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Brenda Himelfarb | Colorado Profile , Giving Back , Local Spotlight | December 20, 2015

Sarah Schleper’s life has always been about challenge and balance. From the time she decided that she wanted to be an alpine ski racer she became a juggler of sorts between school, practice and competition – the balance and challenge always a priority. Schleper’s career began in 1995 and spanned 15 years, a stint that […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Colorado Profile , Featured Stories , Features , Local Spotlight | August 21, 2014

As Mikaela Shiffrin rode the chairlift to take her second slalom run at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she began to tear up. It was the last chairlift ride of the night and Shiffrin was in the lead after the first run. She had her headset on and was listening to the song  “Atlas” […]

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Connie Steiert | Colorado Profile , Focus Vail Valley , Local Spotlight | December 9, 2013

Over the years, Vail Valley students have made their marks on the world. Every year it seems there is a local high school graduate who has the urge to learn and conquer the world to make it better. Growing up in this relatively small valley, students attended local schools: Their love to learn was fostered […]

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Chad Fleischer | Colorado Profile , Focus Vail Valley |

Chad Fleischer Talks up The World Cup The Birds of Prey venue in Beaver Creek is the only annual stop in the United States for the Men’s Alpine World Cup Skiing. And for the third time in 26 years, the world’s best skiers will test their mettle on the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek […]

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Lynne Blake’s Starting Hearts pumps CPR knowledge into the Valley. “Don’t be afraid to save a life”. It was Valentine’s Day and Lynne Blake had just returned to Vail from her honeymoon. The 27-year-old was slim, fit and happy, yet the unthinkable happened. She was in a meeting at work when she slumped in her […]

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Richard Carnes | Colorado Profile , Local Spotlight | June 20, 2013

“All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.” Joseph Joubert – French Moralist The poetic nature of life’s garden becomes toil for some, a sanctuary for others. Without question, Vail pioneer Diana Donovan falls into the ‘other’ category, having spent a lifetime cultivating new growth wherever she called home, always finding refuge and solace […]

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ken | Colorado Profile , Local Spotlight | December 7, 2012

Let me just say it up front:  Vail would never have become “Vail” if it were not for a man named Rod Slifer. Oh sure, it probably would have opened sometime before the end of the 1962-63 ski season (give or take a year or two), and it probably would have been at least as successful […]

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Packy Walker, Vail Valley, Colorado
ken | Colorado Profile | June 1, 2012

There isn’t anyone who has lived in Vail for more than a year that hasn’t heard of Packy “Douglas” Walker. He, along with several other irreverent souls, brought color and life to this nascent community. It’s the stuff of legends. Sure, many have heard bits and pieces of the goings on that took place “in […]

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ken | Colorado Profile , Local Spotlight | January 3, 2012

For a guy who grew up in Fort Collins and had what most would consider to be an ordinary all-American childhood – playing football, basketball and hockey, and dreaming of someday being a fireman – Ryan Sutter’s life, these days, is far from ordinary. Sutter graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Architecture, […]

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Kids raised in the Vail Valley are just like other kids. They play soccer or football or they ski, they wrangle with their parents, and they suffer their first crushes and their first heartbreaks. But unlike many kids, here young people are often lucky enough to have opportunities to work their creative muscles and get […]

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