In Vail’s early days, the local watering holes were as important as the skiing By Randy Wyrick and the Vail Valley Magazine staff Over the years, a slew of popular bars has graced the streets of Vail. Everyone, especially in the early days, took comfort in a local watering hole to catch up, complain and and have a helluva lotta fun. At that time, being part of the bar scene was like going home after work. In fact, before everyone in town had a telephone, mothers would call the bar to speak with their kids. They knew where they could find them. Safe — but, needless to say, not always sound. But in those early days, perhaps even more than now, those raucous, crowded joints were the heart and soul of the ski town scene. It really began with La Cave, New Year’s Eve, 1963. Jim Slevin paid a year’s […]



Captain Jack Eck’s circuitous road to Vail helped create a diverse skill set for the community’s most beloved doctor Photography by Brent Bingham Eck was not an ordinary doctor.  He always wanted more. More for his patients. More for the town. And more for the hospital that was eventually built in Vail. Say the name Jack Eck in our town and you’ll always get the same reaction: a caring man, a gentle man. It’s a well-deserved reputation.  Ask anyone.  Dr. Jack Eck is truly a man for all seasons. Eck’s renown is derived from his warmth and the unassuming way in which he interacts with everyone. His humble beginnings were in the coal region in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley; he was the first generation of his family not to work in the mines. And over the years Eck has experienced a life that he never, ever thought possible. From growing up in a region […]



Eagle County’s Dual Language program teaches more than a second language Photography by Brent Bingham It was 1963, and immigration from Cuba was causing a dramatic demographic shift in Miami, Florida. As a result, Coral Way Elementary School instituted conversational Spanish instruction adding a dual language program to its curriculum for both English and Spanish speakers.  It was a national first.  Five years later, the Bilingual Education Act 1968 was passed, becoming the first federal legislation aimed at supporting bilingual students and English language learners (ELL).  And in 2001 the Eagle County school district was approached by some parents to introduce Dual Language education.  “At the time, many parents thought that teachers were spending too much time working trying to teach non-Englishspeaking kids. And it popped into my head that everybody needs to be bilingual. Not everybody has to speak just English,” says Bambi Forbes who, along with Joette Gilbert, […]



Photography by Brent Bingham If you were to look in a dictionary for the explanation of the word “home,” you would find many definitions. “A place of residence.” “The place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.” “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” However, for most, those definitions are simply not adequate. The definition of a home goes far beyond the structure itself, for a home is built by the bond of family.   And it’s that family bond that consistently draws world-class skier Mikaela Shiffrin back home. It’s the place where, no matter what Shiffrin might be going through, no matter how challenging her life gets, she will always have her family looking out for her at home. Her sanctuary.   So it’s no surprise that, when Shiffrin was ready to buy her first home, she made sure there would be room […]



The man whose name adorns a dozen or so natural landmarks had a large appetite or excess and the money to fuel it . The rugged mountain range that can be seen from almost anywhere in Vail and beyond has drawn people to this valley for generations. The only word that really describes it is “majestic.” From certain angles, under certain light, it could be the backdrop of a movie. It’s called the Gore Range and how it got its name has always been a mystery.  We have the Gore Range, Gore Creek, Gore Lake, Gore Mountain, Gore Wilderness, Gore Pass, Gore Canyon, Gore Trail — all named after an Irish nobleman who came to the American West in the mid-1800s to hunt game. However, Sir St. George Gore never reached any of the places.  Sporting the title of “Eighth Baronet of Manor Gore” in Ireland, George Gore enjoyed a […]


Elaine Kelton

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles, with their mop-top haircuts, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show singing five songs – which were immediate hits — including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw You Standing There” and “Till There Was You.” The Beach Boys topped the charts with “I Get Around,” and Barbra Streisand struck a chord with “Peo- ple.” Mary Poppins won the Oscar for Best Movie. The cost of a new house was $13,050 and the average yearly income was $6,000. A movie ticket was $1.25. And Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton for the first time. Everyday values were much different then what American citizens had ever seen before. The Flower Power movement had just begun and people no longer thought about keeping up with the Joneses. The thought of hors de l’ordinaire was acceptable and, essentially, the […]


Lindsay Vonn

There’s never a dull moment in Lindsey Vonn’s life. Her home is always buzzing with activity. On this day, she’s rushing in from dropping off a friend at the Eagle Airport and now she must prepare for a photoshoot and interview. Her dogs Lucy, Leo and Bear are running through the house jumping and barking, excited to see their owner and anyone else who walks through the door — always on the ready to joyfully pounce on newcomers. Her sister, Laura, is unpacking groceries in the kitchen and her brother-in-law, Paulo, is preparing a meatloaf of ground beef and sausage while her mom, Lindy, stirs up a corn soufflé — an old family recipe, she says. And old friend, ski-racer Claire Brown, is here too, helping to keep Vonn organized. The constant hubbub is par for the course in the life of this extraordinary champion. It’s been an eventful and […]

Focus Vail Valley


A 19-month construction project, scheduled for completion in November 2019, at a cost of $33 million, is almost done and will add a second floor to the commercial terminal with expanded retail and dining space, more aircraft gates and new jetways. A Federal Aviation Administration grant is financing the majority of the construction, with Eagle County’s match coming from airport revenues, not tax dollars. The jet-loading bridges will be one of the biggest and best changes for passengers who will no longer face an outdoor walk from the plane to the terminal. Rather, the bridges will take them to a new gate area, located at the top of the terminal. They will then be able to take an escalator or elevator to the ground floor and out to the baggage claim area. As well, large windows on the north side of the terminal will overlook the magnificent vistas of Eagle […]