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Renaissance Man

David Clason was about 14 years old when he sat down at his sister’s jewelry bench and began playing around with the tools, making a few pieces just for fun, eventually, creating a bracelet for for his father.

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“It was a really nice bracelet, with a buckle on top,” recalls Clason. “He started to wear it and his friends liked it, and he came to me and asked if I could make one for so and so. So I did. I didn’t get a lot of money for it, but I thought that I might have something.” And that’s, initially, how it all began.

The “it” Clason is speaking of is his career as an artist. A jeweler. A sculptor. In fact, you might call him a Renaissance man, which the dictionary describes as “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” And that describes Clason in every way. His work is reminiscent of Rococo sculpture, notable for its intimate scale, naturalism and varied surface effects.

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Clason grew up in Europe and spent 25 years there. During that time, he lived in Germany, then Brussels, went to boarding school in Gstaad, spent some time in Switzerland, then London and eventually attended college in Florence, Italy. In order to get totally immersed in learning the Italian language, Clason began working at Harry’s Bar, one of his parents’ stopovers on their many visits to Florence.

“I would say the turning point for me came, when one night, I spotted a man sitting at the bar who looked like he hadn’t shaved in a week and his toupée was crooked,” Clason says, with a laugh. “So, Leo, the bartender, knew about my interest in working with silver, and says to the man, ‘You have to give this guy a job.’ And the guy looks up and answers, ‘Send him over tomorrow.’

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“And the next day I went over to find that the man’s company made some of the most gorgeous, hand-made, silver giant candelabras I had ever seen. It made hammering silver a form of art. So I began hammering—it’s called ‘chasing,’ silver bowls. And then I began creating jewelry.“

Clason later moved to Georgetown in Washington, D. C., where he opened a jewelry store. Soon his reputation as a master silver jeweler caught the attention of the Smithsonian Institute, who asked him to do restoration on some of its antique silver. “There was an article about my work in the Smithsonian’s publication, and all of a sudden I became a silver antique restorer,” quips Clason, who moved to Vail in 1989.

These days, Clason creates functional sculptures. His recent project: wine coasters. Wine coasters that are not only functional but, each is a magnificent work of art done with painstaking patience. “It took a lot of years for me to get the skill set together so I could learn how to carve and get my design ideas down,” Clason begins. “When an idea starts to resonate with me, I first draw it out and then carve that image into a block of wax. Then I make a rubber mold, which allows me to to reproduce the image. Then I burn out the wax and pour the hot metal into it. When the metal is solidified, I pull out the piece and begin to clean and shine it. “

Clason’s process is what’s known as the “lost wax process,” a method of metal casting in which molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model. “I’m a detail person,” he admits. “It takes about 30 to 40 hours for me to create each perfectly carved piece that goes into a sculpture. “Because most of my pieces have from 30 to 40 to 50 molds, it takes an extraordinary amount of time,” explains Clason. “It’s very intricate. Everything is put on and built up and very detailed.” “Dave is a master sculptor, and this is evident when viewing his functional creations,” says Bill Rey, co-owner of Claggett-Rey Gallery in Vail, who handles Clason’s work. “His silver sculptures cradle great bottles of wine in thematic elegance, and the viewer can marvel at the detail he has sculpted and cast.” “An antique dealer who once saw my work remarked that I was a 19th Century man because of the detail in my work,” relates Clason. “For that’s exactly what they did at the turn of the century. They were very detailed and put time and effort into pieces. I used to collect those pieces back in the day. I never thought, however, that I was going to end up doing this.”

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Clason admits that he sometimes gets on tangents, and is always ready to move on to the next thing. “My next project is probably going to be some renaissance pieces from back in the 1400s. Something that inspires me. For instance, right now I’m fascinated by a cherub piece.

“When I was in art school in Florence, I would see the work of the the masters like Da Vinci, Michelangelo. If that’s not enough to inspire you, I don’t know what is. In fact, one of my teachers once remarked, ‘So you want to be a Leonardo, do you?’ “And I thought, ‘Yeah.’ ”

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Majesty in Our Midst

Eagle River, Eagle County … the valley is aptly named. Both golden and bald e agles are longtime locals – soaring high above our mountain community all year round, adding majesty and legend to the sky.

