal Ball back in December. Most of the money would be used in Vail’s bid for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships. Our social pages were filled with pictures from the 8th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Charity Classic and the 6th Annual Casino ’93 event to raise money for the Eagle County Early Childhood Programs.Of course, it was also time to have a little fun with our annual April 1st edition of “The Vile Trial.”20 YEARS AGOWeek of April 1, 1983Negotiations for the purchase by the Town of Vail of the Vail Golf Course from Warren and Jay Pulis were nearing completion. Accord-ing to town manager, Richard Caplan, only a few details remained to be worked out between the two parties along with a few more details between the town and the Vail Metropolitan Recreation District which operated the golf course.. The purchase price was expected to be around $2.5 million.An ordinance that would get Vail police out of the business of enforcing parking rules on private property was about to be reviewed at the next council meeting and highway officials said that potholes were the number one repair priority.It was also time for another April 1st edition of “The Vile Trial” which poked good fun at some of the issues in town. The contest to pick the ugliest bartender in the Rocky Mountain area, a benefit for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, was underway. Four Vail bartenders were among the top 10 of the 90 bartenders competing and included Tracey Lawton at the Watch Hill Oyster Club, Walt Winsted at The Stein Garden, Tom Olsen at the Sundace Saloon and Jim Holt at the Shadows of the Marriott Mark Resort. Jon Asper, a bartender at Berniece’s Place in Eagle was also among the finalists.Veteran pro racer Mark Lewis and Trina Hodgkins skied off with the top honors in the Coors Town Giant Slalom Championships on Golden Peak. Third place went to Chris Anthony and Bob Seemann took fourth.Several building sites at Berry Creek Ranch at Singletree were on the market for $68,500 to $140,000 and a fourplex lot at Bellyache Ridge at the end of a cul-de-sac with lots of trees was selling for $125,000.Plans were underway for the Storybook Ball which would benefit child care centers in the Upper Eagle Valley with Susan Milhoan and Mari Haas-Rubin acting as co-chairpersons for the event. Also…more than 200 people showed up for the annual Helga of Vail’s fashion show to benefit the Vail Valley Hospital Auxiliary. They were also in the process of planning another fashion show extravaganza in July to benefit the Women’s Resource Center. Finally, members of Ski Club Vail were busy compiling recipes for its first cookbook to raise funds for the club.30 YEARS AGOWeek of March 30, 1973The Ginkelvan was introduced and among those taking the inaugural ride were Mayor John Dobson, Mayor John Lindsay of New York, Quebec Minister Victor Goldbloom and Mr. H.P.D. van Ginkel. Ginny Crowley announced she was seeking the school board post for the newly established district for West Vail. Two benefits were scheduled with the proceeds going to Scott Magrino, a former hot-dogger who was seriously injured while participating in the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Contest.The Colorado Division of Highways an-nounced a de-sign public hearing on the proposed Interstate 70 Highway construction just east of Vail and groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new 56-unit Vail International condominiums.We profiled Gunther Hofler who was managing The Red Lion Inn for Marge and Larry Burdick.During their stay at the Broadmoor, Vail skaters Marla Fritzlen and Amy Kindel passed their USFSA preliminary figure tests with above average marks.The Hamlet was selling a townhouse with two kitchens, three baths, three bedrooms and garage for $52,500 or a three kitchen, 4 bath, 5 bedroom chalet for $91,500 which could be divided into three separate units.A night on the town might find you enjoying a meal at The Ore House, The Bridgewater Inn, Purcell’s, Gasthof Gramshammer, La Pinata, Bully III, Alfie Packer’s, Ichiban, Bobby Mac’s, The Lord Gore, The Place at Vail, Vail Village inn, Pistachio’s, The Red Lion Inn, The Left Bank, Guido’s Clock Tower Inn, Aux Ducs de Savoie, St. Moritz, The Lodge at Vail, The Lancelot, Toph’s Downstairs, The Blue Cow and Holly Vail.The entertainment scene featured such popular artists at Bob Turner, Lonnie and Chris, Don Lewis, John Henry Kurtz, The Oberlohrs, Dee Bjornson and Jo Jo Liles.THANKS FOR CHOOSING THE VAIL TRAIL!
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