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Lamm’s anti-Olympic legacy left lasting mark on history of Vail, Beaver Creek

Lamm’s anti-Olympic legacy left lasting mark on history of Vail, Beaver Creek

You may have noticed a lack of fresh content on RealVail.com the last few weeks due to some pent-up post-pandemic traveling to coastal destinations (more on that in a future…

Opinion: Human-caused climate change no longer a subject for political, policy debate

Opinion: Human-caused climate change no longer a subject for political, policy debate

In 1970, George S. Benton, in his time one of the nation’s leading atmospheric scientists, wrote about a rise in the Earth’s mean temperature since 1880.  “The cause of these…

Memorial Day, COVID class graduation underscores true definition of sacrifice

Memorial Day, COVID class graduation underscores true definition of sacrifice

I’m late writing my usual blog post commemorating Memorial Day due to a bevy of graduation activities for my middle son, Max Williams, who just finished second in his class…

Analysis: Boebert’s history of racist rhetoric, white nationalist sympathy

Analysis: Boebert’s history of racist rhetoric, white nationalist sympathy

Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who represents the western two-thirds of Eagle County and most of the state’s Western Slope, is best known for her antics on gun rights and her ties to…

As Mickelson chases PGA history, Real Vail remembers chasing Phil at Beaver Creek

As Mickelson chases PGA history, Real Vail remembers chasing Phil at Beaver Creek

Editor’s note: This was posted prior to Mickelson winning his sixth major on May 23, becoming the oldest player to win one. He earned an exemption to the U.S. Open…

Winding down a weak but still satisfying ski season as Epic Pass renewal looms

Winding down a weak but still satisfying ski season as Epic Pass renewal looms

Sunday (May 23) marks the official end of the highly problematic but still enjoyable 2020-21 ski season for Epic Pass holders. Mine was discounted 20% due to the abrupt end…

Opinion: Blame Boebert, Buck for Boulder

Opinion: Blame Boebert, Buck for Boulder

Less than two weeks ago, a district judge in Boulder struck down the city’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The ban, adopted by the City Council in 2018,…

An argument (and podcast) for reviving passenger rail in Colorado ski country

An argument (and podcast) for reviving passenger rail in Colorado ski country

In doing some research for my appearance on Forrest Whitman’s On The Rail’s podcast on KHEN 106.9 FM radio in Salida, Colorado, I realized that I first started seriously writing…

Is Sage to Parkdale a train to nowhere or a way for UP to hold onto Tennessee Pass?

Is Sage to Parkdale a train to nowhere or a way for UP to hold onto Tennessee Pass?

Where the hell is Sage, Colorado? And why would a railroad company be considering starting a commuter passenger rail service there and running trains along the long-dormant Tennessee Pass Line…

Warren Miller film SKI BUM explores family, fatherhood, loss and skiing away from pain

Warren Miller film SKI BUM explores family, fatherhood, loss and skiing away from pain

I sometimes feel like the Forrest Gump of the ski world, and it started with meeting legendary ski filmmaker Warren Miller when I first moved to Vail in the early…