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Vail Daily letter: Wilderness and skiing

As the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships come to Vail, I’m reminded of the first Vail International Ski Races in 1967 that helped put Vail on the map. We were a fledgling resort then, trying to compete with the likes of Aspen and Steamboat Springs. We came up with the international ski racing idea to focus the eyes of the world on our little ski haven, and it worked!

While you are here ski racing and watching our racers, you should spend a little time thinking about what makes Vail and Beaver Creek so beautiful and a reminder of what a wonderful world we live in.

What brought us to Vail in those early days was a love of skiing and of the mountains. Making this our home was a lifestyle choice for skiing and recreating in the beautiful mountains here. While we were building a world-class resort on one hand, we were also working hard to keep it a paradise for our children, grandchildren and future generations. It wasn’t always that easy!

Like anything worth having, it was worth fighting for. At one point we had to sue the U.S. government over the alignment of I-70 which was planned to cut the proposed Eagle’s Nest Wilderness in half. We showed them how many avalanche chutes made this impractical, and we won that fight! Concerned citizens got together and worked hard to preserve the beautiful surroundings of Vail and Beaver Creek so that today and in the future people like our visitors, skiers and guests for the World Championships can enjoy this area the way we did.

Enjoy your stay here and remember that the beauty you see around you remains that way today because a group of citizens had the foresight to fight for it and protect it for future generations, which is you and your children and grandchildren.

Bob Parker