Vail Daily column: Summer is in full swing |

Vail Daily column: Summer is in full swing

This summer really seems to be flying by. The construction to get into/out of Vail and in-town remodeling has kicked into high gear and the business people that I talk to are in high spirits. In my walk-abouts, I have seen the streets, stores, hotels and restaurants bustling with guests anxious to enjoy our mountain home. Lucky us!

Guide to Vail

We have been busy at the Vail Chamber and Business Association working on various ways to help support businesses in Vail. We are diligently striving to remain focused on our mission objectives and are holding a board retreat with Chuck Wachendorfer from Think 2 Perform later this week to make sure we remain in alignment with our goals and objectives. One of our more exciting projects just received funding from the town of Vail (thank you for supporting our local businesses!) for a unique town business directory. The Guide to Vail will be available both online and in booklet form that will be available for widespread distribution this upcoming winter season. Every business from West Vail to East Vail will get a free listing (phone, address and website) and advertising opportunities will also be available. Contact the VCBA office by emailing with any questions or inquiries.

Business, Bogeys & Bragging Rights

On another note, we are working with the Vail Recreation District hosting our second annual Businesses, Bogeys & Bragging Rights golf tournament to benefit the VRD’s Tom Slaughter Junior Memorial Youth Recreation Grant. This program began in 1997 and provides funding for our youth to participate in VRD’s sport camps and other programming. The tournament raised an additional $6,000 for the fund last year, and we are hoping to double that this year with your support.

Last year’s tournament was later in the season and we were rewarded with a fantastic day including fresh snow on the Gore Range and a 65 degree bluebird day on Vail Golf Club’s course. This year we are hosting the tournament on Friday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. and are asking that you pre-register either your team for $500 or join us individually for $125. Space is limited and we are sure to sell out, so hurry up and request a registration form from the VCBA by emailing Fees include cart, adult beverages, lunch, goody bag and the tournament after party. We will also have awesome silent auction items and plenty of raffle items.

We are not only seeking fun-loving golfers — that’s right, you guessed it — we are also looking for more sponsors to join in on this fantastic networking and advertising opportunity. Please help us to concurrently support our local kids and your business.

Stay Involved, Stay Informed

Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the VCBA weekly e-newsletter, then all you need to do is email us at to start receiving it.

The Vail Chamber and Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer to business in and that do business in Vail, then please contact us at 970-477-0075 or email Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top level of the Vail transportation center. Stop by and say hello!

Chris Cremer is general manager of Bridge Street Ski Haus located in Vail Village and director of Vail operations for Intrawest. He is a Vail Chamber and Business Association board member.

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