Vail local Sarah Schleper will ski in her fifth Olympics this year. The giant slalom specialist has been cleared to compete in Pyeongchang for the Mexican ski team, which she herself is trying to bring more notoriety to. Schleper works with Mexican kids to bring them to snow and teach them the sport of ski racing, and some of those kids - especially the ones who spend a lot of time at the internationally renowned training grounds at Golden Peak - have begun to show promise in recent years. Schleper hopes to clear the way for those kids to compete at the highest level by showing Mexico it can be done this year at the Winter Olympics.
Shaun White led three American snowboarders to the 2018 Olympics on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen-Snowmass with all three clinching Olympic berths. Among them was 19-year-old Jake Pates of Eagle, Colorado, who grew up riding Vail and won Youth Olympic Games gold two years ago.
Chris Reeder is a longtime local and ski patrolman who is really well known as a ski patroller on the mountain, but perhaps better known as a whitewater rafter on the local waterways. What is not known about him is the origins of his nickname, Mongo, which was given to him for unknown reasons and stuck.
When you visit the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater on the Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village this winter, take a moment to thank Kent and Vicki Logan. The Outdoor Ice Theater, with its king and queen sized chairs made of ice, offers
Like so many others, Paralympian Ralph Green moved to Vail to pursue his passion for skiing. But Ralph Green's story is unlike many others in a lot of ways. After catching a stray bullet in Brooklyn, New York, as a kid, Green's life took a dramatically different turn.
On Dec. 16, 2011, Corporal Daniel Riley, USMC, stepped on a land mine which forever changed his life. But losing both his legs didn't stop his adventuring spirit, and today he lives near Vail and rarely misses a powder day. Here's a video of Daniel showing off his impressive powder skiing skills in Vail during a six-inch powder day earlier this week.
Vail native Sarah Schleper is not only a 4-time Olympian veteran of the U.S. Ski Team and World Cup podium finisher, she's also team Mexico's finest downhiller.
When the Warren Miller film company's new movie hits the Vilar in Beaver Creek on November 27th and 28th, it will mark 26 years of ski movie star fame for Vail resident Chris Anthony. Anthony says he has been a fan of Warren Miller movies ever since his parents took him to one as a kid, and to grow up to be part of more than 25 years of Warren Miller movies is a dream come true. Among his proudest achievements are