Bald eagles were chosen as our national symbol in 1782 because of their stoicism, large size, imposing presence and hunting prowess. Although, it has been famously argued that Ben Franklin’s choice of the turkey might have been a better fit. Bada boom.

Walking Mountain’s Community Outreach Coordinator Peter Suneson, a naturalist and birding enthusiast, said his favorite eagle legend has to do with their part in the creation of Grand Mesa, just west of Vail.

“Ute Legend has it that a pair of giant eagles was nesting on Grand Mesa and terrorizing the communities below,” Suneson said. “One day a Ute brave scaled Grand Mesa and threw all the eggs of the nesting eagles into the Colorado River below. When the eagles returned to their nests, they saw the cracked eggs all over the Colorado River Basin below, and believing the river was a winding serpent that had in fact killed their young, the eagles swooped down to the river and ripped it to shreds, carrying off little bits and pieces dropping them all over Grand Mesa, creating the pothole lakes and temporal streams that are still found there today.”

After you’ve seen one of these creatures in its natural habitat it’s no wonder they inspire such epic stories. With its white head and tail, contrasting dark body, six- to eight-foot wingspan, piercing eyes, massive hooked beak and powerful talons — the bald eagle is unforgettable and truly unmistakable among the birds of prey in North America.

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Golden eagles are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their heads and necks. They are extremely swift, and can dive upon their prey at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour.

Immature “baldies” are dark until they are about five years old — making them easy to mistake for golden eagles. It’s around five years of age when they start to gain the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify. So habitat preference is one of the most distinguishing characteristics between the two types of eagles and the best way to identify which one is which.

“Bald eagles are almost ‘pescatarians’ through and through, meaning they prefer to eat fish, so it is most common to see them around rivers and streams hunting for fish,” Suneson said. “golden eagles prefer to nest on high cliffs or mountain peaks. They eat rodents, rabbits, anything small and furry they can fit in their talons. Both species will also eat carrion, or dead meat, so if you see vultures circling a carcass, there is potential for Eagles.”

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Golden eagles mate for several years, or possibly life, and pairs maintain territories that may be as large as 60 square miles. They nest in high places including cliffs, trees or human structures such as telephone poles. They build huge nests to which they may return for several breeding years. Females lay from one to four eggs, and both parents incubate them for 40 to 45 days. Typically, one or two young survive to fledge in about three months, according to Bald eagles are believed to mate for life, too, and may perform dramatic aerial courtship displays in which they fly to great heights, lock their feet together, and then tumble and cartwheel toward the ground, breaking off at the last moment. A pair constructs an enormous stick nest — one of the bird-world’s biggest — high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.

According to Bill Andree, Eagle County’s Colorado Parks and Wildlife Manager, there are four active eagle nests within the county. Although he wouldn’t say the local population is “thriving” — breeding population is definitely up from a few years ago.

“One of the biggest problems is loss of nesting habitats, large trees along water. This can come from trees being cut down or blowing down or from human disturbance around the tree that would cause the eagles to abandon the nesting site,” Andree said.

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Many of the bald eagles in Eagle County in winter have migrated here, so winter population can be impacted from causes well outside the county. Weather events, like high winds or late season storms, can impact the nesting success or cause the loss of their nesting tree. “The population increase in Eagle County is most likely tied to several factors. The fact that the bald eagle population is increasing nationwide means there are more young birds looking for areas to claim as their own,” Andree said. “The clean up of the Eagle River has had a significant impact on the fish population, which allows the eagles to have nesting areas along the Eagle River where there are large trees for nests and a steady supply of fish.”

Although golden and bald eagles are here year round, winter is the best time to spot the majestic baldies.

“The best way to see them is actually from a car as you drive along the Eagle or Colorado Rivers. Using your car as a blind reduces the chance that you will disturb the birds and cause them to fly away,” Andree said. Suneson’s favorite place to spot a baldie is on the Upper Colorado River near Pumphouse or Dotsero.

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Golden eagles can be seen in these same areas but they spend more time hunting in upland areas especially in locations where there are wintering deer and elk, Andree added.

“Regularly, there are goldens circling overhead on many of the trails in Eagle County. I’ve seen birds and mating displays near the high cliffs on the Fall Creek Pass trail or near Kokomo Pass above Camp Hale,” Suneson said.

