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Notable locals: Vicki and Kent Logan

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 29, 2016 11:46:55 PM

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

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Notable locals: Ralph Green

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 24, 2016 11:44:24 PM

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.

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Watch USMC double amputee Daniel Riley shred powder in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 29, 2016 10:57:39 PM

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. 

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Notable locals: Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 17, 2016 11:29:22 PM

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. 

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Notable locals: Mikaela Shiffrin

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 27, 2015 11:48:00 AM
During the 2014 Olympics, when the media came to town to watch the slalom in the gold medal favorite's hometown, they didn't head to Solaris or Slifer Square. No, the television crews visited Route 6 Cafe,
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Notable Locals: Chris Anthony

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 9, 2015 11:58:00 AM
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
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Topics: Vail, Family, Notable Locals, Video

Notable locals: Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer

Posted by Polina LaConte on Oct 19, 2015 2:11:00 PM
Before becoming a restaurateur, Pepi Gramshammer was a ski racer. Before he was a ski racer, he studied to become a cheese maker in his homeland of Austria. Apparently ski racing is a little more exciting than cheese making.  
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Notable Local: Ceil Folz

Posted by Polina LaConte on Oct 12, 2015 10:57:26 PM

After getting her start as a young volunteer at the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships, Vail Valley resident Ceil Folz was recognized for her role in the development and promotion of skiing and snowboarding throughout the state of Colorado on October 2 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort when she was inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

The event annually honors individuals and organizations and inductees are nominated and selected based on their contributions as an Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer.

Under Folz’s leadership, the Vail Valley Foundation achieved some of its greatest milestones in the organization’s storied 35-year history, including the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Folz oversaw the merger between the VVF and Vilar Performing Arts Center and later the Youth Foundation, the renovation of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the creation of the Bud Light Street Beat Concert Series, Honda Session and current annual athletic events such as Birds of Prey World Cup skiing, Mountain Games and the American Ski Classic as well as a collection of cultural offerings including the Vail Dance Festival. Folz also played a strategic role as Vice President, Operations during the highly successful 1999 Alpine World Ski Championships.

The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is managed by the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. Located atop the Vail Village Parking Structure, the Museum is a treasure trove of ski history and heritage, with its six themed galleries displaying artifacts, narratives and film documentaries that entertain and educate visitors of all ages. For additional information on the Colorado & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame, visit

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Lindsey Vonn loves living in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Oct 9, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has taken great strides in her life to make Vail her home.

After finding success first as a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete and then on the World Cup, she has had great support from Vail Resorts along the way, a company that has shown dedication to the sport of ski racing. But make no mistake, any resort in the nation would be happy to partner with the alpine star. In 2015, Vonn became the winningest female World Cup ski racer of all time, overtaking the record of 62 wins set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll in 1980.

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Notable Local: Jack Affleck

Posted by Polina LaConte on Oct 8, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Take a casual hike up Bellyache Road in Wolcott and you just might bump into the valley's premier jackafflec_bio_photophotographer, Jack Affleck. Affleck is a legend among snappers who see the many beautiful sights in Vail and think "I wonder if I could make a living off vistas like these."

Hike up Ptarmigan Ridge on Vail Mountain and you'll hit one of Affleck's hallowed grounds, the powder field with Mt. Holy Cross behind it. Rumor has it a lift was never built there just so Affleck would have a stash to shoot should the need arise. 

Any visitor to the Vail area has see Jack's work throughout the valley and in national magazines.  And now you can purchase Jack's photographic art - great gift idea. 

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