December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays From Vail Colorado

I hope everyone has had a good yer and is enjoying the holidays. Vail, Colorado has had good snow and it seems we are off to a great holiday season. Our visitors have arrived from all over the globe to enjoy some of the best skiing anywhere. We were fotunate to have close to 3 feet on fresh snow in the past 10 days with more coming Christmas Day. Please feel free to contact me if there is anthing, at all, I can do for you. I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November 1, 2012

US Ski Team comes to Vail

November 01, 2012 The U.S. Ski Team Takes to the Slopes on Vail’s Golden Peak for Early-Season Training Today VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 1, 2012 – The U.S. Ski Team began early-season training this morning on Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the U.S., and will continue training throughout the month of November as the World Cup season heats up. Vail Mountain operations teams have taken advantage of natural snowfall last week combined with snowmaking and grooming efforts to prepare the Golden Peak race course for training.Crews have also beenmaking snow on Born Free on the western side of Vail Mountain in preparation for opening day of the resort’s 50th anniversary season on Friday, Nov. 16. Fans can catch some of their favorite ski racers, including Olympic gold medalists like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso, up close as the 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team is named in Vail on Thursday, Nov. 15. Partake in the live, public celebration starting at 5 p.m. in Arrabelle Square in Lionshead. For more information about Vail Mountain and the 50th anniversary season visit, or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245). About Vail Mountain Quickly approaching its 50th anniversary in December 2012 and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth. For real estate anywhere in the Vail Valley, visit

September 17, 2012

Fall in the Vail Valley

Fall came about 3 weeks early to Vail Colorado. Our summer was amazing with a significant increase in real estate activity. As we are in the height of our "off season", this tends to be a great time to get out and replenish prior to what is forcast to be a busy ski season. The good news is that above average snowfall is also predicted. In the mean time, please enjoy this image of our amazing colors in the Rocky Mountains. Regards, Doug

April 9, 2012

Landmark Lodge sold at $3,550,000.00.

One of the nicest 4 bedroom penthouses in Landmark Lodge just closed for $3,550,000.00. Vacation home buyers have definitely returned to the Vail Valley with sales more than 150% higher than last year at this time. This time, my customers were from Mexico City and they were super excited to have a vacation home in Vail. Addtionally, a new Ritz Carlton Residence in Vail also closed this past week at $3,400,000.00 for a beautiful 3 bedroom property.

Please let me know if I can be of any assisitance for resort real estate anywhere in the Vail Valley.

March 15, 2012

Happenings in Vail this week.

This Week in Vail
Monday, March 12 - Sunday, March 18

Event Highlights

Lez Zeppelin Free Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Solaris in Vail Village
Since 2004, the all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band has gained worldwide attention for their gender-bending audacity and unparalleled musicianship. Playing with a kind of passion and force beyond anyone's expectation, Lez Zeppelin is the first band of its kind to be invited to perform at major music festivals around the world including Donnington Park and Bonnaroo. Part of the Bud Light Street Beat Free Concert Series, this performance is outdoors at Solaris Plaza - so dress warm.

Climate Change, a Presentation by Yvo de Boer, Presented by Vail Symposium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Arrabelle in Lionshead
In light of a perceived global economic crisis, Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, KPMG Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services, and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will address the nexus of global drivers humanity faces and elaborate on how society, and particularly business, can anticipate to make the global economy clean, fair and competitive. Presented by the Vail Symposium, this event costs $25, or $35 for Symposium donors. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Before joining the UNFCCC, de Boer was Director for International Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands, responsible for international policy, both in the context of the European Union, as well as broader international cooperation. He also served as Deputy Director-General for Environmental Protection in the same Ministry, as Head of the Climate Change Department and has worked in the fields of housing and public information. Early in his career, Mr. de Boer worked for the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT). 970-476-0954 or

First inaugural Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 10k race at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Vail Nordic Center
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the race, which will include a snowshoe category and running shoe category plus a kids 1k fun run. The Vail Recreation District event, presented by the Krueger family, will be followed by a post-race gathering that will include free beer provided by Crazy Mountain Brewery for participants at Happy Valley Grill in the Vail Nordic Center. The race costs $15 pre registration, $25 day-of registration and the kids' race is free. For more information or to register, contact 970-479-2280 or email

