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Love on the mountain

We’ve always relied on horses. Now it’s their turn to count on us. And that’s what Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is all about. It’s a place that lets kids and adults love on horses, helping bring them back to life. And it seems, once someone sets foot onto this expansive property, sees the abused and abandoned horses and subsequently falls in love with them, they have a hard time leaving, and will come back time and again. It’s horse country, for sure: wide-open spaces and snow-capped mountains surround the vast expanse of land where horses roam. What makes this place so special, however, is that horses come here to heal. It’s an idyllic piece of property nestled near the Flat Tops north of Wolcott in McCoy. It is truly a spacious piece of paradise for the horses. In 2004 two horses were abandoned in the nearby Flat Tops; they […]

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

The word “rainbow” can be a bit overwhelming, but many of this year’s festive jewelry collections, which are beaming with colored stones mixed, at times, with gold are meant to intrigue the most savvy collector. Cuff gold bracelets are still-and will always be hot. There are luscious solo chains. Bold mixes of all sorts of gems: watermelon tourmaline, rough ruby,  Mexican fire opal, topaz, amethyst, the list goes on. Designs are, at once, funky, bohemian and sophisticated. One of this year’s trend is a mashup of delicate chains, some short with longer chains hanging down. Or you can get on board by showing off a handful of finger jewelry-adding to your existing pinky ring. As is said, “Jewelry is like ice cream, there’s always room for more.”

Featured Stories, LOCAL CHARACTERS

LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER

Mother-daughter relationships can be diverse and complex yet one of the most significant, as well. They can also be the trickiest to manage. While some mothers are best friends, others see each other once or twice a year. Some face their conflicts; others avoid it at all costs. And still others spar regularly.Like any relationship, it’s a balancing act—at once challenging and rewarding. Yet, in the end, powerful. If Vail ski patroller, Teri Seibert, had her way, all of her kids would work on the mountain. “It’s the best soul satisfaction,” she says. “You’re out skiing and you’re helping people. Everyone I work with has the same outlook. It goes into that emergency kind of lifestyle”Teri moved to Vail in 1979 and wanted to be a ski patroller. “When I began, there were four women on ski patrol,” recalls Teri. “It was me, Julie Young, Janet Testwuide and Dee Hoskins. […]

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HOMEGROWN ATHELETES

So, it’s not a surprise that some home grown athletes, as well as those who came to Vail to train—essentially “newbies” represented the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. It was their once-in-a-lifetime chance to cap off years of training—and they did not let us down! In addition to Vonn and Shiffrin, four others, including Tess Johnson, Meghan Tierney, Jake Pates and Thomas Walsh hailed from Eagle County. They were part of the 2,952 athletes, from 92 different countries, who competed in 102 events across 15 different sports over 16 days. Team USA hailed from 31 states, with Colorado sending 31 contenders. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine skier, Shiffrin, who was born in Vail, began her training on these mountains at an early age, taking tips from her parents, Eileen and Jeff who had been ski racers in high school and college. […]

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Goggles and Gold

Okay, we’ll admit fine jewelry and casual skiwear isn’t a trend. But it could be. Don’t ‘ya think? The radiant colors of this season’s skiwear combined with all sorts of jewelry is quite a chic look and might just wake up the latent trendsetter in each of us.     So, why not just go for it? Muster up your confidence, put on your boots and head up the mountain – with a confident stride in your step wearing bling that makes you shine.                                                                                                      

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BECOMING DOROTHY HAMILL

In the beginning, we were drawn to her eyes. Those bashful eyes, much like the pure, innocent look that we saw in the eyes of Diana, Princess of Wales, when she was first introduced to the world by Prince Charles. And like Diana became England’s revered princess, this fresh-faced young woman would become our pride and joy. Our princess. America’s first sweetheart. Even her haircut spoke. It said “young, carefree.” Dubbed “The Dorothy,” it inspired a generation of young women who not only wanted to look like her, but who wanted to skate like her as well. Yet, underneath that unassuming appearance was a determined, young woman who would soon show the entire world her strength and determination. Soon Dorothy Hamill would become a World Cup and Olympic champion—and, to this day, has remained a champ in more ways than one. It all began one winter day when the shy, […]

Culture in the Vail Valley, Featured Stories

Be good to People – The original kindness company

It’s not scientifically proven but it is some kind of universal fact that while wearing a “Be Good To People” shirt, it’s hard to be mean. This is exactly what Kris Wittenberg wanted when she founded the company almost a decade ago. Sure, the road hasn’t been a straight shot but the meandering path she took with her company has led to more kindness in the world. “My entire focus has been making things be kinder,” she says from her sun-drenched office in Eagle that is packed with BGTP items fromhoodies to coffee mugs to notepads. Ten years ago it felt like it was time to practice more kindness—today even more so. Wittenberg isn’t even completely sure how she got fired up enough to create an iron on transfer for a t-shirt in 2008 someone didn’t hold the door for her or some other small transgression that pointed out just […]

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I am Climate I am change

What do you love about the mountains? Chances are it’s skiing, snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, hunting, hiking, wildflowers, bug-free camping, cool summers, biking, rock climbing, wildlife, majestic pines – and not to mention – fresh air and clean water. It’s what I love too, but everything we cherish about living and vacationing in the Rockies is at risk because of climate change. Everything. Mountain regions are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to their complex water systems and ecology. Communities within the mountains are vulnerable, too, as their economy, like Eagle County’s, is driven by outdoor fun and outdoor fun is driven by climate. Just as the global temperature is rising, so is Colorado’s – by 2.0 degrees over the past 30 years, according to Climate Change in Colorado, a report written by Jeff Lukas, Associate Scientist, CIIES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences), University of Colorado, […]

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ROUNDUP RIVER RANCH

There is a place up Colorado River Road in Gypsum where children’s dreams, literally, come true. A happy place where children do things they never thought they would or even could do. It’s a place where they’re welcomed with open arms and where they can just “be.” It’s peaceful. It’s beautiful. It’s extraordinary. And for a few weeks it’s their loving home. It’s Roundup River Ranch where kids with serious illnesses can have some serious fun! Roundup River Ranch carries out the vision of actor Paul Newman, who founded the first Hole in the Wall Camp (now SeriousFun Children’s Network) in 1988 in Ashford, Connecticut. The camp was named after the gang in Newman’s film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Both camps are part of a worldwide association of camps that serve children, ages 17 and under, and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions. […]

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Serenity at the Spa

With the multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Vail Valley, it’s not surprising that most people try and fit 26 hours into each day. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, fat biking and ice climbing, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer. However, in the attempt to do everything, our bodies often pay the price. As important as it is to make the most of your minutes, it’s also important to recover and give those sore muscles a break, a rub and a stretch. The Vail Valley is home to world-class spas that focus on fitness — and recovery. While a rest day is helpful, seeking out specialized treatments at one of these spas can be just what your glutes, quads and calves ordered. There’s really no wrong choice when visiting Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. […]