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LOCAL CHARACTERS

LOCAL CHARACTERS

A GOOD DOCTOR

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 […]

DECOR, DESIGN, LOCAL CHARACTERS

AN OLYMPIAN’S SANCTUARY

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 […]

Crowd Pleaser, LOCAL CHARACTERS

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 […]

Blog, LOCAL CHARACTERS

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 […]

Blog, LOCAL CHARACTERS

Thomas Walsh skis to first career world championship medal

  Thomas Walsh captured the first world championship medal of his career with bronze in the men’s giant slalom. Team USA earned five top-10 finishes in tech events in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Super-G, downhill and super combined races continue Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Sella Nevea, Italy. Colorado Springs, Colo. – Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colorado) stepped onto the world championship podium for the first time in his career on Monday, Jan. 21, winning bronze in the men’s standing division of the giant slalom. The Vail native put together two solid runs on the opening day of competition at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships to win Team USA’s first medal in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Walsh has previously found success on the hill in Kranjska Gora, which is where he also won his first world cup medal in giant slalom in 2016. The 23-year-old is coming off winning two world cup silver […]

LOCAL CHARACTERS, Local Spotlight

TEA FOR TWO

Sometimes the perfect recipe is right before our eyes. Take two ex-cops, mix in a joint love of cooking, add a pinch of spice and touch of tea, blend together generously and you have the ideal yin and yang of a wonderful partnership. Perfect example: Sarah Chartier & Kirstin Ruehlen, the Cagney & Lacey of The Spice & Tea Exchange of Vail. But as opposed to the fictionalized characters from the ’80’s, these former officersfrom the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force are as real as winter snow, and so is their shared desire to bring the very best spices and teas from around the world directly to the Vail Valley. Kirstin had retired in 2012 after 15 years as a Ft. Collins narcotics detective, with Sarah being the same until 2015 on the Loveland force. In between the two retirement parties,Kirstin’s mom introduced her to her very favorite Dallas area […]

Crowd Pleaser, LOCAL CHARACTERS

BACK IN THE DAY

A funny thing happened to Joe and Annie Staufer on their way to California. The night before the couple was to leave the island of Bermuda—where they met while working at a resort—to fly to Santa Barbara for a job at the Biltmore Hotel, Joe received a phone call from his friend, Martin Mosshammer, the assistant manager at a newly built, small hotel called The Lodge at Vail, located at a nascent ski resort in the mountains of Colorado. “Just come see it,” urged Mosshammer, who knew of Joe and Annie’s plans. “You can fly to Denver, rent a car, drive west to see Vail and then drive on to California.” The conversation peaked the couple’s interest well, Joe’s, anyway—as Annie, who is from England, was looking forward to enjoying the appealing California climate. But, she was game. And so began the Staufer’s adventure. Arriving in Denver, the couple rented […]

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. […]