Andree recommends buying a high quality birding book and studying the pictures and descriptions since the plumage of both birds vary and change as the birds mature. And, the best way to up your chances of seeing one of Eagle County’s namesake birds is to go with a birder, like Suneson, on a nature hike. This winter, Walking Mountains will host free one-hour snowshoe tours at Walking Mountains in Avon and the Nature Discovery Center at Eagle’s Nest atop Vail. For a deeper experience, the science school will also offer a four-hour snowshoe tours all over the White River National Forest on Tuesdays and Thursdays from December to March or whenever the snow runs out.

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Home on the Ranch

Strange how life sometimes takes a turn, as it did for Jeanne and Roger Tilkemeier. And this was a good turn. No. Rather, a great turn! When Roger returned home from the Korean War, having served four years with the Navy, Roger and Jeanne anticipated Roger working with Jeanne’s uncle who owned ranches in Nevada and California.

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“Her uncle’s superintendent was 68 years old and wanted to retire,” explains Roger. “I was interested in the agricultural business and her uncle suggested that I be his super’s understudy and learn how to run the ranches. Jeanne had grown up with horses and this would have been perfect.”

But, before Roger began working, Jeanne’s uncle died and everything was disbursed. And the couple’s life took that turn.

Roger took a job with Kaiser Aluminum in Los Angeles, then Denver, where he was involved in marketing the very first aluminum beer can for Coors Brewing Company, before moving to Vail. The couple moved to Vail in 1970, where Roger took a job with Vail Associates and, at one time, was responsible for Meadow Mountain.

“There was a livery stable and a little rodeo grounds on Meadow Mountain at the time,” recalls Roger. “The equipment wasn’t good; the horses weren’t as healthy as they might have been. Nobody really paid any attention to the place. The people that managed it had a continuing lease, but they had to notify us six weeks prior to its expiration in order to automatically renew—and they missed the date.

“I called a friend who ran Cheley Colorado Camp in Estes Park, who ran about 200 horses and said that we had a problem and an opportunity. At first he said he was too busy, but when I told him that I would be his partner, he agreed to work with me,” he shares.

So, the “partners” bought equipment and about 50 horses and hired someone to run the new place. They called it Grouse Creek Livery and the brand was a “GL” with a bar below the letters. “There was a house on the mountain at the time, so we used it for the employees,” says Roger. “We rehabbed a real chuck wagon and did a chuck-wagon dinner.

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We also provided jeep tour service that brought folks to the dinner where I would do a monologue on Western history and the how the chuck wagon came about.” Eventually, Vail Associates sold Meadow Mountain to the U.S. Forest Service, who wouldn’t allow a stable to be there anymore. “So, we had to find another place,” says Roger. “The forest service took me up to Spraddle Creek where they had the rights to a small spring in the area, which they had developed. They had also built fences and had flattened an area, which was perfect for a new stable.” And, soon the stable had a new home.

By that time, like his wife, Roger had become a very accomplished horseman and was training his employees. “I learned what to look for and how to evaluate a horse for a ‘dude’ operation,” says, Roger with a smile in his eyes. “To begin, it had to be rock solid. It had to be gentle, bomb proof. So, if someone throws a fire cracker, [the horse] looks at it and thinks, ‘Yeah, that’s all right.’ ”

Eventually, the stable was sold to a couple who, after graduating from Kansas State University had come as wranglers, even spending their honeymoon in a sheep camp wagon at the stable. They ran the operation for 25 years.

By this time, Roger was hooked on a ranching life. “It was within me, and I found a way to be involved with everyone who owned a ranch,” he says. One of those men was rancher, Perry Olson who owned 4 Eagle Ranch. “Perry was what we call a ‘livestock man,’” Roger says. “He ran a no-frills operation and didn’t have anything at his ranch that he didn’t need. He was my mentor when it came to the livestock business. He would call me for help in the middle of the night and I’d saddle my horse and meet him at his ranch. And we go places in that truck that I would not have driven in a jeep.

“He’d tell me what needed to be done and if what I did was wrong, he’d correct me. And I learned. He was an amazing teacher.

“Early Vail was a wonderful time,” says Roger, reflectively. “I am old school and the culture of Vail and the people who started it are inside of me. It was a time when people depended on each other and helped one another. I remember, early on, driving from Denver to Aspen to ski at Aspen, when Jeanne and I noticed a ‘thing’ going on in the Gore Creek Valley when we came down Vail Pass. Of course, it was the beginning of Vail.”