Workforce Survey

You are invited to participate in our 6th Annual Workforce Survey, conducted by the Economic Council of Eagle County. We use the results of these annual surveys to take a look at what's happening with the workforce and economy in Eagle County, and to see what your predictions are for the year ahead. Your responses will be reported only in aggregate; individual responses are not shared.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to begin.
Click here to take this survey

Thank you very much for your participation in this survey. If you'd like a copy of this year's report, just check the box at the end of the survey.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.

Thank you again!

Kathy Chandler-Henry
Research Director
Economic Council of Eagle County
(970) 390-3104

Town of Vail Seeks Help in Naming New Community Space

Town of Vail Seeks Help in Naming New Community Space

Contact: Pam Brandmeyer, 479-2113
Assistant Town Manager

The Town of Vail is looking for suggestions from the public in naming the new community space at the Lionshead Welcome Center. Suggestions will be taken throughout the month of March with the winning submission to be selected by the Town Council.

The 1,300 square foot space is located on the third level of the Welcome Center and will soon be available for community meetings, private parties, weddings, receptions and other gatherings. The space will accommodate between 120 and 150 people and includes an outdoor terrace with views of Vail Mountain.

In naming the new space, the Town Council is interested in commemorating Vail's 50th anniversary with suggestions that capture the essence of Vail's history or names of historical significance, such as landmarks, people or milestones.

To submit an idea, email with the suggested name along with a brief rationale no later than noon on Wednesday, March 28. The person who submits the winning name will receive a free parking pass for the 2012-13 season.

The Town Council will also consider naming rights for the space in exchange for a financial donation.

The Welcome Center is the town's newest facility to be built following completion of the Lionshead Transit Center on the north side of the parking structure. In addition to the third floor community space, the Welcome Center features a day lodge, restrooms, lockers and visitor information on the first level, plus youth and adult programs and activities offered by the Vail Recreation District on the second level.

For more information, contact Pam Brandmeyer, assistant town manager, at 479-2113.

Events at The Squash Blossom

The Squash Blossom located in the heart of Vail Village is known for it's unique collection of fine jewelry from all corners of the world as well as their collection of Color Craft Storywheels. The Squash Blossom presents a diverse geographic range of talents, specializing in high karat gold and precious gemstones. The Squash Blossom prides itself on the artistic integrity and superb craftsmanship of all our jewelers including such artists as Gurhan, Alex Sepkus, Me and Ro, Konstantino, Doug Moore, Sarah Graham, and our ever-popular collection of Storywheels.

VAIL - March 16-17: TODD REED Todd visits us in Vail. Stop by and meet the master behind the pieces!

VAIL - MARCH 22-25 - FEDERICA RETTORE: Federica Rettore making a personal appearance in Vail!

For more information visit:

CMC Commencement 2012

Dear Business Leaders,

Our 2012 Graduation Ceremony will be held at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on the evening of May 4, 2012 at 5:00p.m. As a leader in our community, we invite you to be a part of this great event.

We are putting together gift bags for our graduates and would like to extend an invitation to include something meaningful from your organization. We anticipate 100 graduates will walk toe stage in May and will be surrounded by their loved ones and community leaders as they open their gifts.

You may soon see these graduates at your business functions, looking for employment, or working with you on your next big deal. Commencement 2012 promises to be meaningful and memorable for our graduates and we hope you will help share in congratulating the graduates on their success with your gift.

Please contact Jodi Jahrling of the Graduation Committee to let us know what you'd like to contribute before April 1st.

Phone: (970) 569-2907

Vail Valley Occupancy Retail Reports

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Richard tenBraak
Executive Director
Vail Chamber & Business Association

March 1, 2012

New snow in Vail!

It's official. skiing is excellent in Vail and Beaver Creek. This photo was taken this morning in Vail Famous Back Bowls. Lots more snow expected through the week. come to Vail, play in Vail,