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Early opening at Vail, ski races at Beav’ sound good, but it’s Mother Nature’s call

Early opening at Vail, ski races at Beav’ sound good, but it’s Mother Nature’s call

It takes a certain degree of hubris to announce — as Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation respectively did last week — that there will for sure be lift-served,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Holidays highlight critical issue of mental health in Colorado mountain towns

Holidays highlight critical issue of mental health in Colorado mountain towns

The holidays can be a tough time of the year on the behavioral health front under the best of circumstances. Throw in a global pandemic, economic collapse, and the most…

Please, Colorado, bounce Boebert, Gardner and Trump on Election Day

Please, Colorado, bounce Boebert, Gardner and Trump on Election Day

In 2016, you did not need to be the second coming of the French astrologer Nostradamus to accurately predict the presidency of Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster for…

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