Week of December 31, 1993
10 YEARS AGOAs usual, we used most of this issue to highlight the top stories of 1983. Some of them included Vail Associates buying Arrowhead, The Gart Companies purchasing Pere-grine, Vail As-sociates buying the Pines Lodge and their intention to purchase SaddleRidge, the record snowfall that never seem-ed to end (if you disagree, just remember your Fourth of July celebration), Beaver Creek amending its master plan, President Clinton visiting Vail and voters saying no to new taxes.Another top story of the year were the musical chairs at the Town of Vail. Town Manager Ron Phillips agreed to resign in March and Larry Grafel took over the duties until Bob McLaurin arriv-ed in December. Larry Eskwith also resigned and joined a local law firm and was replaced by Tom Moorhead. Steve Thompson took over as Vail’s finance director after the departure of Steve Barwick in the fall. Vail’s public relations manager, Caroline Fisher, returned to her home in California to pursue a doctorate in organizational psychology which opened the door for Suzanne Silverthorn to assume those same duties. Finally, Holly McCutcheon was hired to replace Martha Raecker who moved back to Iowa with her husband Scott.Earthmovers were waiting for the snow to melt in Wolcott to resume work on the new Eagle Springs Golf Club which was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. We interviewed Dan Telleen who had been designing some of the most beautiful and unusual jewelry in Vail for more than 20 years..We featured pictures from the Vail Alpine Garden Foundation’s Winter Interlude which had teamed up with the Vail Valley Arts Council and instituted an art project in the Eagle County Schools in the fall. The grand prize winner was Danny Arment for his pen and ink drawing. North-west Airlines began daily flights into the Eagle County Airport from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.A national fundraising effort for the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation got a big jump start when the announcement was made that an anonymous gift in the amount of $500,000 had been received. The dream of the foundation was to build a research facility here in the area to foster research into medical problems for which solutions had not been found and conduct educational programs which could provide a forum for the best in the world to share their knowledge.Alfalfa’s opened its first mountain location in Novem-ber with a store at the Crossroads Center and it was exceeding all expectations.20 YEARS AGOWeek of December 30, 1983A massive air and ground search in Vail’s back bowls turned up a missing skier who burrowed out three snow caves overnight to survive sub-zero temperatures. The 19-year-old from Englewood had no idea when he went under the ropes for five minutes of powder skiing it would take another 24 hours to get back. He was found in Tea Cup Bowl after searchers spotted his tracks near one of the snow caves.Organizers of a 70-mile cross-country ski trail from Vail to Aspen said they hoped to have to huts built near Vail in 1985. Fritz Benedict, president of the 10th Mountain Trail Association, said the group was negotiating with the U.S. Forest Service for a route between Beaver Creek and Dowd Junction.We devoted much of this issue to the “year in review” which highlighted the top stories of 1983.When Chris Martin was 10-years-old, he was a skier and a hockey player but one evening when he picked up his sister from her ballet class, his life was changed. Now five years later, the 15-year-old Eagle native was home on vacation from the North Carolina School of Arts and was on his way to becoming a professional ballet dancer with aspirations to be the principal with the New York City Ballet.Helping Former President Gerald Ford with the annual Christmas tree lighting were Jack Nicklaus and Presiden-tial hopeful Walter Mondale along with his wife, Joan. Tom Jacobson celebrated his 20th year as a Vail ski instructor.A two bedroom, two bath top floor unit at Crossroads Condominiums with vaulted ceilings and covered parking was on the market for $299,000 and a three bedroom, 3.5 bath duplex home high atop Potato Patch overlooking Vail Village with a panoramic view of all Vail ski slopes from Golden Peak to Lionshead was selling for $740,000 unfurnished.The Bridge Street Shuffle, opened for business and among those spotted at the opening of this new night spot were Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack, Jr. The club was owned by Ron Riley and was being managed by Louie Pintkow-ski.30 YEARS AGOWeek of December 28, 1983In a question and answer session following his speech at the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club meeting, Vice-President Gerald Ford reassured Vail-ites concerned about the effects of the energy crisis here. Ford said that he felt the allocation of energy to recreation should be the same as the industries of Detroit and Pitts-burgh. But, use of the energy must be wise and avoid waste. Ford was seen on the slopes skiing with other family members including John, Susan, Steve and Michael. Also, Penny and Jack Tweedy, owners of the famous race horses Secretariat and Riva Ridge, were able to ski a few runs with the new Vice-President.Bob Parker, marketing vice president of Vail Associates since the company’s inception, was named senior vice president by Dick Peterson, VA president. Gene Smith was appointed interim town attorney for Vail replacing Larry Robinson and would be considered for a full time position at the end of the three-month interim period.The Environ-mental Impact Statement, which the U.S. Forest Service had filed on the proposed ski area at Beaver Creek, was ex-pected to be published very soon according to Don McEn-daffer of Vail Associates.The current Vail Town Council consisted of Mayor John Dobson along with John Donovan, Gerry White, Kathy Klug, Joe Langmaid, Joe Staufer and Tom Steinberg. They used this time to extend holiday greetings and to thank the town staff, the townspeople and all guests for a great year.Due to the critical shortage of parking in Vail Village, the Town of Vail, in cooperation with the Colorado State Highway Department, set aside 150 spaces on the South Frontage Road adjacent to the municipal parking lot for overflow parking for the duration of the ski season.Mike Loken, Vice Presi-dent of The Bank of Vail announced the opening of their new Lionshead office.Dorothy Hamill was among the national skaters who would be performing here in the World Team Memorial Fund Benefit at the Golden Peak skating rink.Everett Thorpe was a man with many hats. Besides being the assistant principal at BMHS, he also served as the athletic director, substitute bus driver, teacher, student council sponsor, annual sponsor, judge for the Town of Minturn and father.THINK SNOW!