Roger and Jeanne were some of the lucky ones—the ones who came to live in Vail when the town was in its infancy. It was a time when everybody knew each other. When EagleVail was “Eagle Vail” and people thought that the place was too far out of town for anyone to want to live there! “We moved here at a time when every resident worked in every way to make this area strong in every way,” Roger says quietly.

“The people who come here today have no idea of what it was like in the beginning. I am so happy that Jeanne and I were able to be part of it all.”

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Hidden In The Wood

The house on Garmisch Drive is a beautiful play on the old log cabin; juxtaposition of old, time honored traditions and new modern sensibilities. Tucked conveniently in West Vail, from the outside this home looks like it could have been there for decades – a mountain cabin set on a hillside, slowly encroached by homes built through the progressing decades.

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In actuality, the home was first a spec house, recently built, and now brimming with an active and extended family. A discerning family, with its own litany of needs and visions of what would make the perfect mountain home: function as well as flexibility, convenience as well as craftsmanship – and have that spark of inspired design.

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“Being in the construction business my whole life, I know, not just quality, but craftsmanship when I see it,” states the owner. “Add that to the efficiency of Austrian design and Swiss know how, the end product (of this home) is impossible to beat.”

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The entire home was built with European traditions in mind. The exterior and much of the interior of the home is built of old, reclaimed spruce from Austria, aged in the natural way. The exterior is maintenance free, assures builder Balz Arrigoni, owner of Arrigoni Woods, as is every home he and his firm builds. It doesn’t need to be painted or stained. To begin, large roof overhangs shelter the body of the house.

“The wood is winter harvest,” says Balz. “When the tree is felled in the winter, it sleeps. When it is felled in the summer, it is still full of liquid. It is better in the winter; there is less damage. It will last a long time.” The entire house was made in Austria, including pre-made and pre-installed windows – a concept common in Europe. The home was then dissembled and reassembled on site in Vail. “This way, there is no warping or cracking,” Balz explains.

“We’ve been coming to Vail for many years, because we love the mountain, the village and the summer activities,” says the owner. “Having five kids, grandkids and son-in-laws, having easy access and lots of winter and summer sports options certainly shaped our narrative on what we wanted in a year-around vacation home.” And once the family saw the home, they knew it would be theirs. He adds, “It’s an easy commute from Dallas/Fort Worth to Eagle.”

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The convenience of the home, close to everything, was certainly part of the draw for the family. It’s the craftsmanship of the home, however, that really drew them in. To begin, the home’s floor plan is light and open. The very structure lends itself to wide-open spaces, perfect for a growing family. The ceiling, which soars to high, sloped heights displays the frame of the home. Usually, Balz explains, homes are built with a wood skeleton, and than layers of drywall are overlaid. Ceiling beams are often added afterword, mostly for accent. The old, massive spruce beams in this home, however, are part of the very structure of the home and run from the outside attractively through to the interior; decorative, but in a fully functional way. There is no metal in the structure. Around the home’s wide foyer, the windows have been fitted with wooden slats, slanted to let light in and to offer privacy, as well.

From the entry, the home becomes anything but a mountain cabin. A bleached-wood, free-standing, divider wall hides the staircase below and is inset with narrow custom windows, adding a lighted glow to the room as the sun shines through from both sides of the area. From here, the home flows effortlessly into living, dining and kitchen spaces, perfectly suited for owners that treasure togetherness. The open design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to naturally infiltrate all the spaces.

“It makes the difference between an overly woodsy home,” assures Balz. The aged beams and accent walls offer continuity of the mountain home inside, but with delightful modern, upscale twists. Rather than at odds, the warmth and beauty of the old wood, coupled with whitewashed, new, oak floors, expanses of white walls and and sleek, clean finishes gives the interior a decidedly contemporary feel. Generous use of glass connects the home to its mountain surroundings, while also offering a clean, dramatic backdrop for sophisticated design and functionality. All the woodwork and wood flooring in the home was done by Arrigoni Woods. The varied and artistic way the old, weathered wood has been paired and interplayed with new, spruce and engineered oak from Austria adds a wonderful depth and endless variations of tones and eye-catching patterns, keeping the home anything but static.

