Week of March 12, 1993
10 YEARS AGOThe six-story Peregrine building in Avon, had sat vacant since 1985 when its original developer, Sea Mountain Developers, filed for bankruptcy. Legal feuding among past, present and even future owners had prevented the completed of the building. It was currently owned by Peregrine Joint Ventures, but G.N. Butler and Associates who bought the building and then lost it to foreclosure were still trying to reclaim the building and put together a situation in which they would not have to deal with the present owners. The building plans were presented to Avon officials in 1981 and a building permit was issued to PPL Development Corpor-ation in 1983. Major construction continued throughout 1984 but funding problems forced PPL Development Company to withdraw from the project in 1985 and construction companies began filing liens on the building.Times were getting tougher for Eagle County Commis-sioner James Johnson. Already under fire for tax evasion and drug abuse, he was now slapped with a $5,500 child support suit in El Paso County. The Eagle County Ambulance District moved into its new ambulance station in Edwards.According to Holy Cross Electric Association officials, the installation of back-up power lines into Vail would begin in the spring and be completed by fall. These back-up power lines currently extended only to a substation in Avon.It was time for the annual American Ski Classic at Beaver Creek featuring the Visa Ford Cup Finals, the Rolex Legends of Skiing Giant Slalom and Downhill. The future was looking bright at the 1993 Ski Show in Las Vegas as the skiing industry had its spirits lifted thanks to Mother Nature and the amount of snow that had fallen. We also featured a two page photo spread of some of the Vailites at the show. Measurements taken on February 25 at Vail Pass showed a snow depth of 62.1 inches which was 122 percent of the past 30-year average. The highest reading on record for that date was in 1962 when there were 71 inches. The lowest reading was 30 inches in 1981.Private, estate-sized homesites from one acre to 11 acres at Cordillera were priced from $105,000 and featured spectacular vistas of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges and a Hale Irwin Signature Golf Course which was scheduled to open in 1994. Beaver Creek introduced its newest ski-in residences, Oxford Court and preliminary prices were from $295,000 to $795,000.20 YEARS AGOWeek of March 11, 1983Voters ap-proved the Lionshead Improvement District Bonds by a margin of 201 to 122 which would pay for 63 percent of the cost of the ambitious project. A local man died of asphyxiation while skiing near Chair 4 on Vail Mountain when he fell into a tree well and was unable to free himself.In our editorial space, we addressed the need of a master plan for Avon. Given the lull in construction, there was a breathing spell in which Avon residents should reassess their relatively new town and decide where it was headed in the future. A railroad and a four-lane highway divided the town into three distinct areas and access across the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad tracks should be one of the first priorities addressed.We sat down with former county commissioner from 1954-1966, Jake Lucksinger, at his home in Basalt and who was one of the commissioners who approved the Vail ski resort. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday just before Eagle County celebrated its centennial birthday.Reading students at Red Sandstone Elementary re-leased balloons three weeks prior and attached to each balloon were cards with the student’s names, addresses and a request for the finders to tell them their favorite books. How far would they travel? To Summit County? Denver? Eastern Colorado? Try Illinois, Iowa and the Mississippi River as we featured 10 faraway responses.Phil Mahre came from behind in the second run of the 1983 World Cup Giant Slalom to lock up his third consecutive overall World Cup championship during the American Ski Classic. Now it was the women’s turn and there was plenty at stake. Tamara McKinney had won back-to-back giant slaloms and was in a tie for the 1983 World Cup title as she came to town. If she was successful in staving off her competitors, she would become the first American woman to ever win that honor. And a good finish by Cindy Nelson might vault her into third place in the standings ahead of Erika Hess.Nine Vail JI racers qualified for the Junior Olympics and included Amy Livran, Stephanie Pitcher, Kelli Brown, Cindy Brown, Gretchen Sibley, Kim Furry, Jeff Gorsuch, Brendon O’Reilly and Doug Brown.30 YEARS AGOWeek of March 9, 1973We featured a photo on the front page of the crowd that had gathered at the dedication of the new Eisenhower Tunnel which officially opened for traffic on March 8. Vail Associates denied rumors of an early closing date of April 22. Many ski regions had had below-average conditions, but that was not the case in Vail. The snow depth according to Dick Peterson, VA’s president, the snow depth at Vail Mountain was 70″ which was near normal for this time of the year.”A Day in the Life of a Ski Patrolman” was to air on Curt Gowdy’s “American Sports-man” show which had been filmed two years prior with sportscaster, Bud Palmer. According to Patrol Director, Paul Testwuide, the film dealt primarily with the three phases of a patrolman’s work – avalanche control, handling a ski accident on the mountain and execution of a practice evacuation on the gondola.We featured a picture of the Vail Country Day School student body and faculty. The group included Nick Will-iams, Pam Greene, Genet Pierce, Nancy Jo Keith, Juli Kindel, Calvin Seibert, Eric Brofus, Clay Crosby, Brant Seibert, Johnny Buxman, Shelley Zeboray, Amy Kindel, Sue Keith, Gordon Frisbie, Randy Gonzales, Chris Biggs, Andre Pierce, Russ Ritchie, Truls Berge along with headmaster, Neil Smith and Jim Keating, math teacher.Ludwig Kurz and Maggie Finch were the top winners in the 4th Annual Town Ski Championships. The 3rd Annual WinterFest celebration concluded and the royalty included Tom Korchowsky who was selected WinterFest King. He escorted Lee Caroselli who was the reigning VailFest Queen. Also included in the festivities was The Great Race which found the team from Purcell’s rated the most outstanding relayers. On the team were Bob Kerely, Ted Martin, Ed Rosebor-ough, Terry Brennan, Cindy Grieves, Bill Anderson and Mark Rivard.Ever since the Olympics were voted out of Colorado, Beaver Creek had faded into the background – or the future – for most people. But there were at least four people for whom Beaver Creek was an all-consuming reality. Don McEndaffer headed up the department responsible for coordinating the developmental stages of the ski area, with Dave Mott serving as project engineer, Jim “J.C.” Clark as mountain planner and Anne Schmidt as assistant to them all. This was this week’s subject in the series entitled “The Inside Story of Vail Associates.”KEEP THINKINGMORE SNOW!