Vail Daily Hits and Misses
Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
MISS: From a reader to no big live widescreen television coverage of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Lionshead. “You did a fabulous job, but we just don’t understand why we don’t get treated the same as everybody else.”
HIT: To Adam Aron, former CEO and chairman of Vail Resorts, stepping up as interim CEO of trouble Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. last week after the incumbent quit suddenly.
HIT: To WinterWonderGrass, which brought a nice sound and vibe to Avon’s Nottingham Park last weekend, as well as made for a great kickoff evening at the Vilar. Nice job all around.
HIT: To the kid who turned what could have been an embarrassing moment into a fun little video that went viral in Europe when he lost both skis while forerunning the men’s slalom course on the last day of the World Ski Championships. Florian Szwebel kept his composure, his feet and especially his sense of humor as he continued skiing down the hill on his boots.
MISS: To Vail’s nanny ordinance banning the use of plastic bags at town grocery stores. As if that did a thing for the environment.
MISS: To the Vail Town Council voting in the sound wall survey of residents near where the proposed Simba Run underpass would go in. Council members should have left this to the residents and not presumed to vote for future tenants and the town at Timber Ridge. This just muddled things unnecessarily.
HIT: To the Vail Town Council voting down an overpriced sound wall with their actual vote. The survey of residents was almost evenly split between 112 against the wall and 110 for it. Here, the council exercised proper judgment.
HIT: To spring break, good snow and the string of events on tap, including the Burton Open, the annual film festival, Taste of Vail and Spring Back to Vail. This is lining up well this year. Lodging is having a banner year, too.
HIT: To signs of the Canada lynx making a comeback in Colorado and elsewhere, with evidence that the elusive cat’s birth rate is exceeding the death rate now. Turns out Blue Sky Basin had about nothing to do with this, either.
HIT: To Mikaela Shiffrin spoiling her many fans by winning again in Slovenia.
MISS: To criminal hackers getting into our credit cards, email and who knows what else to pull off their various scams.
MISS/HIT: To gasoline prices rising again. Filling up was like a nice little pay increase as the cost dove. Too low of a price, though, and the ripples run through the industry whose output winds up in our tanks. It’s not good for the renewable energy efforts, either.
HIT: To two presidents from each side of the ideological spectrum saying the same truths regarding terrorism.