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“The expert design, craftsmanship and energy efficiency, not to mention the efficiency of space was a big plus,” says the owner. Wife and partner, Christina Arrigoni, along with Slifer Designs’ Kim Toms, created the interior design finishes in the home. The living room holds a wood-paneled freestanding fireplace, beckoning gatherings on chilly nights. The room also holds ample space and seating to spread out for individual pursuits, or relax and gaze at the valley vistas beyond. The wide windows are framed with white to keep the feeling of lightness flowing.

On the opposite side of the fireplace is a dining area, enchanting in its simplicity and use of natural design elements. One wall overlooks the front of the home, through more wooden slats keeping it well lit, but intimate. The adjoining wall is patterned with long planks of warm wood that climb seamlessly from floor to ceiling. “A lot of time the floor and walls are made to look like they match,” points out Balz. “This was done purposely. It is important.” Sliced aspen trunks are suspended in front of the wall, and set aglow with up-lighting, lending the illusion of dining in a forest. Balz designed and built the long, wood-plank table. “The owners wanted a table to seat 12 people easily,” he says. The rustic wood of the table is paired with slim, gray- upholstered dining chairs and a contemporary, rectangular outline of the chandelier above. Balz explains that, instead of using a lot of lighting fixtures, up- lighting and accent lighting has been incorporated into much of the home.

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All the electronics were hidden inside the walls to await future purposes. The owners have already incorporated seven different lighting settings to use for a variety of moods and purposes. Off the common space, a reclaimed- wood deck provides the perfect outdoor spot for enjoying the aspen-covered hillside across the valley, its rustic textures blending with the mountain feel, with railings designed to shed snow so it doesn’t build up even during the snowiest of winters.hidden_woods_6

It would seem the very modern kitchen would not work with the generous use of wood in the home. However, the look does work. And well! It’s wide gray tiles, slick counters and streamlined cabinetry, by Studio Como, are thoroughly modern in both look and functionality. But here the wood floors have been bleached to a lighter color to enhance the warm gray of cabinetry, and an inset, wood breakfast area and richly textured wood ceiling keep it all one piece. The kitchen, designed by Christina, is not only attractive but has the latest conveniences for any cook. Pulls and hinges have been hidden, and custom drawers are perfectly fitted for efficiency. Electrical outlets pop up only when needed, keeping in line with the clean, contemporary look of the room. A surprisingly deep and generous hidden pantry rolls out from an impossibly narrow space between cabinets offering plenty of pantry storage. The appliances are all made by Miele. Frosted pendant lights offer ample illumination, while keeping lighting minimal, because plenty of light has already been incorporated in the entire space. Details, Balz states, are important. “It gives it a little kick.” The master bedroom beyond the living area is wide and generous, with glass doors to the outside and a sloped ceiling that lend an intimate feeling.

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Balz explains he opted for rooms that seemed spacious, rather than dividing them up with extra walls, shelves and closets. “I like to keep it clean,” he says. The master bath is filled with windows, too, but the glass is frosted on the Dutch door and windows are fitted with wooden slats to lend privacy, still keeping the bath connected with its surrounding. A floor- to-ceiling, glass shower gives the room an expansive feel, while an egg-shaped, ceramic tub continues the contemporary elements found throughout the home. Near the entry, a powder room is compact in space, but generous on design. One piece of rich, dark, reclaimed wood climbs from the floor up the wall to the high ceiling above, contrasting richly with the custom-made white cabinets. A glass-and-wood stairway keeps even the small side entry space near the garage airy as it climbs to a generous loft above, used for play and relaxing. The mudroom at its base is fitted with wood-end paneling, some of which has been left to protrude to provide clever shelves for boots and mittens.

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The 3,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home can sleep 18 people – which is not unusual for these owners. The downstairs holds three guest rooms, one that is a bunkroom. The reclaimed ceiling beams echo the color of the wood lining of the stairwell. The wall is made up of sawed off end-beams, sliced to 1.5-inch pieces and cleverly fitted to create an intriguing pattern. Balz explains using this technique in various accent walls is a way to utilize the lovely wood, instead of throwing it away. No treatments have been used on any of the walls. Doors, such as the nearly hidden hallway closet blend with the surrounding wood with hinges and latches hidden and unobtrusive.

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No detail has been overlooked in this fine home: The wide windows, found in every room, are “tilt-and-turn” – a European tradition; old oak lines one or more of each of the guestroom walls; all the baths are roomy and boast fine Studio Como cabinetry and floor-to- ceiling glass showers.

The family room is spacious and, although it is on the home’s lower level and looks out on a terrace. “It doesn’t feel heavy,” notes Balz. Windows and glass doors keep it light. The room offer lots of space to relax and unwind. A wood service bar lends a place for snacks and drinks and sports a large, stylized bar light, with letters spelling out “Cowboy.” The impressive wood game table was built by Balz after the home was purchased. “They love to play poker,” Balz remarks. The room has blown insulation in the walls that keeps it cozy, while offering a superior sound buffer so people can watch television, while others sleep soundly just feet away.

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A berm has been built around the lower level while trees planted on top rise to heights that reach to the living area windows above, giving the home a “forested feel.” The trees also offer shelter and privacy, encircling an outdoor Jacuzzi to one side of the terrace, and lending a world-of-its- own feel to the property, despite its neighborhood setting. “What is better than skiing all winter and summers that average in the 70s?” ask the owners. “What else do you need?”hidden_woods_txt_1

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VAIL VILLAGE

If you want everything at your fingertips, then Vail Village is the neighborhood for you. The village is home to an array of restaurants, world-class lodging, an ice rink, movie theatres and even an ice rink! And the selected shops – for all tastes – is a bonus! The heated, cobblestone streets throughout add to the village’s charm – and, of course, one can always hop the free-in town bus to, say, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre or Lionshead Village.

As well, all types of winter events – from sporting to art walks to concerts pop up in the winter adding to the excitement of the season. And, best of all, Gondola One, at the base of the mountain, will take you up the mountain, in just minutes, to everything winter. Great snow. Great runs. Great food – all making for a perfect day in your neighborhood.

If you like to be in the heart of it all – make Vail Village your neighborhood!.

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Cascade Village

Covering over 118 acres alongside Gore Creek, Cascade Village is conveniently located just west of Lionhead Village and within close proximity to everything, including the Cascade Village chairlift, Chair 20, that whooshes you to world-class Vail Mountain where you can hike, bike or walk the trails on these beautiful alpine surroundings.

On-site is the Aria Spa & Club, an award-winning sports, fitness and wellness facility, as well as the Hotel Talisa, a new facility which features three culinary venues – a restaurant, fireside bar and lounge and a café-style market.

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West Meadow Drive

If you want to live in Vail Village but really don’t want to be smack-dab in the middle where sometimes you can hear the revelry that many enjoy after a long day of skiing, cocktails and dinner West Meadow Drive, on Gore Creek, may be the perfect area of the village for you.

It’s a special, quiet little area of town on the road between Vail and Lionshead. A perfect area, in fact, if you want the convenience of all that both villages offer. It’s a short walk between each place; and if you’re having a lazy day you can hop on the town bus that runs by. The bike path, library, Vail Health and Dobson Ice Arena are, literally, right there and everything else from the lifts to the movies to the restaurants to the shopping is within walking distance.

Now, that’s convenience!

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Bachelor Gulch

Bachelor Gulch, an enclave in Beaver Creek Resort, can best be described as your private mountain.

It’s huddled on the western shoulder high atop the resort, has expanded views of the valley and is dotted with private homes – many ski in ski out – and mountaintop lodges for the most discriminating, like Bear Paw Lodge, which overlooks the Gore Mountain Range. The entire area is filled with hiking and biking trails at your doorstep making year-round recreational activities limitless. What’s more, the Village of Beaver Creek, just down the mountain, is home the Vilar Performing Arts Center, which presents a plethora of productions year round.

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Avon

Nestled in the Eagle River Valley is the heart of the valley, the Town of Avon.

Located at the base of Beaver Creek Resort, the town is the launchpad to mountain adventures in all seasons. And, in winter, you can catch the Riverfront Express high-speed gondola up the mountain in no time. As well, the town’s 48-acre Nottingham Lake is the centralized location for ice skating, good old-fashioned pond hockey as well as numerous concerts. Avon offers all types of shopping experiences and is home to a plethora of restaurants that serve everything from simply pizza or hamburgers to dishes that will satisfy the most sophisticated palate.